Watson stars as Pikes sink Brid

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All-round Matthew Watson was the star man for Pickering A under-15s as they defeated Bridlington in the Greenwood Hire Junior League Cup Division A KO final at Flixton CC on Wednesday night.

In a high-scoring match Pickering batted first and got off to a flyer with Watson (33) and Ryan Taylor (30) both retiring.

After they retired, despite the efforts of Bridlington’s Harry Burnhill (1-14 from four overs), most of the Pickering batsmen made starts with Kieran Boyes scoring an impressive 23 the Pikes finishing with a total of 152-4.

In reply, all-rounder Burnhill kept Bridlington’s chances of chasing down the score alive with a steady innings of 31, with Harrison Male (19), Callum Battams (17) scoring round him.

But tight bowling from Pickering bowlers Matthew Watson, Kieran Boyes, Thomas Snowden and James Mudd, along with some superb fielding from Brad Thompson and Joe Harland, made it difficult for Bridlington to keep up with the rate.

Despite a late flurry of runs from Oliver Beckett (17no) Bridlington eventually finished on 120-5.

Flixton Cricket Club were thanked for the use of their excellent ground and facilities and a special thank you was extended to the groundsman James Brown who let the match start while it was still raining.

The man of the match award, donated by Pete Grundy and judged by umpires Robin Shepherdson and Mark Welford, was awarded to Pickering’s Watson for his innings of 33 retired and bowling figures of 1-13 from four overs.

Result: Pickering A 152-4 (Matthew Watson 33 retired, Ryan Taylor 30 ret, Kieran Boyes 23, Harry Burnhill 1-14) beat Bridlington 120-5 (Harry Burnhill 31 ret, James Mudd 2-13) by 32 runs