Harland and Simpson star as Scarborough batter Harrogate

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Openers Darren Harland and Andy Simpson shared an excellent 183-run stand to lay the foundations for Scarborough’s 72-run Yorkshire League success at Harrogate.

Former captain Harland led the way with 113 from 150 deliveries, smacking 13 fours on his way to three figures, while current skipper Simpson weighed in with 76 from 128 balls, including eight fours.

After Simpson’s dismissal, Harland then shared a 79-run second-wicket stand with Ashley Lyth, who made 46 from 40 balls, a knock which included six fours.

All-rounder Samrat Sharma then smashed a lightning 30 not out from just 13 balls to take the visitors to a strong 300-3 from their 55 overs, Sharma blasting four fours and a six in his brief but entertaining innings.

The home side made a decent start in their pursuit of victory, as they were 169-3 at one point thanks to the top three of Calum How (45 from 50 balls), Alexis Twigg (49 from 58 deliveries) and Vic Craven, who top-scored with 60 from 81 balls.

But keen bowling from Sharma, who took 3-61 from 17 overs, and Thomas Precious, who bagged 4-71, also from his 17 overs, saw the last seven home wickets fall for 59 runs, despite a plucky 30 from Ryan Bradshaw.