Harland ton fires Scarborough CC to York League win at Royal

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Scarborough Cricket Club batsman Darren Harland hit an imperious ton as his team marked their York Senior League premier division debut with a convincing win at Studley Royal.

The North Marine Road club lost the toss and were put into bat on a slow wicket on a cool afternoon at Studley.

Harland and the returning Mark Tennant opened the batting, putting on 84 for the first wicket before the latter was caught at midwicket trying to steer a ball from Studley off-spinner Dan Craven.

This brought Scarborough debutant Alex Carrie to the wicket, who scored a steady 30 before charging spinner Matthew Coad and being stumped bringing young Yorkshire all-rounder Ryan Gibson to the crease with the score at 152-2.

The former Staithes ace then took the game to Studley, scoring a quickfire 46, hitting four fours and a six, before being caught at long-on, going for more quick runs to leave Scarborough well on top.

Theo Smith was the next man in, batting in his new position at five.

With the score at 222-3, he rotated the strike to allow Harland to reach his debut hundred in the York Senior League.

The innings then finished at 243-4, with Harland 112 not out and new skipper Neil Elvidge not out with one run.

After lunch, Scarborough opened the bowling with Anthony Hunter and Gibson.

Hunter struck in his fourth over, having Matthew Coad trapped LBW for three, after Harland ran out Dan Coad for 10, throwing down the stumps from the striker’s end, leaving the score on 27-2 after eight overs.

After the 10th over, Studley were in trouble at 30-4, Hunter having Royal’s captain and wicket-keeper Robert Nicholson caught by James Pick at midwicket.

Then three balls later, he bowled Steve Walmsley for a duck, after setting him up in the prior two balls.

New skipper Elvidge then brought Jack Holt on to replace Hunter, and he struck almost immediately, as three balls into his first over, he trapped R Mackle LBW for four.

Studley’s lower order then showed some resilience, Craven digging in with 42 not out.

The home innings faded away gradually, with second debutant Kristian Wilkinson, Matty Watson and Smith all picking up a wicket, and Holt then picking up another to finish Studley’s innings on 107 all out.

This gives Scarborough all 30 points and a 136-run victory in their debut game in the league.

Next week Scarborough travel to Easingwold on the Saturday, and play their first competitive game at home on the Sunday, playing Benwell Hill.