Scarborough snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their game against Yorkshire Academy in the Yorkshire League on Saturday at Leeds University.
Andy Simpson’s team had restricted the hosts to 192-9 and looked to be in good shape chasing this score down, being 140-3 at one stage, and even at 169-6 they must have still fancied their chances, but the young guns showed no nerves and claimed the final four Scarborough wickets for 16 runs, dismissing the Seasiders for 185 with two balls remaining.
In what was a very see-saw contest, Academy were also in trouble in their innings at 101-7, but an eighth-wicket stand between Joshua Shaw, who top-scored with 61, and number nine batsman Jared Warner (41), helped them post a respectable score.
Scarborough had won the toss and put the Academy lads in to bat, and fine bowling from Chris Grey (4-49) and Ashley Lyth’s miserly 1-6 from eight overs had the hosts tied up in knots.
Lewis Stabler (23) and Mosun Hussain (21) were the only recognised batsmen to make any headway early on.
After Academy’s mini-revival, Tom Precious bagged three wickets to help limit the home side to 192-9.
Skipper Andy Simpson also bowled a tidy spell of 1-18 from his seven overs.
In reply, Simpson and Harland shared an opening stand of 96 and everything was looking rosy for Scarborough, even when they departed for 49 and 42 respectively, the likes of Mark Tennant (19), Samrat Sharma (14) and Grey (35) all looked to be chipping in with just enough runs to keep the visitors on the right track.
Even slipping from 133-2 to 149-6 did not seem to be a mortal blow to their chances of gaining a win, as the likes of Jonathan Read have weighed in with handy lower-order runs so far this season.
But it was not to be this weekend as no batsman outside the top five managed to score more than three runs, the Scarborough cause not helped by three run-outs and some canny bowling from Jordan Thompson (2-14).