Scarborough hammered by Academy

Scarborough CC 2nds in bowling action during their draw with Londesborough Park. Picture: Steve Lilly
Scarborough CC 2nds in bowling action during their draw with Londesborough Park. Picture: Steve Lilly
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Scarborough CC’s 1st XI suffered a comprehensive 10-wicket defeat to Yorkshire Academy in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League North.

Batting first, Ben Elvidge’s men looked well set at 71-1. Opener Oli Stephenson was removed early on, but James Pick (31) joined Darren Harland (26) and the pair looked in good touch.

After the latter was caught, skipper Elvidge made 21, but Pick’s dismissal sparked a spectacular collapse and none of the visitors’ other seven batsmen made it into double figures and Scarborough were bundled out for just 122.

Academy made light work of chasing down their victory target, knocking off the required runs inside 24 overs without losing a single wicket, sealing a 10-wicket success.

With a rejuvenated Castleford winning once again, Scarborough are still very much in danger of relegation, as the gap between themselves and the drop zone narrows further.

In Ebor Division Two of the York Senior League, Scarborough 2nds slipped further behind in the battle for promotion when they could only manage a losing draw at home to Londesborough Park.

The visitors were asked to bat first and made 179-9 from their 45 overs, David Snowlball the pick of the bowlers with 3-20.

Charlie Hopper, Matthew Watson and Harrison Wood also performed well with the ball, each claiming a brace of wickets apiece.

In reply, opener Charlie Roberts (24) was the only top order batsman to make much of an impression, and it was left to tailenders Watson (26 not out) and Hopper (25 not out) to dig in and ensure that Scarborough were not bowled out, finishing on 137-8.

The outcome saw Scarborough take 10 points from the fixture, while Park claimed 26, leaving Mark Cowell’s men in fifth place in the league standings.