Sharma on top form in mixed weekend for Scarborough CC

Scarborough Cricketer Samrat Sharma. Richard Ponter 121940a.
Scarborough Cricketer Samrat Sharma. Richard Ponter 121940a.

Overseas ace Samrat Sharma was on superb batting form, hitting two fine half-centuries as Scarborough experienced mixed fortunes in the Yorkshire League this weekend, losing at home to Yorkshire Academy on Saturday but winning by five wickets in the KO Cup at Harrogate on Sunday.

The home side made a solid start in Sunday’s quarter-final, Alexis Twigg hitting 65 from 70, David Orange smacking 76 from 98 deliveries and former Scarborough and Yorkshire batsman Vic Craven weighing in with a rapid 63 from 45 balls as Harrogate posted 246-6 from their 40 overs.

Danny Evans was the pick of the Scarborough bowlers with 2-41 in seven overs, while Sharma, Tom Bruce, and Theo Smith all took a wicket apiece.

Skipper Andy Simpson departed early on for 10 to leave Scarborough in trouble at 13-1, but a stand of 78 for the second wicket between Darren Harland, 49, and Sharma, 86, and a third-wicket partnership between the latter and Ash Lyth, 39, got Scarborough back on track.

An unbeaten 26 from Kunwar Bansil steered the visitors into the semi-finals, winning with five wickets and nine balls to spare.

On Saturday, Scarborough suffered a 20-run home defeat against Yorkshire Academy in the Yorkshire League.

The visitors posted 278-4 from their 55 overs, Jonathan Tattersall leading the way with a cracking 114 from 151 balls.

Jack Leaning also struck a fine 76 from 102 balls.

Ash Lyth and Smith took two wickets apiece for the home side.

The Scarborough response started solidly with an opening stand of 102 between skipper Simpson, 53, and Harland, 47, and Sharma blasted a fearsome 76 from 58 balls but, apart from Lyth, 27, he was offered little support as the hosts slipped to 258-8.

George Ross was the top Academy bowler with 4-30 from five overs, while Will Rhodes and Karl Carver snapped up two wickets apiece.