Skipper Simpson stars in Scarborough’s tie with Appleby Frodingham

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Despite a superb all-round performance from Andrew Simpson, Scarborough had to settle for a tie at home to Appleby Frodingham in the Yorkshire League on Saturday.

Scarborough batted first and made 234-8 from their 55 overs, opener Simpson top-scoring with 72 with 30 apiece from Mark Tennant and all-rounder Chris Grey, young wicket-keeper weighing in with an unbeaten 28 and Darren Harland, 25, sharing an opening stand of 95 with Simpson.

The visitors fought their way back into the game, as at one point the North Marine Road club were at one stage 158-3and looking to get past the 250-run mark.

A trio of run-outs and keen bowling from John Heath, 2-35 in 10 overs, pegged the home side back.

In reply, Duncan Heath struck 52 and Matt Fowler added 40, but top bowling from Simpson, 5-54, and Ashley Lyth, 3-65, saw the visitors struggle to 191-9 and Scarborough looked to be on the verge of victory.

But a last-wicket stand between tail-enders Carl Taylor and Jack Forrester brought the scores level, only for Taylor to be clean-bowled by Simpson and leave th e scores tied after a dramatic finale.