Scarborough Cricket Club’s first team returned to winning ways with a two-wicket success at Town Fields against Doncaster Town in the Yorkshire League on Saturday.
A stunning knock of 149 from 150 balls by Donny opener James Stuart steered the hosts to 271-8 from 55 overs, late knocks from tail-enders Curtis Free, 27, and Ashley Knowles, 34no, proving very useful for the South Yorkshire club, who recovered from 136-6 and 196-7.
Opening bowlers Danny Evans and Jack Holt claimed 2-65 and 2-70 respectively, with Tom Bruce, Ash Lyth, skipper Andy Simpson and Anthony Hunter all grabbing a wicket apiece.
The visitors’ response started solidly thanks to a 98 stand by openers Simpson, 50, and Harland, 53, but it was a stirring knock of 70 from 83 balls by Mark Tennant which kept Scarborough up with the required run-rate, with assistance from Samrat Sharma, 31.
Lyth, 12, and Kunwar Bansil, 10, also kept Tennant company, but the visitors were losing wickets at regular intervals and looked to be in trouble on 240-7, still needing 32 runs to win.
Number nine batsman Bruce then came to the crease, and he shared an eight-wicket stand of 30 with Tennant, and although the latter was dismissed by Stuart with only two runs needed to win, Bruce, 23no, kept his cool and guided Scarborough to victory with two wickets and one over to spare.
Free and Alex Gosney both took two wickets for Doncaster, with Lewis Brown, Knowles, Jon Redfern and Stuart claiming the other wickets to fall.