Ton-up openers steer hosts to win

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AN unbroken stand of 220 between openers Andy Simpson and former captain Darren Harland gave Scarborough the ideal start to the Yorkshire League season, a 10-wicket home win against Yorkshire Academy on Saturday.

The young Tykes, who were boosted by the inclusion of England and Yorkshire paceman Ajmal Shazhad, won the toss and chose to bat first at a sun-drenched North Marine Road.

Teenage bowler Jack Holt claimed the early wicket of James McNichol for only nine runs, but an 82-run stand between Alex Lees and George Ross put the visitors back on track before Andy had Ross caught behind by Mark Tennant off Simpson for 40.

Lees battled on with little support before finally being caught by Will Gibson off the bowling of fellow youngster Ash Kundi for 74 runs.

Fine seam bowling from Holt saw him gain the top bowling figures of 4-41 for the hosts as Academy posted 216-8 to deny Scarborough the chance to claim full points.

Openers Simpson and Harland made easy work of passing the Yorkshire score, Simpson smacking his unbeaten 111 off just 117 balls, striking 21 boundaries, while Harland finished on 100 not out off 146 deliveries, which included 13 fours.

The home side secured victory with 12 overs - and 10 wickets - to spare.