York League cricket: Flixton crush Harrogate, Scarborough 2nds edged out

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An excellent all-round effort from Flixton helped them to a 177-run win at Harrogate 2nds in division one of the York League, while Scarborough 2nds suffered a two-wicket loss in their division three fixture at home to Carlton Towers.

Fine knocks from skipper Oliver Stephenson (70), Neil Elvidge (67) and the in-form Rich Malthouse (62no) helped drive visitors Flixton to an imposing 296-6 at Harrogate, while Nick Zakrzewski weighed in with 38 and Rob Lacey remained unbeaten on 32.

Zakrzewski capped a fine all-round day with 4-26 as Harrogate were shot out for 119 in 38 overs, Lee Elvidge taking 3-32 for the victors.

Scarborough 2nds suffered a two-wicket home loss against Carlton Towers in division three, but it was pretty much a one-man effort from the visitors’ Grant Nicholson.

The ex-York all-rounder took 7-17 as the home side slipped to 116 all out in 37 overs, and he then struck 47 as his side limped home with just two wickets to spare.

Scarborough had earlier won their first toss of the year and elected to bat on a green top wicket.

Openers Matthew Southwell and Josh Mainprize fought hard on a unpredictable surface and managed to put on 55 for the first wicket.

Nicholson made the breakthrough removing Mainprize and Callum Ferrie in two balls.

From there on in Nicholson proved to be the difference between the two sides removing five more of the Scarborough batsmen.

Rhys Milner showed some resistance towards the end of the inning but unfortunately the young Scarborough team limped to 116 all out.

This may have been a low total to defend, but the Scarborough opening bowlers Ferrie and Milner came out fighting hard and made sure that the Carlton Towers team stumbled to 18-4.

As well as Nicholson L Elling made a crucial 30 for Towers although Scarborough were convinced that they had claimed him stumped on two, but the umpire did not give the decision, he was eventually caught and bowled by Matty Kay.

Once again the game went down to the wire but the Towers team crept across the line with eight wickets down. Next week Scarborough take on Pocklington away in desperate need of a win to move away from the relegation zone.