A frantic finish over saw Scarborough 1sts throw away their chance of a first Yorkshire Premier League North win of the season.
Their match against Sheriff Hutton Bridge was all set up for a grandstand finish, and Scarborough were stroing favourites as they needed nine runs from 24 balls, with four wickets in hand.
But they contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and lost by five runs at North Marine Road.
Darren Harland looked to be guiding the hosts over the line, as they chased down Bridge’s 228. But when he was run out for 73, it all went wrong and Scarborough lost their remaining three wickets for just four runs.
Karl Carver was the visitor’s star man, as he claimed 5-44 and then played a part in two run outs in the thrilling final stages.
Earlier in the innings, Mark Tennant had chipped in with 38 for Scarborough, but all the batsmen were eclipsed by Mark Fisher, who made 92 for Sheriff Hutton before tea.
The pick of the Scarborough bowlers were Ben Elvidge (4-57) and Jack Holt (3-44).
Driffield 1sts are up to fifth in the table after a five-wicket win at Harrogate.
Ali Asad’s excellent early-season form continued as he shared a century partnership with Sam Drury at St George’s Road.
Asad hit 78 and Drury was unbeaten on 88 as the away side chased down Harrogate’s target of 226.
Alec Drury and Nick Hardgrave had taken eight wickets between them in the Harrogate innings, despite Dion Sansom’s 68.