Double-header for Scarborough CC

Scarborough CC celebrate a wicket during last week's defeat to Driffield
Scarborough CC celebrate a wicket during last week's defeat to Driffield

Scarborough CC face a busy weekend, with two games to play in two days.

Ben Elvidge’s side entertain Hull in the Yorkshire Premier League North on Saturday, before travelling to Stamford Bridge in the ECB National Club Championship the following day.

And the club’s new skipper is hoping for an improved showing from his players following their 115-run defeat to Driffield Town last time out.

“There definitely needs to be an improvement in terms of the results this weekend,” he said.

“Hull are a gritty side, however, and we know it will be a tough game. They’ve signed quite a few new players and have ex-Scarborough man Andrew Simpson opening the batting and he is a guy who scores a lot of runs at the top of the order.

“On Sunday we are playing in a competition that I personally really enjoy because it’s a chance to take on teams that you wouldn’t normally come up against.

“If you progress then you can end up going all over the county, and then the country in the latter stages, so we’re just looking to get into a winning habit and see how far we can go.”

Scarborough will be boosted by the arrival of their new overseas signing, in time for Saturday’s league clash.

Zimbabwe under-19s fast bowler Richard Ngarava will make his debut against Hull, and Elvidge is expecting big things of the paceman.

“Richard is very quick and I think he is going be a key player for us, he’s something special,” he added.

“He recently opened the bowling for his country at the under-19s world cup, so he should make an impression at this level.”

Reflecting on his team’s defeat in last weekend’s season-opener at Driffield, Elvidge felt that the better side won on the day, but with some assistance from the weather.

“I don’t like to make excuses, but the weather was a massive factor,” he continued.

“Credit where credit is due, Driffield did bat well, but we must have gone off at least four times for rain during their innings.

“It meant that our attack couldn’t get into any rhythm because we kept having to leave the field, we were bowling with a wet ball all the way through and the outfield was slippy.

“Again, to be fair, Driffield bowled well at us, but they had a dry ball to work with as the rain stopped, and whereas it was skidding through quite nicely for their batsmen, the pitch became very sticky as it dried during our innings and there was just no pace on the ball, making it hard to get away.

“The best team won, but the scoreline wasn’t really a fair reflection of the game.”