Lyth stars as Scarborough net win at Castleford

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An unbeaten 81 from Ashley Lyth helped Scarborough CC to a six-wicket victory at Castleford in the Solly Sports Yorkshire League on Saturday.

Number four batsman Lyth hammer five sixes and a couple of fours in his 91-ball stint at the crease, sharing in a match-winning unbeaten century stand with fellow all-rounder Samrit Sharma, 44no from 48 balls.

The early foundations had been set for Scarborough by former skipper Darren Harland, 53 from 75 balls, and Mark Tennant, 39 from 72, who shared a second-wicket stand of 90 to settle Scarborough’s nerves after the early departure of captain Andrew Simpson for just six runs.

Scarborough secured the win with 19 balls and six wickets to spare, but as they did not claim all 10 Castleford wickets they received six points for the victory.

Castleford had earlier posted 240-7 from their 55 overs, but they will have been disappointed not to have made it to nearer the 300 mark after a fine knock from youngster Will Simpson, 89, had seen them reach 199-2 at one stage.

Openers Ben Clark, 52, and Andrew Bourke, 27, had dealt well with the new ball and looked to have put the hosts on track for a big total, but after the departure of the top three batsmen, and number four Charles Finan, 40, they limped to 240-7.

Paceman Jack Holt was the pick of the Scarborough bowling attack with 3-48 in 10 overs, including the crucial wicket of Simpson, while Lyth, Sharma and Simpson also grabbed a wicket apiece.