Padmore hits ton in home success

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JOE Padmore’s unbeaten 100 paved the way for Scarborough to secure a 36-run victory at home to Doncaster Town on Saturday, continuing their winning start to the season.

After the early departure of former skipper Darren Harland for 10 runs, Padmore joined Andy Simpson at the crease, and the duo steadied the hosts’ nerves with a second-wicket stand of 61 before Simpson fell for 52.

The match-winning stand was between Padmore and keeper Mark Tennant, the pair putting on 138 before the latter was clean-bowled by Alex Gosney for 62, Padmore going on to reach his century from 142 balls, smacking 12 boundaries on the way in the hosts’ 261-4.

In reply, Scarborough took wickets at regular intervals with only Gosney’s powerful 72 from 91 balls, which included nine fours and three sixes, giving the visitors any hope of gaining victory, but after his dismissal by spinner Simon Tennant (2-28) their innings tailed away to 225-8, denying Scarborough a complete win.

In an excellent all-round team effort, bowlers Ash Lyth and Ash Kundi also snapped up two wickets apiece.