Scarborough CC lose out in run feast at Rotherham

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Despite some strong batting, Scarborough eventually lost out by 26 runs in a high-scoring Yorkshire League encounter against Rotherham at Clifton Lane.

The home side were put into bat by Scarborough skipper Andy Simpson, and he was soon left to rue this decision as Rotherham reached 308-6 from their 55 overs.

Openers James Moorhouse and Gareth Purshouse gave the hosts a superb start with a first-wicket stand of 95, Moorhouse smashing 61 from 71 balls and hitting 10 fours, while Purshouse struck 40 from 44 deliveries, including eight fours.

Extra impetus was given by Archie Ogden’s 35, and then some big hitting from Ben Sanderson and Nathan Smith took the game out of Scarborough’s reach.

Sanderson cracked 50 from 62 balls, including four fours and a couple of sixes, while Smith thumped 60 from 68, with three fours and four sixes.

William Cooper’s swashbuckling 25 not out from 30 balls, including two sixes and a four, saw the hosts pass the 300-run mark.

Thomas Precious was the pick of the Scarborough bowlers with 5-101 from his 17 overs.

The concession of 18 wides did not help the visitors’ cause.

Simpson’s 66 from 95 balls gave Scarborough hope of a successful run-chase, and Samrat Sharma’s explosive 55 from 46 balls - including four fours and two sixes - along with an unbeaten 56 from 41 balls by Kuunwar Bansil gave the visitors hope but losing late wickets damaged their chances and they ended on 282-9.

Sanderson capped a fine individual display with 3-61 from 12 overs while Will Street took 3-77 from 17 overs.