Scarborough stunned by basement club Sheffield United

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Scarborough’s struggles continued on Saturday afternoon with a shock 52-run defeat at home to basement club Sheffield United, the visitors claiming their first win of the season.

It had looked as if the points were heading to the home team during the tea interval, as the hosts skittled United for just 150 runs, Theo Smith the pick of the Scarborough bowlers with 4-25.

Aussie Carl Joyce also impressed with 3-22 from 10.1 overs and Tom Precious snapped up 2-36 from 13 overs.

Number nine batsman Jonnie Whiteoak top-scored with 26, sharing what turned out to be a crucial eighth-wicket stand of 31 with Ben Jenkinson (15). Ben Percival, 24, was the only recognised batsman to make any headway for United.

The home side lost a few early wickets but recovered to 54-3, and even at 75-5 they must have still fancied their chances of securing the victory.

Youngster Jenkinson had other ideas as his spectacular spell of 5-12 from seven overs saw Scarborough slump to 98 all out.

Andy Simpson top-scored for the hosts, the skipper making 21, while Peter Shally struck 15 and Chris Grey 16.

Whiteoak and Rory McInnes-Gibbons snapped up two wickets apiece for the Sheffield side to wrap up their opening league victory of 2014.