Scarborough suffer opening day mauling

Oli Stephenson top-scored for Scarborough CC in their defeat at Driffield
Oli Stephenson top-scored for Scarborough CC in their defeat at Driffield

Scarborough CC suffered a heavy defeat at Driffield Town on the opening day of the Yorkshire Premier League North season.

The newly-formed league got off to a somewhat low key start as wet weather played havoc with the fixture programme, and four out of the six scheduled matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

At King’s Mill Road, overseas ace Ali Asad, who faced the England Test side for Pakistan A during the winter, hit the day’s top score.

The hosts’ opener made 88 against Scarborough, and a third-wicket partnership of 113 with Sam Drury (50) helped Driffield reach 213-7 from a rain restricted 36 overs.

James Pick was the star of the visiting attack, finishing with figures of 3-37.

Nick Hardgrave then dominated the second half of the match, taking 6-22 including three wickets in the final over, as Scarborough slumped to 98 all out.

Debutant Oliver Stephenson with 36 was one of only three batsmen to reach double figures as new skipper Ben Elvidge’s tenure in charge the team got off to a disappointing start.

Wet weather also decimated the opening day of the Hunters York & District Senior League season.

Just one of a dozen matches across the top two divisions saw any play, and precious little at that, Folkton & Flixton reaching 14-0 from 2.5 overs at home to Bridlington before the rain claimed that fixture too.