Simpson and Harland hit tons as Scarborough sink Collegiate

142202a'Scarborough v Sheffield'Scarborough bowling...Opening bowler'Picture by Neil Silk'26/05/14
142202a'Scarborough v Sheffield'Scarborough bowling...Opening bowler'Picture by Neil Silk'26/05/14

Skipper Andy Simpson and Darren Harland hit a ton apiece to steer Scarborough to an eight-wicket home win with just three balls remaining against Sheffield Collegiate in the Yorkshire League on Monday.

The visitors looked to be in the box seat after posting a testing 288-5 from their 55 overs, former Yorkshire wicket-keeper Simon Guy top-scoring with an explosive undefeated 72 from just 47 deliveries.

Guy smacked eight fours and a pair of sixes in his blistering knock.

Joe Root’s younger brother Billy also weighed in with 52 for the Sheffield side, with openers Nick Gaywood, 62, and Jacob Waterson, 51, having laid the foundations with an opening stand of 102.

The visitors reached 186-1 with 10 overs left, four swift wickets then pegged Collegiate back to 206-5, though an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 82 betwen Guy and youngster Josh Varley, 23no, looked to have put the away side on track for a victory.

Charlie Hodgson and Carl Joyce took two wickets apiece for the home side in their 12 overs apiece, but they were quite expensive, Hodgson conceding 74 and Aussie left-arm paceman Joyce 69, with Simpson, 7-0-19-0, and youngster Sam Carver, 6-0-18-0, exercising some late control with some accurate bowling.

The early dismissal of Peter Shally for 13 brought former captain Harland to the crease to join the current skipper Simpson and the due proceeded to knock the Sheffield bowling to all parts of the North Marine Road ground, and by the time Simpson eventually fell for 130 in the 50th over the damage had been done, the duo having amassed a superb second-wicket partnership of 249 in just 42.2 overs.

This brought all-rounder Chris Grey, 8no, to the crease and he teamed up with Harland, 121no, for an undefeated third-wicket stand of 40 to steer the home side to victory with three balls to spare.

Simpson smacked 14 fours and one six in his 130 from 152 balls while Harland hammered nine fours and two sixes in his 135-ball stay at the crease.

*Scarborough’s home game with Harrogate on Saturday was called off without a ball being bowled due to the wet weather which ruined the local cricket scene over the weekend.