Scarboro’ treble win lifts title bid

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THREE wins in as many games has seen Scarborough A put the pressure on Pickering A at the top of division A.

In their first game, the North Marine Road club beat visitors Duncombe Park by seven wickets.

Spinner Jordan Welford claiming an amazing five wickets for no runs - including three stumpings by keeper Sam Hills. Skipper Kawsar Ahmed also bagged 3-16 as the Helmsley side were dismissed for 56.

Kieran Howard, 16, and Will Donald, 12no, steered the hosts to victory.

In the next game, Scarborough won in a last-ball thriller at Cayton.

Ryan Woodhead, 25 retired, and James Cox, 20, guided the hosts to 97-7, Callum Ferrie taking 3-13.

Ferrie then hit 27 ret, and with Kieran Howard, 25 ret, also shining, the visitors hit the winning runs off the final ball of the game.

Ferrie was also on top form in the eight-wicket home win against Nawton Grange, taking 4-2 as the visitors sank to 56 all out.

Tom Bussey weighed in with 2-3 as the hosts dominated.

In reply, Jack Garritty, 24no, and Kieran Howard, 21, saw Scarborough safely to victory.

Pickering A played host to Wykeham A in their midweek fixture.

Wykeham found runs hard to come by as the Pikes’ opening bowlers Tim Whincup, whose four overs went for just six runs, and his partner Liam Hardey who conceeded just 10 in his four overs.

So with only 17 runs coming from the first eight overs Wykeham began to score more freely with George Shannon, 17, Reece Milner, 20no, and James Barker, 25 ret, enabling the visitors to a testing 88-3. Sam Farrow, 2-16, was the pick of the Pickering bowlers.

In reply Pickering lost Whincup with the first ball as Milner, 3-8, removed his middle stump.

While the Pikes maintained the required run-rate thanks to the excellent Ben Lealman, 26 ret, wickets kept falling and at 47-7 things were not looking good.

But an eighth-wicket stand of 43 between man of the match Hardey, 18no, and Rory Lancaster, 13no, allowed the home side to maintain their unbeaten record in the league winning by three wickets.

On Sunday, Pikes’ A team travelled to Driffield and once again were left with a tricky run chase as the hosts posted 112-4.

George Drury and Ryan Kelly both retired on 26. Again the opening bowling pair of Whincup and Hardey both bowled well.

Drury was showing his class with the ball taking 3-10 but Lealman, 28 ret, Whincup, 21, and Rory Lancaster, 25 ret, saw Pickering home for the loss of five wickets.

Duncombe Park bounced back from their loss at Scarborough with an 88-run win at Nawton Grange.

Josh Butler and James Malden hit 25 retired apiece as Park posted 127-3, Sam Newton bagging all three wickets for Nawton.

Pace bowler Connor Campbell then snapped up 3-17 as the home side limped to 39-9 in reply.

Cayton also returned to winning ways on Sunday with an 18-run success at Bridlington A.

Connor Davidson, 26 ret, and Jack Wood, 25 ret, helped the visitors to 96-4 and in reply Brid were dismissed for just 78 - Joel Boyer claiming 3-7.