New Scarborough trio all ready for Premier challenge

Scarboroughs trio of new signings, from left, Oli Stephenson, skipper Ben Elvidge and Elliott Cooper Picture: Richard Ponter
Scarboroughs trio of new signings, from left, Oli Stephenson, skipper Ben Elvidge and Elliott Cooper Picture: Richard Ponter

Scarborough Cricket Club’s trio of new signings are more than ready for the challenge as they embark upon their maiden season in the new Yorkshire Premier League North.

New captain Ben Elvidge moved quickly to sign up former Flixton teammate Oli Stephenson and Staxton spinner Elliott Cooper.

Scarborough start their debut season in the Premier League North at Driffield on Saturday, although the start of the campaign could be delayed until next week at a vote of member clubs today due to the recent poor weather.

Elvidge is more than ready for the new campaign to get under way.

He said: “I’m looking forward to getting going now, it’ll be a very proud moment for me captaining Scarborough.

“All the lads have been very good in pre-season and we’re all up for the challenge now.

“It’ll be a very competitive league, there doesn’t look to be any easy games at all.”

Elvidge is delighted that he’s been joined by opening batsman Stephenson and left-arm spinner Cooper.

“It’s great to have the best local players representing the town,” added Elvidge.

“Oli has just come back from Australia and did very well out there, I’m sure he’ll thrive on better pitches in this division.

“I’ve been really impressed with Elliott since he joined us.

“He doesn’t bowl any rubbish and makes the batsmen work for their runs.”

Stephenson is fresh from a winter playing for Surrey Hills, a club on the outskirts of Melbourne.

The former Flixton man scored 478 runs in 12 innings at an average of 47.8 while Down Under and is hoping to carry that form on now.

Stephenson said: “It was a fantastic learning experience for me as a person and as a cricketer too.

“I’m really looking forward to getting into the season now and the challenge of the new league, with some high class opponents it will be a great challenge and there is no better place to play cricket than North Marine Road.”

Cooper, who bowled superbly to take 1-2 from his four-over spell in the club’s friendly win against Yeadon on Sunday, admitted it was tough to leave Staxton, but it didn’t take long for him to make his mind up.

Cooper said: “I was set to take over as Staxton captain until Neil Elvidge rang me and asked me to join Scarborough a few days before the AGM.

“It was obviously tough to leave Staxton, I’ve been there pretty much since I was 12.

“The opportunity to join Scarborough and play at North Marine Road is one that I couldn’t turn down though and I can’t wait to get going.”

Cooper admitted he had nerves before the Yeadon game, but his superb spell settled him down.

“It’s hard going into a team not knowing anyone, but hopefully that spell will settle me into the side.”

Yeadon report - P104 of this week's Scarborough News.