York Senior League: Ton-up Harland steers newcomers Scarborough to first-day win

Darren Harland.
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STUDLEY Royal endured an opening weekend to forget in the York Senior League as Saturday’s 136-run crushing against Scarborough was followed by defeat to Woodhouse Grange in the President’s Trophy.

League newcomers Scarborough made their way to 243-4 led by an unbeaten 112 from Darren Harland, who was supported by former Yorkshire Academy skipper Ryan Gibson,who made 46.

Dan Craven replied with a knock of 42 for Royal but his side fell well short at 107.

Studley – the 2014 Cup winners – then took on 2014 league champions Woodhouse Grange in Sunday’s President’s Trophy clash in which the Ripon outfit made 123-8 batting first from their 40 overs.

The knocks of Rob Nicholson (25) and Rob Mackle (32) were the best it got as Steve Burdett (3-26) and Tom Young (2-29) got to work with the ball and Grange easily overhauled at 25-2 in 18.5 overs.

Chris Bilton’s unbeaten 76 proved integral with Andrew Bilton adding 23.

The success completed a perfect weekend for Grange who recovered from 10-2 to record an opening day 66-run success at home to Hull Zingari.

A stand of 98 between Christopher Bilton (72) and Tom Young (49) eventually took Grange to 236-7 with Zingari then dismissed for 170.

Elsewhere, there were 30-point hauls for Acomb who beat Fenner by five wickets, for Sheriff Hutton Bridge who beat Stamford Bridge by eight wickets, for Heworth who saw off York 2nds by 163 runs and for Clifton Alliance – 177 run victors against Dunnington. Easingwold picked up 26 points from their draw with Beverley Town.

The rest of the divisions begin this Saturday with Whitkirk on their travels to Sewerby in their opener in Division One in which Pickering are away at Goole Town.

Selby welcome Duncombe Park in Division Two North.

Going home: ICC Trophy-winning captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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