“That was probably our worst batting display of the season,” said Sheffield Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon after his team had gone down to a heavy seven wicket home defeat at the hands of Scarborough.
“There were no demons in the pitch, a bit of swing that’s all,” he added. They put us in but I would have batted had I won the toss. Three or four of our top order were just out to bad shots.”
Nick Gaywood fell in the second over without scoring and a promising stand of 29 for the second wicket was broken when Alex Patmore went for 16. Joe Root held the innings together for a while before being caught behind for 32 but wickets continued to tumble and it was left to Matt Moroney, who only turned 14 on Sunday, to give the score some credibility. The promising youngster hit a superb 38 from just 32 balls including five fours and a six. He eventually became keeper Mark Tennant’s sixth catch and Collegiate were dismissed for 117 in the 36th over.
In the Scarborough reply, Root bowled the dangerous Andy Simpson for eight and Tom Hancock had Joe Padmore caught for seven but they were to be Collegiate’s only successes. Darren Harland hit six fours in his 49no and Tennant made it a memorable afternoon scoring an unbeaten 52 to add to his catches as Scarborough raced home in the 29th over.
United, glowing after back-to-back victories, came down to earth losing by five wickets at Harrogate who were celebrating the opening of their new pavilion, three years after their beautiful old Victorian structure was reduced to ashes.
Paul Cummins won the toss and elected to bat and United got off to a decent start of 67 before Nick Beneke was bowled by Ben Biker for 26. Cummins was next to go for 44 with the score on 102-2.
Two more fell cheaply bringing together Joe Tetley and Dean Smith, making only his second Yorkshire League appearance and the pair put on 95 for the fifth wicket. They batted splendidly and running between the wickets was top class, until Tetley was run out for 44. Smith hit a well deserved 54no, including four fours and a six, as United ended on 209-5.
Former Bawtry Road favourite Alex Twigg, who scored 158no along with Shaun Beck’s 238no when United set the league record score of 418-1 in 1996, soon reminded the new boys that he is still a force to be reckoned with when Harrogate replied.
Adam Thorpe and Zafran Ali bowled accurately to take two wickets each but the hosts were always in control.R yan Bradshaw hit a solid 44 and Twigg almost saw the victory complete but he fell to the bowling of 15-year-old Tom Bollands for 85 with the score on 195. Harrogate’s five wicket win came in the 47th over Zafran taking 2-36.
The second derby of the season takes place at Bawtry Road this Saturday (noon) with United eager for revenge after Collegiate nicked a narrow three wicket victory with eightballs to spare at Abbeydale on the first day of the season. Cummins has a full squad to choose from provided Reece Shutt recovers from a back spasm.
Dixon, who reckons his team can beat anyone on the day, welcomes back Bill Root and Elliot Callis from Worksop College commitments but has doubts about Peter Turnbull who is touring with British Universities and Joe Root who could be in the Yorkshire T20 squad.
Fixtures: Saturday: App Frod v Cleethorpes, Hull v Catleford, United v Collegiate, York v Driffield, YCA v Scarborough.
Sunday: YCA v Hull, Harrogate v Collegiate, Rotherham v Barnsley.