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York Cricket Club in nine-wicket win over Scarborough
York Cricket Club cruised into the third round of the ECB National Club Championship with a nine-wicket win over Yorkshire League rivals Scarborough.
The home side made short work chasing down 103, reaching the victory target inside 15 overs led by Duncan Snell’s unbeaten 64.
Opting to bat first, Scarbrough skipper Andy Simpson and Darren Harland – recognised as one of the best Yorkshire League opening pairings – found Glen Richmond tough to handle.
The young opening bowler found the outside edge of both, who fell to catches by York skipper Dan Woods at first slip.
Tom Pringle replaced Richmond and, in his first four overs, struck twice to reduce Scarborough to a paltry 49-4. Ryan McKendry then got in on the act with a brace of wickets.
Though Ashley Lyth tried to hold things together with 18 made from 58 balls, his resistance ended when he was run out by a throw from Richmond.
At 57-8 off 30 overs, it was left to 14-year-old Jonathan Read, making his competitive debut at this level, to hit an undefeated 18 that was the highlight of an otherwise lacklustre batting effort. He was left stranded when Richmond wrapped up the innings picking up the final wicket to fall.
Snell, partnered by Liam McKendry, wasted little time in setting about the chase.
The left-handed batsman hit ten fours on his way to a 39-ball half-century.
McKendry made 27, capped by successive boundaries, before holing out to mid-off.
But in the next over Snell cracked two boundaries, one a six, which threatened to knock down part of the old clubhouse a day earlier than its scheduled demolition.
It was left to Oliver Hairs to hit the winning boundary.
The victory tees up a mouth- watering third round clash with South Northumberland, the reigning North East Premier League champions at Clifton Park on Sunday, starting at 1pm.