York Vs Scarborough – Match Report

York won for the fourth Saturday in a row but it took a record partnership between Tom Spearman and Tom Brooks to provide them with an escape route despite which Scarborough still looked to be on course for a first Clifton Park victory in over ten years until Daniel Woods intervened with five wickets late on to dash their hopes.
Duncan Snell and Finlay Bean, who had combined to great effect at Driffield the previous week, opened and made a cautious start against some accurate bowling. The total had reached 29 when Bean, having been given a life when dropped at slip the previous over, was bowled by Anderson for six. The same bowler trapped Snell lbw for 28 gaining revenge for the back to back boundaries he had conceded of the previous two balls. Anderson’s new ball partner Kristian Wilkinson got in on the act with the wicket of Guy Darwin who was lbw without scoring, and when Anderson’s replacement Jack Holt struck in his first over to remove Nick James also lbw the home side found themselves 59-4. Matthew Bell made a patient 13 before being caught behind giving Holt a second wicket and when Charlie Elliot caught close in on the offside with the total on 70 the hosts looked to be in trouble. The two Tom’s came together with 26 overs remaining which offered a rare opportunity for both to construct a substantial innings, something a usually dominant top order tends to prevent. Both are keen stroke makers and despite the delicate match position neither shied away when opportunities presented themselves, indeed four of Spearman’s first seven scoring shots all crossed the boundary. Brooks was slightly more circumspect in his approach, however by the 38th over the pair had put on 50 and the visitors fielding was beginning to look laboured. Brooks with a succession of boundaries caught and passed his partner reaching 50 off 63 balls, but his obvious enjoyment was cut short when Anderson returned to trap him lbw for 58 however by then the pair had added 107 breaking the previous Yorkshire League North record of 94 set by Yorkshire Academy’s Jordan Thompson and Jared Warner against Dunnington in 2016. Spearman needed 66 balls to reach his maiden half-century for the first team and got there with his sixth four, and was able to add a seventh before cutting a ball from Jack Holt straight to point.  Alex Rose and Oliver Leedham both found the rope in the closing stages as York closed on 211-8, a considerable improvement on their position at the half way stage.
Alex Rose dismissed James Pick caught behind in the opening over, then Guy Darwin picked up the key wickets of Darren Harland for 14 and Neil Elvidge for 11. Sandwiched between Darwin’s efforts a brilliant work from ‘keeper Tom Brooks saw Sam Drury stumped off a leg side wide from seamer Charlie Elliot.  The fall of the fourth wicket with the score on 45 brought together Oliver Stephenson and Jonathan Read and for a time York had no answer to the pair who added 70 from 18 overs. Stephenson looked the more dangerous a half-century containing eight fours showing his willingness to take on the bowling, so it was somewhat fortuitous that he was caught of a defensive prod at a ball from Daniel woods that carried to Nick James at slip. Read was joined at the crease by Theo Smith and with five wickets in hand the visitors needed 64 from the final 12 overs, crucially for the hosts half of those could be bowled by Woods. So often in the past the York captain has shown he is a master in such circumstances and that again proved to be the case. A wicket in each of four consecutive overs nullified the threat from the visitors his victims including both Smith lbw sweeping for 23 and Read caught at the second grab by Nick James at slip. A wicket in his penultimate over left the visitors with little option but to bat out the final four to ensure they collected four points, whilst denying York the full ten.