Meggies lose out in a final game thriller
CLEETHORPES rounded off their 2012 Yorkshire League campaign with an agonising final-over four-wicket defeat in an exciting climax to the season.
With Scarborough's North Marine Road ground bathed in blistering sunshine, Cleethorpes opted to bat first on a used track that had offered nearly 650 the day before.
Early dismissals of Bill Kirby (7) to a poor lbw decision and Yaniv Judah (5), gloving a hook to the keeper, set Cleethorpes back, but Alex Osmond came out with all guns blazing.
He and Rory Osmond rebuilt the innings adding 59 for the third wicket before Alex departed having hit six boundaries in making 32.
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Rory was playing beautifully and reached a second half-century of the weekend in 71 balls.
Youngster Ian Mansfield, promoted to five, lapped leg-spinner Sharma to backward square but Cleethorpes' lower order continued their fine late season form with an array of powerful shots.
Charlie Tomlinson hit a brisk 21 before skipper James Osmond struck 26 in only 20 balls employing the sweep to excellent effect.
These stands of 46 and 41 took Cleethorpes past the 200 mark before Graham Hume added the icing on the cake as he and Rory Osmond put together an unbroken stand of 59 in just eight overs.
Osmond passed a brilliant hundred in 136 balls before finishing 128 not out with 17 boundaries to reinforce his position as top Cleethorpes bat this season.
Hume raced to 34 not out in 27 balls with another entertaining cameo as Cleethorpes closed on 264 for six in their 55 overs.
In such fantastic batting conditions, Cleethorpes would have their hands full trying to contain a strong Scarborough line-up.
With a fast outfield. Scarborough got off to a good start despite Alex Osmond opening the bowling for Cleethorpes.
Simpson (30) and Basil added 63 for the first wicket before Osmond managed to bowl Simpson round his legs, but Scarborough's Indian pro Sharma looked to take the game away from the visitors when he added 96 for the second wicket in 20 overs.
But James Osmond finally found the key to open the door when Fred Lumby bowled what looked like a game-changing spell.
First, Hume yorked Sharma for 49 before Lumby's full toss could only be helped into the skippers grateful hands at backward point.
When Lumby removed Tennant and Padmore in the 48th over, Scarborough had slipped to 202 for five with the rate up above eight an over.
Lumby would finish with three for 32 off his seven overs.
Ashley Lyth, brother of Yorkshire opener Adam, was playing a forceful innings at one end to keep Scarborough in the game.
With 38 runs required off the final four overs, Cleethorpes looked in the box seat but a number of fielding lapses would prove crucial.
Lyth raced to 50 in 42 balls as Scarborough reached the final over needing 12 for victory.
A scrambled single off Hume was followed by a harsh wide with Lyth backing away to leg.
When he crashed Hume's attempted Yorker to the square leg boundary and scampered two off the third delivery, the hosts looked home and dry.
An ill-judged single left Bruce needing three off two deliveries, but Hume's next ball found the inside edge of his bat and Cleethorpes' players could only watch in agony as the ball raced away to the boundary.
The win took Scarborough above Meggies, who were forced to settle for eighth place in the league after a solid, yet inconsistent season.