Seaton Carew CC in high-scoring game with Guisborough

Seaton Carew batsman David McAllister in action against Guisborough played at Hornby Park. Picture by FRANK REID
Seaton Carew batsman David McAllister in action against Guisborough played at Hornby Park. Picture by FRANK REID

Seaton Carew fell to defeat against Guisborough in a high-scoring match between two evenly matched sides on a glorious day at Hornby Park.

Chasing 235 for victory Guisborough lost only four wickets in search of victory, which was achieved with five balls of the match remaining.

On a flat wicket Seaton lost the toss and were asked to bat by the visitors, and once again lost an early wicket as opener Matt Skirving hit a Jordan Leech full toss straight to a fielder to be dismissed for one.

Down the other end Paul Braithwaite, who was joined by his brother David, made batting look extremely easy as they punished some loose bowling by Leech and fellow pace man Chris Allinson as the hosts raced to 50 for 1 from the opening 10 overs.

Guisborough managed to control the scoring as spin duo, Stu Mackay and Sri Lankan professional Roshen Silva bowled in tandem, trying to slow the scoring rate.

The Braithwaite’s continued to push the score on until David misjudged a Silva quicker ball and was bowled for 34.

Paul Braithwaite was then joined by Sanjaya Rodrigo and the pair batted patiently putting on a century stand and both passing 50, Rodrigo’s first since joining the club, before Braithwaite was bowled, by Silva, for 71 leaving Seaton in a strong position on 140/3 with 15 overs remaining.

Martin Skirving joined Rodrigo, who would go on to score an impressive 64, and scored a quickfire 26 to help move the score on further.

Both Skirving and Rodrigo were dismissed in quick succession but that allowed the Seasiders skipper Stu Lobb to continue his impressive form to smash three sixes in a vital knock of 26 as Carew finished on 234 for 5.

Guisborough got their chase of to a perfect start as the openers, Martin Hood and Roshen Silva, moved the score past 40 inside 10 overs, although both rode their luck with some close decisions going their way.

Seaton’s bowlers toiled in the heat as Guisborough continued to bat with purpose, keeping wickets in hand, which would allow them to score 100 off the last 15 overs to win the game.

Carew finally had the breakthrough when spinner Danny Thomas had Hood caught at long on for 63.

Silva would eventually be bowled for 75 by Paul Braithwaite, with the game going down to the wire and leaving Guisborough on180/4.

However, Graham Murray made sure of victory for the visitors as he smashed four sixes in the final three overs to take Guisborough over the line with five balls to spare.

Seaton will look back on dropped catches, which eventually cost them the game, but will look forward to next week when they take on a strong Great Ayton side at Hornby Park.