Cricket: Bayswater Morley bat their way to a strong position against Scarborough

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BAYSWATER Morley has put itself in a positive position after a gruelling effort with the bat on day one against Scarborough at Hillcrest.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Bears found themselves in trouble early on Saturday at 2-7 after losing openers Tim Smithies and Manuel Hunwick for three and four runs respectively.

But Jake Lewis and captain Mitchell Todd put on a terrific 82-run stand and put the innings back on track for the home side.

Scarborough captain Andrew Rule and fellow bowler Ryan Knight strangled the Bears batsmen, containing them to 6-120 halfway through the innings.

Following Todd’s dismissal for a hard-fought 67, a 55-run partnership between Olly Stone and Aaron Todd looked to have the Bears back in control of the match.

Bayswater Morley were eventually bowled out for 251 as Knight finished with excellent figures, taking 5-50. Scarborough could only manage three eventful overs before the end of the day, losing one wicket for five runs.