Invited to bat first, it was a familiar story as Scarborough lost early wickets. Michael Hirst's second ball on return to action went straight up in the air and Jonathan Read soon followed Hirst back to the Pavilion as Scarborough slipped to 8-2.
Things then went from bad to worse as the Seagulls were reduced to 45-6 before the first of two fightback partnerships began. It was another player making his first appearance of the season which steadied the ship in Rory Vokes-Dudgeon. He and Bruce combined to add an important partnerships to take Scarborough past 100, which looked in doubt at 45-6.
When Vokes-Dudgeon was run out for 32, Bruce was joined by Sam Carver who produced one of his best displays with the bat in a Scarborough shirt, adding 22 alongside Bruce who went past 50 with relative ease. He accelerated towards the back end of his innings smashing two sixes to push the score up to 146 before Scarborough were bowled out.
The reply got off to the ideal start for Scarborough with Nicky Sumpton removing one of the Sheriff openers within the first over, and Ant Hunter keeping things tight at the other end. With Scarborough bowling well the game seemed to be in the balance but some loose bowling in the middle overs saw Sheriff Hutton come quickly towards their total, and reach the victory target with 5 wickets in reserve.
Scarborough 2nds are yet to show what they are really capable of this season, and will need an improvement on their current form if they are to take themselves away from the relegation places in the second half of the season.