SUCCESS isn’t always measured in the form of league tables or an individual’s scores or performances - but sometimes the work done behind the scenes, in the club house, the committee room or in the nets.
Whitby CC were able to celebrate on both fronts when members of the club attended the prestigious North Yorkshire and South Durham League cricket presentation evening at Marton Country Club.
Although entertained by the excellent after dinner speaking of England’s chairman of selectors Geoff Miller and compere, comedian Jed Stone, the night was about the performances put in over the season.
While both senior teams have put in solid, if unspectacular performances, finishing in the upper halves in their respective leagues, the younger players showing that there are good times to come while some of the older players proving they aren’t done yet, it was the U17s team and their captain Kai Morris whose performances have really lit up Whitby’s season.
They won the Southern Division of the Junior League but in a nail-biting final beat Northern Division winners Richmondshire to claim the coveted Pallister Cup.
They also proved to be specialists at the fast paced 15/15 format of the game, being the inaugural winners of the cup presented by Teesside University, when beating Darlington comprehensively on the finals day at Markse CC.
Skipper Morris scored 41 runs that day to lead his side to victory and it was for this and many other performances over the course of the season, that he was named the 15/15 player of the season, an award presented to him by Geoff Miller as well as the cups won by the team.
This was not the only success Whitby enjoyed as they were also named as the Gold Winners of the Club of the Year Award for 2012.
Nicknamed by some as the unsung heroes award, it is an award that can only be won through the efforts of the whole club and is measured independently throughout the season on various criteria.
These include discipline on the field of play, fulfilment of fixtures, how visiting teams and officials are treated, the respect shown to umpires, general administration and match day and website management.
While Chairman John Hall was in attendance it was perhaps fitting that this award was picked up by Whitby’s own “Mr Cricket” Duncan Russell.
Duncan, along with his wife Pauline, have been, without doubt, the mainstays of Whitby CC for many years, putting in hours of behind the scenes work and the whole club recognised that to be presented this award on behalf of the club was a fitting pinnacle.
All in all, an excellent evening enjoyed by everyone after a season disjointed by wet weather.
Plans are already been formulated by John, Duncan, Pauline and the rest of the committee to continue the success for next season, by improving the facilities for junior and senior players, as well as making a visit to the ground an enjoyable experience for all.
Anyone wishing to join in the success of the club in either a playing or non-playing capacity will welcomed.