Back-to-back victories get Whitby back in hunt

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WHITBY Cricket Club’s 2nds are right back in the promotion race after back-to-back wins at the weekend netted them 40 points.

On Saturday, the 2nds got opponents Blackhall 2nds out for 109, with James Fawcett the chief architect in their downfall, taking four wickets for 16 runs, while Stuart Marsden chipped in with a couple.

In reply, a 70-run partnership between Fawcett and Ian Suckling gave the 2nds a comprehensive nine-wicket victory, putting them in buoyant mood for another clash the following day, away to Yarm 2nds in a game that was won surprisingly quickly.

Not a single Yarm player scored double figures as the Teessiders collapsed to 30 all out, with Fawcett and Andrew Menzies taking five wickets apiece from their 15 overs.

Whitby did lose a couple of early wickets but were never seriously troubled in reaching their total from just over eight overs to record a second convincing victory within 24 hours.

The 40 points achieved over the weekend propels Whitby 2nds into third place in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League’s third division and ensures promotion is a realistic target.

They trail second-placed Thornaby by 13 points but there are still seven matches outstanding.

A spokesman for Whitby Cricket Club said on Twitter: “Today’s second team had five under 15s playing.

“That is how it should be.

“They are the future of this club and it is excellent to see.

“Massive future.”

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