WHITBY Cricket Club 1sts maintained a promising start to the new season in what promises to be an extremely challenging campaign in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League.
Whitby arrived late to the ground after getting lost and the upheaval seemed to affect them as they lost early wickets against a good bowling side.
Paul Buck, who went on to hit 76 not out, held the innings together but even so, Whitby were struggling badly at 78/7 when Mark Jackson joined him at the crease.
The pair managed to bat the rest of the innings to finish with a respectable score 164/7.
Mark batted very well for his highest first XI score of 39,
Bowling-wise, two young opening bowlers Tom Steyert and Liam Beckett, on his debut, bowled very well but without luck against two quality opening batsmen.
James Hall and Steve Allen also had excellent spells but Darlington always looked in control.
But wickets began to fall and the home side panicked once captain Garry Moody fell to Tom Steyert and Whitby went on to land an unlikely victory.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Whitby entertained Marske 2nds at the Turnbull and again Steyert ripped through the opposition’s top order to put Whitby in a strong position early, being well backed by Liam Beckett and James Fawcett.
Marske were dismissed for a paltry 102, giving Whitby a great chance of glory.
They suffered a slight wobble early on by losing three early wickets but Fawcett capped a great all-round day with 43 not out at number three and Ron Lyth struck a typically aggressive, unbeaten 42 to complete a comfortable victory.