Captain’s tactics swings game Whitby’s way

ON a glorious day at Whitby’s Turnbull Ground, Whitby Cricket Club 2nds achieved their first win of the season against Saltburn’s 2nds.

After losing the toss, Whitby were soon on the back foot after the loss of both openers cheaply, but Whitby consolidated through the flamboyant Mike Brown who made 62, including 23 off one over.

He was ably supported by Andrew Wood’s 23 and Iain Suckling’s 28, but Whitby lost consistent wickets to young spinner James Elder (4-28) and finished their innings about par at 183.

Saltburn began well against Whitby’s attack, reaching 78/1 with relative ease and Whitby looked up against it.

But a stroke of genius by captain Ricky Hall, who introduced himself and 14-year-old leg spinner Joe Crowther to the attack, swung the game right back into Whitby’s favour with the reliable Hall taking 6-21 and the hugely impressive Crowther who finished with 3-20.

This resulted in Saltburn losing their last nine wickets for a poor 25 and finally being dismissed for 103.

This was a good performance from Whitby 2nds, who batted sensibly and kept at the task well when fielding. Hall will probably take all the plaudits but young spinner Crowther looks an exciting prospect for many years to come.