Colliery too good for Whitby 1sts

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Whitby Cricket Club 1st XI were soundly beaten on Saturday by North Yorkshire and South Durham League first division leaders, Blackhall Colliery, who looked every inch worthy of top spot.

Blackhall merited their reputation for playing good, solid cricket when they ran out winners by 128 runs in a game where the home side were second best.

On a hot, sunny afternoon the visitors had first use of a good Whitby pitch at the Turnbull Ground and did not waste the opportunity.

A second wicket partnership of 162 between Matthew Wilkinson (94 ) and Paul Moss (79) was only ended by Will Donald’s spin.

The youngster went on to take four wickets for 80 runs in an impressive display of bowling when the batting side had every advantage.

Whitby’s bowling attack looked rather tame as West Indian amateur, Johann Lazema, launched some mighty sixes and the visitors posted a total of 260/7.

Whitby bowlers Hall, Menzies, Allen and Towey stuck to their task well but it was simply a very good batting display.

In reply, the Whitby top order struggled against the hostile, fast bowling of Lazema and at one stage the total was 66/6.

However, a 50 partnership ensued between captain Paul Buck, and Will Donald.

Neither batsman looked troubled until Buck fell for 20, smashing a big full toss down the throat of a deep fielder, Donald went on to make the top score with 28, making him Whitby’s man of the match, as the home side slumped to 132 all out.

This result means that Whitby drop out of the top three into fourth place as the halfway point of the season arrives next weekend.