Whitby Cricket Club’s under 15s were narrowly denied the chance of a heroic treble, losing a league play-off to a Hartlepool side.
The under 15s, who have won the North Yorkshire Area Cricket Council’s south division and Greaves Cup, missed out by two wickets play-off between the winners of the north and south divisions.
Played at Harlepool’s ground, they lost an important toss and were put into bat on a damp wicket and outfield, plus a late cry-off meant ey also only had 10 men.
Battling hard against some excellent bowling, Whitby managed to get to 96 in the 20 overs with the major contributions coming from Lewis Brearley (23) and Fin Morris (17) but with useful runs from everyone who batted.
When they came to field, Hartlepool started off aggressively and seemed to be heading to an early win.
However four wickets from Morris pinned them back and with the other bowlers chipping in, Whitby had their opponents eight wickets down with still 10 runs needed and were looking like favourites for the first time in the match.
Then came the game-changing moment when the Hartlepool number nine chipped the ball in the air behind him, Whitby’s fielder and wicket-keeper Chris Hurworth both went for the catch as it was right between them and collided, with the ball knocked from the keeper’s gloves just as he caught it.
To add insult to injury, the batsman ran a run and keeper Hurworth had to leave the field injured. Harlepool scrambled the remaining few runs to take the victory.
Whitby were presented the league south division league trophy after the game – despite losing the play-off, gatme has been a great season.
Coach Tim Richardson said: “They have been a credit to themselves and the club and both Dunc Russell and myself agreed it has been a pleasure to be involved.
“We are now looking forward to the U17s next year.”