Daisy helps Yorkshire to claim County Cup win

Cup winners Whitby Under-14s
Cup winners Whitby Under-14s

Whitby’s Daisy Stokoe helped Yorkshire Under-13s win the Royal London County Cup final at Grantham this week, just a few days after taking a hat-trick in a local cup final win for Whitby Under-14s.

In Tuesday’s semi-final, Yorkshire defeated Hampshire by only two wickets.

Daisy Stokoe shows off her winner's medal from the County Cup final

Daisy Stokoe shows off her winner's medal from the County Cup final

The Tykes hit a winning 131-8, Stokoe making four, but earlier she bowled a tidy 0-12 from five overs to keep Hampshire to 130-2.

In the final against Kent, Yorkshire lost early wickets, Stokoe failing to score, but once again the Tykes rallied to make 121-8.

After dismissing Kent’s dangerous opener for 16, Yorkshire’s keeper fell ill in the heat so Stokoe, who also plays for Ravenscar 2nds in the Readers Scarborough Beckett League, took over behind the stumps.

Yorkshire kept it tight and dismissed Kent for 104, Stokoe taking a caught behind.

Proud dad Jon Stokoe said: “This was a great team effort over a very tough two days. But Yorkshire grit and determination saw them home. All the parents are so proud.”

Whitby CC Under-14s were worthy winners of the Abbey Sports Trophy on Sunday against Staithes.

Star player Daisy Stokoe took time away from her Yorkshire duties to help her side to victory, taking six wickets for 18 runs in a devastating spell which included a hat-trick, all in four overs.

Whitby had batted first and posted a total of 86 all out on a slow pitch thanks mostly to an excellent innings of 32 not out from captain Thomas Laxton, who struck five boundaries.

He was ably assisted by David Willison (14) in the highest partnership of the day, 41 runs.

When Staithes went in to bat the Whitby bowlers were very accurate led by Matthew Gaunt who bowled three consecutive maidens, also taking a wicket. Then on came Stokoe and soon the game was all over.

Callum Simpson was top-scorer for Staithes with 12 as Whitby ran out winners by 28 runs and the celebrations began.

Whitby CC played host to another fun-packed cricket course as 27 youngsters took advantage of the good facilities and excellent coaching.

Youngsters from villages such as Glaisdale, Lealholm, Sleights, Fylingthorpe and Staithes mixed readily with Whitby’s young cricketers.

Lead coach Mike Stones, said: “Once again I must pay tribute to the local children for the enthusiasm and energy which they put in. They have kept the coaches nicely busy and everyone has had a very good time.”

Awards for most improved players were given to Ben Theaker and Matthew Sharpe.