AFTER the frustration of the previous weeks’ washouts, Whitby 1sts returned to action on Saturday with a crushing 96-run victory against lowly Yarm at a dry but bitterly cold Turnbull Ground.
After losing the toss, Whitby took first knock and their innings began in disastrous fashion, losing both openers cheaply.
In-form trio Kai Morris, Ron Lyth and Paul Buck then set about building an imposing total with Lyth and Buck especially severe on some very wayward bowling from the visitors.
After Lyth (71) and Buck (49) both fell to youngster Yaqoob it was left to firstly Mark Jackson and then Chris Lyth to totally demoralise the Yarm attack with some lusty late order hitting.
Whitby closed on a mammoth 261/7, their highest total of the season.
Yarm’s reply began solidly against some accurate bowling from Whitby and although six of the first seven batsmen posted double figure scores, the run-rate was far too pedestrian to seriously trouble Whitby’s total.
The introduction of Whitby’s three spinners towards the end of the innings saw the wickets tumble and Yarm finally succumbed to 165 all out, handing the hosts 20 points to keep them comfortably in mid-table.
Buoyed by the previous day’s victory, a slightly depleted Whitby 1sts side entertained a Redcar team who still harbour promotion hopes.
Redcar batting first and their powerful top four batsmen, who tend to dominate the opposition, started aggressively.
Whitby’s opening bowlers Tom Steyert and Steve Allen, both rose to the challenge and Steyert gained the satisfaction of uprooting the prolific Rodgers’ off stump.
After the league’s premier batsman Urwin fell for a classy 57, Whitby dragged the game back in their favour on the back of magnificent spell of bowling from James Hall.
Unfortunately a dropped catch cost Whitby dearly as Berry (45 not out) rode his luck to propel Redcar past the 200 mark.
Whitby’s young bowling attack all deserved credit for their efforts, especially Andrew Menzies and 14-year-old Liam Featherstone, who enjoyed an excellent debut.
With captain and opener Paul Harrison ill, makeshift openers James Fawcett and James Hall started the reply well but as in the first innings, Redcar’s spin bowlers applied the brakes and wickets began to fall.
Fawcett, who has revelled as an opener this season and is looking a player of real quality, almost single-handedly defied the Redcar attack with a brilliant display of technique and concentration during his vigil at the crease to ensure Whitby batted out for a very well-deserved draw.
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