A sparkling century from Australian Wes Ripper helped Whitby Cricket Club 1sts to a comfortable win over Billingham Synthonia on Saturday.
The Teesside outfit were put into bat first after Whitby won the toss and elected to bowl.
The decision looked a wise one as both openbers, Thomas Wing and Elliott Holmes, were picked off for a combined total of just nine.
But then wicket-keeper batsman Chris Atkinson proved something of an Adam Gilchrist for the Synners as he hit four sixes and 13 fours on his way to a score of 100.
Danny Clarke’s 64 mean the pair put on an impressive partnership, but once they were both removed, wickets tumbled regularly and the away side were all out for 207.
James Hall (4-61) and Donald (3-67) were the cream of the Whitby bowlers.
Once in bat, Whitby 1sts went about their task in clinical fashion.
After losing opener Paul Harrison for seven, Ripper (116 not out – 15 fours and four sixes) destroyed Billingham’s bowlers ably abetted by Will Donald (32) and James Fawcett (36 not out), as the 1sts won by eight wickets with almost 13 overs to spare.
Tayyab Mamtaz was in great form for Billingham 2nds, hitting 62 on their way to a score of 165 all out against Whitby 2nds.
Usman Khalid (32) and tailender Hissan Irshad (28) were other useful contributors for the Synners, with Stephen Crowther taking four wickets, Matthew Towey and Adam Hogarth two apiece.
In reply, Towey also fared nicely with the bat, hitting 47 while Ricky Hall completed his half-ton with a knock of 53.
The 40 extras conceded by the Synners meant Whitby got to their total with four wickets to spare.