SLIDESHOW: Third heavy loss in row for Whitby 2nds

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It was yet another poor and disappointing day for Whitby Cricket Club 2nds as they succumbed to a heavy defeat for a third week in a row.

On winning the toss, mid-table Wolviston were quick to decide to have a bat, but that decision soon looked like it backfired as the ever-reliable, stand-out bowler Steve Crowther (4-18) reduced the visitors to 100/6 at the halfway mark of the innings.

Whitby 2nds' Ricky Hall takes a catch'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby 2nds' Ricky Hall takes a catch'picture: Brian Murfield

However, the lower middle order ofWolviston batted very well, punishing any bad balls and helped their team post a competitive, yet seeming slightly under par 191/ 9 in their 50 overs.

Crowther was well supported by Hall, Jackson and Morris who plugged away hard during the later overs.

But bowling hasn’t been Whitby’s problem of late; their lack of runs has been alarming and once again this showed through as the top and middle order had no answer to the pace of Nicholson and accuracy of Rawling who simply blew Whitby away.

At 39/7 all seemed lost for Whitby, but perhaps the shining light of the day came when 17-year-old Jack Lyth came in and played with the application and determination many before him failed to show.

Loud appeals from Whitby wicket-keeper Robbie Hurworth and fielder Duncan Russell'picture: Brian Murfield

Loud appeals from Whitby wicket-keeper Robbie Hurworth and fielder Duncan Russell'picture: Brian Murfield

The youngster, alongside resolute veteran Tim Richardson, battled hard to try to gain some respect in the score but when both fell in a matter of overs, the game was all over.

Whitby 2nds were finally bowled out for 97, with Lyth making 40 of them with his own bat.

This was another disappointing performance from the out of form Whitby side who need to now focus on this weekend’s big double weekend and try to pick up as many points as possible.

Skipper Andrew Wood told the Whitby Gazette after the game: “The last few weeks have not been our best but we will continue to try to improve and pick up points where we can.

Whitby 2nds' wicket-keeper Robbie Hurworth whips off the bails after Duncan Russell's accurate throw from the boundary'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby 2nds' wicket-keeper Robbie Hurworth whips off the bails after Duncan Russell's accurate throw from the boundary'picture: Brian Murfield

“We knew it would be a tough league but we are more than capable of competing and staying up at the level.”