A SPECTACULAR batting collapse cost Whitby Cricket Club 1sts dearly when they lost a game against high-flying Blackhall, which they dominated for long periods and really should have won.
Chasing a modest total of 141, Whitby had progressed to 35 for no wicket when first change bowler Sargent and the lively Ward wreaked havoc, taking six wickets for the addition of only six runs to leave Whitby in disarray at 41/ 6.
Fourteen-year-old Will Donald joined vice-captain Paul Buck at the crease and with Donald showing better technique and more courage than some of his more senior colleagues in the face of an aggressive visiting team, the pair set about rebuilding the innings and restoring some pride to the home side.
The pair moved the score into the 70s and after Buck crashed Ward for three boundaries in an over, the duo were starting to believe the game wasn’t totally beyond them.
Whitby’s chances suffering a major blow when Buck was adjudged run out after a direct hit from backward square leg.
Veteran Chris Lyth then guided youngster Donald through the next few overs before he was eventually bowled by Birks and although he only scored six runs, Donald once again highlighted his immense potential.
Some more determined batting from Lyth and James Hall edged Whitby a little closer to the required target, with Lyth mixing his usual quality ball striking and solid defence.
It was left to leg-spinner Whitworth to wrap up proceedings and provide Blackhall with an unlikely victory against a home side with only themselves to blame for throwing away all their hard work in the field.
Similar to their bowlers, Blackhall’s batsmen came out bristling with intent during their innings, with the prolific Feroz and Gray keen to score at every opportunity.
Whitby’s bowlers kept their discipline well under the onslaught and after Steve Allen dismissed both in the space of two overs, the tide turned their way.
With no-one able to master the spin of James Hall and the swing of Allen, several batsmen fell to rash shots and once the returning Tom Steyert polished off the tail, the visitors’ inning lasted only 35 overs but the 141 runs scored ultimately proved too many for Whitby to get.
With Bank Holiday Monday’s fixture against Saltburn falling victim the weather, Whitby will be looking to get their season back on track, after two consecutive defeats, when they travel to lowly Yarm on Saturday (4 June).
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