WHITBY Cricket Club 1sts crashed to their third successive defeat on Saturday when they turned in a thoroughly miserable performance against a very limited Yarm 1st X1.
Once again, visiting skipper Paul Harrison called incorrectly at the toss and the hosts had no hesitation in asking Whitby bat first under grey skies.
From the outset, it became apparent that the inconsistent wicket was going to make stroke play difficult and batsmen were going to have to graft hard for their runs.
Only Paul Harrison out of the Whitby side showed any appetite to occupy the crease with several of the top order making starts before giving their wickets away playing poor shots.
As the innings progressed, veteran seamer Phillips was proving almost impossible to score from as he gave a master class in the art of line and length bowling to completely stagnate the innings.
Batsmen became increasingly desperate for runs and wickets continued to fall with only Harrison showing any sort of timing as he moved towards his century.
The century duly arrived in the 50th and final over, a magnificent effort by the Whitby captain who proved the old adage form maybe temporary but class is permanent.
For the home side, it was youngsters Stewart and Dargan who captured the wickets but it was the wily Phillips who did the real damage, returning the remarkable figures of 17-7-27-1.
At the halfway stage, Whitby felt confident they would be able to defend their score of 178 and these hopes increased after Yarm made a very nervous start the their innings.
With opener Green gone after Tom Steyert ripped one through his defences and the scoring rate a little over one run per over, Whitby were firmly in charge.
Powerful number three weeks, aided by some sloppy out cricket then set about a counter-attack, using the pace of Steyert to hit over and through the infield.
Weeks’ cameo ended when he spooned a simple catch to Steyert off the bowling of James Hall.
Home captain Swales and his wicketkeeper Wilson then formed a match winning 77-run partnership in which the pair cashed in on some very wayward bowling from a Whitby attack that seemed incapable of building any sustained pressure on the batsmen.
Wilson did fall before the end but it was left to Swales to comfortably guide his side to victory, finishing 79 not out, although he did profit from Whitby’s charity as he was dropped on no less than three occasions.
Whitby’s young and at times naïve side must learn quickly that at this level mistakes and ill-discipline will continue to be punished.
Things get no easier for Whitby on Saturday (11 June) when they travel to promotion favourites Sedgefield in a game where attitude and performance is maybe more important than the result.
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