Whitby 1sts lose in T20 semi-final

James Fawcett hit a half-century to help Whitby CC 1sts beat Blackhall on Saturday
James Fawcett hit a half-century to help Whitby CC 1sts beat Blackhall on Saturday
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Whitby CC 1sts lost to Marton in the semi final of the North Yorkshire/South Durham T20 Haith Cup on Tuesday evening.

Gareth Shaw proved to be the star man for Marton, who won the toss and batted first.

Shaw smashed 62, which included two fours and three sixes as the visitors made their way to 154-9 from their 20 overs.

Finlay Morris took 4-31, Steven Allen claimed 2-34 and there were wickets for Jono Chapman and James Hall as well.

After a solid opening stand of 48 between Theo Clarke and Chapman, the Whitby innings fell apart.

Clarke departed for 18 and Chapman made 39, but the rest of the batting line up failed to make it into double figures as they were bowled all out for just 111.

James Hall’s side fared much better on Saturday when they made it three North Yorkshire/South Durham Division One wins in as many games on the road at Blackhall.

The home side are rooted to the bottom of the table after a tough start to the season, but fielded a strong side for Whitby’s visit.

Captain Hall won the toss and elected to bowl on a pitch that would very much favour both the seam and spin bowling of the visitors.

Jono Chapman and Chris Lyth got the visitors off to a good start, and the pressure they built resulted in the dangerous Paul Moss being run out for 10.

A brilliant exhibition of seam bowling from Lyth, that saw him pick up a brace of victims, meant that wickets fell at regular intervals as the hosts slumped to 40-5.

Resistance from captain Neil Whitworth and David Mole saw Blackhall fight back until Will Donald had Whitworth trapped lbw for nine.

Mole continued to play the anchor role and was further assisted by Daniel Robson (20), Brian Sullivan (13) and Sean Mole (12) before running out of partners and being left unbeaten on 55 in what was a hard-fought innings on a pitch that was very difficult to bat on.

Blackhall finally succumbing for 149 in 48.2 overs with Donald (3/35), Chapman (3/37), Lyth (2/35) and Hall (2/34) all chipping in in what was a good all round bowling performance.

Whitby got their response off in positive fashion with Donald and Fin Morris looking settled before Donald miscued a pull shot and was caught for 12.

This brought James Fawcett to the crease who, along with Morris, dug in against tight some bowling in difficult conditions.

Morris unluckily lost his wicket for a battling 28 and Theo Clarke fell soon after for four when he misjudged a leave that saw the ball clatter into his off stump.

This brought the in-form Chapman to the crease with the score at 60-3, and the Australian developed what turned out to be a match-winning partnership with Fawcett, despite an initial struggle.

Fawcett was resilient in defence, making a solid knock of 55 not out, while Chapman (47 no) was the aggressor.

The pair knocked the required runs off with ease within 42 overs, thanks to some elegant boundaries from the former and big hitting from the latter.

Whitby host Redcar this weekend to conclude the first half of the season’s fixtures with skipper Hall and his men looking to continue their winning streak and press on from their current position of fourth in the table.