AFTER a good win the previous week, Whitby Cricket Club 2nds looked to continue their good form over a struggling Bishop Auckland side.
After losing the toss on an overcast day, Whitby’s top order once again failed, leaving them 21/3 and then 60/4 and in trouble.
But Duncan Russell was at his resolute best, scoring a patient 27 before been deceived by a short ball.
It wasn’t until Ian Suckling and 13-year-old Will Donald came together did Whitby bat anything like they should.
Suckling looked majestic through the covers before been run out lazily for 35, but the innings belonged to young starlet Donald, completing his maiden senior 50 of the last ball on the innings, much to the delight of the youngster’s team-mates.
Whitby finishing on a competitive 211 off their 50 overs.
Bishops started well in reply with the Gleghorn brothers looking particularly strong on both sides of the wicket.
The match was seemingly ambling for a draw as Bishop Auckland never attempted to reach their target and Whitby not taking enough wickets, until younger Donald came into the attack and took two quick wickets.
Whitby’s tails were up and required two wickets off the final over to force an unlikely victory.
Skipper Hall turned to veteran seamer Crowther in the hope his deliveries could entice a big shot from Bishops’ resistant tail. This was the case as, with his second to last ball, Tonge was caught and Whitby needed one wicket with the final ball. But Bishops survived to gain a credible draw.
Whitby were left downcast afterwards who, perhaps with the exception of ever-willing Steve Crowther (4-34) and exciting prospect Will Donald (2-9), failed to bowl well enough to force the win.
But Whitby must move on to Saturday’s game in a positive frame of mind as this is a young side who need time to develop.