Whitby claim best of draw at Sedgefield

Chris Lyth took three wickets for Whitby 1sts at Sedgefield
Chris Lyth took three wickets for Whitby 1sts at Sedgefield
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Whitby CC 1sts claimed a winning draw from their trip to Sedgefield in North Yorkshire/South Durham Division One.

For the second game in succession, James Hall’s men had their opponents eight wickets down, but narrowly missed out on victory as the final two scalps they needed for maximum points eluded them.

A fine half-century from opening batsmen Will Donald laid the foundation for the visitors’ total of 176-7.

Donald’s 61 was the only real knock of note as Fin Morris (27), Ron Lyth (22) and Paul Buck (17) all made starts but failed to convert them into big scores.

The home side’s reply got off to a slow start as Chris Lyth removed Sedgefield’s top three, leaving them reeling on 22-3.

Australian import Jono Chapman and skipper Hall both claimed a brace of wickets each as Whitby turned the screw, but an unbeaten 53 from Martin Lower ensured that the hosts saw out their 46 overs and avoided defeat.

The 16 points that the men from the Turnbull Ground claimed from the match kept them in touch with the division’s early pacesetters.

Whitby 2nds endured another bad day at the office and remain rooted to the bottom of the second division table after an eight-wicket loss at Marton 2nds.

Skipper Andrew Wood led from the front with a fine innings of 80, but Jack Lyth (20) aside, none of the other Whitby batsmen made it into double figures as the visitors were dismissed for 134 in 30.2 overs.

Stephen Crowther gave his side hope with an early wicket, and although Mark Jackson managed to remove another Marton batsman, the hosts eventually cantered home inside 32 overs.