Whitby 1st XI suffered its first defeat of the season on Saturday when they were comprehensively beaten by a very impressive Richmondshire 2nds outfit.
Somewhat depleted due to injuries and unavailability a youthful Whitby side were invited to take first knock on what looked to be a superb batting wicket on a beautifully appointed ground.
Whitby’s openers Paul Harrison and James Fawcett started the innings in great style, with both men using the pace and bounce in the wicket to play some glorious strokes off the tall and pacey new bowl bowlers Moseley and Charlton.
Whitby lost their first wicket in controversial fashion when Harrison, who was just appearing to be finding some of his usual form, was given out caught when the ball appeared to hit the turf.
Undeterred Fawcett continued to play nicely striking some high class boundaries before he fell to a sharp catch in the gully for an excellent 40.
As so often already this season Paul Buck and Ron Lyth then formed a profitable partnership for Whitby, with both taking advantage of the surface and the quick outfield to increase the scoring rate and put the visitors in a strong position. Just when the duo appeared to be taking the game away from hosts Lyth made a fatal error of judgement when he holed out in the deep for a powerful 22.
Kai Morris then joined Buck and after something of a tentative start, Morris settled well providing the strike to Buck who brought up his third fifty in five innings’ this season, with a massive hit into the High Street.
After Morris fell for a promising 25 Whitby’s middle/lower order perished in the pursuit of quick runs and after Buck went for a top class 65 Whitby closed on 193, a total some 30 or 40 runs short of what they had hoped for.
Defending what appeared to be a sub-par total Whitby needed to make early inroads into the Richmondshire batting, unfortunately youngster Andrew Menzies was the only bowler to gain any success when he had Fleming dismissed in his first over.
Number 3 Carruthers joined highly talented 15 year old opener Carr, with the pair looking a class above they completely dismantled the Whitby attack and runs flowed at an alarming rate, virtually sealing the victory within the first 15 overs.
Unable to stem the runs or exert any control captain Harrison turned to his premier bowler, off-spinner James Hall and the experienced Steve Allen, although the rash of boundaries slowed somewhat the home side were still cruising towards the required total.
It came as something of a surprise when youngster Carr lost concentration and ballooned a simply catch to mid-wicket for 43 high quality runs.
Carruthers was next to go when he was deceived in the flight by the luckless Hall for 68 dominant runs, the wicket provided good reward for Hall who bowled with a great deal of determination and skill.
It was left to experienced duo Layfield and Dade to take Richmondshire to the brink of victory during a partnership of consummate easy. Dade did fall to the battling Chris Lyth to provide Whitby with another bowling point, but Richmondshire cantered home with plenty of overs to spare.
Although disappointed with the loss, Whitby never stopped trying in a game which highlighted the standards they must aspire to if they are going compete with the stronger sides in the division.
Whitby will be hoping for a positive response when they entertain Blackhall on Saturday and Saltburn on Bank Holiday Monday.
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