Whitby CC 2nds v Seaton Carew CC 2nds
Played on Saturday 14 May
On a cold and blustery day on the coast of Seaton Carew, Whitby suffered their heaviest defeat since joining this league nearly three years ago.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, Whitby got the early break through they craved as the Scottish overseas professional Andrew Menzies had Carew’s skipper caught behind by Marshall.
But for the next 30 overs Whitby failed to build on this good start as youngsters Gough and McAlister looked solid.
Both batted very well but rode their luck as both batsmen were dropped twice, all the catches dropped were simple chances Whitby should be hanging onto.
It wasn’t until elder statesmen Steve Crowther was re-introduced into the attack did Whitby come back into the game. He picked up McAlister for 68 and then Gough for 51 and then continued to remove Seaton Carew’s lower order with consummate ease.
The innings closed a very gettable 171 for 9 with the hard working Crowther finishing with 6 for 36.
Whitby’s top and middle order failed again for the third week running as Whitby slumped to 40 for 6 and the game was all but over.
These wickets were due to poor shot choices rather than any particularly great bowling. Only some lusty hitting from ‘Iron’ Mike Brown (54) gained Whitby some respectability as Whitby were skittled for 113 in just 33 over’s.
This was a truly dreadful performance from Whitby all round. Their bowling was tight but never looked threatening until Steve Crowther was re-introduced and the fielding was average at best. But the main concern must be the batting as with the exception of Mike Brown no one else looks like making a sizeable contribution.
Skipper Hall was understandably left downcast and must hope his Whitby side who entertain Yarm tomorrow, improve drastically from their worst performance in three years.