A half-century by number 10 batsman Chris Lyth proved to be the difference as Whitby 1sts secured a thrilling 10-run win at Thornaby in Division One..
The top order had failed after being put into bat by the hosts, with Finlay Morris and Theo Clarke the only men in the top seven to get into double figures.
But Lyth (51) and last man Steven Allen (17) salvaged the innings and got Whitby up to 141 all out from 46.3 overs.
Thornaby’s opening bowler Danny Wade did all the damage in the early stages with 5-46 from 15 overs.
Lyth then took the first wicket of the reply, removing opener Michael Muldowney for just four.
Kevin de Silva (27) and Steven Purcifer (31) kept the home side in the hunt, but William Donald took three wickets and Jonathan Chapman, Morris and James Hall claimed two apiece as Thirnaby were all out for 131 in the 52nd over, to give Whitby a 25-point victory.
Whitby 2nds won the toss at the Turnbull Ground but their decision to put Darlington 2nds into bat backfired.
The visitors’ batsmen enjoyed themselves as they made 206-4 from 47 overs, and Whitby were then all out for 102 in the 38th over, a performance which eanred them just three points and leaves them third from bottom.