Whitby secure treble in last-over thriller

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WHITBY Cricket Club capped off a terrific season on Sunday when they completed the treble when they defeated Richmondshire in a last-over thriller in the Pallister Cup Final.

The Pallister Cup Final is a game played between the winners of the North Yorkshire and South Durham League Junior north and south Divisions.

Whitby CC U17s who clinched the Pallister Cup and the North Yorkshire and South Durham League's northern division title

Whitby CC U17s who clinched the Pallister Cup and the North Yorkshire and South Durham League's northern division title

Whitby lost the toss and were asked to bat first on what looked to be a slow wicket at the Turnbull Ground.

Despite this, the home side got off to a good start, courtesy of openers Will Donald and Matthew Towey.

The pair had added 51 for the first wicket at roughly a run-a-ball, when Donald was caught at mid-off for a well-made 26 from 30 deliveries.

This brought skipper Kai Morris to the crease to join Towey.

Once Morris had found his feet the pair looked to push the run-rate on and look to lift Whitby to a score of around 130/140.

But due to the slowness of the wicket and the outfield and some tight bowling from the visitors, scoring proved to be very difficult.

Morris and Towey battled on and towards the later stages of the innings Morris was able to find a couple of boundaries and carry the hosts to 126 for just the one wicket from their 20 overs.

Towey finished with a fighting 44 not out from 53 balls, and Morris 36 not out from 39.

Whitby knew their score was a competitive one, but also knew they would have to bowl and field well.

Things didn’t start well for them though, as the visitors openers, particularly Robert Carr, took the attack to Whitby as they raced to 48-0 from the first six overs.

Whitby needed to make something to happen and quickly.

And they got it, when Morris had Carr caught at short fine leg for a brilliant 40 in just 29 balls.

The wicket of Carr seemed to lift the hosts massively.

The fielding improved significantly as they began to supply substantial pressure to the Richmondshire batsmen.

It still seemed as though it was the visitors game to lose though due to the start they got.

But Whitby continued to pick up wickets regularly and stayed in the game. The game was nearing its climax and was gearing up to be a tight finish.

With Richmondshire requiring roughly nine runs per over for victory with five overs left, Joe Crowther and Dom Gallon held their nerve and bowled brilliantly to leave the visitors with 13 required from the final over to win the game.

The first two balls went for a two followed by a single, leaving Richmond needing 10 off four balls and when the ball appeared to be sailing over the rope for six, Andrew Menzies pulled off a quite extraordinary one-handed catch to effectively seal the game for Whitby.

Donald held his nerve and bowled three good deliveries to finish the game and take Whitby to a five-run win in a game that was worthy of a final.

The win rounded off a brilliant year for Whitby’s U17 side, as they added to Pallister Cup to the 15/15 trophy and the NYSD Junior South Division titles – and this in just their second year in the league.

There were many contributions towards Whitby’s success this season, but the main contributors with the bat were Kai Morris with 451 runs, Matty Towey with 218 and Theo Clarke with 197.

The main men with the ball were Morris with 16 wickets, Dom Gallon with 14 and Joe Crowther with 12.

Thanks to Whitby Cricket Club’s main sponsor Passage to India for their support throughout the season.

LEFT: U17s captain Kai Morris is presented with the Pallister Cup by Chris Batchelor

picture: Alan Wastell