A WOEFUL fielding effort cost Whitby any chance of victory when they made the short trip to take on Saltburn 1st XI Saturday.
Batting first on a hot day, Saltburn made a positive start against a bowling unit once again depleted by late call-offs, with confident South African opener Van Heerden looking to score at every opportunity.
Along with follow opener Devine, the pair added a brisk 44 runs for the opening wicket before Whitby’s outstanding bowler James Hall struck, pouching Van Heerden caught and bowled.
Saltburn’s experienced middle order then kept Devine company through the middle overs of the innings and although all Whitby’s bowlers toiled manfully, they were badly let down by their colleagues in the field and runs flowed freely.
With dropped catches and mis-fields aplenty Whitby wilted against the onslaught from the batsmen as the innings reached its climax and after surviving four chances, the tiring Devine finally fell three runs short of his century.
Saltburn closed on 246/ 5, a total that could and should have been well under the 200 mark.
Whitby’s young bowlers Kai Morris and Andrew Menzies never gave up but once again it was James Hall who bowled brilliantly with little luck or support in the field to return figures of 17-2-46-3.
After some stern words during the tea interval, Whitby’s batsmen took to the field looking to restore some pride.
However, their reply got off to the worse possible start when impressive left arm paceman Gary Wright snared James Fawcett LBW in the first over.
Kai Morris battled hard to see off the new ball at number three but after Wright fired one through his defences and Paul Buck went first ball, Whitby were in trouble at 51/ 3 against a fired-up bowling attack.
Whitby’s captain Paul Harrison dropped anchor to steady the innings and along with Ron Lyth, who survived a couple of uncomfortable moments against some short pitched bowling from Wright, the pair added 67 for the fourth wicket.
That partnership banished any fears of defeat for the visitors and although Lyth was eventually deceived by the leg spin of Van Heerden for a courageous 30, Harrison and youngster Luke Harrison batted to the close to take the score past the 150 mark to secure further batting points.
Skipper Paul Harrison carried his bat throughout the innings to finish 80 not out which included 11 fours, a knock of the highest class.
For the home side, Wright returned the magnificent figures of 17-5-29-3.
Whitby will be hoping for an improved display, especially in the field on Saturday (6 August) when they entertain a strong Richmondshire 2nd XI at the Turnbull Ground with a 1.30pm start.
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