Double delight for Whitby Cricket Club teams
Whitby 2nds secured a seven-wicket home win against Wolviston 2nds in their North Yorkshire South Durham League third division clash on Saturday.
Matthew Steyert took 3-45 and Mark Jackson 2-35 as the visitors limped to 144-6 from their 40 overs, Stephen Crowther taking the other wicket.
Lewis Dobson’s undefeated 65 steered Whitby 2nds to victory, with support coming from Oliver Roberts (25no), the duo sharing an unbeaten fourth-wicket partnership of 62.
Opener Theo Clarke had also earlier chipped in with 25 for the 2nds, who head to Stokesley 2nds on Saturday.
An unbeaten 70 from Alf Jacobs proved to be crucial as Whitby 1sts dug deep to earn a 61-run win at Seaton Carew in Division One.
The visitors were put into bat by Seaton Carew, with Kieran Howard (22), Ron Lyth (20) and Fin Morris 24) all making starts but failing to go on.
Whitby looked to be heading for defeat at 103-7 but an excellent eight-wicket stand of 91 by Jacobs and Steve Allen (30) helped the away side to a decent 198-8 from their 50 overs.
Stuart Lobb and Matthew Skirving took three wickets apiece for the home side.
Fin Morris then ripped through the Seaton Carew batting order to claim 5-25 from 15 overs, Corey Hart bagging 3-40 and Ricky Hall 2-33 as the hosts were dismissed for 137 in 39.4 overs.
Number 10 batsman Danny Thomas top-scored with 35 for Seaton Carew and Owen Nugent added 32.
Whitby skipper Kai Morris said: “It was another really good performance against a very good side.
“It was especially pleasing considering the position we were in and how we got stuck in and recovered.
“At 103-7 we were really up against it and Alf and Steve dug in and played brilliantly to get us up towards 200.
“I’m particularly pleased for Alf to play so well, especially in a tough situation against a very strong bowling attack.
“We all know how talented he is and hopefully this gives him a lot of confidence moving forward.
“Then with the ball Fin and Corey were absolutely exceptional.
“They looked like taking a wicket every ball and put the batsmen under pressure right from the start.
“Their lower order got stuck in and made it tough for us to finish the game off but you expect that when you’re playing good teams, they aren’t just going to roll over for you.
“But we stuck at it really well and got a well earned 25 points.”
The next challenge for Whitby is a home game against Wolviston on Saturday.
The captain added: “Hopefully we can keep this momentum going next week.
“We’re playing really good cricket at the moment and all the lads are playing with confidence so long may that continue.
“Everyone is contributing one way or another and enjoying each other’s success.
“There are no easy games this season and Wolviston are no exception.
“They’re a dangerous side but I’m confident that if we keep playing good cricket and everyone keeps performing their role then we will be able to continue our good form.”