Whitby Cricket Club skipper Kai Morris hails centurions Paul Buck and Fin Morris
Whitby Cricket Club 1sts batsmen Paul Buck and Fin Morris hit top form at the weekend as both made centuries in their 142-run home win against Great Ayton.
First-team skipper Kai Morris said: “The last two weeks have been really pleasing, especially after the first game where we were pretty out of sorts as a team.
“The last couple of games I really can’t fault any of the lads, they’ve been two really good performances and everyone has contributed.
“Fin has started the season really well with scores of 77, 53 and 102 and seems to be on a different level at the moment so long may that continue. And hopefully others continue to step up as they have done the last couple of weeks.
“It was also really pleasing to see Paul Buck make a ton this week.
“Remarkably it was his first century for the club but it was really nice to see as all the lads really look up to him and respect him.
“It was definitely one of the biggest and longest applauses I’ve seen at the ground.”
The duo joined forces with Whitby in a spot on bother on 41-3 in the North Yorkshire South Durham Division One clash, but they shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 156 to put the hosts back in the driving seat.
Fin Morris was dismissed after hammering 102 from 94 balls, which included 16 fours and two sixes, and Buck batted through until Whitby declared on 281-5 from 48 overs to score 119 not out from 109 deliveries.
Buck also struck 16 fours but he managed to clear the boundary four times as well.
Ricky Hall took 3-18 and Kobie Boocock 3-30 as Great Ayton were dismissed for 139, Alfie Jacobs also chipping in with two wickets for the home team.
John Shelton top-scored with 53 for the visitors.
Whitby head to Darlington this Saturday.
Captain Kai Morris added: “I am really looking forward to this weekend’s league game against Darlington.
“They’re a strong side and we’re playing well so I’m expecting a good game and hopefully we can come out on the right side of it.
“Hopefully we can carry on the momentum from these last couple of really good performances.”
Mathew Steyert’s excellent spell of 6-16 helped Whitby 2nds earn a 30-run success at Marske 2nds in Division Three.
Lewis Dobson was the only visiting batsman to make any headway with a defiant 63 from 111 balls, including nine fours.
The only other Whitby batsmen to reach double figures were Jack Lyth (14), Jack Cairns (14no) and David Willison (12) as they made their way to 136-8.
In reply, Marske slipped to 39-7 with Steyert on top form with the ball, and only John Mains’ 32 not out held up the Whitby victory charge for a while before the hosts were finally all out for 106 from 35.5 overs, Stephen Crowther taking 2-10.
Whitby 2nds will hope to carry on this form when at home to Redcar this Saturday.