Whitby skipper Kai Morris remains upbeat despite double defeat
Whitby CC 1sts are looking to home in on a positive result against Richmondshire 2nds this Saturday after a run of three successive defeats.
Whitby had a Bank Holiday weekend to forget, with a six-wicket loss at Bishop Auckland in NYSD Division One on Saturday, then on Monday they lost by nine wickets at home in the Kerridge Cup to Marton.
Paul Buck hit 59 and Fin Morris 34 as Whitby posted 187-9, then Nathan Rimmington (62no) and Ian Grainger (50no) steered Bishops to the win despite 3-44 from Corey Hart having earlier reduced them to 71-4.
Whitby skipper Kai Morris said: “Saturday was a tough day but I was really pleased with the lads and how we stuck at it.
“Playing against Rimmington was a great learning curve for us as a young side
“You’re always going to learn plenty from playing against someone who has played in the IPL and the Big Bash, and who was playing First-Class cricket with Durham last year and I know the lads enjoyed the challenge.
“In the first innings it was pretty tough going against a very strong bowling attack but we managed to put together a couple of really important partnerships that got us up to a pretty competitive total.
“Firstly Kieran and Fin got stuck in after we lost a couple of early wickets and got us back into the game, then towards the back end Bucky played brilliantly to make sure we got to 180, with great support from Woody.
“And then with the ball we started really well. Corey bowled superbly once again and took a really important wicket early on, he swung the ball and finished with three-for but it could easily have been five or six.
“At 71-4 we were on top but unfortunately Rimmington showed his class and took the game away from us.”
In the Kerridge clash on Monday, Whitby posted 180-9 from 40 overs, Fin Morris hitting 59 and Kieran Howard 44.
The Premier Division visitors then coasted to victory thanks to Lee Hodgson’s powerful 76 from just 53 balls, allied to Ben Hutchinson’s 53no and 44no from Tom Miller.
Despite the defeat, the Whitby skipper was full of positivity, as he said: “Monday was a brilliant day for the club and really good experience for all of us as players.
“The sun was shining and the ground was packed, which made it really enjoyable for us to play in front of a home crowd like that. It really showed what we are about as a club.
“We played really well to get up to 180 in our 40 overs, Fin and Kieran played beautifully to up the run-rate after a solid start.
“Lee Hodgson took the game away from us during the powerplay and showed his class. It was a great experience to play against a Premier Division side like Marton and the lads will have learnt a lot.
“After the game we had a quick chat and I reminded all the lads how pleased I was with them. I said I’m confident that if we approach every game the way we have done this weekend then we will win more often than not.”
Whitby entertain Richmondshire 2nds on Saturday.