Fawcett hits ton, but rivals deny Whitby

Whitby add some runs against Billingham'picture: Brian Murfield
Whitby add some runs against Billingham'picture: Brian Murfield
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Whitby 1st XI batsman, James Fawcett, played his best innings of the season so far, 101 not out, as his team dominated the Monday’s division one clash with Guisborough 2nds at the Turnbull Ground.

However, the visitors got a measure of revenge by holding out for a draw and denying Whitby full points.

Fawcett batted at number three and found himself at the crease in the first over.

Initially he played within himself but later piled on the boundaries, reaching his second 50 in only 30 balls as the visiting bowlers could not contain him.

He was ably assisted in this by skipper, Paul Buck, who smashed a quick-fire 43 in only 26 balls, hitting five sixes on the way.

The resulting total was 208/4, a tall order for Guisborough to chase.

Earlier, the Whitby batsmen had found it difficult to score off some tidy bowling by the Guisborough side.

Behind the clock at 59/3 with half the overs gone, they consoled themselves that wickets were still in hand.

Ron Lyth began the process of acceleration and in the later part of the innings, all-out attack paid great dividends as the appreciative crowd roared with each boundary.

Whitby’s bowlers took early victims with two wickets for James Hall but Guisborough resisted stoutly.

At the start of the very last over a draw looked inevitable but then leading wicket-taker, Hall, stepped in with two wickets in two balls, leaving the last Guisborough batsman with four balls to survive.

He did just that despite loud appeals for a catch on the final delivery.

A draw was how it ended, leaving Whitby still on top of the league.

Their top-of-the-table clash away to Marton tomorrow promises to be a cracker.

Captain Paul Buck said: “We are basically a young side, still learning the game, but we have great team spirit and when everyone is pulling the same way a team takes some beating.”

Whitby 2nds are home to Prestom tomorrow, 1pm start.