Whitby CC 1sts fight back for home win against Great Ayton

Joe Husband struck a superb 31 for Whitby
Joe Husband struck a superb 31 for Whitby

Whitby CC 1sts recovered from 50-7 to claim a superb 121-run home win against Great Ayton in the NYSD first division on Saturday.

Excellent batting from Oliver Roberts (55no) and Joseph Husband (31) helped take the home side to a respectable 169-9 from their 50 overs.

The wagging tail gave the hosts momentum in the field, as skipper Will Donald snapped up 5-12 and Corey Hart 3-30 as the visitors were skittled for 48 in 20.3 overs.

Ayton won the toss and put Whitby into bat, a move that swiftly bore fruit as opener Ron Lyth was clean-bowled by Adam Burns for a duck.

Donald and Kai Morris settled things down for a while with a second-wicket stand of 29, but this was broken when the skipper was dismissed by Stephen Pennock for 11 to leave the hosts on 30-2.

This soon became 32-3 as Fin Morris was caught by James Marshall off Pennock for a nine-ball duck.

The collapse continued as Theo Clarke departed for a golden duck, snared LBW by Chris Matthews.

Kai Morris’ defiant knock of 16 from 47 balls was then ended, also falling LBW with the score still on 32, Pennock the bowler on this occasion.

Lewis Brearley was the next batsmen to head back to the pavilion, scoring six before being caught by Burns off Matthews’ bowling.

The score became 50-7 when number eight batsman Paul Buck, who had hit a four from his first ball faced, was dismissed off the next delivery, caught by Henry Shelton off Pennock’s bowling.

Roberts and Husband then dug deep, and their plucky 52-run stand for the eighth wicket gave Whitby a chance of claiming a result, the latter run out by Marshall for 31 from 72 balls, including three fours.

Corey Hart then fell for eight to the bowling of John Russell to leave the hosts on 113-9, but an excellent final-wicket stand between Roberts (55no from 77 balls) and Steven Allen (20no from 23 balls) ensured that Whitby had a fighting chance with 169-9.

Pennock finished with 4-32 for the visitors.

The momentum had well and trully swung in Whitby’s favour thanks to the late revival with the bat and the bowlers picked up where they had left off, skittling the away side for just 48 runs.

Opener Shelton, with 18, and Russell, 17, were the only Ayton batsmen to get a start, the visitors collapsing from 44-4 to 48 all out, Donald and Hart shining with the ball.

Whitby 1sts travel to Blackhall this Saturday for their next fixture.

An Alfie Jacobs century was not enough to earn Whitby 3rds a win at Great Ayton 3rds in the Sunday Conference South, as the sides ended up with scores tied after a runfest.

The visitors made a solid start, Ben Braim smashing nine fours in his 40 from just 29 balls before falling to Rory McLinden after an opening stand of 65 with Liam Calvert.

The latter then joined forces with Jacobs and the duo shared a superb 131-run stand with Calvert before the latter fell to McLinden after a steadier 43 from 76 deliveries, leaving Whitby on 196-2.

Jacobs fell shortly after for a superb 105 from just 76 balls, including 19 fours as the visitors were reduced to 202-3.

Jack Lyth added 30 from 21 balls as Whitby ended up declaring on a massive 276-8 from 37.3 overs.

Ayton set about their run-chase in aggressive fashion, opener Alan Cook hammering 12 fours and four sixes in 83 from just 50 balls, his fellow opener McLinden hitting a more considered 62 from 94 deliveries, before both departed to the bowling of Kieran Purvis (3-57).

The hosts had a minor hiccup, slipping from 205-2 to 227-6, but Aidan Cook’s 31 ensured that they tied the scores on 276-7 from their 42 overs.

Whitby 3rds play host to Marske 3rds this Sunday, 2pm start.

Whitby 2nds slumped to a 167-run defeat at Marton 2nds in Division Three on Saturday.

Joe Hinchliffe (2-57) made a couple of early breakthroughs for the visitors as Marton were 47-2, but a 145-run third-wicket stand between wicketkeeper-batsman James Collinge (66) and Dominic Knight (85) took the game away from Whitby, despite 3-37 from Joe Crowther, as the home side ended with 239-7 declared from 36.2 overs.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals for Whitby as the home bowling attack took this game by the scruff of the neck, the visitors slipping to 33-7 at one point.

Only a defiant 30 from Alfie Swales from just 21 balls, including two fours and a couple of sixes, stemmed the tide for a while, but his dismissal saw the away team depart for 72 in just 22.1 overs.

Whitby 2nds will be hping for better luck at home to Wolviston 2nds this Saturday, 1.30pm start.