Whitby firsts dominate in promotion push

Theo Clarke makes his 50 for Whitby 1sts v Great Ayton'picture: Brian Murfield
Theo Clarke makes his 50 for Whitby 1sts v Great Ayton'picture: Brian Murfield

Whitby Cricket Club’s first team continued their run of good form with an impressive win over Middlesbrough, at Acklam Park, on Saturday.

The margin of victory, 121 runs, underlines the dominance established by the Whitby cricketers as they maintain their push for promotion.

Richard Howe, the Australian all-rounder, performed well with bat and ball and the home side had no answer.

For once, Whitby captain Paul Buck lost the toss and after some confusion, Middlesbrough took the field, establishing early supremacy by taking two quick wickets.

However, this brought together James Fawcett and Howe to renew their forceful partnership of the previous match. They did not disappoint.

Although conditions favoured the seam bowlers, both batsmen applied themselves assiduously to the task of amassing runs, punishing the bad ball severely and running well between the wickets.

A century partnership ensued which was to be the backbone of the Whitby innings.

Howe was first to be dismissed for a hard-hitting 61.

Fawcett then continued his rich vein of form by scoring all round the wicket in his total of 73. Further hitting by Ron Lyth, Paul Buck and Arron Leeman saw a useful total of 199-6 achieved in 46 overs by the Whitby men.

In reply, the home side must have fancied their chances initially but they simply folded without a great deal of resistance.

Howe drew pace and life out of the wicket, disturbing batsmen with the rising ball.

At the other end veteran bowler, Chris Lyth, showed that he still has the ability to move the ball around dangerously, clean bowling four of the top six home players.

Howe took his four wickets and Middlesbrough were in disarray. A nifty piece of fielding from Matt Towey led to a run out.

Then on came James Hall to finish it all off inside his first over. Another 25 points in the bag as Whitby look forward to entertaining Thornaby this coming Saturday as second plays third in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League division one.