Free-scoring Whitby 2nds set club record

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Whitby Cricket Club 2nds racked up a club record highest ever score of 330/3 as they – and in particular Fin Morris – put the Yarm bowlers to the sword.

On winning the toss, skipper Andrew Wood quickly decided to bat on a very true looking pitch.

Things started badly as opener Tim Richardson fell without troubling the scorers, leaving Whitby 18/1 after five overs.

This brought together opener Adam Hogarth and 15-year-old Morris and both set about punishing any loose balls the Yarm side offered.

They both raced to 50s, Hogarth’s first one for the 2nd team and their partnership passed the 150 mark with Morris in particular crashing the ball to all parts.

Hogarth fell for a fluent 59 off 80 balls which included many trademark cover drives. This brought skipper Wood to the crease who initially guided youngster Morris to his second hundred of the season before both batsmen began enjoying themselves.

Wood whacked 84 off 69 balls, including five sixes, while Morris was playing unbelievably, placing the ball at will wherever he wanted to.

When Wood fell for 84, Whitby declared on 330/3, leaving Morris 176 not out off just 113 balls, which included 24 fours and two sixes.

Whitby knew they had to bowl well on a fantastic pitch to gain the all important 24 points. Despite an early breakthrough as Menzies uprooted the young opener’s off stump, Yarm weren’t deterred at all and decided to have a go for the 330 runs Whitby had set.

Healey, Green and Dunne all made excellent and quickfire 25s before giving their wickets away.

Whitby continued to take wickets around the impressive Raza, who was smashing the ball to all parts and in danger of getting his side at the least an unlikely draw.

But when he fell to Menzies, caught by Wood at slip for an excellent 94, Yarm’s hoped of winning were over.

The last pair continued to frustrate Whitby as they were unable to find that final wicket until the returning Steve Crowther held an excellent return catch to dismiss the Yarm skipper and give Whitby 25 points.

The wickets were spread around between Crowther (2-70), Jackson (2-45), Hall (2-43) and Menzies (3-44).

“This was another good performance by Whitby, especially Morris who showed little sign of his tender age in what was a truly brilliant innings,” said Wood.

Tomorrow depleted Whitby travel to in-form Darlington RA in another tough fixture.

Whitby 1sts avoided defeat on Saturday – as hosts Richmondshire could not get their final man out.

A good, solid consistent performance was the backbone of the home side’s innings with Josh Dowson (55), Nathan Wright (47) and Jack Rowett (37) all pushing the scorecard along nicely.

Richard Howe took four wickets for Whitby, but he and his colleagues faced a tough ask to see off their opponents’ total of 224 all out.

An unbeaten 38 from Kai Morris and 37 from opener Will Donald were the key batting contributions from Whitby, who survived defeat as they lasted all 50 overs without losing their last man.

Michael Platt and Adam Langhorne took four wickets apiece for the hosts.

Whitby 3rds fought out a draw when they hosted Darlington RA 2nds in the NYSD Sunday League.

The visitors made 192/7 with Thomas Jackson scoring 50 and Pete Stentiford claiming 3-33.

In reply, wicket-keeper Chris Hurworth made 44 and Liam Calvert 30 as Whitby reached 177/7, falling 15 runs short of their target.

Whitby U17s pulled off a 40-run triumph, smashing 147/2 in their 20 overs against Maltby, with Fin Morris retiring on 53 and unbeaten knocks of 45 and 39 from Hurworth and Calvert.

Charlie Irvine (53) was the sole threat for the visitors who otherwise laboured to 107/6 when they ran out of time. Joseph Husband took 2-22.