Skipper Will hits 95 in win at Normanby

NYSD League
NYSD League

Whitby Cricket Club’s first team continued their superb start to the season with a massive 148-run win at home to Normanby Hall on Saturday.

The Turnbull Ground side are top of the NYSD League first division table, and last weekend’s visitors were made to pay the price for opting to bowl first after winning the toss.

Skipper Will Donald smashed 95 from 104 balls, including 13 fours and a six, while number three batsman Matthew Towey hit a more considered 73 from 112 deliveries, an innings which included six fours and a six.

The next man in, Fin Morris, also got among the runs with a rapid 63 from just 44 balls. Fin Morris clattered seven fours and three sixes in his knock.

The home side had earlier made a steady start until the dismissal of opener Ron Lyth for 10, after an opening stand of 35 with Donald.

Towey and Donald then proceeded to take the game away from Normanby, with a second-wicket stand of 159.

Donald will have been frustrated to have fallen five runs short of the century mark, snared LBW by Matthew Bell, and Nathan Bell then had Towey caught by skipper Jordan Leech for 73 as Whitby went from 194-1 to 196-3.

Fin Morris and Theo Clarke (19) shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 63 to end any hopes of a Normanby revival, Fin Morris remaining unbeaten, while Clarke was clean-bowled by Alfie Street and Kai Morris departed for six late on.

The home side’s total of 283-5 from 50 overs looked to be way too much for Normanby to chase down and this proved to be the case.

Corey Hart gave Whitby the ideal start by having Nathan Bell caught behind by Lyth for only six runs.

Matthew Bell soon followed for one run, Joe Husband taking the catch of Fin Morris’ bowling as the visitors slipped to 22-2.

This soon became 40-3 as Ryan Stairmand was caught by Clarke, again off the bowling of Hart, for 21.

Amr Karim and skipper Leeche looked to steady the ship for Normanby, but Karim was caught by Lyth off the bowling of Steven Allen for 21 to l eave the away side on 76-4.

Leech soon followed to the same combination for 30 from 30 balls as Normanby slipped to 85-5.

Some tight bowling then paid off as Carl Chillingsworth fell for a 15-ball duck, Clarke again taking the catch to give Allen his third wicket of the innings.

Dan Laverick fell next for nine, Steven Allen sending his bails crashing, then Martin Rose fell for eight, clean-bowled by Fin Morris as the away side limped to 109-8.

Morris then also skittled number 10 batsmen Joe Knott for just two runs and it was 111-9.

Chris Witherley (22 not out) and Alfie Street then put on 34 for the final wicket before the latter became Fin Morris’ fourth victim, Husband claiming the catch as Normanby fell to 135 all out in 42.4 overs.

Whitby head to Guisborough this Saturday, with a 1pm start.

Whitby 2nds continue to struggle in Division Three, slipping to a 178-run loss at Normanby Hall 2nds on Saturday.

Again, as in the fixture between the first teams the away side was made to pay for putting the home side into bat after winning the toss.

Openers Dominic Leech and Lee Havelock hit 66 and 86 respectively as the Whitby 2nds attack was sent to all parts of the ground.

After the dismissal of the first two batsmen, Daniel Havelock’s 36, along with 20 not out from Dhanish Hussain helped keep the scoreboard ticking over as Normanby posted an imposing 244-5 from their 40 overs.

Seb Bentley took 2-46 from eight overs for Whitby while Will Richardson claimed 2-62 from 10 overs.

Only Matthew Smith, with 29, made it to double figures for Whitby in reply as they were skittled for just 66 runs in 21.5 overs.

Charlie Addison was the top bowler for the home side with a superb spell of 6-10 from only 5.5 overs. Hussain also chipped in with 3-29.

Whitby 3rds raced to a rapid eight-wicket win at home to Stokesley 3rds in the Sunday Conference South .

Matthew Smith was the star man for the home side, snapping up a superb six-wicket haul as the visitors slipped to 80 all out in 26.1 overs.

Opener Josh Whaley was the leading scorer for Stokesley with 37 from 54 balls.

Kobie Boocock snapped up 2-9 in his four overs, while Alfie Swales captured the final wicket from his first ball of the day.

Aron Calvert struck six fours in his 29-ball knock of 30 and Liam Calvert added 13 in their opening stand of 49, only broken when William Blackwell had the latter caught by James Somers.

Only two more runs were added before Aron Calvert followed him back to the pavilion, Daniel Stephenson pouching the catch off the bowling of Jack Ashurst.

There were no more dramas as Whitby coasted to victory thanks to the unbroken stand of 33 for the third wicket, Ben Braim and Smith hitting 14 not out each, the latter doing so from only seven balls as Whitby wrapped up the win with eight wickets to spare, and from only 13.3 overs.