Whitby CC skipper Hall eyeing promotion

Aussie import Jono Chapman has been one of the star performers for James Hall's Whitby CC 1st XI this season
Aussie import Jono Chapman has been one of the star performers for James Hall's Whitby CC 1st XI this season

With the 2016 season at its halfway point, Whitby CC 1sts are still very much in the hunt for promotion from North Yorkshire/South Durham Division One.

That is the view of skipper James Hall, who feels that his fourth-placed side are well-set to make an assault on the division’s summit with 12 games left to play.

“Promotion is definitely still the aim, and we think we can do it,” Hall said.

“We are 45 points behind Bishop Auckland who are top, but we have a game in hand and plenty to play for.

“If we can beat Stokesley this Saturday, we then have two fixtures next weekend and two wins there will put us right in the mix.”

Hall, who took over as captain from Paul Buck for the 2016 campaign, has been impressed with how his side have performed during the opening half of the season.

“We’ve played some good cricket this season, there have been a lot of positives,” he added.

“In three or four games, we have just needed to get two or three more wickets to bowl our opponents out and claim maximum points.

“We’d be top of the table if we’d won those games – and they are all games that we should have won – that is a bit frustrating.

“Some of the sides we’ve played have just set out to try and block their way to a draw after winning the toss and electing to bat second.

“It’s annoying, but I guess it’s up to us to make sure that we take all our catches and start finishing teams off.”

Australian import Jono Chapman has been one of Whitby’s star performers so far, taking wickets and scoring runs on a regular basis, while 16-year-old Finlay Morrris gavea glimpse of his huge potential with his maiden 1st XI century last time out.

“All the lads have chipped in, but Jono has really stood out, while Fin has also been brilliant,” Hall continued.

“He scored his first century for us against Great Ayton on Saturday and that is a great achievement for a lad of his age.

“He is one who is only going to get better and better, and with the other talented young players we have at the club, the future looks bright.”