Whitby 2nds held their nerve to seal a tense, hard-fought one-wicket win at home to Norton 2nds in Division Three of the North Yorkshire South Durham League.
Norton took first knock and made their way to a very steady 179-4 from 40 overs.
Skipper Tahir Javed led the innings with 55 not out, and he was supported by 30 from Usman Khalid and 27 from Qasir Hussain.
James Fawcett was the main man with the ball for the hosts, taking 3-28, Joe Hinchliffe taking the other wicket to fall at a cost of 49 runs.
Whitby’s reply got off to a superb start and it looked liked they were going to win at a canter, opener Robbie Hurworth hitting 14 fours on his way to 72 and his opening partner Ben Braim making 27.
Fawcett added 23 at number three, but after his dismissal, the runs dried up, with no other Whitby batsman making it to double figures and with wickets tumbling at regular intervals.
It was then left to number 10 Will Richardson and number 11 Steve Crowther to hold their nerve and nudge Whitby over the line.
Whitby 2nds are on the road at Blackhall 2nds this weekend as the look to continue their climb away from the foot of the table.
Whitby suffered a frustrating defeat at Richmondshire 2nds, a loss that saw Will Donald’s men plummet from top spot into third place in the Division One standings.
Donald’s side were buoyant heading into the clash having moved top with their demolition of previous leaders Billingham Synthonia last week.
Whitby batted first and despite losing their skipper for just one run, they recovered to post a competitive 205-9 from 50 overs.
Kai Morris was the main man with the bat, hitting 62, other contributions coming from Paul Buck (40), Theo Clarke (37) and Lewis Brearley (23).
Richmondshire’s reply was emphatic as the hosts raced to 155 before losing their first wicket.
Ultimately openers Mike Fleming (101no) and Andrew Fleming (74) guided their side to 208-2 inside 44 overs to complete a comprehensive win, meaning the hosts leapfrogged Whitby into the top-two.
Donald’s side will look to bounce back and move back into the top two when they host Norton this coming Saturday.
Andrew Marshall and Steve Crowther were the star men as Whitby 3rds beat Thornaby 3rds by 54 runs in the Sunday Conference South.
Whitby batted first but were all out for just 113.
Only Marshall (53) and Joe Crowther (39) got going with the bat for Whitby, five of their batsmen failing to get off the mark.
But that total proved to be enough thanks to the bowling heroics of club stalwart Crowther, who claimed 7-14, ran through the Thornaby batting line up.
Aron Calvert also took 2-2-23 to help guide Tim Richardson’s side to the victory.
Whitby 3rds take on Saltburn 3rds this weekend as they look to claim back-to-back wins.