Ripper continues fine form as 1sts cruise

Whitby Cricket Club 1sts kept in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League title hunt after a commanding 109-run win over Great Ayton 2nds on Saturday.

Tasmanian Wesley Ripper (pictured right) continued his great recent run of form with a knock of 75, including eight fours and three sixes.

Paul Harrison was also instrumental for Whitby, hitting a couple of sixes too before his innings was ended just two runs short of a half-century, and his partnership with Ripper falling one run short of 100.

Will Donald’s 27 helped to push the 1sts along to 233/9 from their 50 overs, setting a challenging total for their opponents.

Thomas Leng was the pick of the Great Ayton bowlers, picking up five wickets from his 17 overs.

The home side struggled in response, with four of the first five batsmen falling for single figure scores and only Tom Crown (29) troubling Whitby’s bowlers.

With the hosts limping along to 91/8, the game was over for them, despite a late cameo from Henry Shelton (39 not out) and 11 from number 11, John Shelton.

James Hall went nap, taking five wickets for just 18 runs in an innings of great economy and productivity.

Whitby 2nds were left without a game in the third division of the league on Saturday as their opponents Maltby 2nds were unable to raise a side and conceded.