Skipper guides 1sts back to winning ways

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Whitby 1st XI made a return to winning ways on Saturday in their away fixture at Hartlepool though not without a stutter or two along the way.

Good performances from tried-and-trusted campaigners, Paul Buck and Ron Lyth, saw them through to a five-wicket victory.

When skipper Buck inserted the home side on winning the toss, Hartlepool made a promising start until pace bowler Tom Steyert sent opener Rowdean’s off stump cartwheeling back to make a breakthrough.

However, Hartlepool failed to capitalise on good batting conditions and struggled in particular against the spin bowling of James Hall (4 for 43) and Will Donald (3 for 23).

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals, finally leaving a total of 137 all out which was not enough by a long way.

A notable feature of the innings was some effective Whitby fielding with youngster, Tom Pickering, taking three good catches.

In reply, Whitby got off to a disastrous start, losing both openers, Theo Clarke and Matt Towey, with only three runs on the board.

The Hartlepool men now had their tails up but a dogged, determined partnership between Ron Lyth (38) and Jim Fawcett (22) set the innings on the road to recovery, albeit slowly.

The innings stuttered somewhat when both men were dismissed. It was only when Buck came to the crease and struck some fine shots in an aggressive 32 not out that Whitby began to canter home comfortably.

He was helped in an unbroken partnership of 40 runs by an impressive innings from Will Donald, enjoying an unaccustomed middle-order role.

Whitby’s 20 points keeps them up there in a top three position in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League’s division one.

This Saturday’s home game (June 21) with Blackhall Colliery is an important one, as both sides have been very successful so far.