Whitby Cricket Club 2nds entertained Yarm 2nds on Saturday in a game they needed to win if they are to harbour any hopes of promotion this year.
On a pleasant but chilly day at the Turnbull Ground, Whitby were batting first and, not for the first time this season, found themselves in early trouble as both openers got starts but fell cheaply, leaving Whitby 40/2.
Whitby began to rebuild through Richardson and skipper Wood (29) and pushed the score towards 100.
However, three quick wickets set Whitby back as they slid to 90/5 and were looking in trouble.
It was left to close friends and elder statesmen Jackson (46 not out) and Hall (42) to rebuild the innings and they did this with a mix of gritty determination and delightful stroke play. Both players deserved their half century but both were to be denied as Whitby managed to finish on 207/9 off their 50 overs.
Whitby perhaps thought they had the game won at the half way stage and took their foot off the pedal – but they were soon to be surprised as the Yarm batsmen set about their pursuit in positive fashion.
Yarm raced comfortably to 120/1 and looked like strolling to victory.
But Joe Crowther got the all important breakthrough for Whitby, spinning out the resilient and watchful Elliott which sparked a collapse which got Whitby back into the game.
Wickets fell regularly from then on, mainly thanks to Jackson (3 for 36) and Hall (3 for 45) and Whitby could smell victory.
It all boiled down to the final two overs where Whitby required one wicket but the excellent Ahmed (109 not out) and watchful Stafford, England over 60s’ wicket-keeper, guided Yarm through to a deserved draw.
Skipper Andrew Wood: “This was a disappointing result for Whitby who really should be beating teams like Yarm if they are to achieve promotion.
“They must bat better at the top of the innings and bowl better on the whole this weekend against Blackhall and fellow promotion-chasers Norton if they are to get anything from the matches.”