Whitby 1sts back to best

A fine strike from Whitby'picture: Brian Murfield
A fine strike from Whitby'picture: Brian Murfield

In an important match for both teams on the fringe of the promotion zones, Whitby Cricket Club 1st XI won comfortably at Billingham on Saturday.

The Whitby boys were on form as five of the batsmen contributed to an impressive first innings total of 243/6 and then fast bowler, Tom Steyert, finished off the job by taking six wickets for 29 runs.

The dominant feature of Whitby’s innings was partnerships as five times, batsmen combined to put on over 30 runs together.

At the top of the order, Theo Clarke played some fluent strokes to top score with 43. James Hall was just behind him on 42 and has to be commended for the durability of his innings.

He arrived at the crease with the score on 29/1 and left it on 159/5.

The partnership between Hall and Clarke was the most productive of the innings (69), closely rivalled by that between captain, Paul Buck, and second team skipper, Andrew Wood, who put on 60 late runs in quick time by striking the ball to the boundary with a fine range of shots.

The home bowlers had not helped their side by giving away too many extras in terms of wides and no balls.

One extraordinary over lasted for 13 balls and cost the poor Billingham bowler dearly with 32 runs. In reply, the home team got off to a disastrous start, losing two wickets for as many runs, one of them thanks to a sharp piece of fielding from Steve Allen.

Although four Billingham batsmen reached double figures, wickets fell in clusters and in particular to the hostile fast bowling of Steyert.

Bowling with the wind, he knocked back the stumps of three home players, having two others trapped LBW and a further one caught by Theo Clarke.

If Steyert could reproduce this form on a regular basis, he would undoubtedly be one of the most threatening bowlers in the North Yorkshire and South Durham League.

Victory by 160 runs is a most satisfying result and the Whitby players could justifiably bask in their glory for a few days, enjoying the success born of their productive endeavour and their prodigious combined talents.