Whitby 3rds land first win in new league

Whitby Cricket Club’s thirds were delighted to dodge the weekend rain – especially as they landed a seven-wicket win at Thornaby 3rds.

It was their first win playing in this league which is a higher standard than what they have been used to.

Hosts Thornaby batted first but failed to make much impact and were all out for 123.

Spinner Steve Crowther exceelled for Whitby, taking five wickets.

In response, Whitby surged ahead and comfortable knocked off the target for the loss of only three wickets in 20.3 overs.

Aaron Leeman struck 37 while Thornaby contributed to their own downfall by conceding a lot of extras.

Whitby 3rds captain Rikki Lawrence told the Gazette he was pleased his side are now off the mark after their first game fell victim to rain and the second resulted in defeat.

“It’s a big step up from the league we have played in but I think it’s pretty good,” he said.

“It’s a good step forward for the club and for the future.

“We know it’s going to be a big challenge but it’s all about the youngsters coming in from the under 14s and under 17s and getting them more experience playing senior cricket.”

It’s an exciting time for Whitby Cricket Club as a whole and part of the reason for the 3rds’ decision to switch from the Derwent Valley League was to bridge the gap between juniors and seniors and give them a platform on which to perform.

“The junior section is going from strength to strength and helping them to progress further and the club to progress for the future.”

Whitby’s 1st and 2nd teams both had their North Yorkshire and South Durham League fixtures rained off on Saturday.