Whitby Cricket Club put focus on youth

Whitby CC 1sts skipper Will Donald in batting action
Whitby CC 1sts skipper Will Donald in batting action

Youth is taking over at Whitby Cricket Club and they are hoping that it leads to a bright future.

Twenty-one-year-old Will Donald is in his second season as first-team skipper, while Joe Crowther, 20, has taken the reins from Andrew Marshall in the second team.

In the third XI, 18-year-old Will Richardson has taken control.

All three of the club’s sides are on the search for success this season in their respective North Yorkshire/South Durham divisions.

Donald said: “You don’t see many clubs that have captains that are so young.

“The thing is we are all very keen and hopefully it will pay off for us, especially in the long term.

“We are all really looking forward to this year as a whole club.”

Crowther has already moved to capture a number of his former junior team mates to boost numbers for the second team, though the first team have had a few more issues in recruiting.

“Matty Tolley has come back to us after a season away, but that is it for the moment,” said Donald, whose team kick off their Division One campaign at home to Wolviston on April 21.

“We were linked to a few players and we were looking at bringing an overseas player in but nothing has come off as yet.

“Whitby is a bit isolated, so that makes it difficult to attract players away from the town.

“We are happy with what we’ve got though and we are looking to build on our performances of last season.

“Last year the league was the toughest I’ve ever known it, there were a lot of good teams that we came up against.

“Two very good sides have gone up though and we’ll not be sure what to expect from the new sides in the division, it will just be a case of trying to be more positive.

“On paper we have got a very good batting line-up, but that is what let us down at times last season.

“We’d be in good positions at the half-way stage, having bowled teams out for 100-150, but we didn’t follow it through with the bat.

“In any club game it is difficult when you lose a few quick wickets, but we’ll be looking to focus a bit more this time out.

“We have had a number of netting sessions and the lads are looking good, which bodes well.”

Whitby have one pre-season game against York Senior League outfit Beverley Town before the campaign gets underway.

The second team start their season in Division Three of the North Yorkshire/South Durham League at Bishop Auckland 2nds.