Whitby firsts aiming to bounce back

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Whitby Cricket Club 1sts enjoyed a resounding victory on Saturday over Great Ayton, producing an impressive performance all round to win by over 160 runs.

However, the opposite came to pass on Bank Holiday Monday when visitors Richmond inflicted the first defeat of the season on a Whitby side who were clearly out of sorts.

Batting first on Saturday, Whitby amassed a very good total of 226 thanks to confident batting from a number of the home side.

Mark Harrison(42) and James Hall (41 not out) both played important knocks, but the pick of the partnerships was the 60 put on in quick time by Theo Clarke (57) and Paul Buck (15). Their stroke-play was dominant and fluent.

The later partnership between the Hall brothers, James and Ricky, took the score well beyond the reach of Great Ayton thanks to excellent running between the wickets.

Wickets tumbled regularly for the visitors who slumped to 37/5 thanks to early strikes by James Hall who finished with four wickets for 20 in a fine display of controlled spin bowling which made him the man-of-the-match.

He was well supported by the other bowlers who shared the wickets between them as Whitby’s excellent start to the season continued.

The side had at that stage acquired 75 points in their first three North Yorkshire and South Durham League matches. Unfortunately, the bubble burst on Monday.

Again, Whitby batted first and were well placed on 103/3 when the middle order collapsed, owing to a series of errors in both shot selection and execution.

Earlier, Ron Lyth had notched up his first 50 of the season thanks to some mighty blows out of the ground.

Whitby’s final total of 140 all out was nowhere near enough to trouble the visiting Richmond men who strolled to a nine-wicket victory thanks to a century opening partnership by Mike Fleming (60) and Nathan Wright, who scored 65 not out, including a six to win the match.

Whitby must now lick their wounds and bounce back in tomorrow’s important game at Norton CC 1sts.