Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Waters' Return Is a Real Sickener for the Opposition

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Waters' Return Is a Real Sickener for the Opposition

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DIVISION TWO FINAL GREAT AYTON v WHITBY TOM Waters climbed from his sick bed to star in Ayton's win.

The stylish batsman was a pain in the neck for Whitby - after spending 10 days in bed with tonsillitis.

He hit the days' biggest score, a quickfire 73 which included a range of sixes and fours, in an innings of powerful and stylish strokes.

He beamed: "It was touch and go whether I could play and I only found out on the morning of the game that I was in the team.

"I was in bed and on tablets - maybe that's the ideal preparation!

"The skipper James Marshall told me not to be scared to go for my shots. I saw the ball well, and went for it.

"In this type of cricket you need to find your eye straight away, and put the ball away. I hit more sixes than fours so am really pleased with that. I have been in a few sides that have won trophies, but this is the biggest."

Waters easily top scored for his side though he was well supported as the side reached 146-9. Whitby's Steve Allen snapped up four wickets for just seven runs in his three overs.

Whitby were never in the hunt, despite three fours and two sixes from Ron Lyth on his way to 46, and Great Ayton won with 35 runs to spare.

Winning skipper Marshall, his side's tightest bowler conceding just 13 runs, said: "It was a top performance.

"We won the toss and I would have been happy with anything over 130. Tom batted really well especially after what he has been through. It was his first game for a fortnight.

"Whitby are a good side. They beat us in the group stages of this competition, and we are the only side to beat them in the league.

"I took over as skipper half way through the season, and it's been brilliant to win this trophy. I stepped down from the first team so that I could get more of a bat and a bowl.

"Even though I got a duck in the final, I would rather that and win, than score runs and lose. …

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