The future is bright for Thorp Arch and Boston Spa Cricket Club, according to captain Guy Whatmore.
TABS have suffered a difficult summer at the bottom of York Senior League Division Two after several first team players left the club before the season started.
And after their 12th defeat of the season on Saturday at home to league leaders Woodhouse Grange 2nds, Whatmore’s side lie 105 points adrift of safety.
“The season has been a tough one for the club as a whole,” said the skipper.
“The loss of consistent performers from the first team has had a huge effect on the sides ability to win games.”
TABS put up a brave fight in the battle of top versus bottom but Woodhouse showed their depth to win by five wickets.
Matthew Bentley fashioned a half-century at the top of TABS’ order and wicket-keeper Paul Chadwick flashed a thrilling late 22 not out from just 11 balls.
But the home side’s total of 168-9 was comfortably reached by Woodhouse, with their opener Michael Hattee hitting 18 boundaries in his 82.
“There were patches of the game where we competed well but we were beaten by the better side,” said Whatmore, who missed the contest.
“We will keep going and keep enjoying our cricket.”
TABS have thrown several junior players into the senior ranks this season and the skipper praised their reaction to the early baptism of fire.
He added: “As the season has progressed we have been able to compete more effectively in matches and there have been some good bowling and batting performances.
“We now need to work on putting both elements of the game together.
“The rise of some of the club’s junior players who have dipped in and out of the team so far looks very encouraging.
“It will be very tough to turn the season around from our current position but if we look at the bigger picture then the future is bright.”
Meanwhile, fifth-placed Tadcaster Magnet survived a scare at lowly York 3rds to gain maximum points in a 20-run win.
Ed Day (62) produced another exceptional display as he topscored in Magnet’s opening innings of 217-8.
The home side were well on course for victory at 158-3 but an inspired spell by Jon Hill (4-35) tore through York’s middle order.
It was left to Day (2-37) to seal victory as York’s final three batsman fell without troubling the scorer.
Magnet face a trip to Bolton Percy on Saturday. TABS travel to Londesborough Park.