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Richmondshire 1sts cruised to an eight wicket win at home to Guisborough on Saturday.
Having won the toss Richmondshire put Guisborough in to score 191 for 8, with the highlight of the innings being 59 for ex Richmondshire pro Shani. Alston Bobb was again the most economical and effective of the bowlers taking 3 for 41 in fifteen overs.
Fortunately Shani didn’t prove the expected threat with the ball and after losing Andy Fleming for 33 on 59 and Mike Fleming for 5 on 74, Gary Platt 99 not out and Alston Bobb 54 completed the victory. This gives Richmondshire 20 points for a win batting second but Great Ayton extend their lead at the top of the table as they take 25 for a win batting first.
Richmondshire did gain ground on both Stokesley and Middlesbrough as they played out a draw and Barnard Castle lost unexpectedly to Hartlepool.
The 2nd team were frustrated by Normanby Hall holding out to take a draw with nine wickets down. Richmondshire won the toss and chose to bat, after losing Mike Fleming early Tom Dowson (37), Owen Kelly (46) and Richie Carruthers (52) kept the scoreboard moving along nicely. Then with the tail collapsing rather they were all out in 48.5 overs for 213. This gave Normanby an additional over to make the runs (or survive) and they came close to profiting, ending on 196 for 9. The highlight of Richmondshire’s bowling was a 4 for 50 from spinner Ross Whelpdale. Top of the table Thornaby could also only manage a draw and Richmondshire stay second sixteen points off top spot.
The 4ths had a fairly straight forward victory at Aldbrough St John, who won the toss and put themselves in to score 141 for 9. Richmondshire didn’t have much trouble with this and ended on 142 for 2 after 30 overs. This leaves them third in the table but only two points behind leaders Lands.
The 5th team were disappointed to go down to Rockcliffe who chose to bat first and set a tough target of 182 for 7. Despite 45 from Mike Irvine and 44 from young Tom Ward Richmondshire could only manage 152.
In Junior games the Under 11 side lost a tight game to Darlington by 2 runs. This still leaves them top three points ahead of Darlington, although Norton and Sedgefield only three points behind have a game in hand.
The Under 13 Hambleton League team had a good win at Bedale by 63 runs.
The Under 9s continued their 100% start to the season beating Northallerton
Northallerton 266-4 (net score 246) vs Richmondshire 299-3 (net score 284)
Coach Mike White reports:
On a lovely summer’s evening in Northallerton, the home side won the toss and put us into bat.
The innings progressed well, in a sensible and professional manner with Richmondshire only furnishing the home side with 3 wickets throughout the 16 overs. Notable performances from Issac Bottomley (11 runs) and Joseph White (15 runs) kept the strike rate moving at a considerable speed. Northallerton’s bowling contributed significantly to our total; 60 extras adding to an innings which finished 299 for 3 (net score 284).
A strong fielding performance followed. Only 13 wides were bowled (our lowest total of the season so far!) and consistent bowling ensured that the first three batting pairs managed a miserly total of 11 runs off the bat between them in 12 overs. Although a strong final partnership moved the home side’s total into respectability, the result was never in doubt. Excellent bowling figures from Eddie Player (2 overs, 2 wickets for 11 runs) and Jack Platt (2 overs, 2 wickets for 5 runs), who were the pick of the bowlers.