16-year-old opener Joe White scores 78 for Richmondshire

Joe White.

The derby games between Richmondshire and Barnard Castle are one of the highlights of the season.

The first clash of 2024 came on Thursday night in the T20 Macmillan Cup, where not only the cup but a place in the National Club T20 finals was at stake.

Unfortunately, it was a very cool and at times rainy night. Play in the Barnard Castle innings continued through several showers as they put on 128 for 7, with Josh Dowson taking two for 21, Caleb Bradford two for 10 and Shafi three for 24.

A heavier shower interrupted play for 30 minutes early in the Richmondshire innings, requiring Duckworth Lewis being applied to set a revised target of 57 in eight overs. This didn’t prove very challenging for Richmondshire with Shafi hitting 28 from 15 balls and Gary Pratt 27 not out.

Richmondshire will now have a home tie against Marton in the semi-finals.

In the league, the 1sts played at Middlesbrough, in what turned out to be a very frustrating game for them. Captain Bob Carr was able to return after the cast was removed from his wrist earlier in the week.

He opened with sixteen-year-old Joe White and was only able to make six before being caught. Joe, however, went on to top score with 78 putting on 107 in partnership with Gary Pratt (71). Richmondshire ended with a total of 215 all out, the final wicket falling in the last over.

Middlesbrough had reached 48 for one when four wickets fell without addition to the score. They had reached 108 when the ninth wicket fell in the 29th over and it seemed only a matter of time before Richmondshire sealed the victory, Shafi taking five for 53 and Harvey Websdale three for 35.

The final pair then hung on for the remaining 21 overs to draw the game. Richmondshire took 16 points from the game and remain top of the table, second place Hartlepool being similarly frustrated by Marton batting out for a draw and only taking 14 points.

Stockton closed the gap on the leading pair, completing a bad week for Barnard Castle by beating them by four wickets. Richmondshire play Stockton at home next Saturday, in what could be the toughest fixture of the season so far.

The 2nds retained their place at the top of Division 2 with an 11-run victory over Middlesbrough 2nds. Alex Percival scored 70 and in his first game of the season Adam Cox 47, as Richmondshire put on 186 for nine.

With the attack back at full strength, Max Percival took five for 34 and Shaun Charlton four for 69 as Middlesbrough were dismissed for 175. The 25-point win keeps Richmondshire six points ahead of Barnard Castle.

On Sunday the 3rds defeated Norton 3rds by seven wickets. Put into bat Norton made 194 for seven with Jack Ward taking three for 36 and Jack Platt two for 49.

After his bowling heroics on Saturday Max Percival took a starring role as batsmen, making 78 not out, Isaac Bottomley adding 40 and Jack Platt 31. Richmondshire finished on 195 for three. With a win batting second giving 20 points, they slipped to second, five points behind Hartlepool whose win batting first netted 25 points.

The 4ths drew with Bishop Auckland 2nds in a close finish. Put in to bat Bishop made 178 for seven, with J Partington taking four for 43. In reply Richmondshire fell only two runs short at 176 for nine, Isaac Bottomley top scorer with 52.

11 points was just enough to lift them out of the relegation places, three above Thornaby.

On Friday the Ladies went to the top of their section in the Durham Women’s and Girls T20 by beating Barnard Castle by 15 runs. Rebecca White making 29 and Holly Thompson 24 in a total of 145 for eight.

Barnard Castle made 130 for eight, Sophie White taking two for 15, Rosie Mottram two for 19 and Pippa MacLelland two for 10.

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