16-year-old Sam Winter to make debut for Richmondshire CC first team

Richmondshire 1sts travel to play local rivals Darlington (12.30pm start) hoping that captain Gary Pratt can maintain his early season form with the bat but that this is matched with better fortunes than last weekend.

There are two changes from last weekend with the arrival of overseas amateur Justin Pretorias, from South Africa to strengthen the attack.

With Rob Carr unavailable, 16-year-old Sam Winter makes his debut for the 1sts, with Shaun Charlton dropping back to the 2nds.

Darlington got off to a good start last weekend with a win at Hartlepool, with ex Richmondshire player Nathan Wright scoring 98 not out.

The 2nds are at home to Middlesbrough 2nds at Hurgill Road (12.30pm start) hoping to follow up their win last weekend.

Apart from the switch of Sam Winter and Shaun Charlton the team is unchanged and hoping for a good win against a second team, to start the defence of the second team trophy’

On Sunday, the 3rd XI travel to the newly promoted Thornaby (2.00pm start), looking for the first win of the season to remain top of the pile in Sunday Division 1 with Clive Layfield hoping to add to his century from last Sunday against Darlington RA.

The 4ths have their first home game of the season at Richmond School against Barton 1st XI (2pm start),. Slimline swing bowler Harvey Websdale is back from holiday but pace merchant Cameron Spence is still playing football. Jonny Carr is available and will reinforce both bowling and banter.

The 5ths make the short reverse journey to play Barton 2nds (2pm start),. They are still missing pace bowler Dan Osborn who claims to be studying hard at University. Barton will be missing Alex Percival who broke his collarbone last weekend but are expected to reinforce their batting through the addition of veteran ex-Richmondshire player Mark Jobling.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the 1sts again travel to Darlington, this time in the Kerridge Cup. (2pm start).

In Midweek Junior fixtures the U13s braved the Arctic weather to play Wolviston at Hurgill Road. The match was reduced to 18 overs a side but abandoned due to heavy sleet after 14 overs of the second innings.

Richmondshire batted first, Ben Dale scored 27, Angus Potter 20 and Kai York 18 not out, 50 extras giving Richmondshire a score of 143 for 5.

For Wolviston the two openers retired on passing 30, they were on 99 for the loss of one wicket when play was abandoned.

Though it is unlikely their lower order would have scored 45 runs in four overs to win the match, Duckworth-Lewis does not apply and league rules are that the match should be replayed if possible.

On Saturday evening the Joshua v Klitschko fight will be showing on the big screen at the clubhouse (£15 a head including curry and rice) in private function room or £5 in the bar (regular bar menu available).