Covid hits Richmondshire fixtures

Covid cases and self-isolating in both camps caused the Richmondshire first team’s fixture against Stokesley on Saturday to be voided.

In fact, only three premier league games were played and with the league now being decided on average points per game, Richmondshire stayed top with an average of 16.69.

Only Barnard Castle benefited from Saturday’s fixtures as they had a 25 point win, beating Middlesbrough by 126 runs.

This moved them up to second with an average of 15.79, ahead of Marton who didn’t play and Hartlepool who only gained 11 points from a draw against Great Ayton.

The first team did manage a fixture at Hartlepool in the Premier 100 on Tuesday evening when they were convincing winners.

Batting first Richmondshire made 126 for three from their 100 balls with Ajay Mandal making 60 not out.

Hartlepool struggled to score off the Richmondshire attack and could only muster 67 for 8.

The NYSD League Management Committee has made the decision to suspend the Hundred matches until at least the end of July.

Richmondshire firsts do still have a Kerridge Cup Semi-Final at Barnard Castle of Sunday, July 25 and a Collingwood 100 Final at Thornaby on the August 4.

The fourths have a Ken Walsh Cup Final at Stockton on July 27.

The other Richmondshire teams did manage to play, all be it rather depleted in parts.

The seconds gained a few players who may have otherwise been playing for the firsts but still could make little impression against league leaders Stockton firsts.

Electing to bat first they could only make 89 with Sam Winter (22) and Harvey Websdale (20) top scoring.

In reply, Stockton had little difficulty in knocking off the runs in just 17 overs.

The fourth team had a 25 point win at Newton Aycliffe seconds, choosing to bat first they made 140 for 8, Andy Dade leading the way with 36.

In reply Newton Aycliffe could only manage 68 with Michael Platt taking six for 17.

With the league now being decided on average points Richmond now lead with 18.67 points to Stockton on 18.31.

The fifth team, even more reliant on juniors than usual, had a good win against Oxbridge, with under 13 captain Joe White starring with a bowling return of six for 14.

Oxbridge being dismissed for 143, Richmondshire took 35 overs to arrive at 144 for 8 with Tom Gibbs making 40 not out.

On Sunday the third team managed to move out of the relegation places with a 20 point win at Thornaby.

Choosing to bat first Thornaby were dismissed for 204 after 34 overs.

A stronger than usual batting performance took Richmondshire to 207 for four in 27 overs.

Jake Percival 47, Alex Percival 44 and Finlay Clarke 38.

The 20 points giving them a point average of 10.55, ahead of Middlesbrough with 10.27 and Redcar 8.64.