Cup win over Darlington for Richmondshire

After discovering that they had lost the tied Kerridge Cup game by one run on a count back, the 1sts returned to cup action in the Collingwood 100 against Darlington on Thursday.

Darlington chose to bat only to be dismissed for 93, Josh Dowson taking four for 19 and Connor Blaxall-Hill three for 16.

Richmondshire knocked these off for the loss of just one wicket with 36 from Mike Layfield and 39 not out for Dan Hodgson.

Saturday’s league game against Hartlepool was expected to be a tough fixture and it was pleasing that another good bowling performance restricted them to 176 for 9. Harvey Websdale leading the bowling with two for 34.

Richmondshire made a sound start reaching 50 before Steve Mather was run out for 21, partner Rob Carr fell soon after for 28. Another three wickets fell quickly putting Richmondshire in trouble at 73 for five.

Connor Blaxall-Hill then gave another batting master class with 67 not out bringing his scores over the last eight days to 322 averaging 156. He was partnered by Matty Price, who had been going through a lean spell, who scored 43 not out in a partnership of 106. Richmondshire’s five wicket win gave them 20 points.

The 2nds had another tough day at Rockcliffe Park where they lost by six wickets. Put into bat, Richmondshire made 217 for 9 with 82 from Under 15 Joe White. The Richmondshire bowlers could make little impact on a flat wicket and Rockcliffe knocked off the runs in 39.4 overs.

The 4ths also life tough on a good batting wicket at Redcar, when choosing to bat they made 192 for six with 60 from Tom Gibbs and 43 from Jack Platt. Redcar knocked these off in 36.2 overs.

The 5ths had a good three wicket win against Aldbrough St John 2nds in another high scoring game. Choosing to bat first Aldbrough made 214 for four. Sophie White topped the bowling with three for 36.

Father Mike then kept it in the family with 92 not out, while Chris Dunning added 59 in Richmondshire’s total of 217 for seven.

On Sunday the 3rds were too good for Great Ayton 3rds. Juniors Ram Raj (four for 23) and Jack Platt (two for 25) topped the bowling AS Ayton were dismissed for 169.

In Richmondshire’s reply of 172 for 4, twelve-year-old Bertie Morris top scored with forty from 37 balls.