Defeats in league and cup for Richmondshire

Jake Percival.

After an excellent start to the season had put them top of the table, Richmondshire’s bubble was burst on Saturday with a nine-wicket defeat at home to Marton.

The week had started badly on Tuesday when a visit to a specialist revealed that Bob Carr had suffered a broken bone in his wrist while fielding at Stokesley on Monday.

This is likely to keep him out of the team for some weeks. To make matters worse Gary Pratt had to pay a visit to hospital with an eye infection on Friday and this was still affecting his vision on Saturday morning.

Under 16 Joe White was given the responsibility of taking Bob’s place as opener and acquitted himself very well.

Making 19 with some fine shots, his stay at the crease of 57 balls was longer than any other Richmondshire player.

Gary appeared relatively unhampered by his eye problem until he was clean-bowled for 16. Mike Layfield was soon out for six and Sam Wood promoted up the order to four quickly followed. When Joe White was out it made the score 59 for four.

There was a brief sign of recovery when Matty Price, making his first visit to the crease this season, struck the ball well. The recovery proved an illusion when he was out for 11, quickly followed by Dan Hodgson for 16 and Joe Shields.

There was then a typical Shafi innings with 14 from 18 balls including a monster six, which ended in a skied catch. Caleb Bradford soon followed leg before but Josh Dowson became a surprise top score ending with 23, including two sixs. This added a little respectability to the score at 134.

There was an early wicket for Josh Dowson but after that the  Richmondshire bowlers failed to make any impact. Marton cruised to victory in just 18 overs.

The defeat only gained Richmondshire two points. Victories for Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Stokesley take them above Richmondshire

The 2nd team had a 25-point win at Newton Aycliffe. Choosing to bat first they made 144 all out with top scores from Jamie Stead (21) and John Clark (25).

This relatively modest total was too much for Newton Aycliffe who could only manage 58 all out. This was thanks to six for 29 from Shaun Charlton, two for 24 for Max Percival and two for nought from Jake Percival.

The win takes them to second in the table, two points behind Shildon,

The fourth team managed a draw against Great Ayton 2nds. Batting first Ayton made 190 for seven, with Raam Raj taking four for 24 and Will Fudali two for 24.

Raam completed a man-of-the-match performance by making 61. Will Fudali(14) and captain Griff Bewell (25) then managed to bat out the innings to save a draw at 149 for 7.

The 5th team were defeated by Haughton 2nds, batting first Haughton made 192 for seven. Despite 34 from Mike White, 23 from Jonny Walker and 17 from Eddy Player Richmondshire could only reach 120.

The 1sts needed to recover quickly from Saturday’s setback with a National Cup tie at home to Tickhill of the South Yorkshire Premier League. Having won the competition in 2018 and reached the semi-finals last year Richmondshire hoped for another good cup run.

Surprisingly Tickhill chose to bat first and made a fast start before Sam Wood claimed a wicket caught behind with his first ball. Tickhill then progressed confidently to 94 before the next wicket fell to a superb catch by Jake Percival off Shafi’s bowling.

Two runs later Jake produced an even better catch off Caleb Bradford’s bowling. Caleb went on to take four for 30 with two stumpings by Dan Hodgson and a clean bowled. Openers Josh Dowson (two for 45) and Harvey Websdale (two for 22) then returned to the attack as Tickhill slid from 153 for five to 171 all out, Harvey drawing two more stumpings from Dan Hodgson.

A target of 172 looked achievable as Richmondshire started their reply. They chose to open with Matty Price to push for a fast start. There was then shock in the second over when Gary Pratt, contrary to his normal patient style, went down the wicket to the Tickhill spinner and was stumped.

Matty Price made a confident start with a six and a four in the fifth over only to be caught from the first ball of the sixth. Joe White followed leg before just two balls later as the batsmen struggled to read the spinner.

With the score at 16 for three Richmondshire needed to recover with a strong partnership. Mike Layfield put on 45 before Mike was out for 17. Sam Wood made nine before he was stumped making the score 78 for five.

Jake Percival was making his first team debut after some outstanding performances in the seconds and had already justified his place in the side with his two outstanding catches. Not afraid to play his normal attacking game he scored 36 from 28 balls with three sixes and two fours, before he was caught going for another big hit.

That innings gave Richmondshire some hope and although Shafi could only add four Dan Hodgson continued to play a patient captain’s innings before being out leg-before for 53. When Josh Dowson soon followed, 25 was still needed with the last pair together. A brave effort by Caleb and Harvey was ended when Caleb was bowled for six leaving Harvey eight not out and Richmondshire 11 runs short.

The 3rd teams Game at Wolviston was called off with the Wolviston pitch still not fit to play

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