Hartlepool come out on top against Richmondshire

Julius Glasgow in action for Richmondshire 3rds. Photo: Steve Hassall.

Hartlepool proved a thorn in Richmondshire’s side this week.

In three closely contested games Hartlepool came out on top in two and the third was drawn.

The first encounter came on Thursday evening in a Macmillan Cup tie between the two first teams.

Batting first Hartlepool made 109 for 8 in their twenty overs. Richmondshire reply seemed to be progressing well when Gary Pratt was out on 58 for 2 and as they slipped behind the required rate the quest for quick runs resulted in mor wickets, including two run outs. Richmondshire ended just short on 102 for 8.

In the league on Saturday Richmondshire were short of a number of regular players due to injury or work commitments, giving a number of the club’s young prospects an opportunity to shine.

The Hartlepool bowlers made good use of the early conditions and the Richmondshire batsmen found life difficult, both Gary Pratt and Rob Carr falling leg before.

Sam Wood’s promotion up the order in place of the injured Mike Layfield is proving a success and Sam made 47 before being bowled.

This along with an excellent partnership between two of the youngsters, Matty Price (33) and Tom Dowson (23) taking the score to 200 for 9 at the end of the fifty overs.

Hartlepool mad a strong start in their reply and it was the introduction of another of the younger players, James Kelly, to the attack to trap Hartlepool’s danger man James Lowe caught and bowled.  Two outstanding catches and a stumping reduced  Hartlepool to 142 for 7 but Richmondshire couldn’t make the final breakthrough and Hartlepool survived to end 165 for 8.

Richmondshire took fourteen points which leaves them trailing the league leaders by eleven points. Marton (next week’s opponents) , Saltburn and Billingham Synthonia are all on a maximum fifty points

On Sunday the third team also played Hartlepool and batting first made 187 for 7. With veteran Andy Dade scoring 47 not out and junior Jake Percival 37. Hartlepool scoring 190 for 7 to win with a couple of overs to spare,  despite Harvey Websdale’s spell of 4 for 13.

The second team did well to restrict newly relegated Darlington to 201 for 9, Jonny Carr taking 3 for 20. Unfortunately with evergreen Jonny Barnes taking 4 for 3 in fourteen overs they collapsed to fifty three all out.

The fourth and fifth team both had wins on Saturday. Northallerton seconds had opening batsmen Ian Place’s 99 not out to thank for their total of 154 for 6. Forty eight not out from Gaz Wood helped Richmondshire home to 158 for 4.

The fifths included the two new army “recruits” in their team against Aldbrough St Johns seconds. They made an immediate impression with Warwick Forman scoring sixty six not out and Marcus Griffiths forty six not out in Richmondshire’s total of 169 for 4. Despite sixty two from John Gedye Aldbrough could only reach 146 for 7. Ted While taking 3 for 24 and Marcus Griffiths 3 for 11.

In the junior section the Under 17’s had a comfortable victory against Rockcliffe Park, the under 11s defeated Darlington but the under 15’s lost at Darlington.