In what is believed to be a first for a Richmondshire player, first team captain Robert Carr made his third century in three innings, with 107 against Normanby Hall on Saturday.
Rob continued his rich vein of form, following on from 125 not out last week and a century in the Kerrdige Cup final in the final game of last season.
Batting with a runner after a strain fielding he shared an open partnership of 47 with Gary Pratt and was finally out with the score at 174 for 4 with Richmondshire well in sight of Normanby’s total.
It had seemed unlikely that Normanby would manage a challenging total when they were 26 for three with early wickets for Shaun Charlton and Josh Dowson.
A stubborn stand of 81 between Jordan Leech (65) and Rashad Rashid (49) was finally broken by Craig Marshall, who ended with 5 for 51. Normanby’s final total of 203 all out never looked likely to unduly trouble Richmondshire and they completed the victory after 36 overs.
20 points puts Richmondshire into second place in the table with 37 points, behind leaders Hartlepool who have a maximum 50 points after two 25-point victories.
The 2nd team had a convincing eight wicket victory against Great Ayton 2nds. It took only 23.3 overs to overall Aytons target of 188 for 7 with Tom Dowson scoring an impressive 117 n not out, supported by Sam Winter with 42.
The 4th team had another 25 point victory against Preston Park putting them top of the table on a maximum 50 points. Batting first they made 212 for 5 in their 40 overs, Clive Layfield top scoring with 76 not out, including a partnership of 79 with John Clark (47)
Michael Platt had another five wicket haul (5 for 20) as Preston Park were skittled out for 76 in just 22.5 overs.
In their first league fixture of the season the 5th team had a close game against Haughton 2nds. An impressive bowling performance by three 13-year-olds accounted for five of the six Haughton wickets as they made 170 for 6.
Joe White (2 for 30), Jack Platt (2 for 20) and Max Percival (1 for 19) provided the evidence that the club has another crop of very talented juniors coming through.
When it came to the Richmondshire innings it was again the junior players who impressed with Joe White (34) and Thomas Woof (24) playing a big part. When the 40 overs were up Richmondshire were just 16 short on 154 for 9 with Griff Bewell on 34 not out.
On Sunday the 3rds had a close game with Wolvistion 3rds.
Veteran Andy Dade (57) was the main contributor to the Richmondshire total of 182 for 7. Wolviston just made it over the line to win with one wicket to spare on 184 for 9.