Mixed results for Richmondshire CC teams on opening weekend

Richmondshire's new professional Alston Bobb bowling.

The opening weekend of the season brought mixed results for Richmondshire Cricket Club teams.

The biggest disappointment was that the 1st team failed to post a win despite two strong batting performances by captain Gary Pratt. On Saturday at home to Middlesbrough they were relieved to hang on for a losing draw.

Middlesbrough won the toss and opted to bat and in an innings, that owed almost everything to a knock of 142 not out by ex Durham county player James Lowe, finished on 216 for 6.

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At the halfway stage Richmondshire’s reply looked well on track but when Gary Pratt fell to an excellent catch on 68 the innings stalled.

With two lbws in consecutive bowls and Alston Bobb out attempting a cut which top edged into the keeper’s gloves, the chances of a successful run chase was gone.

In the end, it was left to Sam Wood and number eleven Shaun Charlton to bat out the last few overs to end on 170 for 9, salvaging 7 points for a losing draw.

On Sunday, the 1sts travelled to play Sherrif Hutton Bridge in the ECB National Club Championship only to suffer more frustration.

An innings of 121 by Gary Pratt was again ended by a good catch but a score of 251 for 8 from 45 overs looked good enough to win. After their 45 overs Sherrif Hutton had also scored 251 but having only conceded 7 wickets took the tie.

In Saturday’s other games the team had a good win away to Redcar 1sts, having restricted Redcar to 187 for 9 they knocked off the runs in 43 overs.

Richie Carruthers scoring 67, Sam Winter 40 and Owen Kelly 31 not out.

Mike Layfield (keeper) Craig Marshall (fielding).

In the Darlington & District League the 4XI went down to a narrow defeat at Middleton in Teesdale, not quite being able to chase down the Middleton score of 155 all out.

The 4XI took to the field with seven members of the Richmondshire Titans over 40s squad and included last minute recruit John Weighell.

There were comments that John looked remarkably like 2XI  captain Tom Stockton, but Tom was captaining the 2XI and he doesn’t run as fast or throw with his left arm.

Middleton lost three early wickets but recovered thanks to some very clean ball striking by S Addison in the middle order.

Captain Andy Dade bowled a very tidy spell of 10 overs, whilst Darryn Bancroft burgled 3 wickets later in the innings with some occasionally straight bowling which enabled Kevin Forbes to demonstrate his athleticism behind the stumps.

In their reply, Richmondshire also lost 3 early wickets and rebuilt the innings slowly, then lost Andy Dade just when he finally began to get going in partnership with Julius Glasgow, who was out soon afterwards for exactly 50.

The lower order could not quite score fast enough to get the score up to Middleton’s score before the overs ran out with 2 wickets remaining.

The newly promoted 5XI managed an eight-wicket victory against Oxbridge (named after a pub in Stockton, not the universities) despite playing one short, with a team made up of three over 40s and seven teenagers.

Leg spinner Griffin Bewell from the under 15 junior team took six wickets as Oxbridge were bowled out for 121 runs, his father and team captain John was clearly very proud.

In the Richmondshire reply, opening batsman Mike Irving continued his prolific run scoring of the previous season, scoring 71 not out.

He was accompanied at the end by Tom Ward from the under 13 squad, who had a fine debut, with a stumping, a catch and a score of 24 not out.

On Sunday, the 3rds had a winning draw against newly promoted Darlington RA.

Having won the toss and opted to bat they posted what looked like a winning score of 235 for 4 with a century from Clive Layfield.

However they just failed to bowl out Darlington who finished on 171 for 8 but take 17 points to Darlington’s 4.

In Sunday’s junior matches the Under 11 team had a good win against Wolviston coach Darren Sydall reported that Wolviston won the toss and elected to bowl.

Joe Syddall and Jake Percival opened the batting with a solid partnership of 25 followed by good solid batting partnerships from the rest of the team.

Max Percival opened the bowling with one wicket for one run in the first over and a further maiden over, Finlay Clarke & Andrew Ralph both taking a wicket in their first overs and Isaac, Jake Percival and Tom Woof also getting maiden overs.

Richmondshire 281 net beating Wolviston  215 net by 66 runs.

In the Hambleton Under 13 League team came up against a strong North Stainley X1. Richmondshire scored 96 for 6 in their 20 overs, North Stainley 119 for 7.