Productive weekend for Richmondshire

Richmondshire had a very productive weekend, with an invaluable league win and progress in the Royal London National Club Championship.

In the league on Saturday the 1sts travelled to Thornaby, who were a point ahead of them in the table. After winning the toss and choosing to field Richmondshire made a good start with three early wickets for Josh Dowson (3 for 30).

Jeremy Boyle with 52 not out was the main contributor to Thornaby’s final total of 107 all out in 45.3 overs. Richmondshire then made a good start to their innings with Rob Carr (24) and Gary Pratt (35) taking them to 67 for 2.

Then followed a batting collapse, as Mike Layfield was bowled and Steve Mather and Steve Reeves were both run out with the score on 71. Matty Cowling contributed an invaluable 15 but when he was out on 93 for 8, another fifteen were needed to win.

The Dowson brothers Tom and Josh held their nerve to see Richmondshire home for a twenty point win.

Table leaders Barnard Castle suffered their first setback of the weekend at Stokesley, where they lost by seven wickets for four.

They still head the table but only by two points from Marton, who had a 25 point win against Middlesbrough and three ahead of Richmondshire.

On Sunday the 1sts played their first game in defence of their Royal London National Club Championship against Eppleton of the North Eastern Premier League. There was a big crowd at Hurgill Road on a glorious sunny day, perfect for cricket.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat Richmondshire looked intent on making an early mark on the game, Rob Carr hitting the fist ball for four and continuing with some glorious strokes. Having hit eighteen in quick time he was cleaned bowled.

Mike Layfield decided to take time to play himself in and Gary Pratt picked up the scoring role until he was caught on twenty seven and the total 56 for 2.

Steve Reeves (11) was then surprised to be given run out for the second time in the weekend but Steve Mather (33) then joined Mike Layfield (55) for what proved to be the decisive partnership of the match.

When Steve was caught on the boundary, they had taken the score to 149 for 4. Mike brought his fifty up with a six and with Matty Cowling (44 not out) also going well it looked as if Richmondshire could be heading for a score of two fifty plus.

Mike was then caught and the scoring slowed for a final total of 231 for 8 in the forty overs.

Two early wickets for Craig Swainston (2 for 30) rocked Eppleton and a bad misjudgement then resulted in a run out to reduce them to 39 for 3.

Opener Luke Henderson showed he was a threat with some fine strokes but Sam Winter had him lbw to make the score 47 for 4. Dean Musther (51) and Gary Burlinson (54) then briefly looked as if they might turn the game.

Captain Gary Pratt then turned to spin in the shape of Steve Reeves and himself. Steve (2 for 34) bowled Burlinson and Sam Wood used every bit of his 6ft 4in to take a catch off Gary’s bowling.

Eppleton were now getting behind the required rate, needing over ten an over. Having to take drastic action wickets continued to fall but with Musther still at the crease they had some hope. When he caught by Rob Carr off Gary’s bowling this was snuffed out and Eppleton ended fifty one runs short.

Richmondshire will now play old rivals South Northumberland at home in the next round on Sunday 9th June.
Barnard Castle, the NYSD’s other representatives in the National Club Cup, suffered their second big setback of the weekend being bowled out for just fifty four by Clifton Alliance. Clifton went on to win by six wickets.

The 2nds also had a morale boosting win on Saturday when the beat Great Ayton 2nds in a rain delayed game. Put in to bat Ayton made 187 for 7 in fifty overs. In an innings that went well on into the evening Richmondshire took just twenty eight overs to reach the required score.

Thanks particularly to Josh Cartledge (85 not out) and James Kelly (42). The twenty points putting them in their customary position of top second team.

On Sunday the 3rds continued their unbeaten run at a chilly Redcar but were frustrated to only manage a draw. Richmondshire having scored 216 for 6, with double figures from six players, notably Tom Spensely (59) and Jordan Moss (57) Redcar made little effort to chase the target. Richmondshire’s sixteen points puts them nine points behind Thornaby , who had a twenty five point win.

The 4ths game on Saturday was called off, the weeks rain leaving the Richmondshire School pitch unplayable. The 5ths travelled to Cliffe 2nds and for a while it looked as if a win might be on the cards. Michael Irving (55) and Tyler Spence (28) helped them to 139 all out and they then had Cliffe at 38 for 5. Unfortunately the second part of the Cliffe batting order proved much stronger than the first and they managed to overhaul Richmondshire’s total with just three balls to spare.

During the week there were also wins for the 2nd team in the Robinson Cup, defeating Barnard Castle 2nds by seven runs and the Under 15s and Under 11s against Norton.