Rain means another weekend wash-out for Richmondshire

For the second Saturday running the first team saw their game abandoned without a ball being bowled.

This time it was a home game against third place Barnard Castle that was washed out by over three inches of rain that fell in the preceding week.

Although the day itself started fine the damage was already done and further heavy rain from 4pm onward meant that even if play had started it would probably wouldn’t have got beyond the first innings.

The abandonment gave both sides six points and it looked for a while as this could be a serious setback to Richmondshire’s title prospects as second placed Marton’s game started on time with Marton batting first.

A win would have given Marton 25 points but as it turned out the game was also abandoned, but not until opponents Marske were half way through there innings.

Marton ended with ten points so now have a narrow lead of three points over Richmondshire. The two sides meet in Richmondshire’s next home game on Saturday, June 29.

The second XI did manage some cricket at Bishop Auckland, the home side making 225 for 3 and when the rain came seven overs into Richmondshire’s innings they were already in trouble at 14 for 2.

The 4thXI’s game was also a casualty of the rain and the fifths were without a fixture.

Playing on Sunday has meant that the thirds have missed the worst of the rain and they had a successful visit to Barnard Castle in the Sunday Divisions 100 competition.

Playing two games they started by defeating the hosts by 26 runs, having scored 133 all out, thanks mainly to forty six from opener George Spink.

In there second game they defeated Darlington by an emphatic eight wickets.

Again it was in form George Spink who made the biggest run contribution with 51, as Richmondshire chased down Darlington’s seventy all out. Harvey Websdale (3 for 8), Alex Percival (2 for 25) and Andy Dade (3 for 10) taking the wickets.

The Under 11s top of the table game against Darlington also survived the weather and they won what had been expected to be a close game by a convincing sixty nine runs.

This leaves them unbeaten and three points behind Darlington with a game in hand.