Richmondshire beat Saltburn to take 35-point league lead

Sam Wood.

A 25-point win for Richmondshire 1sts against last season’s champions Saltburn took the team a further five points ahead of second place Hartlepool.

After opting to bat first, Saltburn found that life was difficult on a wicket where all the batsmen struggled to get set.

Josh Dowson (two for 28) took the first wicket with just nine on the board, in the next over Harvey Websdale  (two for 22 ) followed this up with a second to make the score 10 for two. After a brief recovery to 45 for three Josh struck again and shortly after Harvey added the fourth wicket. The fifth wicket went to Shafi and Sam Wood took the remaining five to finish with five for 35. Saltburn ended with 131 all out in 32 overs.

The Richmondshire batsmen found life no easier, Joe White falling leg before with the score on 9 and Sam Wood at 27 for two. The two Saltburn opening bowlers gave little away and Mike Layfield and Gary Pratt were forced to be very defensive until they saw these two out of the attack. By the 25 over mark, the score had only reached 52 for two.

With the change in bowling, the pattern changed and Mike Layfield having curbed his usual attack style went on to make 55 from 111 balls and Gary Pratt 57 from 75. The win was completed at 134 for two in 38 overs.

By taking 25 points to Hartlepool’s 20 Richmondshire moved 35 points ahead at the top of the table.

The 2nds had a difficult day against Rockcliife Park who ran up an impressive total of 269 for nine. Shaun Charlton taking three for 78 and Max Percival three for 45. In reply Richmondshire made 193 with 55 from Brad Elsworth. Despite this setback, Richmondshire stayed top of the table, thirteen points ahead of Shildon.

The 4ths came close to recording a much-needed win. After being put in they were all out for 112 in 38 overs, Jack Platt top-scoring with 23.

Despite two for two for veteran Andy Dade in the final overs, Guisborough scraped home with nine down, six points dropping them into the relegation places.

The 5ths fared better where 110 not out from Mike White and 77 from Josh Feakins took them to 233 for four. Cockerton were dismissed for 128 with captain John Bewell taking four for 31, Harry Saunders two for 14 and Jake Wright two for 23, 20 points keeping them in mid table

The 3rds suffered a rare defeat at Hartlepool, who after being put in to bat made 246 for three. In reply, Richmondshire could only manage 106, most of which came from the Baines brothers 40 for Dan and 35 for Joni. With 25 points to Hartlepool and only three to Richmondshire, Hartlepool went two ahead at the top of the table.

The Ladies Softball side had two convincing wins on Sunday, beating Bedale by 94 runs and Thornton Watlass by 89. Sophie White was top scorer with 61 over the two games.

On Friday evening the Under 17 team defeated Middlesbrough to take the title for the second year running. Choosing to bat first 50 from Jack Platt and 53 from Finn Clarke (both retiring not out) took them to a total of 159 for 4 in the 20 overs.

Middlesbrough were unable to come anywhere near the total as Isaac Bottomley took two for 19 and Will Fudali two for 20.