Richmondshire beat Stokesley by seven wickets to go second

Richmondshire 1sts recorded another convincing win on Saturday beating Stokesley by seven wickets.

Having chosen to bat first Stokesley quickly found themselves struggling on 25 for five with Shaun Charlton (four for 20) quickly snapping up the first four wickets.

With another wicket going to Ajay Mandal at 35 for six a quick finish looked on the cards.

Some loss of concentration and uncharacteristically sloppy fielding rather let Stokesley off the hook and they were able to recover to 129 all out in the 35th over.

There was to be no century for Rob Carr this week as he was leg before for 15 with 36 on the board. Mike Layfield looked in much better this form this week and scored a rapid 38 before being caught behind.

Darkening skies and the threat of rain obviously had Ajay Mandal feeling the need to score some quick runs. He charged down the wicket only to be bowled first ball. The professionalism of Gary Pratt then took over and along with Matty Cowling calmly steered Richmondshire to a winning total of 130 for three after 23.4 overs.

Another 20 point win puts them second in the league to Hartlepool who recorded yet another 25 point win.

The 2nds found life tough against Stockton 1sts, who are clearly a cut above the rest of the First Division and just waiting for promotion to the Premiership. They set Richmondshire a formidable target of 284 for seven. In reply Richmondshire could only manage 141 before being all out in the 35th over.

The 4ths had their 100% record spoiled by Newton Aycliffe 2nds. Having scored 215 for five with Richie Carruthers 96 not out, they were unable to claim the final two wickets as Aycliffe reached 127 for eight.

This leaves them third in the league three points behind both Sedgefield and Stockton.

The 5ths continue to introduce outstanding juniors to senior cricket and convincingly beat Oxbridge. Oxbridge were all out for 92 in the 33rd over with Thomas Wooff taking three for six and 12 year old Raam Raj taking two for five on his debut.

Thomas Wooff then again starred with the bat scoring 44 supported by Mike White with 34 as Richmondshire scored the required runs in 18.5 overs.

On Sunday the 3rds could only manage 83 all out at Thornaby, as six players recorded ducks. Clive Layfield ran out of partners on 29 not out after 26 overs. Thornaby needed only 14 overs to knock off the runs with the loss of two wickets.

The Under 13 travelled all the way to the county ground to take on Scarborough in the ECB  National Cup. An outstanding all round performance confirmed yet again the quality of the club’s Junior development.

Batting first Richmondshire scored an outstanding 203  for four in their twenty overs.

The first four batsmen Jack Platt (31), Joe White (33), Max Percival (32) and  Bertie Morris (30) all retiring not out.

With four for five from James Cox, three for one from Eddie Player and two for two from Rebecca White, Scarborough were dismissed for 30 and gave Richmondshire an emphatic 173 run victory.

The Kerridge Cup fixtures scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday were postponed with the prospect that, given the weather forecast, every game could have been decided by the toss of a coin. The games will now be played on Monday 31st May.