Richmondshire beat Stokesley to return to table summit

Richmondshire 1sts were hoping for a quick recovery from last week’s defeats in their home fixture against Stokesley.

Choosing to bat first, the Richmondshire innings got off to a poor start when Gary Pratt was dismissed for four after only three balls.

Joe White held on for 23 balls before being dismissed for 5 with the score 26 for 2.

A partnership between Mike Layfield (57) and Sam Wood (26) took the score to 73 for three before Sam was leg before. Dan Hodgson (71) joined Mike to add a further 48 before he was also leg before.

Up to this stage, the scoring rate was slow but Matty Price scored 39 from 29 balls and Dan also accelerated.

Dan was out on 205 and two more wickets fell in the push for late runs. A final score of 214 for seven was better than had looked likely earlier in the innings.

Josh Dowson struck early having Andrew Weighell, the first of three Weighell brothers, leg before. Jonny Weighell and Zimbabwean professional Anton Naqvi started to score freely as Stokesley reached 59 for two. Shafi then had Naqvi caught on the boundary and without further addition Joe White had the third Weighell brother ex Durham player James leg before.

The Richmondshire spinners then took over with Shafi taking five for 53, Caleb Bradford two for 27 and Joe White two for 29. Despite 62 from Harry Harding the Stokesley tail quickly succumbed to leave the score 175 all out.

The 39-run victory gave Richmondshire 25 points, enough to take the team back to the top of the table, just one point ahead of Hartlepool

The 2nds had a 16-run win in a low-scoring game against Marton 2nds. Asked to bat first they were quickly three wickets down for just 18. A partnership between Brad Elsworth (34) and Sam Winter (32) took the score on to 61 before Brad was out. Double-figure contributions from Jame Irving (12), Bertie Morris (14) and Tom Stockton (14) took the  score to 137 before the final wicket fell.

Marton slumped to 32 for 5 before a couple of middle order partnerships got them to 93 for seven. A final wicket partnership of nineteen was finally broken with Marton 121 after 33 overs. Max Percival took four for 38, father Andy three for 30 and Tom Stockton two for 43.

The 25-point win takes them to second in the table, two points behind Shildon Railway.

The 4th team had a tough fixture against top-of-the-table Northallerton 1sts. Put into bat they were dismissed for 89. A 42-run last-wicket partnership between veterans Dave Moffat (24) and Kevin Forbes (14) added some respectability to the score.

Northallerton knocked off the runs in 17.5 overs with the loss of two wickets.

The 5th team travelled up to Middleton in Teesdale, who having been put into bat made 129 all out. Eddie Player and Sophie White both taking three wickets. In Richmondshire’s reply, Jahan Mohammed made 18 and Phil Benaiges was left not out for 14 as they reached 95 all out,