It was a clean sweep of victories for the Richmondshire teams with an important first win for the 1sts at top of the table Stokesley in the NYSD Premier League.
Having been put in to bat Stokesley looked to have got off to a good start with 78 put on for the first wicket with Andrew Weighell scoring 54.
Once the two openers went the rest of the batting line up struggled against the spin of Craig Marshall and Alston Bobb. Craig finishing with 6 for 30 and Alston 3 for 24 as Stokesly were bowled out for 146 in 46.3 overs.
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The Richmondshire innings got off to a shaky start with the first three wickets going down for 38. Rob Carr and Steve Mather steadied the ship with 23 and 20 respectively but it was left to young Sam Winter to top score and see the inning home with 32 not out.
Richmondshire finishing on 148 for 8 to get twenty much needed points.
The 2nds playing at home to Saltburn had another big win to stay top of the table. The day got off to a bad start when Mike Fleming hit the case off one, straight to the keeper.
Young Owen Kelly then came to the crease to try rebuilding with the promising batsman Tom Dowson. After an edgy start, Owen started to show his true prowess.
After a couple of quick wickets, Joe Shields came to the crease to score a quick half century.
Followed by Jordan Moss who then came out to bat and started hitting it to all parts of the ground, Owen Kelly went on to score his second hundred of the season, sounding a reminder to the first team middle order. The innings came to an end with Richmondshire declaring on 300 for 8 after 47 overs.
Saltburn’s openers came out to bat feeling lucky that they will get to bat on a safe wicket. However, Shaun Charlton rattled through the top order claiming 5 wickets for not many runs.
Owen Kelly then dropped a couple of hard chances driving full stretch in the slips denying Shaun from 7.
A few missed chances prevented a quick finish and Saltburn’s lower order put on a good stand smacking the bowlers to all parts of the ground including Shaun Charlton after his hostile opening spell. Richmondshire claimed another 25 points after eventually bowling Saltburn out for 22.
The 4th team were also victorious away to Haughton in the D&D A division. Restricting Haughton to 174 for 4 in their 40 overs, Richmondshire knocked off the runs with only two wickets down. This gave them 20 points and top place in the table.
On Sunday the 3rs team visited Blackhall and came away with a good win with a scratched together team. Blackhall won the toss and elected to bat but good bowling from veterans Clive Layfield (7 for 14) and Michael Platt (3 for 17) had them all out for 119 in 37 overs.
Richmondshire had little trouble with the modest target and 37 from Jonathan Kellet and 32 not out from Clive Layfield gave a win in 27 overs. This gave Richmondshire 20 points to stay top.
In midweek games the 3rds had a convincing win at Seaton Carew in the Arthur Sanders Cup. Putting Seaton into bat they restricted them to 78 for 9 in their 20 overs, Young Harvey Websdale the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 15. Richmondshire then knocked off the modest target in 13.4 overs with openers Clive Layfield scoring 37 and Tom Spensley 27.
In junior games the U17XI got their season off to a good start at Sedgfield. Sam Winter lost his opening partner Tom Dowson on two but then was joined by Tom Spensley to take the score to over a hundred before both were required to retire on making 50.
James Kelly added 28 to give a total of 151 for 1 after 20 overs. This was too much of a challenge for Sedgefield, who could only manage 78 for 9. Spin king James Kelly taking 5 for 12.
On Wednesday the U9s also enjoyed a good win at Bedale.
Coach Mike White said that on a lovely warm evening, the U9 team played their second game of the season against Bedale, wearing their brand new club shirts and looking like they meant business! (See picture)
Having lost the toss, Richmondshire were asked to bat, with James Cox and Eddie Player moving the score swiftly onto 225 at the end of their 4 overs, helped by a few wides from the Bedale bowlers. A solid middle order partnership by Raam Raj (11) and Issac Bottomley (11) continued to make good progress.
Although the score was moving nicely towards respectability it took a drastic turn for Bedale with the introduction of our last pair – Max Percival (23) and Joseph White (30) – who managed to score 61 off the last 4 overs, including 10 fours and a six; an excellent batting performance only marred by a diving catch in the deep and a single loose shot which gave Bedale two wickets that they desperately needed.
At the break Richmondshire had scored 140 runs off 16 overs, a net score of 320.
A spirited, alert and mature fielding performance followed, giving Bedale little opportunity to compete. Only 7 runs were scored off the bat in 16 overs; the scorers only being troubled by a steady supply of wides and byes (we need to work on this!).
Issac Bottomley provided the best of the bowling with 3 wickets for 10 runs (almost a hat trick as well). Maisie Forbes (2 overs, 1 for 4) and Lottie Humphris (2 overs, 1 for 5) ably providing support.
Richmondshire 340-4 (320 net) beat Bedale 272-6 (242 net) by 78 runs.