Richmondshire CC win first cups of the season

Richmondshire's U17s cup winning team.

With the first two cups for 2018 going into the trophy cabinet and a vital league win it was quite a week for Richmondshire.

The first cup win came on Wednesday when the second XI played Middlesbrough seconds in the Robinson Cup, a 20:20 competition for second teams.

Winning the toss and opting to bat Richmondshire scored a challenging 159 for 4, with useful contributions from all the top six batsmen, notably Sam Wood with 44.

Needing to score at almost eight an over Middlesbrough lost wickets steadily and never got up to the required rate.

All the Richmondshire bowlers were economical and there were wickets for Sam Wood (2 for 30), Dale Marshall (2 for 16), Owen Kelly (1 for19), Dion Wood (3 for 14) and Jordan Moss (1 for 6).

After 20 overs Middlesbrough had reached 117 for 9 as the cup winners by 42 runs.

On Friday evening the Under 17s began their quest to repeat last seasons clean sweep of the NYSD trophies. Playing Seaton Carew in the Junior North Section Cup tight bowling meant Seaton were only able to score 71 for 8 in their twenty overs.

Mark Walker earned himself the man of the match award by taking 3 for 9, there were also wickets for Jonny Carr, James Kelly and Matty Price and Harvey Websdale bowled his four overs for just 8 runs.

The target posed little problem for the Richmondshire batsmen who knocked off the runs in just 8.3 overs, with Sam Winter scoring 48 before being caught out on the boundary attempting to end the match with a six. Ending on 72 for 3 Richmondshire won by seven wickets.

On Saturday Richmondshire 1sts had a vital home fixture against Barnard Castle, who at the start of play sat a place and eleven points above them in the table.

The weather forecast didn’t look promising but although there was a lengthy rain interruption this didn’t cut the length of the game as tea was taken during the rain.

Barnard Castle won the toss and put Richmondshire in, only Gary Pratt with 89 managed to get settled for a big innings and after the fifty overs were at 196 for 7.

This total looked bit short of what was needed, especially when Hashan Dumindu the Barney pro was progressing strongly as the score approached a hundred.

Then the game was turned by a smart stumping by sixteen year old Tom Dowson making his first team debut.

With Hashan gone the Richmondshire spinners began to dominate, with Matty McKiernan taking 4 for 31 and Craig Marshall 3 for 54.

Barnard Castle finally succumbed for 144 in 43.3 overs, losing by 52 runs and giving Richmondshire an invaluable 25 points.

Meanwhile the rain was having a more significant effect on Teeside where top of the table Great Ayton had a local derby at Stokesley.

Stokesley batting first had scored a daunting 292 for 4 when rain caused the match to be abandoned. This gave Great Ayton eight points, cutting their lead over Richmondshire at the top of the table to eleven points.

The rain also affected the 2nds game at Blackhall, having scored 193 for 9 with Andy Fleming (60) and Matty Price (42) leading the scorers.

A long rain interruption then cut the Blackhall innings to 28 overs and despite four wickets for Dale Marshall they were able to hold out for a draw at 99 for 5 at the close. This gave Richmondshire 12 points keeping them third in the table and top second team.

The 4th team had a good win at home to Cliffe but the 5ths slumped to a ten-wicket defeat at Cockerton. On Sunday the 3rds had a free week.