Richmondshire cement top position with win over Hartlepool

Dan Hodgson.

Richmondshire 1sts had a massive week in their season with three key matches in five days.

It started on Tuesday with a Collingwood 100 quarter-final game against Norton of the first division.

Put in to bat, Richmondshire made 205 for six, mainly thanks to a Shafi innings of 82 from 35 balls, which included 8 sixes, 5 fours, three lost balls and a broken window. Jake Percival added 30 from 13 balls.

Norton received 16 runs under the competition handicap system but could only manage 87 all out. Shafi took three for 15, Harvey Websdale two for nine and Joe White two for five.

On Thursday they played Marton in the semi-final of the T20 Macmillan Cup.  Marton chose to bat and after losing their first wicket to Josh Dowson (one for 19) on ten they scored freely until the second wicket fell on 64 to Caleb Bradford (two for 14).

A final total of 119 for six didn’t look over challenging and thanks to a chanceless innings of 54 not out from Gary Pratt, they won with 121 for three after 16.2 overs. This took them to a final against Middlesbrough, with a place in the National Club T20 at stake.

Saturday brought a key league fixture as they played second in the table Hartlepool. Put into bat and with a side full of batting talent, Hartlepool made the Richmondshire bowlers toil, Kyle Davis 54, Harry Crawshaw 62 and Yash Vagadia 52 not out all making half-centuries. Shafi took two wickets for 73 and Joe White took an excellent caught and bowled to finish with one for 55. Sam Wood was most economical bowling six overs for 17.

Just as the last ball of the Hartlepool innings was bowled, rain sent the players running and the covers on. Frustratingly for Hartlepool, this resulted in an over two-hour delay and for a long time it seemed unlikely the game would restart.

When it did it was with a revised target of 140 from 25 overs. Richmondshire got off to the worst possible start losing Gary Pratt, caught and bowled for just one. They then slipped to 47 for three, before a partnership between Dan Hodgson and Matty Price added 71.

Scoring at a run a ball they put Richmondshire well up with the required rate so that when Matty was out for 26 just 22 were needed. Dan carried his bat for an outstanding 76 and with just four needed in the last over, he scored the winning runs. Twenty points to Hartlepool’s six put Richmondshire 30 points clear at the top of the table.

It was a double celebration as the 2nds overcame Hartlepool 2nds in another thrilling finish. Batting first Hartlepool made 229 for eight. With Tom Stockton taking tree for 62, Jordan Forbes two for 40 and Max Percival two for 55.

Dan Douglas continued his fine form with the bat, following last week’s century with 88. Bertie Morris added 42, Joey Hope 37 and Joe Shields 22. The ninth wicket fell with two runs still needed but a four from Tom Stockton sealed the victory. 20 points keeping Richmond nine points ahead of Barnard Castle at the top of the table

Batting first the 4ths were all out for 239, captain Griff Bewell top scoring with 39 and  Raam Raj adding 21. Despite two early wickets for Raam (Two for 36) Normanby Hall had little difficulty in making the runs at 140 for three. With only four points Richmond slipped to the foot of the table.

The 5ths game at Richmond School was abandoned after Richmondshire had made 200 for five with three overs of their innings remaining, Jahan Mohammed making 94. Nine points kept them comfortably in mid-table.

The 3rds had no game but remained top of the table. The Ladies travelled to Knaresborough Forest Ladies and with captain Rosie Brannigan taking three for six and Sophie White three for eight dismissed them for 66. In reply Daisie Pyrah made 18, Beth Poole 15 and Sophie White 19 not out in a total of 114 for three.