Richmondshire compete in three cup finals

It was a big cup week for Richmondshire with three finals.

First up was the Under 19 ECB Club T20 away to Marton. Marton winning the toss and electing to bat put on 97 for the first wicket and at the end of 20 overs had posted a challenging target of 142 for 4.

The Richmondshire innings didn’t get off to such a good start, the first wicket falling on six.

A partnership between Joe Shields (19) and Sam Winter (retired on 53) brought the score to 82 before the second wicket fell.

Matty Price (20 not out) and James Kelly (40 not out) then sealed the victory after 18.3 overs. Richmondshire now go through to the Vitality Blast County Final to be played under the lights at The Riverside, Chester-le-Street on Monday 17th September.

On Friday night the Under 17 team, featuring many of the same players travelled to old rivals Barnard Castle for the Pallister cup Final.

Barnard Castle won the toss a choose to bat. An early break through had Barny on 12 for 2, but 43 from Finn Usher made the final total more respectable, with the innings ending on 110 for 7.

A partnership between Tom Dowson (retired on 52) and Sam Winter (24) got the reply of to a great start before a mini collapse reduced Richmondshire to 72 for 3 before George Spink (13 not out) steadied the ship and sealed the win after 17.3 overs.

The third cup game of the week was the Kerridge Cup Final, where the 1st team played Middlesbrough at Marske.

The covers meant Marske was in playable condition once the overnight rain ceased. The pre-match lunch saw the induction of eight new members of the NYSD Hall of Fame including Richmondshire stalwart Clive Layfield.

Middlesbrough batted first and although many of their batsmen made starts, none were able to go on and play the innings-defining knock that they would have hoped for. Adam Beaumont top-scored with 27 as the unlikely bowling hero was Gary Pratt. His 9 overs yielded 6 wickets for just 29 runs, a lifetime best Gary tells us.

Boro were bowled out for 166 in exactly 40 overs just as the rain started to fall.

A short but fairly torrential downpour during tea soaked the ground and despite a long wait it was decided that as the ground wasn’t fit for play by 6pm it was too late to fit in the Richmondshire innings.

Whether 166 was a defendable total we will never know and the two sides will try again at Marton on Sunday 19th August from 1.30pm.

Saturday hadn’t been a good day for the 1sts, when an opportunity to make ground on the top two was passed up. With Barnard Castle and Great Ayton playing each other a good win would have put them mush closer to the top. As it was they fell to their 4th defeat of the season two of which have been at the hands of Seaton Carew.

At teatime everything in the garden seemed rosy for Richmondshire, as Seaton had been sent back for 166. Usman Arshad’s 66 had taken Seaton to 117-1 before the two Woods got to work. Sam (4-33) and Dion (4-49) caused the collapse

David Storey and Paul Braithwaite ripped through the Richmondshire top order, Storey’s 4-28 and Braithwaite’s 3-9 leaving the home side at 58-7 and the game all but over. Richmondshire were duly dismissed for 87 in the 36th over.

At Barnard Castle, Great Ayton had been chasing 231 but got behind the run rate and had to settle for a draw. Barny gained 14 points to Ayton’s 9, so the gap at the top was reduced to 9 points with 5 games remaining.

Richmondshire look at a league table that sees them 27 points behind, but also at a fixture list that sees them take on both of their title rivals over the Bank Holiday weekend, so their hopes are far from over.

As the same weekend now includes the National Cup game against Ormskirk starting at 10.30 on Sunday, hopefully leaving enough time to sprint across to Redcar to play Seaton Cares in the 15:15 final, they could well be exhausted by the end of it.

The seconds had a better weekend maintaining there title challenge racking up yet another comfortable win.

Craig Swainston is a bowler with plenty of Premier Division experience, and it showed on Saturday as he took 7-33 to blow away Normanby for 80, and a routine 9 wicket victory.

On Sunday the 3rds played closest rivals Redcar and opened the gap at the top by another two points. Batting first 67 from Joe Shields and 50 not out from tom Spensely helped them to a total of 207 for 8. Redcar where on 22 for 2 when the rain finally brought the day to an early close.