Richmondshire end triumphant league season with another win

After the drama of Bank Holiday Monday when Richmondshire sealed the Premier League title, Saturday’s game against Marton was always going to be something of an anti-climax.

Some end of season variations in the batting order and bowlers added some extra interest.

Spin bowling specialist Craig Marshall was promoted from his normal number ten position to partner captain Bob Carr.

Bob was out early for four, but Craig showed his ability as a batsman making 64.

With Mike Layfield contributing 41 and Steve Mather 45, the Richmondshire innings closed on 221 all out.

Richmondshire also made some changes in the field with Steve Mather becoming the fourth wicket keeper used this season and Tom Dowson and Matty Cowling given the opportunity to see what they could do with the ball.

Marton, who also had little to gain from the game, were all out for 184.

25 points gave Richmondshire a final points total of 379, Barnard Castle having taken 20 points at Marske totalled 346 in second place.

At the other end of the table Normanby Hall and Marske were relegated and will be replaced next season by Stockton and Darlington.

Richmondshire will now represent the NYSD in the Yorkshire Premier Leagues Play Offs. On Saturday 11th September they will play Castleford 11am at Savile Park, Lumley Street, Castleford, WF10 5LB.

The 2nds finished their season with a 25 point win at Wolviston. Batting first Richmondshire made 161 all out. Captain Brad Ellsworth made 42 and Tom Stockton 52, the last 30 in a valuable last wicket partnership with veteran Jim While (who contributed one).

Tom Stockton then ensured he was man of the match by taking four for 16 as Wolviston were bowled out for 113. Richmondshire finished ninth in the table but again took the shield as the top second team.

The 4th team were already assured of the league title and finished their season by beating Maltby 2nds. Put into bat Maltby were bowled out for 78 and Richmondshire only needed 21 overs to score the needed runs for the loss of just one wicket with Clive Layfield making 41.

The 5th team bowled out Barton for 79 and took 21 overs to make 80 for 3 to take 20 points. They have one game remaining next Saturday against Cliffe 2nd at Hurgill Road

The 3rd team made 186 for 8 at Hartlepool thanks to 65 from captain John Clark. Hartlepool passed Richmondshire’s score after 33 overs with the loss of six wickets. Richmondshire finished the season in fourth place having been in the relegation places earlier in the season.

The Junior section also rounded off the season in style.

On Saturday the Under 12 team won the Cup Final against Middlesbrough by 7 runs. Captain Will Poole and wicket keeper Bertie Morris scoring 26 and Harry Saunders taking four wickets.

Then on Sunday the Under 13s defeated Skelton Castle in the play off between the Northern and Southern sections of the league.

Put into bat Richmondshire made a formidable 163 for three, Jack Platt, Joe White and Mas Percival all making 30 retired not out. In reply Skelton could only make 42 all out as Toby Howie took six for 11.

Then Under 15 team defeated Maltby in their North V South Play Off. Electing to bat Maltby could only manage 81 for 26 in their 20 overs. Alex Nimmo made 54 from 41 balls as Richmondshire knocked off the runs in 12 overs for two wickets.