Richmondshire through to fourth round of national cup competition

Another win against a top North East Premier League team saw Richmondshire through to the fourth round of the National ECB Cup.

Despite Saturday’s persistent rain the match was able to start at the scheduled 1pm, with Richmondshire winning the toss and putting Chester-le-Street into bat.

In contrast to the pattern so far this season it was Richmondshire’s pace bowlers who were the main wicket takers.

Sam Wood, back from injury and looking as if the lay off had rejuvenated him, took all the first five wickets to fall.

This reduced Chester-le-Street to 32 to 5 and despite a mini revival thanks mainly to a sixth wicket stand between John Coxon and Liam Simpson, they could only total 106 before being bowled out in 29 overs.

Sam Wood finishing on 5 for 34, Sam Winter 2 for 20 and Matty McKiernan 2 for 4.

The Richmondshire innings got off to a sound start and was up with the asking rate when Rob Carr (14) fell at 25, closely followed by Gary Pratt with 28 on the board.

Mike Layfield and Matty McKiernan then looked set when play was halted by rain after 11 overs.

After a lengthy stoppage play was able to resume with a revised target under Duckworth Lewis requiring Richmondshire to score 61 by 19.2 overs.

This they did without further loss in just 14.2 overs. Mike Layfield finishing on 20 not out and Matty McKiernan 13 not out.

The win sets up a fourth round tie away to York on June 24.

The NYSD League programme was badly affected by rain on Saturday with Richmondshire 1sts home game against Marske being abandoned without a ball being bowled.

There were some anxious looks towards Teesside, where the weather was permitting games to be played, notably top of the table Great Ayton putting on 260 for 4 against Middlesbrough.

However, the rain then arrived leaving Middlesbrough unable to start their innings.

This gave Ayton five batting points advantage over Richmondshire, increasing the gap at the top of the table to seven points going into next Saturdays game between the two at Great Ayton.

The 2nd team were able to get some play at Guisborough, who were bowled out for 167 with Ywal Williams taking 6 for 44 and James Kelly 3 for 44.

In reply, Richmondshire were 57 for 2 when the rains came.

There was no play for the 4ths and 5ths in the Darlington League.

On Sunday the 3rds had another good win away at Darlington RA who were bowled out for 82.

Andy Dade taking 5 for 20 and Jonny Carr 3 for 10.

Richmondshire then knocked off the runs in just 12 overs with Josh Cartledge 48 not out.