Richmondshire get back to winning ways

Richmondshire 1sts got back to winning ways on Saturday with a convincing victory over Seaton Carew.

Plans to go for 25 points by batting first were thwarted when Seaton won the toss and surprisingly chose to take first knock.

Josh Dowson (18 for 4), back from Glastonbury, took no time in showing what had been missed last week with three quick wickets.

Craig Swainston weighed in with another and then Josh removed pro Umar Sahiq, reducing Seaton to 35 for 5.

A wicket for Sam Wood and three for Steve Reeves (3 for 17) made it 57 for 9 but it needed a first ball wicket from Rob West to end a stubborn last wicket partnership, to dismiss Seaton for seventy eight after 31.1 overs.

Facing this small total it was decided to change the batting order to give some of the middle order more time at the crease.

This didn’t work out well for Steve Reeves who was out first ball with the score on one. However Steve Mather (33 not out) and Matty Cowling (41 not out) lost no time in knocking off the runs in 12.4 overs

With Marton surprisingly losing to Great Ayton and Marske taking 25 points against Darlington there are now just 12 points covering the top three. Marton on 201, Richmondshire 190 and Marske 189.

Richmondshire travel to Marske next Saturday in what could be another decisive fixture.

Sunday saw the 1sts in action again in the Premiership 100 competition against Barnard Castle and Darlington. In the opening game Barnard Castle had defeated Darlington and went on to win the second against Richmondshire.

Gary Pratt started by punishing the bowling with a rapid 32 before being clean bowled going for another big hit. None of the other Richmondshire batsmen could get going and without Mike Layfield (always a force in the short games) the score of 170 looked on the small side.

Barnard Castle were never really in trouble in recording their second win of the day.

Needing to beat Darlington in the final game to have  a chance of qualifying for the last eight and batting first they set a similar target of 121. Mainly thanks to 42 not out from Steve Reeves.

After Josh Dowson removed one of the openers with one run on the board, the surprise tactic of Gary Pratt opening from the other end reduced Darlington to 10 for 3. From then on it never looked likely Darlington could get the runs.

Even with ‘non regular bowlers’ Steve Mather and Rob Carr given overs the win was completed and allowed Richmondshire to qualify.

The 2nds had a five wicket win at Wolviston. Batting first Wolvistion made 188 for 6. It was largely thanks to seventy three runs from wicket keeper Tom Dowson and fifty seven from Joe Shileds that Richmondshire completed a victory in 43.4 overs.

The 20 points keeping them comfortably in their accustomed top second team position in the league.

The 4th team lost to Barningham, with only Clive Layfield (61) able to make headway against the Barningham bowlers, they were 138 for 9 after their forty overs. Despite two wickets for Gareth Wood (2 for 26) and one for the back from Dubai Tom Stockton, Barningham completed the win in thirty one overs.

On Sunday the 3rds could only come away from Middlesbrough with a draw, who’s opening partnership put on 157 for the first wicket, before Tom Ward broke the partnership. Aleem Ditta completed his century but this was followed by a batting collapse as Middlesbrough went from 210 for 2 to 224 for 7 after forty overs. Harvey Websdale finishing with 4 for 34.

After losing two early wickets Richmondshire dug in to claim a draw with Clive Layfield (56 not out), Dave Moffat (34) and Tom Spensley (34) contributing the bulk of the runs.

Nine points keeps Richmondshire at the top of the table by five points from Wolviston.