Richmondshire go top with win at Bishop Auckland

Gary Pratt.

A ten wickewt win away at Bishop Auckland has pur Richmondshire top of the league.

The first team put Bishop into bat, with Josh Dowson and Harvey Websdale soon having their openers pinned down in the opening overs

They had only reached 13 in the ninth over when Harvey took the first wicket. Three more followed quickly, one more for Harvey (two for 17) and two for Josh (three for 35).

This took the score to 23 for four but there was a partnership of 31 before Shafi (four for 52) took two wickets in two balls.

Eight runs later Caleb Bradford (one for 29) took the score to 62 for seven. An attacking knock of 70 from 75 balls by Hampson then led a Bishop recovery to 161 all out in 49 overs.

In reply, Gary Pratt scored 102 not out in 90 balls and Bob Carr 42 not out, as Richmondshire knocked off the runs in 26.1 overs to win by ten wickets.

With other results going their way, they top the table with 40 points. Middlesbrough are second with 27 having lost at Darlington.

On Monday they opened their cup campaigns with the Kerridge Cup first round at Stokesley. Put into bat, Stokesley lost an early wicket to Harvey Websdale but a number of partnerships built around James Weighell started to build the total.

The score had reached 147 for three before the introduction of an all-spin attack slowed the scoring and Shafi took the vital wicket of Weighell for 80.

The remaining six wickets went down for 26, with Shafi taking three for 19, Caleb Bradford one for 27. Josh Dowson (one for 48) and Harvey Websdale (three for 22) returned to take the final two for Stokesley bowled out for 181 in 38.4 overs.

The Richmondshire reply received a serious setback with an injured wrist preventing Bob Carr from taking his normal place opening with Gary Pratt. Shafi was sent to aim for a fast start but after scoring nine from seven balls he was caught. Mike Layfield was then dismissed for six to make the score 40 for two.

A stand of 111 between Gary Pratt (69)  and Dan Hodgson (60) put them in a strong position at 151 for three.

The last seven wickets then fell for 29 leaving Richmondshire one short of the required total. Bob Carr went in eight wickets down but quickly ran out of partners. Surely the outcome would have been different with Bob able to take a greater part. With the National Club Cup coming up on Sunday it is to be hoped that he makes a quick recovery.

Having been rained off on the opening day the 2nds recorded a first win of the season defeating Maltby 1sts by nine wickets. Having put Maltby in they bowled them out for 52 with Max Percival taking six for 25 and Shaun Charlton four for 24.

It took only eight overs to knock off the runs, with new signing Daniel Douglas 18 not out and Alex Percival 12 not out.

The 3rds got their season well underway on Sunday with a 235-run win over Redcar 2nds. Put in to bat they put on 295 for eight in their 40 overs. Jake Percival scored 117 not out, 110 in partnership with Bertie Morris who made 76.

It was then brother Max’s turn to star with a five for 20 to make 11 wickets for the weekend. James Cox took three for 12 and Jack Platt two for five as Redcar were dismissed for 60. The 25-point win takes them straight back to the top of the Sunday Premier League which they won last year.

On Friday evening the Under 15s progressed to the second round of the ECB cup defeating Harrogate by 13 runs. An opening partnership between Raam Raj (30) and Will Poole (retired not out 51) put on 100.

Bertie Morris added 17 in 14 balls but wickets started to fall in a late push to add runs, leaving Richmondshire 143 for six after their 20 overs.

Harrogate’s openers made a solid start, reaching 44 before the first wicket fell in the 9th over. Needing eight an over from the final ten overs the pressure began to tell with two stumpings for Bertie Morris and a run out.

The strength of the junior section was emphasised by the news of 12 juniors selected for county squads.

For Yorkshire U16 Joe White and U13 Pippa MacLelland, for Durham U16 Max Percival, U15s Will Poole, Sophie White & Beth Poole and U13 Bertie Morris.

For North Yorkshire U14s Will Fudali and Jack Ford, U12 Sam Fudali, U11s Mylo Walker and Ethan Bowen.