Richmondshire keep pace in league and reach national semi-final

Richmondshire’s big bank holiday weekend got of to a great start on Saturday when they defeated top of the table Great Ayton.

Put into bat Richmondshire scored a challenging 224 for 4, with Steven Mather (71) and Matty Cowling (54 not out) leading the scorers.

Great Ayton’s innings got off to a bad  start with the first wicket falling in two and never recovered. They were all out for 129.

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Matty McKiernan taking 3 for 32 and Rob West 4 for 37. The convincing 96 run victory gave Richmondshire 25 points.

Things got even better on Sunday when despite the weather the National Club Cup quarter final against Ormskirk was played.

Due to the rain the game was reduced to ten overs a side.

Batting first Richmondshire scored an amazing 158 for 2, thanks largely to fantastic innings from Matty McKiernan who scored an undefeated century from just 34 balls. His innings included five 4s and ten 6s.

Faced with scoring over 15 an over Ormskirk never managed to get up with the rate and after ten overs were 92 for 5.

This put Richmondshire through to the semi-finals with a home game against Liverpool League team Northern. This game starts at 12pm on Sunday, September 2 at Richmond’s Hurgill Road ground.

Sunday morning also saw the Under 17s completing a clean sweep of NYSD trophies by winning the 15:15 final against Normanby Hall.

Seventy five from Sam Winter and thirty one from James Kelly were the main contributions to a total of 144 for 6. This proved far too much for Normanby who were all out for 70.

The first team’s shortened quarter final gave them plenty of time to get across to Redcar for the Premier final against Seaton Carew which they won to complete a perfect day.

The only disappointment of the day was that the 2nd team couldn’t win their final against Billingham. Going down to a 50 run defeat.

As a result of Saturday’s games, Richmondshire had gone five points ahead of Great Ayton with 311 point’s to Ayton’s  306 but were still 13 behind Monday’s opponents Barnard Castle.

Batting first Richmondshire scored 251 all out,with a second wicket stand between Gary Pratt (70) and Matty McKiernan (72) of 115.

In reply Barnard Castle made a conservative start, clearly being unprepared to risk a 25 point for Richmondshire.

They never got up with the rate and batted out the innings to finish on 194 for 6. This gave Richmondshire 14 points to Barnard Castle’s 11.

Meanwhile Great Ayton had a surprisingly easy win against local rivals Stokesley.

Scoring 190 for 7, then bowling out Stokesley for just 71. The 25 points putting them back above Richmondshire.

So with just two games left to play Barnard Castle are top with 335 points, Great Ayton second on 331 and Richmondshire third on 325.

Richmondshire’s final home game is on Saturday against Middlesbrough, then on  September 8 they are away to Thornaby. On Sunday, September 9, Richmondshire make yet another attempt to complete the Kerridge Cup final against Middlesbrough, this time at Northallerton.