Richmondshire lose pro but win game

Richmondshire suffered a major setback going into a critical weekends fixtures with the news that professional Matthew McKiernan had signed a contract to play county cricket for Derbyshire.

Matty had been a great signing having already scored 495 runs at an average of 55 and taken 47 wickets at an average of 10.96.

Having such a great season it was always on the cards that he would achieve his ambition of a county contract and the club wish him well and will be following his progress with interest.

For Saturday’s home fixture with Thornaby Matty was replaced by 16-year-old James Kelly and he didn’t let the side down.

Batting first Richmondshire lost Gary Pratt for 8 on just sixteen.

Rob Carr (39) and Mike Layfield (37) set about rebuilding the innings but when Rob was run out on 82 and Mike followed shortly after, prospects of a big score didn’t look good.

A typically combative 50 from Matty Cowling with support from Steve Mather (29) got them to 175 for 7 at the end of the fifty overs.

While this didn’t look a big total on a wicket taking vicious spin at times it was too much for Thornaby. Sam Wood dismissed opener Neil Coverdale for a duck with only three runs on the board. Josh Dowson then weighed in with the wicket of his replacement for another duck.

The spinners then took over and Craig Marshall (4 for 21) and James Kelly (2 for 33) broke the back of the Thornaby innings. A brief spell of resistance from the eigth wicket partnership was brought to an end with the return of Sam Wood to the attack. Gary Pratt then came on for a rare bowl and took just one delivery to dismiss the last man and give Richmondshire a 25 point victory by 52 runs.

With Stokesely the opponents for the Kerridge Cup semi-final on Sunday there was some trepidation when the news came through that Shrikant Wagh the Stokesley professional had taken all ten wickets in their victory against Middlesbrough.

Sunday saw another scorching day and Richmondshire’s attack proved too hot for Stokesley to handle. Josh Dowson (2 for 14) took two early wickets and Sam Wood ( 1 for 21) added a third dismissing Andrew Weighell the Stokesley skipper. Spin then took over and Craig Marshall (4 for 21 for the second day running) took four quick wickets to reduce Stokesley to 49 for 7. The eigth wicket partnership then staged a mini-recovery only for James Kelly (2 for 15) to dismiss them both and Gary Pratt having a rare bowl only needed one delivery to bring the innings to and end on 106.

During the tea interval there were rumblings from the Stokesley camp about reporting the wicket, this would have proved somewhat embarrassing as the Richmondshire openers then went out to both score undefeated half centuries. Gary Pratt (54 not out) reached his half century first, then sportingly played out an over so that Rob Carr (50 not out) could finish the innings with a massive six to complete his. It had taken just twenty overs for Richmondshire to complete a 10 wicket win to go through to the final. This will be against Middlesbrough who defeated Darlington by nine wickets on Sunday 5th August.

On Saturday there were also good wins for the 2nds and 4ths. The 2nds beating top of the table Billingham Synthonia away by 18 runs. Batting first they made a modest 124 with Owen Kelly top scorer with 33. This proved too much for Synthonia who were all out for 106.

Against Barningham 1sts the 4th team made a massive 275 for 2 in their 40 overs. Clive Layfield was 122 not out well supported by youngsters George Spink (81) and Tom Spensley (42). In reply Barningham could only manage 144.

In the Sunday Premier League the 3rds moved to the top of the table with a six wicket win over Middlesbrough. Harvey Websdale taking 5 for 9 and Andy Dade (3 for 29) being mainly respomsible for restricting Middlesbrough to 128 for 9. A sixty wicket partnership between Josh Cartledge (38) and Jordan Moss (40 not out) then contributed the bulk of the runs in a 131 for 4 total.

Tuesday night then saw the U17s secure their second cup of the season convincingly defeating Marton in the play of between the winners of the North and South section cups. A total of 183 for 5 in their 20 overs with James Kelly (44), Tom Spensley (50 not out) and Gary Walker(45) left Marton needing to score over nine an over to win. Not an easy task against the tight home attack, they were duly dismissed for 87 leaving Richmondshire victors by 96 runs in time to enjoy the England penalty shoot out.