Richmondshire first XI made an excellent start to the season with a 25 point win away to Seaton Carew firsts.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Richmondshire made a sound start to the innings through openers Rob Carr and Gary Pratt, before Rob was out for 39.
Gary was then joined by Mike Layfield and both looked as if the could be on for a century before both were out in quick succession in the seventies, Gary (76) and Mike (77). Steve Reeves (29 not out) and Matty Cowling (31) then put on valuable runs to finish the innings on 262 for 4.
Seaton Carew mad a decent start reaching 51 for 1 but then Gary Pratt began to wreak havoc with his off-spin taking 7 for 47 to bowl out Seaton for 131 in 43 overs.
The second XI has a different look to the line up this season, with last season’s top batsmen, the Fleming brothers having moved on to join former Richmondshire player James Clarkson at Studley Royal.
With Shaun Charlton having moved to Darlington and Owen Kelly to Marton, the bowling attack is also weakened.
This gave the opportunity for more of the junior production line to step up. Wolvistion were bowled out for 179 in 41.3 overs with young James Kelly taking 5 for 53.
With runs from James Kelly (37), Richie Carruthers (39) and Tom Ward (35 not out), Richmondshire looked in with a chance but in the end had to hang on to get a draw and twelve points at 168 for 9.
The Easter weekend meant challenges to get a team out for the Darlington & District Leagues. The fourths travelled to Raby firsts with just ten players. Thanks mainly to veteran Andy Dade’s 80 not out they managed 132 all out but Raby knocked these off without loss.
The fifths fielded seven juniors but managed to restrict Catterick Village to 167 for 3. The valuable experience of Clive Layfield, arriving late from his post round to score 79 not out, made all the difference. Richmondshire overhauled the Catterick total with three overs to spare and the light fading.
Everyone at the club now looks forward to the trip to Lord’s for the game against the MCC on Wednesday. It is expected that at least a hundred supporters will be making the journey to support a full strength Richmondshire team.