Richmondshire make strong start to season with victory over Darlington RA

Richmondshire made a great start to the season with a nine-wicket home victory against Darlington RA.

Having made a number of new signings, RA had been tipped to be a more competitive team this season.

Put into bat by Richmondshire they progressed to 18 for none relatively untroubled when Harvey Websdale had Simmons caught behind. With a wicket for Josh Dowson from the first ball of the next over and another wicket for Harvey in his next R.A. were now 18 for three.

There was a third wicket for Harvey making the score 33 for four. The seamers having done their part with Harvey taking three for 27 and Josh one for seven the spinners took over in the fifteenth over.

Caleb Bradford took a wicket in his first ever over in NYSD cricket. Shafi then took two wickets in two balls and Caleb another in the following over, all four wickets leg before.

Only Serasinghe could cope with the bowling and went on to make 30 not out, but he ran out of partners as Caleb and then Shafi took the last two wickets. R.A finishing on 65 all out in 25.4 overs. Caleb taking three for 14 and Shafi three for 15.

Bob Carr was out for 4 in the third over but 30 not out for both Gary Pratt and Mike Layfield saw Richmondshire complete the victory in 20 overs.

Put in to bat by Whitby 2nds the 4th team made 89 for nine with 39 from Alex Percival, 13 from Isaac Bottomley and 12 not out for captain Griffin Bewell. Whitby were able to knock these off in 15 overs despite two wickets from Shaun Charlton.

With three home fixtures between two grounds the 5th team had to use Middleton Tyas’s ground for their home fixture against Shildon Railway 2nds. Shildon made 205 all out with John Bewell, Jonny Walker and Eddy Player taking three wickets each.

Richmondshire had made 95 for two with Mike White on 51 not out when the game was abandoned.

There was no play in the  2nds game at Saltburn and the 3rds game at Seaton Carew, with the pitches still not having recovered enough to be playable.