Richmondshire progress in cup competitions

Richmondshire are in four NYSD cup competitions and, having already won the T20, they progressed in three more this week.

First up was a visit to Darlington RA in the Collingwood Hundred. Coincidentally Richmondshire 2nds had visited Darlington RA the evening before in the Division One Hundred and came away with an eight wicket win. Largely due to a fantastic 105 not out in 55 balls from 17 year old Alex Percival.

Against the 1sts RA did have the benefit of a 16 run start as a Division One team and made life more difficult for the 1sts setting a target of 191 for two. In reply Brad Elsworth got Richmondshire away to a great start with 60 from 29 balls and Mike Layfield made 98 not out.

Richmondshire finishing on 192 for 4 in a finely judged finish with just two balls remaining. Richmondshire now play Thornaby in the final.

On Sunday Richmondshire then reached the final of the 40 over Kerridge cup by defeating Stokesley by 136 runs. The home crowd were treated to a spectacular opening partnership of 206 between Tom Dowson (102) and Mike Layfield (107).

With Gary Pratt adding 27, Owen Kelly 36 and Shafi 19 from eight balls the final total was 321 for 6 after 40 overs. The Richmondshire supporters were reminding themselves that Richmondshire had also scored over 300 in 40 overs earlier in the season only to lose to Woodlands in the National Club Cup.

Stokesley were unable to manage such heroics and once Shafi had trapped the South African professional Mogakani lbw for 17 they largely gave up hope. They were briefly revived by a fourth wicket stand of 87 but Shafi then broke the partnership and went on to take seven for 42.

Stokesley were all out for 185 after 31 overs and Richmondshire go on to play Barnard Castle in the final. This will be held at Darlington Cricket Club on Sunday 14th August.

Richmondshire also went through to the semifinal of the Premiership 100 without being required to play when Saltburn conceded the game which was due to have been played on Tuesday.

Richmondshire also stayed top of the league table despite only managing a tie with Great Ayton. The rarest of cricket results of a tie came about in an odd set of circumstances being partly due to receiving five runs when a great Ayton player was penalized for throwing his bat and abusing the umpire.

Richmondshire had been without captain Bob Carr  who was on holiday this week so Gary Pratt resumed his former role as captain. He kept up Richmondshire’s record for winning the toss and batting first in league games.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t one of the stronger batting performances both openers been out with forty on the board. Pick of the batsmen was Sam Winter with 50 but Richmondshire were all out for 177 after 47.3 overs. Meaning Ayton would have an extra two overs in their innings.

When they made a strong start to be 102 for three things looked ominous for Richmondshire. Two wickets then fell at 109 but Ayton still looked favorite with 50 needed and five wickets in hand. Richmondshire spinners then began to get the upper hand but the game was in the balance when the ninth wicket fell in the 49th over and with seven runs needed.

The extra two overs became crucial and when the last over arrived one run was needed or one wicket. Gary Pratt bowled five dot balls only for Ayton to scramble a single of the last over to tie.

This gave Richmondshire 14 points to go to 265 points, Middlesbrough took 20 to go to 254 (but having played a game more), Barnard Castle drew to take 13 points and are on 240.

A junior section trip to the T20 finals at Edgbaston had left Richmondshire short of players particularly in the fourths and fifths which rely heavily on young players. The fifths fixture was conceded to allow a 4th team to be put together. The 2nds had a relatively unchanged side for the visit of Bishop Auckland but were well beaten by eight wickets.

They were bowled out for 117 in 29.4 overs with only Jamie Stead (54) able to make a significant contribution with the bat. Bishop knocked these off in 19 overs for the loss of one wicket.

Despite being much changed the 4ths got 25 points at Stockton 2nds. Batting first Richmondshire opener Andy Dade made 73 in a total of 168 for 7. There were three wickets each for Finlay Clarke and Vittal Raj as Stockton were bowled out for 120 in 32.2 overs.

On Sunday the 3rds also had an excellent win at Norton 3rds. John Clark top scored with 78 as Richmondshire made 205 all out. They then bowled Norton out for 79 to take 25 points and stay top of the table.