Richmondshire travelled to Woodlands CC, who currently top the Bradford League, looking to repeat their 2018 ECB National Club Cup victory.
The memory of last year’s defeat to Woodlands was fresh in everyone’s mind, Richmondshire having lost despite having set a target of over 300 in the 40 over game.
Having won the toss Woodlands chose to bat, losing two early wickets to be 17 for two. Harvey Websdale claiming the vital wicket of Woodland’s captain Brad Schmulian. Woodlands rebuilt their innings with good stands for the third and fourth wickets to reach 111 for four, until they were broken by Sam Wood (one for 28) and Josh Dowson (one for 44) respectively. Another wicket followed from Connor Blaxall-Hill (one for 35) with Harvey (five for 37) then accounting for four more.
Some hitting out in the final overs got Woodlands up to 206 for nine after their 40 overs.
Richmondshire made an excellent start with openers Bob Carr (37) and Gary Pratt (56) putting on 91 for the first wicket. before Bob was trapped lbw by Schmulian. When Gary and Mike Layfield were clean bowled the score was 133 for three and Woodlands must have thought they were back in the game.
Dan Hodgson and Connor Blaxall-Hill, both with 11 not out, had started to rebuild the innings to 132 for three. With 15 overs left and batting to come Richmondshire had reasons to feel confident. Then the rain arrived and with play unable to restart the game was decided by D/L with a revised target of 127 from 26 overs. This made Richmondshire the winners by seven wickets.
This puts them through to the last eight of the competition with a home game against the winners of the game between Northern C.C. (Liverpool) and St Annes on Sunday 30th July.
It had already been a good week for the 1sts with two wins. The first on Tuesday was a fourth win of the season over Barnard Castle, this time in the Premier 100. Batting first Richmondshire piled on the runs with Gary Pratt scoring 81 and Mike Layfield 69 in a total of 222 for five.
Despite a couple of early wickets for Shaun Charlton, Barnard Castle’s reply came close to overhauling Richmondshire. Mainly thanks to 105 not out from Karl Carver.
For Saturday’s league fixture against bottom of the table Great Ayton the forecast had predicted the arrival of storms throughout the day. Early rain did delay the start but despite playing through some quite heavy rain at times, the game continued uninterrupted.
Great Ayton’s top order put up a fight to get to 184 for five but from then on in they collapsed to 208 for nine. Sam Wood taking four for 42 and Harvey Websdale two for 44.
In reply Richmondshire were in serious trouble at eight for three after just two overs. A captain’s innings from Bob Carr (71 not out) and a typically aggressive innings from Connor Blaxall-Hill (71) recovered the innings. Matty Price (18) and Sam Wood (29 not out) adding runs that got Richmondshire to a winning 209 for five in 36 overs. So, when the promised rain did arrive 25 points were already in the bag.
With results elsewhere going in their favour, this put Richmondshire up to fourth. 31 points behind and with a game in hand on next week’s opponents Middlesbrough.
Other Richmondshire sides’ games didn’t fare so well in avoiding rain. At Norton the 2nds were facing a total of 211 for seven when a rain delay caused a D/L revised target of 172 from 31 overs. Only for them to be bowled out for 111.
AT Normanby Hall the 4ths batted first and were all out for 87. Rain probably saved them from defeat as Normanby Hall were 56 for three after 10 overs.
The 5ths game against Barton was also delayed by rain. Batting first runs from two Under 13s in the side Archie MacLelland (42) and Will Fudali (25) with 31 from Chris Dunning gave a total of 169 all out.
Despite wickets from Richmondshire’s Under13 contingent, Ralph Hoskins-Abrahall (three for 23), Archie MacLelland (one for 27) and Sophie White (1 for 38) Barton reached a winning 170 for six.
In Sunday’s 3rd team game it was the Under 15 players’ turn to star as Darlington were all out for 74. Jack Platt taking four for seven and Max Percival three for 35.
Richmondshire then romped to victory in 12.4 overs with 75 for four, taking 20 points.
After becoming Yorkshire Champions last week the Under 13s suffered a disappointing defeat against Durham champions Whitburn. Batting first Whitburn made a challenging 103 for five. Two of the Whitburn batsmen retiring on reaching 30, the final difference being that a couple of others chipped in with double figure score. The pick of the Richmondshire bowlers was Beth Poole who came on in the final overs to take three for 10.
In Richmondshire’s reply Archie MacClelland made 30 retired not out and Bertie Morris 31 retired not out. Unfortunately, under pressure from the need to score quickly to up the run rate the other Richmondshire batters could only manage 17 between them. As a result Richmondshire finished on 87 all out to lose by 16 runs.