Richmondshire powered their way past St Annes of the Northern League to secure a home tie in the semi-final of the ECB National Club Cup.
Having chosen to bat first St Annes got off to a good start with 21 scored from the first three overs. The Richmondshire bowlers then started to find their rhythm and were soon on top, first curbing the run rate and then claiming wickets. T
The first wicket to fall with 29 on the board was a fine slip catch by Mike Layfield off Harvey Websdale’s bowling. Harvey (two for 24) then claimed another clean bowled but the decisive blow was when Connor Blaxall-Hill struck to remove the professional DeSilva. This was a catch to keeper Dan Hodgson who made yards to claim a ball that seemed to hang in the air. DeSilva wasn’t best pleased, claiming the ball had come off his thigh.
This resulted in collapse as St Annes went from 56 for three to 69 for seven, Connor Blaxall-Hill (four for 29) taking three more with one for Sam Wood. A brief period of resistance ended with a clean bowled from Sam Wood (two for 19) and Jonny Carr and Josh Dowson picked up a wicket each to bring the St Annes innings to a close after just 31.4 overs, having scored 109.
The Richmondshire openers Bob Carr (44 not out) and Gary Pratt (57) never looked in trouble as they put the St Annes attack to the sword with some classic stroke play. When Gary was run out attempting to sprint a second run the win was already in the bag with a 100 on the board. It remained for Mike Layfield to score a couple of fours to complete the win after only 19 overs.
This takes Richmondshire through to a home semi-final on Sunday 20th August against Cuckney of the Nottingham Premier League, with the prize of a Lords final the reward.
The weekend got off to a good start with a home win over Stockton. Put in to bat their innings didn’t get off to a great start leaving them 31 for three at one point. A stand of 75 between Dan Hodgson and Connor Blaxall-Hill started the recovery. When Hodgson fell for 40 Matty Price (43) joined Connor for another stand of 133, Connor finishing with a superb 129 not out.
Richmondshire chose to declare at 248 for six, thus giving themselves an extra two overs to bowl out Stockton. With Stockton showing little interest in chasing the score it looked as if this wasn’t going to happen when Stockton reached 155 for after 40 overs.
At that point Josh Dowson, who had already taken two earlier wickets, was reintroduced to the attack to take two wickets in two balls. With two more wickets he finished with the excellent figures of six for 46. Sam Wood then wrapped up the win, with Stockton all out for 174 in 46.4 overs. The 74 run win gave Richmondshire 25 points, moving the up to fourth place in the table.
The 2nd team recorded a rare victory as they visited Guisborough 1sts. After being put into bat Dan Baines anchored the innings with 30 and captain Brad Elsworth added 47 for a total of 152 all out.
Early wickets from the Percival brothers, Jake (three for 13) and Max (two for 18) had Guisborough on 30 for three. With the spin of Tom Stockton (two for 34) and Joe White (three for 40) accounting for five more and one more each for the Percival’s, Guisborough could only manage 116.
With a 36 run giving them 25 points they remain bottom of the table, they made ground on Whitby but still 27 points from safety.
Stockton 2nds batting proved too strong for the 4th team, put into bat and making 226 for six but Richmondshire did well to hold out for a draw with 140 for 7.
The 5th team had the best of a close game with Cliffe 2nds, winning by 12 runs. Choosing to bat, an excellent second wicket stand between Raam Raj (50) and Harrison Girot (51) put them on 114 for 2. With Will Fudali 25 not out) and Jack Ford (20) adding runs to give a total of 204 for seven.
It was Richmondshire’s junior bowlers who claimed the Cliffe wickets, Raam Raj taking four for 14, Eddy Player three for 32 and Sophie White two for 44. With Cliffe’s last two wickets falling with just one over remaining Richmondshire claimed 20 points.
It was a very good week for the Junior section, winning two cup finals. The Under 11s won the Gemara Cup against Hartlepool. Louis Morris taking four for 4 and Sam Fudali two for seven, as Hartlepool made 81 for nine. Captain Sam Fudali then led the run scorers with 22 to seal a 16 run win.
On Friday it was the turn of the Under 17s who defeated Marske to win the NYSD Junior Cup. After being put in by Marske it was again the Percival brothers who led the way, Jake Scoring 40 and Max 32 in a total of 109 for six.
Between them they then claimed the first four wickets, with Max taking three for 10 and Jake one for 11. James Cox then took one for four and with Raam Raj completing the rout with five for 10, Marske were all out for 55.