Richmondshire record two wins in two days over Barnard Castle

A quirk of the fixture list and the two club’s successes in cup competitions brought Richmondshire and Barnard Castle together three times in a week.

The first on Saturday was the league fixture at Richmond which Richmondshire won by eight wickets.

After choosing to bat Barnard Castle lost an early wicket to Josh Dowson (two for 67) to be 13 for one but former Richmondshire player James Clarkson batted steadily to make 69 as they progressed to 129.

At that point Sam Wood entered the attack to dismiss professional Karl Carver and went on to take four more to end with five for 61. This left Barney on 178 for seven but as Josh Bousfield threw the bat in the final overs, making 49 26 balls, they reached 236 for eight.

Richmondshire got off to a sound start before Bob Carr was out for 30 at 44 for one. A partnership of 145 between Gary Pratt (63) and Mike Layfield (104 not out) took them to 189 for two. When Gary was dismissed Dan Hodgson entered to join the fun, hitting 36 from 16 balls. A total of 242 for two gave Richmondshire 25 points meaning a win from their game in hand could move them up to third in the table.

Sunday’s game at Barnard Castle was the Group B final of the National Club Cup, with the winner progressing to the last sixteen. Richmondshire put Barney into bat, who promoted Josh Bousfield to open in the search for early quick runs.

He continued where he left off on Saturday to hit 50 from 31, including four massive sixes. When he was caught by Gary Pratt off Shaun Charlton’s (one for 37) bowling they had reached 61 in under 10 overs. This threatened a massive total but two wickets for Jonny Carr (three for 26) pegged them back to 76 for three. A partnership between Quinn and Carver took them to 134 for four before Sam Wood removed them both and two more wickets from Josh Dowson (two for 51) made it 159 for 7.

With a final wicket for Jonny Carr, it was 163 for eight but with a slight recovery in the final overs Barney reached 183 for eight.

Spectators had been regularly checking their weather apps as rain started to threaten and the predicted arrival of rain started to move ominously nearer. Richmondshire opened with Tom Dowson, home from Australia for three weeks, and Gary Pratt. They had reached 16 when Gary was out caught as he failed to middle one as he tried to force the pace.

The total had reached 44 when Tom was also caught. With Dan Hodgson joining Bob Carr the score was taken along to 66 for two, when a sharp shower took the players off. It took 90 minutes for the play to resume. A revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 122 to win in 25 overs was set.

Richmondshire were able to reach the target after 22.2 overs with Bob Carr 42 not out and Dan Hodgson 47 not out from 34. Richmondshire will now play the Group 1 winners Woodlands C.C on the 9th July.

The third of the Richmondshire v Barney trio of games will be this Thursday at Richmond in the Macmillan Cup Semi-Final.

The 2nds again struggled against Sedgefield 1sts, who choosing to bat first made 231 for 4. Richmondshire were all out for 128 in 23.4 overs, despite captain Brad Elsworth scoring 75 not out.

The 4ths got back to winning ways, beating Billingham Synthonia 2nds. Put into bat Billingham made 126 all out in 37 overs. Gareth Wood taking three for 24, Mike Platt two for fourteen, Finlay Clarke two for 13 and Raam Raj two for 22.

With John Clark 69 not out and James Cox 30 not out Richmondshire reached 127 for five in 23.1 overs. The 20 points lifting them out of the relegation zone.

The 5ths lost by two wickets to Middleton St George, after being put into bat they made 182 for nine, Will Fudali topping the scorers with 43. Matt Dent took three for 19 as Middleton held on to win at 183 for eight.

On Sunday the 3rds had a convincing eight wicket win over Yarm 3rds, who put into bat made 122 all out. With Max Percival, James Cox, Jack Platt and Andy Dade taking two wickets apiece. Richmondshire only required 14.3 overs to make 124 for two. John Clark making 57 and Jack Platt 44 not out.

20 points kept Richmondshire third in the league and only eight points behind second place Darlington, with a game in hand.