Richmondshire regain top spot with win over Marske

Photo Steve Hassall, Whippetman Photography.

Richmondshire regained the NYSD Premier League lead lost to Marton by beating third-placed Marske at Windy Hill Lane.

Josh Dowson set Richmondshire on their way removing Marske’s top three, including both pros, in a 9-over spell of 3-31.

Gary Pratt was then able to take 4-12 to finish Marske off for 119 in the 42nd over, no home being batsman able to pass 30.

Gary Pratt and Mike Layfield both did just that before they both fell in a slightly untidy end to a successful chase, Richmondshire losing four quick wickets after cruising at 100/1.

With Marton losing to Great Ayton and gaining only four points from the game, Richmondshire now have a five point lead.

Meanwhile at Hurgill Rd the 2nd team were pressing their claim for first team places. Led by Tom Dowson with 115 from 97 balls and aided by 51 from both Josh Cartledge and Matthew Price they notched up an impressive 340-5 from their 50 overs against Darlington RA.

Dale Marshall made 54 on his return to his old club, but the family bragging rights belonged to brother Craig, who continued his comeback with 4-23, the RA slumping to 115 all out.

With Matty Cowling at a wedding Tom Dowson will be back behind the 1st team stumps on Saturday with two big second team scores behind him. With Steve Mather on holiday there will all be space for at least one other to step up from the 2nds.

The 4th team didn’t fare quite so well going down to a three wicket defeat to West Park RA. Put into bat only four batsmen could manage double figures, led by Andy Dade with twenty six.

West Park didn’t find batting much easier but managed to reach the target with seven wickets down.

The 5ths had a narrow victory against Cliffe 2nds, managing to restrict Cliffe to 174 for 8, they reached the target in the last over. Mainly thanks to opener Mike White carrying his bat for sixty nine, supported by Mike Irvine (47).

On Sunday the 3rds had week off thanks to the NYSD allowing teams to postpone their fixtures to enjoy the world cup final. This resulted in losing their top of the table position to Wolviston, who decided against the Sunday off and took twenty points from Darlington.

This leaved the 3rds fifteen points behind with a game in hand.

With their seasons coming to an end with the school holidays, most of the junior teams are in strong positions in their leagues. The Under 9s are joint top of their group with Thornton Watlass. Despite losing their first game of the season at Hartlepool on Sunday the Under 11 NYACC League team are still top of the table.  Both Under 11 teams in the Hambleton League can top their groups.

The Under 13s are clear leaders of their section although Norton who have three games in hand could match their points if they win all their remaining games.

The Under 15s have the same number of points as Darlington and Hartlepool. With Richmondshire and Hartlepool having a game in hand and what look on paper relatively easy fixtures this Sunday they could end up  joint top.