Richmondshire retain unbeaten record with victory over Hartlepool

Richmondshire firsts retained their unbeaten record on Saturday with a convincing victory at Hartlepool.

Captain Gary Pratt continued his policy of putting the opponents in when winning the toss meaning a win was only worth 20 points.

The Hartlepool batsmen never got to grips with the Richmondshire attack; an outstanding 5 for 29 from Craig Swainston and 3 for 9 from Steve Reeves being the stand out performances. They were finally all out for 109 in 42.2 overs.

The Richmondshire batsmen took just 12.4 overs to overhaul this with Gary Pratt scoring 70 not out. Lead leaders also won against Seaton Carew and having batted first to take twenty five points and go eight points ahead in the league.

Richmondshire and Marton meet on Saturday at Hurgill Road in what is likely to be one of the key matches of the season.

The seconds also had a good but rather tighter win against Whitby at home. They also won the toss and chose to field. Whitby made 205 all out, Ywal Williams (3 for 44), Jordan moss (3 for 40) and James Kelly (4 for 60) sharing the wickets.

In reply, Richmondshire just scraped home from the penultimate bowl with the last pair together. Openers Josh Cartledge (65) and George Spink (30) got them off to a good start but after a mid-order collapse it was Matty Price with 62 not out who saved the day.

The fourth team defeated Middleton St George by two wickets and the fifths defeated Witton le Wear by six wickets.

On Sunday the third team had a top of the table clash with Thornaby away. After putting their opponents in they were able to restrict them to 152 for 5, with Jonny Carr taking 3 for 19.

With Clive Layfield leading the way with 40 not out a critical victory looked on the cards but in the end they were left hanging on for a draw at 138 for 9. This gave them nine points against Thornaby’s 12, putting Thornaby five points ahead at the top of the table.

The weather has again caused a number of the junior games to be called off but the Under 11s, 13s and 15s are all well placed at or near the top of the table. There were victories for the Under 11’s against Stockton and Newton Aycliffe, putting them level at the top of the table with a game in hand.

The Under 13’s also won against Blackhall and are well placed three points off the top of the table with a game in hand. The Under 15s defeated Newton Aycliffe and lead the table by three points.