Richmondshire stay top despite rain disruption

The torrential downpours across the region meant that not one game in four divisions Richmondshire play in was completed.

The majority of teams gained six points for games not played or abandoned. Just a few, including the 5ths, taking a few for wickets taken before the abandonments.

The 1st team played third place Stockton at home. Stockton had reached 40 for one in the tenth over when the rain came. With all the top teams sharing six points Richmondshire stay 16 ahead of Hartlepool and 19 ahead of Stockton.

There was no play in the 2nds game at Stockton 2nds and they remain top, five points ahead of Barnard Castle. The 4ths game at Stokesley was also off, leaving them three points above the relegation zone.

The 5ths did manage some play at Richmond School against East Cowton 1sts. East Cowton were 40 for two when the game was abandoned, thanks to two for 17 from Eddy Player. This gave them five points to East Cowton’s four.

The Hurgill Road pitch had dried out enough for the 3rds Sunday Premier League game against Darlington 3rds to go ahead.  Put in to bat Darlington made 163 all out, with Max Percival taking five for 33.

In reply Richmondshire made 164 for four in 29 overs, Alex Percival hit 69 not out and Isaac Bottomley 53. 20 points put them nine ahead of Hartlepool, who had to be content with just six as their match at Seaton Carew was a victim of the weather.

The Richmondshire Ladies had another victory on Friday, winning at Willington by 20 runs. Sophie White making 41 and Holly Thompson 40 in a total of 117 for two. Tight bowling then restricted Willington to 97 for two. The victory put Richmondshire top of their pool in the Durham Ladies League.