Richmondshire still top with a game to play

The 1sts kept top spot with another win on Saturday but the Premiership title goes to the wire with just next Saturday’s fixture remaining.

Seaton Carew probably did Richmondshire a favour by putting them into bat although the innings didn’t get away to the best of starts, with Bob Carr bowled first ball and Mike Layfield out not much later.

Gary Pratt looked to have steadied the ship with 45 but when he was bowled on 71 for 3 a big score wasn’t looking on the cards.

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Fortunately, Alston Bobb chose the perfect day to score his first century of the season, ending 118 not out, with good support from Steve Mather (37). Richmondshire opted to declare on 239 for 8 after 45 overs, giving themselves an extra five overs to bowl out Seaton.

This turned out to be an unnecessary precaution as the Seaton innings never really got going with Craig Swainston taking three early wickets and Alston Bobb adding to his man of the match credentials with 4 for 37.

Seaton were all out for 118 after 36 overs, giving Richmondshire 25 vital points for a win batting first.

Meanwhile Great Ayton were completing what has now become the formality of taking 25 points from a win against the hapless, already relegated Norton side.

Next Saturdays final round of fixtures sees Richmondshire at home at Hurgill Road to Marske and Great Ayton away at Marton.

The 2nd team played at home to a Thornaby side hoping to confirm the title and return to the Premiership and league chairman Clive West was on hand with the trophy ready to present.

Unfortunately for Thornaby Richmondshire had other ideas and the trophy had to go back in the box at least till next week. Batting first Richmondshire posted a challenging 225 for 4 and Thornaby were left hanging on for a draw at 157 for 9.

The 4ths playing at East Cowton couldn’t find any batsmen to support Clive Layfield (49 not out) and were all out for 83 in just 27.4 overs. East Cowton had no trouble knocking these off in just 11.1.

The 5ths were more successful with the bat with Jonathan Simpson (41) leading the way as they scored 151 for 4.

Unfortunately they couldn’t make the break through with the ball until Griffin Bewell took 3 for 17 towards the end of the Catterick Village innings. Catterick got home in the penultimate over with 152 for 5.

This leaves the 5ths 7 points above Rockcliffe 3rds in the final relegation spot with two games remaining.