With cup ties coming thick and fast in this condensed season Richmondshire teams went through to four cup semi-finals this week.
The 2nd team defeated Darlington RA on Tuesday evening, Darlington RA batting first made 125 for 8 (Jonny Carr 3 for 15). Richmondshire passing the total on 126 for 6 to win by four wickets (Steve Mather 57).
The 3rds travelled to Stockton to play against their 3rds on Thursday and in a close game ran out winners by five wickets. Batting first Stockton made 117 for 6.
Richmondshire passed the total on 118 for 5 but only from a wide from the last ball of the innings (Alex Percival 38 not out). They now have a home tie against Hartlepool 3rds on Monday evening and should they win that, a home final on Thursday.
The 4ths defeated Blackhall 2nds on Friday, when batting first they set a massive target of two hundred and fourteen thanks to a partnership of two hundred and six between Julius Glasgow (124 from 65 balls) and Clive Layfield (64 not out).
Blackhall had reached 43 for 4 in reply when the game was brought to an end due to lightening. Richmondshire won by eighty runs by the DLS system. This gives them a home semi-final against Shildon this Friday.
Not to be left out the 5th team defeated Cockerton 2nds by nine wickets at Richmond School on Tuesday. Choosing to bat first Cockerton made 95 for 5. Richmondshire passing this total after just fourteen overs with Warwick Forman scoring fifty eight not out. They now have a local derby semi-final against Aldbrough 2nds on Tuesday at Richmond School.
Things didn’t go quite so well in the league games on Saturday. Returning to Marton, the scene of their title clinching victory last September, the 1sts fell to a five wicket defeat. In a low scoring game Richmondshire batted first and collapsed to seventy eight all out, with Marton’s young spinner Fezz Hussain taking 6 for 22.
In Marton’s reply Josh Dowson struck early and when Steve Reeves took two wickets in two bowls hopes were briefly raised. Unfortunately Richmondshire’s bowlers could make no further inroads and Marton completed the win in just twenty nine overs.
At home the 2nds also lost against Stockton 1sts. Having dismissed Stockton for one hundred and eighty seven for the second week running a batting collapse saw them all out for 106.
The 3rds also lost on Sunday against last season’s Sunday Premiership title winners Wolviston. Batting first Richmondshire made 171 for 6 (Tom Spensley 68) but Wolviston completed a five wicket victory with 172 for 5.
The 4ths faced Blackhall 2nds for the second time in two days on Saturday and Balckhall fared little better than on Friday. Dismissed for sixty three, the sight of Julius Glasgow coming to the wicket must give them nightmares and another partnership with Clive Layfield wrapped up the game with 66 for 1 in just eight overs.