Richmondshire teams win to stay top of divisions

Both Richmondshire 1sts and 2nds had crucial victories over Barnard Castle sides, to stay top of their respective divisions.

Playing at Barnard Castle, the 1sts chose to bat first and found life difficult against an excellent spell of pace bowling by Josh Bousfield.

Twice taking two wickets in an over, he first removed Mike Layfield and Sam Wood in the fourth over to make the score 18 for two. Six overs later he claimed Joe White (19) and Dan Hodgson with the score 46 for four.

A stand of 82 between Gary Pratt (46) and Matty Price (88) gave a healthier look to the score. After Gary’s dismissal, Matty was joined by Shafi who hit 33 from 27 balls in typically aggressive style, setting Barnard Castle a target of 235 to win.

The Richmondshire bowlers found it difficult to make any impact as the score reached 56 before Josh Dowson (three for 37) took the first wicket. Three runs later Josh removed former Richmondshire player James Clarkson for 37.

The bowlers now began to get the upper hand, slowing the run rate and forcing the batters to take more chances. Shafi (two for 44) claimed a wicket with the first ball of his spell and Sam Wood (four for 35) took two wickets with consecutive balls, making the score 87 for five.

There were signs of a recovery until Sam took his third wicket, and an excellent piece of fielding by Josh Dowson had danger man Karl Carver run out. There was brief resistance by the tail but Josh came back to remove the final wicket with the score 141 all out.

The 93-run win gave Richmondshire 25 points, keeping them 16 above Hartlepool who also took 25.

The 2nds played Barnard Castle 2nds at home and defeated them by 87 runs, also claiming 25 points. Winning the toss and electing to bat Richmondshire made 226 for six, with 112 not out from Sam Winter.

In reply, Barnard Castle were 130 all out, with Max Percival taking two for 19, Jordan Moss three for 34 and Tom Stockton three for 38.

On Sunday the 2nds played Rockcliffe 1sts at home in the fixture postponed from the first day of the season. The finer weather has had a dramatic impact on the match totals and this time it was Daniel Douglas who scored a century against his old club. He was out in the last over for 132 as Richmondshire made 274 for six.

Rockcliffe managed to bat out for a draw as Richmond School teacher Mark Swanwick scored 56 not out in a total of 220 for 9. Fifteen points was enough to keep Richmondshire top of the table, 14 ahead of Barnard Castle.

The 4ths played Sedgefield 2nds at Richmond School. Put in to bat Sedgefield made 220 for six Richmondshire were then able to hold out for a draw with 194 for six, with 66 from Alisdair Slack.

The 5ths played at Cliffe 2nds. Choosing to bat first they made 190 for seven thanks to 65 from Mike White and 42 not out from Jahan Mohammed, Cliffe winning with 194 for six.

On Sunday the 3rds were involved in another high-scoring game at Middlesbrough 3rds. Put in to bat they made 253 for six, with 56 from Raam Raj and 43 from Jack Platt. Middlesbrough were all out for 237, Andy Dade taking three for 32 and Jack Platt three for 39. 25 points extended Richmondshire’s lead at the top of the Sunday Premier League to 20 points