Richmondshire to take on Cuckney in semi-final of National Championships

Richmondshire Cricket Club will play Cuckney, of the Nottinghamshire Premier League, in the semi-final of the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday, August 20 at their Hurgill Road ground.

Richmondshire have a strong record in the competition, but this is the first time they have progressed this far since their 2018 victory.

They have so far claimed the scalps of Scarborough, Harrogate, Barnard Castle, Bradford League leaders Woodlands and St Annes of the Northern Premier League.

Club chairman Dave Moffat said “There is an excitement and anticipation amongst everyone at Richmondshire Cricket Club in advance of Sunday’s semi-final against Cuckney.

“As the season has progressed, the lads have looked stronger and stronger and are focussed on repeating the success we had in 2018.”

While Richmondshire will include long standing professional Gary Pratt and Australian amateur Connor Blaxall-Hill the majority of the players have come up through the clubs very successful Junior system.

Cuckney, who currently stand second in the Nottinghamshire Premier League are likely to provide the toughest test so far. Sunday’s winner will play in the final at Lords on Saturday, September 9 where they will face the winners of the southern semi-final, holders Bexley or Teddington.

Bob Carr, club captain, added: “We’re all counting the days down to what will undoubtedly be one of the biggest days at RCC for years for the National Cup semi-final.

“We’ve beaten some top sides en-route and it looks like a very strong Cuckney side from Nottinghamshire stand in between us and a second, but first competitive, trip to Lord’s after we played the MCC there in 2018.

“The most pleasing thing for me is that to a man the whole team has made individual contributions in our run to the semi-final, with at least eight Richmond juniors in the side for all games.

“Fingers crossed and it would be much appreciated if as many people as possible could come and cheer us on, home advantage is crucial.”

The semi-final takes place over 40 overs at Richmondshire’s Hurgill Road ground  Richmond, DL10 4AR with a 12 pm start.

Parking is available in the Nuns Close car park opposite the ground.

There is no charge for admission but we hope spectators will support the club by buying a programme (£3) and buying raffle tickets.

For further information please contact club captain Bob Carr 07922509360