The frantic pace of Richmondshire 1sts season continued with three more games and three wins.
Thursday took them to Darlington for the Collingwood 100 Cup.
Unlike previous ties the teams started level with no start required with both teams in the same league,
Put in to bat Richmondshire made 130 for six, after a poor start which saw them eight for three at one point. The backbone of the innings was 53 from Gary Pratt and Owen Kelly added 35 in 27 balls.
Darlington made a much better start to reach 49 before the first wicket fell. With professional Muhammad Saad going strongly a defeat looked on the cards until Harvey Websdale trapped him lbw.
Tight bowling was also putting Darlington behind the rate and there was a collapse as they tried to up the pace. With Tom Brooks taking the last four wickets to end with four for 17.
Richmondshire will now visit Darlington RA in the semi-final.
Saturday’s league game saw the 1sts returning to Darlington. Richmondshire won the toss and chose to bat. Progress was slow on a tricky wicket, the run rate rarely reaching much above three an over.
Accumulating runs slowly Bob Carr made 33, Mike Layfield 35 and Gary Platt 50 as Richmondshire reached 188 for 8. Darlington found scoring equally difficult and with Shafiq taking five for 21 and Tom Brooks four for 43 were all out for 122.
Meanwhile top placed Middlesbrough and third place Barnard Castle were playing out a tense draw. With Middlesbrough taking only seven points, they are now on 210 points, one behind Richmondshire despite having played one game more. Barnard Castle took 16 points and are 24 points behind.
The 1sts third game of the weekend was the Kerridge Cup quarter final at Billingham Synthonia.
Despite losing the competitions top run scorer Tahir for only seven, a good all round batting performance got Billingham to 238 for 7.
The total didn’t unduly trouble Richmondshire and with Gary Pratt again top scorer with 75, supported by Owen Kelly 60 they completed the win in 35.5 overs. Richmondshire now have a home tie with Stokesley in the semi-final.
The 2nds were without leading scorer Jamie Stead but fortunately there was a return to form by Richie Carruthers (75) and Joe Shields (55) and a valuable 38 not out from John Clark.
A total of 246 for 7 wasn’t enough to overcome Wolviston 1sts who made 247 for 4 to win with an over to spare.
The 4th team were at home to Thornaby 2nds who posted 175 for 9 with Joe White taking four for 42. In reply the 4ths managed to hang on for a draw at 88 for eight.
The 5th team travelled to Haughton 2nds and were pleased to come away with 20 points. Batting first Haughton made 182 for 5 with Vittal Raj taking three for 21.
In reply Richmondshire made 183 for 5 with 67 not out from Vittal and 52 not out from Isaac Bottomley.
The 3rds had no game this Sunday.