Richmondshire U17s win fourth trophy of season

On Friday, the all-conquering Under 17 team took their fourth trophy of the season when they won the Pallister Cup in the play-off between the North and South League winners.

Choosing to bat first they set opponents Marton a formidable target with 159 for 3 from their twenty overs. Openers Sam Winter (40) and Tom Dowson (50 not out) put on 102 for the first wicket and James Kelly added 29 not out.

Marton gave it a good go but fell short at 138 for 8 with Harvey Websdale taking 4 for 18 and James Kelly 3 for 26.

They now have one final left to make a clean sweep of all five trophies available to them, playing Saltburn at the Billingham Synthonia ground on August Bank Holiday Sunday.

On Saturday, the weather got the upper hand when all games were cut short by rain. The 1sts home game was first to go down after six overs with Marton on 13 for 0. This meant just six points for both teams but as most other Premiership matches met the same fate the damage was limited. Leaders Great Ayton also got six points from an abandoned match to stay seven points clear.

The big beneficiaries were Barnard Castle who managed to complete their home match with a twenty-five-point win against Darlington. This puts them just one point behind Richmondshire and with five games remaining this season it is hoped that the weather doesn’t turn one of the closest finishes for some seasons into a lottery.

The 2nds were also rained off at Darlington RA but not before Richmondshire had reached 127 for 4 with 41 not out for Andy Fleming and 62 for Richie Carruthers. Seven points keeps them third in the table but having played one game more than most others, several other teams are closing in. The 4ths were going well on 46 for 1 against Lands when halted giving both sides just two points.

The 4ths look to be safe from any chance of relegation in mid table. For the 5ths relegation is becoming a real threat after taking just three points from their rained off game at Spennymoor. They had completed their innings on 115 for 5, with a 57 not out for Michael Irving and Spennymoor were on 13 for 1 after 8.3 overs when the game was rained off.

On Sunday, the better weather would have given a chance to complete games but 3rds opponents Blackhall conceded the game. The resulting twenty-five points leaving them twenty for clear at the top of the table.