Richmondshire U19s win at T20 final

Richmondshire U19s.

Richmondshire’s Under 19 side marked the club’s last game of the 2019 season with a victory under the lights of Durham’s Riverside lights.

In a repeat of last year’s final they played Sacriston in the Vitality Blast Under 19 T20 Final but this time came out on top.

Putting Sacriston into bat, tight bowling by the Richmondshire openers Mark Walker and Harvey Websdale, with an early wicket for Harvey  restricted the scoring rate.

After Sacriston slowly progressed to thirty the introduction of spinner James Kelly to the attack produced three quick wickets. James finished his four overs with the outstanding figures of 3 for 2, only conceding two singles in his final over.

Matty Price then plucked a ball out of the air, which on Ben Stokes’s home ground produced inevitable comparisons to his fielding. When this was shortly followed by an lbw to Same Winter Sacriston where in deep trouble on 40 for 6.

Some big hitting by Sacriston captain Callum Dodds restored some respectability to the score in the final overs and they ended on 86 for 9.

The Richmondshire innings didn’t get off to the best of starts, when after a confident four in the first over, Tom Dowson decided on a suicidal run and was out to a direct hit. This brought together George Spink and Matty Price who after a few early chances, which a more agile fielding side might have taken, confidently knocked off the runs in just 9.3 overs.

Another cup victory had come for the Under 9s the previous week in the Hambleton League play offs at Masham. Batting first against Thornton Watlass,  good bowling held their opponents to 234 net with Joseph Brookes taking 3 for 8 and Ralph Hoskyns-Abrahall 2 for 7.

With 29 contributed by Bertie Morris and Beth Poole Richmondshire finished on 301 net, to progress to the final against Alne.

With Alne making 262 net after their sixteen overs a good batting performance was needed, Ted Brain and Ralph Hoskyns-Abrahall put on twenty seven in their four overs, Bertie Morris and Beth Poole added twenty five, Olly Taylor and Bobby Walker another twenty one. With forty eight in extras Richmondshire totalled a net 299 to become Hambleton League Under 9 champions.

The Under 11 side finished a successful season on a relatively disappointing note. Having topped the NYACC league and playing sides they had beaten earlier in the season they were full of confidence for Saturday’ Gemara Cup Finals Day. This was reinforced by a convincing victory in the semi-final against host club Wolviston, scoring 106 for 8 in their 16 overs, with 26 from captain Joe White.

When Wolviston fell twenty one runs short of this total with wickets from Max Percival (3 for 6), Edward Player (2 for 13), Joe White (2 for 7) and James Cox (1 for 4) Richmondshire progressed to the final against Sedgefield.

With only half an hours break they then faced the winners of the other semi against Darlington. Batting first Sedgefield made 111 for 6 with Raam Raj leading the bowling with 2 for 8. In reply Richmondshire could only manage 79 for 7, with Joe White again leading the batting with 17.

Sunday saw the Hambleton League Finals being played at Richmondshire’s Hurgill Road ground. Such has been the number and ability of the Under 11 squad they have fielded two sides in the Hambleton League. Both the Rhinos and the Raiders had won their section and faced each other in the semi-finals with the Rhinos coming out on top. They then faced Yarm in the final only to lose on the last ball of the game.

After last week being crowned as NYSD Premier League Champions Richmondshire 1sts looked forward to a Yorkshire Premier Leagues Championship semi-final and the prospect of a final at Headingly.

They came up against a very strong  Sheriff Hutton Bridge side who had finished run away winners of the Yorkshire Premier League North and included to former England Under 19 players in Matthew Fisher and Edward Barnes.

Matthew Fisher first came to attention when he became the  youngest player to play in a competitive county game at the age of 15 years and 212 days. Having had a couple of seasons struggling with injuries he has just returned to the county squad. Edward Barnes also had a county contract with Sussex this season.

Winning the toss and putting Sheriff Hutton in to bat Richmondshire got off to an encouraging start with two wickets each for Josh Dowson and Craig Swainston reducing Sheriff to 94 for 6. Matthew Fisher then turned the innings round scoring 87 before being bowled by Sam Wood.

With Sherriff Hutton finishing on 208 for 9 Richmondshire felt they were in with a shout at tea. These illusions were soon shattered as the two other Fisher brothers in the Sheriff Hutton side combined to dismiss Richmondshire captain Gary Pratt. Adam taking a fine catch low down at slip from Mark’s bowling.

With the other opener Rob Carr being given lbw to Edward Barnes soon after and Steve Reeves being bowled after leaving one that came sharply back the score was 12 for 3. Sam Wood and Matty Cowling attempted to dig in to rebuild the innings and got the score to 24 for 4 before Matty was caught in the slips off Barnes.

Another four wickets fell for four runs and in sixteen overs Richmondshire had been bowled out for forty two, the lowest first team score and biggest defeat anyone could recall. Sheriff Hutton will now play Woodlands of the Bradford League in the final at Headingly on Saturday.

Matthew Fisher proved he will be one to watch for the future, as in the first innings of the  Yorkshire game against Kent took 2 for 79 and was Yorkshire’s top scorer with 47.