In another hectic week of cricket, Richmondshire Cricket Club took their first trophy of the season and the firsts gained valuable ground on the league leaders.
The first trophy winners were the second team who defeated Saltburn seconds to win the Robinson Cup for club second teams.
Batting first Saltburn made 154 for seven in their 20 overs.
In reply, Richmondshire lost a couple of early wickets, but a stand between Sam Winter (49) and Joe Shields (64 not out) swung the game Richmondshire’s way as they made 155 for three.
The second team now have the chance of a cup double when they play Middlesbrough seconds in the Haith Cup for division one teams next Tuesday.
The 1sts went into their game against Barnard Castle with some major injury problems, opening bowler Josh Dowson having suffered a dislocated knee playing football and all rounder Owen Kelly also out for several weeks.
Not an ideal start for a team burning for revenge for their recent National knockout defeat by Barney.
Richmondshire won the toss and surprised many by opting to bat first and opening up the chance of a 25 point win. Again Richmondshire got off to a shaky start with two wickets down for 30.
As often it was a partnership between Bob Carr (49) and Gary Pratt (69 not out) that provided the foundation of the innings. None of the other batsmen managed to get set on what was proving a difficult worn wicket which was given all the bowlers plenty of help.
Richmondshire’s final total of 182 for 7 looked relatively modest but when it was Barney’s turn to bat they found life even more difficult.
Tight bowling prevented them keeping up with even the relatively slow required rate of less than four an over.
Three wickets each for the spinners Craig Marshall (three for 35) and Ajay Mandal (three for 25) had Barney uncertain as to whether to push on for a win or settle for a draw.
It was again old boy Rob West who was the thorn in Richmondshire’s side as he made the top score of 32 with the final pair holding out for seven overs to get the draw as Barney made 139 for nine.
This gave Richmondshire 14 points but deprived them of the 25 which would have taken them to the top of the table.
With leaders Hartlepool only taking eight points for a draw, Richmondshire moved to within nine points and extended their lead over third placed Barnard Castle to ten.
Fresh from their cup victory the 2nd team had a good win at Seaton Carew 1sts. Put into bat Seaton Carew made 197 for eight, with Harvey Websdale taking four for 58.
Sam Winter (57) and captain Brad Elsworth (54 not out) lead the way as Richmondshire made 200 for four in just 36 overs.
The fourth team also suffered the frustration of opponents holding out for a draw, with nine down against Northallerton 2nds. Put in to bat Richmondshire made 212 for eight, with Clive Layfield making 74.
In reply Northallerton were 19 for four with Michael Platt taking three for 20 but with the final pair holding out for five overs they survived to make 120 for nine. The 17 points gained leaves Richmondshire second in the table 18 points behind leaders Stockton.
The 5th team depleted by call ups to other teams fielded no less than seven juniors against Cliffe 2nds. Despite a 61 run defeat they acquitted themselves well with juniors Isaac Bottomley (36 not out), Joe White (24) and Max Percival (20) providing the bulk of Richmondshire’s 130 all out in reply to Cliffe’s 191 for three.
On Sunday the 3rds came close to a second win in the Sunday Hundreds competition, a new format which is providing some exciting cricket.
Having beaten Rockcliffe Park with a final over run out in the previous game, this time they lost in the final over. Darlington made 131 for six in their hundred balls and it looked at one stage as if a late onslaught by Andy Dade (23) and Julian Adams (25) might get Richmondshire home.
An unfortunate run out mix up and a catch on the boundary ended Richmondshires hopes five runs short.