Richmondshire win to ensure championship goes to final day while U11s take title

Richmondshire's title-winning U11s.

Richmondshire went into the penultimate day of the season with a 14-point lead over second place Marton.

Richmondshire and Marton both won the toss and chose to bat and went on to win to take a maximum 25 points, setting up a winner takes all clash at Marton next Saturday.

This means Richmondshire could still lose and take the title, given they have maintained their  fourteen point lead.

The top team will go on to represent the league in the Yorkshire Championships in a home semi-final the following Saturday, with the winner going on to a final at Headingly on September 21.

Playing Hartlepool at home, Richmondshire declared after 45 overs having made 248/6, Mike Layfield making 76 and Steve Reeves 89 sharing a 156-run third wicket stand to set up the declaration.

Those following the live scores seeing Hartlepool 141-4 with 13 overs to bat and Marton, having already secured victory by this point, may have been anticipating a more closely matched final day.

However, the Hartlepool lower order collapsed dramatically with Craig Marshall taking 6 for 48. Craig’s return to full fitness has been a late season boost for Richmondshire in their title push.

Marton visited Seaton Carew and found the going tough despite a decent start being bowled out for 146 in the 47th over. Even this was too much for a Seaton side doomed for relegation. They lost two wickets in the first over without a run on the board, and then slumped to 29/7 finally managing ninety four all out

The Richmondshire 2nds made the long journey to Whitby, where Whitby made 201 all out. Richmondshire’s wickets being shared between the four bowlers, Mark Walker 2 for 37, Jordan Moss 3 for 62, James Kelly 3 for 70 and Tom Stockton 2 for 19.

Richmondshire just managed to hold on for a draw at 152/9 with young Grif Bewell digging in along side captain Kevin Forbes. The ten points gained leaves them 23 points behind Darlington and chances of retaining the second team salver receding.

The 4ths went down by three wickets at Aldbrough. Dan Osborne made forty eight in one of his rare appearances in a total of 119 all out. Michael Platt then took 2 for 20 and Jonny Baines 3 for 37 as they made Aldbrough battle to a winning total after 25.4 overs.

The 5ths victory against Oxbridge went a long way towards securing their place in the Darlington & District B Division with only three points needed from the two remaining games to be mathematically safe from relegation.

Oxbridge were bowled out for eighty three, Alex Nimmo taking 3 for 12 and Matthew Rippon 2 for 4. Alex and Mike White then put on 41 for the first wicket and Vittal Raj, playing his first game in two years 18 not out for a win in 29 overs.

On Sunday a strong looking Darlington over 40s team took the NYSD Masters title by 65 runs at Hurgill Road. They rattled up a massive 191/1 from their 20 overs. Clive Layfield made 47 not out in the Titans’ reply of 126/3 but they never really threatened to overhaul  the huge target to retain their title.

In the Sunday Premiership the 3rds were displaced by the Master’s final to Richmond School. As it turned out they found the school wicket to their liking. Jordan Moss and James Kelly having an unbroken second wicket partnership of 215 which allowed skipper Dave Moffatt to declare after 36 overs with 249/1 on the board.

Seaton Carew were then dismissed for 99 all out, as Jordan Moss completed an outstanding day by recording figures of 5-41 from his 11 overs and James Kelly 2 for 11 from 8.3 overs.

League leaders Wolviston also recorded a 25 point win and still have their 16-point lead although Richmondshire still have a game in hand.

In the junior section the Under 11s defeated Skelton Castle by 80 runs to take the North Yorkshire League title in a play off between the winners of the North and South Sections..