Rivals fail to make ground on Richmondshire after weekend washout

Photo: Whippetman Photography.

Saturday’s rain produced an almost complete wash out of the NYSD league programme but alarm bells started to ring when the only two games with any play at all were those of Richmondshire’s two closest rivals.

Richmondshire 1sts game at home against Thornaby had already been called off giving both sides six points.

Of particular concern was that Marton were playing against Middlesbrough who had batted first and set what looked an achievable target which could have given Marton 20 points. In the event Marton were left hanging on for a draw at 90 for 9 and could only manage five points.

Marske were rather more successful and were probably deprived of a 25 point win by the return of rain before Great Ayton’s innings had past the twenty overs required for a revised DLS target to apply.

They did manage 12 points but remain in third place, 29 points behind Richmondshire, whilst Marton are now 11 points behind in second place.

All the remaining Richmondshire games were called off early in the day.

Midweek games enjoyed better weather with two big victories for Richmondshire teams. On Wednesday the 1sts defeated Barnard Castle to go through to the semi-finals of the Premiership One Hundred.  Set a target of one hundred and thirty three, fifty from Mike Layfield and twenty eight not out from Matty Cowling saw them home in eighteen overs. They will now play Great Ayton away on Wednesday 31st July.

On Wednesday the 3rd team retained the Arthur Sander’s Cup beating Norton 3rds.  The team’s veterans took a back seat in the Richmondshire innings and it was sixty nine from Matty Price and thirty five from Joe Shields that contributed the bulk of the 150 for 6 total after twenty overs.

In the Norton innings 5 for 29 from another of the youngsters, Mark Walker and 2 for 28 from twin brother Gary that had Norton all out for one hundred and forty.

Unfortunately the 2nds didn’t fair so well in their cup final on Thursday, losing heavily to Bishop Auckland 1sts.

Several of the 1st team returned to Barnard Castle on Friday night to represent the league against the MCC. Opener Rob Carr scored fifty one, Steve Reeves thirty nine not out and Matty Cowling one hundred and one from forty six balls, including thirty two from one over.