Team selection headache for Richmondshire Cricket Club 2nds


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The 1st team hope to be unchanged for the away fixture against Marton on Saturday.

However, 2nd team captain Tom Stockton has a real headache with three or four regulars unavailable for their home fixture against Darlington R.A.

Leading wicket taker Shaun Charlton will be missing due to family commitments and Josh Dowson, Jordan Moss and Richie Carruthers are also expected to be unavailable.

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This is likely to mean pulling up players for other teams, leaving uncertainty for the 4ths and 5ths.

The 2nds were at full strength on Thursday to defeat Hartlepools 2nds in the Robinson cup.

After Hartlepool batting first made 122 for 6, the backbone of the Richmondshire innings was another not out knock of 37 for Mike Fleming, supported by Richie Carruthers (28) and Jordan Moss (22 not out).

Richmond finished on 125 for 4 to go through to the next round, where they will meet Barnard Castle away.

The 4ths have being going great guns having won five on the trot but on Saturday face Lands who are just two pints behind them in the table.

The 4ths latest victory was an eight wicket defeat of Aldbrough St John in the cup on Thursday.

Having restricted Aldbrough to 138 for 3 despite a fine 66 not out from Matthew Brown Richmond overhauled the target in 15.2 overs.

Having lost prolific run maker Clive Layfield early for just 8, Justin Glasgow (52) and Ed Alexander (58 not out) ensured a win.

The 5th team are at home to Spennymoor and hope to keep together the nucleus of their team, three Whiles and two Bewells.

On Bank Holiday Monday the cricket club will be the venue for the traditional Richmond meet cycle grass track races.

This means Mondays cricket fixtures will all be away.

The 1st team play at Marske in the Kerridge Cup quarterfinals and the 2nd team are involved in the 1st division 15/15s at Bishop Auckland.