Saturday’s opponents Great Ayton had defeated leaders Middlesbrough the previous week and a tough game was anticipated.
By winning the toss and choosing to bat Richmondshire were restricted to a maximum of 20 points but from then on everything went Richmondshire’s way.
When Josh Dowson sent back three of the top Ayton batsmen in one over Ayton were reduced to 22 for 3.
Richmondshire’s trio of spinners then took over and with 5 for 18 from Craig Marshall and 2 for 20 from Steve Reeves Ayton were all out for 70 in 30 overs.
With 50 not out from Rob Carr and 19 not out from Tom Dowson the win was wrapped up in 12 overs. As other results came through it became clear that Richmondshire would go into the final week six points ahead of Middlesbrough, who also had a 20 point win against Saltburn.
The six points are significant in that this means that Richmondshire cannot lose out as a result of being asked to back second and being restricted to a twenty point win. The final game of the season is at home against Saltburn. The following day there is an opportunity to complete the double for the first time when they play the Kerridge Cup Final at Thornaby.
A bizarre set of events left the 2nds without a game, their home encounter with Guisborough 1sts being conceded by Guisborough in error.
Their 2nd team captain was due to play for the 1sts and mistakenly informed Richmondshire that the game was being conceded when he had intended to concede the 2nd team game. By the time the error was spotted the league had been informed and the umpires reallocated.
This gave the 5th team a rare chance to play on the main club ground as their fixture with Cockerton 2nds was switched from Richmond School. They grabbed the opportunity to put on one of their best displays of the season in front of a larger than normal crowd.
Tight bowling restricted Cockerton to 90 for 5 in their 30 overs, with Vittal Raj continuing his comeback to cricket with 2 for 9.
This gave the Richmondshire batsmen few problems as Alex Nimmo (38) and Mike White (35 not out) set up a win after 19 overs.
On Sunday the 3rd team travelled to Marton 3rds Jonny Baines (43) and Marcus Griffith (56) leading the way to put on one of their best scores of the season with 180 for 8. Adam Heseltine with 5 for 25 removed the heart of the Marton batting line up but the tail was able to dig in for the draw, ending on 138 for 8.
There was success for the Richmondshire Under 12s when they won the final against Hartlepool by two runs.
With an outstanding batting performance from Raam Raj (14), Max Percival (23), Tom Bromirskyj (13) and Joe White (21)