Three wins in week for in-form Richmondshire

Richmondshire 1sts had three games in four days as cup action started.

They began well on Thursday defeating Marton by eight wickets.

Marton have had a disastrous start to the season having failed to register more than 100 in any of their four league games so far.

It looked as if it could be a similar story in his game as they lost a wicket first ball and then were quickly three for two.

A partnership of 139 between newly arrived professional Rahul Dalal (72) and Lee Hodgson (61) resulted in what looked a challenging total of 147 for four after their 20 overs.

The Richmondshire batsmen were more than equal to the challenge, with the run rate never falling below ten an over, openers Tom Dowson (42) and Gary Pratt(37) put on 75 for the first wicket.

A further 29 not out from captain Bob Carr and 33 not out from Mike Layfield took them past the Marton total after just 15 overs.

Richmondshire now face a tough second round tie at home to Barnard Castle on Thursday, May 26.

Saturday’s visit to Billingham Synthonia also produced a convincing victory.

Having chosen to bat, Billingham lost an early wicket to Shaun Charlton but then progressed comfortably to 51 before the Richmondshire spinners were brought into the attack.

Shafiq Gafari took a wicket with his third ball and went on to take an outstanding seven for 20.

With Tom Brooks taking two for 28 Billingham were all out for 100 after 29.3 overs.

The Richmondshire batsmen were rarely in difficulty, but they lost Bob Carr (16) on 51, controversially run out backing up.

Fellow opener Tom Dowson hit a rapid 32 and despite the loss of two more wickets Gary Pratt (17 not out) was able to see the innings out at 101 for four after 24.4 overs.

The 25 points takes them to fourth in the table, Barnard Castle who also took 25 points lead on 101, Middlesbrough are on 93 but have played on more game.

Also with a 25 point win Stockton are on 86, just one point above Richmondshire who have 85.

They 1sts then rounded off a successful weekend by defeating Hetton Lyons in the first round of the National Club Championship.

As Hetton sit top of the North East Premier undefeated a tough game was expected but a confident batting performance saw Richmondshire total 271 for 4 after being put in to bat.

Highlight was 126 not out from Mike Layfield, an innings full of classy attacking strokes including two sixes and 13 fours.

He was supported by Gary Pratt (73) in a stand of 176.

In reply, Hetton kept up with the required run rate and looked well in contention for a large part of the innings. The first wicket fell to a superb catch by Shaun Charlton off Josh Dowson’s bowling but Richmondshire struggled to make a further breakthrough.

There was some impressive stroke play by Hetton’s young opener Ben McKinnney, a Durham Academy Player who looks an outstanding prospect. Well up with the run rate and with wickets in hand Hetton started to look on top.

The introduction of Shafiq’s spin slowed the run rate and brought another wicket but it wasn’t until Sam Wood took out McKinney’s middle stump that the game began to turn.

Called on to bowl a longer spell than usual, Gary Pratt accounted for the next two wickets. There was a further wicket for Sam Wood and one for Dale Marshall before three for Shafiq quickly accounted for the tail.

Hetton were all out 214 in 38.1 overs, 58 short of the target. Richmondshire will now play at home against Woodlands of the Bradford League on Sunday 29th May.

The 2nds were disappointed to go down to a one wicket defeat against Sedgefield 1sts. Electing to bat first they lost normally prolific scorer Jamie Stead for a duck and were 30 for two when Matty Price was out stumped for nine.

A stand of 74 between Marc Lockey (45) and Sam Winter (52) gave the scorecard a healthier look and further contributions from Dale Marshall (27) and Jake Percival (25) took the score to a respectable 230 for nine.

With Sedgefield at 115 for five there was every prospect of a win but a sixth wicket stand of 78 turned the game and Sedgfield were able to scrape home.

Needing four to win in the last over Sedgefield lost their ninth wicket run out from the second ball but were able to scramble to a last ball victory.

Nine points seemed little reward in such a close game and sees Richmondshire slip back to second place in the league.

The 4ths made the long trip to Whitby but made it worthwhile with a 25 point win. Put into bat Richmondshire had lost both openers on three and were 43 for five at one stage.

A partnership of 64 between Richie Carruthers (74) and Max Percival (11) and a last wicket partnership between Michael Platt (16) and Tyler Spence (17) took the score to 149 for nine after forty overs.

A devastating spell of bowling by Gareth Wood with five for 10 and followed up by three for 10 from Tom Stockton had Whitby all out for 54 in 27.1 overs.

The 5ths had a second win of the season against Spennymoor. Put into bat Spennymoor made a respectable 151 all out, with Mike White taking three for 18.

In a man of the match performance Mike then scored 76 not out.

A partnership of 67 with Harrison Girot (28) got the ball rolling.

A further 58 with Simon Burnley (10) and finally 28 with son Joe White (11) completed the victory after 29.2 overs. 25 points moving them up into a mid-table position.

On Sunday the 3rds were at Great Ayton 3rds and with a return to form by Jamie Stead (69), 30 from John Clark and attacking 44 from Griff Bewell, they made 210 for 6.

Unfortunately, the Richmondshire bowlers struggled to make an impression, so despite a couple of wickets from Brad Elsworth and one each for Andrew Ralph and Finn Clarke, Great Ayton won by six wickets.