Auction of Promises and Tombola!


Raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Richmond Cricket Club!!


Friday 17th November



Entry £7.50 including a curry supper

Lot 1 – A weekend for 4 adults, for 2 nights (8th December – 10th December} in the Lake District at Pine Lake Resort. Bidding started online. Donated by Mark Layfield

Lot 2- Three nights at the Pine Lake Resort in the Lake District from 1st to 4th December for 4 adults. Bidding started online. Donated by Mark Layfield

Lot 3 – A sack of potatoes, Donated by Geoff Stead of Middlemoor Café.

Lot 4 – Millbry Hill voucher for £20. Donated by Serena Jackson of MIllbry Hill

Lot 5 – 2 tickets for a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Donated by the NYMR

Lot 6 – A bouquet of flowers on the night. Donated by William Gardner

Lot 7 – 2 hours of electrical labour. Donated by Tim Flintoft

Lot 8 – 3 Trays of Tiffin (mixed- plain, milk and white chocolate). Donated by Daphne Evans

Lot 9 – Sunday lunch for 2 at the Cricket Club. Donated by Tracey and Dion.

Lot 10 -  A Hollywood Classic popcorn machine. Donated by the Cricket Club

Lot 11- Afternoon tea for 2 at Jefferson’s of Richmond, Market Place, Richmond. Donated by Jefferson’s

Lot 12- 3 months membership to Liberty Health Club from 2nd January! Donated by Austin Gordon

Lot 13- One term of swimming lessons at Richmond Pool from January to Easter 2018. Donated by Austin Gordon

Lot 14 – £50 shopping voucher that can be used in a range of stores. Donated by Mel Websdale

Lot 15 – A shooting experience for 4 people for 2 hours. All equipment included. Donated by Nigel and Sam Winter

Lot 16 – A tray of flapjack. (18 pieces) Donated by Tracey and Dion

Lot 17 – A £30 voucher for Yorkshire Independent Building Supplies. Donated by YIBS

Lot 18 – 5 batting lessons with Gary Pratt!

Lot 19 – An Italian hot towel shave. Donated by the Men’s Room

Lot 20 – An oil and filter change. Donated by Jo Davies at Victoria Garage, Richmond.

Lot 21 – A selection of prime cuts of Local Pedigree Highland Beef 10kg (worth £120). Donated by Julia Carr

Lot 22 – A bottle of Gin. Donated by Colin Dring

Lot 23 – A winter scene of Bargate, Richmond in 1976. Donated by Colin Dring

Lot 24 – 5 batting lessons with Mike Layfield!

Lot 25 – Various brace of game. Donated by Tim Flintoft

Lot 26 – 1 night, dinner, bed and breakfast at either the CB Inn or The Punch Bowl Inn for 2 people. Donated by Tracey Winter and team!

Lot 27 – £50 voucher for North Yorkshire Timber. Donated by NYT

Lot 28 – Tickets for a match at the Riverside Cricket Ground. Donated by Richard Dowson and Durham Cricket Club

Lot 29- An hours’ flight for 1 in a small plane from Fishburn, Bishop Middleham, over the local area. This will be weather dependent and take place at a weekend. Lucky person must be of no more than average build of a man!!  Donated by David Smith

Lot 30 – A days labour to use as you wish!! Donated by Darren Rickaby and maybe Ollie!!

Lot 31 – A 3 hour visit around Middleham stables for 3 or 4 people. Donated by Raye Wilkinson

Lot 32 – A tour around Edgbaston Cricket ground. Donated by Niall Hickman

Lot 33 – A signed Durham cricket bat. Donated by Niall Hickman



Lot 34- A half day lesson in baking bread for up to 2 people. Taste and make two from wholemeal spelt and walnut tin loaf, Rosemary Foccacia, white/ light wholemeal/ seeded bloomer. All equipment provided and you get to take your bread home plus the recipes and one of my sourdough baguettes. Date to be arranged. Donated by Pam Heseltine

Lot 35 – To make a pair of curtains or a roman blind using fabric bought by the lucky bidder! Donated by Karen Bushell

Lot 36 – A bouquet of Lilys. Donated by Sharon Stead of Middlemoor café.

Lot 37 – 4 hours of carpet cleaning. Donated by John Maloney

Lot 38 – 1 nights stay at Rosedale Bed and Breakfast. Donated by Gordon Wade

Lot 39 – Case of 6 bottles of wine.  Donated by Mike Irving

Lot 40 – To have 2 mirror wills drawn up for e.g. husband and wife or partners. Donated by Newton’s Solicitors

Lot 41 – A tour around Lords Cricket ground. Donated by Niall Hickman

Lot 42 – A Tour for 2 around the Black Sheep Brewery at Masham. Donated by the team at the Brewery

Lot 43 – Newcastle tickets. Donated by Niall Hickman

Lot 44 – Bottle of whisky. Donated by Steve Walker

Lot 45 –  A visit to the races.

Go racing with Randall Orchard to see one of his three steeplechasers run live.

Trip will include driver, lunch, meet the trainer, jockey and enter the paddock beforehand and hopefully winner's enclosure afterwards. Date to be agreed.

Donated by Randall Orchard

Lot 46 – A signed Durham cricket bat. Donated by Richard Dowson and Durham Cricket Club

Lot 47 – Sunday lunch for 2 at Middleton Lodge. Donated by Middleton Lodge

Lot 48 – A wine and cheese hamper. Donated by Marleen Samways

Lot 49 – A basket of fruit. Donated by Jeff Stead of Middlemoor Cafe

Lot 50 – A child’s sports party organised at Richmond School on either the Astra turf or in the sports hall. Facilities also available for food if required. Donated by Tony Potter and Richmond School

Lot 51 – Middlesbrough football stadium tour for 2. Donated by Tim Flintoft

Lot 52 – £25 voucher for use at Middlemoor Café. Donated by Emily Stead of Middlemoor Cafe

Lot 53 – Pizza voucher for Pizza Figaro

Lot 54 – A premier bicycle service worth £50. Donated by BIKANIC at Colburn Business Park

Lot 55 – A Christmas cake (20cm x 20cm). Donated by Cath Speakman

Lot 56 – Super detached 4 Bedroomed villa, 5 minutes from Mediterranean beach, in Belek, Turkey. Comfortably sleeps 8, with one double en-suited bedroom, and three twin rooms, two further bathrooms.

Private pool with surrounding six feet hedges and close to the towns of Belek and Kadriye. 

Transfers can be arranged from Antalya airport, approx 30 minutes, and car hire if


The villa is offered for a week between March to May or September to November when the weather is pleasant and not too hot. October temps this year up to 33 degrees.
Cheap flights available from Leeds/ Bradford and Newcastle




Many thanks to everyone who has supported tonight!!

Richmondshire C.C. Report 9-10th September

Richmondshire C.C. Report 9-10th September

Rain ruins title bid.

Richmondshire’s hopes of securing the NYSD Premiership title were dashed in the cruellest possible way on Saturday, when localised heavy rain reduced the outcome to a weather-related lottery.  Starting the day four points ahead of Great Ayton won the toss and opted to bat to give them a chance of 25 points for a win. Heavy morning showers delayed the start reducing the game to 48 overs per side. The wicket was giving plenty of help to the bowlers and Richmondshire lost captain Gary Pratt on just 9, Bob Carr in his new opening role was looking in good touch until he was out for 21. Alston Bobb and Steve Mather were also out cheaply but Mike Layfield was starting to find the boundary regularly and along with Matty Cowling put on 41 before the fifth wicket went down. Rain showers had interrupted play a couple of times and the skies began to darken ominously again as Sam Wood was bowled for 10. The shower that arrived was much heavier and those previously and despite frantic mopping up operations it began to look unlikely that the game could restart.

New coming through from Marton where Great Ayton were playing gave some hope as Ayton were reduced to 86 for 6 but a late recovery pushed their score and gave them a valuable batting point reducing the gap to three. This would mean that if neither game could be completed Ayton would need to take at least eight Marton wickets to take the title. When the Richmondshire game was finally abandoned at just after five all they could do was sit in the club room and hope. At Guisborough only a few miles from away a downpour had caused their game to be abandoned but Marton escaped the worst of the weather and as their batting offered weak resistance they crumbled to 78 all out. The twenty-five-point win gave them the title by fifteen points.

Richmondshire will thin that with Mike Layfield still at the crease on 42 not out and the wicket giving plenty of help to the bowlers, that they would have had every chance of winning had the game been able to be completed … but as they say “That’s cricket”.

There was some consolation in the results from the 2nd and 3rd teams. The 2nds victory at Blackhall secured them the salver for the top second team in division 2. Blackhall were 178 for 9 after their fifty overs, Ross Wheldale taking 4 for 33 and Dion Wood 3 for 37. With Andy Fleming unbeaten on 73, supported by Ritchie Carruthers (38) and Tom Dowson (34 not out) Richmondshire knocked off the runs in 39 overs.

On Sunday, the 3rds had a twenty five point win thanks to sixty not out from Jordan Moss and fifty from Clive Layfield in a total of 194 for 8. Hartlepool could only manage 127 with four wickets each for Sam Winter and Andy Kelly. This leaves them twenty points clear at the top of the table with one game remaining.

Things didn’t go so well for the 4th and 5th teams in their games against Barningham sides despite two good batting performances. The 4ths playing Barningham 1sts at home won the toss and chose to bat, taking the chance to pile up a good score of 224 for 2 after their forty overs. Clive Layfield and Tow Ward both scored 64 and Tom Spensley was 50 not out and Andy Dade 40 not out. Unfortunately the game was then another victim of the weather five batting points and two game points leaving them secure in mid table with a game remaining.

The fifths playing Barningham 2nds away also put on a decent batting performance after being put in to bat. Tony Potter (61) put on his biggest performance for several seasons and Mike Platt with a seasons best 48 not out put the total on its way to 194 for 5. Unfortunately, the lack of penetration in the depleted bowling attack meant Barningham were able to reach 196 for 4 in 37 overs. However, the five batting pints and two bowling points could be invaluable in the battle to avoid relegation. They stay four points clear of the relegation place with one game left but with the bottom two having games against the top two next week, they will be hopeful of survival.

Report 11-13 August

Richmondshire C.C.  report 11-13th August

Richmondshire Under 17s win fourth trophy of the season

On Friday, the all-conquering Under 17 team took their fourth trophy of the season when they won the Pallister Cup in the play-off between the North and South League winners. Choosing to bat first they set opponents Marton a formidable target with 159 for 3 from their twenty overs. Openers Sam Winter (40) and Tom Dowson (50 not out) put on 102 for the first wicket and James Kelly added 29 not out. Marton gave it a good go but fell short at 138 for 8 with Harvey Websdale taking 4 for 18 and James Kelly 3 for 26. They now have one final left to make a clean sweep of all five trophies available to them, playing Saltburn at the Billingham Synthonia ground on August Bank Holiday Sunday.

On Saturday, the weather got the upper hand when all games were cut short by rain. The 1sts home game was first to go down after six overs with Marton on 13 for 0. This meant just six points for both teams but as most other Premiership matches met the same fate the damage was limited. Leaders Great Ayton also got six points from an abandoned match to stay seven points clear. The big beneficiaries were Barnard Castle who managed to complete their home match with a twenty-five-point win against Darlington. This puts them just one point behind Richmondshire and with five games remaining this season it is hoped that the weather doesn’t turn one of the closest finishes for some seasons into a lottery.

The 2nds were also rained off at Darlington RA but not before Richmondshire had reached 127 for 4 with 41 not out for Andy Fleming and 62 for Richie Carruthers. Seven points keeps them third in the table but having played one game more than most others, several other teams are closing in. The 4ths were going well on 46 for 1 against Lands when halted giving both sides just two points. The 4ths look to be safe from any chance of relegation in mid table. For the 5ths relegation is becoming a real threat after taking just three points from their rained off game at Spennymoor. They had completed their innings on 115 for 5, with a 57 not out for Michael Irving and Spennymoor were on 13 for 1 after 8.3 overs when the game was rained off.

On Sunday, the better weather would have given a chance to complete games but 3rds opponents Blackhall conceded the game. The resulting twenty-five points leaving them twenty for clear at the top of the table.

Richmondshire Cricket Club - News Letter

10th July 2017
Update letter to members and supporters
Dear Member/Supporter, As I promised this is my second newsletter of the year trying to keep all of you updated on progress, what’s gone on and what is planned in the club over the coming months. As I stated previously my goal as Chairman with the aid of the management committee and staff is to get our club into a more financially sustainable position. Well the new committee have been in place for seven months and it’s been a challenge to say the least but I can say we have had several positive outcomes, we have taken some hard decisions in relation to membership and the members discount scheme but those decisions needed to be taken and will be of benefit to the club over the coming years. The new gas boiler and heaters were installed in the bottom of the club, again a real positive step which will hopefully last for many years to come. We have also eventually come to an agreement with all parties on the internal set up of the club, it took several steps to get there but we eventually did get there and I think all are now more than happy.  We have also expanded the 100 club to the 150 club which was very pleasing. Two major setbacks, the first being the resignation of our club secretary Andy Barlow due to work commitments but I am happy to report that Jim While has agreed to take over this role from September. The second setback being the wind damage to the Victoria Road fence line.  Due to this damage, we have had to renew the worse areas of damage and it is planned in September to renew all the length. However, to do this we have had to apply for planning permission from our local planning department which is ongoing at present. My thanks to Colin Dring, Mark Jobling and John Deighton for helping repair the fence line.  The cricket season is now halfway through and I am pleased to report that all teams both senior and junior sections are having very competitive seasons.  The 1st team currently are third in the NYSD Premier league, were runners up in the Macmillan cup and have reached the final of the Kerridge cup. They are also through to the next stage of the 15/15 competition. The 2nd team are also third in the 1st Division of the NYSD league which for a second team is an amazing position to be in.  However, it is with sadness that I report that the 2nd team captain Tom Stockton will be leaving the club having been offered a job in Dubai.  Tom will be a great loss to the senior and junior sections but we wish him all the best in this new venture. The 3rd team who play in the 1st Division of the NYSD League are also flying and are currently top of their league and have reached two cup finals which is a brilliant achievement. The 4th team are joint second at present which again is another brilliant achievement after just avoiding relegation for the last few years. The 5th team are currently in the middle section of their league which is very creditable as they went up into this league last year. The under 17 side are again having a very strong season coming top of their league, they have won one cup final and are looking forward another final hopefully soon.  The under 15 team are mid-table, when the strongest players are not playing higher level cricket, they are a match for any side. Under 15 players Tom Dowson and James Kelly are already regulars for the men’s 2nd XI. At under 13 level we have been fielding teams in two leagues. The North Yorkshire Area Cricket Council team is currently in second place in the league, the Hambleton League team is mid table. The under 11 team, have so far won 7 and lost 3 games, putting them fourth in the league. Last season, the club ran an under 9 team for the first time, as last year, our youngest team is at the top of their league, they have to beat North Stainley under 11 girls in their last fixture to win the league.

At the very youngest end of the age range, we have been taking part in the ECB All-stars cricket initiative, for which 41 new juniors registered, as a result we have had over 100 children at Friday night training sessions. 
 For more information on how all our sides are doing and what’s going on in the club visit these web sites: 
 At this point I would introduce to those of you who have not met or seen in action our new overseas professional, Alston Bobb.  Alston has quickly settled into the club and is proving a real asset both on and off the pitch. Strong performances on the field and a real hit with the junior section members he coaches. I wish him well for the remainder of the season. 
To run this club, it takes a tremendous amount of effort in respect of fund raising every year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Randy Orchard and Vanessa Price for their efforts with the 150 club.  Mike Heseltine, Kate Maw and Randy Orchard for their work with the sponsorship boards, membership and friends of the club donations. I would also take this opportunity to thank all our club sponsors and donators for their support.  We as a club are very grateful and could not run this club without your help and financial support. I would ask all members to please support our sponsors where and if you can.  My thanks to our sponsors: 

Irving’s Estate Agents –  (Main sponsor) 
SDX - (15/15 kit sponsor) 
SG Petch -
Biker group - (Under 17 sponsor) 
Randall Orchard Construction (New ROC) -    
Altberg -
C J Lightfoot -
Chipchase Manners -
CB Inn in Arkengarthdale -  (Under 9 sponsor) 
Darlington Building Society – NYSD League sponsors -
E Dowse & Sons -
Eye Catching Signs -
Handelsbanken -
Hunton Gargett
J & B Farnaby -
JT Atkinson -
KH Heating -
Matt Ball -
Nick & Gordon Carver -
NY Timber - 
Oates Building Company Limited
Oliviers -
Origins Homeware and Coffee Lounge - (Under 11 sponsor) 
Print Demon -  (Under 13 sponsor) 
Rodbers - 
Ropers - 
Staley - 
Wells Chiropractic - 
York House - 

Did you know? Sam Winter – 16 years old has earned his place in the 1st team and is excelling with both bat and ball.

T&D Catering Have you tried the Sunday Carvery or bar meals yet?   The recent Durham v Essex seconds game, the teams told me it was the best food they had ever had a cricket match.

  • Entertainments at the club in 2017: 15th July 17 – Live group/music – The Scandals 
  • 28th August 17 – Duck club sports 
  • Sept 17 – Comedy night, a night of comedy (Date to be confirmed) 
  • 28th October – Cricket Presentation evening 


Week Report

Report for Richmondshire C.C. 1st-2nd July

Another 25 point win for Richmondshire 1sts

The 1sts continued their good run with another 25 points at Marske. Having been put in by Marske there were some early batting setbacks as they fell to 34 for 4 with Mike Layfield, Gary Pratt, Sam Winter and Alston Bobb all back in the pavilion. This week the runs were mainly to come from two previously out of form batsmen with Rob Carr scoring 82 and Steven Mather 38. By the end of the fifty overs Richmondshire had reached a respectable 193 for 6. Marske never threatened the total but looked likely to hold out for a draw but with Sam Wood taking three and Craig Marshall four, the final wicket fell in the last over. The twenty-five points for a win batting first keeps up the pressure at the top of the table. Great Ayton also manged twenty-five with an easy win against Marton, Barnard Castle just scraped a twenty-point win against at lowly Seaton Carew and Middlesbrough could only draw. This leaves Great Ayton 27 ahead of Richmondshire but Middlesbrough are now only four ahead and Barnard Castle just one.

There was an improved batting performance from the 2nds. They also had early setbacks after being put in and fell to 32 for 4 but the recovery was led by two of the junior prospects in James Kelly (75) and Tom Spensley (41). They ended on 209 for 8 but despite four wickets from Harvey Websdale they couldn’t bowl out Blackhall who finished on 178 for 8.

The 4ths and 5ths both lost to Raby Castle sides. Top of the table Raby1sts proved too strong with a six wicket win and despite 43 from Jack Sene and 34 from debutant Mike White the 5ths ended seventeen short of Raby 2nds total of 177.

On Sunday, the 3rds continued their progress at the top of Sunday League Division 1 defeating Norton by ten wickets. Norton batting first were all out for 105 in just 28.2 overs. Veteran Andy Dade did most of the damage taking a career best 7 for 20. When it came to the Richmondshire innings another veteran Clive Layfield (45), ably supported by youngster Tom Dowson (47) knocked off the runs without loss in just 13.4 overs. The twenty points keeping them thirty-six ahead of second placed Barnard Castle.

On Monday evening the all-conquering Under 17s had a reality check against Barnard Castle, ahead of their cup play-off against Saltburn on Wednesday. Games between these two excellent young sides are usually tight affairs and Richmondshire’s record at Vere Road isn’t their best. Hopes were high when a fine catch by Ted While had Tom Merrywether out for a duck. Tight bowling by Sam Winter, Harvey Websdale, Matty Price, Tom Spensley and Louis Peacock kept the Barnard Castle score to 110 for 4 after 20 overs. Unfortunately, the strong Richmondshire batting line up failed to rise to the challenge. Tom Dowson had looked in good touch but was caught on 11 and James Kelly was out for a third ball duck but sensible batting from Sam Winter and Matty Price had got Richmondshire back into a decent position when Matty was caught for 16. The innings then stalled somewhat and Richmondshire went into the last five overs behind the run rate. Excellent placement and fielding by Barnard Castle made run scoring difficult and when Sam Winter was finally out for 48 the game was up. Richmondshire being finally been all out for 83 as they desperately tried to make up lost ground. They remain top of the table but now just by two points with one game remaining against bottom of the table Newton Aycliffe next Monday.

A better batting performance will be needed if they are to come out on top when they come up against Saltburn in the play off between the North and South Cup Winners. This is a six o’clock start at Richmondshire’s Hurgill Road ground and should be well worth a visit to watch the NYSD’s best young players. 

Preview for Richmondshire C.C. 17-18th June

Looking for an improvement in the middle order after last week’s disappointments the 1st team will bring in another of their young prospects in Joe Shields for the visit of Seaton Carew on Saturday.  Seaton currently lie second bottom and will be desperate for points to get out of the relegation places, while Richmondshire desperately need a win to make up some lost ground on the leaders.  Joe replaces Rob Carr who will drop back to the 2nds for their visit to top of the table Thornaby. The 2nds are equally in need of an improved performance as their excellent early season form has slumped and they will want to get last week’s horror show at Bishop Auckland out of their system. They will be without regular keeper Tom Dowson who will be replaced by veteran glove man Kevin Forbes who moves up from 4ths who play away at Barningham 1st. His place will be taken by Nigel Winter for whom keeping will be a novelty. The 5ths at home to Barningham 2nds will have Michael Platt and Dan Osbourne to strengthen the bowling.

The clubs cup disappointments continued on Tuesday when the 3rds down went down to Normanby Hall in the Arthur Sanders cup final at Feethams. With their bowlers unable to perform at their normal high standards Normanby managed a demanding target of 174. With opener Julius Glasgow out for a duck, run machine Clive Layfield run out for 19 and Matty Price stumped for 21 the challenge fizzled out and they were bowled out for 91.

Across Darlington at RA the 2nds were also going out of the Division 1 15s against Darlington RA 1sts. The bowlers could make no impression and RA scored 163 for 1 in their 15overs. In reply Richmondshire could nly manage 21 for 9 despite a fine 60 for Richie Carruthers.

Things were rather brighter in the junior section as on Monday the Under 17s annihilated to once formidable Stockton. Batting first Sam Winter 52 and Matty Price 50 bothe retired not out in a total of 179 for 2. Stockton couldn’t cope with challenge of being required to score at at nine an over and fell apart to be bowled out for 43 in twelve overs. Highlight of the bowling was 5 for 13 from leg spinner Griffin Bewell.

At the same time the Under 9s were continuing their unbeaten season at home to Bedale. Coach Mike White reports:

The heat beat down at Richmond School on Monday evening for the U9s seventh game of the season.  With 6 wins out of 6 and only 4 games to go, Richmondshire were keen to make it 7.  Our rivals – North Stainley Girls U11s – have an identical record and we still have to play each other twice.  (Girls teams are allowed to be up to 2 years older, according to Hambleton League rules)

Bedale won the toss and decided to bat – a usual position for the home side to be in and one that they enjoy.  Excellent bowling early doors made inroads into the Bedale batting.  James Cox helped himself to a ‘caught and bowled’ in his first over.  Jack Platt then took 2 wickets in successive deliveries, helped in no small part by Issac Bottomley, who made a superb full-length diving catch after a 10 yard sprint from the wicketkeeper’s position – potentially catch of the season.  The following ball yielded another victim via the same combination, this time Bottomley taking an excellent catch down the leg side.  Bedale were 3 wickets down after 4 overs.

It got worse for the southerners.  Joseph White then clean bowled a bemused batter with a well-positioned yorker.  With Bottomley also taking a wicket in his first over (deputant Elsa Wright’s hands being as safe and secure as the Bank of England helped!) the U9s had taken 5 wickets in 8 overs, and had limited Bedale to a insignificant net score of 215.

However, with the crowd shouting for more, the Richmondshire bowlers’ radars seemed to go out of kilter and only 1 more wicket was added to our total – Max Percival clean bowling one off his second over.  Bedale finished their innings at a vaguely respectable 255.

Richmondshire were in no mood for messing about, it was too hot for that.  A slightly re-jigged batting line-up saw Bottomley and Raj open.  4 balls into the innings Issac had scored 9 runs from one of the Bedale star bowlers – and the mood continued in this spirit.  The score had rocketed to 241 by the time Bottomley (23) and Raj (9) had finished.  Emmy Raggett and Elsa Wright then continued and batted well adding 15 runs between them.

More flashing blades were seen from the third batting pair.  Percival hitting 3 fours on the way to his unbeaten 22 runs, well supported by Cox, and moving the score past the target onto 281.  The final batting pair then put the cherry on the top of the performance.  Joseph White hitting a comfortable 20 runs alongside his partner Platt (8) who took our final score to 315.

Next match: North Stainley at Richmond School on Friday 23rd June, 6.30pm start.  It’s going to be a cracker!  Come down and show your support.

Week Report 20/06/2017

Report for Richmondshire C.C. 17-18th June

Bad weekend as 1sts go down to double defeat by Barny.

In disastrous weekend for the 1sts they suffered defeat in both cup and league. On Saturday playing at home they put Barnard Castle in to bat and with a modest total of 139 to face things looked promising. Spin was the order of the day with Craig Marshall taking 5 for 33 and Alston Bobb 2 for 28. Unfortunately, Richmondshire found life even more difficult and with four down for 20 it was going to need something special from the middle order. Despite some text book cover drives from Sam Winter, who top scored with 27 it proved too much.

A chance for revenge presented itself on Sunday at the Macmillan cup finals day at Stokesley. Without captain Gary Platt on Minor Counties duty with Cumbria they managed to register a fairly straight forward victory against Hartlepool. Craig Marshall again was the pick of the bowlers taking 5 for 14 in his four overs as Hartlepool were finished on 102 for 9 after twenty overs. 40 from Mike Layfield and 38 from Alston Bobb saw Richmondshire home in 12 overs. This lined up a final against Barny, who had defeated hosts Stokesley earlier.

Put in to bat Richmondshire got off to a decent start with another 40 from Mike Layfield but the innings fell away and they were eventually bowled out in the last over for 142. This didn’t pose much of a problem for Barny and they knocked the runs off for the loss of two wickets.

The selection committee might have been looking for some reinforcements to the batting but it doesn’t look as it is coming from the second in the near future, as they had an even more disastrous day at Bishop Auckland on Saturday. Replying to Bishops 179 they were rattled out for 32 in twelve overs.

The only good news on Saturday came from the 4ths who had a comfortable 120 run victory against East Cowton, while the 5ths lost by 63 at Catterick Village.

On Sunday the 3rds continued their impressive progress at the top of Sunday League Division 1. A superb 145 not out from veteran Clive Layfield supported by 50 from young George Spink and 58 not out from Joe Shields gave them a total of 245 for 2. Opponents Hartlepool could only manage 163 all out. It had been a good week for the 3rds having already progressed to the Ray Bell cup final with a 41 run victory over Thornaby.

It was a better week in the Junior section with the Under 17s registering two victories. On Monday in the league they defeated old rivals Darlington by 100 thanks to 51 not out from both Sam Winter and James Kelly. Then on Friday they won the Junior Cup final North against Hartlepool. A tight bowling performance kept their opponents to 78 all out and despite a rare duck for opener Sam Winter 34 from Matty Price, 20 from Tom Dowson and 16 not out from James Kelly got the home in 17 overs. They now play a final against the South section winners at Hurgill Road a week on Friday.

On Wednesday the Under 9s continued their unbeaten season winning against Thorton Watlass winning by 29 runs in an excellent all round team performance. The Under 13s also had a victory against Stockton with openers Tom Ward and Ben Dale retiring on 30 and 33 respectively in a total of 125 for 4. Tight bowling restricted Stockton to 94 for 2. A result which keeps Richmondshire top of the table. The Under11s also had a victory against Hartlepool which keeps the second just three points behind leaders Sedgefield.

Week Report 08/05/2017

Compiled by Mike Heseltine

Richmondshire C.C. Weekend 6th-7th May

Mixed fortunes as 1sts lose but 2nds win to go top.

There was disappointment again for the 1st XI losing to in form Great Ayton. Great Ayton won the toss and put Richmondshire in, their innings followed what is becoming a predictable pattern, falling away after a good start. The first wicket fell at 88 when Gary Pratt was given out lbw on 41, fellow opener Andy Fleming following shortly after on 48. The innings then got bogged down for a while and it took an excellent 50 from Steve Mather and a final flourish from Sam Wood to get the score up to 235 for 8 after 50 overs. On an excellent batting strip this always looked likely to be thirty or fourty short of a challenging target.

This proved to be the case as Great Ayton raced away to over 200 before the second wicket fell, with opener Chris Batchelor going on to his century. Great Ayton always looked in control with plenty of wickets in hand but a flurry of late wickets and some tighter bowling by Richmondshire took the match into the last over before a big six produced the winning runs. This gives Great Ayton 20 points and Richmondshire 7, leaving Richmondshire 35 points 35 points behind league leaders Stokesley three games into the season.

The 2nd XI were away to Great Ayton 2nds this week and in cold overcast conditions Richmondshire lost the toss and where put into bat by the home team. After a shaky start losing two quick wickets the in form Rich Carruthers came to the crease and looked to steady the ship but unfortunately, he kept losing partners and Richmondshire where in a sticky situation at 107-6. This brought captain Tom Stockton to the middle to try to help Rich set a respectable score, Rich and Tom put on a partnership of 156, Rich continuing his form scoring 91 and Tom top scoring with 97. This put them in a strong position in the game with other scores from Owen Kelly (31) and Ross Whelpdale with some fireworks at the end of the innings getting the score to 290 declared after 47 overs.

Richmondshire had 54 overs to bowl the home side out and got off to a great start with Owen Kelly and Shaun Charlton using the new ball to great effect and taking a few quick early wickets which put Richmondshire in a sound position as the ball got older the spinners came into play with Ross Whelpdale picking up 2 wickets at critical points in the game.

Richmondshire managed to get Ayton eight down but then struggled to get the last two wickets with a few catches getting dropped, the game looked destined to be a draw but giving the ball back to Owen and Shaun proved a good move as they both took a wicket a piece giving Richmondshire seconds another 25 points and leaving them joint top of division 1
Owen finished with 4 wickets and Shaun who is coming back from second knee operation took 3 wickets and bowled 16 overs which is promising signs for the 2nd 11

The 4th team travelled to Cockerton and came away with 20 points from an eight-wicket victory. Cockerton scored 170 for 5 in their 40 overs, with both Andy Dade and Dion Wood very effective at restricting the scoring rate on a ground at which scores can be high. In the Richmondshire innings, Clive Layfield scored 75 not out, Dion Wood 66 and Tom Spensley flexed his muscles for a quick 21 not out as the runs were knocked off with 11.3 overs to spare.

The 5th team were at home to last year’s C Division champions West Park RA and took a bit of a pasting. West Park’s success last year was built on a high scoring pair of opening batsmen who carried on that way on Saturday with a partnership of 117, before Peter While took the first of 5 wickets in an uncharacteristically accurate spell of bowling that included a hat trick. West Park finished on 215 for 6. In response, the 5th XI managed only 52 all out. Youngsters Dan Baines and Uchenna Anyadiegwu showed some good resistance but the Richmondshire innings contained no real highlights.
The 3rd XI game vs Barnard Castle 3rd XI was a thrilling finale to the weekend's cricket as Barnard Castle took Richmondshire's final wicket when the scores were level to tie the game. Richmondshire won the toss and put Barnard Castle into bat first. Barnard Castle got off to a good start reaching 115-1 and 176-2 before a couple of quick wickets slowed the pace. Despite some belligerent hitting, Richmondshire restricted the visitors to 244-6. In the run chase, Richmondshire kept pace with the required rate early on, but a steady fall of wickets meant that at drinks, they were 98-3, Clive Layfield being the 3rd batsman out after looking set on 39. What followed was some fireworks from Julius Glasgow as he tore into the Barnard Castle bowling attack, scoring 73 from just 49 balls. Contributions from George Spink and Tom Spensley (23 runs apiece) drew Richmondshire close, and with the scores level and 11 balls remaining, it looked like it was in the bag for the hosts. Barnard Castle dug deep and took 2 wickets in 4 balls to tie the game and share the spoils. Remaining top of the Sunday Division One table being the only consolation for a weary Richmondshire team.

In this week’s junior games, Richmondshire U15s played Wolviston away on a "fresh" early season evening. Batting first Richmondshire scored briskly with 35 on the board after five overs through Tom Dowson and James Kelly. After losing these two soon after the innings was steadily rebuilt by Tom Ward and Uchenna Anyadiegwu. A final flourish from Griff Bewell and Ben Dale saw Richmondshire post 89-7 off their 16 overs.
In the field Richmondshire started well with a sharp catch from Angus Potter off James Kelly's bowling removing their in-form opener in the first over. Captain Dowson shared the bowling around shrewdly and with all the bowlers keeping it tight runs were hard to come. Wolviston eventually finished on 47-8 for a Richmondshire win by 42 runs. Fielding highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Harry Mawer's quality one-handed catch casually taken at square leg with the ball going like a rocket!

The Under 11 played at Barnard Castle who won the toss and elected to bowl. Joe Syddall & Jake Percival opened the batting making a great contribution of 18 for Joe and 11 for Jake, another solid performance from all in the middle order ending with a good partnership from Max Percival & Thomas Wooff, Richmondshire only losing one wicket in the innings to finish on 296 net.

The Richmondshire bowling was very effective and is getting better week by week, Andrew Ralph taking 3 wickets for 3 runs off 3 overs and Owen Wetherell taking 2 wickets for 1 run off 2 overs, as well as Max Percival, Finlay Clarke, Tom Van Niekerk, William Shaeffer also taking important wickets. Barnard castle ending on 233 net 6 net, Richmondshire winning by 63 runs

Week Report 01/05/2017

Written/compiled by Mike Heseltine

Winning weekend for Richmondshire C.C. Sam Winter stars for 1St XI

The Richmondshire teams had a very good Bank Holiday weekend winning seven out of eight games. Sadly, the only disappointment was in a very tight drawn game against Darlington in the NYSD Premier League. Richmondshire had got off to what promised to be a good start with Andy Fleming and Gary Pratt putting on 48 before the first wicket fell. Unfortunately, wickets then started to fall at regular intervals, with none of the batsmen able to settle, Richmondshire ending on 156 for 9. Darlington didn’t find batting any easier and with Justin Pretorius and Sam Winter both taking a couple of wickets on the debuts, Alston Bobb picking up two and Craig Marshall three the game ended with as a nail biting drawer. With Darlington scoring 155 for 9 the game could have gone either way in the last over but ended in a drawer and 10 points for Darlington and 11 for Richmondshire.

Bank Holiday Monday saw Richmondshire back at Feethams to play Darlington again, this time in the 40 over Kerridge Cup. This time Richmondshire crushed Darlington winning by 94 runs, 16 year old Sam Winter starring with bat and ball. Sam scored 40 not out as Richmondshire batted first, supported by Justin Pretorius in a final stand of 60, to give a Richmondshire a score of 179 for 7. Sam then took 3 for 15, Craig Marshall 3 for 7 and Justin Pretorius 2 for 13 as Darlington were skittled for 85 all out in just 29 overs.

An outstanding performance by batsmen Owen Kelly and Mike Fleming was the basis of a big win for the 2nd team against Middlesbrough 2nds, continuing their excellent start with another 25 points. Richmondshire won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a superb track for batting. Owen scoring a magnificent 160 not out from just 110 balls, his first senior hundred for the club. He was ably backed up by Mike Fleming who scored 104 of 130 balls, allowing Richmondshire to declare 286 for 4 after 47 overs. Middlesbrough’s run chase didn’t get off to a good start with Shaun Charlton and Craig Swainston ripping through the top order to have them on 70 for 6 after 20 overs. With some defiance from the lower order the game was heading for a draw when Ross Whelpdale came on to get the dangerous Taylor out for 53. Richmondshire looked like winning it from there on in but with 8 overs left and 3 wickets still needed Tom Stockton turned to Shaun Charlton to make the break through. Which he did in his first over, leaving Craig Swainston to pick up the two remaining wickets to win the game. Craig finished with stand out figures of 6 for 45 off his 14 overs and Shaun Charlton 3 for 53 from 16 overs.

On Sunday, the 3rds also continued there excellent start with a big win against Thornaby 2nds. Winning the toss and batting first, the innings didn’t get off to a great start, with last week’s centurion Clive Layfield out for a duck and Jonathan Kellet for 6. Tom Stockton (59) and Jordan Moss (48) then steadied the ship and with George Spink and Andy Kelly weighing in with 45 and 31 respectively they finished on 224 for 9. This was far too much for Thornaby who were rattled out in quick time for 85. The wickets were shared around five bowlers but the pick of figures was Jonny Carr’s 3 for 11. This victory leaves Richmondshire top of the Sunday Division 1 table by five points from Barnard Castle.

In the Darlington & District League on Saturday the Richmondshire teams were both successful against Barton. The 4th team playing at home beat Barton 1sts. Barton won the toss and put Richmondshire in to score a very respectable 186 for 6. Barton were then all out for 132, giving Richmondshire the win and 20 points.  Playing at Barton the 5th team won the toss and put Barton 2nds in, with good innings from D Macafee (41) and Andy Percival (40 not out) they were 139 all out. Griffin Bewell again starred with the ball, taking 4 for 33, including a hat trick. In the Richmondshire innings Michael Irving was again the anchor of the innings, scoring 68 not out, with son James keeping it in the family with 32. A total of 140 for 2 gave Richmondshire 20 points putting the top of the B division.

In Junior matches, there was clean sweep of victories. The U13’s recorded their first win of the season in the Hambleton League with a win against Bedale.  Richmondshire scored 133-3,. Harry Laviolette 31 (retired) , Charlie Stephenson 31 (Retired), Bedale 61-4 from 20 overs, Zac Cleminson 2 for 10Harry Laviolette1 for 5. and only 12 extras from the 20 overs.

The Under 11s beat Blackhall by 85 runs.

Coach Darren Sydall reports:

Blackhall won the toss and elected to bowl. Joe Syddall and Jake Percival opened the batting with a solid 32 partnership, Jake getting 28 runs all the batting pairs were very solid and improving.

Maiden overs were bowled by Max Percival, Owen Wetherall, Isaac Bottomley, and Jake Percival. Andrew Ralph took 1 wicket for 8 runs off 3 overs and Finlay Clark  1 wicket for 5 runs off 2 overs again, there were good solid bowling contributions from everyone. Joe Syddall the wicket keeper took a good reaction catch from a slight edge late on in the game. 

The Under 9s had their first game of the season, Coach Mike White reports

Richmondshireshire (273 net) beat Thornton Watlass (256 net)

On a sunny bank holiday morning, our U9 team played their long-awaited first game of the season against a developing Thornton Watlass side at Hurgill Road.
The U9s contained two players who were playing their debuts - James Cox and Emmy Raggett. After electing to field, Max Percival opened the bowling with a wicket maiden, setting the standard for some excellent fielding and bowling.  Other maidens were bowled by Raam Raj, Issac Bottomley and Joseph White as Richmondshire limited Watlass to only 15 runs off the bat in 16 overs.

The team backed up their confident fielding display with some solid batting; 23 runs coming off the first 4 overs - James Cox celebrating his debut with a top score of 13, including 3 fours, ably supported by his batting partner Eddie Player.  Further runs were added by Issac, Raam, Emmy and Maisie Forbes before the final batting pair of Joseph and Max (who were trying a little too hard to hit the ball into Nuns Close Car Park) finally saw us home.



Season Nears Conclusion


Should the 1sts overhaul Marske and Great Ayton, they will be the highest Yorkshire team in the league and enter a play-off to go to the UAE in the Yorkshire final.

They are also 1 game away from appearing on the telly - as winners of the league's T20 cup they went to a regional finals day and saw off Clitheroe and Stockton. They now face a Lincolnshire side in the quarter final, and a win would send them to finals day.