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.

Season Updates

1st XI

The 1st XI lie 3rd in an unusually open NYSD Premier League. Marske occupy the top spot with 217 points to Barnard Castle's 190 and Richmondshire's 188. Local rivals Darlington and otherwise rivals Great Ayton could still mount a title challenge with 160 and 181 points respectively.

Key fixtures:

  • 25th June - away to Darlington (Feethams)
  • 9th July - home to Great Ayton
  • 30th July - away to Barnard Castle
  • 3rd September - home to Marske

2nd XI

After seasons in the 2nd Team Salver title race, the 2nd XI themselves in the midst of a relegation battle in the NYSD Division 1, having secured only 2 wins so far this season. However, their ability to hold out for draws in losing situations has paid dividends and they currently lie just outside of the relegation zone. The task of staying up is made harder by there being an extra third relegation spot - the league will be 1 team smaller next season. Relegation rivals include Sedgefield 1s, Northallerton 1s, Stokesley 2s, and Blackhall 1s.

3rd XI

The 3rds have already delivered silverware, as Joe Shield's all-round performance of 37 and 3-8 saw off Middlesbrough to win the T20 Arthur Sanders Cup. Their league performance has also been successful. They currently lie 4th in the NYSD Sunday Division 1, within 2 wins of league leaders Barnard Castle.

4th XI

Winning only 2 games so far, it would be fair to say the 4ths season hasn't gone entirely to plan, but thanks to Lands enduring a difficult season and Rockliffe 3rds struggling in their 1sts vacated A Division slot they shouldn't be at risk of relegation. Many of the junior performances on promotion from the 5ths have been pleasing.

5th XI

In a surprising turn of events, the 5th XI find themselves occupying 2nd place in the D&D C Division. With Eryholme playing well and Etherley having 2 games in hand, their place there is under threat but it's good to see reward for good performances from juniors, particularly James Irving with the bat and gloves and Ted While and Sam Potter with the ball.

Junior Update - U15s Progress In National Knockout

Richmondshire's Under 15s are through to the Yorkshire semi-final in the National Knockout, following a bye and wins against North Stainley and Rockingham. Highlights of the campaign so far include Sam Winter's 50*, Tom Dowson's 46, and Mark Walker's 3-9 against North Stainley and Tom Spensley's rapid 44 against Rockingham.

In league and cup, the Under 15s have lost just one game in 2016.

The Under 13s have also started the season well, getting through their group in the cup, including the all-important comprehensive derby wins away against Darlington at Feethams and away to Barnard Castle.

The Under 11s lost the core of their playing squad due to old age at the end of last season, but it is pleasing to see so many players hit the ground running in their first season of competitive cricket, and with some more match experience they will surely add to their tally of wins. Thanks to the new Under 9s league, players with match experience will surely soon be ready for the step up to hard ball cricket at Under 11s.

Results Roundup - Early May Bank Holiday

1st XI - Richmondshire (14 pts) drew with Stokesley (5 pts)

Richmondshire 184ao (41 overs), Stokesley 96-5 (34).

Report from our correspondent Jim While:

The first XI picked up 14 points from a weather affected match against Stokesley. The start was delayed due to a wet outfield, so when the match began, with Richmondshire batting, it was 41 overs a side. A stoppage for hail with the score on 64 for 2 resulted in another 7 overs being taken from the match. We were all out for 184 in the last over of the innings, nine batters made double figures with Mike Layfield’s 33 being the top score. That meant that at the break between innings, Stokesley had gained five bowling points and Richmondshire four batting points. Stokesley’s batting lineup was missing James Weighell who was away with the Durham squad and they clearly didn’t fancy themselves at chasing the runs down. With 34 overs to bat, they finished on 96 for 5, scoring “null points” for their batting efforts, whilst Richmondshire secured 8 points for a winning draw and 2 bowling points. Stars in the field were our two spinners, Craig Marshall took 2-15 from 11 overs and two outfield catches, whilst Toby Bulcock took 2 for 20 and a diving catch, the landing from which would have registered on the Richter scale.

1st XI (Monday) - Richmondshire (25 pts) beat Middlesbrough (1 point)

Richmondshire 212-2dec (45 overs) Andy Fleming 39, Mike Layfield 111*, Gary Pratt 38*

Boro 92ao (27.3) S Wood 2-25, C Swainston 2-17, T Bulcock 2-25, C Marshall 3-0 (no typo)

2nd XI both games abandoned without a ball bowled (Stokesley, Boro)

3rd XI abandoned without a ball bowled (Hartlepool)

4th XI - Richmonshire (5 pts) lost to Haughton (20 points)

Haughton 167ao (40) Julius Glasgow 2-18, S Van Aswegen 3-24

Richmondshire 91ao (37.4) Jack Rowett 35

5th XI both games abandoned without a ball bowled (Tyas, Eryholme)

Results Roundup - 23/24 April

1st XI beat Great Ayton by 8 wickets

Great Ayton 152-8 (50 overs) C Marshall 3-25

Richmondshire 156-2 (39.2 overs) Andy Fleming 44, Mike Layfield 47

2nd XI beat Great Ayton II by 7 wickets

Great Ayton 236-7 (50 overs) J Shields 3-48

Richmondshire 240-3 (46.1 overs) J Rowett 126*, J Shields 85*

3rd XI beat Darlington II by 7 wickets

Darlington 129 all out (37.3 overs) J Glasgow 4-17, A Kelly 4-36

Richmondshire 130-3 (26.1 overs) D Bancroft 61, C Layfield 35*

4th XI game abandoned without a ball bowled

5th XI beat East Cowton II by 9 wickets

Match report by 5th team correspondent Jim While:

The fifths picked up 20 points at East Cowton with what turned out to be a very easy win against opponents much better at batting than bowling. On an early season wicket that was in very good condition considering recent weather, Jim While elected to bowl first. Even though Cowton opener Mulholland batted the full 40 overs, Cowton were restricted to 127 for 8, with former Richmondshire junior John Clarke being the only player to bat with fluency. The best bowling came from the metronomic Sam Potter with 3 for 29 from his 10 overs and Ryan Campbell with a miserly spell of 2 for 8 in 7 overs. As soon as Richmondshire batted, it became obvious that bowling was not the Cowton forte, as good balls were mixed randomly with full tosses and wides. Mike Irving cruised to an easy fifty, partnered initially by his son James and then David Bulmer. The runs were knocked off in the 21st over, ably assisted by extras which totalled 35.