2-3 August Results

1st XI v Seaton Carew (a) - lost

Richmondshire batted first at Seaton Carew, and opener Andrew Fleming held the innings together as wickets fell around him. Steven Mather was the first batsman to stick in with him, as they took the score from 32-3 to 119-4, with Fleming scoring 70 and Mather scoring 64. However, the highest score by any other batsman was 14 and Richmond finished on 188-9. Gary Pratt gave the new ball to spin bowler Toby Bulcock, who took 3-56. Craig Marshall (2-51) and Gary Pratt (2-43) took 2 apiece but it proved not quite enough, as Seaton Carew squeezed over the line 9 wickets down in the last over.


2nd XI v Bishop Auckland (h) - lost

Tom Stockton top scored with 63 from number 6 as Richmond posted a respectable score of 218-8. Other significant contributions came from Joe Shields (37) and Andy Dade (29 not out). Tom Stockton removed an opener early but wicketkeeper-batsman Scott Oldfield scored 143 not out to tie up victory for Bishop Auckland with 8 wickets in hand and just over 5 overs to spare.


3rd XI v Darlington III (h) - won

Darlington batted first, and Andy Kelly's 4-16 tore through Darlington's middle order as he removed batsmen 4, 5, 6 and 7. Georgie Walker took the wicket of former Richmondshire player Bradlee Goldsmith, who made 28. Darlington finished on 178-7. Matthew Price and Clive Layfield got Richmondshire off to a flier, but Layfield was caught on the boundary for 94 with the score on 170, just 9 runs short of a 10 wicket victory. Matthew Price saw the 3s home with his 63 not out. Richmond therefore won by 9 wickets, in just 27.3 overs.


4th XI v Middleton St. George (h) - won

Openers Clive Layfield (72) and Mark Hickman (81) scored almost all of the runs for Richmondshire, with no subsequent batsman making more than 11. The score of 201-5 proved sufficient though, with Sam Winter taking 4-21, Jonathan Simpson taking 3-50 and Mark Walker taking 2-33. MSG finished on 170 all out.


5th XI v Middleton Tyas (a) - lost

Playing at Tyas' ground for the 3rd time this year (no, I don't understand how it works either), at drinks Richmondshire thought they had restricted Tyas. However, opener Andy Crowther accelerated to 83, and he was supported by some lower order hitting of some pretty ordinary bowling. Dan Osborne was the pick of the bowlers, his 10 overs going for 2-21. Harvey Websdale, despite being expensive, picked up some lower order wickets with 4-40. Dan Osborne's 88 gave the 5s a fighting chance but no one else could match his effort and Richmond ended up on 146 all out.