National Cup Run Continues

Richmondshire progressed to the third round of the National Club Championships after 241 proved enough to see off Scarborough.

After winning the toss and batting first, captain Mike Layfield got Richmondshire off to a flier with a quick-fire 44 from just 26 balls, which included 3 sixes before a difficult low chance was held at mid wicket off opening bowler Jack Holt. Bob Carr (31 off 28) continued the aggressive batting briefly but middle order wickets fell and the scoring rate dropped as a result. However, Richmondshire’s competent lower order kept the scoreboard ticking. Owen Kelly (28) and Craig Marshall (20) made valuable contributions but the standout performance came from Darryn Bancroft at number 8, who top scored with 52 from 62 deliveries.

Richmondshire’s innings finished on 241 after 44.4 overs, when Gaz Wood was caught trying to clear the boundary.

Scarborough’s quick opening partnership of 74 would have brought back Richmondshire’s fielders’ memories from the day before, where Barnard Castle knocked off 292 on the same pitch, but both openers were eventually removed in Bob Carr’s first long spell of the season. He finished with a tidy 2-42 from his 9. The Wood brothers also pegged Scarborough back with wickets, with Gaz taking 3-45 and Sam coming back to take two wickets in his second spell to see the game out, finishing on 2-39.

In the end Scarborough finished well short on 227-8 from their 45, but they would be ruing their missed chance as at 185-2 the target would have looked very gettable.

Richmondshire will host Chester-le-Street on the 29th May in the next round of the National Cup, with York or South Northumberland awaiting them if they are successful in the third round.