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.