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.