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13th time unlucky?

By Chris Goldie

After 12 consecutive League wins, Richmond 1's lose to Teddington but there are good wins for the 2's, 4's and 5's.

A third League Saturday of mixed fortunes for Richmond as the 1's and 3's both lost whilst the 2's, 4's and 5's all recorded excellent wins.
The 1's made the short trip to Bushy Park and chose to field first. The home side got off to a fast start but were pegged back as the innings progressed. At 177-6 with 8 overs remaining, a total around 220 seemed on the cards. However a 7th wicket partnership of 50 off 30 balls took the innings away from us and enabled Teddington to reach 250 for 8 off their allotted overs.
Historically, few sides chase down more than 200 in Bushy Park and so it proved again as Richmond's batting was well-restrained by Teddington's mixture of spin and medium pace. The loss of Will Phillips to the first ball of the innings meant that Ben Compton and Vineeth Manjunath had to rebuild the innings. As the required run rate steadily climbed, wickets were lost at key times. By the time Compton was dismissed for 76, with the score on 157, just under 10 an over was required and, unsurprisingly, the final wickets tumbled. 1 losing bonus point was secured. In truth this was a lacklustre performance but credit must go to Teddington Cricket Club who batted determinedly to secure a more than decent total and then used their home experience to contain Richmond's powerful batting line-up. Having won our previous 12 League matches, this defeat is a disappointment and perhaps a wake-up call to the defending champions that they need to step up their game if they are to defend their title successfully.
The 2's, after two defeats, secured their first win of the League season, with a comprehensive defeat of Teddington's 2nd XI. At Old Deer Park, stand-in skipper Sam Goodwill chose to bat first. Zain Bhatkar and Bhavesh Pankhania put on 53 for the 1st wicket and the innings went from strength to strength. Bhav scored 75 off 97 balls, Sam 95 off 65 and Kshitij Desai an unbeaten 50 off 23 balls to carry Richmond to a total of 311 for 7 off 45. In reply Teddington got away to a decent start but, from 135 for 2, wickets began to tumble and they were dismissed for 215 in the 40th over. Bhav ended with 4/44 and KD 3/43 as the 2's enjoyed the win.
The 3's played unbeaten Hampstead and, batting first, scored 191/8, probably 20 or 30 short of what they needed. With Hampstead 5 down, a tight game looked to be on the cards but the visitors 6th wicket pair batted well to ensure that they surpassed our score with 5 overs to spare.
The 4's took on Brentham 3's and recorded a total of 186 off 45. In reply Brentham were dismissed for 137.
The 5's carried on from the previous week with a solid batting performance against Chiswick 3rd X1 totalling 222 for 6 off 45. In reply Chiswick ended up 13 runs short.

Updated 10:08 - 17 Jul 2019 by Richard Zotov

Where next?

A good day for Richmond despite poor availability There were good wins for the 1's, 2's and 4's (plus a walkover win for the 5's) on a Saturday which saw significant unavailability.
Mixed fortunes for Richmond's sides on league Saturday 2 There was a tight win for the 1's, a big win for the 5's but defeat for the 2's, 3's and 4's.


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