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A blustery day of frustration

By Chris Goldie

A largely unsatisfactory day saw 3 draws, 1 defeat and 1 victory for Richmond's sides.

A frustrating day for the Club as the 1's lost narrowly to Ealing, the 2's clung on for a losing draw at Corfton Road, the 4's could not take Kenton 3's final wicket and the 5's also drew. There was, however, a very comfortable win for the 3's.
The 1's were invited to bat at Old Deer Park and were struggling at 26-2 before a solid partnership between Ben Compton and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala saw us through to lunch on 107/2. Immediately after lunch, we suffered one of our collapses. Abhishek was dismissed immediately and swiftly followed by Compo and Vineeth Manjunath. 114/5. Robert Gibson and Bhavesh Pankhania steadied the ship before Bhav went with the score on 160. When Gibbo was dismissed with the score on 189 and Abdullah Nazir 1 run later, a score of over 200 seemed improbable but Matthew Alexander James Dickinson, All Hall and David Burton took us to 212 all out in the 61st over.
Ealing got off to a flyer with the dangerous Oli Wilkin hitting 50 off just 34 balls, having survived a sharp chance off his 5th ball. Despite removing Middlesex's Robbie White with the score on 69, Ealing went into tea having topped 100 off just 17 overs.
However, after tea, Wilkin's dismissal by Will Phillips gave Richmond some hope. The run rate slowed as Richmond's bowlers found better control than earlier. The introduction of Bhav seemed to have got a much-needed breakthrough when a full toss saw mishit and the catch taken. The umpires had a different view and a no-ball was given. Bhav did come back to take a key wicket but with the visitors on 165 for 5 with time to spare the game seemed lost. But, 3 wickets from Abhi for just 1 run gave Richmond hope again. It was not to be in the end as Ealing got across the line with a few balls to spare and 2 wickets in hand.
The 2's reduced Ealing to 165 for 8 but the home side rallied to declare on 202/9 after 54 overs. With 46 overs to bat, Richmond did not fire and we ended on 166 for 9. There was a welcome half-century from Alex Griffiths and 20's from Anosh Malik and Tanmay Thanawalla but the losing draw was the result.
The 3's bowled Highgate out of 101 with Neil Hemstalk taking 5 for 20. Dan Fryer's 51 ensured a quick win by 7 wickets.
At the Newman, the 4's scored 204 for 8 off 46 with Will Patterson scoring 69 and Rich Zotov 39. 15 year old James Nelson was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 55 but Kenton hung on the draw 9 down.
The 5's were 7 short of victory at Chiswick House. Having restricted Acton to 244 for 8 off 47, Richmond scored 238 for 8 off 45 to take the winning draw.

Updated 06:53 - 11 Aug 2019 by Chris Goldie

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