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.
Exams, the Champions League Final, stag weekends and injuries all reduced availability for League Saturday 4 but Richmond's sides responded well to the challenge and 3 wins from 4 matches was a tribute to the club's strength in depth. With the 5th XI already 10 points to the good following Ealing's earlier concession, a haul of 40 points from a possible 50 was an excellent return for the day. The 1's, missing 4 regular players, welcomed newly promoted Harrow St Mary's to Old Deer Park and, after stand-in skipper Adam London won the toss, had no hesitation to bat first. An opening partnership of 61 between Will Phillips and debutant Max Read established a foundation for Will and Adam to move us on to 150 before Will was dismissed for 70. At 179 for 2, Richmond seemed set for a very large total but 5 wickets fell for less that 50 runs. Second debutant Kieran Evans and the experienced David Burton steadied the ship adding 36 runs to take us to 262 for 7. The visitors got off to a bright start before Burts struck twice and Will once to leave them 61 for 3. However, the 4th wicket pair made steady progress and whilst the required rate was rising, there was a chance of an upset as Richmond's fielding became a little ragged in the late afternoon heat. However Bhavesh Pankhania got the crucial breakthrough with the score on 129 and then a combination of Abdullah Nazir, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala and Sam Goodwill struck regularly to put the match beyond Harrow St Mary's. Their final pair scrambled the runs required to secure 1 losing bonus point but it was a return to winning ways for the 1's who remain in 4th place on 31 points. Next Saturday they take on Ealing Cricket, the only side in the Premier League to have a 100% record. Its a big game! The 2's travelled to Osterley and also chose to bat first. It was slow progress as the hosts bowled their overs slowly and Richmond's batsmen battled to post a winning total. They managed to do so with some committed batting from the tail and a total of 188/8 was most definitely challenging. When Osterley batted it was Barnaby Cole who stole the show with a superb 9 over spell of 6 for 23. The hosts were dismissed for 144 and the 2's second win in succession moves them up to 5th place. Like the 1's they also face an Ealing side with a 100% record next Saturday. The 3's travelled to Eastcote but failed to post a big enough score to challenge their hosts on a ground that traditionally sees high totals. We were dismissed for 203 in 41 overs, a total that was passed comfortably by Eastcote who lost just 2 wickets. The 4's welcomed Hampstead 4's to the Newman Ground and also batted first. Skipper Robin Held led the way with a battling 56 to set a target of 179. In reply Hampstead fell for 165 with teenage spinner Joel Clarke taking an excellent 5 for 39, this after his twin Benedict had shown great promise with the ball.