Excellent wins for the 1's, 2's and 3's, a dominant performance from the 5's but defeat for the 4's.
Richmond's top 3 sides got back to winning ways to finish the first half of the League season off in style. The 4's however suffered a disappointing defeat whilst the 5's had a frustrating winning draw.
At Old Deer Park, Greg King won the toss and asked Brondesbury to bat. On a baking hot day and a flat pitch, to have reduced the visitors to 116 for 7 by lunch was an excellent effort. However, after the break, Brondesbury rallied with Sam Smith's 86 leading their revival. But, a total of 213 seemed low for the conditions and so it proved. For the second successive League game at Old Deer Park, Will Phillips recorded an unbeaten ton, this time putting on 207 for the first wicket with Cormac McLoughlin, who fell just 5 short of a deserved maiden Richmond century. Earlier Abhishek Jhunjhunwala had taken 5 wickets, Bhavesh Pankhania 2 with Dave Burton, Adam London and Phillips picking up one each. The win maintains the 1's 10 point lead over Ealing and 19 points clear of North Middlesex. Ealing and North Midd meet next week whilst we host bottom of the table Highgate.
The 2's travelled to Southgate where Kshitij Desai led the way. In fairness Richmond did not bowl that well to allow Southgate to record 255/9 off 52 but this target was comfortably overhauled with KD scoring 92 and 4 overs to spare. The 2's are 5th in the table but just 10 points off second.
The 3's welcomed Teddington to the Newman by dismissing them for 018. Ben Rotheram took 5 wickets as our local rivals crumbled. In reply Hari Beadle's 54 not out was the key to a comfortable 7 wicket win. The 3's are also in 5th place, 15 points off second place.
The 4's dismissed Wycombe House 3's for 115 but on a poor pitch, our batting failed to show the required application and we were dismissed for just 59. The defeat leaves the 4's also in 5th place, but36 points off the promotion places.
The 5's scored 236 for 9 off 50 and were well on top against Alexandra Park's 4's who finished on 170 for 8.
So, all in all, a decent day for the club to close the first half of the season. There is much to play for in the second half.