2 months ago
By Chris Goldie
The 1st XI beat Stanmore and the 5's were unlucky not to win. But, there was a tight loss for the 2's and heavy defeats for the 3's and 4's.
Week 11 and yet again, poor availability hampered the performances of a number of Richmond sides. There was an excellent win for the 1st XI and an encouraging winning draw for the 5's but the 2's, 3's and 4's all lost with only the 2's coming close to a win.
At Old Deer Park, Alex Griffiths lost the toss again (making it 8 lost tosses out of 11) but Stanmore decided to bowl first under cloudy skies. Rain interruptions hampered the game's progress and once the rain had passed for the day, 17 overs had been lost from the game. However, there were solid contributions from Ben Compton, Greg King and Simon Elliott to support skipper Griff's excellent 65 as Richmond recorded 206 all out after 54.3 overs.
Davis Burton took 2 quick wickets to leave the visitors 16 for 2 in the 5th over. There followed a dangerous stand of 47 which threatened to put the visitors in the box seat but a crucial run out with the score on 63 followed by two quick wickets 20 runs later put Richmond firmly in charge. With Abdullah Nazir and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala entering pressure, Stanmore's response faltered and ultimately collapsed as the last 5 wickets fell for just 10 runs. There were some excellent catches - 2 in particular from James Irvine-Fortescue - to support the bowlers and victory by 81 runs was achieved with plenty of time to spare.
The 12 point win moves Richmond up to 4th, 36 points behind leaders Ealing, 21 behind 2nd placed Teddington and 14 behind North Middlesex in 3rd. With Teddington and North Midd to come in the next 3 games, a run of wins could see a late surge up the table.
The 2's suffered a narrow defeat against Highgate losing by just 2 runs as a 10th wicket partnership between Jono Jones and Charles Scholefield ended in a run out. Set 216 for victory, Stephen Bail and Zain Bhaskar enjoyed another good opening partnership before Richmond collapsed from 76 for 0 to 88 for 5. Charlie Roberts led the fightback with a hard hit 37 but there was still much to do when Jono and Charles came together. That they nearly got across the line was a tribute to them both. The defeat leaves the 2's in 7th place, 15 points ahead of 9th placed Brondesbury.
Star of the show for the 3's was former 4th XI skipper Ian Ian John Moore who took 7 for 46 as Highgate 3's amassed 284 all out. Richmond's reply never got started and we were bowled out for just 63 - a massive defeat.
The 3b's suffered any equally large defeat against Finchley 3's for whom a 1st XI opening bowler, playing as a batsman, smashed a ton, as his side recorded 294 for 8 in just 41 overs. Richmond's reply was disappointing - all out for 68.
The 3's hover above the relegation zone - just 1 point above Acton. The 3b's are in 9th and have work to do being 15 points behind 8th placed South Hampstead.
The 5's have suffered a torrid season but enjoyed a very good day against top of the table Perivale Phoenicians 3rd who were 9 down at the end to give the 5's a winning draw.
With 7 games to go, we have to hope that availability improves dramatically in coming weeks to give all of our sides the chance to improve their league standings.
Updated 09:35 - 30 Jul 2017 by Richard Zotov