4 wins and a draw on what proved to be an excellent day for the club.
Week 12 of the League season and a very good day for Richmond as the 1's, 2's, 3's and 5's all won, whilst the 4's battled hard for a draw. To make matters even better, Ealing 1's looked like they were cruising to a win against Teddington only to lose their last 5 wickets for 21 runs and lose by 9. This result means that the 1's are now 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Playing at ODP, the 1's delivered a very polished performance against Twickenham. Greg King won the toss and invited the visitors to bat first. David Burton and Will Phillips bowled exceptionally with the new ball to reduce the visitors to 47 for 6 before they rallied slightly after lunch. However Abhishek Jhunjhunwala picked up the last 3 wickets in quick time to leave Twickenham 127 all out. In reply Richmond lost Phillips and Ben Compton quickly but Cormac McLoughlin and Abhishek steadied the ship before Adam London finished the job off. Cormac ended up on 45 not out and the match was won with a lot of time to spare.
On Twickenham Green, Richmond 2's lost the toss and bowled first on a poor wicket. The hosts rallied from 107 for 8 to 165 all out. Matthew Alexander James Dickinson, promoted to 4 in the batting order, led the response with 58 but a middle order collapse led to a jittery win by 3 wickets. Credit to skipper Oli Tame and Under 15 Tanmay Thanawalla who kept cool heads at the end to see us home. The result takes the 2's into 3rd place, just 1 behind Hampstead.
The 3's had a straightforward win against Uxbridge. Neil Hemstalk with 5 wickets and Barnaby Cole with 3 were the leading wicket takers as Uxbridge were dismissed for 168. Another Under 15, Anosh Malik played very well for 64 not out and a rapid 54 from Huzefa Sajawal saw Richmond home by 7 wickets. The 3's are in 5th place.
The 4's held on for a losing draw after Stanmore 3's had scored 250 for 9. Despite a good start, Richmond's batting faltered and in the end stubborn defence saw Richmond ending on 199 for 9. The 4's are in 5th place in Division 3 of the MCCL 3rd XI League.
The 5's moved to the top of the 1987 League Division 3 with an excellent 9 wicket win over Twickenham 5's. Having bowled the opposition out for 135, Richmond took no time to knock off the runs with Ash Hanspal (79 no) and Ahsan Safdar (51 no) steering us home.
All in all a very good day for Richmond!