The 2's don't win but lead by 10. The 4's give themselves a chance but the 1's lose.
League Saturday 11 and yet another day when Richmond's sides delivered a mixed bag of results. Through injury and unavailability, 8 regular 1st and 2nd XI players were missing but pleasingly this gave opportunities to many of our younger players and they didn't let us down. At Shepherds Bush, the 1's won the toss and scored 240 of 64 on a wicket that never appeared easy. Skipper Adam London led the way with a patient 87. there was a welcome 60 from Vineeth Manjunath and 46 from Ben Compton. Confidence was high that the score would be enough but the pitch seemed to flatten out as the day went on (much to everyone's surprise) and the Bush approached the chase very sensibly. Wickets were hard to come by and the home side passed our total with ease. The defeat (our 6th of the season) leaves the 1's mid-table but not without hope of a run of wins to take them back into a challenging position. The 2's welcome second-placed Shepherds Bush to Old Deer Park and and were invite to bat first. After a good start, they lost their way but were guided to a more than decent total by Tanya Thanawalla and Neil Hemstalk. With a potential 12 point win on offer, the 2's set about their task well. They had a little luck early on but when the Bush were reduced to 108 for 6, a win looked on the cards. However, the old adage "catches win matches" is a valid one and unfortunately Richmond let some chances go at crucial times. At one point the visitors looked like they might steal the win but two late wickets from Barnaby Cole (to give him 6 on the day) stalled their progress and with 3 overs to go, they shut up shop. Despite the losing draw, the 2's remain top of the League by 10 points with 7 matches to go - a good place to be. The 3's travelled to defending champions North Middlesex and hung on to draw. The hosts scored 266 for 8 off 43 overs. There were 3 wickets for 14 year old Alex Zotov and 2 for Arun Bhasin and Dan Fryer. In reply Richmond had a steady start but lost wickets are key times to leave them hanging on for the draw on 150 for 9. The 4's needed a win and our young side showed great spirit to secure it. Harrow Town 3's scored 212 for 4 with Under 14, Will Knowles, the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 44 off 13 overs. In reply Fayed Fazaldin and Eddie Bruce gave us the best possible start and the 4's cruised to victory. Fayed fell just short of a ton and there were a couple of massive 6's from Dhruva Preston to finish things off. The 4's remain in the relegation zone and need to string some wins together but they will take great heart from this performance. The 5's continued their good season with a 6 wicket win over South Hampstead 4's who were restricted to 164 for 7. Shabhar Jafri was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 17. In reply Fahd Khan, Vikram Mangalore and Lihan Ali guided us home.