3 weeks ago
By Chris Goldie
Richmond 2's beat Acton in more than convincing style and there were good wins for the 3's and 4's.
The halfway point in the League season and much needed wins for the 2's, 3's and 4's were the highlights. However a disappointing defeat for the 1's at Shepherds Bush and a losing draw for a 9 man 5th XI took the shine off the day.
Pride of place has to go to the 2's who quite literally blew Acton away. 7 for 19 from Michael Wood and 3 for 3 from Kshitij Desai saw the visitors all out for 26 in 15.5 overs. In reply, Richmond knocked the required runs off in 3.5 overs to record possibly the fastest League victory in Richmond's history. The win sees the 2's in 6th place on 42 points, some way off leaders North Middlesex, but well ahead of the two sides in the relegation zone.
The 3's lifted themselves out of the bottom two, bowling Acton out for 143 at the Newman Cricket Ground. Niranjan Shimoga was the leading bowler with 4 for 52. Adam Irwin and Miles Dilworth, both scoring half-centuries, ensured that Richmond won at a canter, by 8 wickets with plenty of overs to spare.
The 4's (3b's) earned a much-needed win against 3rd placed Brondesbury. Batting first, Richmond scored 196, with stand-in skipper James Arnold leading the way with 93. Brondesbury were all out for 156. Whilst we remain in the bottom two, we are in striking distance of the 3 sides immediately above us.
The 1's lost the toss at the Bush and bowled first for the 6th time this season. For the 4th time, they failed to chase down a score that was certainly achievable and the opportunity to move into 3rd place was missed. There was a familiar pattern to the game. A decent start with the ball, a slow revival from the opposition's middle and late order. In response, a decent position at tea, followed by a flurry of wickets to push the target beyond reach. The fielding wasn't brilliant by all accounts but the failure to chase stemmed largely from wickets given away when calm heads and discipline were required. David Blows, supported by Matthew Alexander James Dickinson, fought back well for the 8th wicket but an unfortunate run out brought that sensible partnership to an end and with it any hopes of a famous win. The 1's drop to 6th place 33 points behind next week's opponents Ealing and 19 points ahead of 9th placed Stanmore. The ability in the 1's is there for all to see but individually and collectively, the side needs to perform better.
The 5's suffered as always by late cry-offs and unavailability but Saurabh Wahi's boys fought hard against SKLP 3's to secure a draw. After a run of defeats, this was an improvement and is to be hoped that better availability for the second half of the season will see the 5's enjoy a revival in fortunes.
Updated 09:07 - 23 Jul 2017 by Richard Zotov