A day of mixed fortunes as the 1's and 2's both lost high-scoring matches against Hampstead but the 3's, 4's and 5's all enjoyed excellent wins.
At Hampstead, the 1's were asked to bat and fell to 37 for 3 before Lachie Bangs and KD set about restoring the innings. After Bangs fell for 48, KD continued in partnership with Adam London to record his first 1st XI ton. At the end of the 50 overs, Richmond had posted a formidable 304 for 9. However, depite an early wicket for Will Robertson, Hampstead's cruised along at 6 an over helped by some indifferent fielding. In the end they passed our total with 23 balls to spare - a comprehensive victory. At Old Deer Park, Richmond's fielding combined with some expensive seam bowling saw Hampstead get off to a flying start. The loss of Bhavesh Pankhania to a head injury during the warm-up was hugely unfortunate and probably very important as the slower bowlers seemed to offer more control. However, Hampstead ended up 305 for 4 off 45. Richmond's reply was steady with contributions from Stephen Bail, skipper Zain Bhatkar and Sami Shori but we lost wickets at the wrong time. Danny Fryer did his very best to get us close but Hampstead's fielding throughout was far superior and we finished 25 short. At North Middlesex, the 3's crushed North Middlesex, dismissing them for just 82 and knocking them off for the loss of 3 wickets. Jean Fourie led the way with the ball whilst the young heads of Dru Shori and Charlie Nelson steered us home. The 4's, reduced to 10 men because of the injury to Bhav, recorded an excellent 261 for 7. North Middlesex struggled for some time to get into the chase but a late rally got them closer than at one stage seemed likely. However, Matt Hodson returned to take key wickets, finishing with 4 for 37 as the 4's won by 41 runs. On a lively pitch at Chiswick House, Ali Raza's 5's took last season's excellent form into 2022 rattling up 270 for 5 before bowling Harrow Town out for just 60. Arshian Khan and Tanzeel Ur Rehman led the way with the bat - 78 and 62 - whilst Rashid Mushtaq's 5 for 17 with the ball stands out. So, 3 wins and 2 defeats. Not perfect but a fair start to the new League Campaign.