Great successes but some disappointments in Week 16
By Chris Goldie
22 August 2022
Vital wins for the 1's and 2's but defeat for the 4's. The 1's crash out of the Middlesex Cup but the U21's & U19's reach final stages.
A big weekend for the club which ended in both successes and disappointments over the two days. The 1's welcomed second place North Middlesex to Old Deer Park knowing that a win for us and defeat for Twickenham would lift us above our local rivals ahead of next Saturday's all-important fixture on Twickenham Green. Will Phillips won the toss and chose to bat. Sadly he fell in the first over but from there Richmond's batters did all that could be asked of them. Greg King and Will Hunt steadied the ship, putting on 77 for the 2nd wicket. After they both fell, a partnertship of 140 between Adam London and Tanmay Thanawalla laid the foundations for a brutal assault in the last 10 overs from which 110 runs were scored. Adam ended on 116, Tanmay 56 and a quickfire 39 off 23 balls from Lachie Bangs saw a total of 316 being posted. It was now the turn of the bowlers and led by Steve Stacey's 3 for 27 off 9, the visitors were reduced to 42 for 5. However an outstanding partnership of 173 between Vanderspar and Walter gave the visitors an outside chance although faced with a rising run-rate, it was always likely to be very difficult. Phillips dismissed Walter before Matthew Alexander James Dickinson returned to take two key wickets, both well caught by Lachie in the deep. Lachie also came back to take the 9th wicket and wrap up the match with a run-out. So a 37 run victory which, combined with Twickenham's defeat at Shephers Bush, sees Richmond move out of the relegation zone 5 points ahead of next week's opponents. The 2's travelled to Acton knowing that only a win would really help their chances of avoiding relegation. They achieved this by the narrowest of margins, a 1 wicket win in the last over, thanks to a series of useful contributions from Christian Laws, Paul Hennessy, KD and Alex Woolvine as well as the calm young head of Charlie Nelson whose patient 29 not out saw us home. The 2's remain in 9th place but are only 3 pojnts behind North Middlesex and 4 behind Acton. The 3s consolidated their 3rd place with a very comfortable 7 wicket win over Teddington. Wickets were shared aeround as Teddington were dismissed for 145, a total that we passed easily with 50 not out from Sean Aggarwal and 43 from Josh Dudley. The 4's played on an awful pitch against Twickenham 3's and lost by 8 runs, chasing just 111 for a win. The 4's drop to bottom place but are not out of it. Two wins could see them safe. The 5's meanwhile beat Harrow 3's by 79 runs and sit in 5th place in their Division. On Sunday, we went out of the Middlesex Cip away at Stanmore. Despite a maiden Richmond ton from Lachie Bangs, we onoy were able to score 197 being dismissed with 7.2 overs still remaining. Stanmore sent in a pinch-hitter and he played his part to the fullest as the home side overhauled our total for the loss of just 2 wickets. There was a debut 1st XI wicket for Will Knowles but it was too late to affect the result. The MDL side however fared far better in their semi-final restricting Wycombe House to 208 all out. In reply it was skipper Eddie Bruce with 55 and the calm head of Dru Shori with 55 not out that got us across the line. The MDL side will now face Crouch End in the Final at Old Deer Park on Sunday 4th September. Meanwhile the Girls Under 15's put their disappointment at losing the National Finals by proviong categorically that they are the best Under 15's Girls side in the South of England. Representing the Sunrisers, they beat both Reigate Priory and Brighton & Hove CC to win the Southern Counties Finals Day. Finally on Friday evening the Under 19's beat Finchley to progress to the Middlesex Under 19s final. Outstanding bowling from Will Knowles (4/18) and James Nelson (2/13) saw Finchley all out for just 69, a score that we passed for the loss of 4 wickets, the experience of Tanmay Thanawalla (26 not out) seeing us home. The side now travels to North Middlesex on Sunday 28th for a semi-final against Winchmore Hill and, hopefully, a final against North Middlesex or Stanmore.