A weekend of mixed fortunes for Richmond saw the 1's begin their defence of the Middlesex League with a comfortable win over Finchley on Saturday and an equally straightforward win over Spencer to take us in to the next round of the National Club Championship. However there were League defeats for the 2's, 4's and 5's. The 3's had an impressive 9 wicket win over Teddington.
Finchley won the toss and batted on Saturday. They made steady progress but wickets fell at regular intervals as Richmond took control. On a slow pitch that offered little assistance to the bowlers or bowlers, a target of 209 was unlikely to be big enough and so it proved. From 65/2, Ben Compton and Adam London calmly chased down the target with an unbeaten stand of 146, Compton finishing on 80 and London on 73.
The 2's probably did not bowl as well as they would have liked allowing Finchley to reach 224 off their 45 overs. In reply Richmond lost wickets at regular intervals although there was an excellent 59 from Zain Bhatkar. However, with few wickets in hand as we entered the last 10 over, a win was always looking just out of reach and so it proved. 1 losing bonus point was gained.
The 3's restricted 10 man Teddington to 145 and knocks them off with ease - George Grace finishing on 78 not out and Chris Laws 51 not out.
The 4's came up against a strong Wembley 3rd XI who recorded 243/9 before reducing us to 48 for 7. However 14 year old Aayan Desai, son of Kshitij Desai, stood firm and his 59 not out saw Richmond reach 142 before the final wicket fell.
The 5's dismissed Indian Gymkhana 4's for 155 but we failed to chase these down being dismissed for 128.
On Sunday, we welcomed Spencer to Old Deer Park. The Visitors won the toss and chose to bat. They struggled from the off as some excellent bowling took wickets and restricted the flow of runs. Wickets were shared around with Sam Goodwill wrapping up the innings with 3 for 3. In reply, Vineeth Manjunath, Adam London and Rob Gibson made the chase look easy. We move on to the next round when we will welcome Wimbledon to Old Deer Park on Sunday 9th June.