In the 40 over match against Bermuda U15s, Richmondshire batted first. Lewis Stabler opened and scored a quick fire 34, repeatedly coming down the wicket to the quick bowlers. Bermuda then switched to slower bowlers, the pitch very much suiting the left arm spin of A Dore, who bowled 13 overs unchanged to take 6-46. Joe Shields did well putting together an innings of 30 against the spinners, the Richmondshire lower order then found the returning quick bowlers a bit too good and the innings finished on 164 for 9.
Bermuda 15s opened their innings in aggressive fashion, Y Durham hitting 47 before being bowled by Robin Dell to end quite a violent opening partnership. The scoring rate slowed down when Lewis brought himself and Joe Shields on, each of them taking 2 wickets before Bermuda got the runs for the loss of 5 wickets. This match would possibly have been much closer and might well have gone the other way if the Richmondshire batting had not been weakened by county call-ups and the attaction of the Leeds Festival. The Bermuda hitting was very clean, they scored more in extras than they did in singles, any bad ball got walloped, but our adult 5th XI could teach them a few lessons in fielding !!
The 20 over match was against the U13s. Again Richmondshire batted first, but got off to a bad start, losing both openers cheaply, then Jordan Moss to an excellent catch at the second attempt and Dan Winter to a silly run out. James Irving and Rosie Brannigan rebuilt the innings somewhat, but given the clean striking of the Bermudans, a total of 77 for 7 was unlikely to prove too challenging.
Bermuda lost both their openers cheaply, with Georgie and Liam Thackray taking the wickets, but numbers 3 and 4 in the order then bashed the required runs with little difficulty, again with very few singles.
It didn't rain and we got two matches in against decent opposition. They certainly gave us a lesson in how to punish a bad ball, but I don't think their bowlers were any better than we see in NYACC matches on a Sunday morning. Thanks to Lucy Langhorne and Mike Heseltine for scoring all day and to John and Viv Lowes for the catering.