The under 9 team moved to the top of the league table with a 60 run victory over Thonton Watlass.
This was the first home match played by the U9s at the main ground, as with more serious adult matches played this season, the wicket was well suited to spin bowlers, which may or may not have influenced captain Raam's decision to put Thormton Watlass in to bat. The away team's first pair survived unscathed, but once Amelie took a wicket with a viciously turning leg break, wickets fell regularly as Thornton Watlass reached a score of 63 for 7, 228 net, Amelie finishing with 3 for 5, Rebecca, Ralph and William also picked up wickets, with Benedict taking a catch behind the wicket. We could have taken more wickets, as a number of fairly difficult catches were not held on to. Perhaps Raam should have taken a lead from the Australians and roughed up the Incrediball with sandpaper to make it easier to hold on to.
Scoring runs off the bat initially proved challenging for Richmondshire's batters, as a mixture of pearollers and wides at least provided runs in the form of extras. The scoring rate increased when William and Archie arrived at the wicket, running with their customary and welcome (over)enthusiasm. The final pairing of Raam and Emmy then took the Richmondshire score far ahead, with Emmy running with speed between the wickets and Raam demonstrating how to put away the bad ball on his way to a score of 22 not out.