Full marks as Richmond take title

richmond CC receiving their midweek alliance division c trophy
richmond CC receiving their midweek alliance division c trophy

RICHMOND duly captured the Division C title with a 100 per cent record.

They restricted Wednesday to 117-6, Ben Heap top-scored with 41 and their reply was built around an unbeaten 58 from No.3 Sunny Samani as they bagged a seven wicket win with just three balls remaining.

Hallam Lodgers were also promoted with Wednesday coming a creditable third in their first season since the original club broke up in 1924.

Elsewhere in the league, records tumbled.

Attock’s Jaco Castle scored an unbelievable 788 runs at an average of 112.57 from 14 innings. He hit seven half-centuries and two centuries, the highest of which was 125 against Al-Mahdi, to smash the record for runs scored in a season. Jaco also secured 21 wickets at 8.57.

The highest individual record score - certainly in more than 30 years - was claimed by Collegiate’s Michael Simpson who battered TOA for 157 from 56 balls which included eight 4s and 16 6s in a total of 205-3.

Mark Downing of Wednesday was the leading wicket-taker with 29 at 10.55 including the third best figures of the season, 6-15 against Woodhouse. Remarkably two players achieved better returns, Will Street of Collegiate snaffled 7-12 against Sheffield Friends and Norton Woodseats’ Chris Colgate had the unbelievable figure of 2 overs, 2 maidens, 6 wickets for no runs as his team dismissed University Staff for just nine - an all time record low team total.

Amazingly there was no fewer than five ties this season, two on the same day!

Khan’s Fayyaz Mohammed was the leading wicketkeeper with 14 dismissals - 11 caught and three stumped while Asim Ali of Darnall was the leading outfielder, snaffling nine catches.

Division B champions Hollinsend Methodists won all but one game and this ended in a tie. At the other end of the table, De La Salle won just once but this was more than Transport could manage in a summer to forget.

Attock were worthy Premier Division champions and were never seriously challenged while Frecheville won Division A comfortably in the end.

Despite some excellent cricket this season, the league faces an uncertain future with some teams folding and others struggling for a variety of reasons.

The league is not alone and at the moment repeated trumpeting of support for local cricket by the ECB sound rather hollow and distant.