Year 8 cricketers secure their place in the semi-final of the Joe Root cup
Huge congratulations to our Year 8 cricketers who beat High Tunstall by 26 runs to make it through to the cup semi-final.
Following our tremendous away result against St Aidan’s in the previous round, it was our turn to host, welcoming High Tunstall in the Quarter Final of the Joe Root Cup. Given the importance of the fixture, Richmond Cricket Club were happy to host the game.
Early thoughts from Captain Joe White were to win the toss and bat, however, the weekend rain had meant the wicket was quite tacky in places and was more conducive to bowling first. As it turned out that decision was taken out of Joe’s hands as the visitors correctly called “tails” and invited us to bat first.
It was clear from the start that High Tunstall had a pair of experienced opening bowlers, however that didn’t stop Joe White and Jack Platt putting their foot down early and scoring at a steady rate to get the team off to a good start. Platt (12) eventually fell in the 5th over to a very good delivery which brought Max Percival to the crease, and following his heroics from the last round, expectations were high. Sadly, the High Tunstall bowlers had other ideas, with Max dismissed for 1 run moments later.
With 2 wickets down, Richmond could have easily buckled, however after steadying the ship, James Cox and Joe White started to score freely, pushing the scoring rate well above 6 runs an over. Cox eventually departed for 21 but Isaac Bottomley continued where James Cox left off with a swashbuckling innings of 27 from 13 balls. With the score at 120, the target was set to reach 150, a total which would be very tricky to chase on a tricky wicket, however once Joe White was dismissed for a memorable 59 a lower order collapse meant we fell slightly short as we were bowled out for 145 in the final over. Still a decent score nonetheless.
Max and Joe set about the High Tunstall innings in their usual fiery fashion. Max was proving unplayable from one end with Joe tying the batsman in knots from the other, it looked like High Tunstall would struggle to get anywhere near the Richmond total. This was helped further when Max clean bowled the High Tunstall opener in the 7th over. Runs needed to come fast otherwise High Tunstall would be lose without a whimper; and thankfully for them, they had their very own big hitter.
The High Tunstall skipper decided it was time to hit anything and everything, and the Richmond bowling attack began to wilt under the summer sun. Boundaries began to flow, two of which were huge sixes which landed in the car park over the road. High Tunstall were racing towards the total, but the lads knew that 1 wicket would change the game. Golden arm himself, Will Crowther came on to take 2 wickets from his two overs but still the captain remained, we needed to dismiss him desperately. Thankfully, that wicket finally came in the 14th over thanks to some inspired fielding from Alasdair Mckechnie! With the High Tunstall opener looking to farm the strike, he took a quick single to Alasdair. Little did he know that Alasdair has been working hard on his one-handed pickups in training, and as they ran he swooped to run him out with a direct hit. The boys went wild, the relief was there to see. The main man was out and the bowlers could rest easy knowing that he was gone. A very impressive innings had come to an end and the game was Richmond’s to see home. Joe White and James Cox closed the innings with some tight bowling as High Tunstall fell 17 runs short.
The final score was:
Richmond 144 ao – High Tunstall 118-5 – Richmond win by 26 runs
Special mention to all the boys today for digging in and not letting their heads drop when it looked like High Tunstall might win, especially those boys who are playing in their very first games of hard ball cricket. We showed real resilience and teamwork to march on to the Semi Final, an away game against Ilkley.