A CRICKET club from North Yorkshire has signed a deal with a car hire firm – and they are hoping to sign another with an open-top bus company at the end of the season.

Richmond Mavericks CC – who are now sponsored by Enterprise Car Hire in Northallerton – finished second in the Wensleydale Evening Cricket League last year.

Had they gone one better and finished up as champions, they planned to take an open-top bus round all 16 of the Wensleydale League venues.

They were unable to quite get over the line in 2018 – but are hoping to go one better in 2019.

Skipper Fabio Sartini said: “The prospect of touring the beautiful villages of Wensleydale with the trophy in our hands is a great motivator.

“We might even stop at a pub or two on the way.”

Enterprise regional manager Steve Walder said: “Sadly we specialise in hire cars and vans, rather than open-top buses, but we wish the Mavericks a great season.”

The Mavericks are made up of Richmond residents and former pupils of Richmond Schools.

The club’s home games take place on Wednesday evenings at Richmondshire CC.

The team were formed in 2001 and have played in the Wensleydale League ever since.