Sunday, 2 August 2015

AREA FINAL OF NATWEST CLUB T20



By Brian Sanderson,

I decided to go to Undercliffe to see the above competition which is the next stage to the one that Pudsey Congs won at St. Lawerence a few weeks ago.It was due to start at 10.00 but there was a thirty minute delay due to a section of the pitch was damp after two days of rain.The weather was cloudy but it was forecast to keep dry and improve during the day.

PUDSEY  CONGS  V  WICKERSLEY ( SOUTH YORKSHIRE LEAGUE )

The Congs batted first  Calum Geldart scored  24 off 9 balls before he was out.The Wickersley bowling was steady after 15 overs the score was 102 for 6. So it was left to Joe Greaves , above,to score 39 not out and see the score to 138 for 9.The fielding was very good and thoughts were that is was just below a par score.

The Pudsey bowling was tight and no Wickersley batsmen scored more than 23 in a total of 116.The Pudsey captain had figures of 4-0-10-3. The crowd was resonable but few Pudsey supporters apart from Ralph Middlebrook who I sat with during the first innings. So Pudsey Congs went through to the final.

BOURNE  ( LINCOLNSHIRE LEAGUE ) V  TICKNALL ( DERBYSHIRE LEAGUE  )

Bourne is a market town and civil parish in South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire whilst Ticknall is  a small village in South Derbyshire. Ticknall batted first and lost a wicket first ball. Then two Derbyshire county players but on a total of 224 with Tom Wood scoring 147  which was helped by five 6,s in the last over. Whilst Paul Borrington scored 68 not out.This was always going to be to good for Bourne.

If it was not for Tom Dixon scoring 82 they would not have reached the total of 156.

FINAL  PUDSEY CONGS  V TICKNALL

Pudsey batted first  and soon lost two wickets for 8 and then Caleb Geldart, above , scored 80. This was in 49 balls and included 8 fours and 5 sixes. When he was out the total was 117 in the fourteenth over and the the score struggled to 165. The best bowler was S.Khan with figures of 4-0-21-2. There was a incident between Lindley and Woodburn were the the umpires had to step in to cool the situation down. Not good to see.

It would be up to the Pudsey bowlers to take early wickets. This happen when Ticknall were 18 for 3 and Wood was out for 0. Lindley, above ,opening the bowling and had figures of 4-1-16-2. It was left to Borrington to score 63 out of a total of 137 for 9.

This means Congs will be at home for the next final of the Northern Section. Date unknown yet.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

A DOLLOP OF CRICKET

By Brian Sanderson,

Myself, Ron Deaton and Nigel Pullen set out to visit two grounds in the Scarborough area. We arrived at the Scarborough Rugby Club at about 1.45 were Hospitals/Rugby Club were playing Wold Newton Seconds in the Division A of the Scarborough Derwent Valley Cricket League which was formed in 1921. The first photograph I took was one of the players just marking out the pitch.

The ground is a new ground based near the Rugby Union Club so there are no changing rooms .On the 16 th May we visited Wold Newton ground when they had bowled the Rugby Club out for 28.During this season the Rugby Club had been deducted 20 points for failing to raise a side on two occasions and are now second from the bottom of a league of eleven clubs.Also in this league Sewerby Thirds have resigned from the League due to lack of players.

Today the Rugby club decided to bat first with a threat of rain in the air and  rain forecast.. The rugby club scored 86 for 4 with Marcus Edwards scoring 64 before rain stopped play. It will be interesting to see if the home side will   still be playing next year.

Moving down the coast we went to Flamorough who were playing Wykeham Seconds in  Division C of the Readers Scarborough Beckett Cricket League. In this league Cloughton Seconds have a points score of -16 because they have had to concede matches also Fylingdale Seconds resigned from the League just as the season started.

In 2013 Flamborough withdrew their first team from the Beckett League due to lack of players. This left the second team as the only team . Today the home side scored  152 for 6 with M.Garcia who has a Brazilian father score 43 not out. Later I found out Wykeham were bowled out for 136.

Move back towards to Scarborough we called in on the  Hunmanby ground were the cricket team resigned from the Derwent Valley League due to lack of players in 2014 even though  the village being one of the largest village in Yorkshire. Now the ground is used for Rugby and Football.

 One of the signs of the cricket ground is a old roller laid to rest under a tree. The story of these three clubs shows cricket in Yorkshire is struggling to keep going and will the new league structure help teams like these ,I do not think so.


Village Cup hopes for better weather

posted by John Winn

All last Sunday's matches in the Davidstow Village Cup were abandoned because of rain and will now be played tomorrow but at the reverse venues so the fixtures are

Woodhouse Grange v  Hawk Green
 
Sibton Park v Foxton
 
Goatacre v  Roche Old Boys
 
Pelsall v Bronwydd
 
 
The tie at Pelsall is not shown on the official competition website but it is clearly shown on the Bronwyd CC website as being played tomorrow with wickets pitched 1:30. 

Friday, 31 July 2015

AUGUST FIXTURES



By Brian Sanderson

2 AUGUST    DURHAM V YORKSHIRE  CHESTER LE STREET     10.30

                    CUMBERLAND  V  HERTFORDSHIRE    CARLISLE    11.00 THREE DAYS

                   YORKSHIRE  U 19   V  LINCOLNSHIRE  SHERIFF HUTTON

                  YORKSHIRE  OVER 50  V  NORTHAMPTON   ELLAND

      ECB NATIONAL 20/20   UNDERSCLIFFE     10.00

              YORKSHIRE U 15 FIXTURES BEGIN

3 AUGUST    YORKSHIRE  V  LEICESTER  HEADINGLEY   10.30

               DERBYSHIRE SECONDS   V MCCC UNIVERSITIES  DENBY  3 DAYS


4 AUGUST  ENGLAND U 19  V  AUSTRALIA  Riverside (4 days)


                    DERBYSHIRE  U 17  V  YORKSHIRE   TICKNALL

5 AUGUST  YORKSHIRE  U 15   V LANCASHIREE  PUDSEY CONGS

                      YORKSHIRE  V  SOMERSET   SCARBOROUGH   10.30

7 AUGUST   YORKSHIRE  V  DURHAM   SCARBOROUGH  4 DAYS

                     YORKSHIRE U 15  FINAL  COPLEY


9 AUGUST   DERBYSHIRE  U 14  V  YORKSHIRE   BUXTON

10 AUGUST   DURHAM SECONDS  V   YORKSHIRE  CHESTER LE STREET (Riverside) SET

                       LEICESTER SECONDS  V  QUEENS PARK  LUTTERWORTH  11.00

                        DERBYSHIRE u19 v LANCS   GLOSSOP

11 NOTTINGHAM SECONDS  V  LEICESTER   NOTTS SPORT CLUB  11.00 3DAYS

     DURHAM SECONDS  V YORKSHIRE CHESTER LE STREET (Riverside)  3 DAYS SEC

12 AUGUST  DERBYSHIRE SECONDS  V  SOMERSET  BELPER  3 DAYS

13 August Durham Under 16 v Lancs  Consett (tbc)

14 AUGUST   YORKSHIRE SECONDS  V  QUEENS PARK  WEETWOOD  11.00 3 DAYS  ?

16 AUGUST  DUNNINGTON  V  QUEENS PARK    12.30

CHESTERSHIRE  V HERTFORDSHIRE  CHESTER  3 DAYS    11.00

LINCOLNSHIRE  V  NORFOLK   CLEETHORPES  3 DAYS

Yorkshire Women v Ireland Women Harrogate 10:30

17  AUGUST  YORKSHIRE SECONDS  V  MCC UNIVERSITIES  WEETWOOD  3 DAYS

                        ENGLAND U 19 V  AUSTRALIA   DERBY

                         NOTTINGHAM SECONDS  V DERBYSHIRE  NOTTS SPORTS  4 DAYS
                       
                        YORK SENIOR LEAGUE  V QUEENS PARK  SHERIFF HUTTON  11.00
                       
                         Lancs II v Middlesex Aigburth Liverpool SEF (4)

18 AUGUST   YORKSHIRE  V  NORTHANTS  HEADINGLEY   10.30

19 AUGUST  YORKSHIRE  U 19  V  DERBYSHIRE  DENBY  2 DAYS

20 AUGUST   ENGLAND  U 19  V  AUSTRALIA   LEICESTER

21  NOTTINGHAM  V  WARWICKSHIRE   TRENT BRIDGE   4 DAYS

Durham v Middlesex 4 days  Riverside

23 AUGUST BLACK SHEEP FINAL

24  AUGUST YORKSHIRE SECONDS  V  NOTTS II    STAMFORD BRIDGE  3 DAYS
                        MCC YC v Durham II South North  3 days

26  AUGUST  YORKSHIRE U 19  V LANCASHIRE  HONLEY  2 DAYS
                         Durham U19 v Derbyshire Brandon  2 days
30 AUGUST  YORKSHIRE WOMEN   V SURREY   HARROGATE

31 AUGUST  YORKSHIRE WOMEN  V  SUSSEX  HARROGATE

Please double check dates and times before setting off as they change.Let's hope the rain keeps off.


MINI TOUR

By Brian Sanderson

This week I was given a ticket for the Worcester v Yorkshire fifty over match and as the weather forecast was good for Thursday, I decided to go with the family. I set off on Wednesday morning so I could call into the Leicester Seconds match against Lancashire at Ashby de la Zouch for three hours.
I arrived just before lunch to find Lancashire batting. The wicket was damp and the bowlers were on top with the batsman finding it hard to score against the bowling of Hurt and Freckington. There was no scorecards so it was very difficult to recognise the batsmen.  By the time we left Lancashire were 95 for 6. Looking at total scorer later Lancashire were bowled out for 157 and Leicester bowled out for 72 by the end of Wednesday evening.

Next morning the sun was shining but with a cold breeze blowing. I settled down to watch Yorkshire bat when I saw John Abrahams who had traveled down to see Alex Lees bat  on behalf of England   The photograph above is the hotel we stopped in on Wednesday night looking over the ground.

Alex Lees scored 67   and looks in form again after mid season loss of form.However the star of the innings was Glenn Maxwell.

This was his maiden century for Yorkshire finishing on 111 with 8 fours and 4 sixes. This helped Yorkshire score 345 in the fifty overs which always look to much for Worcester.

After a walk round the town I watched the second innings in the covered old stand with a view of the Cathedral. There were two run outs at the start of the Worcester innings which soon put them under pressure.

However the highlight of the afternoon was watching Ross Whiteley bat again. I have watched him three times and twice he had big hitting innings. Yesterday again he shown his clean powerful hitting. He scored 77 excellent runs with 6 fours and 5 sixes.He is the outstanding young batsman  of this season I have seen. He finished on 77 with Worcester scoring 212.

It was a hard drive back to Leeds during the evening but Yorkshire victory and Whiteley innings was worth it.

Tour de Britain - Stage eight

Posted by Tony Hutton

The last day of my tour Monday 20th July started with a comfortable drive into Wales from my overnight stay near Shrewsbury, bound for Colwyn Bay. Glamorgan were entertaining Lancashire at the Rhos on Sea ground and had already built up a good score on day one. The two not out batsmen were the two South Africans, Alviro Peterson and Ashwell Prince, both born in Port Elizabeth in fact. They had already put on 321 together and the overnight score was 425-2 with Petersen on 205 and Prince on 154.
Colwyn Bay

Upon arrival I found three of my Lancashire friends established on the banking next to the sitescreen in pole position with probably the best view of the ground. They kindly made room for me and kept me entertained throughout the day. The banter between Yorkshire and Lancashire of course continued and I could not resist taunting them about the number of overseas players in their side. After a brief rain shower, whatever their origins, the two batsman put on a marvellous display which completely destroyed the Glamorgan bowling.

Boundaries flowed to all corners of the compact ground and several sixes went flying into the neighbouring gardens. Prince soon followed Petersen to a double century. This was the first of many standing ovations and prolonged periods of applause from the  many Lancastrians in the considerable crowd  who were busy studying their Playfair annuals and several records were broken in quick succession.

Another ball flies to the boundary

Having yesterday passed the record third wicket partnership for Lancashire v Glamorgan and the highest partnership on this ground (281), they proceeded to pass the Lancashire third wicket all time record (Atherton and Fairbrother 364) soon afterwards the record stand for any wicket (Watson and G.E. Tyldesley 371). Then came the 400 partnership followed not long afterwards by the 500. Both batsmen had achieved career best individual scores and had added 501 when it came as something of a surprise as Prince was out for 261 and then Petersen for 286. Lancashire eventually declared with a score of  698-5 much to the relief of the Glamorgan bowlers.
Lunchtime score at Colwyn Bay (586-2)

So history in the making with a vengence but complaints about the unresponsive pitch were soon put into perspective when veteran Glen Chapple opened the bowling for Lancashire. In a splendid opening spell he bowled Jacques Rudolph, the Glamorgan captain not only taking the off stump but sending one of the bails almost to the boundary. In his next over Chapple had yet another South African, Colin Ingram, caught behind for 0 and soon after tea when Chris Cooke played no stroke the ball came in and hit off stump. Chapple's figures were then 11-4-27-3. What a contrast with what had gone before. Glamorgan ended the day on 165-6 and suffered a heavy innings defeat after following on.

Prince and Petersen go to lunch

The Lancastrian army possibly got more satisfaction from Chapple's bowling than from the giant partnership and certainly returned to their digs all along the North Wales coast with great satisfaction and reasons to celebrate a remarkable day's cricket.

So the end of ten day journey, with good weather, good cricket and lots of interesting people to chat to. A memorable journey indeed. The good news for me is that this may well prove to be my last solo cricket watching journey, as I have now started a new partnership with a lady who is already well known to many of our regular readers and may well become known as our Yorkshire Academy correspondent. She has already corrected some of my mistakes with Academy boys' Christian names and will no doubt keep me on the straight and narrow path in future.


Thursday, 30 July 2015

Tour de Britain - Stage seven

Posted by Tony Hutton

The penultimate day of my grand tour, Sunday 19th July, was possibly the best, certainly the best weather and in my humble opinion probably the most attractive cricket ground I have ever visited. There are so many it is a very difficult decision to make but this one has a special appeal all it's own.

 Beautiful Brockhampton

I first visited the Park at Brockhampton in Herefordshire on the 14th July 1996 again on the penultimate day of a ten day tour of Wales, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Herefordshire. Hereford were playing Wiltshire and won by one wicket on day two. I can't really remember much about the game but the beautiful tree lined ground, the modest pavilion with flower baskets, the friendliness of the Hereford officials and the brisk pace of the game all contributed to a real feeling of well being. A few years later I was delighted to be at Lord's when Hereford won the Minor Counties Knock Out and have remained a member of the county ever since.

Brockhampton

This has been a regular port of call whenever possible over the years and it still remains this wonderful island of peace and tranquility, down a narrow lane not far from the River Wye, between Ross and Hereford. A new addition for me was the presence of a junior ground adjacent to the car park and a bonus in the shape of a junior tournament going on all day.

The Minor Counties game was between Hereford and Oxfordshire and the visitors, who I had seen in action in the T20 finals at Banbury, were batting first. Nothing spectacular but 50 apiece from Kaufman and skipper Ryan ensured a respectable total of  271 despite some good spin bowling notably from Jehangir who took 5-94. During the next two days after my departure the young Oxford side, with four teenagers in the ranks, pulled off a comfortable victory.

Star of the show in their second innings was a 15 year old, Harrison Ward who made 109 not out. His 50 year old Dad came on as sub after Kaufman broke a finger while Hereford chased an unlikely target of 354. Oxford winning in the end by 133 runs. Improvements have been made over the years to the pavilion and bar, but everything fits in and the magic is still there.

Rural Brockhampton

Sadly the long serving county secretary, Peter Skyes a Yorkshiremen, died last year and it was good to meet his successor Ken Sharpe who wanted to know if I was a holiday maker who had e-mailed him for directions. He was rather surprised to learn that it was not me and that I had been a regular visitor for so many years. So yet another wonderful day sitting in the sunshine and I hope that the photographs do it justice.