Sunday, 19 April 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

Early start to go to my favorite county cricket ground,Trent Bridge. Arrived about 10.15 which enabled some signature obtained and a cup of coffee.In the Pavilion Tony had also obtained his coffee as the temperature was on the cool side.Yorkshire had won the Championship here in September. Were had seven months gone ?.

Yorkshire decided to bowl  and soon the lights had to be put on.Yorkshire had six right arm  medium pace bowlers included Matthew Fisher who was playing his first Championship match aged 17 as they  had drop Carver  who was Yorkshire only genuine spin bowler.By lunch Yorkshire had taken two wickets for 105 included Fishers first wicket of Taylor.

During lunch time I always go in to the Library were Peter Wynne-Thomas was having his lunch. A supporter had  brought in a photograph of a side who played at Trent Bridge during the Second World War and wanted to know the  names of the players. However when I left he was struggling to name the side which included some Army personnel.There is a excellent article by Nottingham Post about the library dated  17 May   2013.

Back to the cricket were Alex Hales had decided to take the Yorkshire bowling apart. and by tea was 141 not out  . The Nottingham score had moved up to 281 for 4. Again the sky darken  and also the Yorkshire supporters with little prospect of stopping Nottingham scoring a large total.

After tea Hales carried on batting and at the end of the day was 222 not out with 37 fours and 1 six.Nottingham were 393 for 7 at the end of play leaving Yorkshire  three days of hard work.

Saturday, 18 April 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

    Start of another League season and a trip to Ribblesdale and Craven League. The sun was shining and a clear blue sky was excellent for taking photographs.

The first match was Ribblesdale Wanderers against Brinscall and the above photograph shows the hills in the distance .The ground is in Clitheroe with excellent views of the hills.
 In the distance you can see Clitheroe Castle  which may have been built before 1066. The excellent league website has the result of the match  and the home side scored 178 for 5 and bowled Brinscall for 124.

We then visited the following grounds, Clitheroe are the Champions of the Ribbledale League.The rest of the grounds were in the Craven League. The best views were from Chatburn looking over the valley.
Barrowford v Ingrow St. Johns

Foulridge v Riddensden
Jewel of the grounds Chatburn v Oakworth
Clitheroe v Baxendale with  with the view of the Castle and Church.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Weetwood story continued

Posted by Tony Hutton

Cricket continues to surprise everyone. Brian has already described the confusion of the early start to the game at Weetwood today. The fact that the game ended so quickly as well caused consternation to one or two late arrivals. When Brian departed due to really cold wind when watching the game on pitch number two I was about to follow him, when who should appear but the sage of Adel, Reg Parker. He was hoping to see the end of the game with Exeter but settled in to watch what we then thought was a game between Leeds university first team and Newcastle university.

Weetwood No.2 ground

Newcastle were struggling with six wickets down and another man retired hurt holding his shoulder. It looked as though they might be all out soon, but the four remaining spectators, Reg Parker and Gordon Chadwick, two wicket-keeping league cricket legends, and Brian Senior and myself rather less famous legends, stuck it out. The wind whistled round us but the runs and the conversation kept flowing. Reg told us about the Hepworth cup final of 1949 as if it were yesterday.

The temporary scoreboard had very flimsy numbers which soon blew away and John Taplin, gave up the job he had been given and sat next to the scorer, keeping us advised of the score at regular intervals. Newcastle passed 200 and one of the batsmen was knocking the ball to all parts. As he reached his nineties the ninth wicket fell. However, he was joined not by number eleven, but the batsman who had earlier retired hurt, and he could bat a bit. They put on a good last wicket stand and M.Darby not only reached his century but proceeded to 132 by means of several sixes towards the end, with a grand total of 246 all out. Only one umpire in this match our friend David Godbold from the Bradford League.

The four intrepid spectators had signs of imminent frostbite and retreated in different directions to find shelter. Mr Taplin, the font of all knowledge, said there was a match on at New Rover just across the ring road. Brian said he might have a walk down there after first finding some refreshments in the pavilion. I went home for my meal and around six o'clock the sun was shining brightly and the wind seemed to have dropped a
bit, so I set off to see if there really was a match on at nearby New Rover.

Here the surprises continued. Brian was sitting with University coach Richard Horner in the latter's car, sheltering from the wind. They informed me that this was the the University first team game between Leeds and Newcastle and that the game we had been watching at Weetwood was only a second team game. Two highly qualified Yorkshire League umpires, including Barry Oliver in place here.

Early season at New Rover

Newcatle had batted first and scored 223. Leeds were going well in reply and only wanted 50 or so to win. Again one of their batsmen was approaching his hundred.
As I did a lap of the ground to take some pictures, he immediately launched three huge straight drives for six and despite two further wickets falling, reached 140 not out at the end as Leeds won by five wickets. So my second century of the day after such a low scoring first game. His name is T. Simmons and looks a very good prospect. Richard Horner only knew that he was from the south of England and had a year off cricket last season.
Simmons hits a six at New Rover

So back across the road to Weetwood around 7 o'clock by then and the second team game still going on. Leeds II had five wickets down and wanted another 60 odd runs to win. By this time it was bitterly cold and all spectators including the intrepid John Taplin had long gone. I had really had enough by then and made my way home and just wonder if the game went on for another hour or so. We may never know!!

So home to watch a remarkable Leeds Rhinos win at St Helens, with time for my third century of the day by the West Indies captain Jason Holder to save the match in Antigua. A very long day but as you can see, full of surprises.


By Brian Sanderson,

Today was a chance to see the start of Leeds and Bradford University one day season at Weetwood.I arrived at 11.30 to find Exeter had lost three wickets to the left arm bowling of Lilley for the total of 16.
It seemed they started at 11 o,clock as the website yesterday said 12.30 .

In his car was Ian from Lancaster who had watched Exeter been beaten by Durham University yesterday and thought the match would start at 11.00.The sun was out so I  settled down to watch the match being joined by Tony and Jenny. Tony had noticed it stated on the University website that match started at 11. and had to interrupt his lunch to get to Weetwood.

Wickets fell quickly to all the Leeds University bowlers so bowling Exeter out for 83 in 32 overs but there was a bonus match on Weetwood second ground. Leeds University were playing a friendly against Newcastle. So at lunch we all moved over to watch this match but the cold wind was back which made watching uncomfortable.

After lunch Leeds batsman Bullen and Wakefield won the match in 10 overs. Bullen finishing the match with a six and completed his half century.Beenwhile Leeds University had taken six wickets for 108.
The thought of keeping warm and the chance to watch the test match was more attractive than windy Weetwood.

Tomorrow a trip into the Ribblesdale and Craven leagues with some sunshine I hope.

Tomorrow is a special day

posted by John Winn

Tomorrow is the third Saturday in April, traditionally the start of a league cricket for most of the leagues in Yorkshire and what might be regarded as the bread and butter of the blog. Until mid September, especially as now there is very little county cricket on Saturdays, Brian, Tony and I will be out and about, hither and yon, here and there, uphill and down dale and posting details of our travels, and not just in Yorkshire of course.

My local weekly paper, The Ripon Gazette, has done its usual excellent job of tracking player movements and seeking out skippers' comments for the season ahead. Yesterday's edition previewed the three leagues that come within its circulation area and that of its sister papers, The Aire-Wharfe, The Nidderdale and The Wetherby Leagues. Ed White and his team will no doubt report fully on  each Saturday's fixtures as the season progresses.

 In the Aire-Wharfe, Harrogate side Bilton, led by former Yorkshire all-rounder Vic Craven have signed ex Harrogate skipper, Ryan Bradshaw in the hope of challenging last year's winners Otley and the always strong Beckwithshaw. Other clubs from the area competing in the Aire-Wharfe include Collingham and Follifoot.

Almost inevitably there are clubs missing from the Wetherby League. One such is Whixley who will begin a new life in the third division of The Nidderdale with a visit from relegated Galphay and Winksley.With an early start for Derby on Sunday I shall stay close to home tomorrow and  start my season at Rudgate Fields to see how The Cherrymen* shape up in their new environment. Wetherby champions of 'their league' will begin their last season at home to Bilton in Ainsty, before leaving to join the York Senior in 2016. Both Hammertons, Kirk and Green start with home fixtures and I will probably call on one or both during the afternoon.

Ouseburn CC start the defence of their title by travelling to Pannal, always a keen encounter and it will be May before Ouseburn are at Lightmire Lane as they visit Darley next week. Helperby, third last year travel to Burton Leonard and will no doubt be strong again with the league's leading wicket taker in their ranks. Interviewed for The Gazette skipper Matthew Cavanagh sees Ouseburn as favourites. Ouseburn are largely unchanged from last season but have recruited an Australian opening batsman, Adam Fisher. In Division IV Ouseburn seconds are home to their Birstwith counterparts and expect to see me there in time for tea.

Helperby Cricket Club

The weather forecast for the weekend is for it to continue dry. Let us thank those who work hard to keep league cricket going and that they receive the loyalty from players that their efforts deserve. If so there should be fewer games conceded but April is a tricky time with the football season having a few more weeks to run and some clubs may have difficulties in raising sides tomorrow. To lighten any possible gloom let us congratulate Headingley club St Chad's who have bucked the trend of falling participation by adding a fourth team to their establishment who will play in The Wetherby league. The club website reveals that over the winter they have added twenty new senior players to their ranks and thus a year earlier than expected have decided to introduce another team. They have a blank wek to start but they will taste league action at Green Hammerton next week. Good luck.
*For many years Whixley was famous for the growing of cherries

A day behind Tony

posted by John Winn

Tony has described his day at Richmond on Wednesday watching Durham Academy entertain their Yorkshire counterparts. If your geography is up to scratch you might wonder why Durham were the hosts for the fixture for the attractive market town is by some margin within the Broad Acres but as at Middlesbrough the men from the Land of the Prince Bishops are not averse to using the facilities of clubs south of the Tees for Second XI and Academy fixtures.

Tony had  left before stumps on Wednesday but the result was a win for Yorkshire by 19 runs with the scorecard available on the Durham Academy play cricket website. The two sides met again yesterday for another 50 over game at the extremely well appointed Hurgill Road ground. I played here in the early seventies when Richmond were a District League side but after years of knocking on the door they finally gained admission to the NYSD in 1981 and were promoted to the top division in 1994. They start their 2015 campaign tomorrow when champions Darlington come to town, wickets pitched 12:30.

an historic scorecard at Richmond CC
I made an early start for the 45 minute journey from home and took a seat in front of the pavilion in lovely sunshine where I was joined by our Hartlepool correspondent and Darlington Eddie. Durham batted first and were soon in trouble at 24 for 4. On a beautiful day we began to fear an early finish would curtail what had promised to be a grand day out. Fortunately Durham's and our day was rescued by an excellent knock from South African Brydon Carse and when the last wicket fell in the last over 186 represented respectability.

During the break between innings we walked the short distance into the town centre and enjoyed an alfresco lunch sitting in the market place. We timed our return to perfection for Yorkshire's reply was about to start and when drinks were taken at 25 overs Yorkshire had made 87 for 4 and a close finish looked possible but when we left at five Harry Brook had steered Yorkshire into a position from which a second win looked likely. Alas the Durham website has so far (noon Friday) kept the result to itself. Boo and another boo to Yorkshire for having to rely on a player to score but I must not carp too much for I thoroughly enjoyed the day out and Richmond are to be commended as, not resting on their laurels, they continue to improve the ground with improvements to the club house and an extension of the terrace at the front of the pavilion currently under way. Durham return to Hurgill Road for four days of second eleven cricket in May by when local MP William Haigh will be past caring. It is unlikely however that he will be seen in these these boots.

Thursday, 16 April 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

                              This morning was still cold but no gloves today.Prospect of seeing Yorkshire winning attracted about fifty people. Tony and Jenny returned from Richmond yesterday with the news that  Yorkshire Academy beat Durham.

It was a chance to see want form Andrew Gale was in before he returns to the first team at Trent Bridge on Sunday.Today he decided to attack the bowling scoring 71 in 96 scoring 8 fours.He and Elliot Callis put on a partnership of 77 in twenty overs. The morning session started before 11.A.M so the Umpires must have wanted a early lunch . Also Dicky Bird clock had stopped over night so another job for Yorkshire to put right.Gale was out caught by the wicket-keeper  and seem to give his wicket away.Above he is walking off the pitch .

Ryan Gibson and Elliot Callis won the match just after noon.So moving on  to Weetwood tomorrow and chance to see Root and Ballance on the television this afternoon.