Wednesday, 16 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Setting off at 7.40 A.M I picked up Bob Procter at Bardsey and then Brian Workman at Sheffield.We were setting off to Nottingham Sports Ground or it used to be called Boots Ground on which Brian Workman had played cricket.

The ground is next to Nottingham Forest football ground.
The trees were in blossom as shown by the photograph and trees were trying hard to block out the football stadiumThe pavilion needs some care on it and like John,s last blog there was no scorecards.Nottingham were batting after been three wickets down last night chasing Yorkshire score of 255.We sat in a sheltered spot away from the cold breeze and next to be was Joe Root grandfather who had briught Billy Root who was batting for Nottingham.There was a lot off movement of the ball causing Nottingham to be 147 for 6 at lunch with prospects of Yorkshire batting this afternoon.

This was not to be with Adam David Tilcock from Nottingham and Brett Alan Hutton from Doncaster putting on a stand of over170 against some poor Yorkshire bowling.During the afternoon there seem to be no enthusiasm and a lot of short bowling which enabled Tilcock to score a century.At tea the score was 315 for 8.

After tea Nottingham went on to secure over a hundred lead and were able to get the wicket of Tattersall before we left at 6.00P.M. Arriving home at 9.00P.M. over 12 hours of driving and sitting in the sun. We left Nottingham via Maid Marion's Way to the motorway.

Day off tomorrow before Weetwood Friday.

slaughter of the innocents

posted by John Winn

Visiting the Durham University ground at Maiden Castle on a glorious day last July I remarked in my posting that it might not be such a welcoming spot in April but encouraged by Our Hartlepool Correspondent I travelled north on Monday for a match between Durham CC II and the University second eleven. Although there was a cool breeze at times, the sun shone and after lunch it was pleasantly warm.

The students' first XI were in action against Cambridge U at The Racecourse and if you wanted cricket played on reasonably even terms I suspect that might have been a much better bet than the fare on offer at Maiden Castle. Although Gordon Muchall has only a part time contract with the county side these days he had been included in the squad that travelled to Northampton for Durham's opening match in their defence of the title gained last year and after the early loss of Clark (G or J I'm not sure) he blasted the undergraduate bowling to all parts and even further and there were still ten minutes to go to lunch when he reached his century. He was partnered initially by Rammy Singh and then by the powerful shoulders of Ryan Pringle and the score board rattled along at over seven an over throughout the afternoon.

I left at tea by which time the score was over 450 and with only three wickets down. At number five for DCCC was trialist Callum Macleod who was with Warwickshire five years ago and has performed some impressive deeds for Scotland including a score of 175 against Canada in an LOI. Durham declared and at the close the University were 26 for1. I received a phone call at lunch on the second day from OHC to say that they had been bowled out for 77, a first innings deficit of close to 500. What happened after that I don't know and don't care overmuch.

Saturday sees the start of the season for most leagues and  I am planning a trip to the Clitheroe area for some action in The Ribblesdale and Craven Leagues. The forecast is for it to be dry and the outlook for Sunday seems to suggest that the rain will be confined to London and the south east in which case we might get a full day at Headingley when Northants come to town for the first time in Division 1 since 2005. As I type they are making a decent fist of securing a draw in their opening match against Durham. As in the first innings Robert Newton is offering stubborn defence, not bad for a man batting with a parrot on his shoulder.  

To finish with a carp: the Durham University Centre of Excellence could not offer a scorecard, the students had no twelfth man so when one of their number sustained an injury Clark, who had missed the gravy train in the morning, had to field for them, they had no scorer and the scoreboard could not display the  unit digits. If that's excellence then I hope I never see shoddy.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Another visit to Weetwood to see the first day of the Leeds and Bradford University against Cardiff in a two day match.John Winn joined the crowd after his trip to Durham yesterday.He was meet by the board advertising bacon butties as mention in yesterday blog.Nobody today tried to purchase any.

Leeds batted first again Roebuck was soon out but his batting partner Gubbins, who scored a century yesterday, carried on  his good batting form.From the pavilion end Powell,who is a medium swing bowler,took four wickets with two in two balls.This left Leeds 73 for 4 at lunch.

After lunch Gubbin and Laws put together a unbeaten partnership till tea of 176.
This is a photograph of them coming off at tea.
It was so warm during the afternoon they were watering the hockey pitches.
First sight of a butterfly this season.

After tea Laws was soon out for 88 and quickly after Gubbin was out for 93. The Law and Gubbin partnership was 178.At this stage the innings seemed to stall when I expected Leeds to press on.Leaving at 5.30 the score was 290  for 6 with ten overs of the day to go.

Photograph of Cardiff warming up at lunch-time.I used to just go straight on the field and start playing.
Tomorrow to Nottingham to see Yorkshire Seconds.

Monday, 14 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Today was a easy trip to Weetwood  where Leeds and Bradford University were playing a fifty over match against Cardiff University.This was the final of last season played at Lords which Leeds won.

I heard that that the Pudsey match  on Saturday was rained off with York 90 for 2. Also New Rover lost easily to St. Chads which was the result of the Sunday match.

We were able to sit in front of the pavilion which protected us from the cold breeze. Leeds batted first with Charlie Roebuck, the ex Yorkshire Second player, soon out.This left Nicholas Richard Trail Gubbins batting with Christian Arthur Linghorn Davis  against some poor bowling.Gubbins ,a Middlesex second team player, went on to score a hundred which included two sixes off  one legitimate ball as one ball was a no-ball.The sun came out and it was very nice to be warm again after the two poor days.

There was a sign outside the pavilion advertising bacon butties for £2 which attracted David Thorpe however when, he got to the counter they had no bread so he had to come away with some biscuits.Quite a let down.

Leeds went on to score 292 in the fifty overs which took three hours but this caused the kitchen staff to delay tea as they were not ready in time as they expected the innings to last longer.

At tea time I tried to obtain a print out of the Leeds innings but were unable to obtain one. You can not  find out the breakdown of the innings on the web which is a poor show. We understand the Leeds and Bradford website has not been updated from last season as the University have not paid their bills. Very poor and cricket  followers are again left in the dark about the match.

Cardiff were 70 for 1 when I left at  5.30 and the sun had vanished.Alex Lilley, ex Yorkshire Seconds, took the wicket.I will have to wait for tomorrow when there is the start of a two day match against Cardiff again at Weetwood.Forecast is good. Let us hope the Cardiff bowling has improved.

Sunday, 13 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

As a cricket watcher you are always looking at the weather during the cricket season.Today I was going to see New Rover against local rivals St. Chads. New Rover play in the Airedale and Wharfedale whilst St. Chads playing the Wetherby League.

Today weather was sunny but a cold wind blowing as I arrived Tony Hutton was watching St. Chads batting.We decided to watch the match at the side of  pavilion in the sun. We were sitting near the tins for the scoreboard so I helped to put the tins on the nails.The photograph above  is a unusual view of a near  by house which is usual covered by the trees.Looked very nice in the sun.

Below is a photograph at half time when another fielder came on the ground.St. Chads scored 178 in 40 overs .After tea the dark clounds came and New Rover struggled to score. After 17 overs they had score 34 for 2 wickets.At this stage I left to get warm.

Ferrybridge fails to turn up the heat

posted by John Winn

Diligent digging into a number of websites revealed several clubs taking the opportunity to put the last coat of gloss on their pre-season preparations by playing 'friendly' games yesterday, just a week before most will get their league programmes underway. I started my Saturday wanderings with a trip to the WF10 postcode and a first visit to Poplar Avenue the home of Central Yorkshire champions, Townville CC who were entertaining their equivalents from the Bradford League, Cleckheaton. Described as 'a challenge match' between the champions of the two leagues.

Friday's warm sunshine that had encouraged me to disturb my lawnmower's reverie had given way to grey skies and a cold wind when the players took the field for a 40 over game at 12:30. Cleckheaton batted and 2014 got off to a bad start when new opener Andy Gorrod shouldered arms to his sixth ball of the season and became Ritchie Bresnan's first scalp of the new campaign. Townville have never been backward in coming forward when it comes to appealing and had already had two shouts against Gorrod turned down. Skipper John Wood came in at three and was lbw to Bresnan after an appeal which by Townville's standards could be called half hearted. I wonder if Woody remembered that twenty years ago almost to the day his 1994 season began with the same score when, playing for Durham against OUCC in The Parks he was ct Kendall bowled Ecclestone (SC not F1) 0.

Although the sun tried hard to warm us up it had to give best to the cloud and watching was not a comfortable experience. I left when drinks were felt necessary and some nice shots from Nicholson had taken Cleckheaton to 57 for 3. The game was abandoned at five o'clock shortly after Townville had begun their reply chasing 169. There is a full report of the game on the excellent Cleckheaton website. ( From Poplar Avenue it is but a ten minute drive to Savile Park where Castleford CC's visitors were Goole: Yorkshire Premier v York Senior. Castleford were batting and as I arrived 80 for 3 became 80 for 4.

The weather was no more hospitable in this part of town and I stayed only about half an hour, sheltering in the pavilion. An interesting couple of framed photographs recalled a match played on the ground in 1967 when Yorkshire took on Cambridgeshire in a game transferred from Headingley because of wet conditions. Three days were originally allocated to this second round Gillette Cup match but play was impossible on all three. Ten days later the teams reconvened in Leeds only to be met by the same conditions, moved the 12 miles to Castleford and completed a ten over game in what Wisden described as 'farcical conditions'. Cambridgeshire fielded in pouring rain as Yorkshire knocked off the 44 runs needed to win. Ken Taylor was top scorer and  JH Wardle(sic) took two wickets for the minnows.

For the last of my three new grounds I drove to Ferrybridge where 'power station c' dominates the surrounding area including the cricket pitch. Here Ferrybridge CC were taking on fellow Pontefract League club Allerton Bywater on whose website notice of the match appeared. Tea was being taken when I arrived and the scoreboard showed 'visitors 131'. When I enquired of their scorer 'for how many wickets?' she replied 'about 15'. True to the spirit of the pre-season friendly dismissed batsmen had been allowed to return to the crease until 40 overs were bowled. Shortly after the players returned to the field rain arrived and I didn't wait to see if they would stick it out. The rain followed me up the A1 to Wetherby and although I chose a route taking me past three grounds I saw no more cricket before arriving home.

Nearly a full programme of championship cricket starts today but sadly for someone who spends much of his time shuttling between Headingley and The Riverside both Yorkshire and Durham begin with away matches. Now where did I put the shears?

Saturday, 12 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

We set out on a cloudy Saturday lunch time to go and see Pudsey St. Lawerence against York.Pudsey has a strong connection with Yorkshire cricket going back to Tunnicliife in the 1890,s.There were two old Yorkshire players today Paul Hutchison and Garth Clough.

On the way to the ground we were joined by the Procter family of whom Robert is a York legend as confirmed by Dan Woods ,York,s captain.Another person to arrive was Tony Hutton and later by Brian Senior.These two people wrote "Off the Beaten Track" along with the recent deceased Mick Bourne.

York had a mixture of first and second team with Yorkshire Second team player Coad not allowed to play.There was a cold wind blowing which made it uncomfortable to watch cricket.We were forced inside when the rain arrived and Pudsey had to finish their innings in the 38th over after scoring 163.

Walking round the ground after tea I was able to speak to Jack Leaning ,Yorkshire Second player.He had spent the winter in Australia playing grade cricket and had been to Sri Lanka with Yorkshire.Great to be a modern cricketer.

The rain was still falling and we were getting colder so we went home with York 40 for 0 wickets.In this temperature bowler could pull muscels.Hope the weather is better tomorrow.

Above is a nice photograph of some flowers on the wall in a nearby house.