Saturday, 23 May 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

Moving on from Kildale we went on to Moorsholm who were the Langbaurgh Champions last year and were playing Hartlepool Power Station today. A comment by a spectator was the club were just hoping to survive  as their main bowler from last year had moved to another club. Hartlepool were 80 for no wicket when we arrived in the nineteenth over.At this point  there was three fours taken off a bowler who then decided to kick the wicket down and storm off the field.None of us had seen any thing like it before and leaves the club with a big problem of how they deal with the player.

Next ground we visited was Staithes who were playing Nawton  Grange  in the Beckett League.We had visited the ground a few years ago but the cricket had finished so we were pleased to see cricketers on the field. The away side had scored  90 and the home side were heading for victory.The photograph above is the best view in the ground.

Moving on down the road we called into Loftus were there was a most unusual match happening in the Cleveland Cricket League. The league now only  consists of three clubs with five teams  so today Loftus second team were playing a league match against their first team.

The second team had batted first and had scored 138. It was a sorry site to see one of the last matches played in the league as  it would seem the it would fold after 130 years of being  formed. Five years ago they had  two divisions with eight teams  in  one of them and nine in the other.

Moving on to our last ground at Nunthorpe were their second team were playing Crathorne in the Langbaurgh League  . At this time it was six o,clock  so Nunthorpe batted 39 overs for 81 runs so it must have great to watch. Glad we missed it. Great views to the hills.

Another good trip seeing a varied league cricket at different standards.


By Brian Sanderson,

Another trip towards the East Coast on a nice sunny day, quite a contrast to Thursday.The first ground we visited was Kildale which is in the Hambleton District of North Yorkshire . It lies approximately three miles from Great Ayton within the North Yorkshire National Park and on the Cleveland Way.Quoting from Wikipedia ,the cricket club were 2012 champions of the Langburgh League . The first team is captained by Marty Pellow . Other notable players include leg spinning talisman and amateur competitive eating champion of North East England James Burn. The team,s ground is one of the most picturesque in Great Britain.Today they were playing East Hardsley and due to the views of the ground I have decided to show a number of photographs of the ground. If you were producing a book a scenic grounds you would have to include this ground.
Umpire awaiting start of play.

Match starting with the cows not interested

What a great view from the house on the hill.

Quarry workers houses in the distance.

 Great views toward the hills

A great place to play cricket

Friday, 22 May 2015

Village Cup gets up speed

posted by John Winn

Brian has summed up perfectly the conditions at St George's Road yesterday, cold, windy and wet and what made it worse was that it appeared to have been localised for 25 miles away in York it was a much better day. Are we downhearted? Perhaps a little but Look North says today will improve and blue sky is visible through my window as I type and that tomorrow will be the best Saturday of the season so far. Sunday I'm off to Southport to take a rare opportunity to see championship cricket on a ground not previously visited and Tony is similarly minded although in his case it is a trip to Beckenham for Kent v Surrey which back in the days of Woolley and Hobbs was a traditional Bank Holiday fixture although I believe Blackheath was the venue.

Southport CC
Meanwhile the Davidstow Village Cup has reached the semi finals of the group stages and these will be played on Sunday May 31st. In North Yorkshire (North) my local club Ouseburn  will visit the winners of Harome and Moorsholm and the other tie will be between Ebberston and Sessay. In North Yorkshire (South) it is Sheriff Hutton Bridge, former winners, against Staxton and last winners Woodhouse Grange will host Heslerton,

Moving to the North East the intriguingly named Bates Cottage from Northumberland play NYSD club Wolviston and the other tie is between Sacriston Colliery and Stocksfield, members of the Northumberland and Tyneside League. In West and South Yorkshire the top half of the draw pits Ackworth against Thornton and the other semi is between Houghton Main and Streethouse.  As there are 32 groups in total you will forgive me going through them all but full details are available at the

There have already been some surprises in the competition: two-time winners Shipston-under Wychwood lost to Challow and Childrey in the Oxfordshire group. C and C will play Cumnor next week while in the other half of this group last year's beaten finalists Great and Little Tew are at home to Oxford Downs. In the far south west three times winners in the first five years of the competition Cornish outfit Troon lost interest for after a bye in the first round they went out to Boconnoc who play in Cornwall Division Two East and whose picturesque Deer Park is much admired. Look out for an update on the competition in a couple of weeks.

Finally for today the results of this week's quiz. The three Yorkshire players who went on to win England caps were Ballance, Bairstow and Shahzad, Waiwright switched to Derbyshire, Simon Guy kept wicket for Yorkshire and Tom Poynton kept wicket for Derbyshire. And if you are in the mood to scratch the little grey cells again which three England players are playing at Lord's this week who played in the first test agains Bangladesh in May 2010? Answers next time.

Thursday, 21 May 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

This morning was sunny and the chance to meet a number of PCW at Harrogate  were Yorkshire Seconds were playing Nottingham Seconds at two 20/20 matches.Yorkshire should have been playing at this club on Tuesday but the rain stopped any chance of that happening.

Nottingham side included Billy Root who has been in great form for Leeds and Bradford University.The sun went in and another cold breeze started to blow.Yorkshire were put into bat and after six over were 51 for 2 and on target for a good score.At this time I had escaped to the lee of the Pavilion and meet my nephew from Melbourne who is on holiday.The comment from him was that it was warmer in Melbourne at this moment and it is their winter. After this comment he went to the car for another layer of clothing.By this time Gibson had scored 59 in 46 balls leaving Yorkshire on 119 for 6 in the fifteenth over.

By the end of the twenty over Yorkshire had scored 154 for 8 and the rain started to fall. This made me retreat to my car for some lunch and some warmth.With a loss of four overs Nottingham were set a target of 120 in  16 overs. By this time we had gone into the warm pavilion to watch the rest of the innings .

Billy Root scored 27 in 22 balls while his brother was playing for England at Lords and scoring runs.Pattinson was the best bowler with figures of 3-0-11-1 but Nottingham won with only four wickets down.

There was a thirty minutes lunch break which caused a great smell of curry in the pavilion.After lunch Yorkshire batted again in a new match of 20/20.This time it was Will Rhodes who scored 61 not out  in  total of 163 for 4. At this stage we decided to go home and looking on Total scorer Nottingham scored 166 for 4 so winning both matches.Billy Root scored 1 whilst his brother had scored 98 in sunshine.

Let us hope in it is warmer on Saturday when I am due to visit the East Coast again.
Yorkshire coaches dressed for the Harrogate weather in May

University season nearing the end

Posted by Tony Hutton

Two days without cricket at the beginning of this week, with poor weather forecasts putting me off visits to Trent Bridge on Monday and Acomb (for Yorkshire over 60s) on Tuesday. The second one particularly annoying as 90 year old John Rex played for Acomb many years ago and was looking forward to returning to his old haunts.
However, Wednesday at last brought some improvement to the weather but still proved a somewhat difficult day.

The Wednesday University fixture list looked more sparse than recently, but the obvious choice was Leeds Beckett University at home to Newcastle scheduled for 11.00 a.m. at Kirkstall Educational. On arrival at the ground just before 11 things did not look good, the ground was deserted and no sign of life. Malcom Shearsby arrrived almost simultaneously and his search of the BUCS website indicated that the game had been switched to New Farnley with a 12.30 start, and that the women's game would be played with a later start at Kirkstall.

Domestic duties at home prevented me travelling to New Farnley straight away and I did manage to see a prompt start at 12 at New Rover, where Leeds Trinity were taking on Sheffield University 2nd XI. Sheffield were soon 30-3 and the game looked likely to finish early. So after lunch I set off to join Malcolm at the pleasant New Farnley ground, which is surrounded by trees and has a nice rural atmosphere. The birds were singing and the sun was shining. What could be better.

Morning action at New Rover

Well for one thing the quality of the batting. Leeds Beckett have already lost two league games and with one abandoned were in much need of a win. However they lost wickets at regular intervals against a varied Newcastle attack with left arm quick Ben Marsh getting some awkward bounce. They also had a useful leg spinner and fielded well too, with one excellent run out. Leeds Beckett, not looking good were all out for 116. Wicketkeeper Potter who plays for Harrogate top scored with 26 and there were also a good number of wides.

Afternoon sun at New Farnley

The result of this game has still to appear on the BUCS website, but Malcolm reported that wickets were falling quickly at the start of the Newcastle innings, before he too had to leave, but a close finish looked likely.

At this point I had to depart to collect my grandson from school, managing to call in again at New Rover thinking it might have finished. Not so, Sheffield had recovered to post a useful score of 195 in 49 overs. Trinity were in hot pursuit scoring rapidly and eventually won the game by seven wickets with 17 overs to spare. Another lesson -don't write games off because they start badly.

We had been followed to New Farnley by another couple who had been re-directed to New Farnley by the Kirkstall groundsman. Perhaps a good time to remind all readers of the cricket health warning. University games in particular, but others as well, can be re-arranged at short notice in terms of both dates and venues. Always check before travelling long distances and be aware that information given on this website is always subject to change.

The short University season is nearing it's end, but the good news is that Leeds/Bradford MCCU top both the one day and two day competition league tables and could see them through to two finals, one of which is played at Lord's. For further information refer to the University's excellent website

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

The first time I saw Joe

posted by John Winn

Last Friday the June edition of The Cricketer magazine came through my letter box and my attention was arrested by the cover photograph which is of a slightly stubbled Joe Root and alongside the serious looking portrait the headline The Rise and Rise of Joe Root. Inside the magazine there are five pages dedicated to the young Yorkshire and England star and the rise has continued this week with the award to Joe of the accolade of England's cricketer of the year and his appointment as England's vice captain for the test series which begins at Lord's tomorrow. Some week, some year and some player and there are many amongst the blog's followers who have followed his career since its very beginnings, perhaps with Sheffield Collegiate or with the Yorkshire academy or second XI who will take special pride in Joe's achievements.

Joe's high profile over the last week set me thinking as to when I first saw him in action and tucked away in a now rather shabby looking blue notebook I found an entry for 'YII V Derbyshire II @ Barnsley, I x @ Barnsley' which translates as Yorkshire seconds against Derbyshire seconds and my first trip to Shaw Lane, a match won by Yorkshire by an innings and 8 runs and written at a later date  are the words 1 x JE Root. The date for this game was September 10th 2008, when the elder of the Root brothers was seventeen.

Cricket Archive gives the full scorecard for the match of which I saw the first of three days. Derbyshire won the toss and elected to field and after a bad start Yorkshire recovered to 334 all out with Root making 30. Derbyshire were bowled out twice for 143 and 183. The Yorkshire side included three other players who have gone on to play for England and were captained by Craig White who neither batted nor bowled. For those who like to test their memories here are a few quiz questions

1 Who were the 'three other' Yorkshire players who later won test caps?

2 Which then Yorkshire player is now playing for Derbyshire?

3 Who kept wicket for Yorkshire ?

4 Who kept wicket for Derbyshire and did so in their opening T20 match at Headingley  last week?

Answers on Friday.

The above photograph has got nothing to do with Joe Root or Barnsley but I posted it because I like it. It is of Tholthorpe CC in 1924 when they won a cup, probably for the championship of The Forest of Galtres League.*  Tholthorpe is a small village between Alne and Helperby; cricket in the area is maintained in these two villages who while they play in  the Nidderdale league are geographically very much in The Vale of York.
* see my post in January 2014

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

A trip to Benwell Hill

posted by John Winn

Yesterday's forecast was that showers would clear into the North Sea by lunch and that the afternoon would spring sunny spells so I took the train to Newcastle where I met Our Hartlepool Correspondent under this splendid clock. Our aim was to see the T20 double header between the second elevens of Durham and Warwickshire at the west Newcastle ground of North Eastern Premier club, Benwell Hill. The rain had not fully cleared when shortly after eleven we caught a number ten bus from outside the station for the fifteen minute journey alighting at the stop for the crematorium which is across the road from the ground. Given the early morning rain it was not surprising that the game could not start promptly at 11:30 but on our arrival the signs were promising with the players warming up and the ground staff active on the square.

Benwell  are one of three Newcastle clubs in the NE Premier League with South Northumberland and Newcastle occupying the two places ahead of them in the current table. They have a proud history which is reflected in the many photographs in the pavilion, a shame that the oldest are partially obscured by the coffee machine. The club were three times winners of the Tyneside Senior League, three times winners of the Northumberland County League and winners of their current competition in 2002.

Umpires Hartley and Clark pronounced that play could begin at 12:30 with Warwickshire batting but squally showers brought two interruptions which reduced the first game to fifteen overs a side. This handicapped the Bears' cubs who reached 107 for 4 from their allocation. The visitors were captained by Scotsman FRJ Coleman and included Tom Lewis who had been in the first XI against Notts on Friday night but had been bowled by Gurney for 0.

The forecasters' predictions of sunny spells had proved accurate and conditions were good when Durham began their reply. Some terrific hitting by opener Graham Clark saw them to their target, which to our surprise was not affected by Duckworth Lewis, with overs to spare and seven wickets in hand. With a forty five minute break scheduled between the two games OHC and I decided to make our way home. It was my colleague's first experience of T20 and it had proved a happier event than he had anticipated although I pointed out that we had been spared embellishments like flares, music and dancing girls and nobody screamed maximum when Clark hit many of his several sixes.

I have been unable to find the result of the second game but the two sides meet again today in an SEC game at The Riverside and with fewer showers and warmer temperatures forecast for tomorrow I have the journey to Chester le Street pencilled in  for my mid week cricket.

Finally a trip to Newcastle presents the opportunity to purchase a copy of the local daily, The Journal with its excellent Monday coverage of local cricket from Tweed to Tees. I wrote in early April about the travails of The Cleveland League but things appear to have got worse for this is the current table.

                                       Smiths Dock A Played 3 45 points
                                       Smiths Dock B Played 4 34 points
                                       Loftus A           Played 3 30 points
                                       Loftus B           Played 2 11 points
                                       Paragonians      Played 2 10 points

Paragonians are a Hartlepool based club who play their home matches on Sundays at Blackhall and Hartlepool so we have a league of three clubs, five teams and two grounds. Make of that what you will.