Wednesday, 23 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

This was my sixth successive day of watching cricket which started with a trip to Ripon to pick my sister up.
Last night Northants had lost another two wickets after I went home when it was raining. They had started again at 6 P.M. just as I was eating my dinner.

The forecast was showers in the afternoon and so Yorkshire had to obtain the last six wickets as soon as possible.In the first over Robert Newton was soon out and we had a excellent view of it from the Trueman Stand. Also there was Ron Stansfield and later Brian Workman and his son Jack.Congratulation on Jack been been picked  a Yorkshire under 15  squad.

Wickets fell steady until the final wicket who put on 50 runs.The batsmen were David Murphy,Scottish one day international and Azhar Ullah. He played in the Bradford League last season . The final wicket fell at 12.50 as it looked like we would be coming back after lunch.

Yorkshire won by an innigs and 120 runs.The photograph above is taken from the Executive balcony in the new pavilion when I visited three years ago.

Two days off and then let us hope the weather is fine for some league matches on Saturday.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The right call

Posted by John Winn

Plan A today was to go The Riverside to see the third day of the beautifully poised match between Durham and Somerset but an early look at the BBC forecast and an exchange of texts with two friends who live north of the Tees persuaded me that I might well be wasting my time. Far too much blue on the map suggested Headingley might be a better bet and a tweet at 10:30 that said it was hoped to start on time set me on my way, too late alas for the start of play.  My  first glimpse of the playing area saw the players heading towards the dressing rooms and the covers going  the other way.
The light rain turned heavy enough to persuade some to go home but as Brian has described the patient were rewarded when play started at 2:15. Much better batting fron Thants, as the east side scoreboard called the visitors, meant that they had lost only four wickets by the close and a good forecast for tomorrow suggests the journey to LS8 will be worth the trouble in the morning.

As for The Riverside although there was no rain after lunch  gloom persisted and play was finally abandoned for the day at five o'clock. The game remains evenly poised of course and very much in Paul Collingwood's hands.  If the forecast suggests a full day's play then one assumes Durham will try and set their visitors from the West Country at least 300, a target rarely achieved at The Riverside but the Durham skipper will no doubt remember how Joe Root ruined his calculations a year ago.

I can only stay at Headingley until late afternoon by which time I think Northants will be on their way home with a very modest return of points from the match. Perhaps they will consider that the
fixture list has been hard on them and that to meet the champions and runners up in their first two matches after promotion was unfortunate. If so they might consider easier times lie ahead and  Lancashire at home a better guide to their fortunes. How do you spell hmm?


By Brian Sanderson,

The weather forecast was rain all day however when I entered the ground at 9,30 it was dry and they started at 11.00 with Northants batting. The session lasted twenty mintues when the rain came.In the Long Room were two parents of two players from both sides. John Winn had been sitting next to James Brooks mother yesterday and she came over to speak to him together with her husband. James previous  county was Northants.He had played for Oxfordshire for five years and Northants for 3 years.

Opening the batting for Northant was James Middlebrook who played for Yorkshire for 3 years and Essex for 7 years. Ralph Middlebrook of Pudsey Congs was also in the Long Room.So both parents had split loyalty in this match.

The match restarted at 2,15 when Peters was soon out which brought in Kyle Coetzer who is ex Durham. Middlebrook and Coetzer batted easily until just before tea when Coetzer was caught by Hodd who is ex Sussex.Middlebrook was not out when I left on Northants were 118 for 2 with the rain falling.

Forecast is better for tomorrow so Yorkshire has some hard work to do take the eight wickets.

A supporter thought William Roberts  bookstall was a library and decided to read one of his book while it was raining. We see some intersting sights during the  cricket season.

Monday, 21 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Yorkshire were seven wickets down with Ballance and Sidebottom batting this morning.The weather was sunny and it was good to see Ballance batting well.Above is a photograph of  him playing a cover drive. Tony Hutton ,objects to photograph of batsman just acknowledge the crowd., so this is a photograph for him.Garry went on to score 174 and I am sure he wll go on to play for England this season.
The photograph of him on the screen after he scored his 150.Yorkshire batted on till 1.10 and then declared at 459 for 9.

After lunch Yorkshire Yorkshire soon started taking wickets.Next door Leeds Rhinos were playing Salford which caused a large influx of stewards,Brooks took 5 wickets for 36 against his former county whilst Sidebottom took 4 for 16. The highest scorer was ex Surrey player Spriegal with 20 not out. The next highest score was extra with 14.Northants were all  at tea time when the rain came down.
A photograph above is of Brooks bowling. The weather forecast is not good for the next two days.So Yorkshire will be looking out of the window while Raplh Middlebroo,father,is praying for rain.

Sunday, 20 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

After the driving  of yesterday, it was a gentle walk to Headingley. It was the first day of the Yorkshire against Northampton in the first County Championship match at Headingley.Arriving at 9,30 I pinned up the information supplied by Nigel Pullan and Paul Dyson about the history of matches played against the two counties.

As I sat down William Roberts was sorting out his new stock for this season and I noticed the above boolet which I purchased.. The booklet is about the history of the club were Ephraim Lockwood was professional in 1864.I have diary kept my his wife of Ephraim,s about his scores.

Next cricket memorabilia to arrive was a players tie of 1964 tour to America were Gary Sobers played  some matches for Yorkshire.
Beenwhile Yorkshire were struggling to 57 for 3 with the bowling on top. This all changed when Garry Ballance came into bat in good batting form.He and Alex Lees batted all through the afternoon with Lees have three chances,

At tea-time I wondered over to the bookstore to think them for the tie which had been given to them.
The scoreboard shown that the Yorkshire Second team match at Scarborough had been switched to Headingley. At the Supporters abin I purchased "Down the Decades" which give details of matches from 1954 about the Yorkshire and Northanmts matches.In 1954 Frank Tyson scored 70 against a bowling attack which included Trueman.Another match in 1974 a player called Norman Maltby born in Marske helped to win the match by two wickets and eleven miutes to spare.He only played nine first class matches for Northants between 1972 to 1974.

Beenwhile back on the field Garry Ballance went on to be 117 not out and Yorkshire 328  for 7 which did not seem possible this morning. Lees was given out L.BW for 90 after been involved in a partnership of 156.

See what to-morrow brings.

Wandering in Ribblesdale

The A59 took me westwards yesterday to the Clitheroe area and matches in The Ribblesdale league. I began at Whalley*, close to the birthplace of Cyril Washbrook, where in the A section Ribblesdale Wanderers were the visitors. New home skipper Richard Lamb had made all the right kind of noises in The Clitheroe Advertiser: 'big challenge',' this could be our year', 'take it one game at a time', you know the kind of stuff. The new season began a couple of minutes early at 1:28 on a sunny day when, if shelter was sought from an April breeze watching was a comfortable experience. The Station Road ground is an attractive tree lined enclosure and the pavilion (below) looks in good shape for its 91 years. Inside are some good photographs dating from the Edwardian era including one of the club's championship side of 1906.

Whalley had lost the toss and been put in and progress was slow against accurate bowling, 13 without loss off the first 9 overs. Time to move on and I asked for directions to my next ground from a local who used the pre sat nav command  'use your nose' several times,  which I duly did retracing my steps to Clitheroe and Church Meadow where Ribblesdale Wanderers II were taking on Read II. Church Meadow may conjure up a romantic Cardusian picture but the ground does not quite meet one's expectations. There is a church at one end, and I suppose if the groundsman failed in his duties there might eventually be a meadow but it is functional rather than charming. Progress here was much quicker than had been the case at Whalley and the home were 77 for 3 when I arrived and continued to bat in a positive style.

Next stop, the Chatburn Road home of last year's champions Clitheroe CC and here too the skipper was sounding positive in the local paper for although 'we are there to be shot at', 'we are excited for the coming season' and certainly this seemed to have rubbed off on the locals who had turned out in large numbers for the visit of Great Harwood. Things were not quite going according to plan with Clitheroe at 73 for 7 and there was a collection for an  opposition bowler who had taken five wickets Whilst I was there I enjoyed a fight back which more than doubled the score for the loss of only one further wicket.

From Chatburn Road it is but a short drive to Chatburn, one of those grounds which you can see from the road but where it is difficult to find an entrance for cars. This is because there is no such thing but it is well worth a visit for its juxtaposition with the church and the lovely views across the Ribble Valley. Although the journey is short Ribblesdale League gives way to Craven and District and newly promoted Chatburn were taking on  Keighley outfit Long Lee who entered Room 101 as the church clock struck four leaving skipper Robinson marooned on 39. The players adjourned to the pavilion which is some distance from the playing area and which they share with the local pre school group. I followed and was served a cup of tea for 20p. Luxury.

Fifth and last ground of the day involved a detour from the A59 to Earby and here I really did have difficulties and resorted to asking a local for directions. Such was her reaction that I thought she might be going to say the club had folded and the ground built on but 'turn left at the bus stop outside 'The Cantonese' and look for William Street' did the trick. Surrounded as it is by housing and industrial premises 'The Applegarth' looks rather unprepossessing from the exterior but step  inside and below is the view from the pavilion. Back to the Ribblesdale League here and a second team game with visitors Burnley Belvedere. Earby were making a good fist of chasing 118 and went on to complete a nine wicket win.  This completed the full set of victories for the five home clubs and a very good start to my season's league cricket.

* as in Morley not Bolly

Saturday, 19 April 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

The ninth ground we arrived at 6.15 was Riddleden which is situated in Keighley  and  next to the River Aire.The green  netting round the ground is to try and stop the ball going in the river.Also there is a electric pylon in the ground and live electricity wire cross the ground. Riddlesden had scored 299 in four-five overs against Thornton-in Craven.We tried to visit their ground at the start of last season but all Craven League  fixtures had been put back a week because of the rain.
Scoreboard showing the Thornton score so the match had still 28 overs to go at 6.20.

Great day and I too nearly eighty photographs and I hope our viewers of the blog enjoy them.Also it may  encourage people to visit this part of Yorkshire.To-morrow Headingley for the first home match for Yorkshire.