Sunday, 14 September 2014


 By Brian Sanderson,

After missing a three car crash in Leeds and a traffic jam of parents taking their children home after the football, I arrived at Shaw Lane Barnsley. The match was the Cup Final of the Yorkshire ECB cup between   Yorshire Academy and Barnsley over 45 overs.As I arrived the Academy were 24 for 4 in the 10 over.Eliot Callis and Barny Gibson were batting after a good opening bowling by the Yorkshire Second teamer Wainman and the overseas player Zohaib Ahmad.

Gradually the the two batsman put on a partnership of  115 before Gibson was caught brilliantly by Azeem Rafiq, ex Yorkshire player, at gully for 45 of Wainman.

The weather was cloudy and there was a very cold north-easterly wind blowing which made watching the cricket hard going.Eliot Callis went on to score a excellent 84 which enabled the Academy to reach 191 which was a good recovery from the early loss of wickets.

After the break the openers of Zahaib Ahmed and Jason Booth but on a opening stand of 88 before the overseas player was caught by Shaw for a excellent 51. During his innings he suffered from cramp and had difficulty running and was refused a runner by Yorkshire captain, Will Rhodes . This caused a unpleasent situation which the game did not require and if Rhodes had acted in the spirit of cricket and allowed the runner ,this would not have happen.
 Zohaib Ahmed had to be persuaded to play today as he was flying back home this evening. He had a excellent match which made the game more interesting.After the opening stand wicket started falling quickly with the Yorkshire bowlers bowling a fuller lenght.This enabled Josh Shaw to get a hat-trick of L.B.W  which was the second hat trick by Academy bowler as Matthew Fisher got one yesterday.

The photograph shows Wainman out , being the third victim of the bowling of Shaw.He finished with 8-1-28-3.However it was the left arm spinner Karl Carver who had the best analysis
of 9-1-19-1 which caused the scoreboard pressure on the Barnsley players. In the thirty-ninth over  Barnsley were bowled out for 158 which did not look likely when the  Barnsley opening batters looked in control.This victory gave the Academy their second cup in  two days and the match was covered by Sky TV. After the final wicket the players rushed to  join their coaches.

The week ahead

posted by John Winn

After all the excitement of Friday Yorkshire's cricketers can put their feet up for a week before making what will no doubt be a triumphant return to Headingley where they have not played Championship cricket since Durham were the visitors two months ago. There are however six championship matches being played this week. I shall be at The Riverside, probably for all four days for a game with Northants which a couple of weeks ago looked as though it would offer Durham their best chance to avoid relegation but with wins against Notts and Middlesex since then they have made certain that first division cricket will be seen in the north east in 2015. Durham can hardly be blamed for looking ahead to their date at Lord's next Saturday and may rest one or two players, although they are in second team action in Sussex tomorrow. Much interest will no doubt focus on Indian paceman Varun Aaron who  has signed as overseas player for the last two games. Quick, just ask Stuart Broad, but a little erratic seems to be his style, We shall see.

The game carrying most significance in the first division is at Taunton where visitors Middlesex can  make their 'showdown' at Old Trafford the following week a dead rubber, but a win on the Somerset ground will not come easy and there may just be something to play for in Manchester on Tuesday week.

In the second division a win for Hants and anything less for Essex means they (Hants) will join Worcestershire in the first division next April. So confident am I that Hampshire will be promoted and therefore may not play Glamorgan for some time to come that I have booked my train tickets for Cardiff next week: my eighth and last must see game this season. It is possible therefore that all championship, prize money and relegation issues will be settled when the final round of matches begin on Tuesday week but that will not I am sure make those last few days at Headingley anything but a joyous occasion.

Finally the result of the Royal London Club Championship National Final was awin by 2 wickets for Sandiacre Town of the Derbyshire Premier League. Congratulations to them and the cup stays in the East Midlands, last year's winners being Nottingham based West Indian Cavaliers. And oh yes Ouseburn CC are Nidderdale champions and Darlington NYSD champions, not a bad weekend for this blogger.

A previous Yorkshire championship side, that of 1894 with Lord Hawke as captain . The county won nine titles between 1893 and 1912, something for the present bunch of lads to aspire to.

Saturday, 13 September 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Before going on a trip to the Inshore Fisheries Langbaugh League , I called into Weetwood to see the Yorkshire Academy be presented by the Yorkshire President the cup for winning the Yorkshire ECB Cricket League for the first time since they entered the league.Will Rhodes, the captain, is shaking hands with Dickie Bird.

The first match we went to was Broughton @ Kirby against Scrutton in the first division. It was due to start at 1.30 however due  some of the Scrutton arriving late the match was delayed by about twenty minutes .
The ground  has some beautiful views of the Cleveland Hills.The ground is  a few miles south of Stokesley in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire.

It is in a great setting and I would recommend cricket watchers to visit the ground. Moving on to another scenic ground Chopgate in Bilsdale North Yorkshire were they were playing Hutton Rudby in the second division. The home side had a chance to go up into the second division if they could win this match. They were batting and had scored just over 100 in thirty overs with one batsman scoring fifty.There are great views of the hills and it reminded me of some Lake District grounds.

I had visited this ground last year but there was no cricket been played on it so today was a big bonus when we saw cricketers.They sky was cloudy but it still had some great views. Moving on a few miles we went to Ingleby Greenhow who were playing Swainby in the second division. The home side also had to win to get a chance of going up to the first division. They to were batting first and scored over 200 in the forty overs.
Another scenic ground with a good pavilion which had some historic photographs on the wall. Great to see club showing their history.

One of the home players had read the  blog so it was good to see one of our readers.The winner of the second division is New Maske who I visited last year.Moving on to the champions of the first division Moorsholm.The village is five miles from Saltburn between the North Yorkshire Moors and the North Sea.
When we arrived they had just lost to Kirby Sigston who were second in the league. This defeat was there first defeat at home this season.The football goals were out as this was the final fixture this season in this league. JohnWinn had visited this ground last year and  Moorsholm remembered the blog. Our fame is sprending.

Tomorrow to Barnsley to see if the Academy can do a league and cup double. The match starts at 11.30.

Friday, 12 September 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Arriving at the ground just after the start Yorkshire had lost a wicket of Hodd who was in four balls for 11 runs chasing the Lancashire total of  363.Whilst Callis and Hodgson were batting I was able to watch Yorkshire victory at Trent Bridge and winning the first division championship since 2001 on a television in the players lounge.

After the first team victory about forty people in the crowd could settle down to watch Yorkshire try to win the match and bat better than they did in the first innings.The two batters manged to stay together till just after lunchbwhen Callis decided to take a big swing at the leg break bowling of Mc Kiernan and be stumped for 72.At this stage the score was 163 after forty overs which was on course to win the match.

However Tattersall, Rhodes, Gibson And Shaw were out taking twenty seven overs for 117 runs and losing four wickets. This left the score 280 for 6 , needing 83 to win the match twenty eight overs.It depended on Dan Hodgson to stay till the end but he was out after he had scored a excellent 124.

He was out caught by the wicket keeper of the leg spin of Robert Jones who had come on to bowl at 2.45 on the third day for the first time. In the first two overs he went for twenty runs but finished up with 3-for 43 in twelve overs.

Wainman and Warner put on a stand of fifty two  before Wainman was caught of Reece who had only bowled four overs till then.Yorkshire finished up by losing by 11 runs which was a good effort and was helped again by  43 extras which was a total of 83 in the two Yorkshire innings.

One of the umpires was Peter Willey who is retiring at the end of the season and I would wish him all the best for his future.
Also I would like to congratulate Yorkshire first on winning the championship. I feel they have been the best team this year  but I may be biased as I am Yorkshire supporter.

Going to pop into Weetwood tomorrow morning to see the Yorkshire Academy recieve the Yorkshire ECB League trophy before heading off to North Yorkshire.

A triple treat at Trent Bridge

posted by John Winn

I have been fortunate these last three days to be part of a carload leaving the Lower Ure Valley making the two hour journey to Trent Bridge to be in good time for the call of play, even with the 10:30 September start. 'In good time' rather understates the case for we have pitched camp in the Radcliffe Road stand with its marvellous views of a marvellous* ground before 9:30 each morning, possibly upsetting some Notts' supporters who on arrival found 'their seats' occupied by Yorkshire supporters exhibiting varying degrees of optimism about the outcome of the game.

Today Yorkshire will surely clinch their first title since that historic moment when David Byas, and was there ever a surer pair of hands, stood under the catch that came out of the Scarborough sky, followed immediately by rain, at 12:13 on August 24th 2001. On that occasion the faithful had waited 33 years, this time, and I accept that this might tempt providence to visit Trent Bridge today, it will have only be 13. Work, family commitments, even a blood test prevent me or any of my travelling companions from making the trip today but we can look back on three days of beautiful September weather enjoying the company of a large gathering of Yorkshire supporters and particularly for the last couple of days, a group of well informed Notts' members who have remained even tempered and philosophical as their team's season has nosedived in to the Trent in the last few weeks.

No need to dwell too long on the play, for even The Guardian, whose coverage of the championship is shameful, have devoted most of the back page to yesterday's events, so most readers of the blog, even if they were not present will be aware that this morning Yorkshire need to take five wickets before Notts score a further 180 runs to take the title. It is disappointing, however, that The Guardian chooses to focus on the dismissal of Samit Patel, suggesting through the words of Chris Read that the stumping was rather sharp practice. Sufficient to say that amongst our friends from Nottingham it was seen as just another example of Patel's ability to get himself out with only minimal help from the bowler.

There are of course matches being played elsewhere. What happens at Lord's and Hove today could just about settle the relegation issue but if Lancashire and Durham both win then Middlesex and Sussex will face a couple of anxious weeks before the season finishes two weeks today. In Division 2 Worcestershire have rather staggered towards the line but a maiden first class century by number nine Jack Shantry has given them an outside chance  of victory of Surrey which would seal their return to First Division cricket after a two year absence. A nice touch at New Road is that when play resumes at 10:30 VS Solanki will be at the crease.

Earlier in the week, just as more of their players were signing  for other counties Leicestershire II won the Second XI trophy with victory over Lancs and next week will face Essex in the SEC final at Chelmsford. The Minor Counties Championship was won by Staffordshire after a close fought game with Wiltshire, their first win in the competition for 16 years.

*but two's a queue at the ticket office

Thursday, 11 September 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

On another sunny morning I walked into the stadium to watch the second day of the Yorkshire Seconds against Lancashire. Yorkshire,s opening pair of Hudd and Callis were still batting until Callis was out L.B.W to Reece on the score of 87.Over the next forty overs Yorkshire lost eight more wickets for 82 runs. This was mainly due to the bowling of Reece and Lilley (on the Yorkshire scorecard it said Willey ).

The Yorkshire batting was poor weather  it was due end of season feelings, I do not know. It was lieft up to Karl Carver and Moin Ashraf to put a small smile on the few Yorkshire followers who had turn out to watch this match. Many would be at Trent Bridge or watching the match on Sky.The two of them put a stand of 61 before Ashraf give a easy catch to Livingstone ,finishing the total to 230. Carver  posting a personal best of 36 not out.Extras we the second highest scorer with 40 helped by some wide balls by Hurt.

All through  the day mobile phones  were used to find out the first team score at Trent Bridge also  the score was shown on the big screen. After tea it was the opening stand of Adathangelou and Hameed to put the Yorkshire attack to the sword.Adathangelou ,photographed at the start of the blog, scored 107 not out in 120 balls including 13 fours and three big sixes.All the Yorkshire bowlers were hit to all parts of the ground apart from Wainman who bowled his six overs for twelve runs.

By the end of the day Lancashire were 362 runs in front with  ten wickets in hand. One interesting fact about both Lancashire innings Yorkshire have not let a bye through in 592 runs. They have used two wicket keepers Barny Gibson ,who came in for the injured Plunkett and Andrew Hodd.

It will be interesting tomorrow when Lancashire declare and if Yorkshire can bat any better than today.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

     On a beautiful sunny morning I sat in the Trueman Stand at Headingley to watch the first day of the Yorkshire  Seconds and Lancashire  friendly three day match.Lancashire  won the toss and batted.

Soon they were two wickets down with Hameed, England under 19 star, and Adathangelou, Greek South African, out with the score 52 in the tenth over.In walked Liam Stephen Livingstone born in Barrow.I had seen him score 121 not out at Todmonden against Yorkshire in 2013.Together with Luis Michael Reece put on a third wicket stand of 190.

I had seen Reece playing for Leeds and Bradford University mainly as a bowler but recently has been opening for the first team.He was out after scoring 93 bowled by Tattersall.During the morning we saw Liam Plunett bowling after his foot injury. In his first over he went for 15 and after three and half overs he limped off the field not to be seen again today.

Been while Livingstone went to be last out for 204  having a wild swing before Lancashire declared.Yorkshire tried  nine bowlers with little success not helped by some poor fielding.Hodd and Callis batted the twelve overs out to bring the score to 43. All through the day the first team score was put on the screen  which made the day it  a lot better for Yorkshire supporters whilst he seconds were been thrashed.
   looking round the stadium I noticed a new sponser on the Long Room  which  must have been there since the one day international against India or was it  advertising oranges.