Wednesday, 27 August 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

I set off down the M1 to pick up Brian Workman and on to Denby in Derbyshire where Yorkshire Seconds were playing Derbyshire Seconds in a three day match.The weather was perfect and you could park your car overlooking the cricket field.The club was established in 1865 but now play on this new ground which used to be a mine.

Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bowl. This soon proven to a good toss with Moin Ashraf taking three  wickets in four balls, leaving Derbyshire 3 for 5.By lunchtime Derbyshire had struggled to 59 for 5.Before the start of the match we were joined by Michael Missett and his wife. Michael lives in Derbyshire and I have known him for over fifty years.
As you can see from the photograph there was very good crowd which made the raffle man happy.After lunch wickets kept falling and it was left to Harvey Richard Hosein to keep the innings together. He is a English under 19 wicket keeper and went on to score 64 before been bowled by Shaw for 64.After lunch the wicket seem to dry in the sun and wind which made the bowling easier.However by tea they were 8  for 179.

The main wicket taking bowler apart from Ashraf was left arm spinner Karl Carver who took three for 29. Just after tea Derbyshire were bowled out for 209 which was a good score after their bad start.We left at this stage to drive up the traffic jammed M1.When I got home I found out that Yorkshire were 62 for 3  with Higginbottom taking the wickets.

A good day in the sunshine with good company.

A photograph of Hosein after he was out bowled.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

John had set me a email to say that Yorkshire over 60 ,s were playing Norfolk at Clifton Park York. Looking at the Yorkshire Cricket Board and Norfolk site ,there was no mention of the match. However John very kindly telephoned to say he was at the ground and wickets were pitched.

So off in the car again to York for the 1.P.M start in the National 60 Seevent Championship play off.s.Yorkshire were unbeaten through the summer so were at home. Clifton Alliance ground is one of my favourite grounds as it has a very good pavilion and is well kept. Norfolk batted first after a four hour car drive in one case.Within the first over they loss a wicket . Not a good start and another wicket falls in the next few overs. However Martin Pearce batted slowly and managed to reach fifty against some steady bowling. Martin had captained England over 60 against Australian conterparts in 2012 and won the match.
Norfolk never forced the issue and finished on 167 for 4. During the match I was joined by John and Brian Senior and of course talk was mainly on matches we had seen in the last week.Also at Clifton there is an excellent tea which Brian Senior made the most of.All through the day the sun was shining but there was a cold breeze which we were able to get out off.

After tea Yorshire started of well but slowed down against some gently bowling. It was left to the captain Martin Ivill of Sheffield Collegiate to score a good 75.Then Phil Taylor , ex East Bierley and Pudsey Congs, went on to win the match with overs to spare with some  boundary shots on one leg as he hurt going for a quick single.So Yorkshire move on to the next round and as yet I do not know when or where but watch this space.

Girl Power

Yorkshire Girls Under 15 Cricket team are County Champions. They defeated Gloucestershire in the final at Lullington Park Cricket Club, Derbyshire.

The four Performance Group winners met in a two day event. In the semi-final Yorkshire defeated Warwickshire by 138 runs, Yorkshire making 250 for 9 in their 40 overs and bowling out the opposition for 112. Gloucestershire, undefeated throughout the season, beat Essex in the other semi-final.

Yorkshire batted first in the final and found runs difficult to come by against the hard working Gloucestershire attack well backed up by some outstanding fielding. Gritty knocks by Maddie Walsh and Rebecca Newark, and unselfish batting by the middle order in the search for quick runs allowed  Yorkshire to set a challenging total of 167 for 7.

Teresa Greaves produced an outstanding spell of opening bowling to take three early wickets and dismiss the Gloucestershire top order. A battling performance by the remaining girls enabled Gloucestershire to reach 92 all out.

Warwickshire beat Essex by 7 wickets in the play off for third place.

The County Championship win was a just reward for all the hard work put in by the excellent Yorkshire squad, all of whom made positive contributions throughout the season.

Girls' cricket is increasing in popularity. 23 counties competed in the four regional groups from which the finalists emerged. Below the performance groups, a further 13 counties competed in development groups.

Lullington Park Cricket Club, who play in the Derbyshire Premier Cricket League, were  fine hosts and their ground set in parkland is well worth visiting if you are in the area.

We are grateful to David Thorpe for this report

Monday, 25 August 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

I went out with Ron Deaton on another visits to cricket grounds in the Durham area.Looking at the weather map this area was promised to be rain free.The first ground visited was Blackhall were their seconds were playing Northallerton second team in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Cricket League.Blackhall Colliery village is on the North Sea coast between Horden and Hartlepool. The village was built round the colliery which was closed in 1981.
In the park is a memorial of 19 members of the local bowls club died when the brakes of the bus failed on Crawleyside Bank.

Moving on to Castle Eden ground were their seconds were playing Tudhoe in the Durham Cricket League.The village is famous for the former Castle Eden Brewery which was run by the Nimmo family from 1826. The cricket club was effectively a private club for family until they started playing league .

When you are visiting the cricket clubs ,you are learning facts about the area. As you will see from the photograph  the pavilion is one of the best in the area.

Moving on we went to Horden were their first were playing Bolden also in the Durham Cricket League.The village is on the North Sea coast and was a mining area until the colliery closed in 1987.The ground is situated in Welfare Park which was established in 1929.

Like most grounds in the area a football club is adjacent to the cricket ground and in this case acts as a sightscreen.The home side had bowled Bolden for 87 and heading for a easy victory.

Moving on to another exmining village of Easington were their seconds were playing Burnmoor seconds were the home side were batting. Again is situated in a park but this time it overlooks the sea which gives a better  vista.
The final ground visited today was Newton Aycliffe were their seconds were playing Barnard Castle seconds who were batting as we arrived. This is the final ground in The North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire League which I required to complete seeing all the grounds in this league.There are as at 31 November 2013 the league has 30 full member clubs ,ranging from Whitby in the south
of the region,to Barnard Castle in the west   and Blackhall in the north.

a bit more about Kirk Hammerton

posted by John Winn

In yesterday's posting I described a visit made the day before to Kirk Hammerton CC, just off the A59 road between York and Harrogate, and the village's connection with the Stanyforth family, in particular Ronald Stanyforth of Oxford University, Yorkshire and England who remarkably captained England in four tests against South Africa before he played for county cricket. I have written about Stanyforth in a previous posting but seeking to discover more of the family's links to Kirk Hammerton I yesterday googled Kirk Hammerton Cricket Club and amongst a number of links I found one that led me to an article in the Ripon Gazette from 2007 when the club celebrated 100 years of cricket at the Mill Lane ground. The club can trace back cricket in the village well into the 19th century but had no permanent ground until Edward Stanyforth gave some land within the hall grounds and 15 year old Rony(sic)  played his first cricket there.

A theme of yesterday's posting was my disappointment at the number of teams in my area that had to concede matches on Saturday because of a shortage of players. Before I switched my plans and decided to stay local I had intended to visit some grounds in the Langbaurgh and Cleveland Leagues starting with a match at Nunthorpe CC who were listed to play Smith's Dock in a first team Cleveland League match. Looking in today's Northern Echo for the result of the match it records that Smith's Dock A conceded, so what would have been a wasted journey saved but curiously I note that Smith's Dock B did play, albeit not very well for they were dismissed by Dormanstown for 34 and lost by ten wickets. Things get worse for of the five matches scheduled for play in the league on Saturday a total of three were not played due to sides conceding. A very worrying state of affairs for the league one imagines but not a new one for in 2010 the Middlesbrough local paper Thad a headline 'Cleveland League numbers dwindling'. And while I am on this topic it is not confined to the lower echelons of league cricket for Sedgefield CC, doomed to relegation from the ECB NYSD Premier League played two men short against leaders Darlington on Saturday.

On a cheerier note Brian and I have posted a number of pictures of rollers on the blog in recent months. I saw this little gem tucked away at Whixley on Saturday and pleasingly and somewhat unusually it has the maker's name, H Bushell and Sons of York  on the handle. And the fun doesn't stop there for stick the venerable Bushell name in a search engine and you will find a number of links to the makers and their family history and the range of agricultural implements they made. These include an antique straw chopper which came up for sale at a local auction.
Probably the first straw chopper to appear on a cricketing website.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Not far from home.

posted by John Winn

It is not unknown for me to alter a Saturday afternoon's plans at the last minute but usually such changes are in response to the weather forecast but yesterday, having earlier in the week worked out the optimum way to take in four new grounds in the Langbaurgh and Cleveland Leagues, I just didn't fancy driving and settled for a visit to five grounds that lie within about a four mile radius of my house.

First stop was Kirk Hammerton which despite its proximity I rarely visit and where the visitors in a Wetherby League Division Two encounter were second placed Garforth PC. My friend Arthur Bartle was in charge here and promptly at 1:30 he led the fielding side, Garforth, onto the field followed in close order by Kirk Hammerton's opening bats. The village is rather stretched out and the cricket field is down a lane which takes you past Kirk Hammerton Hall, the home at one time of Yorkshire and England cricketer Ronald Stanyforth. Born in London RTS died  here in 1964.

Kirk Hammerton pavilion
The home side made slow progress against some steady bowling and as I walked round the attractive ground I bumped into Ron Deaton and his wife who like me had made this match their first port of call. The cricketing world put to rights I moved on, noting with approval that as I left the village I passed Stanyforth Close. Not far away is the other Hammerton., noted for its green rather than its kirk. Both villages had their moment in the sun at the beginning of July when Le Tour passed by but there were no crowds yesterday and the cricket ground was empty. The website had advertised Green Hammerton A* v Amaranth A but I presume that one or both one or both had conceded the fixture so on to Whixley, just a mile away and a Wetherby Second Division match with Saxton from near Tadcaster visiting the Rudgate ground.

I had visited Whixley earlier in the season since when its splendid new pavilion has had its official opening. Saxton were batting and while I was there progressed from 26 for 1 to 60 for 3 at about two an over. Nothing to get too excited about but despite some gathering clouds it was a pleasant afternoon and the skies clear enough to make the most of the views across the Vale of York to the minster in the distance.

Clouds gather over Whixley

Another short drive brought me to Marton cum Grafton where the rather tucked away ground which I suspect is in Grafton rather then Marton, was hosting a Nidderdale League Div 7 match with Raskelf II having crossed the Ouse, in the field. A young spinner was getting a bit of tap here and had to be withdrawn from the hostilities after two overs. Marton's 133 for 8 proved enough to win the match by 13 runs. MCG share the ground with Ouseburn III who had been due to visit Bedale II but at this difficult time of the year had been unable to raise a side.

And so to my last ground of the day, Lightmire Lane, the home of Nidderdale's top outfit Ouseburn CC who were fielding against their bogey team from Blubberhouses. Once again OCC came unstuck against the visitors from the Washburn Valley who made 223 from their 45 overs including 11 sixes. Despite a gallant effort from Jamie Bryant who hit 138 not out much of it in semi darkness the leaders fell 16 short. How important were the three successiove sixes hit by Blubberhouses in their penultimate over at the crease?

 During my conversation with Ron he had told me the sad news of the demise of  Thixendale CC whose lovely Wolds ground I visited a few years ago. After repeated failures to fulfil fixtures the York Vale club has been suspended by the league and this season's record expunged. The league will consider re-election to the bottom division at the AGM in November. Full details are available on the league's website. Add this to the conceded matches I have mentioned above plus that of Kirk Hammerton A who could not raise eleven to go to Crossgates and the picture painted is a rather depressing one for the league cricket follower and the situation is not any brighter when one bears in mind that most leagues still have another four Saturdays before the season is finished.

* Wetherby League speak for second eleven.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Wins for Yorkshire and Surrey under 15s

Posted by John Winn

The ecb women's under 15 county cup was won by Yorkshire  at Lullington Park CC yesterday. Yorkshire batted first and made 167/7 off 40 overs with Rebecca Newman top scoring with 46. Eve Alder made 42 in Gloucestershire's reply which closed on 92 with Newark sealing a good all round performance with 3 for 11.

In the men's competition Surrey were easy winners over Middlesex.

I have received an email this morning from David Todd, manager of Yorkshire Over 60s informing me that Yorkshire will play Norfolk at Clifton Alliance, Clifton Park, at York on Tuesday with a 1:00 pm start. This is a  play off first round tie. Yorkshire are unbeaten in the group stages. This is a lovely ground on which to watch cricket easily accessible by car from the York Outer ring road A1237 then the A19 Shipton Road, look out for York Sports Club. If coming by public transport the No 2 Park and Ride Service (Rawcliffe Bar) takes you to Clifton Green from where it is about ten minutes walk up Shipton Road.