Wednesday, 4 May 2016

UNIVERSITY WEDNESDAY



By Brian Sanderson,

On a sunny Wednesday morning I went up to Weetwood to watch Leeds University Seconds against Manchester University in a fifty over match.As I arrived Manchester had lost a wicket and the  crowd consisted of three people. As usual at Weetwood there was a strong wind blowing which helped the Leeds bowlers to swing the ball and causing a number of  wides..

By the twenty five overs had been reached ,the score was fifty eight for five wickets showing that all batsman were struggling to dominate the bowling.When another fifteen overs had gone they had reached 99 with one batsman scoring 35.


It was left up to the ten batsman to bring the score up to 148. He had scored 43 after he had been dropped early in his innings. At half time Tony Hutton arrived after he had been at New Rover were Leeds Beckett were playing. I went to try and find the names of the batsmen but the scorer did not know their names so they were blank which did not help me or the blog.

Leeds batsman started well but lost three quick wickets against the spin bowling.  By the time I went home for tea the score was as above with Leeds looking they were going to win the match and the sun was still shining.


Plunkett sets it up

posted by John Winn

Virgin and Northern trains bore me to Nottingham yesterday, a couple of minutes too late to see Alex Lees add just one to his overnight score before departing for 92. Gale and Rashid then added a fairly cautious 43 against Bird, Broad and Gurney. The introduction of Monday's hero, Jake Ball, into the attack, and it came as something of a surprise that it was almost noon before he appeared at The Radcliffe Road End, accounted for the Yorkshire skipper almost immediately. Enter Plunkett who lit up the hour until lunch (jam sponge and custard) with a run a ball fifty including a six over long on off Broad, how he must have enjoyed that, Plunkett not Broad, and 34 came off 40 balls.

The replacement of Broad with Patel caused Rashid, who had been content to leave the heavy lifting to Plunkett, to have a rush of blood and he holed out off the spinner's first ball to Ball at mid-wicket. Willey helped Plunkett take Yorkshire into the lead and at lunch, 279 for 8, it was contentment all round. Three seasoned Notts' supporters behind me felt four wickets a good return for their morning's work, and Yorkshire could be happy with a first innings lead after being 24 for 3 early on Monday.

Patterson fell in the second over after lunch and Plunkett was out first ball after acknowledging his fifty. A lead of 29 soon looked a bit more useful when Willey had Mullaney, who has been in excellent form this season, lbw in the first over and until bad light brought tea three overs before scheduled it was tough for Notts as the Yorkshire seam quartet pinned them down. Hales, under the eye of England selector James Whitaker, stuck it out while Smith, Lumb and Wessells all went cheaply but a 'worm burner' from Brooks finally accounted for Hales
 when the lead was 46. A good stand between Patel and Read extended this to 122 by the close, a position from which Yorkshire will be favourites to win today. Just a note of caution, however, this match has bucked the trend of high scores round the country, exactly a 1000 runs at The Oval and the second innings not closed yet, and Yorkshire will be very keen to break the Patel Read partnership this morning if they are not to chase an awkward score after lunch.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

HIDDEN AGENDA CRICKET


By Brian Sanderson,

Arriving at Shaw Lane Barnsley with the weather forecast sunny ,I looked forward to watch cricket in warmth. The match being Yorkshire Seconds against Unicorns team in a fifty Trophy match.When I arrived the crowd was sparse but I had chance to talk to people. On obtaining the scorecard ,I found that Unicorn team names were missing.which makes in difficult to follow the match.

Yorkshire bowled first on a hard wicket but the weather decided to get cold and there were rain showers which caused me to watch from the car using the windscreen wipers to see what was happening on the pitch.

The covers did come on once but the umpires did well to keep the match playing. As I did not know the batsman name as they were no names on the back of their shirts nor on the scorecard. There was three batsman score over 40 runs against a steady Yorkshire attack. one new Yorkshire bowler was Alexander MacQueen who bowls off-breaks and has played for Leeds and Bradford University and Surrey seconds, photograph above. The Unicorns scored 190 for 8 in the fifty overs and the feeling was that it  was thirty runs short of par.

During the break I had a chance to photograph the unknown players of the Unicorn Side.Yorkshire were soon losing wickets and when the spinners came on to bowl all batsmen struggled apart from Jack Leaning.  He went on to score over 40 before he was stumped. This was the last chance for Yorkshire to win and lost by 30 runs. The last wicket was a run out which summed up Yorkshire innings.

When I arrived home I went to total cricket scorer website to find the  Unicorns team but the match was not on the site.

So I will have to wait to see the names when it may appear on the Yorkshire website or  on Cricket Archives.
With these problems it spoils the few spectators pleasure of watching the match.People wander why spectators do not go.

Going to Weetwood tomorrow to see Leeds University and Manchester University. There will be no scorecards at this match as well.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Yorkshire at Trent Bridge

Posted by Tony Hutton

Still perusing weather forecasts, despite not much faith in them, and as Sunday seemed possibly the best day of the four for the Championship game at Trent Bridge off we went. One advantage of Sunday starts is the lack of traffic on the roads and the journey down the A1 was completed in record time.

However although dry conditions continued all day a sneaky cold wind was in evidence which entailed several changes of position during the day trying to find a wind free zone. Yorkshire, after two high scoring draws, were in need of a win to get their ambitions of a Championship treble back on course. Joe Root had been given permission to make a very rare appearance and he came in for Jack Leaning, who had made a brief appearance for York yesterday. The other change brought in David Willey for his Yorkshire debut in place of the injured Sidebottom.


It was good to see James Taylor, after his recent heart operation and retirement from the game, on the field before the start during the players' warm up and he was greeted warmly by friend and foe alike, together with both umpires. All went to shake his hand and have a word with him. He was given a warm round of applause from the members when he returned to the pavilion.

Yorkshire started badly and Mullaney in particular, together with Hales, set about some untidy bowling from Brooks and Willey. Brooks was taken off after his first two overs went for 20. Mullaney continued his form against Surrey when he scored a run a ball century and his innings today came at the same pace, with fours a plenty. Mullaney was eventually out for 78 from only 80 balls when he was well caught by Lees at slip of the persevering Patterson.

Too much advertising spoils the picture

Hales went first caught by Root off Brooks for 36 when the head band warrior returned for his second spell. He also clean bowled the out of form Brooks for 0 and it was left to former Yorkshire player Michael Lumb to improve the situation for Notts. This he did with a gritty 49 before falling lbw to Brooks who was by then proving Yorkshire's best bowler. Plunkett got one wicket having Wessels caught by Root at slip and the Notts innings rather petered away until a few lusty blows by Stuart Broad with 36 improved things before the end.

Adil Rashid's introduction paid dividends very quickly when he had Patel lbw, Ball caught by Brooks off an ill judged skier and then removed the Australian Bird to finish with tidy figures of 3-29. Brooks had 4-74 but David Willey, despite plugging away for fourteen overs and watched by his father Peter and family, could not manage a wicket. However, no doubt his turn will come. Notts were all out for 261.

So when bad light ended play early just after tea, Yorkshire were perhaps spared a difficult period in which to bat and will restart this morning provided the wet weather does not return.


Sunday, 1 May 2016

A week to forget - but light at the end of the tunnel

Posted by Tony Hutton

Someone once said that a week in politics is a long time - well this week in cricketing circles has seemed even longer. It started of course last Monday when Leeds/Bradford University had scheduled four days of cricket during the week. In the end Monday's result proved to be the only game to be played out. After watching most of the play from inside my car, I returned to see an exciting finish.

 I can now reveal the game ended in a win by 10 runs for the home side after various readjustments to the total required in the last over due to six penalty runs awarded for a slow over rate. Leeds/Bradford had made 189-7 in their 50 overs but after a long rain break the revised Duckworth Lewis target became 212 in 28 overs. Cardiff were in fact all out for 202 off the last ball of the last over. So at that point Leeds/Bradford were happy with three wins out of three in the one day competition. Cardiff may feel otherwise at having to attempt such a steep target.

Fast forward to Tuesday when a two day game between the same two sides was due to start. Sure enough it did start but not for long and after less than an hour's play with Cardiff twenty odd without loss play was abandoned for the day due to snow, hail, rain etc. Much more of the same on Wednesday when Cardiff had progressed to 30-0 off only five balls before the game was abandoned.

However Wednesday was also the start of other University cricket in the same area of North Leeds and I did manage a few overs of Leeds University Thirds v York St Johns at Adel cricket club. The home side had made 46-0 when the heavens opened again and both sides took off for home. Not to be totally outwitted I persisted and when the sun came out eventually later in the afternoon I called in at New Rover cricket club and to my surprise found that Leeds Beckett University had been batting for about an hour against Leeds University first team.

Sunshine at New Rover

Here were riches indeed for about another hour or so where the fourth wicket pair of Matthews and Barr laid about the bowling in no uncertain fashion both progressing well past the fifty mark with a series of fours and sixes to all part. The score had got to 180-3 when of course it had to end and eventually the huge black cloud approaching from the south west arrived and deposited yet more rain which ended the proceedings there too.
Six over long off for Leeds University

Thursday was unusually a day with no cricket scheduled locally - probably just as well.
However Friday brought another twist when North Leeds woke up to quite a good covering of snow. Leeds/Bradford were due to play Solent University from Southampton in another BUCS one day game, but despite a Tweet suggesting groundsman Robbo and assistant Rudolph (!) were clearing the snow, that game was also abandoned without any play. A further tweet said a bowl out would take place followed by a snowball fight but no results for either are yet available.

Which brings us to Saturday and if any weather forecast can ever be believed again, we
had a suggestion that it might be dry. So off to Dunnington in the Vale of York, allegedly one of the driest places in Yorkshire. Dunnington are one of the newcomers to the new Yorkshire Premier League North and were due to entertain the Yorkshire Academy. Here we came across fellow blogger Brian Sanderson who has already described his day.  It was of course a bit soggy and play started late but Yorkshire batted and started briskly until the inevitable black cloud followed by rain appeared. Another long stoppage and news from nearby York that their game was off, a washout despite a prompt start, sabotaged one alternative. The Academy did eventually salvage a victory at Dunnington in a 20 overs per side thrash. Academy 137-7 (Ainsley 52) Dunnington 52-8 (Logan 4-10). West Indian Collis King, who will be 65 in June, batted at number eight for Dunnington and faced fifteen balls without scoring!

West Indian legend Collis King (picture by Graham Morris)




As a long delay was forecast at Dunnington off we went again when it was discovered that Harrogate v Scarborough had played throughout the afternoon. We arrived at the tea interval after Scarborough had completed their innings of fifty overs and must have just missed John Winn's early departure which he mentioned in his blog. Here the sun came out and despite yet another Duckworth/Lewis revised target after much discussion between umpires, captains and scorers, Harrogate achieved the target of 184 with ease and only three wickets down and overs to spare.

Four for Tattersall at Harrogate

Former Yorkshire batsman Johnny Tattersall who played for Derbyshire Seconds this week scored 52 not out and skipper George Ross made 40. It turned out a lovely evening with the sun shining in peaceful surroundings just how cricket should be
played. Let's hope this will be the light at the end of the tunnel. More about Yorkshire's day at Trent Bridge today to follow.


THE VILLAGE CUP IN FREEZING MAY

By Brian Sanderson,

I picked you John Fuller, of Cricket Yorkshire fame and author, to set off to see the first round of the Davidstow Village Cup. The two sides were Streethouses ,who are in the Pontefract League and Houghton Main who are in the South Yorkshire Cricket League Championship. Finding the ground was not easy even using a fancy phone and AA route map.like a lot of cricket grounds  you can see it but finding the road in is not easy.

The rain was starting to fall and there was talk of not playing the match as Houghton Main had five players missing.However to both of our delights the Houghton Main walked on to the ground.

It had been reduced to a 36 over match rather than 40 overs. Soon the home side lost a wicket and in strode Johannes van Ee from South Africa.

On the last man stands web site it states his is World Batting Ranking is 14001 with World Bowling Ranking 14743 also he played for Brighouse last season. He is aged 35 with Dutch nationality. He scored 71 out of the team score of 135.He smote a number of six's into the near by field. Over all the Houghton bowling was tight on a responsive wicket. However they used a sixth bowler so causing the total to be  20 runs above par.

Whilst we were walking round the field to keep warm I noticed  a large toad in a local garden. It much have been great to watch behind windows and the fire on .

Houghton Main struggled against steady bowling including Mr Ee who had injuried his leg batted but still bowled. After 19 overs they had reached 43 for 3. They required two good partnerships to win.

At this time they had cold drinks when the wind chill factor must have been 2 degrees. Why they did not have had a warm drink in I do not know. In the meanwhile Mr Ee was involved in a "Mankading" which John explain this is what it is called when a bowler runs a batsman out. who backed up to far. Also he appealed to the umpire when the batsman picked up the ball and throw into to the bowler. The square leg umpire give him out handled ball, but Streehouses captain withdrew the appeal. and the batsman stayed.

Meanwhile wickets were falling and no partnership were established.. One of Houghton Main batsman wore his hat the wrong way round and I was pleased when he was out.  He should be told to wear the correct way. Houghton reached 116 for 9  at the end of the match which they could have won even with Mr Ee playing.

Streethouses next match  will be either Great Preston or Thornton on the 15 May. Hope it is warmer.

The Four Seasons

posted by John Winn

Sun, rain, hail, sleet and snow were all promised in the local forecast for Saturday and all affected local cricket at some point during the day. I opted to begin my day's watching with a trip to St George's Road to see Yorkshire Premier (North) opponents, Harrogate and Scarborough. Inching my way along Wetherby Road in heavy traffic my windscreen was spattered with small hailstones but arriving at the ground just a couple of minutes after noon I found the game underway in sunshine but with a breeze cool enough to persuade me that watching from the car was the best option.

Scarborough whose travelling has been much reduced by the partition of the league into north and south, indeed this must have been one of their longest journeys, were batting and found it hard going against the Harrogate attack led by Yorkshire's Ben Coad. The first wicket went down with 8 on the board when Coad pulled off a very smart caught and bowled and it became 38 for 2 when Tennant who had batted 55 minutes for 7, was brilliantly caught in the outfield by Harry Stothard off spinner David Foster. The run rate which had struggled to get above two an over picked up a little when skipper Elvidge came to the crease at 45 for 3 but only Tattersall's economy rate was above four when the innings closed at 189 for 7 with James Pick top scoring with 60.

Recognising no familiar faces in a meagre crowd I had left at the mid point of the innings and headed towards Ouseburn CC but interrupted my journey at Whixley where a Nidderdale Division 8 game was in play between the Cherrymen's seconds and visitors Wath and Melmerby II. Wath were batting and on an understandably slow wicket and even slower outfield had made a decent start. A hail shower was not heavy enough to drive the players from the field and Wath made 143 for 5 off their 45 overs. The Whixley website shows that this was topped in the 45th over with 3 wickets in hand.

At Lightmire Lane, Ouseburn,  under new skipper Dave Cummins were in home action for the first time this season against visitors from across the River Ure, Helperby CC, generally a handy outfit. I arrived to find Helperby struggling at 40 for 4 but they rallied to reach 147 for 9 which the hosts reached for the loss of six wickets with 12 overs to spare. This was OCC's second five pointer of the season but the table is headed by Birstwith who have the full six points from each of their two games. Birstwith will visit Lightmire Lane in two weeks, let's hope the weather is more settled by then. At one point yesterday the sun came out, the breeze dropped and it was pleasant enough to sit and watch in the fresh air and without a coat, but the game between newly promoted Knaresborough Forest and Pateley Bridge never started and at Clifton Park York and Stamford Bridge were forced to call it a day after fewer than 12 overs.

The excellent Yorkshire Premier (North) website tells me that Harrogate had a reduced target which they reached in a hurry with only three down and 15 overs to spare. Tattersall in the runs again.The table shows York top with Hull, Sheriff Hutton Bridge and Yorkshire Academy grouped four points behind. Dunnington prop up the table without a point to their name, losing to Yorkshire Academy in another rain affected game.

So two Saturdays' action has seen me stray no further than twelve miles from home and until  more reliance can be placed on ground and climate conditions that is likely to remain the case.

Clouds threaten play at Whixley: a little over ten miles away at Bootham Crescent York City's groundstaff were using brooms to clear water from the pitch before what might possibly have been the last Football League match played at the ground.