Thursday, 24 July 2014

Some extra fixtures

posted by John Winn

Most pcws' diaries are full at this time of the year but if you are seeking something a little different or travelling in England over the next few weeks some of these matches may be of interest.

Tony Hutton has emailed me details of Millfields (London) tour of the Esk Valley which begins on Sunday

Sunday 27th v Lealholm   Monday 28th Grosmont Tuesday 29th Kildale Wednesday 30th Great Ayton  Thursday 31st Westerdale   Friday 1st August Glaisdale

The Lealholm fixture has a two o'clock start and it is expected that the other matches will be half day too, but best to check first.

ICC Tournaments:as mentioned in previous postings there are a number of icc competitions taking place in July and August

Europe Under 19 Div 2 World Cup Qualifying: competing teams are Denmark, Guernsey, Italy, Jersey and Netherlands. Matches start on Sunday July 27th and take place each day next week until Friday with the exception of Wednesday. The venues are University of Essex, Kelvedon and Feering CC, Colchester CC, Halstead CC, Frinton on Sea, Coggeshall CC, and Mistley CC.

The Colchester area would seem to be a good base for covering these fixtures. They are 50 over matches with 11:00 starts.

Europe U15 Div 1 all at Rugby School, week beginning Sunday August 3rd until Friday August 8th with Wednesday a rest day. Competing nations: Jersey, Netherlands, Guernsey, Ireland, Scotland

Europe Women's Div 1 again all at Rugby School competing teams Netherlands, Scotland, Ireland beginning Tuesday August 12th each day until Sunday August 17th.

Further details of all these tournaments are available at

South Africa Under 19s tour
 The 15 man squad left Johannesburg on Wednesday and will be here for a month. They will play two tests and five ODIs.

Friday 1st August first test at Fenner's Cambridge
Thursday 7th August second test at Northampton

Friday 15th August ODI at Edgbaston
Sunday 17th August ODI at Trent Bridge
Monday 18th August ODI at Trent Bridge
Wednesday 20th August ODI at Grace Road
Friday 22nd August ODI at Derby

ODIs begin at 10:30 with the exception of Derby which has a 2:00pm start. Tests begin at 11:00 and last four days.

India women's tour of England: the Indians will play one four day test and three ODIs .
The test is at Wormsley from August 13th to 16th inclusive and the ODIs are at Scarborough on Thursday August 21st and Saturday 23rd August and at Lord's on August 25th. In the test stumps will be pitched at 11:00 and in the ODIs at 10:30



By Brian Sanderson,

Another beautiful summers morning as I set off at 9.30 A.M to the second day to  Harrogate.Yorkshire two batsmen were Tattersall and Hodgson. While they were batting Ryan Fisher and Carl Carver were doing a half an hour of exercises as shown above. The two batsman had been in no trouble apart from a missed caught and bowl against Tattersall.They put on a stand of  136 before Tattersall was caught by Shafique the wicket keeper. The keeper was not in the Second Team Annual under Durham however Malcolm found his name under Nottingham.Hodgson went on to score  113 before been caught again by Shafique who looks a good keeper.

Ryan Gibson came in after lunch and scored a quick 79 runs in 58 balls with 14  four,s. A excellent innings which was closed with a great catch by Carr on the boundary edge diving to his right.Another good innings was by Wainman who scored his first second team fifty batting at number 9. Yorkshire were bowled out for 416 which seem enough to win the match.

I left at this time to go and watch Bolton Percy play Alwoodley in the Whixley evening league.The village is four miles east of Tadcaster and the cricket club has just had a extension to the clubhouse.
The club was established in 1957 on the site of a local farmers field.They have two sides and play in the York and District Senior Cricket League As seen from the photogragh it is set in a beautiful surroundings and look it,s best in the sunlight. The only bad part of the visit was that they had two break ins in the last week. The thieves tied to burn it down on Tuesday night.

When I arrived home at 9 PM on the live scores Durham had lost five wickets after I left so it will be a short day tomorrow. This was my 28 consequent  day of watching cricket and if the weather holds fine should increase in the next three days.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

After two trips to Scarborough I had a chance to sleep till 9.AM this morning as I was taking the short trip to Harrogate were Yorkshire Seconds were playing a three day match against Durham.Spoke to the groundsman who was hoping for good weather for the next five days as there was a match every day.

Durham won the toss and decided to bat .Hoping to improve on yesterday defeat by Yorkshire.Yorkshire had all their  England under 19 players turning out. Rhodes, Tattersall. Shaw, Fisher and Carver before they start playing the Test Matches next week.Yorkshire opening bowlers were Fisher and Wainman and found it hard work.By lunchtime Durham had lost two wickets ,both to Shaw . He looked the best bowler all day on a slow wicket. One of Durham,s opening batsman was Graham Clark, the brother of Jordan who plays for Lancashire. Today he was Durham second highest scorer with 57 showing some excellent cover drives.

After lunch , the crowd was  good some sitting in the sun. The crowd included Ron Deaton, Bob Procter and Paul Dyson so there was a lot of cricket stories told during the afternoon.By teatime Durham had lost eight wickets for 208.The best Durham batting was done by Ryan Buckley from Darlington who shown some excellent strokes before been left not out for 60 with Durham scoring 224.Shaw finishing with 5 for 43.
During the afternoon Coad decided to slide into some gravel causing him to cut his hand.His comment was " a stupid thing to do " which was true.
The photograph is of Ryan Buckley coming off after the end of the innings. The photograph at the start of the blog is  Yorkshire Hudd waiting to come out to bat. but he did not fair well as he only scored 17.Yorkshire finished on 67 for 2 with prospects of reaching 350 tomorrow.

I will see tomorrow in the shade.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sonzack and State turn things round

posted by John Winn

Having been part of a cast of thousands on Monday I decided to join a smaller choir yesterday and opted for the 40 minute drive to Weetwood where on another glorious day Yorkshire U17 were entertaining their Derbyshire counterparts. Jennifer and Tony Hutton had wisely pitched camp in the shade and by the time of my arrival  the visitors had already lost a wicket. They continued to struggle throughout the morning and at lunch were 64 for 5. The Yorkshire youngsters had bowled 38 (sic) overs in the morning mainly through spinners Shutt and Logan, remember when that sort of productivity rate was a feature of the first class game? If you do you are probably not listening to Radio 1 while reading this.

Our discussions had been given added gravitas by the presence of Ralph Middlebrook, his observations on the England situation were of particular interest. Keep Cook captain but bat him at five and make him field at mid off so he can talk to his bowlers was one (or three) suggestion(s). The fall of the sixth wicket coincided with the arrival of John Rex, feeling a little hoarse and under doctor's orders not to talk too much. I think it's called irony.

Cooling off at Weetwood
Derbyshire's position was rescued by a seventh wicket stand of 122  between M Sonzcak and D State who ground away against the Yorkshire spinners. That it did not make riveting entertainment, riveting itself might have been more entertaining, is illustrated by the disclosure that our discussions strayed as far regional variations in the use of words like ginnel, jennel or snicket. The innings finally closed on 235 with Shutt having taken 4 for 60 off 25 overs. Yorkshire start today on 4 without loss.

Meanwhile there were more stirring deeds elsewhere for at Marske by Sea Yorkshire II were giving Durham II a fearful larruping with Pyrah hitting 128 off 73 balls with 13 sixes and at Scarborough as Brian has described Yorkshire winkled out Middlesex after tea to go top of the championship table. I expect Rodgers and Gale did shake hands but not quite at the time and in the way I predicted in yesterday's posting.

 Yorkshire lead Notts by five and Somerset by sixteen with Warwickshire still in the middle of the twelfth game, a further 9 points away. Middlesex are in the middle of the table and probably not quite sure how much is in the glass, for yesterday's defeat leaves them 37 points behind Yorkshire and over their shoulders Sussex and Durham have games in hand. Time to gather your breath while the championship does the same until the next round begins on August 15th. Sussex will be at Scarborough and the authorities will be hoping for similar weather to the last few days. So will I. Hope to see you at Harrogate in the next three days.


By Brian Sanderson,

Yesterday I went with my sister to Scarborough were I met among many people John Tipley. He asked me were will you go tomorrow ? My reply was I did not know. This morning I had originally going to Cleethorpes to watch Minor County cricket however Lincolnshire were going to win easily so I had to make a choice were to go.After emailing Brian Workman, we decided to go to Scarborough. After a heavy traffic we arrived with Middlesex having lost  Gubbins to a catch by Lyth off Brooks.

We sat at the Trafalgar Square end in the shade to see Middlesex loss another wicket before lunch. At this time the match seem similar to the Durham fourth innings ie Yorkshire requiring to take three wickets quickly.Two wickets fell quickly after lunch however Yorkshire could not get a break through and I thought the match was going to be a draw.Middlesex were 155 for 4. Even Brian Workman half of a  Hungarian pork pie at 3.20  could bring a wicket

Walking on the ground at the tea break Jason Gillespie was ask if Yorshire could win the match.? He reply they could as they had bowled well. I thought this was the usual coach speak and settled down to watch the match.

After tea  Middlesex soon were 191 for 9 with Rashid and Brooks taking the wickets. People who had left early missed a excellent win by Yorkshire when Rashid  had Murtagh caught by Lyth. Lyth taking four catches and Rashid bowling his season best of 4 for 27. Every player played there part in the victory the batsmen getting the runs and the bowlers the wickets together with good catches.

The trip back to Leeds was easy and was back home by 7 P.M. Harrogate tomorrow to watch Yorkshire seconds.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Scarborough excels itself

posted by John Winn

A phone call to York CC just after one o'clock on Sunday confirmed what I had suspected, namely that the York v Chesterfield National KO match had been postponed for the second time and the two teams will try again at Clifton Park on Sunday 27th of July. Should that be a casualty of the weather then a bowl out or toss of the coin will decide who goes through to the last 8. Shortly after my phone call the skies over the Lower Ure Valley darkened and then unleashed heavy rain which washed away all thoughts of seeing cricket for the day.

What a transformation on Monday morning as JG and I drove to Scarborough by the pretty route arriving in plenty of time to take up our positions at the top of the north stand. A firm forecast for a day of sunshine, factor 30 applied, the players going through their drills and an intriguing match situation. The only blot on the horizon what might happen at Lord's and for a while at least things went well there.

Most readers will no doubt be aware of the general pattern of events at North Marine Road. Yorkshire batted with increasing tempo throughout the day so that this morning Galey lad must decide whether a lead of 421 is enough, for even though he did not play in the reverse fixture at Lord's what Middlesex and Rodgers in particular did to the Yorkshire bowling twelve weeks ago will not have been forgotten. Go on Andrew give it a go, they can't do it again. Or can they? My forecast is an overnight declaration but that Yorkshire will not bowl out Middlesex and the captains will shake hands at 5:00.

 Of the four wickets to fall yesterday there was a suggestion that Lees was unlucky, Williamson's shot was extravagant so soon after lunch, Bairstow seemed to think he was at Lord's and Leaning perished in the cause of quick runs to an occasional bowler. Don't worry Jack, another very promising innings and that first century can't be far away.

 In the wake of England's post lunch horror show at Lord's Mark Nicholas writing for cricinfo advocates the recall of Steve Finn who he describes as 'the most feared opponent'. Not sure the 3000 or so sunbaskers who were at NMR yesterday will agree with that, 0 for 88 off 20 overs suggests the Yorkshire batsmen were not too scared either. Plenty of people, probably too many, will dip their oar into the England captaincy pond before selection for Sunday's test side is announced but I note that 74% of Sky viewers think Cook should go. That raises two questions in my mind: were they asked who should replace him for it is a pretty pointless question if they were not, and should Cook stay in the side under his replacement ? Read and yes are my answers.

Sunday, 20 July 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

I had a telephone call from Bob Proter to say the York v Chesterfield was off due to rain under the covers and this will be played next Sunday, weather permitting.So I decided to go local to Adel in the semi-final of the Waddilove Cup in the Airedale @ Wharfedale League which started at 2.P.M.

I noticed that there was a match started at Glen Road which is on the way to Adel and it started at 1.30.The match was Headingley Bramhope against Oakwood Old Gits C.C.When I arrived the Oakwood side were warming up and had to lend the home side some players.Looking at the web they play at Undercliffe against the Cavaliers X1 on the  10 August ,starting time 1.30.The week before at Undercliffe Booby Peel CC are playing.None of these teams Ihad never heard of.
The match was going to be a thirty over match with ten bowler bowling 3 overs maximum, no lbw and retire at 25 runs not age.After a walk round the field I moved on to Adel. Reg Parker was sat in his usual seat after his holiday in North Yorkshire. Adel won the toss and decided to bowl on a damp wicket.Soon Collingham were 16 for 4 and a prospect of an early finish. Tony Hutton had arrived after his Sunday lunch  and telephoning the electric company over his power failure.Then there was a partnership between Jacklin and James to bring up to 90.Then Collingham  wickets fell quicly and were all out for 124.

Adel must have been confident of winning the match after a good bowling performance however they lost the first wicket on the first ball from Tobin.After a few overs there was a heavy donfall of rain which took the pl;ayers off for 30 minutes which brought Duckwoth Lewis into effect. Also caused a rainbow.
 This left Adel to score 89 in 29 overs.Quirk who opened the innings very slow manged to reach 49 before been out which  caused Adel to lose wickets quickly.In the last over they required 13 i with nine wickets down and lost the match so Collingham go through to the final.
Godd news was Tony electric was back on.  Scarborough tomorrow.