By Brian Sanderson,
Moving on from Kildale we went on to Moorsholm who were the Langbaurgh Champions last year and were playing Hartlepool Power Station today. A comment by a spectator was the club were just hoping to survive as their main bowler from last year had moved to another club. Hartlepool were 80 for no wicket when we arrived in the nineteenth over.At this point there was three fours taken off a bowler who then decided to kick the wicket down and storm off the field.None of us had seen any thing like it before and leaves the club with a big problem of how they deal with the player.
Next ground we visited was Staithes who were playing Nawton Grange in the Beckett League.We had visited the ground a few years ago but the cricket had finished so we were pleased to see cricketers on the field. The away side had scored 90 and the home side were heading for victory.The photograph above is the best view in the ground.
Moving on down the road we called into Loftus were there was a most unusual match happening in the Cleveland Cricket League. The league now only consists of three clubs with five teams so today Loftus second team were playing a league match against their first team.
The second team had batted first and had scored 138. It was a sorry site to see one of the last matches played in the league as it would seem the it would fold after 130 years of being formed. Five years ago they had two divisions with eight teams in one of them and nine in the other.
Moving on to our last ground at Nunthorpe were their second team were playing Crathorne in the Langbaurgh League . At this time it was six o,clock so Nunthorpe batted 39 overs for 81 runs so it must have great to watch. Glad we missed it. Great views to the hills.
Another good trip seeing a varied league cricket at different standards.