Wednesday, 2 September 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

First day at Headingley I show some of my cricket memorabilia.I took along a scrap book of  Bill Andrews, who played cricket for Somerset in the 1930,s also he played cricket during the Second World War around Blackpool.

Yorkshire won the toss and put in Somerset into bat on a damp green wicket.That was a start of a golden session  for Yorkshire bowlers  who reduced Somerset to 85 for 8 by lunch. During lunchtime while I was standing next to my memorabilia  came up to be to sat that Bill Andrews coached him at school which made my season as Bill is one of favorite cricketers. He sat down to read the scrapbook and found it very interesting as it brought memoirs to him of his younger days that is way scrapbooks are so interesting.

Been while back at the cricket Yorkshire bowled out Somerset for 110 with Jack Brooks getting his best bowling figures . These were 5 for 35. Yorkshire put on a opening stand of 46 by tea time with the help of some dropped catches By the end of the day Yorkshire were 138 for 3.

At the end of the days play, I went over to the nets area to see a play called "The Last Match " about the death of Hedley Verity and the Sussex Yorkshire match at Hove in 1939. Also there was Geoffrey Boycott who at the end of the play answered some questions about the state of play at Yorkshire at he moment. He spoke a lot of truth.

Today the weather forecast said rain in the afternoon .Ballance was first to go after scoring 91  and by  lunchtime the score was 236 for 4. Talk in the Long Room was to get the most batting points as possible ,with 300 being the target. This was achieved when Bresnan  took Yorkshire to 300 for 6 in the 107 th over. By tea time Yorkshire were 362 for 7  with Bairstow 76 not out.

After tea Bairstow  was bowled for 91 which the same score as Ballance. Yorkshire total was 391 so being 281 in the lead. The rain never arrived and the weather forecasters were wrong again. By the end of the day Somerset were 44 for 2 with Cooper and Hildreth batting.

Forecast is cloudy tomorrow but who knows just look out of the window tomorrow morning. Hopefully Yorkshire can achieve a victory so I can do some gardening on Friday.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Busy Bank Holiday weekend

Posted by Tony Hutton

As the cricket season reaches its final stages lots of competitions are nearing completion. None more so than the Women's county championship which saw Yorkshire women scheduled to play two games at Harrogate last weekend.

Before that however an eventful Yorkshire Premier League game took place at Harrogate on Saturday 29th August. Their opponents were Cleethorpes and the twelve noon start gave several professional cricket watchers the opportunity of almost three hours cricket before the attraction of the Rugby League Cup Final on TV took over.

Harrogate started well after the early shock of losing both openers with the score on only 11 and captain George Ross with the total on 30. Tattersall, who has been in fine form for Harrogate all season, and Foster then put on a partnership of 111 and the home side seemed to be cruising. However Tattersall went for 69 and Foster 53 and the rest capitulated totally. 168-4 soon became 194 all out with 13 of the alloted 55 overs not used.

At this point the rugby league followers, including myself, dragged themselves away to follow the huge 50 points to nil victory for Leeds Rhinos over Hull Kingston Rovers. A great farewell for the two Leeds stalwarts Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Peacock, with our correspondent Brian Sanderson in attendance at Wembley.

Later in the evening we were all surprised to find out that Cleethorpes had achieved a very rapid victory by 8 wickets, knocking off the runs in only 34.3 overs, thanks mainly to Alex Osmond, the Lincolnshire county player, with a stunning 103 not out.

I managed to see the final stages of Adel v Tong Park Esholt in the Aire Wharfe league at my home ground, along with the sage of Adel, Reg Parker, who was not very happy with the home side's display. Despite restricting the visitors to 188-5, they were bowled out for 144 and lost by 44 runs. No batsman made more than 35 for Adel, prompting Reg, as usual, to say they don't practice enough. Wise words indeed!

Next day, Sunday 30th August, was the first women's county game between Yorkshire and Surrey at Harrogate with an 11 a.m. start. Yorkshire more so than Surrey were missing several of their England players engaged in the one day series with Australia.
This showed in a somewhat turgid batting display, held together by opener and wicket
keeper Good with 56. The rest struggled against some tight spin bowling especially by Clark who had figures of 10-2-27-3 and Lakhtaria with 10-2-21-1. So a total of 174-6 in the fifty overs seemed a bit below par.

Yorkshire Women in action at Harrogate

However confidence in the Yorkshire camp was high especially when the first four batsmen were all out for single figures to the opening attack of Spragg and Levick. Then a middle order recovery first by Smith with 35 and then the bowling hero Clarke, who was only out in the final over for 51 going for a big hit which would have won the game. She was well caught at mid on and the incoming batsman required three to win off the last ball of the match.  Only a single was possible and the jubilant Yorkshire girls celebrated victory by just one run.

Under 11 girls in action on Harrogate No 2 ground

Team manager Sue Haley was a bit disappointed that they had not bowled the opposition out or scored enough to obtain either maximum batting or bowling points, taking only 16 of the maximum 18 available. Yorkshire were due to play close rivals Sussex the following day, again at Harrogate, but after overnight and morning rain the game was abandoned eventually around 2 p.m. and both teams left pointless. The poor Sussex girls facing a very long journey home.

My understanding of the league table is that Kent, having played all their games are top with 105 points, with Yorkshire on 89 points with one game (home to Lancashire) to play and Sussex are third with 87 points again with one game to play.

So a very tight finish to the season in prospect with Yorkshire needing 17 points to overtake Kent. The vital match with bottom team Lancashire will be played at Harrogate at 11 a.m. on Sunday 13th September.

Other news items are that the planned memorial game for Mick Bourne at Arthington on 6th September has been postponed until a later date, to be decided. This was due to the amount of other cricket being played in the area on Sunday. Another fixture to add to the list is Yorkshire over 50s v Staffordshire over 50s at Kibworth in Leicestershire in the national county final. Good luck to them and to Yorkshire at Headingley, to the Academy in their cup final at York and to Cumberland in the Minor Counties play off final at Carlisle.

National Club Championship

Posted by John Winn

Following Sunday's semi finals the final of The National Club Championship will be between Northern CC ( Crosby) v Blackheath. More details in a later posting

Monday, 31 August 2015


By Brian Sanderson,








                        NOTTINGHAM  V  DURHAM  TRENT BRIDGE  4 DAYS







                               ARTHINGTON FESTIVAL STARTS.



Tew, Tew but no Barney McGrew or Dinton.

posted by John Winn

A family celebration took my wife and me to North Oxfordshire for the weekend and gifted me an opportunity to visit a cricket ground that Tony Hutton had recommended as one of his favourites and just two weeks ago featured as ground of the week in The Cricket Paper, namely the Gordon Taylor Oval, the home of Great and Little Tew.

Liz and I were staying in the nearby village of Hook Norton and on a beautiful Saturday morning we were joined by my sister and her husband in anticipation of seeing a Home Counties Premier League Division Two match between top of the table Great and Little Tew and bottom of the table Dinton with an 11:00 start. With directions from my niece Helen, whose older daughter has played at the ground, we ignored the signs enticing us to visit The Falkland Arms, instead went up the hill, turned left and there it was, every bit as delightful as promised. But we sensed immediately that something was wrong for no match was in progress, just what looked like Saturday morning practice. Surely there had to be cricket in such a lovely setting on such a lovely day.

Inside the pavilion a man was carefully checking the bar stock and he informed me that the already relegated Dinton had cried off on Thursday and the match had been cancelled. The descent of my heart towards my fashionable summer shoes was arrested however when the bar auditor revealed that there would be a match starting at twelve thirty when G and L T fourths would play Cropredy III in a Cherwell League Div 9 cup match. Not quite the advertised fare but cricket none the less and worth an hour's wait. The man who informed me of this turned out to be the eponymous Gordon Taylor, the man after whom the ground is named and here he is. The handsome looking tomatoes in his lunch box were grown in his greenhouse, clearly a man for more than one season.

A disappointed member of The Tews firsts gave us directions to the village of Great Tew, a ten to fifteen minute walk away and there we enjoyed refreshment at The Falkland Arms before returning to the ground where the game was just under way with Cropredy (from the Banbury area) batting and making slow progress. As one might expect this was very much 'lads and dads' cricket, but encouraging that these two clubs can put out third and fourth teams at this late stage in the season. When we left Cropredy were 35 without loss after 13 overs but something of a collapse seems to have followed for they were bowled out for 90, a target which Tew reached for the loss of five wickets. They will play their semi final next Saturday

The Home Counties League at its highest level is dominated by two teams, Henley and High Wycombe who between them have won 11 out of the last 14 championships and after next Saturday you can make that 12, because the two meet in the last match of the season and currently occupy the top two places, well clear of Banbury who are third. The competing clubs are spread over five counties, Oxon, Bucks, Berks Hants and Middlesex.

The other pavilion at Tew

President Taylor while naturally disappointed about Dinton's failure to honour the match, and we agreed it was a poor show at this level, is keenly awaiting Tew's final match of the season next Saturday when they will travel to Shipton-under-Wychwood needing just three points to clinch the title and with Shipton third from bottom that ought to be a formality. As for the relegated Dinton's fate I'm not sure but as there are only two divisions in the Home Counties League I think they may well be in the Cherwell League in 2016.

A very wet morning in The Lower Ure Valley and things will have to brighten up considerably before I make the journey to Harrogate where Yorkshire Women, who yesterday beat Surrey by 1 run, take on Sussex.

Sunday, 30 August 2015


By Brian Sanderson

After my trip to Wembley yesterday , it was back to watching cricket.Ron Deaton again came up with a very interesting trip round the above league. Originally the league was called The Dewsbury @ Disrict League and was formed in 1911. While we travelling round a spectator said the league had five  divisions in the 1980,s.

There are 19 teams in the league mainly based round to grounds and there is two divisions.. We visited Sandy Lane in Dewsbury not far from Savile Park were Yorkshire used to play. There is three pitches and is the base of  six teams. These are Azad,Dewsbury,Al Murud,Driftwood, Kashmir and Savile Stars Shaheen.

Today the three matches were as follows:

Saville Stars Shaheen v Kashmir. As we were eating or sandwiches there was an appeal for LBW which caused a massive argruement and the umpires pulled up the stumps but the row carried. on . Photographed above.

Dewsbury v Savile Town

Moving on to the next ground the match was proceeding peacefully.The grounds are next to the River Calder
and on a flood plain of the river so are very flat.The photograph is of a bridge over the river. At the moment Savile Town are lending the first division by two points with three matches to play.

Moving on to the third ground were  Driftwood v Al Murud, were another quite match was progressing. The ground is overlooked by a beautiful stone houses and you would not believe you were in the  woolen town of Dewsbury. Both these teams are in the second division.

As we walked back to the car we noticed that the Savile Star match had started again even after both umpires had abandon the match. It will be interesting to see what the outcome of the match will be and if anything the league do about the incident.

Moving on to the next ground of the league at Ravensthorpe were Dewsbury Elite should have been playing Greenshirts but there was no sign of a match.

Moving on we went through Mirfield when we noticed two matches been played at Mirfield and the ground next door Moorlands. At Mirfield there was a friendly match between a Mirfield team of twenty five years ago and the present team. A beautiful ground with trees behind.

Next door Moorlands over 50,s were playng Hepworth @ Idle . Is this the only two team next to each other with the initials M.C.C

Back to the league on Huddersfield Sports ground four pitches and all occupied by teams in the Dewsbury District League

The first match was  on number 1 pitch was New Sanam v Kismet who,s home ground was number 2 . Both sides are in the first division and had no chance of winning the league.

Moving on to pitch 4      Friends Eleven v Azad.

It was the end of the innings for the home side with the last wicket bring the score up to 140 in the forty overs. Azad was founded in 2004 accord to Cricket Heritage web site but one of the play said it was established thirty years ago.

Next pitch was Scout Hill v PAK with the home side batting. The ground is overlooked by ICI factory.

Both sides are in the first division.

The last match on the ground was Dewsbury Young Stars v Gujarkhan Star. As we were having a cup of tea there was big argument about  whether the batsman was stumped. After five minutes , this time the batsman  decided to walk off . So we had seen nine matches on three grounds, is this a record ?

Moving on to our final match Birkby Allstars v KKK on the Rosehill ground which is used in the  Huddersfield League on Saturday.So this is the only ground used by the league which is proper cricket ground ie pavilion , scorebox and covers. The above photograph is a KKK player coming of the pitch with a injured side.While he batted he score 17 sixes  in his team score of 299 in the forty overs.He said he only plays cricket on Sunday.He must have a  great hand -eye coordination. Another great day with plenty of stories but one thing I did not enjoy at Birkby was a bowler bowling with his cap the wrong way round. He was not Geoffrey Boycott.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Lancashire win the Sanderson Cup

Posted by Tony Hutton

Honley's unique pagoda-style pavilion
Just to bring Brian Sanderson's report on the Yorkshire under 19 game with Lancashire at Honley up to date, I can confirm that Lancashire won the game on first innings but could not bowl Yorkshire out a second time for an outright win. However that was sufficient for the visitors to claim the trophy which has no connection with our own Mr Sanderson.

Lancashire's second wicket
pair of Chris Laker, from Delph and Dobcross, and Harry Dearden, from Hyde and Lancashire 2nd XI, both scored centuries in a big second wicket partnership. The declaration on the second day came at 318-7, but Yorkshire equalled their first innings score of 174 with only seven wickets down. Again spinner Shafiq was the best bowler with 3-64.

An enjoyable game at a very pleasant ground, with good company and good facilities all round. The Honley club are to be congratulated for staging the match and hopefully it will return here again in the future. Just a shame Yorkshire were not quite at full strength, but this was due to the proliferation of fixtures from the top downwards at all age groups.