Monday, 28 July 2014

Semis and quarters

Posted by John Winn

As Brian has reported York gained a quarter final place in the National Club KO competition yesterday. The full draw is

Brentwood v Hastings and St Leonards

Chorley v York

Sandiacre Town v Northern

Sunbury v Frocester

Matches to be played Sunday August 3rd

There was one outstanding quarter final in the village cup played yesterday and Dinton CC (Bucks) beat 2012 winners Reed to go through to the semi final where they will be at home to Great and Little  Tew

The other semi final will be between Milford Hall  (Stafford) and Woodhouse Grange (York) . These matches will also be played on Sunday August 3rd. The final will be at Lord's on September 7th

Yesterday's results in women's county cricket

Div 1 Middlesex beat Sussex by 5 wickets, Kent beat Surrey by 7 wickets , Notts beat Yorks by  3 wits and Berkshire beat Warwickshire by 67 runs

Div 2 Staffs bt Lancs by 47 runs Somerset bt Ireland by 10 runs Wales bt Cheshire 9 wits and Devon bt Durham by 6 wits

Kent are champions of Div 1 and Lancs win Div 2 . For an informative blog about women's cricket go to The tables have not been updated to include yesterday's matches.

Sunday, 27 July 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

I had visited York on two other occasions to see them play Chesterfield in the Royal London ECB National Club Championship. Today the weather was overcast to start with and there was talk of Duckworth Lewis but it was not needed as the sun came out.

Both sides are no longer able to call on the services of players who starred for them in earlier rounds of this years competition,Ben Slater of Chesterfield  and York,s Jack Leaning,,are ruled out of the tie having both  since  made first-class county a ppearences. York won the toss and decided to bat on a used pitch.One of the openers was Dan Woods who is pictured at the start of the blog eating a sandwich after been out for 42.

Then Lambert and L.Mc Kendry put on a stand of   96 in 15 overs against so poor bowling.Then the other
Mc Kendry came in to bat  adding another 149  in 19 overs. L. Mc Kendry scoring 105 in 99 balls and 11 4,s. York finishing on massive score of 310 in the forty-five overs.
It would require two excellent innings from Chesterfield to give them a chance,At tea time I wandered across to one of my favorites grounds Clifford Alliance were their third team were playing Hirst Courtney in the York Vale League. The home side were batting and also scoring at will. On the side of the boundary were a number of tents which I assume made Clifton some money from rent.
Wandering back to see the Chesterfield innings waiting to see how they would cope with the total.Richmond bowled the first over for York which give Chesterfield 11 runs of the first over . Not a good start.In the space of 18 overs they had lost  five wickets for 96 so the writting was on the wall. After 34 overs Chesterfield  were all out for 152 with the extras second highest scorer. Pringle and Woods taking 7 wickets.

York will now play away next Sunday at Chorley in the quarter finals of the compertition. Good luck York.

Too late at Loftus

posted by John Winn

First stop yesterday was for a Division 2 match in the Langbaurgh League between New Marske and Swainby. New Marske lies a little inland from Marske by the Sea where Yorkshire II played earlier in the week. Indeed New Marske, some of which is not so new, might be called Marske not by the Sea, but then of course you have to think of coastal erosion........

The playing area at Gurney Street  is a large one and well maintained. Many of the surrounding trees are mountain ash and these were laden with berries, a reminder that summer is passed its tipping point. The visitors were batting and had already lost an early wicket but mounted a recovery while I was there. I took the opportunity to look inside the ground's new pavilion which will be ready for next season. The photographs show what an improvement this will bring to the facilities and all through a grant from Sport England.

Next stop, and not far away, was at Skelton Castle: still Langbaurgh League and still Division 2. I visited this ground in 2013 when family fun day was being held but when it was too wet for cricket. No such problems this year and the home team were batting against Hutton Rudby B. Another recovery in progress here from 27 for 5 with all those dismissed  having failed to register double figures, to 67 for 6 when a well judged catch off a skier ended the partnership. This photograph shows that Skelton's pavilion is another excellent asset to the clubs in this league.

Another short journey brought me to Loftus, an important community in this former mining area, but to a different and new league to me, the Cleveland League. A couple of years ago this league applied en bloc to join the Langbaurgh but were given short shrift. To the outsider such an amalgamation makes sense but who knows the politics of these things other than those closely involved. I arrived at the Whitby Road ground, time 3:30, to find the players leaving with Loftus I , top of the league  having defeated Smith's Dock II, bottom of the league and without a win this season. Things don't seem too good at Smith's Dock for the only thing keeping their first team off the bottom of the league is the presence of their seconds. One win between them and I can hazard a guess which two teams were involved in that match.

The Loftus secretary suggested that while I was in the area I might drive a few miles down the coast to Staithes who he knew were playing at home. He was kind enough to provide precise directions to find the ground where Staithes were indeed playing with visitors Ebberston. A few miles drive but another league, the Beckett Scarborough League, Premier Division too.  A small ground here but with a decent number of watchers and Ebberston's batsmen making it look easy, 200 for 2 off 30 overs and Staithes' fielders rather wilting in the high temperatures. One exception to this was a chap in a red cap who exhorted his lads to 'work hard' and he had his reward when a finely judged catch in the deep brought a wicket.

An enquiry at the local newsagents for the Scarborough News, whose local cricket coverage is excellent, earned the response, 'Sorry sir it doesn't come this far.' and a glance at his shelves showed me I was still in Northern Echo* territory. So back the way I had come and to my fourth and last ground of the day at Boosbeck CC, another former mining village and members of the Cleveland League. Here it was tea and a good cup on the house before watching Loftus II start their reply to Boosbeck's 206 for 8 with Gary Hood having carried his bat for 106 not out. Listening to the Loftus players before they took the field it was clear that the news of their first team's easy win
had reached them and some expressed the sentiment that they (the II team) could have been reinforced for their trip to Boosbeck. 206 for 8 suggests they were short of bowling: 65 all out suggests they were not flush with batsmen.

* whose local cricket coverage is also excellent

Saturday, 26 July 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

Yesterday afternoon  I received through the post The Northern Cricket Society Booklet for 2014. In the book  there is a lovely piece by Brian Senior on Mick Bourne life.There is a photograph of him standing next to a old roller so the above photograph taken today is in memoir of Mick who would have enjoyed our trip this afternoon.

The first ground we visited was Denholme Clough who were playing Greetland in the Halifax League. The first documented game of cricket being played at the ground on County Bridge is in 1922 when the club  joined the Bradford Mutual Sunday School League. The ground looked a picture today in the sunshine but in April I would think it would be very cold.
On Tuesday sixty cows got on the ground and it took one of the players all afternoon to clear up all the mess.The scorebox has recently built and the pavilion has a new patio so the club is in good hands.

Moving on down the valley to Denholme, the club of Ian Fisher , the present  strenght coach to Yorkshire C.C.C.The play in the Craven League and were playing Chatburn in the Craven League.Established in 1867 is situated on Keighley Road in the rural setting and has stunning views.
Chat burn according to Mr Fisher is half way to Blackpool but is south of Pendle Hill and were established in 1923.Moving on to West End Haworth ground  who were playing Gargrave. We visited this ground last year but there was no cricket been played but to day we were successful. Established in 1900 the club plays its cricket in the heart of Bronte Country. The ground is situated on the moor tops of Haworth at the height of 1000 feet above seas level.While we were there one of the batsman got hit on the nose when the ball came off the edgr of his bat.Tissue was called for but he soon carried on.
The ground is situated at the end of a unmade road.Moving on we went to Cullingworth  who were playing Queensbury who have the highest cricket ground in England.Cullingworth used to be in the Craven League  but in 2014 have just moved into the Halifax League and is the newest club in the league.Today the second team scored 124 and looked like losing as we left.
The ground is very small in width and one of the umpire stood next to the boundary.The village is four miles from Keighley and is a popular commuter village for the large towns.We had a good tea at the ground while sitting in the shade. Moving on Long Lee were we visited last year but the match had finished so we were hopeing for better things this afternoon. After parking the car in The Dicky Bird pub we walked through a field to see them playing Wilsden , with the home side batting. From the ground you can see four matches in the Craven League, Airedale, Riddleston. Ingrow St. John and Long Lee.The address of the ground is Goldenview and has soon great views.
It is not the easiest journey down the cobbled road toward Ingrow St. Johns and when we arrived the match had just finished at 5.10. So on to the next ground which was Crossflatts who,s ground is situated next to the old Bradford  and Bingley B.S. They were playing Embsey and as we were walking round we started to talk to a spectator who had  come by train from Sheffield to watch the match. He said that had no car and went everywhere by train but he would have great difficulty it getting to the grounds we visited today.
All the facts about the Halifax league were taken from the recent book written by Peter Davies and David Normanton called 100 years of Hilltop and Valley-bottom Cricket. Great book.Also looking at the website figures we had 2,600 visit last month and 68,000  from the begining. Thank you all our readers and hope you enjoy myself and John,s visits to cricket grounds.York tomorrow for the third time to see the completion of the Chesterfield match.

Friday, 25 July 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

I missed going to Harrogate in the morning but have just come back from the 20/20 match between Yorkshire and Nottingham.Brian Workman wanted me to obtain Aaron Finch signature on the scorecard as it was his final match.So near the players enterence was Michael Vaughan waiting to do his Sky commentating.
After obtaining the signature I sat in the Rugby stand and watched the entertainment.
We were not invaded by Martians but the drummers who entertained the crowd during the match.Yorkshire won the toss and decided to bat.It was Finch last match and Moxon wanted three good innings from him. He scored a century at Edgebastion and a good score in 20/20 at Old Trafford so tonight was his last chance.
He did show his class scoring 89 with 7 sixes . Two of them landed on the Rugby roof.Franklin finally brought the end to the slaught,thanks to a stunning catch by Read, diving full length  to take the tickle from Finch.
The best bowler was Ball with 3-38 in Yorkshire total of 200.
After Finch innings the photographer took time out to e-mail pictures of Finch,s innings.

Nottingham Outlaws pulled off their second highest run chase of all time to ensure a home advantage in the quater final.

Man of the match Alex Hales fired 67 for 40 balls to lend the reply but with his effort a win looked unlikely with 39 wanted from the last 3 overs.
James Taylor and James Franklin combined in the most explosive  manner though,to wrap things up with 4 balls to spare.Sidebottom  final over was 4,4,4,6 to end the over was simply sensational and left Franklin to hit another six from the second ball of the final over.

This means Nottingham play Hampshire at Trent Bridge.


By Tony Hutton,

Dylan Budge, the captain of Woodhouse Grove School and former Yorkshire schools player, made top score of 34 for Durham who resuimed on 54-5 this morning in front of a small, but select,crowd in perfect weather conditions. Budge and his partner Buckley put on 44 for the sixth wicket and raised hopes of the game lasting until lunchtime.However once Budge was out caught behind by Hodgson off Shaw things took a more predictable course. Captain Will Rhodes decided to bowl off spin, rather than his usual medium pace ,as Karl Carver had picked up an injury playing football,and took the next wicket to fall.Then, Josh Shaw,who had taken 5-43 in the first innings,rounded things off ,by destroying the tail.He demolished the stumps of the last man Morley to finish with match figures of 10-71. So comprehensive victory for Yorkshire with the Harrogate ground in excellent condition to match the weather.

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