Tuesday, 2 September 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

On a cloudless morning I drove over to Harrogate to see the second day of the Yorkshire Seconds against Nottingham.The first job I did was to fill in the Nottingham names on the scorecard as  Nottingham did not know who was playing when the scorecard was printed..Also the scorecard shown the starting time as 11o,clock but it should have been 10.30. Also all the timimgs were out by 30 minutes.

Settleing down to watch the match. Sam Wood  who has played England under 19  played a excellent innings.
He was in no problem whilst I watched him and wet on to score 114. The other batsman was Billy Root who is the brother of Joe of Yorkshire and England fame.He was out caught on the boundary edge of Wainman .He fell for the three card trick.

The above photograph is of Sam Wood coming off at lunchtime.

When I got back from visiting my sister Nottingham were progressing well against the spin bowling of two England under 19 players ie Carver and Tattersall.Just after tea Nottingham declared on 336 for 5 in one hundred overs.

After the tea interval I managed to photograph some photographs of the last County fixture on this ground in 1996. The photograph at the start of the blog is of the old pavilion. One of the coaches for Yorkshire was Anthony Mc Grath  who scored a hundred in that match.

When I arrived total cricket scorer confirmed Yorkshire were 63 for 3 at the close of play. The pitch is very batsman friendly so we will see want happens tomorrow.

Monday, 1 September 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

As I entered Harrogate ground Yorkshire Seconds opening stand of Hodd and Callis  against Nottingham was going well.The weather was warm but there was a cool wind blowing across the field. Finding seats on the ground is difficult but Jenny and Malcolm were sat near the sightscreen on the open terrace end. Looking at the ground now it seems ages ago when Yorkshire were winning the Championship on this ground with thousands of people watching. Today there must have been about twenty.

Callis was first out caught at slip for 48 and two balls later Hodgson was out the same way. The bowler was Brett Hutton who has caused problems before against Yorkshire.Tattersall and Rhodes soon followed and Yorkshire were 125 for 4.However at lunchtime Gibson and Hodd ,photographed above, had brought the score to 185 for 4 off 32 overs.

After my return from visiting my sister Andrew Hodd was out caught by Franks for 166 scoring 16 fours and 3 sixes. Some of his covering driving was excellent.It will be interesting to see weather he stops at Yorkshire with his limited chances in the first team.At tea they were 344 for 8.

After tea Yorkshire were soon out for 371 which gave me a chance to talk to Ian from Lancaster and his tales of his cricket watching around North of England.At the end of the day Nottingham  were 63 for 1 with Joe Roots brother batting.Hope the forecast is right tomorrow which should see a interesting day.

Sunday, 31 August 2014


By Brian Sanderson,


                          LANCASHIRE  V YORKSHIRE  OLD TRAFFORD  3DAYS



                           ELSCAR   V  YORK  HANGING HEATON





                             DURHAM  V  NORTHANTS    DURHAM  4 DAYS








By Brian Sanderson,

I just had chance to watch  some  cricket at Follifoot who were established in 1846. The ground is situated in Rudding Park and surrounded by trees which is a beautiful sight however the Harrogate bypass runs next to the ground and it sounds like a race track.

Today was a beautiful afternoon and the home side were playing North Leeds Thirds in the Conference A in the Airedale and Wharfedale third teams who play on a Sunday.There are  eight sides in this Conference and 6 in Conference B.There is one match to play and then there is a Championship play off between the two Conferences and that is on 14 September.North Leeds are the lenders of this Conference  so will go through to the final. Looking at the table Bilton have been deducted 20 for not fulfilling a fixture,Knaresborough been deducted 17 for not fulfilling a fixture and 2 points for fielding a short team.Collingham have been deducted 37 points for the full house ie Not fulfilling a fixture, fielding an ineligable player and fielding a short team.

Cnference B Thackley have been deducted forty points for failing to fulfill two fixtures.

When I arrived the home side were batting but lost two wickets in two balls and finished on 138 and so tea was taken which allowed me to see some old photographs which were placed on a table which the players used as a mat.One of the photographs was a team in 1946.
Looking at the names of the players I noticed the name of Radcliffe.Looking at Tony Woodhouse book on Yorkshire players it does mention that the Radcliife lived in Rudding Park until it was sold in 1972.The club wish to purchase a electric scoreboard and one way they are trying to obtain the money is by selling bulbs which seemed a novel idea. The total cost would be £4,500  and if you go to their website you can see other ways to help the club.

One of the crowd was Ian Chappell , the newly retires Chief Executive of the YCB and the author of the history of North Leeds Club.When I left with twenty overs to bowl North Leeds required 60 runs and seven wickets in hand so should win the match.
I was luck enough to take a Tony Hutton estate agent photograph of the ground. Tomorrow to Harrogate to see Yorkshire Seconds and to see my sister.

An urgent appeal

posted by John Winn

I have been asked to post this appeal from Mick Bourne's daughter on the blog.

I just wondered if you could mention to anyone else that would like to contribute towards my dad's bench if they could try to do so in the next couple of weeks. At the moment only 5 people, including yourself and Brian Sanderson, have contributed and I have to pay the whole amount in 3 weeks and will need to pay the £1000 we need myself.  I am happy to take cheques or if they want to give you (Tony Hutton)  cash to give to me on the match day. Hate chasing people but I am sure there are more people who would like to contribute but contacting them is not easy

Catherine McGrath
I hope readers who knew Mick will be able to respond to this appeal from Catherine towards her father's memorial. The bank account details are as follows
Michael Bourne Memorial Fund
Account number 61659316
Sort Code 40-23-11
Reminder that the memorial match is at Arthington CC on Sunday 28th September from 1:00pm

Drax overpowered

posted by John Winn

If you told friends that you were intending to visit Burton Salmon and Hirst Courtney in the Selby area they might think you were planning to take some grapes to a couple of matinee idols who had fallen on hard times but they are the names of two cricket clubs who are members of the York Vale league. A half an hour's drive took me to Burton Common Road, arriving fifteen minutes before the scheduled start to find a ground that said metaphorically at least 'Keep out, no play today'. Locked, bolted and barred and with no wicket cut it was very clear that there was no point in hanging about but the league website had advertised a fixture with Selby II and as late as Friday night a Salmon supporter had expressed on twitter his anticipation of the prospect of a local derby. This morning the league website offers a not unexpected explanation: 'walk over, Selby II unable to raise a team', as indeed was the case last Saturday. The Selby website proudly claims that they 'have four senior sides' make that three one suggests.
Burton Salmon CC

On then  to Hirst Courtney where shortly after two the players were taking the field in a Division Two encounter with Stillingfleet. Fleet batting first and things soon  turned in favour of the home side who dismissed the visitors for 102 but on a green wicket that was not a snip, for Hirst lost 8 wickets before getting home. The parking area here was wet underfoot but the playing area was fine on a good drying afternoon with a breeze and plenty of sunshine.

My next stop was at Drax, more famous for its power station than its cricket but the ground is a pleasant enclosure about a mile from the cooling towers. Cricket has been played at Church Dike Lane since the late nineteenth century and yesterday Castleford II were the visitors in a York Senior Div 3 (North) game with the Cas opening pair, Hyde and Tucker having a splendid time. While I was there their stand passed the 200 mark and each completed their individual centuries. A score of 312 for 4 proved way too many for Drax who looked like a team that knew things had gone too far even when in the field and their reply finished on 135: a result which gives Castleford 30 points to the homesters 4.

From Drax a forty minute drive took me into York and another ground, this time at Millthorpe School, back to the York Vale and the opportunity to see a team who are bucking the trend of conceding matches, Ovington CC. This enterprising outfit was formed in the 1920s and have played on their current pitch at Little Knavesmire since 1936 but that is far from the beginning of the story and I urge readers to look at their detailed history on the club's website. Playing in such a public place is not without its drawbacks and an article in The Press (York's daily paper) in March described the problems caused by dogs and vandals but the club now runs a third team and it was they who were playing at the school ground, just a few minutes from club HQ. The visitors here in a Div 4 match were Tadcaster Magnets (chance for a corny pun here but just can't think of the mot juste). Ovington's innings was drawing to a close and after a couple of laps of the large enclosure I walked down to the Knavesmire in search of a cup of tea but with the two ladies trying to co-ordinate teas for forty four on grounds a quarter of a mile apart, plus officials and nuisances like me, I realised my timing was wrong and withdrew my request and myself and drove back towards home.

En route I called at Green Hammerton where twice this season I have found no play in progress but yesterday my luck was in for I chanced upon what looked like the prospect of a close finish. Green Hammerton had been dismissed for just 56 but in reply fairly local rivals Rufforth looked in the cart at 18 for 5. Refreshed by a cup of tea I stayed to see the sixth wicket pair reach the target by dint of patient batting and cashing in on a few fielding lapses. They were not even perturbed by the introduction of a bowler who in a higher class of cricket might find his action subject to scrutiny. The result of this Wetherby League Div 3 match leaves Green Hammerton nearer the bottom than the top and Rufforth fairly comfortably placed but a long way behind the top two, St Chad's A and Headingley Bramhope.

A day off today but to the Riverside tomorrow for the first championship cricket there for seven weeks.

Two news items to finish. Firstly that Devon were the winners of the Minor Counties Unicorns Trophy Final last week beating Oxfordshire by 7 runs and secondly that the SET Final between Leicestershire II and Lancs II will be played at Grace Road on Monday Sept 8th with the Tuesday as a reserve day.

Saturday, 30 August 2014


By Brian Sanderson,

As my sister is in Harrogate hospital so  I did not have a lot of time to see any cricket. However this afternoon I visited four grounds on the way back home.

The first ground was Sicklington who were playing Shadwell .As I arrived  it was the last over bowled by Shadwell.It is coming to the end of the Wetherby League just three matches left.The match was in the first division and Shadwell was looking to take maximum points by bowling out Sicklingfall. However they could take only nine wickets with the home side scoring 137. Looking at the computor when I arrived home Shadwell were bowled out for 113 so putting them out of  winning the league.
Moving on down the Harrogate Road I popped into Harewood House were St. George were playing Cambridge Methodists in a friendly match. Cambridge had batted first and scored 116.The ground is situated in the grounds of the house and has excellent views.I  knew two of the St.George team including the opening bat. There was a newspaper cutting showing he had scored a century against The Hawks however he was soon out today. That is cricket.

Moving on about one mile, the next ground was East Keswick in the second division of the Wetherby League.The match was just finishing with Church Fenton winning easily.The away side are third in the league with the home side is fourth from the bottom.The ground has excellent views over the Wharfe Valley. The photograph at the start of the blog shows their roller.Good bless Mick Bourne.

The last match I saw was Kirkstall Educational  against Bilton  in the Airedale Wharfedale League.The home side are ninth in the league because a twenty point deduction as not fulfilling a fixture by their second team.
Kirkstall had scored 261 in their fifty overs.However Bilton won the match helped by Vic Craven ex Yorkshire player.Just two matches left in this league.

American College Football has started , Autumn is coming.