Wednesday, 26 August 2015


By Brian Sanderson,

I arrived early at Honley, Huddersfield for the Sanderson Cup between Yorkshire Under 19 against Lancashire Under 19 in two day match. The weather was sunny after the rain during the early morning.

The first person I met was Peter France who brought a Bradford Park Avenue programme with his photograph in his younger days.Yorkshire batted first and the crowd started to arrive including the Lancashire PCW  as i t " was quite over in Lancashire in repect of cricket "

Yorkshire struggled with their batting against a steady bowling. The conversation did not stop during the day as numerous Huddersfield Cricket League ex players and supporters came to discuss the new rain delay system which Broad Oak  had problems on Saturday.

By lunchtime Yorkshire had reached 79 for 4 in 31 overs. During the lunch time break David Thorpe and myself walked down to Honley Graveyard to find the grave of Alonzo Drake ex Yorkshire cricketer who died  in 1919.

We found the grave with the help of Philip Paine book which had a photograph of the grave. Back to the cricket ground to see Yorkshire batters struggle again against the spin bowling of Furgan Shafriq who,s club is Monston @ Weaste.. He took 5 for 31 which helped to bowl Yorkshire out for 174. Only Bailey Worcester from Horsforth score over 50 .

Again a Yorkshire struggled with their batting and at this stage I went home to beat the traffic on the M62 which I did. It looks as Lancashire will win the Sanderson Cup tomorrow.

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