Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Local History

posted by John Winn

There is a record of cricket being played in Boroughbridge as early as 1797 and the club were members of the York league for almost sixty years between 1923 and 1982. Their heyday was the thirties when they were champions on two occasions. At the time they played on a ground across the road from the current one, close by the River Ure, but in the early eighties they were relegated in successive seasons and poor ground marks resulted in a failure to be re-elected.

Today they are members of the Nidderdale league and in 2015 as their badge shows, they merged with neighbours Staveley, a unification that resulted in instant promotion to Division Three. I dropped in atAldborough Road on Saturday for their game with Bishop Monkton. The homesters were batting and effecting  a recovery with a promising looking fourth wicket partnership. The morning had been wet and there was a suggestion of more rain to come but the game was completed with B and S being bowled out for !54, a target reached by Bishop Monkton for the loss of three wickets with plenty of time to spare. The table, or standings if you prefer the terminology of the league's fussy website,  shows Boroughbridge sixth and Bishop Monkton ninth.

Finally I can confirm that Newcastle based South Northumberland have been expelled from the  National Club KO. This follows an appeal from York CC and is believed to concern the eligibility of Scottish international and former Durham player Callum MacLeod. South North were due to play Ormskirk in the next round. The York website now lists York v Ormskirk at Clifton Park on Sunday August 6th, one of the busiest days of the season in the county with several cup finals and Yorkshire at home to Essex in County Championship at Scarborough. 

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