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thowdreds
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May 31, 2018, 9:09 AM

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As a former Enfield member who still looks for their results every week from afar I think you are right that the Lancashire League's policy of isolation allowed other leagues to overtake it without it noticing. I have read the judgement on Clitheroe carefully and personally think the case was not proven ( to use Scottish terminology) rather than them necessarily being innocent but if there was reasonable doubt so be it. Great Harwood, also from the Ribblesdale League, have proved to be a different proposition in terms of ability. I have no problem with Darwen using Alex Davies and have been wondering if Enfield could manage a similar arrangement with Keith Barker now that Warwickshire aren't using his services quite so regularly. I also don't have any problem with the former Pennine League clubs who have joined. Before the season started Enfield said this was a season for rebuilding and I suspect they hope to manage Division 1 but would not be surprised by Division 2. They have always been good on the moaning front though trying to portray themselves as the plucky underdog.


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Before the season started Enfield said this was a season for rebuilding and I suspect they hope to manage Division 1 but would not be surprised by Division 2.

The gateman (Robert, he said) to whom I spoke said he would be happy for Enfield to be in Division Two for 2019 - on the basis many of the clubs geographically close are (at present) in the bottom 12 of this year's 24-club table. Think I'm right in saying that, in the two seasons since the Lancashire League expanded, I've yet to see a 'traditional' team beat a 'newcomer'. Friend of mine supports Enfield (lives on Dill Hall Lane and overlooks the ground), and was at Sunday's Walsden game. He seemed very disheartened and disenchanted.


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Thursday 31st May 2018
Thorp Arch & Boston Spa versus Pocklington (6.30pm)
Edward Readman Memorial Trophy, Round Two
Pocklington won the toss and elected to field
Thorp Arch & Boston Spa 136-7 off 20 overs lost by nine wickets to Pocklington 137-1 off 17.5 overs
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 29 (h/c)
Drinks available from the adjacent pub, The Pax


Bonus midweek game (a fixture I spotted, by chance, only this afternoon) at a lovely ground. Rather one-sided on the field but the simply delightful setting more than compensated. This 20-over cup competition is for York & District Senior League clubs. TABS, who had a bye in the first round, lie third in Division Two (Galtres) and Pocklington third-bottom in Division One (tier two). Guy Whatmore top-scored with 46 as the hosts posted what looked a reasonable total, especially when Pocklington scraped only 12 off the first four overs, delivered by two excellent pacers. After what looked suspiciously like the deliberate run-out of a ponderous opener, leaving Pocklington 19-1 in the sixth, the visitors never looked back. Club captain Andy Anderson (70 not out) and Dan Littlewood (47 not out) saw them to a comfortable victory with a couple of overs to spare. Two TABS fielders collided with a sickening thud while attempting to prevent a boundary. Thankfully, heads were not involved and, after regaining their breath and equilibrium, both were able to continue.

TABS' compact ground is in Thorp Arch, an attractive village - smaller but no less affluent than neighbouring Boston Spa - whose main street ('The Village') is lined with country estate cottages fashioned from honey-hued stone. Some of the parked 4x4s blocking pavements were almost as big as their owners' houses! I guess the cottages' previous occupants, the estate's long-dead agricultural labourers, would survey with disbelief today's scene. The almost impossibly tidy cricket ground, ringed by the back gardens of desirable residences and hidden behind trees and hedges, is accessed - charmingly - via a wooden door in the rear wall of the village pub's car park. The dressing rooms, clubhouse and scorebox (all extremely pleasing structures) occupy the northeast corner. The flat pitch is much wider than it is long. So confined is the location, there is barely room for several substantial wooden benches between boundary rope and perimeter fence (or hedge). Each back garden fence features a gate, allowing balls to be retrieved - possibly a result of the ground being much older than many of the adjacent houses.

Looking forward to Saturday and 'ticking' my 100th cricket ground. Wish I'd started on this sport a lot earlier!


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karldax
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Jun 3, 2018, 8:57 PM

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I was umpiring Bath 2nds vrs Bristol 2nds at North Parade bath when we were asked if we minded Bath live streaming the match on You Tube. The resulting footage is in the links below. Play starts about 21 minutes in the first video and I'm the svelte chap who seems to have a nervous tick which means I touch my hat nearly every ball.
By the way Bath collapsed from 105-2 to 129 all out which Bristol chased down for the loss of 4 wickets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWeC86anDug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPFDDqHpA6w&t=3834s



The Hills of Forest Green
Where the mountains reach the sky
A Dream comes true
I'll live there till I die


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Sunday 3rd June 2018
Milnrow versus Bacup (1pm)
Lancashire League
Milnrow won the toss and elected to field
Bacup 167 off 47.2 overs (0pts) lost by seven wickets to Milnrow 168-3 off 45.3 overs (12pts)
Admission £4
No programmes
Attendance 120 (h/c)
Mug of tea 80p, everything with chips-style food also available from the pavilion (didn't sample)


Professional Neil Hornbuckle starred as Milnrow registered their first home win as a Lancashire League club. The South African's 3-44 helped restrict Bacup's efforts with the bat before he finished the job by hitting an unbeaten 91, featuring 11 fours and a six. Bacup, for whom Matt Collinge top-scored with 41, never looked like posting a large total after being put in. Their pro, Ernie Kemm, another South African, in his second season with the club, came in at No 3 and was dismissed for just 22. Home skipper Aaron Brown backed up Hornbuckle with 3-45. In the field, Bacup were effective only when medium pacer Sam Lord (2-29) and off-spinner Kemm (1-35) were in tandem. Crucially, the visitors dropped two catches - neither straightforward - while opener Hornbuckle figured in stands of 56 with Keelan Shipley (19) and 72 with Max Power (31 not out). Power, in particular, batted with the sort of patience sorely lacking from his Bacup counterparts.

Ladyhouse, a two-minute drive from junction 21 of the M62, is a pleasant ground - my 100th cricket venue - but it lacks the spectacularly scenic setting of neighbours Littleborough, whom we visited a couple of weeks ago. At Milnrow, the Pennine hills are merely glimpsed. They are largely masked by the mature trees and the mixture of Victorian terraces and semi-detached new-builds that surround the ground. Both pavilion (in the northwest corner) and clubhouse (at the north end) are modern, single-storey, brick structures. Excellent facilities, no doubt, but rather short on character. Plentiful parking is available beyond the boundary (and scorebox) at the south end. The pitch, which slopes downhill slightly from west to east, is a decent size. The Ladyhouse site, accessed via the splendidly named Cricket View, off Harbour Lane (what, in landlocked Milnrow?), also accommodates bowling and tennis. Still waiting to witness a 'traditional' Lancashire League club beat a 2017 or 2018 'newcomer'...


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cherryhopper
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Sunday 3rd June
Unicorns T20 Group 3

Game 1 @ Dunstable Town CC (1100)
Bedfordshire 96/6 (20) lost to Norfolk 97/4 (14.2)
Attendance peaked at 50
Admission Free - Scorecard £1 by donation
Sandwiches £1 (any two fillings from Ham, Cheese, Pickle, Tomato, Cucumber)
Ice Creams £1 - Tea 50p

Game 2 @ Harpenden CC (1410)
Hertfordshire 136/5 (20) beat Suffolk 106 all out (18.3)
Attendance 150 est including Youngster
Admission Free - Scorecard £1
Lemon Chicken Burger £4

Had earmarked this date since learning of this new competition to do my first cricket double at two venues around 12 miles apart. With Bedfordshire winless after 4 games decided to head to Lancot Park first, a venue I visited for football in December 2005 when I saw AFC Dunstable, then in SSML2 (Step 7), beat Kempston Rovers, then in UCL1 (Step 6) 1-0 in a Bedfordshire Senior Trophy tie, both teams have come a long way since, now at Step 4. That pitch is still there at the eastern end, presumably used by OD's reserves, only remaining furniture the dugouts with the dismantled goalposts used to board them up in a criss cross fashion. It's a nice rural location next to the ground of Totternhoe FC with scenery enhanced by surrounding hills, some of which are topped by houses on the edge of the Dunstable urban area. There were lots of light aircraft flying overhead suggesting there is an airfield nearby, perhaps southwards towards Hemel Hempstead, I doubt they're allowed to fly from busy Luton Airport. The main pitch has a two storey clubhouse, the balcony used by batsmen waiting to enter the field of play. Behind the large scoreboard in the north east corner is another cricket pitch with a small wooden covered area. On the field the hosts were put into bat and lost 3 wickets in the first 6 overs, made a slight recovery but lost another 3 wickets late in the innings and their total never looked like being enough. The visitors set about their innings purposefully scoring a few sixes and it looked like they might reach their target in half the time but, after losing a few wickets on the way, they settled for mostly singles but still reached their score with more than 5 overs to spare, at 1:25pm, which suited me as it gave me more time to reach Harpenden. For the record, Norfolk also won game 2.

Arrived at Harpenden at 1:50pm, 20 minutes before game 2 started. Suffolk beat the hosts in game 1 and got off to a flying start in this one taking a wicket with a run out with the second ball of the game. Any thoughts this would trigger a collapse from the hosts were quickly put to bed as they steadied themselves surpassing the 101 they scored in the first game by 15 overs and only losing four more wickets to finish on 136/5. After making a reasonable start to their reply Suffolk started to lose wickets at regular intervals and the number of runs they needed per over increased as their innings wore on and by the time the end came they were needing 3 runs off each ball and the end came with nine balls to spare. Ground is part of Harpenden Common, a large area of woods and fields south of the town centre and is a glorious setting on a summers day. The grass bank stretching half way round the pitch, where most of the spectators watched from, gives it a bowl like feel. A line of trees encloses it from the main road. The other side of the pitch slopes down to the woods on the east side and another cricket pitch to the north.


splodge
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ECB Cup Regional Semi-final

Basingstoke & North Hants 131 all 35.4 overs
lost to
Normandy 151 all out. 40 overs

Att: peaked at 150


After winning the toss and putting Normandy in and have them at 31-3 for which they never fully recovered, losing the final wicket with the final ball, Basingstoke will be kicking themselves for losing this one.

Half way through their 40 overs, they were comfortable at 73-3, but a twin spin attack by Normandy saw them 106-6. Despite an entertaining short stand for the 7th wicket at 129, the last 3 wickets fell very quickly.

Ground is still occasionally used by Hampshire for the odd game. for which I'd imagine it gets quite packed for as space is at a premium. I bet the county players don't have to worry about cars going past the sight screens at the top end all dayCrazy



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AndyE
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Jun 4, 2018, 12:30 PM

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There were lots of light aircraft flying overhead suggesting there is an airfield nearby, perhaps southwards towards Hemel Hempstead, I doubt they're allowed to fly from busy Luton Airport.


They were probably gliders. Gliding on Dunstable Downs goes back to the 1930s, and it's one of the venues used for national competitions. The airfield, with a big winch and four grass runways, is about one mile south of the cricket ground.


totallyuntamed
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Jun 4, 2018, 9:55 PM

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National Knockout Trophy Round 3 Finchley v Enfield. Enfield 210-9 40 overs Finchley 211-6 37.4 overs
A rare trip down to London for me as I took in this intriguing looking game, Enfield being a division lower than Finchley. The ground is on the main A 509 road into Finchley but the address given on the website takes you a full half mile past the ground - I thought it strange that there should be two grounds in such close proximity but soon realised that there was not a second ground as that address was in Finchley High Street! Even going back to it I missed the narrow entrance which is situated right next to a Pure Gym in whose rear car park all but a handful of cars had to park as Finchley's had room for at most half a dozen vehicles if parked bumper to bumper.On arrival you are met by the sight of a very pleasant ground, surrounded by roads on four sides and with mature trees providing shade on all sides. Some ancient benches are placed on the far side of the ground with nets at either far corner of the ground which unusually is an almost square shape. A fairly small brick built clubhouse is just beyond the car park but I chose to sit behind the bowler's arm at the main road end.Enfield's team consisted of 10 players of Afro-Caribbean and Asian heritage with a white wicketkeeper whilst Finchley's was mainly Asian. Enfield arrived late so as a consequence we started 15 minutes late and with Enfield bowling 12 wides and no balls and not being in any rush we did not finish till turned 7.15. Enfield's total did not seem particularly challenging on a good track and so it proved with Finchley accelerating after a slow start and eventually easing to victory despite a couple of hiccups en route. Again the lack of a fifth bowler able to put a brake on batsmen cost the losing side dear, and it does seem to me that a below par fifth bowler will be targeted by the opposition. With the M1 behaving itself perfectly I was back before 9 and able to reflect on a most enjoyable outing.




"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".

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Wheelbarrow
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Jun 4, 2018, 10:06 PM

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Enfield being a division lower than Finchley but having already knocked out regular challengers for this trophy Ealing.


It was Crouch End who put out Ealing this season in a fantastic game three weeks ago. Enfield beat both North London and North Middlesex to reach the Finchley game.


totallyuntamed
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Jun 4, 2018, 11:59 PM

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Thanks Wheelbarrow. I have corrected it. Memory playing me up again!



"There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Milletts".


AV1960
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SATURDAY 2ND JUNE, 2018
EARLSWOOD v SOLIHULL BLOSSOMFIELD
WARWICKSHIRE LEAGUE DIVISION ONE AT WATERY LANE (100 OVERS GAME, 1ST INNINGS MAX 50 OVERS, DRAWS POSSIBLE)
SOLIHULL BLOSSOMFIELD 121 ALL OUT (43.1) EARLSWOOD 122 FOR 7 (47.5)


Just two grounds left to visit to complete the Warwickshire League to step two after this game at Earlswood's Watery Lane base. Apparently the road name was very apt during the recent thunderstorms in the midlands with part of the ground flooded and many areas were still soft today. During the second innings we even had a small digger arrive to carry out works on what was clearly a problem area for drainage near to the road.
In many ways the ground is an archetypal Warks League ground with a small, white pavilion at the top of the ground which slopes down towards the road. The buildings of nearby Cheswick Green were just about visible between the trees but otherwise the venue has a very rural feel to it.
The background to this game goes back to April when the bad weather forced the en-masse postponement of the opening league fixtures which were then rearranged for the recent bank holiday. The consequence was that Blossomfield played Earlswood at their ground on Monday with the return at Earlswood today, just five days later. The first game sounded quite an occasion with Blossomfield batting first, but bowled out for 116. Earlswood then contrived to make just 115, having been 85 for 3 and 104 for 5.
Today's game seemed to be a treat for bowlers again with humid conditions and a green track. Blossomfield once more struggled, this time to 121 all out with their opener achieving the unwanted distinction of being run out for a 30 ball duck! The legacy of Monday's game was clear to see in Earlswood's reply. With 56 overs available to get the runs, they ground out the runs painfully and slowly (oh so slowly!) but eventually limped over the line in the 48th over.
By now the day was much fresher and sunny so I was able to enjoy the unusual treat of only travelling some 27 miles home.



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AV1960
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SUNDAY 3RD JUNE, 2018
EAST MOLESEY v BANSTEAD AT GRABURN WAY
ECB NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE
EAST MOLESEY 152 FOR 9 (40.0) BANSTEAD 154 FOR 7 (38.4)


It was certainly a relief to arrive at East Molesey C.C. in good time. The combination of a lovely sunny day, the nearby River Thames plus Hampton Court and road works on Hampton Court Road meant the final stages of the journey were congested to say the least.
As you arrive at the Graburn Way ground, you immediately realise what a historic venue this is. By the main gate is a large notice proclaiming "This Is Historic Ground" followed by details of a game between a Surrey XI and a London XI on Saturday 7th June, 1735. The notice concludes with "Dedicated for all time to the glorious game of cricket". Excellent sentiments!
The driveway then leads between the cricket field and the adjoining Thames to the pavilion. This is an unusual white building with the central part having a row of patio doors which lead into the main room. A flat roof slopes downwards towards the back of the building. To the left of the central part are the player's dressing rooms and to the right is the club's catering centre. This trades as 'The Club House' and was extremely busy with Sunday lunches apparently available. The front of the pavilion bears the sign "East Molesey Cricket Club 1730" although the club's website gives the founding date of the present club as 1871.
The rest of the ground is tree lined and was a lovely place to watch cricket on a sunny day. The bar seemed to be busy later in the day and an ice cream van was in attendance for the whole day. With so many people coming and going it was difficult to judge the number of people actually watching the cricket, but my best guess was around 70.
This was another day when runs were hard to come by but in the end Banstead's Neil Baker saw them home with 84 not out. The crucial over was the 38th which disappeared for 17 runs. A thoroughly enjoyable day's cricket with excellent company provided by Pete from Wymondham.



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PaulC
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Before the season started Enfield said this was a season for rebuilding and I suspect they hope to manage Division 1 but would not be surprised by Division 2.

The gateman (Robert, he said) to whom I spoke said he would be happy for Enfield to be in Division Two for 2019 - on the basis many of the clubs geographically close are (at present) in the bottom 12 of this year's 24-club table. Think I'm right in saying that, in the two seasons since the Lancashire League expanded, I've yet to see a 'traditional' team beat a 'newcomer'. Friend of mine supports Enfield (lives on Dill Hall Lane and overlooks the ground), and was at Sunday's Walsden game. He seemed very disheartened and disenchanted.


At the moment, 5 of the bottom 6 clubs in the Lancashire League are traditional Lancashire League clubs.


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Tuesday 5 June 2018

Bradford Cricket league - Twenty/20 Cup Group B - Round 2:

Keighley 204/7 v Wakefield St Michael's 175/7

This game was very much Plan B with a trip to Undercliffe v Hanging Heaton being our first choice. We are indebted to my Dad's mate, Dave Cornish, who called to tell him that that game will now take place next week (a bonus game Wink). I'm glad he called, or we would have just turned up, given the sunny evening we had last night.

Most of our local Bradford league sides (Bradford & Bingley, Baildon and Undercliffe) are in Group A. For some reason, the league has put Keighley in Group B. As a part time Cricket fan, I'm not overly familiar with the divisional make up of the Bradford league, which has more teams in now than ever, so if they are in Group B due to a lower standard, then fair enough. If it is a geographical split, then it makes no sense for Keighley to be in that group.

The scheduled start was 6.30 but it was 6.55 by the time play got underway, due to the distance travelled at rush hour and an accident on the M62. Keighley received a walkover in Round 1, due to their Birstall based opposition, Crossbank Methodists, being unable to field a team (we heard this was due to them being unable to get to Keighley for 6.30!).

Both teams play in the league's third tier (for some reason known as Championship Two). The league table shows that these are the top two sides in the division and that's not surprising, based on yesterday's showing. Keighley posted a big score, full of boundaries and the inventive shot making this popular short version of the game has become renown for. Wakey gave it a go but such a big total was a massive ask. Speaking as a neutral, it was great to see 379 runs scored in forty overs.

It was also great to catch up with Grundy Hiller, who I've not seen in years. This was a new ground for him and I'm sure the run fest he watched made the two hour trip from Chorley all the worth while. We also gave the local midgies plenty to chew on as well Crazy. Just one small grumble - a drink from the local Goose Eye brewery was the only ale on hand pump and with stocks running low, it was off limits, as it had been 'reserved' for a CAMRA meeting in the club house Mad. The Barman 'kindly' offered me some John Smiths Unsure. Given the warm evening, I opted for some Perroni instead. A good night out with my dad and son.


John403
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Jun 6, 2018, 4:21 PM

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Tuesday 5 June 2018

Worcs 2nd XI v Notts 2nd XI

Second Eleven Championship
Day 1 of 3 at Stourbridge CC

Free admission

Eyed this fixture up for a visit early in the year when I saw the second eleven list come out. Many on this forum would have visited this venue be it that the cricket club is shared with Stourbridge FC. The football stands obviously dominate the ground - a few spectators did sit in the seated stand to watch the cricket, the dugouts were also used by spectators a few times too. An attractive but slightly tired looking pavilion is in the top corner away from the football furniture and the benches outside were pretty much all filled up by a healthy attendance.

Having been put into bat Notts made reasonable progress throughout the day and were bowled out shortly after tea (when I left) for 345 - opener Chris Gibson making an excellent 132.

One minor criticism was that I didnít see any team lists or scorecards anywhere - unfortunately this is quite common in second eleven cricket. Why canít the scorers just stick the team lists on the window of the pavilion?

Another really enjoyable day at the cricket and noticed on the home thereís still a fair few clubs in this neck of the woods that I havenít visited such as Old Hill & Smethwick so hope to tick those off soon.


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A few ground pics from games I've watched in the last 12 months (June 2017-June 2018):

Armitage Bridge (Huddersfield League)

https://www.flickr.com/...SvXy-24FaEEq-24FaDtN

Castleford (Yorkshire Premier League North)

https://www.flickr.com/...5qut-256dbeT-2555mgP

Cockermouth (North Lancashire & Cumbria League)

https://www.flickr.com/...tolist-VBtZyj-WczhQp

Enfield (Lancashire League)

https://www.flickr.com/...vikJh6-wicXRC-wh1WJV

Friarmere (ex-Pennine League, now Greater Manchester League)

https://www.flickr.com/...LfLG9J-LfLGA5-LxL2sq

Hartshead Moor (Bradford League)

https://www.flickr.com/...nsDoP-272vuaH-JTzkyQ

Heyside (ex-Pennine League, now Greater Manchester League)

https://www.flickr.com/...XHKaVz-XDrJeo-XMdQiK

Hopton Mills (Bradford League)

https://www.flickr.com/...W8dL2E-WJxV6t-Wtw9Zw

Hoylandswaine (Huddersfield League)

https://www.flickr.com/...HQCyuY-Htdrtb-HTK23X

Idle (ex-Bradford League, defunct)

https://www.flickr.com/...h6ccG3-nqRBp6-489PYh

Littleborough (Lancashire League)

https://www.flickr.com/...MCXGmh-KCAEJ6-KyAFHA

Marton (North Yorkshire & South Durham League)

https://www.flickr.com/...aw1fWT-aw1eTH-aw3VUo

Middleton (ex-Pennine League, now Lancashire League)

https://www.flickr.com/...zhs4AN-otyLGz-orNVCQ

Milnrow (Lancashire League)

https://www.flickr.com/...Pj7nS-2597f71-JcqqDM

Mirfield Parish Cavaliers (Huddersfield League)

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New Farnley (Bradford League)

https://www.flickr.com/...Gje24E-FNWvGT-GJiSQX

North Devon (Devon League)

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Ovington (York Vale League)

https://www.flickr.com/...zP3T-27uzJmt-26qcC9Y

Rastrick (Huddersfield League)

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Rockcliffe Park (North Yorkshire & South Durham League)

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Shelley (Huddersfield League)

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Sheriff Hutton Bridge (Yorkshire Premier League North)

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Steeton (Airedale & Wharfedale League)

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Thorp Arch & Boston Spa (York & District Senior League)

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Triangle (Halifax League)

https://www.flickr.com/...dNo2Cn-adh2zX-9X1k4D

Wakefield Thornes (Yorkshire Premier League South)

https://www.flickr.com/...KA8XPq-KHtGxp-JPGUwi

Westow (York Vale League)

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Whitley Hall (Yorkshire Premier League South)

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Wickersley Old Village (Yorkshire Premier League South)

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Check out live.nvplay.com for updates.
The specific link to the Worcs v Notts 2nd XI match is https://live.nvplay.com/...77-8064-5edb149259a0


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Monday 28th May, 2018
Whiston Parish Church v Wickersley Old Village at Church Fields, Rectory Drive.
Yorkshire South Premier League (50 overs per side - win or lose)
Whiston Parish Church 163 all out (42.1) Wickersley Old Village 167 for 3 (41.5)
One Wickersley supporter, no doubt used to the broad acres normally found at this level, commented "It's not really a Premier League ground is it" but I found this a harsh assessment and would definitely advise doubters to pay Church Fields a visit.

Thanks for the tip. I'll move Whiston Parish Church up my 'to do' list. Must say I find the Wickersley supporter's derogatory comment a bit rich. There's nowt broad about the acres at WOV's ground - it's tiny!


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Saturday 9th June 2018
Woodbank versus Roe Green (1pm)
Greater Manchester League, Premier Division
Woodbank won the toss and elected to field
Roe Green 223-7 off 50 overs beat by 121 runs Woodbank 102 off 36.2 overs
Free admission, no programmes
Attendance 150 (h/c)
Didn't investigate refreshments


I am on a run of disappointingly one-sided games, and unfortunately this first dip into the Greater Manchester League extended the sequence. Second versus fourth in the league's ECB Premier Division promised a decent contest but Woodbank batted abysmally and were blown away. Without Lewis McIntosh's patient 45 (off 81 balls), the hosts would have sunk without trace. One home supporter described as "painful" Woodbank's lamentable efforts with the bat. Far too many wickets were tossed away. Steve Dearden (13) was the only other batter to make double figures. Professional Phil Hayes managed just four. At one stage, Gary Williams (5-30) and Guy Emmett (2-23) looked as though they would dismiss Woodbank single-handedly, before the hosts staged a recovery from 36-6. It merely delayed the inevitable. Luke Williams (2-26) mopped up the tail.

Earlier, Dan Jones (85 off 108 balls) starred as Roe Green, batting under cloud, accelerated powerfully in the closing stages to post a competitive total. Jones, who smashed three sixes in as many balls late on, figured in useful stands with Luke Williams (46) and Joe Gatenby-Brown (44) after left-arm spinner Nick Kennedy (3-57), bouncing back from dropping a catch in the slips, had reduced the visitors to 43-3. Jones added 80 for the fourth wicket with Williams and 61 for the fifth with Gatenby-Brown. Chris Read took 2-77. The sun finally came out in time for the second innings but Woodbank failed signally to shine.

The Woodbank club, founded in 1935, play in Brandlesholme. I presume this was once a distinct village but Brandlesholme is now swallowed up by Bury's urban sprawl. Burrs Country Park is along the road towards town. Arriving rather too early, I took the opportunity to take a stroll along Bury Council's Kirklees Trail (after Kirklees Brook), the former Holcombe Brook branch railway, whose trackbed passes immediately south of the ground, The Kenyons. Opened in 1882, well after the Railway Mania period, the line, absorbed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1888, closed to passengers in 1953 and to freight a decade later. The trail's tarmac surface is better suited to cyclists than pedestrians. Pleasant enough amid the blooms, though.

Anyway, back to the cricket. The Kenyons, access to which is via unsurfaced Stafford Street, isn't terribly exciting. Owing to its reasonably elevated position, there are only glimpses of the hills north of Bury. The ground is fringed by mature trees to the east and south. These screen much of the surroundings. Clubhouse (much plusher inside than its exterior suggests) and dressing rooms are adjacent on the west side, behind which there is parking on aggregate. Neither structure is remotely noteworthy. The pitch, which slopes downhill slightly from east to west, isn't particularly big. No 'broad acres' in this corner of Lancashire! The ground's finest feature, by some margin, is its scoreboard, which provides a digitised version of every fact and figure produced by the two scorers. It updates constantly and has several 'pages'. I haven't seen anything this impressive at any other league cricket ground. The flow of information enhances significantly the spectating experience. Behind the scoreboard, a primary school dominates The Kenyons' northwest corner. Post-tea, shade is hard to find at this ground. The East Lancashire Railway runs close by. Its steam and diesel heritage locomotives can be heard periodically as they work between Bury and Rawtenstall.

To top off a largely forgettable day, my fold-up seat, new this season, collapsed beyond repair during the first over. So much for Eurohike! The Kenyons offers a variety of benches on its east side and at the south end but every one I tried became an instrument of torture inside an hour.


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Saturday June 9th Leicestershire Premier League Uppingham Town 104 43.4 overs Syston 108-3 18.2 overs
This 8.5 acre site has been home to Uppingham since 2011 when they joined the LPL and has coincided with a meteoric rise through its divisions, culminating in their promotion to the top tier at the end of the 2017 season. The ground, Castle Hill, is on the outskirts of the Rutland market town but is not visible from the road. Set your satnav to 74 Leicester Road and turn opposite it where the entrance is clearly signposted. You then have a 300 yards drive to the pavilion and substantial car park. Being at the top of a hill (with, it must be said, some glorious views of the surrounding wooded countryside) this is an exposed venue which even on a warm day elsewhere as yesterday was taking a jacket or sweater is necessary. I wouldn't like to be watching a game here on a breezy April day! There are no trees surrounding the ground and the only cover is under a small awning at the front of the sizeable brick built pavilion. A groundsman's store is next to this, and a much smaller pavilion attached to the second pitch which is further away from the road and was staging what looked like a third eleven game. There is a hedge on one side of the ground, a farmer's field, the pavilion and accoutrements and the aforementioned glorious vista of the countryside. Uppingham have struggled since their promotion and were bottom going in to this game against fourth placed Syston; nothing I saw yesterday made me think they could avoid relegation. The Uppingham batsmen saw off the opening bowlers, who bowled with accuracy, pace and some threat for 15 overs, with the loss of only two men. However, the arrival of the spinners saw them crumble as they made the pitch look like a minefield and tied the batsmen in knots as they lost wickets regularly. A total of 104 was never going to be competitive and Uppingham's cause was not helped by them dropping a difficult slip chance in the first over. Their opening bowlers looked quite innocuous and unlike Syston's they conceded no balls and wides throughout the innings. Uppingham kept their seamers on far too long and the arrival of a harmless spinner with the game already effectively lost resulted in 13 off his single over. Defeat followed soon after in a game scheduled for 50 overs each with no draw possible.




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SATURDAY 9TH JUNE, 2018
SESSAY v YORKSHIRE ACADEMY
ECB YORKSHIRE PREMIER LEAGUE NORTH - 50 OVERS MAXIMUM
YORKSHIRE ACADEMY 219 ALL OUT (49.4) SESSAY 191 FOR 7 (50.0) (INCOMPLETE WIN TO YORKSHIRE ACADEMY)
ATTENDANCE: 17 AT START, UP TO MAX OF 50 DURING DAY


Sessay Cricket Club are of course famous for winning the National Village Cup in 2010 but are now enjoying their first season as an ECB Premier League club.
The village of Sessay is a few miles south of Thirsk and appears to have only one road straight through the village. This makes finding the ground, which is adjacent to the village hall, a simple matter. There is a smallish car park available or cars can park along the boundary on the road side of the ground. (At your own risk! One six today hit a property on the opposite side of the road above a ground floor window.)
The main building on the ground is a rather rambling single storey structure which combines the dressing rooms, a kitchen and the village hall/clubroom. As there is no pub in the village, those who are interested in such matters should note that this was open for drinks towards the end of the day. Apart from the rather attractive buildings on the main road, the ground is predominantly surrounded by fields with the White Horse of Kilburn visible on the distant Hambleton Hills.
Sessay have so far been competitive at this level and on this occasion they seemed content to bat out the 50 overs to avoid a complete loss. If the game had been on a straight win or lose basis we would probably have had a very exciting finish. However, a nice quiet conclusion to a game was exactly as required after the nerve shredding finale at Edgbaston last Thursday!



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Southern Electric Cricket League T20 Cup Round 1

Sarisbury Athletic 147-5 (20 overs) lost to
St.Cross Symondians 148-6 (18.4 overs) by 4 wickets


at The Hollow, Allotment Road, Sarisbury, west of Fareham - attendance about 40

5th/10 in Div 1 v 7th/10 in Premier, and the home team ran their opponents close in a strange game which was exciting in bursts, the dusty wicket appearing unpredictable at times.
Three stands in the 40s formed the Sarisbury score, one after they had lost a wicket to the fourth ball of the innings, and one after they had slumped to 59-4 near halfway. The final one at the end gave them a fighting chance, Ireland completing his fifty, he was the only home batsman to look really comfortable.
The visitors hit 35 in the first three and looked well on top. Their left-handed opener hit 50 out of the first 63 but when he was out the home team had some hope. After that it was steady rather than spectacular, and with wickets falling it was never easy. In the end a dodgy wide was the prelude to a streaky four and an emphatic six to give the visitors victory with eight balls to spare.
Some good cricket but the game had its fair share of poor shots and full tosses too. St.Cross played what looked like a twelve-year old, he fielded well but unfortunately wasn't needed to bat.
No changes at the Hollow, always a pleasant place to watch cricket. Burgers and beer looked a good choice today. Attempts were made to put music on when something notable happened but the sound system wasn't up to it and they gave up Cool



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Sunday 10th June 2018
Walton Park versus Garforth Parish Church (1pm)
Fred Fleetwood Cup, Quarter-Final
Garforth Parish Church won the toss and elected to bat
Garforth Parish Church 210-9 off 40 overs beat by 112 runs Walton Park 98 off 30.2 overs
Free admission, no programmes (16pp A5 format 2018 club handbook available from the clubhouse)
Attendance 22 (h/c)
Bar open and food/drink available (didn't sample)


Rumours abound the Wetherby League, in serious decline for a decade or more, will cease to exist at the end of the 2018 season. Most of its leading clubs have left for other leagues, principally the Airedale & Wharfedale, and one lifelong home supporter (in his eighties, I'd say) described the competition as "falling to bits". The first and second XIs of its twenty-three extant clubs are spread over four divisions. The Fred Fleetwood Cup (named after a former Arthursdale opening bat, who donated the trophy) is the Wetherby League's premier knockout competition but this season attracted just 12 entries. This tie, a clash between mid-table in Division Two and the First Division leaders, looked certain to be the most one-sided quarter-final but we picked it because Walton Park's Spring Lane ground, in the fertile, bucolic flatlands twixt York and Wetherby, has a reputation for loveliness. Deservedly so.

The ground, we learned, has been in existence only since 2004. Walton Park Cricket Club are the product of a 2015 merger of Walton Cricket Club and Wighill Park Cricket Club (the latter effectively folded, and their former ground is now unkempt and overgrown). Prior to 2004, Walton played on a ground immediately east of the present set-up. That site was bought by a speculator, keen to put houses on it. Happily, planners dashed his hopes. In the meantime, a wealthy local benefactor's generosity allowed Walton to develop a new ground next door. He even paid for its crowning glory, a delightful clubhouse-cum-pavilion, a traditional design. Positioned in the northeast corner, this super smart structure provides dressing rooms, a bar ('Roly's Bar') and a function area. Excellent display of cricket memorabilia, not all of which relates to the Walton/Walton Park clubs. There's no scenery to speak of - seemingly endless flat fields don't count, in my book - but the ground is fringed on all but the Spring Lane (west) side by mature trees. To the south, the land rises very slightly to Walton village, an affluent community. The trees, in full leaf, ring with birdsong and the village church bells chime out the hours. Delightful. We had a visit from a pair of buzzards, circling overhead, apparently chaperoning two chicks on one of their first flights. A red kite was spotted, too. The digital scoreboard, neat and tidy, hunkers down beneath boughs overhanging the ground's south end. The pitch, large, flat and immaculately manicured, is superb for this level of cricket. It was laid out by pioneering Yorkshire groundsman Keith Boyce, who also officially opened the clubhouse-cum-pavilion.

Walton Park fielded a mixture of first and second teamers for this tie. Full-strength Garforth Parish Church won comfortably but certainly didn't have things all their own way. Visiting skipper Michael Fisher (watched by his father, whom I learned during the course of a boundary rope conversation is a Huddersfield-based groundhopper) top-scored with 73. After Fisher's departure, the visitors slumped to 160-9 before Tom Conboy (34 not out) and Darren Childe (19 not out) added 50 in an impressive unbroken last wicket stand. Jack Caden contributed 26 and Dave Ross 22. Jonathan Smales (3-24) and Ged Feeley (3-39) were the pick of the Walton Park attack. Replying, the visitors were soon in trouble. Pacer Childe (3-20) struck three times in reducing the hosts to 16-3 by the 11th over. Smales, in at No 3, batted extremely well for 53, despite lacking support. Thankfully, he reached his half-century shortly before holing out. Andy Robson hit 20. Spinner Steve Bedford took 3-20.


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Saturday 9 June
Northamptonshire (204) v Leicesershire (64-3)
Day One of Four
Admission: FOC (courtesy of Sky TV)


An unexpectedly cool if humid day (at least in the shade where I chose to sit) wasn't enlivened by the quality of cricket on display. Leicestershire unsurprisingly opted to bowl given the conditions and Northamptonshire's batting displays this season and were rewarded with a procession of batsmen getting themselves in and then out. A surprisingly slow outfield didn't help. There was a bit a swing and some variable bounce but the failures were generally inexcusable. Ricardo Vasconcelos made 49 without ever really looking comfortable, Adam Rossington played some nice shots but couldn't rotate the strike and got bogged down and Saif Zaib contributed a nice 34 before throwing it away. At least Zaib looked enthusiastic in the field later, unlike a number of his portly team mates. Zak Chappell picked up a career best 6-44 but was never unplayable. Leicestershire started comfortably in reply but Ben Sanderson bowled nicely to nip a couple out before play ended just after 6.35 thanks to Leicestershire's desultory over rate. Colin Ackermann produced the most correct batting of the day to finish 19 not out.

Today's beef: batsman walking back to the pavilion at a glacial pace (although obviously not slowly enough to cross with the incoming batsman on the field of play) with faces like thunder while holding their bats by the blade and failing to acknowledge the applause of the crowd. OK, you want to demonstrate that you are disappointed but show some manners and save the strop for the changing room.

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