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November 23rd, 2014 - See The Game From The Best Seat In The House

Why become an umpire? The most common reason is to remain active in the sport and to continue enjoying the game. Other reasons given by those who have taken up umpiring or scoring involve being injured, having to stop playing but still wishing to be involved with the players. These reasons, as well as others, are very valid but the key is, like playing, enjoyment.

There is the opportunity to travel to new venues, both locally and nationally, and to make new friends in the game. No matter where you are, you will be one of the closest onlookers to the action – the best seat in the house.

The North Yorkshire Branch of the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO) will be running a Level 1 Cricket Umpire Training Course beginning in early 2015.

Course: Level 1 Umpires

Location: Ripley Castle Tea Room, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3AY

Start Date: Monday 26th January 2015

End Date: Monday 23rd March 2015 (9 weeks)

Time: 19:30 – 21:30

Tutors: Barry Nickels, Guy Smalley

Contact: Graham Hyde 07764 753066

Cost: £30 (cash is preferable/easier)

All participants are encouraged to join the ECB Association of Cricket Officials which requires a DBS check, and will give you access to officiate in games played in local leagues.  Further details on the ECB ACO  There is an annual charge of £30 which includes a comprehensive insurance policy.

If you wish to reserve a place on this course please contact Graham Hyde 07764 753066 

November 22nd, 2014 - A crisis that defines the age

Never mind cricket’s absence from free-to-air TV – changes in social attitudes, the demands of work, and an individualistic age are all contributing to a decline in participation.

Reproduced from Read the full article here

November 19th, 2014 - Teams and Clubs for 2015 Season

Since the end of the 2014 season we have seen a couple of changes to the clubs and teams who will compete in the League in 2015.

Boroughbridge and Staveley have merged and will run 2 teams in 2015. The new club will be called Boroughbridge and Staveley Cricket Club. The 1st XI will play their home fixtures at Boroughbridge and the 2nd XI will play their home fixtures at Staveley. This means we will not lose any facilities, which is great news. The team that was Staveley 2nds will therefore disband. The League Management Committee was consulted in this decision and offered its full support.

Pannal 4ths will not field a side in 2015. Pannal will continue with 3 teams.

We welcome Whixley 1st and 2nd XIs in 2015.

In 2015, we shall have 54 clubs with 103 teams.

As a result of all this we need to have a little shuffle of teams. Helperby 3rds and Knaresborough Forest 3rds will NOT be relegated to Division Nine, but will remain in a Division Eight of 12 teams.

Division Nine will be contested by 7 teams but I shall arrange fixtures such that each team may play the other 3 times.

You can access the new layout here

I shall begin to put together the fixtures for the 2015 season. I have received the dates when Ripon, Studley Royal and Thirsk are due to lay at home to allow me to schedule their Nidderdale teams to be away on those dates.

Any questions, let me know.

Graham Hyde
Secretary – Theakston Nidderdale League
p: 07764 753066

November 17th, 2014 - Notice of Annual General Meeting

Theakston Nidderdale and District Amateur Cricket League 2015 Annual General Meeting

To The President, Life Members, Patrons, Management Committee Members and All Club Secretaries,

The Annual General Meeting of the Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League will be held at Ripley Town Hall on Monday January 19th 2015 at 7.30pm.

TNL – 2015 AGM Agenda
TNL – 2015 AGM Proposed Rule Changes
TNL – 2014 AGM Minutes (Draft)

Graham Hyde (Honorary Secretary)

November 12th, 2014 - Forthcoming Important Dates

AGM is set for Monday 19th January 2015 7.30pm at Ripley Town Hall – papers will be circulated shortly.

Pre-Season meeting is set for Wednesday 1st April 7.30pm at Ripley Town Hall.

2015 season begins on Saturday 18th April and will run for 22 weeks, with no breaks for bike races and will finish on Saturday 12th September.

Atkinson Swires Cup Final – Burton Leonard – Sunday 16th August
Finals Day – Sunday 2nd August 2015 venue TBC
MCC – Wednesday 26th August, venue TBC

Dinner and Presentation Evening 20th November at The Cairn Hotel, Harrogate

November 12th, 2014 - 2015 Royal London Club Championship Open for Entries

The ECB would like to invite your club to enter the 2015 Royal London Club Championship, formerly known as the ECB National Club Championship.

Full entry details can be found here by clicking through the link together with a downloadable entry form.

The ECB is once again limited by the busy summer schedule to a competition of just eight rounds; therefore only 256 clubs can participate.

The following criteria will be used in judging suitable entries (please note the requirement to be ECB Clubmark accredited applies across all ECB club competitions as agreed by the ECB Recreational Cricket Group and Recreational Assembly):

1) ECB Clubmark accredited club

2) The league and division that the club plays in on a Saturday

3) Standard of the club’s ground and ancillary facilities

4) Previous history of the club in the competition.

As such this invitation and your completion of the entry form is not a guarantee that your club will be included in the competition for 2015 as the above entry criteria may need to be invoked.

The draw for each group will be released by January 2015 at the latest and seeded based on the record of the club in the previous season both in this competition and in the ECB Premier Leagues.

The first round is to be played by Saturday 2 May 2015 at the latest, although fixtures will be scheduled for Sunday 26 April 2015.

October 24th, 2014 - Local Giving Workshop for all sports clubs in Harrogate District

Come along to a FREE workshop to find out how you can boost your club’s income

Local Giving is a fantastic scheme which helps sports clubs, local charities, and community groups to boost their income and make the most of online fundraising through match funding – come along to our workshop to find out how from the regional local giving coordinator, Nick Dodd.

Information workshop details for all interested local groups and clubs
Venue: Harrogate Town AFC (indoor)
Date: Thursday 30 October 2014
Time: Workshop will start at 6.30pm, and will finish between 7.30-8.00pm. Refreshments available
More details: Can be found on the attached poster, please pass this around your club/committee members or to your treasurer or fundraising committee.

To read more about how Local Giving can benefit your club, visit the website

To book your free place please email by Tues 28 Oct. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

October 22nd, 2014 - Junior Cricket League AGM

The Junior Cricket League AGM will take place at Knaresborough Cricket Club at 8.00 p.m on Thursday 13th of November.

All clubs are to send a representative to the meeting.

Documents pertaining to the meeting will be emailed to Club Junior Secretaries prior to the meeting.

Knaresborough CC bar will be open at 7.30 p.m for pre meeting drinks

October 6th, 2014 - Northern Cricket Society

The Northern Cricket Society’s first winter meeting is this Tuesday October 7th in the Long Room at Headingley. Sid Fielden and Chris Waters are speaking about their book on Hedley Verity’s 10 for 10.

The meeting starts at 8 as it follows the agm. Thereafter the meetings start at 7.45, always on the first Tuesday of the month and always in the Long Room at Headingley.

The remaining speakers are
Nov 4th David Ripley
Dec 2nd Richard Jones umpire
Jan 6th Richard Blakey
Feb 3rd Richard Pyrah
Mch 3rd Stephen Chalke
Apr 7th Mark Arthur

All are very very welcome to attend these always interesting meetings. Membership for the year is £15 which includes the NCS annual booklet. You can join on the night. If you know a member you can come with them to any meeting for a payment of £3.

October 2nd, 2014 - Presentation Evening and Annual Dinner

The Cairn Hotel, Harrogate, Friday 31st October 2014
Guest of Honour – Geoff Miller

Division Winners
Division One Ouseburn
Division Two Newby Hall
Division Three Ripon 2nds
Division Four Thornton-le-Moor
Division Five Helperby 2nds
Division Six Glasshouses
Division Seven Raskelf 2nds
Division Eight Burnt Yates 2nds
Division Nine Newby Hall 3rds

Division One Damien Lawrence (O) Killinghall 1031 runs at 85.92
Division Two Andrew Hogan (O) West Tanfield 694 runs at 77.11
Division Three David Spencer Lofthouse & Middlesmoor 500 runs at 55.56
Division Four Charlie Hutchinson Bishop Monkton 770 runs at 77.00
Division Five Andy Maltas Blubberhouses 2nds 748 runs at 62.33
Division Six Ed Holmes Glasshouses 869 runs at 217.25
Division Seven James McGregor Newton-le-Willows 561 runs at 56.10
Division Eight Tony Wilson Staveley 2nds 547 runs at 60.78
Division Nine Graeme Barraclough Newby Hall 3rds 256 runs at 64.00

Division One Chris Morrison Ouseburn 36 wickets at 11.22
Division Two Joe Furniss Darley 36 wickets at 11.78
Division Three Richard Hooks Ripon 2nds 38 wickets at 8.66
Division Four Simon Pinkney Thornton-le-Moor 37 wickets at 12.57
Division Five Nick Shaw Blubberhouses 2nds 32 wickets at 15.84
Division Six Ben Lake Arthington 30 wickets at 10.67
Division Seven Josh Summerscales Raskelf 2nds 35 wickets at 8.17
Division Eight Callum Puttock North Stainley 2nds 31 wickets at 9.94
Division Nine Shane Jarvis Newby Hall 3rds 23 wickets at 7.26

Wicket Keeping (Catches and Stumpings)
Division One Jonathan Jackson Goldsborough 21 catches, 7 stumpings
Division Two Richard Light Pateley Bridge 20 catches, 1 stumping
Division Three Chris Triggs Burnt Yates 19 catches, 2 stumpings
Division Four Peter Pinkney Thornton-le-Moor 17 catches, 5 stumpings
Division Five Tim Nash Helperby 2nds 15 catches, 4 stumpings
Division Six Alan Fenwick Sessay 3rds 17 catches, 1 stumping
Division Seven Andy Gill Rainton 2nds 11 catches
Division Eight Andy Coulson Bedale 2nds 12 catches, 3 stumpings
Division Nine Ian Western Studley Royal 5ths 5 catches

Willis Trophies – Best Performance of the Season
Batting Ben Lake Arthington 225* on 17th May 2014 v Knaresborough Forest 2nds
Bowling Tom Hixon Studley Royal 2nds 9/17 on 20th September 2014 v West Tanfield
Theakston Nidderdale League – Player Of The Season
Ben Lake – Arthington – MVP score 341.81, 802 runs at 89.11 and 30 wickets at 10.67

Theakson Nidderdale League – Hospitality Award

Cup Winners
Trophies have already been presented – to announce only
Lords International has once again kindly provided shirts for all Knockout Cup Winners.
Please collect at the end of the evening.

Atkinson Swires Cup Helperby
Barrett Cup Studley Royal 2nds
Wath Cup Wath and Melmerby
Peter Bentley Cup Birstwith 3rds

Crawfurd-Porter – Sportsmanship
Division 1 Ouseburn
Division 2 Newby Hall
Division 3 Sharow
Division 4 Middleham
Division 5 Spennithorne and Harmby
Division 6 Spofforth 2nds
Division 7 Dacre Banks 2nds
Division 8 Bedale 2nds
Division 9 Ripley 4ths

Ground Marks Awards
Division 1 Alne
Division 2 Birstwith
Division 3 Raskelf
Division 4 Burton Leonard
Division 5 Helperby
Division 6 Spofforth
Division 7 Thirsk
Division 8 Bedale
Division 9 Ripon (Grammar School)
Most Improved tbc