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December 15th, 2014 - Sport England Protecting Playing Fields Fund

Message received from Daniel Musson : Facilities and Investment Manager England and Wales Cricket Board

For information – the Sport England Protecting Playing Fields Fund re-opens for another round with a closing date of 9th February 2015.

As a reminder, key features are:
· 25 years security of tenure is needed

· Any turf works can be applied for – i.e. new ground, square extension or renovation, drainage

· Clubs do not need to have consultant led feasibility work at this stage – Sport England will appoint a consultant if not in place and the application is successful

· Grants can be from £20k to £65k for Clubs, up to £100k for local authorities/education sector

Please contact Dan directly if and clubs need support with an application.



Daniel Musson : Facilities and Investment Manager
England and Wales Cricket Board : Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0PX

Tel: +44 (0)161 877 6834 : Mobile: +44 (0)7920 757918 : Switchboard: +44 (0)207 432 1200
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December 12th, 2014 - Update from Yorkshire Leagues Meeting

At a meeting of Yorkshire League representatives at Headingley this week, a number of things were discussed including details of the proposed teams for a new ECB Premier League North was presented. There is a proposal on the table to disband the current, single ECB Premier League, to create 4 ECB Premier Leagues in Yorkshire.  In our area, the ECB Premier League North will begin in season 2016.  The teams to begin life in this new League structure, with promotion from and relegation to the York and District Senior League are Castleford, Driffield, Harrogate, Hull, Scarborough, York, YCCC Academy. These teams would be bolstered by the top 5 teams from the Y&DSCL Premier Division at the end of the 2015 season. As an example, if we take the top 5 teams from 2014, this would be Woodhouse Grange, Easingwold, Sheriff Hutton Bridge, Fenner and Clifton Alliance.

Importantly for us, there is currently no information on how the Nidderdale League fits into this structure/pyramid.

The Bradford League are in advances stages of applying for ECB Premier Status to become a “West” Premier League. There would also be a “South” Premier League and the existing North Yorkshire South Durham League would make up the 4 Premier Leagues across Yorkshire. There would be promotion and relegation from all of these new Leagues, some are still be to firmed up.
There is the exciting prospect of playoffs across these 4 leagues for the best team in Yorkshire, who will then travel, all expenses paid, by the County Club, overseas to play, probably in the October half term following the season.

If you want to see the criteria for a league to apply to become an ECB Premier League, have a look here.

A useful update was also provided by the ECB after the National Player Survey and the slide deck is here

You might know that all of our League clubs are affiliated to the Yorkshire Cricket Board.  A new package has been developed the set out the benefits of that affiliation.  This will be sent to all clubs in the New Year.  Affiliation fees to the YCB will rise.

December 8th, 2014 - Can you Score?

Why become a scorer? If you love the game of cricket and want the chance to play an active part in the game, then a scorer’s role could be perfect for you.

With the numerous laws and different ways of scoring it is by no means easy, but if you’re up for the challenge the ECB Association of Cricket Officials can certainly help you onto the road to success.

Learning to score has never been easier, more accessible or more enjoyable. Gone are the days of ‘parrot’ style teaching as the ECB ACO and experienced cricket scorers have put together interactive courses which cater from the total beginner through to the experienced scorer looking to do professional cricket. Whatever level scorer you are, there will be a course for you.

We have a host of fabulous resources available locally, in the form of qualified scorer tutors who are keen to run a course in earl 2015, ready for the season.  If you have any interest in learning how to become a cricket scorer, please get in touch or 07764753066

December 1st, 2014 - Knaresborough Cricket Club Bicentenary

Message from @KnaresboroughCC

Hi, please find attached an introductory letter for Knaresborough Cricket Clubs Bicentenary celebrations in 2015. This promises to be a great year for the club and we are trying to get as many past and present players and members involved in the event. We have a large database of names and most contact details, however, if you know past players that would be interested in the event then please pas on their information so we can contact them.

The letter highlights the events being planned and as Mike states in the letter, we only need people to get involved.

During the year there will be a book written by David Simmonds about the history of the club for sale, there will also be a collection of all the photos we have available in a DVD format.

Other items to commemorate the event will be a bicentennial tie and a bicentennial lambs wool sweater. If you are interested in any of these items then either come to an event, or contact me and we can arrange to get them to you.

Lets hope we can make this event special, it is a one off opportunity to celebrate the clubs history.

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.