2015 News

02 March 2015 - New help for people who run sports clubs

Thousands of people who dedicate their time to making sport a great experience for everyone can now get free and practical help to run their grassroots clubs.
Whether they’re a club chair writing a plan to attract new members, a treasurer managing budgets or a club captain asking existing members what they want, Club Matters - the new online support tool created by Sport England - can help their clubs to thrive.

Club Matters offers a wide range of tools, top tips and quick and easy guides to help with the day-to-day running of clubs, including:

  • Workshops – Free and short training sessions delivered across the country by experts on a range of specific areas.

  • Mentoring – Either for long term support, or just a short call to sound out ideas, Club Matters’ ?exible mentoring scheme offers personal support at a time and place to suit.

  • Club Improvement Plans – Online resource for clubs of all sizes and at all stages of their development, to establish where they are performing well and where they can develop.

  • Club Views – A club survey tool helping users to ask members and volunteers what they think about their club, and make suggestions.

  • Clubmark – The nationally-acknowledged accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. As part of Clubmark accreditation, clubs will have the opportunity to request a Club

  • Matters mentor to help them through the accreditation process.

  • Online Support – Help and guidance in all areas of running a sports club. This includes online toolkits, quick reference guides and e-learning modules.

All of the Club Matters resources are available at: www.sportenglandclubmatters.com

Over the next eight months, Sport England will be holding sessions throughout the country to demonstrate Club Matters to people from sports clubs, sports governing bodies and county sports partnerships. To find out when Club Matters is visiting your nearest location, visit the Club Matters website.

24 February 2015 - ECB statement: re approaches to clubs

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have been notified that some affiliated Clubs may have been approached by a commercial company in relation to providing solutions for energy efficiency in pavilions, including capital grants towards items such as LED lighting and changing energy suppliers, with statements made that they are working in conjunction with ECB and County Cricket Boards and that ECB are providing funding for the scheme.

Clubs should note that ECB has no relationship with any 3rd party involving capital grants for energy efficiency and that these statements are not authorised by ECB.

In particular, Clubs should note that the EWCT Small Grants Scheme supported by Waitrose requires two competitive quotes for any project and has no preferred supplier arrangements for any type of project.

The only formal relationship ECB has entered into in relation to energy supply switching is with Business Energy Direct as an official supporter of NatWest CricketForce.

Details of this offer can be found here: http://www.ecb.co.uk/development/natwest-cricketforce/business-energy-direct,2244,BP.html

Clubs which receive any approach they consider may be inappropriate are asked to send an email with details of this to facilities@ecb.co.uk

20 February 2015 - #summertobebrave

Back in November 2014, the ECB announced the results of its 2014 National Player Survey and to be honest there is a worrying trend emerging. There has been a seven per cent decrease in the total number of players playing cricket in teams – down from 908,000 in 2013 to 844,000 in 2014. The ECB is working very hard to engage with players and do what it can but what can we do as players, clubs and Leagues? We all need to be active in arresting this trend.

How can we do this?

One way is to use that fantastic gadget that many of us have in our pocket.

Our smartphone.

We can easily take high quality photographs and video, record audio, send messages and become digital storytellers, direct to our audience, new, existing and old, to promote our wonderful game of cricket.

If you moved to a new area and wanted to get involved in cricket, as a player or a volunteer, how would you find a club? How would you choose a club if you had a choice?

Lets make the summer of 2015 the #summertobebrave If all clubs create an Instagram account and post pictures with the hashtag #summertobebrave they can be collected and presented online. The same with Twitter. We can all post photographs, videos, web links and stories and tag them with #summertobebrave

We can tell the story of the 2015.

19 February 2015 - Who is Larry Long Handle?

Can you tell your stories? Now its the turn of Goldsborough Cricket Club....
Have a go. #summertobebrave but just who is Larry Long Handle?

17 February 2015 - What the IPL auction would look like in club cricket

Our friends at Cricket Yorkshire have written an article on their website about about a fictional Indian Premier League style auction and have used the Nidderdale League to illustrate their points.

Rumours have been rife for days in the Harrogate Advertiser that Pannal’s John Strover will lead the bidding with one franchise said to be offering him pie and peas and free beer for a year.

Could this be the future of local league cricket?  Would a tactical sponsorship from Weatherhead's in Pateley Bridge reap a Division One title?  Would Shane Warne come out of retirement for a refillable bucket of Ripley Ice Cream?

Comments and feedback are welcome via twitter @cricketyorkshire or the Cricket Yorkshire Facebook page.

15 February 2015 - North Stainley Cricket Club - Cheltenham Preview Night

North Stainley CC have organised a Cheltenham preview night at Ripon Bowling Club on Sunday 8th March at 7:30pm. There will be a panel of experts on hand discussing the runners and riders at Cheltenham including North Stainley CC's own Nick Robson from the Press Association, Steven Powell - freelance racing commentator, Andrew Thornton (National Hunt Jockey) and Darren Owen from the BBC.

Tickets are £7.50 including pie and peas, with proceeds going to North Stainley CC.

Tickets are available from Ripon Bowling Club on 01765 602971 or on the night on the door.

Please support this event!

12 February 2015 - YCB Groundsmans Association

Cracking offers from the YCB Groundsmans Association. Please take the time to check out their flyer.

12 February 2015 - Digital Story Telling #summertobebrave

The 2014 National Player Survey makes for sobering reading. Year on year there are 7% less players playing cricket nationally. If this trend continues there will be no cricket in time. We need to change the way we engage with players, parents, junior players, volunteers and the wider cricket watching and supporting public. We can do this by telling stories. Teasing out the characters from within our clubs and leagues and telling their stories.

How does cricket make you feel?

Many of us are regular users of what we call social media. This can be Facebook or Twitter. It could be WhatsApp for messaging players directly. It might be Vine or Instagram. All of these are free and send messages direct to your pocket. How many of us don't have a smartphone? Our pocket computer opens doors to new players, new volunteers and new sponsors.

What is unique or quirky about your club? What are you fund-raising events? Ask questions. Engage people. Start conversations.

If we can get one player, to play an extra game a season this will have a huge impact on all clubs. If we can attract players back to the game or entice new ones to find their kit we will ensure the game we love thrives.

Making a small effort makes a big difference. This summer is the #summertobebrave

In an small amount of time, it was possible to create a short video telling a story of how Knaresborough Forest Cricket Club are preparing for the new season. Thanks to all involved for their help in the making of this film.

06 February 2015 - YCB Cricket Coach Education Roadshow

The YCB in conjunction with the ECB Coach Education team are to hold a number of roadshows around the county.  Nidderdale clubs are invited to attend the North Yorkshire Roadshow which is to be held at Harrogate Cricket Club, The County Ground, Saint George's Road, Harrogate HG2 9BP on
Wednesday 11th March 7:30pm

The evening will offer a fantastic opportunity to gain insight in to the new Coach Education structure, the Coaches Association, Coaching Pathway, plus more……

Please see the attached documentation which outlines the content of the roadshow.

If you can confirm your attendance to Richard Wilkinson via e-mail r.wilkinson@yorkshirecb.com by Friday 6th March.  Places available for no more than 2 people per club or organisation.  For any further information please feel free to contact Richard directly T:07850 928190 or r.wilkinson@yorkshirecb.com

Richard Wilkinson| Cricket Development Manager - North Yorkshire

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03 February 2015 - Lords International 2015 Product Catalogue

PLEASE SUPPORT ONE OF THE LEAGUE'S SPONSORS: As the Cricket season is approaching very fast, we are enclosing a PDF catalogue of the Lord International for Club Kit and equipment for your consideration and information. Once you go through the catalogue, you are very welcome to contact us, and we are here to assist you for your clubs kit requirement, whether its whites, or coloured clothing and also the clubs requirement for cricket equipment.

Lords International Product Catalogue 2015

02 February 2015 - U11 Yorkshire Girls

U11 Yorkshire Girls: After a hugely successful U11 Yorkshire Girls Campaign last year we are again holding trials for the 2015 Yorkshire Season.

Nominations for the Yorkshire Girls County Age Group U11’s may be made by any School, YCB Affiliated Club or Women & Girls District Development Group, but not by individuals apart from members of the EPP, Pathways & County Taskforce, YCB Women’s Coaching & Management Team and YCB Women’s Pathways Directors.

The Trial will take place at Manor CE School, York YO26 6PA on Saturday 21 March from 2pm-4pm (Arrival 1.45). * Please note there will be a small £3 charge for the trial to cover facility costs*

Please find attached a nomination form: Nominations need to be in by Friday 6th March.

Please also pass this through your networks.

Best wishes,

Joe (Yorkshire U11 Manager) & Rachel (Yorkshire U11 Coach)

23 January 2015 - Jewson Privilege Account

Would your cricket club like to have £350 to spend in its local Jewson branch?

For more information on the Jewson Privilege Account offer please go the link below


23 January 2015 - NatWest Cricket Force

Message From the YCB:  Last year we had a fantastic uptake of clubs that signed up to NWCF with over 240 clubs taking part, this year we are hoping to smash that number and we want your club to take advantage of the great offers from the ECB.

Sign your club up NatWest CricketForce 2015 and take advantage of the fantastic offers from their partners. NWCF 2015 will take place over the weekend 27-29 March. Please go to the link below for details on how to register and start planning.


23 January 2015 - 2015 Cup Competitions

Now published 2015 Cup Competitions


It may be dark, cold and miserable outside but we can begin to look forward to the 2015 season.  Today the League Management Committee have released details of all the cup competitions.

The final of the Atkinson Swires Senior Knockout will be held on Sunday 16th August at Burton Leonard Cricket Club.  Defending champions Helperby sit out Round 1 but will enter in Round 2 with a visit to Killinghall.  The tie of Round 1 must surely be Darley v Pateley Bridge in the battle for local bragging rights.

Finals Day will be hosted by Raskelf Cricket Club this year on Sunday 2nd August.

21 January 2015 - 2015 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League was held at Ripley Town Hall on Monday 19th January 2015.  There were five nominations for Life Membership of the League which were duly awarded to Mrs Val Kitson, Bill Kitson, Chris Newton, Ken Hainsworth and Eric Houseman.  Sir Thomas Ingilby, the League President, gave a brief speech detailing the unfailing commitment to both the Junior and Senior leagues.

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We then heard a brief summary of the 2014 season from League Secretary, Graham Hyde.  He told us that the season began on Saturday April 19th and had the very unusual feature of a completely free week on 5th July to accommodate the Tour de France.  We started with 54 clubs and 106 teams but during the season we lost 3 teams Kirkby Malzeard 2nds, Galphay & Winksley 2nds and Killinghall 3rds.  We played 1098 fixtures in 2014. 27 (2%) of games were conceded. 299 (27%) games were abandoned due to the weather. A total of 3,086 players made an appearance in the League and (some) contributed to a total of 246,135 runs being scored.  The top team, in terms of runs scored was Killinghall 1st XI, who scored 3,518 runs.  Dacre Banks 1st XI conceded the most runs with 3,706.  The bowlers took a total of 11,037 wickets.  Ouseburn 1st XI did the most damage taking 159, but the Pannal Ash bowlers took just 47 wickets.

Total fines levied for late results totalled £1,100.00 70% of clubs had a fine issued. Burton Leonard and Pannal were fined 10 times.

Looking forward to 2015, we welcome Whixley Cricket Club who enter 2 teams in Division 3 and 9. Boroughbridge and Staveley have merged to form one club but both grounds will be retained. Pannal 4ths have folded. Season begins on Saturday 18th April. Season ends on Saturday 12th September.

League Umpires' Secretary, Rob Allison, gave a stirling report outlining his ambitions to improve standards of officiating within the League.  He told us:

"My aspiration is to further build rapport and respect between umpires and players. Some umpires enjoy the fullest respect and many players have an excellent rapport with a good number of umpires. Neither a player nor an umpire gets it right 100% of the time. Sometimes a lack of knowledge about the Laws of Cricket can give rise to misunderstandings. As a former player I would commend the Level 1 course to all existing players; I know some players have already achieved the Level 1 certificate. I "didn't know what I didn't know" until I attended the course. We have also encouraged existing umpires to consider attending the course to refresh their knowledge."

There is to be a change, for a trial period of 1 year, of a new weather affected game rule and compulsory membership of the ECB ACO for all officials.

The meeting then heard from Ken Coad who detailed a season of change for the Junior League and thanked Mick Dawson for his hard work as Secretary.  Ken was able to announce a very exciting new sponsor of Yorkshire Tea, who will be supporting the Nidderdale Junior League in 2015.

With sadness we say goodbye to Andrew Wallach from his position of Assistant Disciplinary Panel Secretary but welcome Craig Robson to the post.

A full list of rule amendments can be found here.


  • All fixtures will commence at 1:30pm except week 22 when it will be 1:00pm

  • The AGM will be held in November from 2015

  • Clarification of criteria for players playing in the last 4 games of the season

  • Introduction of a new Adult Player Loan scheme

  • Teams conceding fixtures will not be deducted 6 points but will still be fined

  • Umpires expenses will be £35

  • Amended composition of the Cup Competitions

  • Trial of a fielding circle and fielding restrictions in the Atkinson Swiers Cup


16 January 2015 - ECB Waitrose Small Grants Scheme

A message has been circulated to all Club Secretaries regarding possible small grants from Waitrose

The opening date is Monday 12th January 2015 and the closing date for applications to be made to the CCB is Friday 6th March 2015.

After this the Yorkshire Cricket Board will undertake a decision making process and then submit your applications to ECB for processing, no later than Friday 20th March 2015.

Please read thoroughly the attached guidance notes which contain all of the key information about the scheme – please review it carefully and contact me if you have any questions.  If you then decide to submit an application, please ensure that your club meets all of the required eligibility criteria and your application is admissible with regards to the ‘eligible projects’ guidance

Please note that I cannot guarantee any application at this stage due to the anticipated large number of applications against the amount of funding available for the whole of Yorkshire

What would add more weight to an application is where clubs can provide above the minimum of 10% partnership funding, and also if the demand is huge then priority may be offered to clubs who have been pro-active in the past regarding support of ECB/YCB initiatives such as NWCF/Clubmark/school links/CDGs etc

Richard Wilkinson| Cricket Development Manager - North Yorkshire
T:07850 928190 | E: r.wilkinson@yorkshirecb.com

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14 January 2015 - Indoor Cricket Offer

The cricket season is fast approaching and so is the deadline to enter our next round of winter indoor cricket leagues, available across West Yorkshire. We have local leagues for all standards on midweek evenings and at the weekend for both seniors and juniors. With over 40 club, corporate and social teams already signed up places are limited, so please register your interest now! The benefits include:

·         Never rained off

·         Stay in form over the winter

·         Develop team spirit

·         Improve close fielding skills

·         Improve fitness and agility

·         Local, national and international competitions

·         Longer games and lower fees than local football leagues

·         A set of tickets for the England v New Zealand Test Match for the winners!


In addition to the leagues we are also introducing a number of one day cup competitions which are ideal for those who may find it difficult to commit to playing in a league every week.

We are also able to offer a fantastic package to all teams who go on to play in the Last Man Stands competition in the summer. This includes the registration fee, team insurance, a pair of coloured batting pads and some pink match balls, all for FREE! This will only be available to the first 20 teams who register their interest before the end of the month, so sign up now!

If you are interested in entering a team in any of our leagues or cup competitions, please contact us as soon as possible to enable us to secure your place.


Kind regards,

Paul Berry

365 Cricket

07795 154444



11 January 2015 - 2015 Season Fixtures PUBLISHED

The League Management Committee are pleased to release details of the fixtures for the 2015 season.  Week 1 will be Saturday 18th April and will run for 22 weeks.  Week 22 will be Saturday 12th September.

Division One - Division Two - Division Three - Division Four - Division Five

Division Six - Division Seven - Division Eight - Division Nine

Cup fixtures will be released after the AGM on Monday 19th January as there is a rule change proposed by the LMC to change the teams making up each cup.

All fixtures will appear on CricHQ before the season starts.

NOTE: In Division 2 Week 11 and 22 fixtures between Studley Royal 2nds and Knaresborough Forest have been swapped round.  SRCC 2nds will now be at home in week 11.  As a result, in Division 6, the fixtures involving Little Ribston and Knaresborough Forest 2nds on the same weeks have been reversed.  KFCC 2nds will now be at home in week 11.

06 January 2015 - Harrogate Cricket Development Group

Harrogate Cricket Development Group

Message from the Chairman.

Hi to you all and a Happy New Year. For those of you present at the groups AGM last year, this is the update that I promised would come out to all clubs.

For those of you who may not have heard of our group or have not been involved before, then great, this is the start, please read the attached letter. (link)

I have spent quite a bit of time making sure we have up to date contact information for clubs and this email is being sent to all clubs in our district. I am aware that there are clubs who have not been involved in the development group before, but as we have a clean slate, I felt it only correct to start from scratch and make sure all clubs in our area are invited to join the group. As detailed in the attached letter, the group does have a fresh start, it does need some help, but it will provide clubs with the relevant information for funding applications, assistance in Club Mark activities and also a route to provide coaches for primary schools as well as training and developing clubs own coaches.

The next scheduled meeting for our group is the 23rd March 2015, Studley Royal CC 7pm.

Please take some time to read the attached letter and if you have any queries or want to help in any way then please feel free to contact me.

Kind regards

Jonathan Corcoran

Harrogate Cricket Development Group
07910 705059

05 January 2015 - OPPORTUNITY: Social Media Pilot

The Nidderdale league has been invited to nominate 4 club and/or league representatives to attend 3 sessions of training in the use and maximisation of social media within cricket. The only criteria is that participants are already actively using social media on behalf of their club/league. It is also important that participants commit to attend all three sessions and work to implement their learning to develop the social media offer in the recreational game.

There is no charge for the course and the league will pick up the cost of the curry at the first session. The cost is £12 per person for the Bradford session.

We are included in the Bradford pilot and includes (Nidderdale, Wetherby, Aire Wharf, Bradford League, Quaid E Azam, Bradford Sunday School).

Session 1 – 22nd Jan Venue – Omar Khan’s Indian Restaurant, 30 Little Horton Lane, Bradford http://omarkhans.co.uk/indian-restaurant-bradford.asp
Session 2 – 3rd Feb
Session 3 – 19th Feb

All sessions 7 – 9.30pm

Please respond to me, Graham Hyde ASAP by  sending me an email (grahamnhyde@gmail.com) before Friday 9th January. If we have too many people interested I'll pick 4 people at random. You MUST commit to all sessions.