2014 News

Monday 6 October 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.

Thursday 2 October 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

Tuesday 30 September 2014 - 2014 Season Review

The 2014 Season Review can be downloaded here

Monday 22 September 2014 - Join The Nidderdale Golden Oldies in Cape Town

If you are over 40 and would like to enjoy the cricketing experience of a lifetime, why not join the Nidderdale Taverners XI and Studley Royal XI at the Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival in Cape Town, which is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, from 22-29th March, 2015. The programme kicks off with the Grand Parade of the Nations and Welcome Party on the Sunday evening. Friendly matches are played against international teams on the Monday Wednesday and Friday so we might find ourselves playing against – and socialising with - teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, America or the Caribbean. Tuesday is Picnic Day: this time it’s being held at one of the best local Cape vineyards. Thursday is tour day, when you can take one of a selection of tours to local attractions or just take a day off on the beach. The festival closes with the Farewell and Awards Dinner on Saturday night. Most of our players are being accompanied by their wives / partners – who had a terrific time in Adelaide two years ago and know how to party, and many are touring privately for a few days before or after the festival to make the most of their time in South Africa. We are staying at the four star Cape Manor Hotel, on the seafront, in an area that has many dining opportunities. The cost of the eight days, including transport to and from matches and all the official events and our hotel accommodation for the week, is outstandingly good value at just under £1000 per head. The pound is very strong against the Rand and food and drinks will look ridiculously cheap to us – you will be able to eat and drink very well for very little money. Flights are extra, but again available at reasonable cost. We will be playing in our own team kit, commissioned for the occasion. We have very nearly got a full squad and have got our own umpire and scorer traveling with us: we have space for 1-2 more players, and everyone is guaranteed to get three games of cricket if they want them. Alternatively if anyone would like a day off, we hope to have enough cover to enable them to do so.

Participating in a Golden Oldies Festival is an unforgettable, joyous experience and you enjoy mingling with some of the nicest cricketers and their wives that you could ever hope to meet. And it’s just before the League kicks off in April so you will be well prepared for the new season. We welcome cricketers of all standards. Contact sirthomas@ripleycastle.co.uk to express an interest or request further details.

Thursday 11 September 2014 - 2014 Ingilby Shield

This weekend sees the annual contest between the finest home grown talent Nidderdale has to offer and the Overseas players of the Nidderdale League. The Ingilby Shield is upon us! From 1pm on Sunday 14th September, the two sides will battle it out as we all like to beat and Aussie don't we? Not literally of course.

Spofforth Cricket Club are kindly hosting the 40 over fixture which will begin at 1pm. It would be great to see as many people there as possible to support both teams.

The teams are as follows:

Nidderdale League
James Townsend capt/wkt (Burton Leonard)
Rob Nelson (Bishop Thornton)
David Cummings (Ouseburn)
Tom Rowlay (Burton Leonard)
Matt Williams (Killinghall)
Andrew Taylor (Hampsthwaite)
Josh Cutts (Killinghall)
Alex Durie (Hampsthwaite)
Josh Chandler (Bishop Thornton)
Dan Marston (Helperby)
Dan Harris (Bishop Thornton)

Nidderdale Overseas
1. Damien Lawrence (capt) (Killinghall)
2. Neil Brown (Blubberhouses)
3. Travis Miles (Scotton)
4. Luke Vincent (Alne)
5. Craig Baldwin (wkt) (Bishop Thornton)
6. Dylan O'Malley (Ripley)
7. Andrew Hogan (West Tanfield)
8. Nick Jones (Knaresborough Forest)
9. Nicky Smith (Burton Leonard)
10. Atish (Helperby)
11. Stephen Butler (Dacre Banks)

Sunday 14th September from 1pm at Spofforth CC

Wednesday 10 September 2014 - Annual Dinner

The 2014 Theakston Nidderdale League Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening will again be held at the Cairn Hotel, Harrogate. This year the date is Friday 31st October with guests to arrive from 7pm for 7.45pm.

Special Guest thsi year is former Derbyshire, Essex and England cricketer and former ECB National Selector Geoff Miller OBE. Geoff will be joined by comedian Josh Daniels.

At this year’s Annual General Meeting it was decided that all League Clubs would be levied with one ticket per team at a subsidised cost of £25 for this event. As each club has paid for these tickets through their annual subscription to the League, we urge you to make use of these tickets. If you have 2 teams, you will receive 2 tickets as part of your annual subscription. We wish to encourage all clubs to be represented at the Dinner and all prizewinners must be represented. If a prizewinner cannot be represented, please inform the League Secretary, Graham Hyde.

When submitting ticket order details, please enter the total amount of tickets required, then deduct the amount already paid i.e. clubs with one team deduct £25, two teams deduct £50 from your payment cheque. This cheque may be post dated to 31st October.

The cost this year of general tickets is £29.00 This is £3.00 less than last year as we have removed the cheese and biscuits course from the menu in order to keep costs own.

Numbers will be allocated upon receipt of payment and final numbers are required by Friday 17th October.

Monday 1 September 2014 - Groundshare Available At Glasshouses for 2015 Season

Glasshouses Cricket Club is available for the 2015 season for any club looking to run additional teams and looking for facilities as a ground share. Please contact Andy Wilson on 01423 712114 or 07790 234911 if you are interested.

Friday 29 August 2014 - Thirsk Golf Day

Thirsk Cricket Club are again holding their Annual Golf Day at the picturesque Thirsk & Northallerton Golf Club on Friday 26th September and offer a cordial invitation to all Theakston Nidderdale League clubs, players and officials. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and saw in excess of 20 teams competing for some excellent prizes. Tee times are available from 10.00am. If you would like to enter a team, the cost will be £140 per four-ball or £35 per person to include 18 holes of Golf, a one course meal and prizes. For further details and an entry form please visit Thirsk's website . If you require any additional information you can contact the event organiser Rob Garner (PGA) on 07754 611619.

Friday 29 August 2014 - YCB Pathways Trials 2015

Nominations for County Pathways Trials can 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.

Players must be under 11/13/15/17 on 1st September 2014, with anyone older being eligible for the Development Squad and should be available for trial if their nomination is successful. Trials will be held on Sunday 21st September 2014 at Walton Cricket Club (The East Stand, Headingley Leeds will be used should the weather not allow us to run outside). Successful nominations will be notified on the 15th September and no later than midnight on 16th September 2014.

Please download this form and complete providing as much detail as possible.

Friday 29 August 2014 - Week 19 Start Times

Remember Week 19, Saturday 30th August, ALL fixtures begin at 1:30pm

Thursday 28 August 2014 - Return of Trophies - REMINDER

All trophies must be returned to the League Trophy Manager, Steve Gill by 1st September.

Tuesday 26 August 2014 - Annual Fixture between Nidderdale League and MCC

Tomorrow, Wednesday 27th August, Dacre Banks Cricket Club will host the annual fixture between the Nidderdale League and the MCC. The game starts at 11:00am and will end at approximately 18:00pm

Everyone is welcome to attend and food and drink is available throughout the day at the club.

Nidderdale League XI:
James Townsend (Burton Leonard) capt/wkt
David Cummings (Ouseburn)
Rob Ellis (Pannal)
Nicky Smith (Burton Leonard)
Ben Kettlewell (Wath and Melmerby)
Damien Lawrence (Killinghall)
Tom Rowlay (Burton Leonard)
John Strover (Pannal)
Matt Williams (Killinghall)
Atish Chouhan (Helperby)
Joe Kinsella (Helperby)
Stephen Butler (Dacre Banks) - 12th man

Tuesday 26 August 2014 - arrowselfdrive.com – Nidderdale Junior Cricket League Finals Day

The following matches will be played at the times stated at Studley Royal CC on Sunday 7th September 2014:-

Mini Pitch Competition Team Team
10.30 am U9 Pairs Final Studley Royal or Knaresborough Forest v Newby Hall
1.00 pm U11 Pairs Final Harrogate v Pannal

Main Pitch Competition Team Team
11.00 am U11 Reg Dickens Trophy Final Ouseburn v TABS
1.00 pm U13 Final Beckwithshaw v Harrogate or Bilton
4.00 pm U15 Final Harrogate v Knaresborough

14th September will be the reserve day in the event of rain.
All teams will require a scorer and a match ball.
Umpires will be provided for the Main Pitch matches.

Tuesday 26 August 2014 - Junior Indoor League

The full fixtures including the order of play for Saturday and Sunday at Pateley Bridge for the Junior Indoor League can now be downloaded. They will also appear on CricHQ shortly.

Junior Indoor League Fixtures

Thursday 21 August 2014 - END OF SEASON CRICKET MEGASALE

All Rounder Cricket is holding its annual cricket sale which starts this Friday (22nd August) and runs until Sunday 31st August. This year, the cricket store in Headingley will keep its sale running for a full ten days offering sensational discounts across their entire product range including on their top of the range cricket bats, pads, gloves, cricket bags, cricket shoes AND even Bowling Machines. With the cricket sale continuing on their website at www.allroundercricket.com there is a chance for everyone to pick up a bargain.

Thursday 21 August 2014 - Golden Oldies – Cape Town 2015

Studley Royal Cricket Club has entered a team in the ‘Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival’ to be held in Cape Town, South Africa from the 22nd to the 29th March 2015.

This tournament is aimed at cricketers aged 40+ from all around the world and was previously hosted by the Nidderdale League in the summer of 2010. Our team, which is made up of players from all the clubs teams that participate in the Nidderdale League, will be playing 3 competitive/ friendly games of cricket whilst at the same time sampling a little bit of life and culture in South Africa.

We are still looking to add a couple of players to our touring party and wondered if there were any players, currently playing in the Nidderdale League, that would like to join us for this once in a life time trip.

If you are interested, please contact Steve Curtis on 07740 637650 or e-mail stevencurtis502@btinternet.com.

Thursday 14 August 2014 - The Grey Fox Trophy

The Grey Fox Trophy semi-final matches will both be played at Headingley this Sunday – 17th August. The winners will meet at Scarborough on Sunday 7th September.

This year the first 30 overs semi-final, commencing at 11.00am will feature the redoubtable, formidable Bradford Buddhays and their opponents will be the terrible Ancients of Fishlake.

The second 30 overs match, commencing at approximately 2.30pm, will see the reigning champions Central Yorkshire Over 50s do battle with the sprightly, nimble Nidderdale Notsoyoungs.

Entry to the ground is free and the Long Room bar will be open.

Tuesday 12 August 2014 - Scarborough Girls Cricket Tournament

North Yorkshire Women and Girls Cricket Development Group organised the second annual Girls Tournament at Scarborough Cricket Club, where they were again blessed with glorious sunshine. They welcomed eleven teams at both Under-12 and Under-15 levels, this year including both Northumberland and Lincolnshire.

Regular applause rang out from the stands as the day evolved on this magnificent seaside festival ground where the England women take on India on 21st and 23rd August. Those venturing into the crowd were treated to some enthusiastic and competitive matches, played within the true spirit of the game. The Senior Final saw two North Yorkshire sides battle it out for the honours this year, the A side having beaten last years winners South Yorkshire whilst the B side beat Northumberland after an exciting “Golden over” shootout. After a tense final the A side came out narrow winners, whilst Lydia Morgan won the most promising Player of the Tournament Award.

The Junior Tournament saw the well drilled newcomers from Northumberland, who obviously benefitted from a relaxed night under canvas the previous evening, overcoming North Yorkshire to win by 1 wicket in the final over. A final worthy of a fantastic tournament. Katie Baines of North Yorkshire won the most promising player of the Junior Tournament Award.

Plans are already underway for the 2015 tournament. It was another memorable event for the girls, who enjoyed the opportunity of playing at this historic ground. Our thanks go to Scarborough CC for their hospitality, and to Nigel Kenyon for his organisational skills.

Monday 11 August 2014 - Lady Taverners

Huge congratulations to North Stainley under 13 Girls who won the North of England Lady Taverner’s event on Wednesday 30 July beating teams from Lancs, Cumbria, Cheshire and Northumberland.

North Stainley under 13 Girls

Tuesday 5 August 2014 - Finals Day

2014 BARRETT CUP WINNERS are Studley Royal 2nds
Studley Royal 2nds 96/6 Tom Hixon 30* Chris Hill 23 Ben Challis 3/30
Lofthouse and Middlesmoor 68/8 Craig Costello 24 Tom Hixon 3/13 James Grange 3/22
Man of the Match: Tom Hixon 30* and 3/13

2014 WATH CUP WINNERS are Wath and Melmerby
Wath and Melmerby 132/5 Richard Dale 41* Paul Richardson 31. Johnathan Hatchard 2/18
Harrogate 4ths 96/5 Ben Campbell 33* Miles Rawlings 28 Sean Taylor 3/23
Man of the Match: Paul Richardson 31 runs, 2 catches and 2 stumpings.

2014 PETER BENTLEY CUP WINNERS are Birstwith 3rds
Arthington 2nds 50/9 Martin Pearson 4/10 Darren Robinson 2/7
Birstwith 3rds 52/2 John Lyons 28* George Holmes 2/19
Man of the Match: Martin Pearson 4/10 and a run out


The U17’s Arthur Barrett Cup final was held on Thursday 17th of July at Bilton Cricket Cub, the finalists were Knaresborough CC, the current Cup holders and Ouseburn CC.

On a perfect English summer evening, Knaresborough won the toss and elected to bat. The Knaresborough openers, Jack Whitham (46) and Callum Beasley (18) quickly took their opening stand to 51 runs before the first wicket fell. Josh Tear batting at 6 made a very useful 23 not out in only 14 balls thus setting the scene for a very competitive total of 136 for 7 for Knaresborough in their allotted 22 overs. Best of the Ouseburn bowlers was Jacob Lacey with figures of 5 overs, 2 Wickets for 23 runs at an average of 11.5.

The Ouseburn innings stuttered early on, with the loss of 2 wickets for 9 runs before Daniel Lever steadied the ship cracking an excellent 37 runs for the match before being bowled by Ed Barnes. Other contributors with the bat were Jack Sheridan with a spirited 30 and Luis Rust with 23 not out. Despite a brave rearguard action Ouseburn were still 12 runs short at the end of their allotted 22 Overs. Best of the Knaresborough bowling was Ed Barnes with a very tight spell which returned 3 Wickets from 5 overs for only 10 runs.

Winners were Knaresborough with 136 for 7 against Ouseburn’s 124 for 9.

The Ed Cousens Man of the Match was Jack Whitham from Knaresborough for his innings of 46 which set the conditions for a Knaresborough win.

The League would like to thank, their Sponsors, Arrowselfdrive and also Bilton CC for hosting the match which was a magnificent advertisement for Junior Cricket in the Nidderdale area. Thanks also go to Alan Kitchen and Barry Canham for umpiring the game.

Knaresborough U17s

Monday 21 July 2014 - 2014 Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League Finals Day

There will be a festival of cricket on Sunday 3rd August when West Tanfield Cricket Club host the 2014 Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League Finals Day. As in previous years, the finals of the Peter Bentley Cup, Wath Cup and Barrett Cup will take place on one day, at one venue providing a full day of Twenty20 cricket action.

The schedule for the day will be:
Peter Bentley Cup Final
Birstwith 3rds v Arthington 2nds – start time 11am
Wath Cup Final
Harrogate 4ths v Wath & Melmerby – start time 2pm
Barrett Cup Final
Lofthouse & Middlesmoor v Studley Royal 2nds – start time 5pm

After each game, there will be a presentation ceremony.

West Tanfield Cricket Club are well known for their fabulous hospitality and will be running a very well stocked bar, BBQ with locally produced meats and light refreshments throughout the day. There will also be the chance to try your luck with a raffle running alongside each game.

There will be ample car parking and spectators are encouraged to bring blankets and folding chairs to provide comfortable seating for the day.

Coming up shortly after in the cricketing calendar will be the Atkinson Swires Senior Knockout Final at Masham CC on Sundy 17th August 2pm start and the annual fixture against the MCC on Wednesday 27th August at Dacre Banks CC, start 11am. This years Ingilby Shield will be held at Spofforth CC on Sunday 14th September 1pm start.

Friday 11 July 2014 - Arthur Barrett Cup Final

The U17 Arthur Barrett Cup Final will be played at Bilton Cricket Club on Thursday 17th of July starting at 6.15 pm.

The finalists are, Knaresborough CC, who are the current holders and Ouseburn CC.
Knaresborough CC are designated Home team.

Thursday 10 July 2014 - John Barrett Memorial Trophy

The John Barrett Memorial Trophy for u13s takes place this Sunday at Pannal 11.00 start
Defending champions TABS u13s will play top of division A Beckwithshaw u13s.

Both sides enter the final in good form so a tight match is predicted.

Thursday 10 July 2014 - Mid Season le Tour Break

With 11 rounds scheduled and a few fixtures abandoned due to rain, its Pannal who lead the Theakston Nidderdale League Division One championship race from Ouseburn. Pannal have come back into the top flight this season with a bang after a year in Division Two. The Ellis brothers (Rob and Andy) are right up there in the batting performances and Andy has already taken 15 wickets but its Killinghall’s Aussie, Damien Lawrence who has hit 602 runs already at 150.5 with a top score of 155* who is the division’s leading runs scorer so far.. Hampsthwaite’s Alex Durie has taken 22 wickets at 12 with best figures of 8/37 and has propelled them up into third spot.

We have a new development for the 2014 thanks to our new League Management solution, CricHQ, with the introduction of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) which works out who is performing the best based upon runs, wickets, catches and wins. It's Helperby’s overseas player, Atish Chouhan, who has lead from week 1 with 316 runs and 19 wickets so far. Atish also leads the overall Nidderdale League MVP competition with 203.68 points. The top 10 is as follows:

Atish Chouhan Helperby 203.68
Damien Lawrence Killinghall 193.02
Andrew Hogan West Tanfield 180.92
Ben Lake Arthington 175.33
Martin Pearson Birstwith 173.94
Richard Kirby South Kilvington 170.53
Jamie Bryant Ouseburn 168.74
Steve Greensit West Tanfield 159.81
Edward Holmes Glasshouses 155.41
Charlie Hutchinson Bishop Monkton 154.84

It is worth noting that Glasshouses’ Amy Burton is in 11th position.

In Division Two, the half way stage leaders are Darley with Birstwith in second. West Tanfield’s Andrew Hogan has hit 359 runs so far at 89.75 and also leads the Division’s MVP with 16 wickets too. Darley’s lofty position is thanks to Joe Furniss who has already taken 19 wickets with a best of 6 for 12. Darley’s overseas player arrived late to the 2014 party but has already hit 200 runs in just 3 innings. It is perhaps worth noting that Masham’s legendary bowler, Derek Chapman, continues to pick up wickets – 17 so far!

Local rivals Ripon 2nds and Sharow are neck and neck at the top of Division Three. Sharow’s captain Mike Ainsley tops the MVP – you get bonus points for being a winning captain. Raskelf are in second spot and their young bowler Matt Hawkhead (and captain) has taken 19 wickets. Considerable pressure has been placed on Kirkby Malzeard’s Iain Fraser this season but he has responded with 301 runs so far.

It is sad to note the loss of Kirkby Malzeard 2nds, Galphay and Winksley 2nds and also Killinghall 3rds all from Division 9. This leaves just 7 teams in this division but the remaining sides are still playing competitive cricket and are also arranging friendly fixtures to keep the momentum going.

At the semi final stage of the Atkinson Swires Senior Knockout, Pannal will play Birstwith and Helperby play Bishop Thornton. Ties are due to be played on Sunday July 27th.

We now know the finalists for this year’s Barrett Cup. Finals Day is Sunday August 3rd at West Tanfield.
Studley Royal 2nds will play Lofthouse & Middlesmoor.

In the Wath Cup has reached the semi final stage. Harrogate 4ths v Bishop Thornton 2nds and Thornton Watlass will play Wath & Melmerby on July 15th.

The Peter Bentley cup semi finals are being played tonight and involved West Tanfield 2nds against Birstwith 3rds and Arthington 2nds against Dacre Banks 2nds.

Once again, the finals of the Barrett, Wath and Peter Bentley Cups will be contested on one day. This year, Nidderdale will be decamping to West Tanfield, on Sunday August 3rd.

Coming up on Sunday 13th July is a Nidderdale League representative fixture against the Scarborough Beckett League which is to be played at the home of Scarborough Cricket Club and sometimes Yorkshire, North Marine Road. The 2014 captain is Burton Leonard’s wicket keeper/batsman, James Townsend, his team will include the following: Andrew Taylor (Hampsthwaite), Atish Chouhan (Helperby), Sam Dale (Ouseburn), Alex Durie (Hampsthwaite), Ben Kettlewell (Ouseburn), Damien Lawrence (Killinghall), Jonnie Ross (Spofforth), Dan Thirkell (Burton Leonard) ,Nicky Smith (Burton Leonard) and Russell Robshaw (Ouseburn).

The next outing for the League side will be the annual fixture against the MCC, this year to be played at Dacre Banks on Wednesday 27th August from 11am. The fixture against the Overseas players will now be played on Sunday 14th September at Spofforth from 1pm.

Other Performances of the season so far.
Division Four
Batting: Charlie Hutchinson Bishop Monkton 433 runs
Bowling: Paul Ellerton Birstwith 2nds 20 wickets
MVP: Richard Kirkby South Kilvington

Division Five
Batting: Andy Maltas Blubberhouses 2nds 385 (best 117*)
Bowling: Tom Wilson Ripley 2nds 21 wickets (best 5/39)
MVP: Guy Smith Thornton Watlass

Division Six
Batting: Ed Holmes Glasshouses 452 (best 194*)
Bowling: Ben Lake Arthington 17 wickets (best 6/19)
MVP: Ben Lake Arthington

Division Seven
Batting: Sam Davill Raskelf 2nds 347 (best 121)
Bowling: Josh Summerscales Raskelf 22 wickets (best 6/15)
MVP: Sam Davill Raskelf

Division Eight
Batting: Tony Wilson Staveley 2nds 383 (best 146*)
Bowling: Martin Pearson Birstwith 3rds 24 wickets (best 7/6)
MVP: Martin Pearson Birstwith 3rds

Tuesday 24 June 2014 - Spofforth Under 7s Tournament

On Sunday 15th June, 9 teams – Studley Royal, Ouseburn, Harrogate, Goldsborough, Masham, Ripley, Beckwithshaw, North Stainley and Spofforth – competed in the Nidderdale League Under 7s Tournament. The event was held at Spofforth CC. After a series of exciting group games, North Stainley, Beckwithshaw, Studley Royal and Goldsborough reached the semi-finals. In a couple of well contested games, Beckwithshaw and North Stainley were victorious and went on to contest a competitive final. The scores in the final were Beckwithshaw 221 and North Stainley 232. This meant that North Stainley were the 2014 Champions following on from 2013 winners, Follifoot. The medals this year were presented by the Nidderdale Junior League Secretary, Mick Dawson and Ryan Bradshaw, Captain of Harrogate Cricket Club.

The day was a great success and it was brilliant to witness so many keen and talented young cricketers enjoying the matches and playing the game in the right spirit. It was easy to see the future stars of tomorrow. Many thanks to Spofforth CC who once again hosted the competition and provided refreshments and facilities for the day. Spofforth will be hosting the 2015 Tournament and it is hoped that the competition will go from strength to strength. Many thanks also to parents and coaches who all contributed to a successful day.

Monday 23 June 2014 - Le Tour West Tanfield CC

West Tanfield Cricket Club are preparing to join in the fun of the Tour De France weekend.
On the eve of the Tour , July 4th 7.30 pm, the club have 2 live bands playing, local group "Gentlemen's Relish" & from Leeds The Walton Mountain Sniffle Band. There will be a bar & a barbecue admission is free.

On the day of the Tour, the club is having games, sideshows refreshments and an all day barbecue & bar . Parking is also available.

The race itself passes right by the club on the A1608 Masham to Ripon road providing an excellent viewing point for the race & the preceding parade.

Monday 16 June 2014 - Peter Bentley Cup

On Thursday 19th June, England are due to play Uruguay in the World Cup finals with a 8pm kick off.

You may POSTPONE your Peter Bentley Cup Quarter Final game on this date, ONLY if both teams agree, and play it on Thursday 26th July instead. This is an option and not a blanket postponement. You decide between you what you wish to do and then let the League know.

If both teams are not in agreement, the game must be played on Thursday 19th June and scheduled

Clubs and teams should liaise between themselves, all contact details are in the handbook or online, and inform the League Secretary and Umpire's Secretary NO LATER than Sunday 15th June at 8pm. If no word has been heard it will be assumed that fixtures will be played as scheduled.

Monday 16 June 2014 - Wath Cup

On Tuesday 24th June, England are due to play Costa Rica in the World Cup finals with a 5pm kick off.

You may POSTPONE your Wath Cup Quarter Final game on this date, ONLY if both teams agree, and play it on Tuesday 1st July instead. This is an option and not a blanket postponement. You decide between you what you wish to do and then let the League know.

If both teams are not in agreement, the game must be played on Tuesday 24th June and scheduled

Clubs and teams should liaise between themselves, all contact details are in the handbook or online, and inform the League Secretary and Umpire's Secretary NO LATER than Sunday 15th June at 8pm. If no word has been heard it will be assumed that fixtures will be played as scheduled.

Wednesday 11 June 2014 - Yorkshire Under 13s

There is a Yorkshire A v North Yorkshire U13 match at Scotton on Friday 13th June 11am start. All spectators welcome.

Wednesday 11 June 2014 - CricHQ Mid Season Refresher Training Session and Q&A

The Theakston Nidderdale League, the Nidderdale Junior League and the Wensleydale Evening League would like to invite you to attend a free training session on Monday 21st July at Studley Royal Cricket Club from 7pm.
This session will be particularly useful to you if you are a scorer, a team captain, a junior team or age group manager or a club secretary.

CricHQ is a new League Management tool that has been rolled out this season. Following the very well attended sessions before the season, we now wish to offer you the opportunity to come along to a refresher session. Hopefully you will all be familiar with the basics of the system but you may wish to learn more about scoring on the app or entering scorecards. There will also be an opportunity to ask specific questions.

Attendance is not mandatory but might be useful.

Please book a place by clicking CricHQ Mid Season Refresher Training Session and Q&A so we know numbers.

Wednesday 11 June 2014 - Player Forum

We want your opinions. Come along to the first League Player Forum to be held on Friday 13th June at 7:30pm at Goldsborough Cricket Club. Sign up here so we know how many people we can expect. Things you might want to talk about: Overseas Players, Start times, Fixture Congestion, Zoning the league, Premier League, Adult Loan system, CricHQ

Monday 9 June 2014 - Coad Cup Final

Studley Royal won the first trophy of the 2014 Arrowselfdrive.com Nidderdale Junior Cricket Season on Sunday when they won the sixth Under 9 Pairs Knockout Coad Cup. Previous winners have been Beckwithshaw, Birstwith, North Stainley and Harrogate twice.

Following the Saturday downpour conditions, at host club Studley Royal, were far from ideal, but groundsman Trevor Rose performed wonders to get the wickets and outfield playable. All 8 team managers agreed that the matches should go ahead and what a good decision that proved to be, as the sun shone warm and brightly for the rest of the day.
The 8 teams, who had qualified from previous rounds totalling 22 teams, contested from the Quarter Finals to the Final.

Over 200 supporters watched teams from Birstwith, Harrogate, Studley Royal, Spofforth,Knaresborough, Knaresborough Forest, Ouseburn and Pateley Bridge.

The Semi Finals saw Ouseburn (256) beaten by Studley Royal (287 runs). Ouseburn had beaten a strong Harrogate side in the Quarter Finals, and Luke Temple followed his 22 runs against Harrogate with another good batting display but it was no match for a very strong all round Studley Royal performance, where a first class batting performance from Ethan Roberts and Joseph Westergarth put on 40 runs with out loss. In the other Semi-final a very close Knaresborough Derby was fought between Knaresborough (314) and Knaresborough Forest (302). Charlie Sykes scored 22 for Forest but was bettered by Oliver Ward scoring 37 to help Knaresborough to victory.

There had to be a new winner on the trophy as neither Studley Royal nor Knaresborough had won the trophy previously. In the Final Studley Royal batted first and scored 306 thanks to some big hitting sixes from Joseph Westergarth, Ethan Roberts and Noah Todd. After scoring 314 in the Semi Final it looked like it would be a close Final but some tight bowling and fielding restricted Knaresborough to 229, which left Studley Royal as worthy winners by 77 runs.
The winning Studley Royal players were: Noah Todd, Max Sowray, Harry Kitching, Ethan Roberts, Joseph Westergarth, Ben Statham, William Webb and Caleb Bradford.

Presenting the Trophy and Medals to the Winners and Runners Up were Yorkshire player Ben Coad and the Junior League Chairman Ken Coad. Ken Coad thanked all the junior players for such a good day’s cricket, and commented in particular on the high standard of cricket shown by all players throughout the day.

The full results were:

Quarter Finals
Knaresborough Forest 294 beat Pateley Bridge 293
Knaresborough 277 beat Birstwith 259
Studley Royal 315 beat Spofforth 228
Ouseburn 307 beat Harrogate 306

Semi Finals
Knaresborough 314 beat Knaresborough Forest 302
Studley Royal 287 beat Ouseburn 256

Studley Royal 306 beat Knaresborough 229

Thursday 5 June 2014 - The National Cricket Playing Survey 2014

The National Cricket Playing Survey is here again, offering cricketers at every level a chance to have their say and help improve cricket in Yorkshire. Last year more than 3,000 current and former players in Yorkshire responded to the survey out of a total of 21,000 nationally – the first of its kind ever undertaken. Feedback from last year’s survey has already translated into action at local level. Leagues across Yorkshire are starting to embrace change, looking to implement a range of local innovations including new start times, rule changes and league structures.

For the 2014 survey every player, spectator, official and volunteer within the recreational game is being urged to have their say on all aspects of amateur cricket in Yorkshire, irrespective of the level or frequency in which they are involved. Our target for this year is 6,000 Yorkshire responses.

The survey can be completed via www.ecb.co.uk/playingsurvey2014. Everyone completing the survey has the chance to win prizes, which include signed bats, shirts and pairs of tickets to an England v India ODI game.

Thursday 5 June 2014 - Coad Cup

The Finals Day of The Under 9 Coad Cup will be held on Sunday 8th June at Studley Royal CC.

Clubs are kindly requested to provide,

Match Balls
An Umpire
A Scorer with Score Sheets.

Please arrive in plenty of time to fulfil the timetable which is below:

10.00am Quarter Finals
11.45am Semi Finals
1.30pm Cup Final
3.00pm Presentations

Teams through to the Finals Day are:

Birstwith or Bilton V Knaresborough A
Knaresborough Forest V Pateley Bridge A
Harrogate A V Knaresborough B or Ouseburn
Pateley Bridge B or Spofforth B V Studley Royal A or Wath and Melmerby

Refreshments will be available all day in the Pavilion.

Wednesday 4 June 2014 - Jos Buttler Run-out

Many of you will have seen, or heard about, this incident during the 5th ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday and, if you are well versed with the Laws of Cricket, be confused.

Law 42.15 states that the bowler is permitted to try to run out the non-striker, provided that he does it before entering his delivery stride.

On this occasion, the bowler Sachithra Senanayake, who had twice warned Buttler, clearly broke the wicket after he had entered his delivery stride and the umpire, having checked that the fielding captain did not wish to withdraw the appeal, gave Buttler out.

At this level of cricket there are many special regulations which take precedence over the Laws of cricket. One such regulation states that Law 42.15 shall be replaced by the following: the bowler is permitted, before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker.

The key phrase in the special regulation is ‘before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing’ which is why he was given out.

Our level of cricket is played to the Laws of the game so, should a bowler try to repeat Sachithra Senanayake’s method of attempting to run out the non-striker, the non-striker should he given Not out.

Please note also that, according to the Laws, a bowler is not required to warn a non-striker before attempting to run him out and the umpire is not required to ask the fielding captain if he wishes to withdraw the appeal.

Wednesday 4 June 2014 - 2014 Cup Competitions

With immediate effect, all correspondence regarding Theakston Nidderdale League Cup Competitions (Atkinson Swires, Barrett, Wath, Peter Bentley) should be directed to Graham Hyde, League Secretary. Umpire related matters should be directed to the Umpires' Secretary, Rob Allison. This remains unchanged.

Contact details:
Graham Hyde 07764 753066 graham.hyde@nidderdaleleague.co.uk
Rob Allison 07872 336098 rob.allison@nidderdaleleague.co.uk

Wednesday 28 May 2014 - Summer Cricket Camp

Be the best you can be with the Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy. Summer camps to be held at The Grammar School Monday 4th August - Thursday 7th August 10am-4pm. For more information download the flyer

Friday 23 May 2014 - An Evening with Andrew Strauss

Grammar School at Leeds will be hosting ‘An evening with Andrew Strauss and Russel Arnold’ to help raise funds for their respective charities on 18th June 2014.

Foundation for Goodness An audience with Andrew Strauss (ex-England Cricket Captain) and Russel Arnold (former Sri Lanka Test player).

An amazing chance to ask questions of, and learn about the illustrious careers of these two former international cricketers and respected commentators. Prizes for the best questions and auction items including a VIP visit to the Sky Commentary box during this summer’s Headingley Test Match.

Tickets £20 (includes pre-event refreshments).

Doors open 7.00pm, event starts 7.30pm @ GSAL

Spaces are limited - register your interest today; email andrewstraussevent@gsal.org.uk to receive confirmation that seats are reserved for you pending receipt of payment.

Friday 23 May 2014 - Charity Cricket Match

MIDDLEHAM CC XI VS LERIGO CHARITY XI Sunday 25th May @ Middleham Sports Field, Middleham, DL8 4RW 25 Over Game - Starting 2:30pm
Barbeque / Bar / Raffle
Evening Drinks in Richard III with Charity Auction Auction Items Signed Print of Sachin Tendular, Limited Edition Racing Print by Neil Cawthorne, Tottenham Hotspur Shirt signed by local boy Michael Dawson, Certified signed snooker ball by Ronnie O’Sullivan
All funds raised go to Racing Welfare ~ Charity No: 1084042 & Herriot Hospice Homecare ~ Charity No: 1151298

For more information : please contact Richard Sanderson on 07710 652348

Thursday 22 May 2014 - Galphay and Winksley 2nds

It is with great sadness that I have to report Galphay and Winksley 2nds have withdrawn their 2nd team with immediate effect from Division Nine of the Nidderdale League. Over the winter, the club lost quite a few players which has left them in a rebuilding phase and short of players in the short term.

This leaves us with 8 teams in Division Nine.

I hope you are in agreement with me that Division Nine will continue. I do not want to fold the Division as it will deny many players a game of cricket which is absolutely not what we are about.

The remaining fixtures will stand. If you have a bye (as a result of the withdrawal of Kirkby Malzeard 2nds) I would encourage you to play the other team, as a friendly, should a ground be available. What I don’t want to happen is more players become disgruntled due to lack of cricketing opportunities.

I will arrange the points gained and lost against Galphay and to be removed so we are on a level playing field.

If you are unable to arrange a friendly, I would seriously encourage you to proactively make your junior player available under the junior loan scheme. Lets get these guys playing as much as we can.

Tuesday 13 May 2014 - Update

With week 5 of the 2014 Nidderdale League season approaching I thought it was enough time for users to now be up to speed with CricHQ. We have had a couple of wet weeks where teams have submitted just a simple teamsheet and 2 weeks of full games with some cup fixtures.

There have been some teething troubles with the system, I admit that, but it is now performing how I would expect it to.

From Week 5, I have instructed the Assistant Secretary to begin issuing fines for late or non submission of results.

To remind you what needs to be done.

At the conclusion of each game, the HOME team will submit AT LEAST a short result. This gives the total runs, wickets and the result.

Then, within 3 days, BOTH teams must submit a full result. This will include player details and performances. One full result will then be selected as the official result sheet for each fixture.

More teams are using the app to score games and at the conclusion of the fixture it is a simple procedure to upload the game and there is nothing more to do.

When you come to submit a full result you may notice that the word ACCEPTED is beside the fixture. This is because a League Administrator has accepted a short result and locked in the result of the fixture. Submitting a new result is not permitted, for obvious reasons.

If ACCEPTED is showing you can still, and must, submit a full result. You can do this by following these simple steps:

Login to CricHQ
Select ADMIN
Find your fixture by using the drop down list to select your team and change the date filters.
Once you have located your fixture, click it.
This page will display the match result and any result submitted
Go top right and click the orange triangle.
Select Enter Full Scorecard

Please remember that you must supply a teamsheet for games affected by the weather, concessions and cup byes. These all help the League to identify who is playing where and to comply with the rules about players playing in higher or lower cup competitions.

Hopefully everyone has found the League Tables, statistics and MVP by now.

Monday 12 May 2014 - Ingilby Shield Game

Due to Spofforth having to rearrange their National Village Knockout, the overseas captain being from Spofforth and the two scorers, we are going to put the Ingilby Shield back to later on in the season. Date to be confirmed.

Monday 5 May 2014 - Junior Loan Scheme

To fulfil as many fixtures as possible, teams are encouraged to make use of the junior loan scheme.

It is up to clubs to canvass other clubs for available juniors. It is not the responsibility of the League Secretary to do this, however, if teams wish to tweet the league twitter account @nidderdale1894 with their requirements a retweet from the league may help.

In terms of paperwork, there is a Junior Cricket Loan Form to be completed. This document must be completed before EVERY loan occurrence, by the sending club. Digital copies and digital signatures are acceptable as long as there is an email audit trail showing conversations between sending and receiving clubs. What we don’t want to happen is the officials of the sending club are unaware of the loan. The receiving club will need to add the player to their CricHQ site so they can be selected as part of the result submission process.

We need to ensure that the junior player is not inconvenienced in any way and the receiving club must organise transport and obviously make the player welcome.

It goes without saying that the sending club is doing the receiving club a favour. It is not acceptable practice to give the junior player a transfer form or actively encourage the player to move clubs. If this does happen the League will review and possibly remove the Junior Loan scheme if it is abused in this way.

Monday 28 April 2014 - CricHQ

Thank you to the majority of you for your patience and support whilst we attempt to roll out the new CricHQ system to the Nidderdale League. As with some new technology and processes, it takes a little time for them to become embedded and business as usual. We have been hampered by some issues with the CricHQ system which are out of our control which has not helped at all over the past 2 weeks. ...Read More

Tuesday 15 April 2014 - 2014/5 Junior Indoor League

Entries for the new Junior Indoor League are now being taken. Clubs can download the following form which need to be completed and then sent to Val and Bill Kitson.

Friday 11 April 2014 - 2013/4 Junior Indoor League Finals

The finals will take place on Saturday 12th April at Pateley Bridge.

1 pm. U9 Studley Royal A v Harrogate
2 pm. U11 Harrogate A v Ouseburn
3 pm. U13 Harrogate A v North Stainley A
4 pm. U15 Studley Royal A v Harrogate B
5 pm. U17 Knaresborough v North Stainley

Monday 7 April 2014 - Kirkby Malzeard 2nds

Kirkby Malzeard 2nds have informed the League Secretary that they wish to withdraw from Division 9 of the Theakston Nidderdale League with immediate effect. This also means they will not compete in the Peter Bentley Cup.

Any League fixtures scheduled to be played against Kirkby Malzeard 2nds in the 2014 season will now be shown as a free week and Bedale 2nds will receive a bye in the first round of the Peter Bentley Cup.

The fixtures on the CricHQ system will be amended accordingly.

Friday 4 April 2014 - 2014 Season To-Do List And Reminders

Before the Season starts
• Collect balls
• Collect handbooks
• Chairman’s Undertaking – to Graham Hyde (GH), scanned, emailed copies are OK
• Transfer Forms– to GH, scanned, emailed copies are OK
• Don’t delete players from your CricHQ site after the start of the season if they transfer as their history will be lost. Tell GH
• Overseas Players – to Tony Whittaker (TW) 1 week before the season
• Recreational Overseas Players – to TW

• Add your players
• Assign them to a team (this will make it easier later on)
• Assign administrators for teams – results submission
• Assign administrators for junior team managers
• Scoring using a tablet is optional but encouraged
• Stay calm, it will work out – ask GH, ask your juniors, don’t struggle
• Post-match process now on website – emailed out
• Submit ground marks and sportsmanship marks on web site
• CRB Checks
• National Player Survey will be coming soon – please complete and encourage participation
• Tour de France – 5th/6th July – No fixtures
• Cup Secretary is now Tricia
• New Umpires’ Secretary, Rob Allison
• No Evening League
• Amended promotion and relegation this season for divisions 3-8 to accommodate Whixley 1st and 2nd XIs in 2015
• Support our sponsors
• Annual Dinner is Friday 31st October at the Cairn Hotel with Geoff Miller
• Enjoy the season and play nicely

Thursday 3 April 2014 - Match Result Reporting

At the end of a fixture, be it a Saturday League fixture, Sunday or midweek fixture, you will need to submit a result to the League via CricHQ. There are two paths to follow.

1) Use the CricHQ app on your tablet or smartphone to score the game and upload it at the conclusion, by midnight on the day of the fixture. Then submit ground and sportsmanship marks via the League web site by clicking the MENS > SEND MATCH DATA link no later than 3 days after the conclusion of the fixture.

2) Score the traditional way in a scorebook. If you choose this route, you then have two options after the game. The HOME team must AT LEAST submit a basic scorecard via CricHQ by midnight on the day of the fixture but may submit a full scorecard. Then, no later than 3 days after the fixture, BOTH TEAMS must submit a full scorecard via CricHQ and then submit ground and sportsmanship marks via the League web site by clicking the MENS > SEND MATCH DATA link.


Wednesday 2 April 2014 - Theakston Nidderdale League Pre-Season Captains Meeting

Please can you ensure that at least one representative from your club is present at the pre-season meeting at Ripley Town Hall on Friday 4th April at 7:30pm

The following items will be available to collect:
• The balls that you ordered at the AGM
• 2014 Season handbooks
• Teamsheets
• Post Match results reporting process

It is usual for the captain of each team to attend this meeting but this year we welcome Mark Arthur the CEO of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Jonathan Bairstow, Jack Leaning and Ben Coad, so if any of your club members wish to hear what they have to say about cricket in Yorkshire, then please bring them along too.

Tuesday 1 April 2014 - 2014 Cup Competitions Secretary

Ian Sunderland has resigned from his role as Cup Competitions Secretary with immediate effect. The role will be covered by Tricia Heard. Any Cup related matters should be directed to Tricia. She can be contacted on 01423 711488 or tricia.heard@nidderdaleleague.co.uk

Thursday 27 March 2014 - 2014 Promotion and Relegation

The League Management Committee have approved the Application of Whixley CC to join the league, and Whixley CC will become a member of the league in season 2015.

As a consequence of the admission of Whixley CC to the league in season 2015 the League Management Committee has considered the affect of this on promotion and relegation for certain divisions in season 2014.

In season 2015 Whixley 1st XI will enter division 3, and Whixley 2nd XI division 9. Promotion and relegation from the relevant divisions for season 2014 will be as follows:

Division 1: 2 down (no change)
Division 2: 2 up, 2 down (no change)
Division 3: 2 up, 3 down creating 1 space for Whixley to enter
Division 4: 2 up, 3 down
Division 5: 2 up, 3 down
Division 6: 2 up, 3 down
Division 7: 2 up, 3 down
Division 8: 2 up, 3 down
Division 9: 2 up Whixley 2nd XI to enter in 2015 (making 12 teams)

Wednesday 26 March 2014 - 2014 Laws of Cricket

This is a reminder that there will be an informal session introducing the changes to the laws of cricket for the 2014 season on Saturday 29th March from 2pm until 5pm at Spofforth Cricket Club.

This session is open to anyone with an interest in the game of cricket, players, captains, scorers, junior team managers and parents of junior cricketers, not just umpires. It is a fact that not everyone who plays the game of cricket is aware of all the laws!! It is hoped that this session is a good opportunity to learn about the new laws for the 2014 season, the new local rules in the Nidderdale League and just an opportunity to talk cricket. There will be a chance to test your knowledge in a light-hearted “quiz”.

For Nidderdale League umpires, 2014 appointments will be available to collect and it will be a good time to meet the new Umpires’ Secretary, Rob Allison. League handbooks will also be available. I can introduce the new CricHQ League Management software if anyone is interested and perhaps run through the submission of the umpires’ report using the online system.

The bar at Spofforth CC will be open.

Saturday 22 March 2014 - All Rounder Cricket 3rd Anniversary - Up to 50% discounts + free bats, free gloves & free boots giveaways!

All Rounder Cricket Store will celebrate our 3rd Anniversary on Saturday 29th March 2014 & Sunday 30th March 2014.

This is a date for any cricketer's diary with huge giveaways and discounts to help us celebrate what has been a record breaking three years since opening in March 2011. We will be offering discounts and competitions on our website and Twitter/Facebook but it will be in our Headingley store where you can expect huge offers and free bats, boots and more to lucky customers throughout the day.

***Open from 9am until 5pm Saturday & 10am – 4pm on Sunday***

Friday 21 March 2014 - Ripon 3rds v Little Ribston 2nds - Saturday 21st June

Ripon's 3rd team home ground (the Grammar School pitch) isn't available on Saturday 21st June for their home game (v Little Ribston 2nds I believe) so they are looking for a pitch to hire on this date; asking . If any club has a ground available that day, please get in touch with paulbsorby@yahoo.com or telephone 01765 603931.

Tuesday 18 March 2014 - Arrowselfdrive Nidderdale Junior Cricket League Preseason Meeting

The 2014 Pre-season meeting for the Arrowselfdrive Nidderdale Junior Cricket League takes place on Thursday 10th April at Knaresborough CC starting at 8.00pm.

All clubs are expected to pay their fees at this meeting and the following download outlines the amounts due by each club as well as the agenda for the meeting.

Tuesday 18 March 2014 - ECB/YCB Young Player Guidelines Revised

Revised guidelines for young players can be downloaded

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - Yorkshire Cricket Board and Last Man Stands

The YCB is working with the ECB to develop new initiatives in recreational cricket. Our main focus is to retain adults in the game as well as finding new participants and bringing back lapsed players. Last Man Stands is a great initiative to help us increase adult participation in Yorkshire....Read More

Tuesday 11 March 2014 - Yorkshire Over 60s Trial

The Yorkshire Over 60’s squad is looking to recruit new “young talent” ie talent preferably in the just over 60’s age range (it also being possible to play two 59 year olds in each team).

To this end we are running a trial game on Tuesday the 22nd April at the New Rover ground which is just off the Leeds Ring Road (A6120). It is on Smithy Mills Lane off the Long Causeway in Adel and the post code is LS16 8HF.

The Over 60’s play in a national competition, which has been sponsored by the Shepherd Neame Brewery for the last 10 years. However, next year there is a new sponsor Seevent(Plastics) Ltd and the competition will be called the Seevent National 60+ County Championship. The first part of the competition is a regional round robin tournament. The teams in the North region are Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Northumberland/Durham, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire. The top 4 sides in each of the four regions then play in a knockout competition to decide the National champion. See the website at http://60cc.co.uk. We also have a team in the 2nd Xl competition. To apply to play in the trial please fill in the following form.

Thursday 20 February 2014 - Child Welfare

Helen Dennis will be running the the Safeguarding Child Protection course at Harrogate Hockey Club on 26th March 6.30 - 9.30pm. Cost £30

The above course is a requirement before attending the Safe Hands Course. All Child Welfare Officers and coaches should attend this course every 3 years

If you are interested in this course please follow this link.

Two dates have been booked for this course and both will be held at Ripley Castle

Safe Hands Refresher - Wednesday 19th March 6.30 - 9.30pm: This course is for those people who have attended the Safe Hands course previously or the old Time to Listen course that we ran in 2010.

Safe Hands - Wednesday 30th April 6.30 - 9.30pm: This course is for new Club Welfare Officer who have attended the Safeguarding Child Protection course.

The Safe Hands courses are free for the Club Welfare Officers and will be charged at £15 for coaches

For further details and to book a place please contact Isabel Peel by email or telephone 01423 711799

Saturday 8 February 2014 - Cricket Show

Monkhouse Intersport in Harrogate Cricket are holding a Cricket Show on Thursday 20th February between 5.30-9pm.

Tuesday 4 February 2014 - IOG Spring and Summer Maintenance Course

An IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship) course on Spring and Summer Maintenance will take place at Kirkstall Educational CC on Tuesday 10th April. Further details can be found here.

Monday 3 February 2014 - Le Tour Campsites and Events - Fire Safety Advice

The Fire Service and local councils have prepared a series of information leaflets, should you wish to hold a temporary event. Information is available from several sources on setting up a temporary camp site, using areas as car parking, advertising your event on local Council websites or putting up temporary signage.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Harrogate Borough Council
Richmondshire District Council
Craven District Council

Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Golden Oldies Festival, Cape Town

The Golden Oldies Festival at the end of March 2015 is the perfect way to warm up for the 2015 domestic season! The cost works out at about £1100 per person (exc. flights) for the week and the price includes the three cricket matches, accommodation in one of Cape Town’s finest hotels, the Cullinan, tickets for the three major social events of the week and all transport to and from cricket and the social events.

The South African rand is very weak against the pound so the cost of food, drink etc looks unbelievably cheap to UK visitors. We already have one team, the Nidderdale Taverners, registered and virtually full but we would love to take a second team. Plenty of wives are coming - they tend to have even more fun on these tours than we do! Golden Oldies Cricket Festivals are great fun, and this is a unique chance to play friendly international cricket in and around Cape Town – the most beautiful city in the world. Possible add-ons the week before or after include safaris, the Garden Route and the Zulu battlefield tours. Flights to South Africa are frequent and reasonably priced and it’s only one hour ahead of UK time so there is no jet lag. Anyone who is interested should contact me.

Sir Thomas Ingilby
Ripley Castle Estate
Tel: 01423 770152

The brochure for this event can viewed here

Saturday 25 January 2014 - Charity Rowing Event

In 2005, and at the age of only 22, Pannal CC cricketer George Pepper was diagnosed with MS.

MS is the most commonly diagnosed neurological condition in people in their 20's and 30's in the UK. Despite this, George found it difficult to find other MSers of his age, even online. This frustration led him to set up a website, where MSers could meet and share experiences. This later became www.shift.ms. You can read more about George's story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7965363.stm.

Today, this registered charity has over 5500 members worldwide.

In order to raise money to support George, his team, and all shift ms members, Phil Critchley is attempting to row 52 half marathons in 2014 on a concept 2 rowing machine at level 10. This will obviously take a lot of dedication, time and hard work. I have already completed 5 of these, but only raised £65 so far out of my target of £2000.

Donations can be made at Just Giving.

Monday 20 January 2014 - West Tanfield CC Tour Weekend Campsite

West Tanfield CC are planning to run a campsite at their ground on the weekend of the 2014 Tour de France. Caravans and tents will be welcome over the weekend at £10 per night and we will be opening the remainder of our ground as a car-park on the day for a cost of £3 per car. They have an ideal roadside location and there will be a bar, barbecue and other attractions on the day (Saturday 5th July). Anyone wanting more information, or wanting to book a caravan or camping place, then please contact John Craddock on 07761 796012 or Mike Dyson on 07745 559327.

Thursday 9 January 2014 - Cricket Laws – A Refresher or a Reminder

Barry Nickels and Guy Smalley of the YCB ACO North Yorkshire Branch will be delivering a refresher course to any umpire, captain, player, coach or generally anyone involved with the game of cricket on Saturday 29th March between 2pm and 5pm at Spofforth Cricket Club. The session is free of charge and will be informal and discussion is positively encouraged as are questions. The bar will be open.

Please circulate this around your club members, junior sections, coaches and parents.

If you intend on coming and so we know how many people we might be expecting, please email Graham Hyde.

MCC has decided to make some alterations to the Laws of Cricket, which came into effect on 1 October 2013 as part of the Laws of Cricket 2000 Code 5th Edition 2013.

Some of the changes made in this 5th Edition are significant and materially alter the outcome from the 4th Edition, whilst others are simply aimed at creating more clarity or consistency with other Laws, rather than involving a change in policy.

There is no release of a revised version of Tom Smith’s.

Please read the following document, which outlines the major changes and gives a guide on their interpretation and application. This document is available to view online, broken down by Law in the ‘2013 Changes’ section of MCC’s website. This online version also contains some video clips of relevant examples, which will help to clarify areas of the Law in a user-friendly format.

The most noteworthy changes are as follows:

  • A new No ball Law (24.6) making it a No ball if the bowler breaks the wicket during his delivery stride. (See Law 24)
  • A batsman with a runner is now protected if he is ‘stumped’ off a No ball. Previously, he would have been out run out. (See Law 2.8)
  • The moment at which a batsman can be out Handled the ball has been limited to when he is playing the ball or its immediate aftermath, i.e. when defending his wicket. Consequently, only the striker can be out this way. Any subsequent handling by either batsman will be subject to Obstructing the field. (See Laws 33 and 37)
  • Hit the ball twice – it is no longer possible to score any runs after making a lawful second strike (in defence of his wicket). Previously, runs could be taken after a lawful second strike only after an overthrow had occurred, but this option of run scoring has been removed completely. (See Law 34)
  • Practice on the field – players are now allowed to bowl a ball to a fielder as a loosener, even if it bounces on the ground, as long as it does not waste time or is not being done to damage the ball. (See Law 17)

Thursday 9 January 2014 - CricHQ Training Sessions

The use of CricHQ will be mandatory for the 2014 season and the future. All results will be reported through it.

Our neighbours from the Wensleydale Evening League are implementing this software at the same time as us so we are going to do joint training sessions, on 2 different nights, in 2 different places. The session in Thornton Watlass is primarily for the Wensleydale League and the session in Ripley is primarily for the Nidderdale League but you can attend either session.

You must register by following the link so we know how many people are coming.

At least one person from each club needs to attend. You can bring more than one person and this is positively encouraged.

The training will take place as follows:
Tuesday 25th February - Buck Inn, Thornton Watlass from 7.30pm [Register]
Wednesday 26th February - Ripley Town Hall from 7.30pm [Register]

The training sessions will cover how to use the system from a club administrators perspective which includes managing your database, entering results, setting up team administrators etc,

There will also be a section on how to use the scoring application and how this links into the competition management system which provides a quick and easy way to upload results.

Each session should not take any longer that 2 hours but that will be dependent on the number of questions there are.

Please register your interest and see you on one of the sessions.

Thursday 2 January 2014 - Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Theakston Nidderdale Cricket League will be held at Ripley Town Hall on Monday January 20th 2014 at 7.30pm.

2014 AGM Agenda/Rule Changes
2013 AGM Minutes