This year’s fixture, into its 13th year, was held at the truly memorable Glasshouses ground. A pictorial view of the day was taken by Barry Gill and you can see his work on flickr. In his new book, All Wickets Great and Small, John Fuller of Cricket Yorkshire says “When considering which of the hundreds of cricket clubs across Yorkshire to visit this summer, Glasshouses cropped up time and again as one to seek out….a postage stamp sized stunner” We were also joined by Yorkshire Cancer Research who brought their Sun Awareness campaign to Nidderdale.
There was a feeling at one stage that the weather was going to be totally different to what had been forecasted as an ill thought out jeans and hoody combination wasn’t paying full respect to the early afternoon sunshine flooding the Nidd valley. Thoughts of calling for the shorts was dismissed however.
Nidderdale League: David Cummings (capt) (Ouseburn), Craig Robson (wkt) (Knaresborough Forest), Jamie Bryant (Ouseburn), James Townsend (Burton Leonard), Sam Able (West Tanfield), Sam Crompton (Burton Leonard), Olie Fryer (Pateley Bridge), Joe Furness (Darley), Dan Harris (Wath and Melmerby), Neil Blaken (Burton Leonard), Chris Gill (Darley)
Nidderdale Overseas: Adam Fisher (capt) (Ouseburn), Andrew Bottega (wkt) (Spofforth), Luke Spence (Ripley), Jarrod McPhee (Goldsborough), Jordan Marshall (Harrogate) Nicky Smith (Burton Leonard), Ben Fielding (Masham), Josh Davies (Bishop Thornton), Micah Campbell (Blubberhouses), Malcolm Faddy (Scotton), Nick Shirt (Pateley Bridge).
Both teams looked resplendent in their new black caps with distinctive League logo thanks to M&M Embroidery Design.
Overnight rain had dampened the pitch but the ground was looking superb in the summer sunshine. The Nidderdale League won the toss and decided to bat first with Chris Gill and James Townsend taking the first over. A small ground with defining wiggle boundary perhaps drew the thoughts of a big score and many lost balls but it wasn’t to be. Ben Fielding looked up for the game as he propelled his (what seems like) eight feet frame down the hill from the village end and Nicky Smith looked to continue his rich vein of form from the river end. Townsend was first to go for 11 as the first of Andrew Bottega’s 3 victims behind the stumps. This brought David Cummings to the wicket but he was unable to kick on and fell for just 9 caught by Blubberhouses’s Micah Campbell off the bowling of Fielding. Jamie Bryant and Chris Gill settled the ship with a 3rd wicket partnership of 45 before Gill holed out to Jarrod McPhee on the boundary. Late call up, Sam Able made 22 and Joe Furniss 19. Malcolm Faddy on his return for a second spell in the Nidderdale League took the catch of the day as he impressed as a leaping salmon and cleaned up the tail to leave the home side well short of runs on 160 all out. Jordan Marshall excelled with 4-26, Faddy 3-12 and Fielding 2-25 stood out for the visitors.
As expected, the tea was out of this world with players, officials and spectators enjoying the sunshine and hospitality provided by hard working members of Glasshouses cricket club.
The game was being played with some striking new stumps provided by Pimp My Stumps and generously donated to Glasshouses for their use for the rest of the season.
The second innings began with the Overseas team needing 161 to win. A fully getable target but things got off to a bad start with Josh Davies going first ball of the innings. All the time the weather was closing in and the rain eventually rolled up the Dale and hit the ground with a torrential downpour. In true #getthegame on style (the ECB would be proud) a reduction of overs, to 20 and a revised target of 81 was arranged. The ground was in a very different state to the first innings now. Jarrod McPhee who is enjoying his second spell at Goldsborough went for a duck too but Michah Campbell (29*) and Andrew Bottega (31*) built a useful partnership to see the Aussies (and a Kiwi) home. Dan Harris took 2-15 and Ollie Fryer 2-27 but it wasn’t to be for the home side.
A huge thank you to all involved in the organisation of this game with a special mention to the umpires, Barry Nickels and Trevor Kettlewell and the scorers Stephen Boyden and Trevor Davy.
See you in 2017. If you wish to host the game, please get in touch.