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Individual and team successes were celebrated at the annual HPH York Vale and Foss Evening League awards dinner held at The Regen Centre, Riccall on Saturday 28 September.

The evening raised £500 for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, a cancer charity established in memory of the wife of the former England cricket captain who died from cancer earlier in the year.  It was a colourful event with many of the 120 guests wearing red to symbolise the colour of Ruth's favourite dress. 

A report of the evening appears in the Latest News section of the website but David Harrison's photos featuring many of the award presentations are shown below:                        

Young Player of the Year: Matthew Simms (Clifton Alliance) with award sponsor Paul Scothern

Young Player of Excellence Award: D3 Krishnan Parmar, D2 Steve Jackson (Dunnington),                                                 Matthew Simms (Clifton Alliance)

Les Kirby Batting Award: Steve Jackson (Dunnington) with award presenter Alan Fletcher

Les Kirby Bowling Award: Des Healey (Stamford Bridge)

Harry Smith Wicket Keeping Award: Matt Beevers (Melbourne) 

HPH Cup: Josh Clark (Clifton Alliance) with League and Cup sponsor Robert Woolley (senior partner with HPH) 

Scothern Construction Cup: Paul Scothen with Steve Jackson (Dunnington)

Guy Mitchell Cup: Matt Beevers (Melbourne)

Division 1 Champions: Josh Clark vice-captain of Clifton Alliance 

Division 2 Champions: Des Healey captain of Stamford Bridge

Division 3 Champions: Craig Welford captain of Thorpe Willoughby

Performance of the Year: Danny Crockford (Thorpe Willoughby) with league press officer Graham Purdy

Club Tea of the Year: Ruth Steels (Melbourne) receives the award from league president Frank Stones

Hall of Fame posthumously awarded to John Myers: collected by Bill Roddham (Clifton Alliance)

Hall of Fame Inductee: Granville North (Hemingbrough) 

Foss Evening League Division 1 Champions: Harry Collins (Bubwith) with league chairman Neil Readman

Foss EL Division 2 Champions: Adrian Brader (Thixendale)

Foss EL Division 3 Champions: Tanya Gilyeat (Stamford Bridge) 

Foss EL Division 4 Champions: Jamie Kerrison (Stockton & Hopgrove)

Foss EL Division 1 Batting Award: Freddie Collins (Bubwith)

Foss EL Division 4 Batting: Tom Cookson (Ovington)

Foss EL Division 4 Bowling: Adam Mosley (Copmanthorpe)



SESSAY all-rounder Craig Baptist was named Gem Construction Young Player of the Year at the annual HPH York Vale Cricket League awards night.
He was one of six teenagers who received an Award of Excellence for their achievements last season.
The other five to be honoured were Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Oliver Parsonage (Selby), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington). 
Fourteen-year-old Baptist was a key player in Sessay’s victorious maiden season in the league, opening the batting, bowling leg-spin and also keeping wicket. He unveiled a vast array of strokes in scoring 384 runs at an average of 54.8, his highest score being 90 at Burn II. He had three further scores of more than 50 and won two Press Performance of the Week awards.
The Club of the Year award, sponsored by Scothern Construction, was won by Hirst Courtney, who were described as “epitomising the essence of a village cricket club”.
Hirst, who joined the league in 2007, consistently scored high marks for sportsmanship on opponents’ scorecards during 2018 with one opposition captain describing then as “a pleasure to share the field of play with.” It consistently scored high marks for the quality of its cricket teas and gained 100 per cent green flags for quality of its pitch which is cared for by 70-year-old Dave Howsam, who also played every game last season.
Another ever-present at Hirst is Shirley Briggs who has not missed a single match as scorer. She has done this for more than 12 years both at Hirst and previously at Thorpe Willoughby. 
Paul Scothern, of Scothern Construction, the award sponsors, presented Hirst chairman Ian Forbes with an engraved award and a cheque for £400.
Two more people were inducted into the Hall of Fame – Alan Fletcher of Ovington and current league chairman Shane Hargrave.
Fletcher first played for Ovington in the 1980s and now is its chairman and groundsman, having overseen a remarkable development at the club. When he joined, there was one team, struggling in division two of the Vale League. Now, the club has three senior Saturday teams, an Evening League team, and junior teams at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 level. This junior success is down in huge part to Fletcher, who established the club’s junior system.
Hargrave was secretly nominated by members of the league committee to recognised his huge contribution to the league.
After a long playing career as a wicketkeeper with Askham Bryan he took over the role of league secretary in 1982 and was instrumental in re-branding the league from the Saturday League to the York Vale League. He also played a key role in establishing the sponsorship with chartered accountants HPH in 1993 and became chairman six years ago.
The Tea of the Year award, sponsored by Jelf Insurance, was won for the fourth time in five years by Ruth Steels (Melbourne).
Robert Woolley, of main sponsors HPH, presented individual divisional awards and the HPH Cup to Clifton Alliance skipper Jason Gatus. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the accountancy firm’s sponsorship of the league – one of the longest partnerships in local sport in the country.

The awards were held at the Regen Centre for the third successive year and hosted by Andy Atkinson of BBC Radio York. A raffle for cricket kit donated by Lord’s International, raised £552 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Below are a selection of photographs from the e
vening taken by photographer David Harrison. They can be purchased from his website www.dharrisonyorkphotos.smugmug.com

 Hall of Fame inductee Alan Fletcher (right) with Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave, who was also inducted to the Hall of Fame during the evening

Matthew Shipley (Westow) receives the Division One trophy from Robert Woolley, of main sponsors HPH


Jacob Stephenson (Westow) receives the Division One batting award from Robert Woolley


                                                  Scott Coupland (Melbourne) with the division One bowling award


                                 Joint Stockton & Hopgrove captains Dan Fairclough and Jamie Kerrison receive 

                                                                                the Division Two trophy

                                      Ben Copeland (Hirst Courtney), the Division Two batting award winner

Division Two bowling award winner Dan Fairclough (Stockton & Hopgrove)

Alan Robson (Sessay) accepts the Division Three trophy

Andrew Dawson (Sessay) won both batting and bowling Division Three awards

Jason Gatus (Clifton Alliance) accepts the HPH Cup from Robert Woolley

                         Hirst Courtney chairman Ian Forbes receives the Club of the Year award from Paul Scothern

   Winning Scothern Construction Cup skipper Alan Robson (Sessay) receives the trophy from Paul Scothern

Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance II) receives the Prendergast Memorial Trophy

                              The Guy Mitchell Cup was presented to Stockton & Hopgrove captain Dan Fairclough

Young Player of the Year Craig Baptist receives his award from Mike Green, of award sponsors Gem Construction Ltd watched by other teenagers who received Awards of Excellence - Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington). Oliver Parsonage (Selby) was unable to attend

Jacob Stephenson , left, of Westow, receives the Les Kirby batting award from Josh Fletcher from Ovington, the club who provide the trophy

Scott Coupland (Melbourne) receives the Les Kirby bowling award

Melbourne's Matt Beevers accepts the Harry Smith wicketkeeping award from league committee member Mike Hamshere, right

Ruth Steels (Melbourne) won the Tea of the Year award for the fourth time in five years

Osbaldwick's Sam Thompson, left, accepts the Foss Division One trophy from FEL committee member Ian Holmes. Thompson also accepted the divisional player of the year award on behalf of team-mate Tom Young

Sam Appleton (Barmby Moor) is presented with the Foss Division Two trophy and also accepted the divisional player of the year award for Tom Stubley

Alex Machen (Thixendale) with the Foss Division Three trophy. He also won the player of the year award for the division

Londesborough Park's George Drewery receives the Foss Division Four trophy 

Jamie Kerrison was named as the Foss Division Four player of the year



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