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2019 SCOTHERN CONSTRUCTION CUP FINAL

Sunday 18 August

at Pocklington CC, 1.30pm

Dunnington v Ovington II

Umpires: Jim Brannigan and Rob Gilyeat

Presentation of trophy by Ian Scothern, Director, Scothern Construction Ltd  

Licensed bar, soft drinks and tea/coffee available during the afternoon

10 August 2019


CLIFTON ALLIANCE RETAIN HPH CUP




Skipper Jason Gatus, with his triumphant team, receives the trophy from Robert Woolley (HPH) following the eight-wicket defeat of Thixendale.


10 August 2019

 

2019 HPH CUP FINAL

Sunday 4 August
at Clifton Alliance CC, 1.30pm


Clifton Alliance v Thixendale

Umpires: Jim Brannigan and Rob Gilyeat


Presentation of trophy by Robert Woolley of HPH Chartered Accountants


27 July 2019


CUP DRAWS


HPH Cup Semi Finals to be played on Sunday 14 July

Clifton Alliance v Burn
Stockton and Hopgrove v Thixendale (now to be played on Sunday 21 July)

Cup Final: Sunday 4 August at Clifton Alliance CC


Scothern Construction Cup Semi Finals to be played on Sunday 21 July

Burn II V Dunnington
Ovington II V Bishopthorpe

Cup Final: Sunday 18 August at Pocklington CC

Guy Mitchell Cup Semi Finals to be played on Sunday 11 August

Yapham v South Cave and Brantingham
Melbourne v Ben Johnson

Cup Final: Sunday 1 September at Hemingbrough CC


All semi finals to be completed on the scheduled date unless mutual agreement is reached between opponents to move the tie to another Sunday before the relevant cup final date. This is subject to approval by the League.


24 June 2019

RESULTS REPORTING

Clubs are asked to note that the number for texting results after each game has changed to 07562 693270 with immediate effect. 


31 May 2019


CUP DRAWS

HPH Cup 2nd Round to be played on the weekend of 22/23rd June

Clifton Alliance v Ovington

Thixendale v Hirst Courtney

Burn v Sessay

Hemingbrough v Stockton and Hopgrove


Scothern Construction Cup  2nd Round to be played on the weekend of 22/23 June

Ovington II v  Pocklington

Thorpe Willoughby v Dunnington

Burn II v Clifton Alliance

Bolton Percy v Bishopthorpe


Guy Mitchell Plate Cup to be played on the weekend of 22/23 June (alternatively as a T20 game on a mutually agreed evening)

Yapham v Selby

South Cave v Heslington

Ben Johnson v Pocklington II

Melbourne v Stamford Bridge


28 May 2019


BISHOPTHORPE SETBACK

Vandals recently struck at night to break into the club roller engine bay, remove the battery and sever all the terminals causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage. The club warns others to stay vigilant and ensure their equipment is secure.

28 May 2019


JOHN MYERS RIP



The following notice has been received from Clifton Alliance CC who are deeply saddened to report the death of John Myers. 

John will be well known to many players and officials of the Vale League. He began his career at Osbaldwick juniors before playing for the League winning Heslington teams of the early 90s. John was  one of the heaviest run scorers in the Vale League at the time and he also played in Vale League representative sides (as pictured above in the 1993 team which beat the West Riding League at Rufforth Hall). He then went on to play with great success for Wilberfoss and Heslington in the Senior League before joining Clifton Alliance in 2003. John scored over 6000 runs for Clifton 2nd team including 9 centuries and also scored runs for the firsts on many occasions, also capturing wickets with his slow (arguably spin) bowling. In recent years John again played in the Vale League for the Clifton Alliance teams. As well as playing, John was always a prominent club member at the clubs he represented, captaining teams and giving his time and practical skills off the pitch. A tough competitor on the pitch and a great lad off it. He is already much missed, thoughts are with his wife Philippa, son George, daughter Florence and mother Joan . RIP JSM.
Deepest sympathies are also extended from York Vale Cricket League to the family and friends of John. 

A celebration of John's life will be held at All Saints Church, Huntington on Monday, May 20th at 12.30pm.


9 May 2019


PRE-SEASON CLUBS' DROP-IN 

Club representatives are required to attend Fulfordgate WMC between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Monday 15 April to collect their pre-ordered cricket balls and 2019 season league handbooks (20 per team).
League fees and other payments are in accordance with the spreadsheet emailed to club secretaries last month and are too be made in advance by bank transfer or by club/personal cheque on the night.

8 April 2019


A HISTORY OF THE MYERS & BURNELL CUP

AND OTHER YORK & DISTRICT CRICKET KNOCK-OUT COMPETITIONS

Former Vale player and long-serving stalwart with Clifton Alliance C.C., Paul Thorpe, has penned a book celebrating the centenary of the first Myers & Burnell Cup, the most prestigious local cricket Cup competition. To mark the occasion a limited edition of 200 copies of a book detailing the history of the Cup will be available from early May. The book lists individual batting and bowling performances.
Including a comprehensive list of Centurions, individual aggregate scores, all partnerships of 60 runs or more, bowlers seasonal and career wicket totals and all instances of 7 or more wickets 1919-1958, 6 or more wickets 1959-1974 and 4 or more wickets 1975-2007. Details of team performances over the years, write ups of several exciting finals and full scorecards for EVERY final from 1919 to 2007 are also included, along with over 40 photographs and illustrations. A brief history of the Senior and Junior Charity competitions and lists of winners of 10 other local cups are also given.


Copies are £10 each, to reserve copies simply ring or e-mail Paul Thorpe, no deposit is required.
Telephone 07743 337803 or email pntethorpe@gmail.com

         
All profits will go to The Primary Club, a charity for blind and partially-sighted 


28 March 2019



2019 Cup Draws

HPH Cup First Round      
To be played on the weekend of 25/26 May 
                                         

Hirst Courtney v Yapham                                              
Hemingbrough v Askham Bryan                                    
Burn v South Cave & Brantingham       
Ovington v Wheldrake                  
Ben Johnson v Clifton Alliance
Stockton and Hopgrove v Melbourne                              
Thixendale v Stamford Bridge                                       
Sessay v Kelfield


Scothern Construction Cup First Round
To be played on the weekend of 25/26 May

Selby v Ovington II
Pocklington II v BIshopthorpe
Thorpe Willoughby v Stamford Bridge II
Heslington v Burn II


Byes: Clifton Alliance II, Pocklington, Dunnington, Bolton Percy

31 January 2019

League press officer steps down

HPH York Vale Cricket League press officer, Martin Jarred, is standing down after 10 years in the post. 
He is now looking forward to a change of pace in not having to compile results and write match reports for the league website and a weekly column in The Press.

Reflecting on his time with the league, Jarred said: "When I left the York Press as sports editor, I had some time on my hands. I wanted to put something back into the local sports community and the chance to help the York Vale Cricket League cropped up.
I was appointed press officer in 2008. Since then the league's own role in the local cricket scene has changed. One of its great strengths is providing a bridge between junior and senior cricket. Long may that continue." 

In recognition of his commitment to the league, chairman Shane Hargrave presented him with a framed cricket print and commented: "We were fortunate to acquire the services such an accomplished sports journalist and Martin has done a first class job for the league. Letting go of such a demanding role will allow him more time for leisure pursuits and he departs with the league's good wishes." 

The press officer vacancy is being filled by Graham Purdy who is secretary of Heslington cricket club and former operations manager with the Yorkshire Cricket Board at Headlingley.

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be a part of the League’s managment team and make a positive contribution to what is very well run local cricket league. Following in Martin's footsteps is a big challenge, but is one I’m really looking forward to," was his response to the appointment.

17 January 2019

2019 FIXTURES

Draft fixtures for the 2019 season, which starts on Saturday 27April, have been circulated to clubs and any changes need to be mutually agreed with opponents and confirmed with the league fixtures officer by 16 February. 
Fixtures have not been allocated to the weekends of 25/26 May and 22/23 June. These will be used for the first and second round ties of the HPH and Scothern Construction cup competitions. The first round of the Guy Mitchell Cup (plate competitions for both HPH and Scothern) will also be scheduled for 22/23 June. The Cup draws will be made at a league committee meeting on 28 January.


15 January 2019

SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM DEVON

  

Former England fast bowler, Devon Malcolm, extended a New Year's message to all Vale League players and officials.

The genial Trinidad born player chatted with League Chairman, Shane Hargrave, during a Christmas cruise of the Caribbean. Devon was running cricket coaching sessions for kids on board the MV Azura as part of the company's 'Legends at Sea' programme.

In wishing everyone the best of luck for 2019, Devon said: "It is important for the League to make sure that youngsters keep playing and enjoying their cricket."

Devon Malcolm will long be remembered for his devastating 9-57 in England's 8-wicket win against South Africa at The Oval in 1994, with Darren Gough taking the other wicket in the tourist's second innings.

1 January, 2019



HPH SPONSORSHIP 25 NOT-OUT

To celebrate 25 years' sponsoring the York Vale Cricket League, accountancy firm HPH has been presented with a print depicting a village cricket scene by eminent watercolour artist, Terry Harrison.
The framed picture was handed over by League Chairman, Shane Hargrave, to Robert Woolley and Charles Walker to mark what has become one of the longest running sponsorships of local sport anywhere in the country.
Robert, a partner with HPH, said: “We are delighted to support a cricket league with a long and successful tradition of providing cricket in many of the communities we serve.”
With offices in York and Harrogate, HPH works with a wide range of clients across Yorkshire, UK and the world, from private individuals to businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
The firm also has expertise in a number of other specialist sectors, including charities, farming businesses, professional practices and the medical profession.

14 December 2018


NEW TEAMS FOR 2019

THREE new teams were elected at the recent HPH York Vale Cricket League AGM.
Applications for new teams from Pocklington, Heslington and Bolton Percy were given approval by the meeting.
Shortage of players has forced Yapham to withdraw their third team whilst Malton and Old Malton transfer to the Scarborough Beckett League and division one champions Westow gain promotion to York and District Senior League.
One new rule to dispense with the Prendergast Memorial cup competition and reinstate the Mitchell Cup as a 40-over competition was adopted. 
The following officials were re-elected to the management committee: Shane Hargrave, Rich Kerrison, Ian Holmes, Tony Scotter, Rob Gilyeat, Martin Jarred, Mike Hamshere, Dave Milburn, Andy Copeland,Steve Relf and Rob Ellis. Martin Jarred has stood down after 10 years as press officer and a replacement wil be appointed at a later date. 

18 November 2018

FLETCH SCOOPS ANOTHER AWARD

HOT on the heels of being inducted into the Vale League’s Hall of Fame, Ovington CC stalwart Alan Fletcher has picked up another award.
He won the Sporting Hero honour in the 2018 York Community Pride Awards organised by the York Press and the City of York Council and sponsored by Benenden Health. The event was held at York Racecourse.
The judges praised Alan for doing “everything he can for the club” and helping to give hundreds of people the opportunity to play cricket.
Alan told The Press: “It is an honour and a privilege to win.” Of his induction into the Vale League’s Hall of Fame, he quipped: “I have been involved with the Vale League for over 30 years and I played in it, so they gave me something to shut me up and put me in the Hall of Fame!”
The Sporting Hero was one of 12 Community Pride categories and was sponsored by York racecourse whose marketing executive Sophie Wilson presented Alan with his award.


25 October 2018





Craig Baptist (Sessay) receives the Young Player of the Year award from Mike Green of sponsors Gem Construction watched by  Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington).  Oliver Parsonage (Selby) could not be present at the awards evening 

CRAIG LANDS TOP JUNIORS AWARD
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 when the the league changed from the Saturday League to the York Vale League. He also played a key role in establishing the sponsorship with HPH chartered accountants 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).
The evening, held at the Regen Centre, Riccall, also incorporated the Foss Evening League awards.
A raffle for cricket kit donated by Lord’s International, raised £552 for Prostate Cancer UK.

8 October 2018


Enter the prize draw to Win this kit at the awards dinner

Kindly donated by our cricket ball suppliers Lords International

Proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK


EXCELLENT YOUNGSTERS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

FOR their achievements last season six top HPH York Vale Cricket League's teenagers have been rewarded with a an Award of Excellence and one will be revealed as the Young Player of the Year.
The award, sponsored by Gem Construction, will be one of the highlights of the league’s annual presentation night and dinner at the Regen Centre, Riccall, on Friday, October 5.
The six are Craig Baptist (Sessay), Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Oliver Parsonage (Selby), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington).
The Club of the Year and the club providing the Tea of the Year as voted by visiting teams will be revealed on the night when trophy and average winners will receive their honours.
It will be a big evening for Jacob Stephenson from champion club Westow. He topped the division one batting averages with 66.1 and also landed the Les Kirby Cup for batting, having scored an aggregate of 732 runs. 
Melbourne’s Scott Coupland also doubled up, leading the division one bowling averages with 13.18 and taking most league and cup wickets with 45 victims. One of the beneficiaries of Coupland’s bowling was team-mate Matt Beevers, who took the Harry Smith wicketkeeping award with 29 dismissals.
Andrew Dawson of Sessay, who won the division three title, led both the batting and bowling averages in that division. He was only dismissed twice when at the crease, enabling his to post a massive batting average of 172.5.
The best batting average in division two came from the blade of Ben Copeland who weighed in with 108 from his 540 runs. Stockton & Hopgrove won the division two crown and their economical strike bowler Dan Fairclough led the divisional averages with his 25 wickets coming at 10.8.
There will be two inductees for the league's Hall of Fame and both will be announced on the night.   The evening also incorporates the Foss Evening League awards.

2018 YORK VALE CRICKET LEAGUE ROLL OF HONOUR
Divisional champions
Division 1: Westow
Division 2: Stockton & Hopgrove
Division 3: Sessay

Cup competition winners
HPH Cup: Clifton Alliance
Scothern Construction Cup: Sessay
Guy Mitchell Cup: Stockton & Hopgrove
Prendergast Memorial Trophy: Clifton Alliance II

Batting Average Winners
Division 1: Jacob Stephenson (Westow) 66.1
Division 2: Ben Copeland (Hirst Courtney) 108.0
Division 3: Andrew Dawson (Sessay) 172.5

Bowling Average winners
Division 1: Scott Coupland (Melbourne) 13.18
Division 2: Dan Fairclough (Stockton & Hopgrove) 10.8 
Division 3: Andrew Dawson (Sessay) 10.0
     
Les Kirby Awards
(for most runs scored and most wickets taken)
Batting: Jacob Stephenson (Westow) 732 runs
Bowling: Scott Coupland (Melbourne) 45 wickets 

Harry Smith Wicketkeeping Award
Matt Beevers (Melbourne) 29 dismissals

Gem Construction (York) Ltd Young Player Award of Excellence
Finalists: Craig Baptist (Sessay), Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Oliver Parsonage (Selby), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington)

Gem Construction (York) Ltd Young Player of the Year: To be announced on the night

Hall of Fame Inductees: To be announced on the night

Jelf Club Tea of the Year and Scothern Construction Club of the Year: To be announced on the night


2018 FOSS EVENING LEAGUE ROLL OF HONOUR
Divisional champions
Division 1: Osbaldwick
Division 2: Barmby Moor
Division 3: Thixendale
Division 4: Londesborough Park

Divisional Players of the Year
Division 1: Tom Young (Osbaldwick)
Division 2: Tom Stubley (Barmby Moor) 
Division 3: Alex Machen (Thixendale)
Division 4: Jamie Kerrison (Stockton & Hopgrove)

30 September 2018


CACC FEST 2018

Clifton Alliance are staging a 3-day music and food fest on 14, 15 and 16 September at their cricket ground.
Times are: Friday 6pm to midnight with live music from The Mothers
                  Saturday 12 noon - midnight featuring The Flying Donkeys
                  Sunday 12 noon - 6pm with Copowt
Real Ales, Lagers, Wine, Prosecco, Gin and Cocktails available with food stalls by The Star Inn The City and Tickled Pink Catering
Entry £5 each day (under 18s free). More information from d_heartshorne@yahoo.co.uk  

23.08.18


SESSAY SCOTHERN SUPREMOS

The victorious Sessay team after their Scothern Construction win against Hemingbrough



CLIFTON ALLIANCE II AND STOCKTON & HOPGROVE T20 VICTORS

 


Clifton Alliance II with the Prendergast Memorial Trophy


Stockton & Hopgrove winners of the Guy Mitchell Cup 


SELBY COOKING UP A GREAT FINALS AFTERNOON

Selby Cricket Club play host to the HPH York Vale League's two T20 competition finals this Sunday afternoon (12 August).
First off at 1pm features is an all division three clash between Ovington II and Clifton Alliance II in the Prendergast Memorial Trophy Final.This is followed at 4pm with the Guy Mitchell Cup Final when division two leaders Stockton and Hopgrove take on Stamford Bridge.
A BBQ for players and spectators with locally produced burgers (£2.50) and hot dogs (£2) will be available and a licensed bar alongside the cricket pavilion will have soft drinks and handpulled beer (£2.50 a pint) on sale for the thirsty work of watching an entertaining afternoon of T20 cup cricket. 


06.08.18   


HPH CUP WIN FOR CLIFTON ALLIANCE



An emphatic seven-wicket victory over South Cave and Brantingham enabled Clifton Alliance to lift the HPH Cup for the first time in the competition's 25-year history.
Pictured is skipper Jason Gatus with Robert Woolley from HPH and the triumphant Clifton Alliance team. 

06.08.18

HPH FINAL OFF

Owing to the wet state of the pitch and outfield at Acomb and more rain forecast for tomorrow, the HPH Cup Final has been rescheduled for Sunday 5 August, 1.30pm.

We are most grateful to Acomb CC for giving us the chance to try again on their ground next weekend.

28.07.18


HPH CUP FINAL BECKONS

Neil Atkinson captain of  Kelfield, the 2017 HPH Cup winners with Robert Woolley.

THERE will be a new name of the HPH Cup this season.
Finalists Clifton Alliance and South Cave & Brantingham have never lifted the trophy since it was first played for in 1993.
The teams will battle it out on Acomb’s ground on Sunday, July 29, with a 1.30pm start.
Clifton will start narrow favourites having beaten Cave by five wickets in a league game last month when Will Moll claimed a ‘five-for’ and Allan Barton struck 70.
The York-based side became the first side to defeat Westow this season with an impressive seven-wicket win in the HPH semi-final, having thrashed Burn by nine wickets in the previous round, Moll taking 5-33, and seen off Thorpe Willoughby in the first round.
Cave opened their cup campaign with a comprehensive victory against second division leaders Stockton & Hopgrove which featured stunning bowling figures of 8-5-9-5 for Ben Scorah. Kelfield were despatched by two wickets in the next round before Melbourne were beaten by 29 runs in the semi-final, the in-form Tony Mounser taking 5-35.
The umpires for the final are Jim Brannigan and Alan Cann. The presentation of the trophy will be made by Robert Woolley, partner with sponsors HPH chartered accountants.

23 July, 2018


NEW CLUBHOUSE FOR POCKLINGTON

POCKLINGTON CC officially open their new clubhouse on Sunday 29th July followed by the Worsley Cup game between a Pocklington XI and The Pocklington Pixies to mark the occasion.

The club is indebted for all the help, support and funding provided by ERYCC, Sport England and WREN as well as donations from other sponsors and fundraising events by the members. Club spokesman, Steve Relf says:  "It has taken much hard work by many volunteers at the club and from the local community, but the end result is well worth it."

The new clubhouse has a large bar, well equipped kitchen, two large screen televisions, a full range of toilets including disabled and baby changing facilities and can accommodate up to 120 people for functions. Other facilities include a covered veranda for spectators, a dedicated scorers' room and an electronic scoreboard. Free wifi is also available.

19 July 2018


TOP AWARD FOR YAPHAM COACH

  

YAPHAM’S coaching set-up has been honoured by England coach Trevor Bayliss.
Juniors coach David Booth accepted a national ECB award for outstanding contribution to coaching on behalf of all the people who put so much into coaching girls, boys, women and men at the village club.
The award was handed over by Bayliss on the outfield at Chester le Street between the innings of the recent fourth ODI between England and Australia and shown on the big screen.
Only 30 people in England and Wales have received the award. Last year Booth won a Yorkshire OSCA (Outstanding Services to Cricket Award) as coach of the year. He first became involved in launching Yapham’s junior section in 2001.

6 July 2018


CUP DRAW UPDATE

HPH Cup Semi Finals
To be played on Sunday 8 July 

Melbourne v South Cave and Brantingham
Clifton Alliance v Westow

Cup Final Sunday 29 July at Acomb CC


Scothern Construction Cup Semi Finals
To be played on Sunday 22 July

Sessay v Pocklington
Burn II v Hemingbrough

Cup Final Sunday 19 August at Hemingbrough CC

Guy Mitchell T20 Cup Semi Finals
To be played on Sunday 15 July or on a mutually agreed evening before 31 July

Stamford Bridge v Ovington 
Stockton and Hopgrove v Thorpe Willoughby

Prendergast Memorial T20 Cup Semi Finals
To be played on Sunday 15 July or on a mutually agreed evening before 31 July

Ovington II v Stamford Bridge II
Dunnington v Clifton Alliance II

Both T20 Cup Finals Sunday 12 August at Selby CC 


26 June 2018



CUPS UPDATE
The draws made earlier this week are as follows:

HPH Cup
2nd Round: to be played on the weekend of 23/24 June
Kelfield v South Cave & Brantingham
Clifton Alliance v Burn
Thixendale v Westow
Melbourne v Yapham


Mitchell T20 Cup
1st Round to be played on the weekend of 23/24 June or a mutually agreed evening before 14 July
Stamford Bridge v Wheldrake
Hirst Courtney v Ovington

Byes: Thorpe Willoughby and Stockton & Hopgrove

Scothern Construction Cup
2nd Round: to be played on the weekend of 23/24 June 
Sessay v Ovington II
Burn II v Malton and Old Malton
Dunnington v Hemingbrough
Selby v Pocklington

Prendergast Memorial T20 Cup
1st Round to be played by 14 July
The two teams beaten in the 1st Round of the Scothern Cup, Stamford Bridge II and Clifton Alliance II, will form the semi finals along with the two teams losing by the closest margin in the 2nd Round of Scothern Cup.

Please note: teams who conceded in the 1st Round of the HPH Cup or Scothern Construction Cup are ineligible to play in the Mitchell or Prendergast Memorial plate competitions. 


HPH25 CANCELLED
The event to mark the 25-year relationship with league sponsors, HPH Chartered Accountants has been cancelled. This is due to a distinct lack of interest from clubs who were asked to nominate players for the eight-a-side tournament at Clifton Alliance on Sunday 17 June. This is disappointing not only for HPH but also our chosen charity The Sporting Memories Foundation who would have financially benefited from the event. Shame it wasn't to be, Clifton Alliance CC would have been excellent hosts.

FIRST CLASS REPORTING
10/10 for text and scorecard submissions so far this season and many favourable comments about the sporting nature of games. 

WARNING TO KEEP EQUIPMENT SECURE
It seems thieves have  been disturbed trying to steal the roller and break into the machine shed at Burn CC. Please stay vigilant and keep equipment secure. 




1 June 2018


2018 CUP FIXTURES 

HPH Cup

1st Round: to be played on the weekend of 26/27 May

Kelfield v Ben Johnson
Westow v Ovington
Hirst Courtney v Burn
Thorpe Willoughby v Clifton Alliance
Thixendale v Wheldrake
Melbourne v Stamford Bridge
South Cave v Stockton and Hopgrove
Askham Bryan v Yapham

2nd Round: to be played on the weekend of  23/24 June

Semi Finals: to be played on Sunday 8 July

Final: Sunday 29 July at Acomb CC


Scothern Construction Cup
 
1st Round: to be played on the weekend of 26/27 May

Sessay v Bishopthorpe
Burn II v Thorpe Willoughby II
Pocklington v Clifton Alliance II
Hemingbrough v Stamford Bridge II
Malton and Old Malton v Yapham II

Byes: Dunnington, Ovington II and Selby 

2nd Round: to be played on the weekend of  23/24 June

Semi Finals: to be played on Sunday 22 July

Final: Sunday 19 August at Hemingbrough CC 


Guy Mitchell & Prendergast Memorial T20 Cups
Entry restricted to teams beaten in the first round of the HPH and Scothern Construction Cups

1st Round: to be played on the weekend of 23/24 June or on a mutually agreed evening before 14 July

Semi Finals: to be played on Sunday 15 July or on a mutually agreed evening before 31July

Finals: Sunday 12 August at Selby CC


30 March 2018


2018 LEAGUE FORMATION

Division 1: Westow, Kelfield, Burn, Clifton Alliance, Melbourne, Askham Bryan, Wheldrake,  Thixendale, Ovington, South Cave & Brantingham
Division 2: Stockton & Hopgrove, Ben Johnson, Stamford Bridge, Hirst Courtney, Thorpe Willoughby, Yapham, Hemingbrough, Malton & Old Malton, Bishopthorpe, Acomb
Division 3: Pocklington, Dunnington, Burn II, Ovington II, Thorpe Willoughby II, Stamford Bridge II, Yapham II, Selby, Clifton Alliance II, Sessay 
Draft fixtures will be circulated early next month.  The new season starts on 28th April and finishes on 8 September.


PRE-SEASON CLUBS' MEETING
Our pre-season meeting  will be held for the first time at Dunnington Sports Club on Thursday 12 April from 7.30pm. Apart from collecting fees and distributing cricket balls, the evening will include a session on changes to Laws by Rob Smith. As you are now doubt aware, some significant changes to Laws will come into force next season, such as  the 'red/yellow card' Law, the Law change on beamers and the change to fielders absent from the field of play. Rob will cover all these and other issues that tend to regularly 'test' some our club umpires. It is vital that team captains and other players who that regularly stand as umpires in our league attend this meeting.

INDOOR CRICKET 
Teams are still needed for a new indoor cricket venture at Barlby High School on Tuesday nights from 6th February (7-9pm). Cost £2-2.50 per player per game. Contact Joe Ashdown 07894 584889 or j.ashdown@yorkshirecb.com 

UMPIRE TRAINING
Details of umpire courses run by the York Branch of the YCB ACO have recently been circulated by Tony Scotter.  Covering the basics, Stage One is ideal for Vale club umpires and the course runs on Mondays from 8th January to 5th February, 7.30 – 9.30 at the Marriott Hotel, York. Fee £30. To book a place on Stage One go to http://booking.ecb.co.uk/d/dtqsb6

22 December 2017


A MACMILLAN THANK YOU

MACMILLAN Cancer Support has written to the league to thank everyone attending the awards dinner for making a donation of £220. A total of £438 was raised from a raffle on the night to win cricket equipment kindly provided by cricket ball supplier Lords International. Well done to everyone for donating to this worthy cause.

16 November 2017


TWO NEW TEAMS FOR 2018

TWO new teams were elected at the HPH York Vale Cricket League AGM held at Fulfordgate WMC on Monday evening. Applications from Clifton Alliance and Sessay for their new fourth teams were given approval by the meeting.

Bids for re-election from Selby and Yapham II were successful but shortage of players has forced one of the league's longer established clubs, Fulfordgate, and also Tadcaster Magnet to withdraw from the league. Malton and Old Malton II have opted to join the Scarborough Beckett League in an attempt to revive the fortunes of their development side.
New rules given the green light include an increase in the maximum price paid for teas to £35 per team, penalty point deductions for result reporting irregularities and the reversal of the rule to waive financial penalties for league matches conceded well in advance of the game. 
The following officials were re-elected to the management committee: Shane Hargrave, Rich Kerrison, Ian Holmes, Tony Scotter, Rob Gilyeat, Martin Jarred, Mike Hamshere, Dave Milburn, Andy Copeland,Steve Relf and Rob Ellis.

16 November 2017

NEW ARRIVAL

CONGRATULATIONS are extended to league treasurer, Philip Rawlinson, and his partner Victoria on the birth of Mia April on 5 November at York Hospital.
Both mum and baby are doing well and Phil is trying his level best to cope with the pressures of being a dad for the first time!  

8 November 2017  

2017 LEAGUE AGM
THIS year's AGM will be held on Monday November 13 at Fulfordgate WMC, Heslington Lane, York starting at 7.30pm.The agenda and supporting documents have been emailed to club secretaries. Ample off-street car parking is kindly being made available for delegates by Townends accountants on the junction of Fulford Road (A19) and Heslington Lane, which is a two-minute walk from the venue.       
                                                                                                                 

31 October 2017

CHECK OUT THE 2017 WINNERS
CLICK on the 2017 Award Winners button on the menu on the left of the page to view pictures and a report of Saturday's dinner and awards ceremony.
It includes the Foss Evening League awards.
A raffle at the event, held at the Regen Centre, Riccall, raised £438. Of that amount £219 is being donated to Macmillan Cancer Support
.

4 October 2017

EARLE LANDS BATTING AWARD
RUN machine Mark Earle will pick up his second successive batting award at the HPH York Vale Cricket League presentation evening on Saturday (September 30).
The Westow opener amassed 952 runs in the season to win the Les Kirby Award for aggregate runs scored. Last year he topped the division one averages with 61.18.
That figure was surpassed this year by Ovington’s Craig Nicholl whose ten not outs enabled him to average 99.50 for the champions.
Earle’s team-mate Jacob Stephenson led the division one bowling averages with 11.00. The Les Kirby award for most wickets taken will go to Craig Lawson of Kelfield who claimed 39 wickets.
The Harry Smith Wicketkeeping award went to Charlie Wilson (Stamford Bridge) who bagged 20 dismissals.
Apart from the divisional and cup winners, four major award winners will also be unveiled on the night – the Scothern Construction Club of the Year, Gem Construction Young Player of the Year, Hall
of Fame inductee and the Jelf Insurance cricket tea of the year.
Shortlisted for the young player award are Harry Griffiths (Dunnington), Jack Heartshorne (Clifton Alliance) and Jack Arthur-Bagshaw (Stamford Bridge). Both Heartshorne and Arthur-Bagshaw were join runners-up in 2016.
The awards evening also incorporates presentations for the Foss Evening League.
Chris Barrett, who skippered Heworth to the FEL division one title, was named the division’s player of the year after scoring more than 300 runs and claiming 22 dismissals behind the stumps.
The division two award went to Salman Syed, who scored 311 runs at an average of 62 for Retreat, and Lee Wild (Hemingbrough) took the division three award after amassing 502 runs.
The awards night is at the Regen Centre, Riccall, and will be hosted by Andy Atkinson of BBC Radio York.


2017 Roll of honour
HPH York Vale League
Division 1 champions:
Ovington
Division 2 champions:
Thixendale
Division 3 champions:
Bishopthorpe
HPH Cup winners:
Kelfield
Scothern Construction Cup winners:
Yapham
Mitchell Cup winners:
Melbourne
Prendergast Memorial Trophy winners:
Acomb
Division 3 batting:
Ray Adamson (Burn) 58.57
Division 3 bowling:
Matthew Sharples (Bishopthorpe) 8.26
Division 2 batting:
Johnny Cockerill (Hemingbrough) 74.50
Division 2 bowling:
Simon Rogerson (Ovington II) 11.00
Division 1 batting:
Craig Nicholl (Ovington) 99.50   
Division 1 bowling:
Jacob Stephenson (Westow) 11.00
 
Les Kirby Awards
Batting:
Mark Earle (Westow) 952 runs
Bowling:
Craig Lawson (Kelfield) 39 wkts

Harry Smith Wicketkeeping Award
Charlie Wilson (Stamford Bridge) 20 dismissals

Foss Evening League
Division 1 champions:
Heworth
Division 2 champions:
York
Division 3 champions:
Hemingbrough
Division 3 player of the year:
Lee Wild (Hemingbrough)
Division 2 player of the year:
Salman Syed (Retreat)
Division 1 player of the year:
Chris Barratt (Heworth)
26 September



York Vale Player Awards

To enable the league to honour the best batsmen and bowlers in each division, please submit the names and performances of players you think should be in with a shout of winning the batting and bowling average for D1, 2 and 3. Send details to chairman@yorkvale.co.uk by 10 September. In calculating your players' average please only include league games and apply the following criteria to qualification:

           Division 1: Batting Min 10 innings Bowling: Min 100 overs 
           Division 2: Batting Min 10 innings Bowling: Min 100 overs
           Division 3: Batting Min  7 innings  Bowling: Min 70 overs 
 The qualification criteria has been reduced to reflect games cancelled or conceded.                                                                    
Three more important awards need your submissions: there are two Les Kirby trophies up for grabs – one for the leading run scorer and one for the most wickets taken (league and cup games to count). The Harry Smith trophy recognises the wicket keeper who has achieved the highest number of dismissals in all league/cup games.
Other awards handed out on the night include, The Jelf Insurance Club tea of the Year and two players will be honoured for their services to the league by being inducted into Vale Hall of Fame. 
The Gem Construction Young Player of the Year: Our most prestigious accolade goes to our standout young players each season.  Please nominate juniors (U16 on 1 September 2016) who have impressed this season by providing brief details of their performances with bat or ball to chairman@yorkvale.co.uk by 10 September. From the list of nominations three will be shortlisted by a league panel of three, including, sponsor Mike Green of Gem Construction, and and each young player given a complimentary place at the Dinner. 


Ovington Division I Champions



Thixendale Division 2 Champions



Bishopthorpe Division 3 Champions


SCOTHERN CONSTRUCTION CUP WIN FOR YAPHAM


22 August 2017


UP FOR THE CUP
 
 
Two new teams have the chance to get their name on the Scothern Construction Cup when division 2 rivals Stamford Bridge and Yapham meet in the Final at Hemingbrough on Sunday, August 20. The trophy will be presented to the winning captain by Ian Scothern, director of Scothern Construction Ltd who have sponsored the competition since 2001. 

17 August 2017


MITCHELL T20 CUP SUCCESS FOR MELBOURNE


16 August 2017

ACOMB LIFT PRENDERGAST MEMORIAL T20 TROPHY


16 August 2017


PLAYER DISCIPLINED

Within the scope of a YCB Level 1 (d) disciplinary tariff,  Sam Dunn (Kelfield) was given a 2-week suspension to take effect from 8 August to 21 August 2017 at a YVCL Disciplinary Hearing. This was for a Code of Conduct breach, directing foul and abusive language at an umpire during the fixture against Clifton Alliance. Allowance was made for the player's apology to the umpire at the end of the over and for the responsible response by his club.

12 August 2017


T20 CUP FINALS

This year's Prendergast Memorial Final will be contested between Fulfordgate and Acomb at Pocklington CC on Sunday August 13 from 1pm. It will be followed at 3.30pm by the Mitchell Final with Burn taking on Melbourne.  Umpires for both games are Alan Cann and Andy McEvoy. Along with a licensed bar there will be a BBQ for players and spectators.

11 August 2017

KELFIELD SUCCESS IN SELBY CUP FINAL

Kelfield captain Neil Atkinson receives the HPH Cup from Charles Walker, partner with York-based chartered accountants HPH. The victory, in close fought game against Westow, was one of a series of events to mark Selby CC's  150th anniversary.


BACK IN THE CHAIR

League Chairman, Shane Hargrave, is now back in harness his with league responsibilities following surgery after breaking his femur. He thanks everyone for their good wishes for a speedy recovery. 

CONTACTING THE CHAIRMAN 

Unfortunately, I have to bring you the news that Shane Hargrave has had an accident today at home and broken his leg. He is currently in hospital and will be for a while.

During this time, Ian Holmes will field all emails sent to Shane on email address chairman@yorkvale.co.uk however if you have sent an email to Shane in the last 24 hours can you please resend it to Ian.
Ian can also be contacted on results@yorkvale.co.uk
I am sure you will join me in wishing Shane a very speedy recovery from this serious injury.


DIVISION 3 REVAMP

A plan hatched before the start of the season to remodel division three to help mitigate some of the disruptions caused by conceded games is being introduced on July 22. The mid-season restructure involves the 12 teams being placed into three groups of four with the objective of maximising cricket and delivering more meaningful games. Teams in Group A carry forward the points earned to date and the winner will receive the division three championship trophy. Those in groups B and C start on zero points and the winner of each group will also win a trophy. 

16 July 2017  

LES MAKING HISTORY WITH YAPHAM

FORMER Yapham CC secretary Les Smith has embarked on a written history of the club.
Yapham have been playing at the cricket ground on the edge of the village for almost 100 years and is one of only a few clubs to play on through the Second World War. It currently runs two sides in our league in divisions two and three.
It was formed in 1918/19 and Les set up a blog three years ago on the club’s website. His latest blog covers the 1929/30 period.
Anyone who thinks they have any historical information which may help Les can email him at lessmith820@gmail.com
The link to his blog is
https://yaphamcchistory.wordpress.com/

6 July 2017

GROUNDSMANSHIP COURSE

THE Institute of Groundsmanship is holding a level 1 course at Kirkstall Educational Cricket Ground, Leeds, on Thursday, August 17.The cost of the course, supported by Hurrells Seeds, is £70.
The course is a practical approach to the end of season renovation and maintenance of a sports surface during the winter months. It will deliver the essential operations of ‘best practice’ grounds maintenance with a hands-on, practical induction to the profession.
The Foundation level course is suitable for new entrants (professional and volunteer) or those requiring a refresher course in the modern, practical techniques of preparing and maintaining sports surfaces.The topics covered are:
Assessment of surface
Pitch repair and renovation
Scarification
Aeration
Over seeding
Top Dressing
Fertiliser Application
Care of the outfield
Maintaining of non-turf surfaces
Please contact Ian Powell ipowell@iog.org to book your place on the course which is limited to 12 candidates.
30 June 2017

PLAYERS DISCIPLINED

FOR disputing an umpire's decision during the Dunnington v Stamford Bridge Scothern Construction Cup game on 18 June, Martin Vesey (Stamford Bridge) was given a two match (one week) ban by his club with a further two matches suspended until the end of the season. 
Before being endorsed, this was upgraded by the league's disciplinary team to a Level 2 'serious dissent' offence entailing a two-week ban with a further two weeks suspended until the end the season. The suspension is effective from 17 June to 2 July inclusive and applies to all forms of cricket played under the auspices of the YCB/ECB.. 

HIRST COURTNEY players James Hinchcliffe and Ben Copeland appeared before the league disciplinary panel on 13 June relating to Code of Conduct transgressions in fixtures against Thorpe Willoughby (27 May) and South Cave (3 June). For umpire dissent, Copeland was warned as to his future conduct and required to write a letter of apology to Thorpe Willoughby. Hinchcliffe, who was also involved in questioning umpires' decisions in the same game and admitted to unfair/reckless bowling against South Cave, received a two-week ban suspended until the end of the 2018 season. Both players, including the captain and club chairman assured the panel that there would be no repeat of the conduct exhibited during these games.

24 June 2017


OVINGTON BID FOR FOURTH SUCCESSIVE CUP FINAL APPEARANCE

KELFIELD stand between Ovington and a fourth successive appearance in the HPH Cup Final.
The division one leaders, who are bidding for a hat-trick of HPH Cup titles will travel to the Riverside Ground in Riccall Lane on Sunday, July 23.
Ovington beat Hirst Courtney in last year's final and defeated Bishopthorpe in the 2015 showpiece to avenge their defeat in the final at the hands of the Bishops the previous year.
Should Ovington get through again they will face either Thixendale or Westow in the final at Selby on Sunday, July 30.
Thixendale eliminated first division strugglers Stockton & Hopgrove in the last round but will find Westow, who are second in the top flight, a much tougher task.
In the Scothern Construction Cup, Bishopthorpe, the 2015 winners, take on Yapham at Ferry Lane while Burn II entertain Stamford Bridge. The winners will meet in the final at Hemingbrough on Sunday, August 20.
The T20 plate cups semi-finals are scheduled on Sunday, July 16 or an a mutually agreed evening to be played before Friday, August 4. 
Melbourne take on Thorpe Willoughby in the Guy Mitchell Cup with Burn to face either Hemingbrough or Wheldrake.
Acomb, the Prendergast Memorial Trophy holders, have home advantage in their semi-final against Ovington III while Fulfordgate will take on Malton & Old Malton.
Both plate finals will be played at Pocklington on Sunday, August 13.

HPH CUP Semi-finals (to be played on Sunday, July 9) 
Thixendale v Westow
Kelfield v Ovington 

Scothern Construction Cup Semi-finals (to be played on Sunday, July 23) 
Bishopthorpe v Yapham 
Burn II v Stamford Bridge 

Guy Mitchell T20 Cup Semi-finals (to be played on Sunday, July 16, or on a mutually agreed evening before Friday,     August 4) 
Melbourne v Thorpe Willoughby
Burn v Hemingbrough or Wheldrake

Prendergast Memorial Trophy T20 Cup Semi-finals (to be played on Sunday, July 16, or on a mutually agreed evening before Friday, August 4)
Fulfordgate v Malton and Old Malton
Acomb v Ovington III


22 June 2017 


LEAGUE CUP DRAWS MADE

HPH Cup 2nd Round (Update)
to be played on 17/18 June


Stockton and Hopgrove  v Thixendale 
Clifton Alliance v  Ovington 
Westow v South Cave and Brantingham
Kelfield  v Ben Johnson 

Scothern Construction Cup 2nd Round
to be played on 17/18 June


Bishopthorpe v Tadcaster Magnets 
Dunnington v  Stamford Bridge 
Yapham v Stamford Bridge II 
Burn II v Yapham II
  
Mitchell  T20 Cup 1st Round
to be played on 17/18 June or on a mutually agreed evening before 7 July

Hirst Courtney v Burn 
Thorpe Willoughby v Askham Bryan
Hemingbrough v Wheldrake
Melbourne v Ovington II

Prendergast Memorial T20 Cup 1st Round
to be played on 17/18 June or on a mutually agreed evening before 7 July

Pocklington v Fulfordgate
Thorpe Willoughby II v Acomb
Ovington III v Malton & Old Malton II
Malton and Old Malton  v Selby 

6 June 2017


PORTABLE NETS TEAM MAKE NATIONAL FINALS
STUDENTS who created portable cricket nets for HPH Vale League club Westow are in with a shout of winning a national award.
Malton-based Derwent Training Association (DTA) have announced that the NYEngApps Brathay Apprentice Challenge Team have made it through to the national finals to find the 2017 Apprentice Team of the Year.
Three members of the team were at the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday May 17 with team mentor Mick Sopf along with the 70-plus teams from across the UK who had also entered the Brathay Challenge.
All of the members of the NYEngApps team worked hard attending careers events engaging with young people to promote apprenticeships as well as creating a practice cricket net for local club Westow as part of their community project.
The team are made up of apprentices who undertake apprenticeship training at DTA and work for various engineering Employers across North Yorkshire - Portakabin, Rosti, Plowman Bros, Sheppee International and DTA.
The team are now tasked with continuing to raise awareness of apprenticeships as well as creating a presentation ready to deliver at the Finals at Brathay's headquarters in Windermere, from June 12 to 15.


DISCIPLINARY HEARING OUTCOME
MELBOURNE bowler, Brian Underwood, recently received a two-week ban from the league's disciplinary panel for abusing an umpire during the fixture against Stockton and Hopgrove. The player was suspended from May 23 to June 2 with a further two weeks suspended until the end of the 2018 season. 



29 May 2017 


FAVOURITES ON OPENING DAY COLLISION COURSE
TWO sides who are expected to be the front runners for the HPH York Vale Cricket League title clash on Saturday’s opening day.
Burn host Ovington at Linnet Park in the standout fixture in division one.
With last season’s champions Bishopthorpe and the 2014 and 2015 winners North Cave now both operating in the Senior League, the door is open for Ovington to recapture the crown they last won in 2013.
The Knavesmire-based side were runners-up last season but were pushed hard by Burn, whose strong batting line-up enabled them to finish third.
The game is a repeat of last year’s opening game of the season when Ovington won by 33 runs after openers Tom Cookson and Craig Nicoll rattled up 83 from 11 overs. In the return fixture in York in July, Ovington won by 53 runs and completed a hat-trick of victories against the villagers by knocking them out of the HPH Cup the following day thanks to a century by Cookson.
Ironically, the two sides have also been paired together in the first round of this year’s competition. The game will be played on Saturday, May 20 when Ovington will start their quest to retain the trophy they have held for the last two years.
Elsewhere in division one it will be a red letter day at Westow whose newly-constructed pavilion at the Badger Bank Road ground will be in full use for the first time for the visit of Stockton & Hopgrove. The development also includes a new electronic scoreboard.
Melbourne, whose preparations have been hampered by the loss of players, entertain promoted Clifton Alliance while last season’s second division champions Askham Bryan open their campaign against Ben Johnson. The first division programme is completed with Kelfield’s trip to Wheldrake.
Stamford Bridge II will make their Vale League debut with a short trip to Burnby Lane to take on Pocklington.
Divisions One and Two will have 10 teams each with division three operation with 12 teams. From Saturday, July 22 the top six in division three will play-off for the championship and the bottom six will feature in a play-off for the President’s Trophy.
18 April 2017


Some of the Derwent Training Apprentices and their team leader celebrate installing the nets

PORTABLE NETS BOOST FOR WESTOW
WESTOW CC are feeling the benefit of a new locally-made portable cricket net.
A team of apprentices from Derwent Training Association in Malton have entered the Brathay Challenge 2017, a national, annual competition to promote apprenticeships.
The challenge helps improve the apprentices skills in areas such as team building and communication by completing a project in the local area.
The regional heats consist of a community project to benefit young people and activities that raise the profile of the team, their employer and apprenticeships.
The top eight teams will continue as national finalists for further awareness raising activities culminating in a team-building and logistical finale at Brathay's Windermere headquarters in the Lake District.
The Derwent Training team selected Westow CC as the beneficiary for their regional heat submission. 
The project they have undertaken is to design, engineer and build a portable cricket batting net that can be used by the club in their junior coaching sessions.
Westow are active in promoting cricket to young people in the rural area. There are coaching sessions on Sunday mornings running from May until the start of the school summer holidays for boys and girls of any age and ability. The sessions are fun, with a focus on the basics of batting, bowling, catching and fielding.
Club spokesman Dave Coverdale said: "The nets will be of great help with the coaching sessions as it will allow batting and bowling practice to concentrate on developing skills rather than having to stop every few minutes to retrieve a ball.
"It also means a couple of players can go and practice by themselves as the net acts as the fielders."
The Derwent Team have used CAD to designed the nets, they have sourced materials from local suppliers, presented their project at the Westow  AGM and have had regular updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Last week the team were visited by Malton and Thirsk MP Kevin Hollinrake, a former Easingwold player, where they talked about the project and showed the plans and materials being used for the cricket net.
11 April 2017


Ruth with her award-winning cricket tea 

MELBOURNE TEETER ON THE BRINK    

MELBOURNE Cricket Club have issued an urgent appeal for players on the eve of the new season.
The division one side fear for their future as an HPH York Vale League club after two players left to join near-neighbours Pocklington this week.
The village side are due to start the season on Saturday, April 25 with a home game against Clifton Alliance.
Club secretary Ruth Steels said: "I'm not sure how we will be able to carry on in Saturday cricket after this. We are desperate for new players to fill the breach."
Melbourne only fielded a full team in three games last season but still managed to avoid relegation.
"We were able to utilise the player loan scheme last year," said Ruth, "But this year there are an even number of teams in each division so no side has a spare week. That means it will be harder to recruit loanees. It looks bleak for us unless we get some new players."
Any player or club who is able to help is asked to phone Ruth of 07891 528626 as soon as possible.
Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave said: “It is disappointing to see another small village club struggling to survive and I do hope that some new players, including lapsed cricketers, could come to the rescue of the
club at the eleventh hour. We will do our utmost to help Melbourne continue as a valued member of the Vale League.”
Although player numbers may be a serious problem, Melbourne have been relatively successful on the pitch in recent years. They won division three and the Scothern Construction Cup in 2013, did the division two and the Guy Mitchell Cup double the following year and retained the Mitchell Cup in 2015. In addition, their teas have been named the best in the league for the last three seasons.
The club have been members of the Vale League for 18 years. They are believed to have played their first competitive game against Warter in 1895. They moved ground from a farmer's field opposite the village school to their current purpose-built facilities at the Pocklington end of the village in the 1970s.
The player shortage should not affect Melbourne’s Foss Evening League prospects as their midweek numbers are bolstered by players from nearby Londesborough Park.



PRE-SEASON CLUBS' MEETING
THIS year club secretaries or senior officials and team captains are required to attend the league's pre-season meeting on Monday, April 10 at Fulfordgate W.M.C.from 7.30pm.

Payment of league fees and collection of cricket balls and handbooks will take place after a short talk, including Q&A about new rules and processes.

CHILD WELFARE COMPLIANCE
ALL clubs are asked to check that their Child Protection procedures are up to date and that CWOs have a current DBS and Safe Hands certificate.
The following persons should hold a current DBS:
Welfare Officer (Club,League, County), Volunteer Co-ordinator, Coach (volunteer or paid, assistant or lead), Umpire,Scorer, Colt/Junior Manager, Age Group Manager, Open-Age Team Captain, Junior Supervisor, First Aider/Physiotherapist/Medical Support.

Further advice can be obtained from Dave Milburn, 07776 483823 (welfare@yorkvale.co.uk) and DBS forms are available from the ECB website www.ecb.co.uk/safeguarding/dbs-checks-ecb-vetting


OVINGTON'S CUP TREBLE BID STARTS AT BURN
OVINGTON face a tricky start in their bid for a hat-trick of HPH Cup successes.
The winners of trophy for the last two years will begin their defence at fellow first division side Burn on Saturday, May 20.
It is a repeat of last year’s semi-final which Ovington won comfortably by seven wickets thanks to a century by Tom Cookson. The Knavesmire-based side also did the league double over the villagers last season but Burn managed to finish third in the top flight, not too far behind runners-up Ovington.
Last season’s Scothern Construction Cup winners Thixendale will be in the HPH Cup this time round and will host Thorpe Willoughby.
The Mitchell and Prendergast Memorial plate competitions will be once again played as T20 matches and will offer a degree of flexibility should teams wish to play on an evening rather than the scheduled Saturday/Sunday dates.
Clubs are encouraged to attend a cricket roadshow drop-in session at Heworth CC on Tuesday, January 24 from 7.30pm.  Vale, Foss Evening and York Senior League officials, as well as the YCB development team, will be on hand to answer cricket queries.
Vale League clubs who have any changes they may wish to make to the club directory pages in last year's handbook and website should send them to chairman Shane Hargrave by Monday, February 13.
Selby CC have appointed Abigail Lund as their new secretary. 
Thorp Arch & Boston Spa have withdrawn their third team from the Vale league because of a shortage of players.They only informed the league of the decision last week, so the draft fixtures for that division are currently being redone by fixtures secretary Andy Copeland.


HPH CUP 
First round (to be played on Saturday, May 20)
Wheldrake v Westow, Askham Bryan v South Cave and Brantingham, Kelfield v Hirst Courtney,  Thixendale v Thorpe Willoughby, Hemingbrough v Clifton Alliance, Burn v Ovington, Stockton & Hopgrove v Ovington II, Melbourne v Ben Johnson
Second round to be played on Saturday, June 17 and the semi-finals on Sunday, July 9.
  
SCOTHERN CONSTRUCTION CUP
First round (to be played on Saturday, May 20)
Bishopthorpe v Pocklington, Thorpe Willoughby II v Yapham, Tadcaster Magnet v Selby,
Malton and Old Malton v Stamford Bridge, Ovington III v Stamford Bridge II, Yapham II v Malton and Old Malton II, Dunnington v Acomb, Fulfordgate v Burn II
Second round to be played on Saturday, June 17 and the semi-finals on Sunday, July 9.


PRENDERGAST MEMORIAL/MITCHELL T20 CUPS
Preliminary round to be played on or before Sunday, June 11. First round to be played on  Saturday, June 17 or on a mutually agreed evening before Friday, July 7. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday, July 16 or on a mutually agreed evening before Friday, August 4.
The dates and venues for all four finals have yet to be confirmed.

20 January 2017

BRIDGE GET GREEN LIGHT FOR SECOND TEAM

STAMFORD Bridge will have an extra team in the HPH York Vale Cricket League next season.
A second Bridge side were elected at the league's annual general meeting at Fulfordgate Working Mens' Club on Monday night.
The club are intend to play home games on its main pitch on Sundays, using the ground at Burythorpe as back up, as and when needed, on Saturdays.
Bridge, who have two sides further up the cricket pyramid, won division three last season with what was effectively its third team.
Club official Rob Gilyeat said: "We are still working hard to improve Burythorpe CC's ground and facilities and will continue to do so, as this is still to be the home ground of Stamford Bridge's third team."
The new Bridge side will operate with a squad of about 20 players with the emphasis on developing its junior cricketers.
As Bridge were welcomed, the league said goodbye to its longest serving village club Stillingfleet.
Secretary Chris Woodfine said a lack of players meant they would have to call an end to Saturday cricket but were hoping to gain admission to the Foss Evening League and play midweek matches. He hoped it would regenerate the club so that they could return to the Vale League in the future.
Fleet were founder members of the league, when it was known as the Saturday League, in 1933. They dropped out after the Second World War but rejoined in 1967 and have enjoyed 49 years continuous membership.
Acomb, who conceded a string of fixtures towards the end of last season, were obliged to seek re-election. They got the green light from the membership after considering a written explanation for their failure to fulfil fixtures from club secretary Dave Sykes.
Next season Acomb will be skippered by the vastly-experienced Joe Burton, a qualified coach, who is involved in junior cricket at Acomb. 
The league will have 33 clubs next season, probably spread across three divisions but a final decision has yet to be made by the management committee.
In the light of last season's 23 conceded fixtures due to player shortages, league chairman Shane Hargrave emphasised the need to remain flexible and embrace change, especially using  Sundays for league games.
Clubs voted 14-6 in favour of clubs having the option to play on Saturday or Sunday next season. Home league fixtures will be permitted for those teams whose grounds are unavailable due to priority being given to York and district League fixtures. However, all league fixtures shall finish on the same day at the end of the season.
League fixtures scheduled for a Sunday will take priority over a cup game with exception of the HPH and Scothern Cup semi-finals and final.
A relaxation of the rule regrading conceded matches was passed by 17 votes to 2. The current fine of £30 will be waived if the offending team concedes the league fixture verbally with opponents and by texting the decision to results@yorkvale.co.uk by 8pm on the Thursday before the fixture. Online scorecards are required for all conceded games.
After the successful introduction last season of the Mitchell Cup and Prendergast Memorial Trophy competition being played in the T20 format, clubs agreed to more flexibility in terms of getting the matches played. They will continue to be played in the T20 format and ties leading up to the final may be played on a Sunday or an evening subject to the agreement of both teams. 
Club subscriptions will remain at £80 per team.
There will be a restructuring of the management committee next season with the post of secretary to be discontinued. That post will be replaced by two administration executives, Tony Scotter (South Cave & Brantingham) and Rob Gilyeat (Stamford Bridge), who will report directly to the chairman, Shane Hargrave.
The following officials were re-elected: President, Frank Stones; chairman, Shane Hargrave, vice-chairman, Richard Kerrison; treasurer, Phil Rawlinson; media officer, Martin Jarred; results and registrations officer, Ian Holmes; fixtures officer, Andy Copeland; development and discipline officer, Mike Hamshere; grounds officer, Steve Relf, and child welfare officer, Dave Milburn. 
A website manager is to be appointed in the New Year and anyone interested in the post should contact the chairman or the media officer.
8 November 2016

BRIDGE BID FOR SECOND TEAM
STAMFORD Bridge are hoping to field a second side in the HPH York Vale Cricket League next season.
They won division four last season and want an extra team, which will be made up largely of juniors, in the league next summer.
Bridge are hoping to play home games on Sundays with the ground at Burythorpe to be used as back up on Saturdays.
The application will be discussed at the Vale's annual meeting at Fulfordgate Working Men's Club on Monday, November 7.
Acomb have been obliged to seek re-election after conceding several games towards the end of last season.
The league is also to discuss the possibilty of playing games on Saturday or Sunday with home league fixtures on Sundays being allowed for those teams whose grounds are unavailable due to priority being given to York and District league fixtures.
Clubs are also to vote of the relaxing of fines for conceded games providing the concession is made by8pm on the Thursday before the fixture.
Subscriptions are due to remain at £80 per team.
A restructuring of the management committee is also on the cards with the post of secretary to be discontinued and replaced by two administration executives. A new post of web manager is hoped to be filled in the new year.
The agenda and last year's minutes can be dowloaded from the documents below.

2016 AGM Agenda.doc     2015 AGM Minutes.docx 31 October 2016

COACH SUPPORT WORKER COURSE
AN ECB Coach Support Worker course, which may be of interest to Vale League clubs, is being held at Canon Lee School, York, next month.
The course is part of the Coach Education programme for Yorkshire and will be held over three nights on November 14, 21 and 28 between 7pm and 9pm.
Time:  7pm – 9pm.
The cost  is £48 and candidates should have the following in place before certification (not enrolment) - current DBS/CRB, 16 years of age.
This course is designed to help to develop confidence and equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and applied skills to assist a qualified coach in a coaching session and create a safe, enjoyable and welcoming player-centred environment. 
It is aimed at individuals, aged 16 or over, who wish to assist ECB qualified coaches in the delivery of high quality practical cricket coaching sessions within a club environment. 
There will be online activities which include a Safeguarding Young Cricketers course.
The course will be taken by Mick Pickering, of Clifton Alliance CC, with support from Kevin Gresham, of the Yorksahire Cricket Board.
If you require any further information regarding the course or the pre-requisites please contact:
Kevin Gresham, 9 Pasture Grove, Eckington S21 4GT, Tel:  07960 592103
Email k.gresham@yorkshirecb.com for a registration form.
20 October 2016


Young Player of the Year winner Charlie Buckley with Mike Green, of award sponsor Gem Construction

CHARLIE CROWNED YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
OVINGTON’S Charlie Buckley has been crowned the HPH York Vale Cricket League Young Player of the Year.
The 16–year-old received the honour at the league’s annual awards evening at the Regen Centre, Riccall, on Saturday night.
The leg-spinner was a runner-up last season when he played in Ovington’s support teams but graduated to become a first team regular this season. He claimed 16 wickets for 207 runs at an average of just under 13. That included two five-wicket hauls, one against Wheldrake (5-35) and the other (5-22) against South Cave & Brantingham in the HPH Cup.
The joint runners-up were Jack Bagshaw (Stamford Bridge) and Jack Heartshorne (Clifton Alliance).
The award was sponsored for the first time by York-based firm Gem Construction.
At the other end of the age scale, veterans Nigel Collinson (Stockton & Hopgrove) and Will Knight (Askham Bryan) were inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame.
Collinson made his debut for Stockton & Hopgrove in 1963 at the age of ten. The all-rounder captained the team to the division one title in 1990 and in a career that spanned 52 years took more than 2,500 wickets.
Knight, one of the league’s most prolific batsmen, made his senior debut for Askham Bryan in 1970 as a 15-year-old. He topped the league batting averages in 1982. One of his proudest moments was hitting 50 in a century partnership with son David against Copmanthorpe in 2009. It proved to be his penultimate game before injuries forced his retirement.
Askham Bryan won the Scothern Construction Club of the Year award which was presented to club chairman Mark Grewer by Yorkshire CCC archivist Ron Deaton.
It capped a brilliant comeback by a club whose future looked bleak a few seasons ago. They were relegated from division one in 2013 and worse was to follow. Their second team folded the following season and were given just a few weeks notice to quit their ground of 49 years at Askham Bryan College.
The club’s membership of the league, which they joined in 1954, was hanging by the thread. Its committee and players rallied – a new ground was found, a successful recruitment campaign launched, a two-year sponsorship deal with estate agents Carter Jonas was signed and the feelgood factor was completed by winning the division two title this summer.
The main divisional, cup and individual awards were presented by Charles Walker, a partner with the league’s main sponsor, HPH.
The Tea of the Year, featuring a new teapot trophy, was awarded to Melbourne, whose Ruth Steels won it for the third year running.
She is also secretary of the Foss Evening League whose awards were also handed out on the night by league chairman Mike Wellock.
For the first time it included player of the year awards for its three divisions. The winners were Edward Oliver of division one champions Bubwith, Salman Syed of division two side Retreat and the evergreen Geoff Deighton of Retreat II. Deighton, interviewed by MC Graham Orange, confirmed he would be playing again next season – at the age of 81.
Yapham won division two and Tang Hall Tigers division three.
10 October 2016


MOHITE TO DOUBLE UP AT AWARDS NIGHT
PARAG Mohite will be the big winner at the HPH York Vale Cricket League annual awards evening next month.
The Askham Bryan all-rounder has bagged two major trophies, topping the division two batting averages and claiming the Les Kirby Trophy for scoring the most aggregate runs.
He was a key figure in helping his club secure the second division title and a return to the top flight after an absence of two seasons.
He averaged 61.92 with the bat in league games and amassed 805 runs in all matches. That haul included two centuries 144 against Ovington II and 101 not out against Stillingfleet. He also notched six other half-centuries. For good measure he also claimed 23 wickets at an average of 15.56 as Askham amassed 411 points on their way to promotion,
The player nearest to Mohite’s runs total was Westow’s Mark Earle, last year’s Les Kirby batting trophy winner, who compiled 753 runs.
Earle, however, did top the division one batting averages with 61.18, edging out Matt Beevers of Melbourne.
The division one bowling award went to Ian Holmes, whose wickets came at an average of 10.05, helping Bishopthorpe to the title for the first time since 2005. It is the fifth time Holmes has won the award, having secured it in 2014, 2013, 2010 and 2009.
He took 35 league and cup wickets but it was not enough to claim the Les Kirby Trophy for bowling. That went to Martin Veysey (Stamford Bridge) who had a haul of 44 wickets.
Veysey’s efforts went a long way to helping Bridge to the division four title and his average per wicket was a mere 4.82, easily the best in the league.
One beneficiary of his bowling was Bridge wicketkeeper Graham Freer whose 19 victims secured him the Harry Smith Wicketkeeping Trophy.
The three finalists of the Young Player of the Year award, sponsored for the first time by Gem Construction (York) Ltd, are Jack Bagshaw (Stamford Bridge), Charlie Buckley (Ovington) and Jack Heartshorne (Clifton Alliance).
At the other end of the age scale, veterans Nigel Collinson (Stockton & Hopgrove) and Will Knight (Askham Bryan) will be inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame.
The Club of the Year, Tea of the Year and Young Player of the Year winners will be unveiled on the night.

2016 ROLL OF HONOUR
Divisional Champions
Division 1:
Bishopthorpe
Division 2: Askham Bryan
Division 3: Thorpe Willoughby
Division 4: Stamford Bridge

Cup winners
HPH Cup: Ovington
Scothern Construction Cup:
Thixendale
Prendergast Memorial Trophy: Acomb
Mitchell Cup: Westow 

Leading batting averages
Division 1:
Mark Earle (Westow) 61.18
Division 2: Parag Mohite (Askham Bryan) 62.25
Division 3: Mark Fairey  (Yapham) 47.00
Division 4: Tom Lawson (Stamford Bridge) 45.00

Leading bowling averages
Division 1:
Ian Holmes (Bishopthorpe) 10.05
Division 2: Ollie Varey (Malton & Old Malton) 11.47
Division 3: Danny Crockford (Thorpe Willoughby) 14.44
Division 4: Martin Veysey (Stamford Bridge) 4.82

Les Kirby Trophy
(For most runs scored and most wickets taken)
Parag Mohite (Askham Bryan) 805 runs
Martin Veysey (Stamford Bridge) 44 wickets

Harry Smith Wicketkeeping Award
Graham Freer (Stamford Bridge) 19 victims

Young Player of the Year finalists

Jack Bagshaw (Stamford Bridge), Charlie Buckley (Ovington) and Jack Heartshorne (Clifton Alliance)

Hall of Fame inductees
Nigel Collinson (Stockton & Hopgrove) and Will Knight (Askham Bryan)
22 September 2016


THORPE'S CHARITY SUCCESS
FOUR first team players from division three champions Thorpe Willoughby have been piling on the miles for charity.
They completed the Challenge Cancer 100K cycle event on Sunday, September 18, raising more than £1,500 between them towards various cancer charities.
All-rounders Martin Cooke and Lewis Smith, plus batsmen Ross Powell and vice-captain Andy McEvoy set out from Heaton Park, Manchester, over the Pennines up to Ilkley and down into Leeds to complete the ride.
The team were supported by Martin’s father John, himself a senior club player, to deliver the bikes and fellow first team player Steve Jackson to transport the riders for the 8am early start following a 4.30am wake-up call
The team thank all of their sponsors, club colleagues and various contributions from their respective work places, friends and family. If anyone wishes to make a contribution, however small, just search for any of the riders names via the Just Giving link - even £5 makes a huge difference to challenge and defeat cancer - https://www.justgiving.com
22 September 2016

SIX-STRONG SHORTLIST FOR YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
SIX cricket stars of the future have been shortlisted for the HPH York Vale League’s Young Player of the Year award.
The winner will be unveiled at the league’s annual dinner and presentation evening at the Regen Centre, Riccall on Saturday, October 8.
The six are Jack Bagshaw (Stamford Bridge), Ted Baty (Pocklington), Rowan Bentley
(Thorp Arch & Boston Spa), Charlie Buckley (Ovington), Jamie Creaser (Yapham) and Jack Heartshorne (Clifton Alliance).
The award has a new sponsor this year, Gem Construction (York) Ltd, whose chairman Mike Green said: “We are pleased to support the Vale League’s initiative with this award. We are delighted to be involved in the future of sport and enhancing young people in the community.”
The award has been running since 2002 and recognises the top junior performers. The shortlist will be whittled down to three who will attend the awards evening when the winner and two runners-up will be announced.
The teenagers in contention are:
Jack Bagshaw – A medium pace bowler who took 24 wickets at an average of just 8.3 runs in his first full season with division four champions Stamford Bridge.
Ted Baty – Averaged 35.20 with the bat for Pocklington in division four. His brother, George, was also shortlisted last year.
Rowan Bentley – An outstanding fielder who averaged 12.84 as a bowler for Thorpe Arch & Boston Spa in division three.
Charlie Buckley – The Ovington bowler will be hoping to go one better last year when he was a runner-up. His leg-spin produced two five-wicket hauls in division one and the HPH Cup.
Jamie Creaser - Right-arm spin bowler who took 22 wickets at an average of 12.0 for Yapham in division three in his first full season for the club. He was man of the match in two Scothern Construction Cup games, taking 6-22 in one of them.
Jack Heartshorne - A fixture in Clifton Alliance’s division two side, he regularly opened the bowling and took 13 league wickets at an average of 19 with an excellent economy rate of 3.48 runs per over. He also showed his potential with a couple of wickets against first division Burn in the HPH Cup.
Other award winners to be unveiled on the night will be the Club of the Year, sponsored by Scothern Construction, and the Tea of the Year, which recognises the season’s best cricket tea.
The awards will also incorporate the Foss Evening League presentations, which, for the first time will include a player of the year for its three divisions.
19 September 2016


Division One champions Bishopthorpe. Back row, from left to right, Jamie Blackburn, Colin 
Markham, Andy Kenny, Ian Holmes, Scott Clapham, Mike Dale, Alex Bindloss. Front row, from 
left to right, Scott Reeves, Graham Davies, Ben Smith (capt) Joe Stowe, Andrew Seager


Division Two champions Askham Bryan. Back row, from left to right, Tom Heap,
Robert Dale, Jamie Holliday, Dan Wheeler, Ujwal Bhagwat, Prasath Manariman.
Front row,left to right, David Sladen, Ian Hall, Christopher Copeland, Alistair Hogben,
Parag Mohite. Absent when the picture was taken was skipper James McCullough


Stamford Bridge, who won division four. Back row, from left to right, Scott Easton,
Dave Quick, Tom Lawson, Martin Veysey, Graham Freer, Neil Porteus, Darren Southern (umpire).
Front row, from left to right, Robert Hewitt, Jack Bagshaw, Thomas Fitzgerald, Rob Gilyeat (captain),
Liam Easton, Ben Beard. Absent from the picture are regular players James Richardson and Natty Burge


Division three champions Thorpe Willoughby. Back row, from
left to right, Andy Green, Andy Jackson, Ross Powell, Andy Kirk (capt),
Lewis Smith. Front row, from left to right, Andy McEvoy, Steve Jackson,
Jordan Leybourn, Alex Kirk. Absent from the picture are regular players
Tony Hinch, Martin Cooke, Alan Pearse, Danny Crockford and David Watson

IT'S TIME TO SALUTE YOUR BEST PLAYERS
TO enable the league to honour the best batsmen and bowlers in each division at the awards evening, clubs are asked to please submit details of their average winners.
They should be sent to media@yorkvale.co.uk by Saturday, September 10.
In calculating players' averages, clubs should only include league games and apply the following criteria to qualification: 

Divisions 1 and 2
Batting:
minimum 10 innings
Bowling: minimum 100 overs
Divisions 3 and 4
Batting: minimum 7 innings
Bowling: minimum 75 overs
The qualification criteria has been reduced to reflect games cancelled or conceded.          
Three more awards need submissions from clubs. There are two Les Kirby trophies up for grabs – one for the leading run scorer and one for the most wickets taken. The Harry Smith trophy recognises the wicketkeeper who has achieved the highest number of dismissals. Include all league and cup games when providing stats for these three awards.  
The Young Player of the Year, the league's most prestigious accolade goes to our standout young players each season. Please nominate juniors (Under 16 on 1 September 2015) who have impressed this season by providing brief details of their performances with bat or ball to media@yorkvale.co.uk by Saturday, September 10. From the list of nominations three will be shortlisted and given a complimentary place at the awards dinner. 
The annual awards evening is being held for the first time in the Regen Sports Centre in Riccall on Saturday, October 8 (7.15pm for 7.45pm). The three-course curry meal will follow the awards session, which will also include presentations to the champions of our partners - the Foss Evening League. The evening will be rounded off with a disco.
The room will be laid out with round tables seating up to 12 and the centre has a well-stocked bar with drinks at pub prices. Each club has already paid for two places (it will be a ticketless event again) and extra places can booked at £18 each. These must be ordered through league chairman Shane Hargrave on a first come, first served, basis by Saturday, October 1 and payment will be required by cheque (or BACS) payable to the league in advance of the event.
30 August 2016 

CONCEDED GAMES FINES NEED TO BE PAID
CLUBS are reminded that the penalty for failing to fulfil fixtures is £30 for each offence payable to opponents (the league doesn't act as banker).
This is a mandatory payment unless expressly waived by the opposing club.
A full list of conceded games will be published as soon as the season finishes. More than 20 matches have been conceded so far this season and clubs who have been unable to fulfil two or more league fixtures will be required to attend a league committee meeting in the near future to provide an explanation for their concessions and to discuss how such problems could be avoided in the future.
30 August 2016

THORPE'S FUN DAY
THORPE Willoughby CC plan to round off their most successful season on the field for many years with a club Open Day on Saturday.
The aim is to raise funds for charity and the cricket club as well as increase awareness of the cricket club. 
The day will start with a junior match at 1pm, followed by a charity game at 2pm. The charity game will see a cricket club side take on Thorpe Willoughby Sports Association Select XI for the Roy Ainger Shield with all match fees and fines going to charity.
Spectators can be sure that there will be plenty of on the spot fines for minor infractions on the field of play. 
Alongside this there will be various attractions including a bouncy castle, tombola, cake and bun stall, wine and water game and a welly Wanging contest. The bar will be open from noon and there will be burgers and sausages available from the barbecue during the afternoon.
30 August 2016

DISCIPLINARY PANEL HEARING FINDINGS 
OVINGTON batsman Tom Cookson has been given a suspended two-match ban until the end of the 2017.
It follows a league disciplinary panel hearing on August 16 into his behaviour in the division one game against Bishopthorpe on Saturday, July 23.
This included audibly suggesting on two occasions that the ball should be bowled into the batsman's helmet grill and orchestrating a prolonged and excessive appeal/celebration following a not-out decicison by the umpire. 
The disciplinary panel was satisfied that following assurances provided at the hearing, the Ovington committee would take all necessary steps to ensure on-field conduct is maintained at levels acceptable to the League. It was considered that the actions exhibited by Tom Cookson breached the ECB Code of Conduct and Spirit of the Game directives. 
A two-week ban was imposed with a proviso that it would be suspended until the end of the 2017 season, subject to no further code violations being proven in that period.  
A hearing held on August 13 issued a formal reprimand to Burn official Richard Walker for entering the field of play and disputing an umpire’s lbw decision. This related to a division four game between Burn II and Thorpe Willoughby II on Saturday, July 30.
The panel also requested that he write a letter to Thorpe Willoughby apologising for the incident and expressing his regret.  
The panel was happy that no abusive language was used, and that Mr Walker realised that the situation could have been misconstrued and escalated. His previous good conduct over a period of years was taken into account as was the fact that he regretted his actions and accepted that he had breached the Spirit of Cricket Article 5. 
24 August 2016


Skipper Simon Walgate (with trophy) celebrates Thixendale's Scothern
                             Construction Cup with his team-mates

MEGGINSON STARS AS THIX TRIUMPH 
JONTY Megginson's excellent half-century took Thixendale to victory in the final of the Scothern Construction Cup.
The 17-year-old stroked an unbeaten 58 as Dale defeated Yapham by three wickets with 2.3 overs to spare at The Gannock, Malton.
Yapham batted first and were dogged in their innings, as they progressed carefully, seeing off the opening bowlers with the loss of only one wicket at drinks. The run rate picked up afterwards, with Mark Fairey (60) well supported by Stephen Hutchinson (28), Alex Brown (20) and some big-hitting from Joe Franklin (19) as they closed on 189-7 from their 40 overs.
In reponse, Thixendale had a disastrous start losing Geoff Room, Will Megginson and Joe Robinson cheaply leaving them struggling on 11-3. However, Simon Walgate (74) pulled the innings round before man of the match Jonty Megginson, who had bowled well earlier, stepped up the plate with help from Wallis (18no) in an unbroken partnership of 51. Stephen Hutchinson took three wickets.
Scothern Construction Cup
(Final at Malton & Old Malton)

Yapham: M Fairey b J Megginson 60, A Brown c b Wallis 20, A Smith c b Robinson 14, W Cardy c b Robinson 8, S Noble c b T Brader 10, T Kirby b J Megginson 2, S Hutchnson not out 28, J Franklin b Walgate 19, E Hutchinson nout out 8. Extras: 20. Total: 189-7 (40 overs).
Fall: 53-1, 89-2, 97-3, 127-4, 128-5, 134-6, 170-7
Bowling: J Megginson 10-3-32-2, W Megginson 8-0-22-0, K Wallis 7-1-36-1, S Walgate 7-0-33-1, J Robinson 2-0-16-2, T Brader 4-0-29-1, R Walker 2-0-19-0
Thixendale: G Room c b Edwards 0, W Megginson b S Hutchinson 0, S Walgate c b Creaser 74, J Robinson c b S Hutchinson 0, J Lawrence b S Hutchinson 9, J Megginson not out 58, N French b E Hutchinson 6, A Brader b Creaser 0, K Wallis not out 18. Extras: 25. Total: 190-7 (Overs: 37.3)
Fall: 10-1, 11-2, 11-3, 49-4, 115-5, 136-6, 139-7
Bowling: D Edwards 7-2-21-1, S Hutchinson 7-1-39-3, J Franklin 5-0-27-0, W Cardy 7-1-24-0, J Creaser 7-2-30-2, E Hutchinson 2-0-12-1, T Kirby 2.3-0-24-0

BISHOPTHORPE ARE CHAMPS
BISHOPTHORPE have been crowned division one champions for the first time since 2005.
Saturday's opponents Ben Johnson gifted them maximum points as they could not raise a team to fulfil their home fixture.
It was the first time this season a side in the top flight had conceded a game.
However, there were mass call offs in the lower divisions as several Senior League sides called upon Vale League players to fill gaps in sides further up the pyramid.
Thorpe Willoughby have won division three and Stamford Bridge have taken the division four crown.
The Scothern Construction Cup final at Malton & Old Malton on Sunday was won by Thixendale. They beat Yapham by three wickets.

CLUBS CAN ACCESS GRANTS
GRANTS are up for grabs from the Playing Fields Legacy Fund (PFLF).
Clubs can download an application form from the PFLF's website www.playingfieldslegacyfund.org.uk
The organisation provides grants to voluntary organisations which run ot manage playing fields.
Applicants will be expected to secure a major percdentage of the total eligible projet costs from other sources. The PFLF strongly advises applicants to involve local businesses and other funding partners.
PFLF will consider providing funding for projects including pitch improvements,
the construction of new pitches on existing sites and new sites and renovation of changing rooms or community rooms
Any Vale League clubs requiring pre-application advice can phone the PFLF on 020 7713 8684.
21 August 2016

FIRST T20 CUP WINNERS
THE league's inaugural T20 finals at Pocklington on Sunday proved a big hit.
The Prendergast Memorial Trophy was won by Acomb, victors over Dunnington. Westow beat Ben Johnson to lift the Guy Mitchell Cup.
Reports, scorecards and pictures from both games can be found in the Weekly Reports section.
17 August 2016


Barry Steel receives the HPH Cup from Robert Woolley, a partner with sponsors HPH

OVINGTON RETAIN HPH CUP
OVINGTON retained the HPH Cup after beating Hirst Courtney in the final at Clifton Alliance on Sunday.
They won by a massive margin of 154 runs but it was not all plain sailing early in the game as second division Hirst had the Knavesmire side rocking.
They were 0-2 after the first over as Jake Wild threatened the Ovington batting pretty much with every ball. Neil Metcalfe (17) lasted longer than his fellow top-order batsman, but his dismissal left Ovington 33-4. With captain Barry Steel getting out soon after, and a score of 48-5 on the board, retaining the trophy looked a tough ask.
It was Joe Whale, batting at five, who steadied the ship with 32 from 69 deliveries. He was accompanied by Matt Besford, who played a near perfect innings, ending up at a run-a-ball 96 not out, the pair putting on 92.
Stefan Littlewood, after a slow start, hit a spectacular 54 from 34 balls, including two enormous straight sixes, with one being caught one-handed through a crowd of spectators by team-mate Craig Nicoll. The barrage of late hitting by Ovington saw a rough situation turn into the imposing total of 236-6, Wild finishing with 4-40 from his ten overs. Jamie Hinchcliffe took the other two wickets to fall.
With a huge total on the board, Hirst needed a good start and with their top order in good form of late, they might have fancied their chances of getting close. It wasn’t to be, as Ben Copeland was dismissed by Barry Steel with the score at 18 and the dangerous Phil Alford, who had hit a century against Ovington II the previous week, only managed three. A full scale batting collapse then ensued with Dom Kitching having an incredible spell of four overs, four wickets for five runs. He and Steel (4-22) did the damage as Hirst subsided to 36-9 at but the pairing of Luke Mitchell (18no) and Niall Langhan (20) put on more than 40 in a determined last stand to bring Hirst to 82, before Steel (4-22) finally bowled Langham.
The trophy was presented to winning captain Steel by Robert Woolley, a partner with sponsors HPH.
HPH Cup
Final (at Clifton Alliance)
Ovington: P Kelly b Wild 0, N Metcalfe c, b J Hinchcliffe 17, B Morrison lbw b Wild 0, C Nicoll c, b Wild 10, J Whale b Wild 32, B Steel c, b J Hinchcliffe 9, M Besford 96no, S Littlewood 54no. Extras 18. Total 236-6.
Overs: 40
Fall: 0-1, 0-2, 29-3, 33-4, 48-5, 140-6
Bowling: J Wild 10-4-40-4, J Hinchcliffe 10-0-66-2, L Mitchell 8-0-44-0, M Thandi 7-0-33-0, A Hinchcliffe 2-0-9-2, G Knight 3-0-34-0 
Hirst Courtney: P Alford lbw b Steel 3, B Copeland lbw b Steel 13, J Wild c, b Steel 2, G Knight c, b Kitchen 2, M Thandi run out 0, K Pillai c, b Kitchen 0, J Hinchcliffe b Kitchen 0, M Pearse b Kitchen 11, A Hinchcliffe lbw b Everard 0, N Langhan b Steel 20, L Mitchell not out 18. Extras 13. Total: 82 all out
Overs: 24
Fall: 16-1, 19-2, 22-3, 23-4, 23-5, 23-6, 35-7, 35-8, 36-9, 82-10
Bowling: C Nicoll 3-0-10-0, B Steel 6-1-22-4, D Kitchen 4-1-5-4, D Everard 2-0-3-1, N Metcalfe 3-1-10-0, M Besford 4-1-15-0, P Kelly 2-0-10-0
Ovington won by 154 runs

9 August 2016

BLAIN BAN
SAM Blain (Dunnington CC) has been handed a two-match suspension by his club for showing verbal dissent to the umpire's decision when adjudged lbw during the Prendergast Memorial Trophy semi-final on Sunday, July 17.
The ban came into effect last Saturday and the suspension continues into this coming Saturday.
The league disciplinary committee has endorsed this ban.
9 August 2016

ART EXHIBITION TO AID PAVILION WORK
PROCEEDS of the annual art exhibition at Westow Village Hall this month will go towards the village's new cricket pavilion.
It will be held on Friday, August 19, from noon until 4pm and 7pm until 9pm and on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21 between 10am until 4pm both days. Entry into the event is free. A lot of the exhibits will be for sale. Tea, coffee and home baking will be available throughout the exhibition.
Any money raised will be used for the finishing touches to the cricket pavilion, together with the planting of bulbs, flowers and shrubs at the cricket ground. Entries, which are £1 per item, close on Monday August 15. For more details, phone Westow CC secretary Julie Price on 01653 618214.
8 August 2016

RULES RELAXED
SO far much of the season has been blighted by poor weather and cancelled games through player shortage.
With this backdrop in mind, the league committee has decided to suspend Rule 3.5 for 2016. This means teams who have conceded two games of more will be cut some slack and won't be required to apply for re-election prior to the AGM on Monday, November 7.
Although the player transfer window is now closed for the season, the player loan scheme can continue until the final weekend.
It is disappointing to report that every weekend two or three clubs fail to submit on-line scorecards and have been fined accordingly. Please note that scorecards still need to be submitted if games are cancelled or called off due to rain.
If someone is completing the on-line scorecard for the first time, he or she needs to be aware that the form has only been submitted when a verification code appears on screen.  Another area of concern is the number of scorecard submission that contain little or no details of the match; one in particular did not contain one word about a knock that may have been worthy of a Press Performance of the Week award.
The awards evening will be held at the Regen Centre, Riccall on Saturday, October 8 and will be a joint event with the Foss Evening League, who will also be presenting their awards. Catering will be provided by the nearby Spice Mill Indian restaurant.
31 July 2016

YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF CRICKET
VALE League players can have their say on the future of the game.
The ECB has launched a new National Cricket Playing Survey with a view to testing players' perceptions at all levels of the recreational game.
The survey will run throughout July and is due to close on Monday, August 1.
The survey is shorter than those produced in previous years and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.
Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave said: "This year part of the questionnaire contains a handful of questions specific to the Vale League, the responses to which will help in planning a way forward for the league
"It would be helpful if every club, including those affliated through the York & District Senior Cricket League who have Vale sides, to distribute the link below to as many players as possible to let them have their say
The link is www.ecb.co.uk/survey
Thanks for your assistance with this and it would be so good to see a big response from our players."
9 July 2016

SIX-HIT CASH ON OFFER
AS part of the Selby CC Real Ale Festival on Friday, July 1 there will be a six-hitting contest in the evening running from 5.30pm until the start of the floodlit T20 match at 8.30pm.
Cash prizes for the longest hits as follows - 1st place £100, 2nd place £75 and 3rd place £25.
Just turn up, pay for a few balls and see how far you can send them over the ropes for the chance to take home the money - or buy your teammates a beer in the festival afterwards.
6 July 2016

OVINGTON PITCH BAN LIFTED
THE ban on Ovington using their pitch for HPH York Vale Cricket League games has been lifted with immediate effect.
The first team will play Stockton & Hopgrove there this Saturday in a first division fixture after getting the all-clear.
The league's Grounds Officer, Steve Relf, recommended the ban be lifted following a  inspection this week.
League chairman Shane Hargrave said: "The League Committee is happy to support Steve's recommendation for the ban to be lifted with immediate effect, subject to a caveat that the decision will be reviewed if serious safety concerns are expressed by opposing teams and/or when City of York Council undertake the levelling and reseeding work.
The ban was imposed in April because of three main areas for concern - the large areas of bare grass, the brown deposits left by the floodwater and the areas covered with sand.
The sand has been removed and the deposits either removed or disappeared with the action of weather in the intervening period.
29 June 2016

AUSSIES SEEK SUNDAY GAME
AN Australian touring team from Melbourne is looking for a game in the York area this Sunday, July 3.
Haileybury College are on a 17-day cricket tour of the UK and are looking to play a "Senior Men's Fixture (15-17 age), either a T20 game or a 30 overs match.
Jessica Woodhall of Nottingham-based Halsbury Sport, sports tour operators, said: "If clubs could get in touch with me if they have availability that would be perfect."
She can be contacted by phone on 0115 9407197, fax 0115 9404304 or email jessica@halsbury.com
29 June 2016

SELBY ALE FESTIVAL CRICKET
CRICKET will play a key role in the Selby Real Ale Festival at Sandhill Lane next month.
The festival is being hosted hosted at Selby RUFC on July 15, 16 and 17.
As well as the 18-barrel ale festival there will be a floodlit T20 match on the Friday evening between Selby CC and Selby RUFC. The night also features children's cricket coaching and a six-hitting contest.
A live band will be performing on the Saturday night.
Food is available all weekend. There is free entry and car parking. Other attractions are children's fairground rides, stalls, bouncy castles and face painting.
29 June 2016

WEBSITE CRASH
THIS website was offline for several hours on Monday.
This was due to a BT server error.
It means there could be a delay in updating regular features to the website, like detailed match results, reports and updated tables.
28 June 2016

CUP SEMI-FINALS DRAW
THE draw for the league's cup semi-finals was made last night.
The are: 

HPH Cup
Semi-finals (Sunday, 10 July) 
Burn v Ovington
Bishopthorpe v Hirst Courtney

Scothern Construction Cup
Semi-finals (Sunday, 10 July)
Thorpe Willoughby v Thixendale
Yapham v Stamford Bridge

Guy Mitchell T20 Cup
Semi-finals (Sunday, 17 July)
Westow v Askham Bryan
South Cave & Brantingham v Ben Johnson

Prendergast Memorial T20 Trophy
Semi-finals (Sunday, 17 July)
Acomb v Ovington III
Dunnington v Burn II
June 26 2016

FRIENDLY SOUGHT BY TOURING TEAM
A TEAM formed of staff, friends and associates of the Bodleian Library in Oxford are looking fir a friendly fixture on Saturday, July 2.
They will be based in Scarborough but are willing to travel a fair way for a game.They have fixtures lined up for Friday, July 1 and Sunday, July 3but are on the lookout for a gameon the Saturday.
Bodleian CC represntative Andrew Milner said: "We tour every year - this is our first trip to Yorkshire - and are a sociable bunch who enjoy a good game played in the best traditions of cricket and have a pint with the opposition after the match.
"Is there a team in your area who might be able to play us? Also if a league fixture were to be called off by one of the Vale teams perhaps a friendly game could be set up with us?"
Andrew can be contacted by email andrew.milner@bodleian.ox.ac.uk 
10 June 2016

WESTOW PAVILION WORK
DURING the coming weeks Westow will be working on its cricket pavilion and there will be occasions when there may no be any access to it.
This will mean there will be temporarily no changing facilities at the ground, although visiting teams will be able to use the village hall, which is where the teas will be served.
Club secretary Julie Price said: " We will speak the relevant visiting teams when we know how much access we will have for specific games.
"We also now have a new entrance to the ground. Although the car park is not finished, cars do have access to the ground and can park on the grass.
"Hopefully the building work will only last for 10 to 12 weeks and the pavilion will be finished. Vale League clubs won't get the benefit from it this season but will do in 2017."
7 June 2016

CUP DRAWS
THE draws for the next round of the various cup competitions were held last week.
Several HPH Cup and Scothern Construction Cup ties which were due to be played on Sunday, May 21 did not go ahead because of bad weather.
Many of the outstanding ties were played on Sunday.
Teams who conceded first round matches in those competitions are not eligible to play in the Guy Mitchell and Prendergast Memorial plate competitions which will be played as T20 competitions for the first time. Bowlers in those games will be restricted to a maximum of five overs.

HPH Cup
Second round (to be played on Saturday, June 18)
Clifton Alliance v Burn
Ovington v Melbourne
Bishopthorpe v Kelfield
Hirst Courtney v Stockton & Hopgrove

Scothern Construction Cup
Second round (to be played on Saturday, June 18)
Thorpe Willoughby II v Stamford Bridge
Bishopthorpe II v Thixendale
Stillingfleet v Yapham
Malton & Old Malton v Thorpe Willoughby

Guy Mitchell Cup
First round (to be played on Saturday, June 18)
This is a T20 competition with bowlers limited to a maximum of five overs
Askham Bryan v  Ovington II
Fulfordgate v South Cave & Brantingham
Ben Johnson v Hemingbrough
Bye: Westow

Prendergast Memorial Trophy
First round (to be played on Saturday, June 18)
T20 competition with bowlers limited to a maximum of five overs
Ovington III v Pocklington
Tadcaster Magnet v Acomb
Dunnington v Yapham II
Bye: Burn II
13 June 2016

TABS' MATCHDAY CONTACT
THORP Arch & Boston Spa have a new matchday contact.
It is Matthew Bentley, who can be contacted on 07768 557713 or by emailing gmatthewbentley@ntlworld.com
27 May 2016

POCK RESIGN
POCKLINGTON have resigned from the Foss Evening Cricket League with immediate effect. The club's membership of the Vale League is not affected by the decision.
For full story click the Foss Evening League button on the menu on this page.

16 May 2016

KNAVESMIRE PITCH BAN
OVINGTON have been banned from using their Knavesmire pitch for HPH York Vale League and Cup games until further notice.
The ground has been severely hit by flooding during one of the wettest winters on record.
The move follows an official inspection by league chairman Shane Hargrave and grounds officer Steve Relf.
Although the square is in good condition, the sodden heavily-sanded outfield is considered dangerous and unfit for cricket.
"The league has not taken this decision lightly. It's not the club's fault, but unfortunately it is not right to play cricket on the ground at the moment, Hopefully the club will be able to get it back in order soon,"  said a league spokesman.
Given good weather, it is hoped the club will be able to quickly repair and reseed the outfield. The ground could be back in use in four to six weeks time provided it passes another inspection.
Ovington run three teams in the Vale League with the firsts and seconds using Knavesmire while the thirds play at nearby Millthorpe School.
Ovington II's second division home game last Saturday against Askham Bryan was switched to the York University sportsfield in Heslington Lane and this Saturday's big first division game against rivals and leaders Bishopthorpe will also hopefully be played at the university.
Several other clubs have also been struggling to get in home games because of waterlogging.
Stillingfleet called off their opening division two fixture because of the state of their Moreby ground and have arranged this Saturday's home game against Fulfordgate to be played at 'Gate's School Lane ground.
Wheldrake and Stockton & Hopgrove are two other clubs whose grounds were not playable on the opening day of the season. Stockton reversed their division one fixture with Westow to get the game on.
Clubs are reminded that they are required to complete a scorecard for all league and cup fixtures, including abandoned/cancelled games. These must be completed and submitted online no later than 6pm on the Monday after the match.
Under Rule 21.1 any club who does not submit a fully completed result form by the appropriate deadline shall be fined for each offence
3 May 2016

THORPE CHANGES
THORPE Willoughby have new contacts for their second team.
The new captain is Steve Squires, phone 07864 795417 and the new vice-captain is Craig Welford on 07713 922986.
2 May 2016

BURTON SALMON'S TERMINAL PLAYER CRISIS
BURTON Salmon CC have withdrawn from the league because of a lack of players.
Club secretary Colin Walsh told the league: "It is with regret that I have to inform you that a special meeting of Burton Salmon CC held last night (Thursday) decided that we would be unable to fulfill  our fixtures this season due to player shortages and therefore we will have to withdraw from the York Vale Cricket League."
The division three side were due to entertain Thorpe Willoughby in the preliminary round of the Scothern Construction Cup on Saturday.
Before the meeting Walsh said: "In order for us to continue to fulfill our fixtures we need to recruit a minimum of three regulars who can play most weeks. I must admit there is a lot of gloom surrounding the club's future at this time as previous attempts to recruit have been fruitless.
"The club is in a good position both financially and in terms of ground, equipment and facilities. Our only problem is personnel. It would be a shame if this meant the demise of our club."
The club, the most southerly in the Vale's catchment area, became members of the league in 1994.
In 2011 arsonists destroyed the club's changing rooms and equipment at its Burton Common Lane ground , but a huge fundraising effort some the club saw it rise from the ashes and complete the season.
However, in the last couple of years player numbers have dropped off to the point where it can no longer carry on.
The club's demise comes at the worst possible time for the league, on the eve of the start of the division three programme on May 7.
1 May 2016

DEATH OF DAVID FROST
ONE-TIME Stockton & Hopgrove CC secretary and treasurer David Frost died peacefully on Tuesday, April 12 at the age of 82.
He will remembered by many as a meticulous scorer for over four decades.
His funeral will be held at St Aldred's Church, Melrosegate, York, on Monday, May 9 at 11am.
25 April 2016

GET YOUR FORMS AND RESULTS IN ON TIME
THE 2016 season for division one and dvision two clubs starts on Saturday.
Divisions three and four begin their campaigns on Saturday, May 7 apart from those clubs involved in the preliminary round of the Scothern Construction Cup which is being staged on the weekend of April 31/May 1.
Clubs are reminded to send their registration player sheets to registrations officer Ian Holmes at registrations@yorkvale.co.uk before the start of the season (see Rule 23).
Forms can be downloaded on this website by pressing the 2016 Registrations Forms button on the site menu.
All home teams should send results of all league and cup matches played on Saturdays to the League Results Officer by 10pm on the day of the game. Matches played on Sundays or Bank Holidays must be sent immediately after the match.
Text results should be sent to 07722 476353 in the format laid out in the handbook and this website.
Teams are also required to complete result forms for all league and cup fixtures, including abandoned/cancelled games. These can also be accessed via this website. They must be submitted no later than 6pm on the Monday after the match.
21 April 2016


2016 PLAYER REGISTRATION
CLUBS are reminded that they are obliged under league rules (Rule 23) to submit their list of registered players before the start of the season which, for division one and two clubs, starts on Saturday, April 23.
Clubs in divisions three and four begin their season on Saturday, May 7.
The appropriate form can be downloaded from the 2016 Registration Forms button on the website menu.
15 April 2016



DEATH OF MIKE BEAL
YAPHAM CC  stalwart Mike Beal (pictured with trophy), passed away last month at the age of 84.
Club secretary, Les Smith said: "Mike, who was born and grew up at Sutton Farm in Sutton-on-Derwent, became a regular with Yapham in 1948 and a he will be fondly remembered by many cricketers in our area."
5 April 2016

DEATH OF JUNE COVERDALE
The League regrets to announce the sad loss of June Coverdale, who had a long association with Westow.
June had been the scorer for the club since she was at school and got great enjoyment from scoring, as well as watching her husband Pete, son David, brother Chris Earle and nephews Mark and Neil Earle play.
She was a big supporter of the Vale League and often went to cup finals with Pete, even if Westow were not playing.
Club secretary Julie Price said: "June will be sadly missed, as good friend and supporter of Westow and village cricket. She was the epitome of what is good about village cricket".
The funeral is on Tuesday, March 29 at Octon Crematorium at 3pm.
20 March 2016

2016 CUP DRAWS
OVINGTON will begin the defence of the HPH Cup with a trip to South Cave & Brantingham.
Bishopthorpe II will be bidding for a hat-trick of wins in the Scothern Construction Cup and start their treble quest with a home tie against Pocklington.
The draws were made at a Vale League clubs forum at Fulford WMC on Monday, February 22.
The HPH Cup final will be played at Clifton Alliance  on Sunday, August 7 and the Scothern Construction Cup final will be hosted by Malton & Old Malton on Sunday, August 21.
YCB development officers Richard Wilkinson and Joe Ashdown gave an excellent presentation at the forum with the two-hour discussion covered key aspects of club governance including, development planning, coaching,  player recruitment and support grants.
The draws are:

HPH Cup
First round, Saturday, 21 May

Ben Johnson v Bishopthorpe
Melbourne v Wheldrake
Burn v Ovington II
Westow v Kelfield
Clifton Alliance v Fulfordgate
South Cave & Brantingham v Ovington
Stockton & Hopgrove v Askham Bryan
Hemingbrough v Hirst

Scothern Construction Cup
Preliminary round, Saturday, 30 April/Sunday, 1 May

Malton & Old Malton II v Ovington III
TABS v Stamford Bridge
Burton Salmon v Thorpe Willoughby

First round, Saturday, 21 May
Burton Salmon or Thorpe Willoughby v Selby
Stillingfleet v Yapham
Thorpe Willoughby II v Malton & Old Malton II or Ovington III
Bishopthorpe II v Pocklington
Tadcaster Magnet v TABS or Stamford Bridge
Dunnington v Malton & Old Malton
Yapham v Acomb
Thixendale v Burn II

It has been decided to give a facelift to the Mitchell and Prendergast Memorial Cups by turning them into a T20 format.
The finals will be played on Pocklington's two pitches on the same afternoon, Sunday,  August 14.         
The junior sixes tournament is to be replaced with one focussed on senior cricket. It will take place on Selby's two pitches on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26.
23 February 2016

FIXTURES OUT
THE full programme of league fixtures can be viewed on the 2016 Fixtures page.
They are also available in Excel format if any club wishes to print them out.
The fixtures will also appear in the 2016 handbook.
18 February 2016

NEW T20 COMPETITION
IT has been decided to give a facelift to the Mitchell and Prendergast Memorial Cups by turning them into a T20 format.
The finals will be played on Pocklington's two pitches on the same afternoon, Sunday,  August 14.         
The HPH Cup final will be played at Clifton Alliance  on Sunday, August 7 and the Scothern Construction Cup final will be hosted by Malton & Old Malton on Sunday, August 21.
The junior sixes tournament is to be replaced with one focussed on senior cricket. It will take place on Selby's two pitches on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26. More details to follow.
The league is ringing the changes to our end of season awards event by moving out of York and breaking away from the formality of hotel meals. The plan is to hold this year's do at the Regen's Leisure Centre in Riccall, which will include a three-course meal comprising onion bahgis, poppadoms and pickles, choice of curry with rice/chips - all supplied by the nearby Spice Mill Indian restaurant. Homemade desserts will be included in the price of £18 per head. 
The main hall can comfortably hold 200 on round tables so the league will be inviting its Foss Evening League partners to present their end of season awards at this venue if they wish. 
Andy Copeland has stepped down from the role of secretary, although will continue to compile the fixtures. Until a successor is found, league chairman Shane Hargrave will take on the secretary's duties.
The postponed YCB Clubs forum development session has been re-scheduled for Monday, February 22 at Fulfordgate WMC at 7.30 pm. YCB development managers Richard Wilkinson and Joe Ashdown will cover many vital aspects such as player recruitment and retention and other issues affecting the delivery of cricket at Vale League level.
The draws for cup competitions will also be made on the night. 
Shane Hargrave said: "Please make sure your club is represented at this important forum geared to helping the sustainability of both league and clubs."
The pre-season meeting for handbook distribution and collection of fees will take place on Monday, April 11, at Fulfordgate WMC at 7.30pm.
15 February 2016

CUP DATES ANNOUNCED
THE dates and final venues for the 2016 cup competitions have bee arranged.
They are:
HPH Cup
First round - Saturday, 21 May
Second round - Saturday, 18 June
Semi-finals - Sunday, 10 July
Final - Sunday, 7 August at Clifton Alliance
 
Scothern Construction Cup
Preliminary round - Saturday 31 April/Sunday 1 May
First round - Saturday, 21 May
Second round - Saturday, 18 June
Semi-finals - Sunday, 10 July
Final - Sunday, 21 August at Malton & Old Malton
 
Mitchell/Prendergast Memorial Cup 
First round - Saturday, 18 June
Semi-finals - Sunday, 17 July
Finals - Sunday, 14 August at Pocklington
League fixtures will be announced within the next few days.
9 February 2016

2016 HANDBOOK
WORK is starting on the 2016 handbook shortly.
Club officials are asked to check their Club Directory entry on this website is correct.
Any changes should be sent to media officer Martin Jarred (media@yorkvale.co.uk) by Sunday, February 14.
If there are any changes include them in the email.
Even if there are no corrections to be made to those listed on the website simply send an email stating 'no change'.
If your club has a meeting scheduled at which there may be personnel changes, please email Martin and give the date of the meeting.
Putting together the handbook is an onerous task so your co-operation is appreciated.
If you have any questions just get in touch with Martin on media@yorkvale.co.uk
3 February 2016

NEW CLUB SECRETARY
HEMINGBROUGH have a new club secretary.
It is Stuart Bennett, 7 Orchard End, Hemingbrough, Selby, YO8 5RJ. Mobile no: 07857 203646, email: s.bennett49@btinternet.com
The previous secretary, Dave Milburn, is now Hemingbrough's vice-chairman and remains a member of the Vale League committee.
23 January 2016

NEW NUMBER
Committee member and Bishopthorpe CC secretary Ian Holmes has a new mobile number - 07781 876011.
18 January 2016

DEATH OF ROY BOWES
ROY Bowes, a stalwart of Ovington CC for more than 50 years, died  peacefully aged 89 years on Thursday, January 7.  
Roy was a great clubman and was chairman for several years until 2013. 
Although his first wife had burnt his kit to stop him playing several years earlier, Roy was still playing well into his 70s.
The Ovington team was never short as Roy always had his new kit in his car. If you were ever struggling for transport for junior teams, you only had to give Roy a ring and he'd be there.
A dour batsman in his day, he may well be best remembered in the Vale League for his unique umpiring style and was known by many as Roy "Trigger" Bowes.
The funeral service will take place at York Crematorium on Monday, January 18 at 12.20pm.
12 January 2016

TASKFORCE TO HELP FLOOD-HIT CLUBS
THE Yorkshire County Cricket Club, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) and the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, have launched the Yorkshire Cricket Floods Taskforce that will work with the region’s cricket clubs’ badly affected by the recent floods.
The Taskforce, which includes representatives from the ECB will be spearheaded by Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale, Chief Executive Mark Arthur and former Yorkshire player Neil Hartley. The working party will support the work of the ECB on a case-by-case basis to ensure clubs are fully supported when making an insurance claim, raising necessary funds and to help volunteers overcome the pressures of getting their facilities ready for the new season.
Furthermore, a floods appeal to raise further funds has been set-up and the public can donate to the Yorkshire Cricket Flood Appeal
“It has been a traumatic time for those communities affected by the recent floods that have shocked the region,” said Andrew Watson, Yorkshire Cricket Board’s Executive Director.
“In all, 19 clubs across the county have expressed support and all these clubs have been contacted. They will need a substantial amount of work and resource to get them in any position to host any cricket this summer. We will work hard to ensure we provide them with the necessary backing, both financially and through the taskforce, to make a difference.
“Andrew Gale and Mark Arthur have donated a £100 each to get the fundraising started and we have had substantial pledges of support from the professional players at the Club.
“We hope that we can encourage Yorkshire Cricket supporters across the country and beyond to dig deep and donate what they can to help these community clubs’ in their hour of need.”
To donate, please visit Just Giving Flood Appeal or send a cheque made payable to Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and send to the Yorkshire Cricket Floods Appeal, Yorkshire Cricket Board, Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds, LS6 3DP. (Please indicate that the donation is for the Yorkshire Cricket Floods Appeal).

GEOFF'S STARRING ROLE
VETERAN cricketer Geoff' Deighton's remarkable 65-year career has been made into a short documentary by TV production company Sunset+Vine.
"80 Not Out" by film-maker Chris Hay looks at Geoff's lifelong love of the game.
The 10-minute film can be viewed by clicking on the following link https://vimeo.com/149950591
Octogenerian Geoff, who plays for Bishopthorpe, also spent four seasons with Copmanthorpe but is best known for his days at Askham Bryan.
He played his first game for Askham in 1950 when he was 15.
The film includes footage of Askham's 1975 Prendergast Trophy final victory against Glassworks at Osbaldwick when Geoff was captain and a recent reunion of that cup-winning side at the village's Nag's Head pub. Geoff is on record saying it was his proudest moment was being presented with the trophy by Jack X Prendergast. 
There are also clips of Geoff batting last season against Wheldrake while on loan at Askham Bryan from Bishopthorpe and includes contributions from his wife Dorothy and former Askham team-mates Will Knight and Shane Hargrave, the current HPH York Vale Cricket League chairman.
Geoff won the George Reah Award for Special Services to Cricket as part of the Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards (OSCA) run by the Yorkshire Cricket Board in August.
5 January 2016


MOWER STOLEN

WESTOW CC have had a ride-on mower stolen from a double padlocked container at their ground over the Christmas period.
The mower is a dark green  American Yard Products (AYP) 12/36 machine with white wheels. It has a 12hp engibe with 36-inch cutters. If anyone is offered such a mower please phone Westow club secretary Julie Price on 01653 618214.
3 January 2016

BRIGHT FUTURE FOR POCK 
POCKLINGTON has landed a £150,000 grant from the East Riding County Council.
That in turn will secure a further £75,000 of Sport England Inspired Facilities monies to replace their ageing clubhouse and other facilities at Burnby Lane.
This adventurous new project comes at a time when the town is growing quickly and Pocklington CC will create a facility able to benefit the wider community as well as encourage more people to play cricket.
The town's rugby union club also got £150,000 from the council and the football £120,000, with other monies going to the bowls and tennis clubs and town council. 
Pocklington CC has a side in the Vale League and their ground is used by the league for cup finals and has previously hosted the six-a-side junior competition.
The money will build on last season’s successes which saw the 1st XI promoted into York Senior League division one, retention of the Frank Percy Cup, six juniors representing East Yorkshire and a sucessful six- a-side tournament that allowed more than 25 non-playing or lapsed cricketers to play cricket.
Pictured celebrating the cricket club windfall are Pock CC members, back row, from the left, Alex Downey, Andy Anderson, Andy Inns, Charlie Lambert and Mike Smith with, front, Jess Forman and Freddie Forman.
14 December 2015


FOSS AGM
THE Foss Evening League annual general meeting was held at Dunnington CC on Wednesday, December 9.
Click on the Foss Evening League button on the page menu to view a report of the meeting.
11 December 2015

DEATH OF DICKIE WADE
THE league is saddened to learn of the death of Dickie Wade, aged 88, who played for Alne during the 1960s and 1970s before the club joined the Nidderdale League.
When the Vale League marked its golden jubilee in 1983 with a match between the York and District Saturday League (as the Vale League was known in those days) and a President's XI comprising players from former Saturday League clubs, Dickie captained the President's XI.
He was a talented wicketkeeper who went on to become scorer for the York CC first team.
Dickie, formerly of Tollerton, died at St Armand's Court Care Home in Garforth, near Leeds, on Thursday, November 19, after a short illness.
The funeral service will take place at York Crematorium on Thursday, December 3 at 11am. Donations for Help for Heroes may be given at the service.
30 November 2015

SMALL GRANTS UP FOR GRABS
CLUBS can tap into the England & Wales Cricket Trust Small Grants Scheme for 2016 which is supported by Waitrose.
The closing date for applications to be made to the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) is Friday, January 22.  After this the YCB will undertake a decision making process and then submit your applications to ECB for processing, no later than Friday, March 4. 
Below the attached guidance notes contain all of the key information about the scheme.  If your club decides to submit an application, please ensure that the club meets all of the required eligibility criteria and your application is admissible with regards to the ‘eligible projects’ guidance.
Grants are allowed for projects such as covers, flat sheets, run-ups, mobile covers, kitchen and social area fixtures & fittings, outdoor patio/decking area, barbecue, furniture, insulation, glazing, heating systems, solar panels, water saving devices like rain water harvesting, flush reduction toilets, aeration devices and reduced tap flow.
The scheme is open to all affiliated cricket clubs (subject to CCB support). Clubs will need to have the following - a constitution, valid buildings, contents and public liability insurance and security of tenure.
Clubs which received an award from the EWCT Small Grant Scheme 2015 only are not eligible to reapply in 2016.
Between £1,000 and £4,000 is allowed per application.
A minimum of 10% partnership funding will be required from the club.
For further information or to apply for a grant form, contact Joe Ashdown by emailing j.ashdown@yorkshirecb.com or write to him at 53 Swale Road, Brough, HU15 1GG before the deadline of Friday, January 22


POCKLINGTON SECRETARY CHANGE
RUTH Jackson stood down as Pocklington's secretary at the club's AGM earlier this month.
As no candidate has yet come forward to fill the role on a permanent basis Steve Relf and  Andy Inns will be sharing the duties for the foreseeable future.
Steve, the Vale League's grounds officer will take on the Foss and Vale League secretarial role while Andy will be mainly dealing with the York and District Senior League work.
28 November 2015

DUNNINGTON BACK IN THE LEAGUE
DUNNINGTON'S development side will be playing in the HPH York Vale Cricket League next season
The team, made up largely of junior players, were elected at the league's annual general meeting at Fulfordgate Working Men's Club last night (Monday, November 9).
The Common Road outfit withdrew from the league after finishing bottom of division three in 2014 and sat out last season.
Club secretary Gary Andrew told the meeting that since then more juniors aged between 13 and 15 were now ready for their first taste of senior cricket.
The side will be managed by Jesse Pigg and will play home games on Sundays if opponents agree. Dunnington are in advanced talks to play on another club's ground on Saturdays if opposition sides don't want to play on Sundays.
Askham Bryan were also re-elected after being obliged to re-apply after conceding three fixtures last season. Despite the forfeits Askham Bryan finished in a mid-table position in division two.
The club lost its ground at Askham Bryan College shortly before the start of last season and relocated to the University of York. It's numbers will be boosted by university staff in 2016 when it will resume in division two.
Selby III, who faced the prospect of seeking re-election for the third year running because of fixture concessions, did not reapply.
A shortage of players continues to plague a number of clubs. To help the Vale League address the problem, YCB officers Richard Wilkinson and Joe Ashdown, together with community cricket officers Rachel Hildreth and Ross Atkinson will hold a 'Get The Game On' workshop for clubs at Fulfordgate WMC on Monday, December 7. They will provide advice on a wide range of topics fromplayer recruitment and retention to funding support.
The annual meeting supported the league's decision to join the Yorkshire Cricket Board's pyramid system. In future it means the Vale League's division one winners will be able to join the York and District Senior League if it wishes.
Promotion will be the only avenue by which a Vale League club will be able to migrate to the Senior League. Both the Wetherby and Nidderdale Leagues have adopted a similar ruling.
League secretary Andy Copeland will be stepping down on December 31. The rest of the current committee, who were all re-elected last night, will either share the secretary duties among themselves or, if that is impractical, recruit a new secretary.
10 November 2015

YAPHAM'S BULGARIAN AMBASSADORS
GROUND-BREAKING Yapham CC have been invited back to play and coach in Bulgaria next year.
The village club have just returned from the Balkans after a highly successful tour, helping spread the popularity of cricket.
The tour started with an intense coaching day at the National Sports Academy in Sofia that involved Yapham's five coaches and all the team's players. More than 80 people attended, including Bulgarian schoolchildren who had never played before, young players from the Sports Academy and the women’s international teams from FYRO Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria.
The trip coincided with the 2nd Balkan Women’s T20 competition with the teams making use of the additional coaching available. The T-shirts and caps, donated by the YCB, were eagerly sought after by all the participants.
In a match between Yapham and a Bulgarian side reduced to 25 overs each because of rain, Yapham batted first on the unfamiliar carpet wicket and made 165-6. Martin Pearson made an entertaining 47 before being one of Nikolai Ivanov’s three wickets.
In reply, Bulgaria opened brightly with their two experienced openers up with the run chase. However Jon Flint, Stuart Wainright and Jason Nattrass gradually worked their way through the batting line-up and when Carl Brewer took the last wicket Bulgaria had subsided to 96 all out.
Professor Nikolay Korlev, chairman of the Bulgarian Cricket Federation, described Yapham as "excellent ambassadors", adding"We would like to invite them back to both play and coach in Bulgaria again next year."
If other clubs would like more information about playing in Bulgaria please contact Martin Eede at martinhighridge174@talktalk.net
6 October 2015

THOMAS WINS TOP AWARD
ACOMB off-spinner Thomas Brown was named the HPH York Vale Young Player of the Year.
The pocket-sized youngster, who only turned 13 in June, had a brilliant first season in senior cricket which saw him top the third division bowling averages.
He collected both awards at the league’s annual dinner and awards evening at the York Hilton last night.
A pupil at All Saints School, he took 31 wickets in division three at an average of 13.29 with his best figures of 6-16 against Thorpe Willoughby four days after his birthday earning him the Press Player of the Week award. Thomas has topped the bowling averages for the division. His total figures, including cup, were 120.4 overs 11 maidens 34 wickets for 472 runs.
Also shortlisted for the award were Charlie Buckley (Ovington) and Jonty Gillingham (Thixendale).
Buckley, aged 15, a leg-spinning batsman is probably the first Vale League player ever to pick up medals for three different cup finals. He was 12th man for the first team as they won the HPH Cup, claimed three wickets for Ovington III in the Scothern Cup final, and took 2-25 for Ovington II in their Prendergast Cup win. He had a league bowling average of 14.3 for the thirds, with a best of 4-29.
Gillingham took on the captaincy of Thixendale at the age of 16 and only turned 17 in mid-August, leading his side to the division four title without losing a match. His batting average of 26.4 included a top score of 77. His bowling average was 22.8 with a best return of 5-15. His drive for player recruitment helped the club’s future after it was on the brink of extinction this time last year.
27 September 2015

Raven Young Player of the Year finalists, from left to right Charlie Buckley
Jonty Gillingham and winner Thomas Brown

GOLDEN OLDIES JOIN HALL OF FAME
MICK Bell and Dave Brummitt were inducted into the Hall of Fame by league chairman Shane Hargrave at last night's awards dinner at The Hilton, York.
Bell first played for his village team, Wistow, as a 10-year-old. Apart from a six-year spell with Whitley Bridge, he spent his cricketing career as an opening bowler and middle order bat with Wistow until the club’s demise in 1995.
He captained the side for 20 years in which the team recorded league championship in 1979 and Mitchell Cup honours six years later. His ability as an all-rounder landed him a place in the league representative side on two occasions.
Aged 68, Mick has played for Selby in the Vale League for the past 10 years and still picks up wickets on a regular basis.
Rugby League was Brummitt’s preferred sport until his mid-20s and was in the York amateur team which faced the New Zealand Maoris at Clarence Street. He played cricket for Glasshoughton as a youngster and after a spell with Ben Johnson, he was coaxed to play for Ovington by Alan Fletcher when both were at York RI and he has remained one of the club’s key strike bowler for 30 years.
An accurate, medium-pacer, Brummitt cites a seven-wicket haul against Burythorpe as one of his finest performances and his 2-16 in 10 overs helped Ovington overcome Bishopthorpe in this year’s HPH cup final.
Melbourne won the Club Tea of the Year award, sponsored by Sainsbury’s, for the second year running. Club secretary and tea lady Ruth Steels received the award from Kalum Perera, of the supermarket’s Foss Islands store.
The evening was hosted by Bradford League umpire and cricket coach Graham Orange, formerly the voice of Go Racing in Yorkshire.
27 September 2015

WESTOW NAMED CLUB OF THE YEAR
WESTOW were crowned Club of the Year at the HPH York Vale Cricket League annual awards dinner last night.
It capped a brilliant year for the village side who won promotion to the first division, while their big-scoring openers Mark Earle and Andrew Welford also picked up major honours at Saturday night’s function at the York Hilton.
Captain Earle won the Les Kirby Trophy for batting, having amassed an aggregate of   1,137 runs in the season, the highest number since the award was introduced. His tally included four centuries and six fifties.
Welford took the division two batting prize with an average of 117.33 – the best in the entire league
Both men, together with Dave Coverdale, have been instrumental on developing the club’s youngsters who have also played a key role in the promotion-winning season.
It was the younger players at Westow who asked the club to join the Foss Evening League. In addition, Sunday morning Under-11 sessions are well attended by both boys and girls.
The pitch at the Kirkham Road ground is prepared by Ron Welford and is rated as one of the best in the league.
The club’s foundations for the future are also secure off the pitch. For years they have been fundraising to build a new pavilion. A whole host of activities have been organised by club secretary Julie Price for the benefit of the club and its community. The finishing touches are being put to the new pavilion in the close season.
The Club of the Year award is sponsored by Scothern Construction whose Paul Scothern presented a cheque for £400 to club stalwart Coverdale.
27 September 2015

Dave Coverdale (Westow) accepts the Club of the Year award from Paul Scothern

TOP YOUNG TRIO NAMED
THREE young cricket stars of the future are in the running for the Young Player of the Year Award.
A shortlist of three has been chosen by the selection panel from nine nominations with the winner revealed at the league’s annual awards dinner at the York Hilton on Saturday, September 26.
The trio are Thomas Brown (Acomb), Charlie Buckley (Ovington II and III) and Jonty Gillingham (Thixendale) .
Off-spinner Brown, aged 13, took 31 wickets as Acomb won the third division title; Ovington’s 15-year-old leg-spinner and batsman Buckley featured in three cup finals this season and Gillingham skippered Thixendale to the division four title at the tender age of 16.
The other nominations were last year’s winner seamer Alex Bindloss (aged 16, Bishopthorpe); Pocklington Under-15 all-rounder George Baty; Ovington III wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Burgess, aged 14; Will Moll (aged 16, Clifton Alliance), who narrowly missed out on qualification for the division two bowling averages award; Will Osborne, aged 16, who scored a century in the Prendergast Memorial Cup final, and Thixendale bowler Guy Scothern, aged 13.
Mike Stellings, North Cave’s top all-rounder, did the double winning both the division one batting and bowling averages. To crown a great season for the champions he has also won the Les Kirby Trophy for most wickets in a season.
Andrew Welford (Westow) won the division two batting award with an amazing average of 117.33 while his club captain Mark Earle’s haul of 1,137 runs sees him retain the Les Kirby Trophy natting award.
Les Fearn (Wheldrake) added the division two bowling award to the one he won in division three in 2014. His team-mate Anthony Carter won the Harry Smith Wicketkeeping Award with 27 victims.
In addition to the Young Player of the Year, award winners to be revealed on the night will be inductees into the Hall of Fame, the Club of the Year and the Club Tea of the Year.

2015 ROLL OF HONOUR
Divisional Champions
Division 1:
North Cave
Division 2: Wheldrake
Division 3: Acomb
Division 4: Thixendale

Cup winners
HPH Cup:
Ovington
Scothern Construction Cup: Bishopthorpe II
Prendergast Memorial Trophy: Ovington II
Mitchell Cup: Melbourne

Leading batting averages
Division 1:
Mike Stellings (North Cave) 67.57
Division 2: Andrew Welford (Westow) 117.33
Division 3: Steve Lennox  (Acomb) 65.60
Division 4: Matthew Bentley (Thorp Arch & Boston Spa) 63.12

Leading bowling averages
Division 1:
Mike Stellings (North Cave) 9.54
Division 2: Les Fearn (Wheldrake) 16.80
Division 3: Thomas Brown (Acomb) 13.29
Division 4: John Kitson (Thorp Arch & Boston Spa) 10.75

Les Kirby Trophy
(For most runs scored and most wickets taken)
Mark Earle (Westow) 1,137 runs
Mike Stellings (North Cave) 49 wickets

Harry Smith Wicketkeeping Award
Anthony Carter (Wheldrake) 27 – 15ct 12st 

YAPHAM HEADING TO BULGARIA
PLAYERS from Yapham CC are spreading the cricket gospel to eastern Europe.
A tour party will be heading to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia later this month for a six-day visit.
Bulgaria is an ICC country an the trip includes fixtures against the British Embassy XI and the Bulgarian National XI.
Another highlight is the coaching day for Bulgarian schoolchildren at the Bulgarian Sports Academy, where the five qualified coaches who are part of the tour party, will provide morning and afternoon sessions for up to 40 children a time.
One of the club coaches, Martin Eede said: "‘I’ve been very impressed with the desire of people in Bulgaria to establish cricket as a sport in the country. We are meeting the head of the Bulgarian Cricket Federation to discuss what further links can be arranged to help them improve standards in the country."
The trip could not have been arranged without the active help of the British Embassy in Sofia who, among many other responsibilities, are helping to promote sporting links in the country.
The Yapham party jets off on Thursday, September 24 and will do its first coaching session the following day before the games against Bulgaria and the Embassy the next two days.
All take place at the National Sports Academy where Deloitte's are laying a new artificial wicket before the visit to replace the existing one.
The Yapham club runs two sides in the Vale League in addition to its first team in the York Senior League. It has 12 ECB qualified coaches, a large and successful junior section, a growing women’s section, won the national Christopher Martin-Jenkins ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Award in 2014 and is shortly opening a new clubhouse.
15 September 2015

FOSS SET TO EXPAND
MORE teams are wanting to join the Foss Evening League next season.
Mike Wellock, League secretary, revealed at the annual presentation evening at Woodhouse Grange, that while the majority of evening cricket leagues are in decline the Foss continues to grow with the prospect of more teams coming on board in 2016.
He added that the league had benefitted greatly from the alliance that has been formed with the HPH York Vale League that has seen additional resources being made available to enable reporting of the matches in the media and the provision of website facilities, which the limited number of Foss volunteers could not have managed.
Special mention was made of Retreat player, Geoff Deighton, who at the age of 80 was awarded an ECB outstanding services to cricket award for his continued dedication to the game.
York Vale chairman, Shane Hargrave, presented trophies to the captains of the championship winning teams - division one, Matt Durkin; (Woodhouse Grange); division two, Neil Readman (Bubwith) and division three, Adam Mosley (Retreat I).
12 September 2015

 

Pictured with their Foss Evening League divisional awards are, from left to right,
Adam Mosley (Retreat I), Neil Readman (Bubwith) and Matt Durkin (Woodhouse Grange)

GET YOUR STARS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAR performers of the 2015 season are in danger of their efforts not being recognised.
To date only 12 of our 30 clubs have submitted averages and aggregate run scorers and wicket takers from which many of the awards are based.
The relevant email to club secretaries was sent out by league chairman Shane Hargrave on August 30.
It read:
Dear Colleague
We are fast approaching the end of another season and I need to start making plans for our Awards Dinner which is being held at the York Hilton, Tower Street on Saturday, 26 September.
More information on the Dinner will follow shortly, but my immediate priority is to ask for nominations for our Young Player of the Year, which is kindly sponsored by Raven Cricket. All nominations for this prestigious award should be accompanied with a brief description of the player, his age and his batting/bowling performances in the Vale League only. They should be emailed to Martin Jarred – media@yorkvale.co.uk – by  Monday 7 September, please.
Batting/Bowling/Wicket Keeping Awards
We also need to identify those players who have topped the batting and bowling averages or their respective divisions so that they can be acknowledged at the Awards Dinner. If you think you have players who are in with a shout, please submit their averages for LEAGUE games only and calculate them using the following qualification criteria for 2015:

Div 1:  10 innings and 100 overs

Div 2:  10 innings and 100 overs

Div 3:   8 innings and 80 overs

Div 4:      8 innings and 80 overs

For the Les Kirby Awards, which honour the league’s top-scoring batsman and bowler,  we need the total runs scored and wickets taken for both league and cup games.
Finally, for the Harry Smith Wicket Keeping Award we need you to submit your ‘keeper’s total dismissals for both league and cup games.
Please submit details to Martin Jarred (media@yorkvale.co.uk) by Monday 7 September.

Because of the poor response from clubs this deadline has been extended to Monday, 14 September.
9 September 2015

UMPIRE TRAINING COURSES
THE York branch of YCB ACO will be holding umpire training courses once again this winter.
These courses are for anyone who is interested in taking up umpiring either as a member of a league panel or as a club or junior umpire.
The course covers the basic laws required for local league cricket as well as match management and on-field technique.
There will be the usual ‘Monday night’ course at the Marriott Hotel from January 11 for about eight weeks, but there will also be a two-day course run over successive Saturdays or Sundays (six hours per day) if there is sufficient demand.
The cost of the materials, which include a copy of Tom Smith’s Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, a copy of the Laws of Cricket and a workbook for making notes in, is £30.
Anyone interested is asked to contact Rob Smith on 01759 304626 or therobsmith@hotmail.com expressing a preference for the evening course or a two-day course as soon as possible, please.
3 September 2015

OVINGTON II CLAIM PRENDERGAST MEMORIAL CUP

Ovington II (above) beat Thorpe Willoughby II in the Prendergast Memorial Cup final - see Weekly reports section for full details

CAVE RETAIN TITLE
NORTH Cave's 10-wicket victory against North Duffield on Saturday saw them retain the League championship with a game to spare.
It is the third time in four seasons they have won the division one title.
30 August 2015

OVINGTON VICTORIOUS IN HPH FINAL

OVINGTON'S Craig Nicoll receives the HPH Cup from Charles Walker, a partner in HPH chartered accountants.
Full details of Ovington's win over Bishopthorpe are in the Weekly Reports section.

MELBOURNE'S MITCHELL TRIUMPH
MELBOURNE, pictured below, shook off their disappointing league form to win the Guy Mitchell Cup by beating fellow division one side North Duffield at Hemingbrough. Report and scorecards in Weekly Reports section.

BISHOPTHORPE II RETAIN SCOTHERN
BISHOPTHORPE II have become the first side to retain the Scothern Construction Cup since the trophy was introduced in 2001.
They beat Ovington III at Pocklington on Sunday to create a little piece of Vale League history.
Full score details and match report can be found on the Weekly Reports section.

Bishopthorpe II skipper Marc Deamer receives the Scothern Construction Cup from Ian Scothern

Geoff Deighton receives his award from Mark Arthur, chief executive of Yorkshire CCC

GEOFF'S DEDICATION REWARDED
VALE League legend Geoff Deighton has won a top honour for his lifetime's dedication to cricket.
As a result of the League’s nomination, the 80-year-old was shortlisted for an OSCA (Outstanding Service to Cricket Award) run by the Yorkshire Cricket Board.
He and his wife, Dorothy, were invited to the Royal London Cup one-day game against Leicestershire at Headingley on Monday and the awards event afterwards.
Geoff won the George Reah Award for Special Services to Cricket. George Reah was a  former secretary of the Yorkshire Cricket Association and president of the Airedale & Wharfedale League.
This is a first for the Vale League and everyone connected with the league would like to pass on their congratulations to him.
Full list of winners can be viewed at www.yorkshirecb.com
Geoff has been playing for Bishopthorpe II’s division three side this season and also turns out for Retreat in the Foss Evening League.
He's been playing local cricket for 65 years, making his debut at 15 for Askham Bryan in 1950 when the Vale League was the called the Saturday League.  At one time he combined the role of opening bat and first change bowler with that of groundsman and club treasurer. He also captained the village team to some notable cup final victories as well as league championship honours.
In 2007 he joined the Copmanthorpe club and four years later, Bishopthorpe.
5 August 2015

GROUNDSMAN'S COURSE
THE Yorkshire Cricket Board Groundsmen's Association are holding a course on autumn renovations and winter maintenance.
It will be held at Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club, Leeds, on Thursday, August 13.
For details of cost, to book, or questions relating to the course, get in touch with Martin Kingston, email ycbga@kingstomv.karoo.co.uk
27 July 2015

HPH FINAL RESCHEDULED
IN view of Sunday’s weather forecast the HPH Cup Final between Bishopthorpe and Ovington is now rescheduled - provisionally for Sunday, August 16 at Acomb.
Bishopthorpe are bidding to be the first side to win the trophy for the third year in succession in what will be a re-run of last season's final.
23 July 2015

 

                                        

                        Ovington's Craig Nicoll eyes up another delivery, watched by Stockton & Hopgrove wicketkeeper Steve Fraser

NICOLL SMASHES BATTING RECORD
MASTER blaster Craig Nicoll rewrote the record books on Saturday with the highest individual innings recorded in the league's 81-year history.
The Ovington opener smashed an unbeaten 248 against Stockton & Hopgrove in the division one fixture on Knavesmire.
Nicoll's amazing effort easily surpassed the previous best of 217 made by Selby II’s Naser Mahmood against Thorpe Willoughby II in August 2013.
A wind turbine service engineer, Nicoll blew away the Stockton bowling attack, striking 28 fours and 10 sixes all around the wicket, sharing an opening stand of 173 with Tom Ashby (41). Ovington totalled a huge 358-3, then bowled out a depleted Stockton for 78 to win by a massive 280 runs.
Nicoll was initially unaware of his record-breaking exploits.
He said: "None of us were sure what it was. So when Ben Morrison came in after Joe Whale ran himself out for me, he told me I was on 239, so we just pushed for 250.
"I only knew it was a record when I read the Vale website the next day."
The 24-year-old has been with Ovington since he was an 11-year-old junior.  An all rounder, he often opens the bowling and until recently he was a hard- hitting middle order batsman. He was promoted to open for the first time against North Cave on June 6 and scored 101 that day and has been the team's regular opener since.
Nicoll's innings was the fifth double century ever scored in the league - and all have been made since 2011.

248no Craig Nicholl (Ovington) v Stockton & Hopgrove, Div 1, July 2015
217 Naser Mahmood (Selby II) v Thorpe Willoughby II, Div 5, August 2013
213 Mark Earle (Westow) v Heworth, Div 2, July 2014
211 Matty Clarke (Heminbrough) v Clifton Alliance, Div 1, August 2011
208 Will Rymer (Heworth II) v Thorpe Willoughby II, Div 4, August 2014

Batsmen went run crazy in division one on Saturday with the five matches producing 2,209 runs, including two North Cave centurions, Will Ferguson and Mike Stellings, against Ben Johnson. That feat was replicated by Tadcaster Magnet pair Taylor Shann and Scott Collins in division four.
There were also a couple of tons in division two from Mark Earle (Westow) and Martin Lambert (Wheldrake) and one in division three by Acomb's Steve Lennox.
See the weekly reports section for more details.
22 July 2015

 

SCOTHERN SEMIS
IN the Scothern Construction Cup semi-finals, Bishopthorpe II will entertain Wheldrake while Hemingbrough host Ovington III. Both matches will be played on Sunday, July 26.
The final will be played at Pocklington on Sunday, August 9.
15 July 2015

YAPHAM CONTACT CHANGE
ANDY Noble has taken over as the matchday contact for Yapham II's division four side from Carl Marsden.
Andy's mobile number is 07972 087128. If he is unavailable the secnd point of contact is club secetary Les Smith on 07834 994858.
14 July 2015

S&H II QUIT
STOCKTON & Hopgrove II have resigned from the league with immediate effect.
A consistent player shortage left the club with no option but to withdraw their second team from division three.
S&H had fielded two sides in the Vale League since 1986.
The club were unable to fulfil its second team fixture against Acomb on Saturday, and that prompted S&H to bite the bullet.
Club secretary Steve Fraser told the league: "Both last season and the first half of this season we have struggled to get two teams out on a Saturday. Having just lost two more players to York Senior League and the Scarborough League plus one more deciding he no longer wants play, the task has been made even harder. So it is with great regret that after some 30 plus years of running two teams in the Vale League we are resigning our second team with immediate effect."
Their record will be expunged and the division three league table adjusted accordingly.
10 July 2015

ALLIANCE FORMED WITH SENIOR LEAGUE
THE Yorkshire Cricket Boad has spent a significant amount of time and effort developing a pyramid for Yorkshire with the objective of providing an opportunity for aspirational clubs and players to play at the highest level of league cricket in the county.
It features four premier leagues which will all have partner leagues beneath them and the top team in each will feature in end-of-season Champion of Champion play offs.
The semi-finals are expected to be held at Scarborough and Headingley with the final taking place in Abu Dhabi in October 2016.
The focus has now switched to leagues lower down the pyramid and the Vale League has been involved in a series of talks with the YCB who have encouraged us to have a formal arrangement for teams to be promoted to York & District Senior Cricket League.
For this to be achieved a ‘strategic alliance’ has now been forged with Y&DSCL, the main features of which are as follows:
• From 2016 the York Vale League Division 1 champions will have the automatic right to be promoted to York & District Senior Cricket League. However, the team will not be compelled to move should they prefer to stay in YVCL membership.
• Entry to the Y&DSCL will be into the bottom division of the region best suited geographically to the team in question.
• Should the champion team migrate to YSL, the club’s second or third teams would remain with YVCL.
• Under the arrangement no teams will be relegated from Y&DSCL.
• The Yorkshire Premier League board and YCB have confirmed that club transfer rules will no longer apply to Leagues in the same pyramid/alliance and with immediate effect Y&DSCL will no longer accept applications for membership from Vale League clubs. Those that have already been accepted for membership in 2016 are unaffected. Rule 3.7 will be amended accordingly at the 2015 AGM.

LATEST CUP DRAWS
HPH Cup
Semi finals (to be played on Sunday, July 12)

Ovington v Westow, Bishopthorpe v North Cave

Scothern Construction Cup
Round 3 (to be played on Sunday, July 12)

Pocklington v Wheldrake, Hemingbrough v Thorpe Willoughby, Thixendale v Ovington III, Burton Salmon v Bishopthorpe II

Guy Mitchell Cup
Semi finals (to be played on Sunday, July 26)

Askham Bryan v Melbourne, North Duffield v Stillingfleet

Prendergast Memorial Trophy
Semi finals (to be played on Sunday, July 26)

Selby II v Thorpe Willoughby ll, Ovington II v Heworth II

SALMON HONOUR TEA LADY BARBARA
VETERAN tea lady Barbara Nesbitt has spread her last sandwich for Burton Salmon Cricket Club.
The 91-year-old did the teas for more than 20 years for the club.
Her son, Jon, used to play for Salmon, which recognised her service when chairman Mark Pawson presented her with a bouquet of flowers on her birthday at a recent game against Stockton & Hopgrove.
23 June 2015

BREAK-IN AT STILLINGFLEET CLUBHOUSE
CLUBS are asked to remain vigilant after Stillingfleet's clubhouse was broken into.
The break-in occurred sometime between Saturday, June 13 and Thursday, June 18. The incident has been reported to the police.
Stillingfleet secretary Chris Woodfine said: "This involved smashing through one of our 10mm plate glass front windows, which, as the man who tidied up, I can tell you was no mean feat.
"We don't really leave anything of value in the clubhouse and as a result the items stolen amounted to two umpires jackets, two ball counters, two sets of bails and a shovel."
23 June 2015

WOMEN'S CRICKET AT TADCASTER
THERE will be a day of women's cricket run by the ECB at Tadcaster Grammar School on Sunday, June 21.
It's open to women and girls aged 14-plus who want to try cricket and learn new skills.
It is £35 for a team of eight or £5 per individual entry.
Players will be provided with a goodie bag, including a team coloured T-shirt and a meal voucher which can be redeemed at the barbecue.
Participant registration is at 11am, skills coaching at 11.30am, mini matches and skills competitions at 12.30pm with lunch at about 1.15pm.
There will be matches from 2pm with the day ending at about 4.30pm.
There will also be bar and catering facilities for spectators.
If you would like to enter as a team or an individual in advance please go to the Eventbrite link below to register:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-summer-cricket-festival-tadcaster-grammar-school-ecb-and-this-girl-can-tickets-16916332205
Or you can simply turn up and play on the day.
16 June 2015

DEATH OF ERIC PEPPER
FORMER Vale League stalwart Eric Pepper has died at the age of 83.
An accomplished spin bowler with Fulfordgate, he served as league treasurer from 1983 to 1987.
He died in York Hospital on Monday, June 8.
His sons, Keith and Malcolm, both played for Fulfordgate before moving into the York Senior League with Dunnington and Acomb respectively. Keith is now an ECB ACO umpire with the Senior League.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 19 in St Oswald's Church, Fulford, at 10am, followed by private interment at Fulford Cemetery. There will be a plate at the service with donations going to Martin House Children's Hospice.

VALE VETERANS DEFEATED IN GREY FOX TROPHY

York Vale Veterans : Back row, from left to right, Ray Adamson (Burn), Steve Puckering

(Ovington), Steve Relf (Pocklington), John Buttle (North Cave), John Patrick (North Duffield), Pete Fairclough (Stockton & Hopgrove). Front row, left to right, Steve Fraser (Stockton & Hopgrove), Geoff Woodward (Pocklington), Neil Atkinson (Kelfield),  Alan Baldock (Fulfordgate) and Pete Eastwood (Pocklington).

THE York Vale Veterans lost their YCB Grey Fox Trophy first round tie against Hall Park Templars at Pocklington.
Despite heavy overnight rain the pitch was in decent order and the Vets won the toss and decided to bat first.
Initial progress was slow against some disciplined bowling and after 10 overs at 29-3  a decent total looked unlikely.
However Steve Fraser (28) and John Buttle (30 ret), with some decent support from the lower middle order, managed to take the score to 118-6 from the 30 overs allowed.
The Templars' bowling was tidy throughout with P Stephenson 5-0-11-3, M Scaife 5-3-1-5-1 and skipper Roger Hodson -0-22-2 the pick.
After tea with the sun shining brightly, and the outfield now fully dry, the Templars made steady progress. Opener P Kempton retired on 32 and M Scaife added 18 to his niggardly bowling,
At 50-1 after 12 the Templars seemed to be cruising until the Pocklington duo of Pete Eastwood 5-1-17-2 and Geoff Woodward 5-0-19-2  started to apply some pressure.
John Buttle was economical with 5-0-13-1 but eventually Roger Hodson with 29 not out saw the Templars to victory with two overs to spare.
Vets team manager Steve Relf said: "It was an enjoyable match and thanks to James Baker for umpiring and Janet Patrick for scoring."
June 13 2015

REP SIDE SUNK AT CLIFTON
THE HPH York Vale League representative side's hopes of their first win over the York and District Senior League disappeared over the boundary ropes at Clifton Alliance on Sunday.
Spectacular hitting by Hemingbrough pair Paul Van Dijk and Tom Collins enabled the Senior League to amass 293-7 from their 40 overs. The Vale boys were bowled out for 174.
Van Dijk made a superb unbeaten 122 from 67 deliveries, smashing six sixes and 15 boundaries. Collins, who survived a sharp chance at point when he had just a single to his name, hit three maximums and 13 fours in his 92.
All the Vale bowlers suffered, although Mike Stellings did take 3-51 from eight overs. To make matters worse, AJ Clarke, who had scored a stunning match-winning 151 not out for North Cave the previous day, was unable to bat as his cracked a bone in a thumb when fielding.
The huge total was never really challenged with Craig Nicholl (Ovington) top scoring with 32 as the Senior League ran out winners by 119 runs.
Senior League: C McKinley (Patrington) st Ashby b Stellings 10, T Collins (Hemingbrough) c Clarke b Stellings 92, P Van Dijk (Hemingbrough) not out 122, T Harrison (Malton & Old Malton) c Ashby b Steel 0, Glen Radcliffe (Patrington) b Steel 10, D Snowball (Scarborough) c Windeatt b Hancey 24, D Furlong (Cottingham) c Windeatt b Hancey 24, L Hallam (Civil Service) lbw Windeatt 0, R Moy (Cottingham) not out 1. Steve Janney (Bridlington) and Adam Boasman (Welton & Brough) did not bat. Extras 10. Total: 293-7. Overs 40
Fall: 1-71, 2-129, 3-132, 4-150, 5-213, 6-275, 7-276
Bowling: C Nicholl 5-1-27-0, D Fairclough 4-0-29-0, AJ Clarke 4-0-30-0, M Stellings 8-2-51-3, B Steel 5-0-45-1, J Windeatt 7-0-48-1, L Hancey 7-0-60-2
Vale League: T Ashby (Ovington) c Van Dijk b Furlong 27, C Cockin (North Cave) run out 1, C Nicholl (Ovington) b Boasman 32, M Stellings (North Cave) c Snowball b Boasman 4, P Kelly (Bishopthorpe) c McKinley b Janney 27, S Clapham (Bishopthorpe) b Boasman 16, L Hancey (Fulfordgate) b Janney 0, B Steel (Ovington) run out 28, J Windeatt (North Cave) b Janney 10, D Fairclough (Stockton & Hopgrove) b Snowball 1, I Holmes (Bishopthorpe, sub for AJ Clarke (North Cave)) not out 6. Extras 20. Total: 174. Overs: 38.2
Fall: 1-14, 2-71, 3-73, 4-84, 5-115, 6-120, 7-127, 8-161, 9-162, 10-174
Bowling: D Furlong 8-2-37-1, R Moy 6-0-28-0, A Boasman 8-0-27-3, G Radcliffe 5-0-24-0, S Janney 6.2-0-32-3, D Snowball 5-2-18-1
Senior League won by 119 runs
8June 2015

NEW SECRETARY
IAN Hall has taken over as secretary at Askham Bryan from Paul Thornton.
His contact details are: Ian Hall, c/o JB Morrell Library,  University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
Tel: 07779 780177
2 June 2015

HAVE A HIT!
YAPHAM Cricket Club is hosting a day of girls cricket later this month.
A Yorkshire Cricket Board initiative to get more girls to play the game, the Have A Hit! Girls Cricket Festival will be held on Sunday, June 14.
It is open to girls in Year 3 and over with the action starting at 1.30pm.
Eight-a-side soft ball games will be played with all equipment provided. Entry is free and it is possible to enter as a team, or join a team on the day.
To register phone David Booth, Yapham CC's junior and women's cricket co-ordinator on 01759 368146 or 07941 466954.
2 June 2015

CUP TIE SWITCH
SOUTH Cave & Brantingham's Guy Mitchell Cup home tie against Stillingfleet will be played at Stillingfleet because it clashes with the annual South Cave Beer Festival.

 

HPH Cup
Round 2 (to be played on Saturday, June 20)
Ben Johnson v North Cave
Stockton & Hopgrove v Westow
Kelfield v Bishopthorpe
Burn v Ovington
 
Scothern Construction Cup
Round 2 (to be played on Saturday, June 20)
Hirst Courtney v Thorpe Willoughby
Malton & Old Malton v Thixendale
Yapham v Wheldrake
Selby v Heminbrough
Burton Salmon v Burn
Ovington III v Yapham II
Acomb v Pocklington
Bishopthorpe II v Thorp Arch & Boston Spa
 
Guy Mitchell Cup
First round (to be played on Saturday, June 20)
North Duffield v Clifton Alliance
Melbourne v Heworth
Fulfordgate v Askham Bryan
South Cave & Brantingham v Stillingfleet (at Stillingfleet)
 
Prendergast Memorial Trophy
First round (to be played on Saturday, June 20)
Heworth II v Stamford Bridge
Ovington II v Stockton & Hopgrove II
Thorpe Willoughby and Selby II -  byes
 

 

GEOFF'S 80 NOT OUT
GEOFF Deighton, the doyen of Vale League cricket, is showing no sign of hanging up his batting gloves.
The seasoned campaigner celebrated his 80th birthday this week.
He’s been opening the batting for Bishopthorpe II’s division three side this season and also turns out for Retreat in the Foss Evening League.
To mark the milestone, Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave presented Geoff with a framed tribute of his 65-year cricket career. Geoff is pictured above with his memento.
Making his debut at 15 for Askham Bryan in 1950 when the Vale League was the called the Saturday League, Geoff has emerged as a giant in local cricket.
A resounding clubman, at one time he combined the role of opening bat and first change bowler with that of groundsman and club treasurer.
He also captained the village team to some notable cup final victories as well as league championship honours.
Playing for Askham Bryan was a family affair too for Geoff. His wife, Dorothy, looked after the players’ teas along with sister Doreen.
Fast bowler son, David, could be relied upon to put fear into most batsmen. So too could brother-in-law, Phil Hopwood, one of the most gifted all-rounders playing local cricket, and his son (Geoff’s nephew), Graham.
In 2007 the Askham stalwart surprised everyone by switching his allegiance across the A64 to Copmanthorpe. Four years later Geoff transferred to Bishopthorpe where he still enjoys his Saturday cricket as well as turning out for The Retreat in the Foss Evening League.
A glittering playing career, which is far from over, has already rewarded Geoff with countless trophies, including five Prendergast Cup winners’ medals. In 2013 to mark the League’s 70th anniversary, he was selected for the Legends XI and in the same year was inducted into the York Vale League Hall of Fame.
League chairman Shane Hargrave sat down with Geoff Deighton during the tea interval at a recent game to ask him about some of the best aspects of a cricket career spanning 65 years
 
Which was the best team you faced?
“Burythorpe were a very strong team of left handers that could bat right down the order, but Crayke were always the team to beat. They had a very talented side with strength in every department.”

Who was the best batsman you encountered?
“There have been so many but Tony Kerrison (Stockton & Hopgrove) was outstanding and you knew if he got his eye-in he would punish you.”

What about best bowler?
“Former Bradford League pace bowler, Tony Stilgoe, played for Askham Bryan on a night and he was the quickest I’d come across. But for sheer accuracy it has to be Mick Firth (Heslington). As a medium pacer he could bowl for 20 overs and the line and length of every delivery was inch perfect. He made it really hard for all batsmen to score runs.”

You must have had lots of memorable moments over 65 years, but does one stand out as the best?
“That has to be when I was captain of the Askham Bryan side which won the Prendergast Cup in 1972 and it was such a proud moment to be presented with the trophy by the sponsor, Jack X Prendergast, a York businessman and the father of John Barry, who composed the soundtracks for 11 James Bond movies.
“I also have fond memories of winning the league’s first six-a-side tournament which was sponsored by Rothmans and staged on three Knavesmire pitches. It was a fantastic afternoon of cricket watched by a big crowd.”

You will have played on many cricket grounds, which was the best?
“There are a few that stand out. When Askham Bryan relocated to the agricultural college in 1966 it was a pleasure to play home matches on such a well-maintained cricket ground and changing rooms that had showers. Many of my cup final appearances were at Heworth and Clifton Alliance before they joined the Vale League and it was always a treat to bat and bowl on their pitches.”

What were your best batting and bowling performances?
“My top score was 65 against Stockton and Hopgrove when they played on Knavesmire. With the ball I managed 5-55 for Copmanthorpe II against York and since playing for The Retreat in the Foss Evening League I have taken five wickets on two occasions.”

What for you is best about playing cricket?
As a youngster growing-up in Askham Bryan everyone in the village supported the cricket team and home matches were a real social occasion. I have always enjoyed the camaraderie of a team sport and through cricket I’ve met some interesting characters and made countless friends over the years.”

GEOFF DEIGHTON’S ROLL OF HONOUR
York Saturday/York Vale League

1954 League champions Section B
1957 Prendergast Cup winner
1959 League champions Section A
1961 Prendergast Cup winner
1962 League champions Section A
1968 Prendergast Cup winner
1973 League champions Section B
1975 Prendergast Cup winner
1975 Six-a-side winner
1977 Six-a-side winner
1979 Six-a-side winner
1980 Prendergast Cup winner
1981 League champions Division 2
1982 Prendergast Memorial winner
1983 Prendergast Memorial winner
1989 Prendergast Memorial winner
1997 Mitchell Cup winner
2002 Scothern Cup winner
2005 Guy Mitchell Cup winner
2006 Guy Mitchell Cup winner
2007 League champions Division 5
2013 League Legends XI
2013 League Hall of Fame induction
2014 Scothern Cup winner

21 May 2015 

DIVISION 4 FIXTURE FLEXIBILITY
ALTHOUGH Week 2’s Saturday games all went ahead as scheduled, the league lost all three fixtures on Sunday due to the weather, two of which had been moved from the previous day because of the Tour de Yorkshire.
Week 1, however, saw two fixtures lost as a result of player shortage which was a disturbing rewind to the difficulties experienced in the league's lower divisions last year.
The aim must be to try to prevent such problems occurring, especially in Division 4 where teams are exposed to claims on their younger players who are required to fill-in when first or second teams are short.
League chairman Shane Hargrave said: " With the ECB’s emphasis on ‘getting games on’, it is not in the Vale League’s interest to stand by and let fixtures on a Saturday be cancelled without offering a measure of flexibility to help. To this end, the league management has decided to implement the following procedure on an experimental basis for Division 4 only:
"If shortage of players is likely to affect the fulfilment of a Division 4 fixture on a Saturday, clubs may approach opponents with a view to playing the fixture 24 hours later on the Sunday. Any proposal to move a fixture to the Sunday must be agreed by both teams no later than the Tuesday before the original fixture date and this decision must be conveyed immediately to secretary@yorkvale.co.uk   This arrangement is subject to Rules 25.1 and 25.2 being observed and it will run throughout the 2015 season."
6 May 2015

WHELDRAKE ROOF REPAIRS
PART of the roof of the Wheldrake Village Hall building, which the cricket club are part of, has been condemned by Health & Safety after a shift in the structure.
The short term result is that the lounge area in which the club normally serve the teas cannot be utilised. The playing area, changing facilities, toilets and showers are all unaffected.
Wheldrake CC secretary Martin Lambert said: "It will just mean an inconvenience to serve tea outside under the canopy in the short term. Unfortunately I cannot give a timescale in which the remedial works will be carried out, as it is subject to insurance involvement etc, but we do hope that it will be a short term issue affecting only our early home fixtures. Please do bear with us, we hope to resume normal service in due course."
1 May 2015

TOUR DE YORKSHIRE
CLUBS are reminded that the 174k second stage of the Tour de Yorkshire will go from Selby to York on Saturday.
The route can be checked by logging on to the Tour website htpp://letour.yorkshire.com
The big cycle race will trigger several road closures and could well cause transport problems for players getting to games.
It is advised that clubs who feel they may be affected liase with their opponents to ensure games go ahead.
28 April 2015

THIXENDALE ARE NO MUGS
REVITALISED Thixendale raise the cup that cheers as they celebrate a winning return to action.
All 30 HPH York Vale Cricket League clubs received a box of Sainsburys Red Label tea from the supermarket chain’s Foss Islands store before the start of the season.
Thixendale were on the verge of folding last season but reformed and toasted a 143-run opening day division four win against Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
“It was just the job on a chilly afternoon to start the 2015 campaign. We are grateful to Sainsbury’s for their continued support of grassroots cricket,” said Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave.
Thixendale resigned from the league because of lack of players midway through last season when they played in division one. However, a plan was put in place which saw the club’s league membership suspended so they could regroup for this season.
With help from the league committee a recruitment campaign proved successful and the village side were readmitted to the league in division four.
26 April 2015

2015 PLAYER REGISTRATION
CLUBS are reminded that they are obliged under league rules (Rule 23) to submit their list of registered players before the start of the season which starts on Saturday, April 25.
The appropriate form can be downloaded from the 2015 Registration Forms button on the website menu.
20 April 2015

PLAYER LOAN SCHEME
A new innovation for the 2015 season, which starts on Saturday, April 25, is the introduction of the Player Loan Scheme.
It is hoped that this will see a reduction in the number of games called off because clubs are unable to play because of insufficient player numbers.
Player loans can only be done by filling in the appropriate form which can be accessed by clicking the link below.
It can also be downloaded from the 2015 Player Registration and other forms on the menu of this website.
HPH YORK VALE LEAGUE PLAYER LOAN FORM (1).docx
17 April 2015

THORPE'S NETS GET SEAL OF APPROVAL
LAST Friday night saw a crowd of players, supporters and wellwishers attend the opening of Thorpe Willoughby Cricket Club's new artificial nets by Nigel Adams MP.
Dean Brearley of BIFFA, who provided the funding for the nets was on hand along with a contingent from Yorkshire CCC who also brought the County Championship Trophy. Chief executive Mark Arthur was accompanied by captain Andrew Gale and Under 19 England player Josh Shaw with both cricketers having a net against Nigel Adams after the opening. 
The evening was topped off with a barbecue, tea, coffee and cake stall as the Yorkshire contingent posed for numerous photos with club members.
With just over two weeks to go before the opening day of the season, preparations are well in hand with Thorpe club members attending Tuesday and Thursday practices.
13 April 2015
 
PRE-SEASON MEETING
The 2015 pre-season meeting takes place on Wednesday, April 15 at Fulfordgate WMC from 7.30pm.
The payment of league fees and distribution of handbooks will be preceded by a short meeting covering some pointers for the new season, so it is essential that every club is represented by the secretary or a senior official and it would be good to see team captains there as well.
There is a £5 per team increase in league subs, as agreed at last year’s AGM.
 With regards to the awards dinner, the requirement this year is to buy two tickets, not three as in previous years, and the price has been pegged at £22.
 Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about YCB affiliation fees which, despite our protest, have risen considerably  – £45 per club and £15 for each team.
 Would clubs who affiliate through York & District Senior Cricket League please note that we have to collect £15 for each of your teams playing in Vale League.
 The Vale League’s Hunts County cricket balls have incurred a modest £2 increase to £56 for a box of six. Only seven clubs responded to league chairman Shane Hargrave's request in Vale News to stipulate the number of balls they require this season – if the remainder could let him know how many boxes are wanted it will help to speed up the distribution process on the night.
Please make cheques payable to York Vale Cricket League. If you wish to pay on-line, please do so in advance of the evening by using sort code 20-99-56, a/c no 00094749 and make reference to which club it is from.
In addition 20 league handbooks per team, four, complimentary T20 tickets will be handed to clubs affiliated through the Vale League. These are courtesy of Yorkshire CCC.
Carl Marsden of Raven Cricket will be exhibiting his bats on the night.
For anyone having difficulty finding an on-street parking space, we have permission to use Townend's accountants large car park at Fulford House situated on the junction of Heslington Lane and Fulford Road.
10 April 2015

YORK GROUP HAS ROLES TO FILL
NOMINATIONS are being sought for key roles within the York Cricket Develppment Group which will hold its annual general meeting at Osbaldwick Sports Club on Monday, April 27 at 7.30pm.
Since the death of treasurer Bernard Shaw just before Christmas, YCDG secretary Rob Smith has assumed the duties of acting treasurer with the backing of Dave Rippon and Mick Pickering.
Rob Smith indicated at the last YCDG meeting that he wished to stand down.
He said: "If the group is to continue to function and, hopefully, move forward, it is necessary for someone to come forward to fill these positions. If anyone is interested, or knows of someone who may do one or both of these roles, please let me know. We can take nominations right up until the AGM itself."
Richard Wilkinson of the Yorkshire Cricket Board will be attending and will give an update on the new changes that will be occurring within the coach education structure for the YCB.  There will also be information on C2S coaching and the oportunity to ask Club Mark questions for clubs going through reaccreditation or new accredited clubs.
Richard said: "I would like clubs to come to the meeting with view as to what shape they would like the CDG to take for future meetings. The group have an opportunity to put together  plans and to look at how as a CDG we can centrally support clubs. Other CDGs are going down this route and it would be good for us to look at this also. We would welcome any thoughts on this."
The AGM will be followed by an open meeting
10 April 2015

VALE-FOSS LINK-UP ANNOUNCED
THE HPH York Vale Cricket League is to forge closer links with the Foss Evening League.
The partnership will see the Vale League help the Foss with its administration including publicity. It also aims to encourage more players to get involved in the sport, particularly juniors and players who used to play the game.
The Foss League only has a small committee and has struggled to get more volunteers to fill various roles. It does not have its own website but will now have a platform on the Vale website www.yorkvale.co.uk
Foss Evening League material can be accessed by clicking on the 2015 Foss Evening League button on the home page. Fixtures for the new Foss season were uploaded on Easter Monday, April 6.
The Foss’s T20-style league was formed in 1954 and is thriving with a current membership of 25 teams playing in three divisions. The Vale has 40 teams, several of whom also feature in the Foss, playing in four divisions.
Foss League secretary Mike Wellock said: “Providing a vehicle for evening cricket from York to North Dalton, the Foss League has grown to be one of the biggest adult evening leagues in Yorkshire.
“That success increases the demands on the few volunteers who will assist in the running of the organisation. The formation of this partnership enables both leagues to give support to each other, while each retains its independence.”
Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave said: “This is not a merger, but a commonsense move. The ECB sees limited over cricket as one of the ways to face the challenge of lack of participation in the recreational game and we can help to address the problem through this arrangement.”
The new Vale League season starts on Saturday, April 26 while the Foss gets underway on Wednesday evenings from May 7.
6 April 2015

YORKSHIRE STARS AT NETS OPENING
THORPE WILLOUGHBY Cricket Club are holding an official opening ceremony for its new artificial nets on Friday, April 10 from 6:30pm onwards at the Field Lane Sports Centre.
The star guests will be the Yorkshire Cricket Club’s CEO, Mark Arthur, who will be bringing the County Championship trophy along with a couple of players to celebrate the occasion.
It is hoped that they will be available for questions, photo opportunities and - if you’re lucky - they might have a bowl at you in the nets.
The nets facility will be officially opened by local MP Nigel Adams, accompanied by a representative of BIFFA Waste Management, who have provided the funding for the facility via their obligations under the Landfill Communities Fund.
Designed and built to an ECB approved specification, the two-lane facility will allow the club members to practice safely in ideal conditions. They will complete a programme to improve the club’s facilities which has included roll-on covers, batting cage and a professional standard bowling machine.
The club now have six ECB Level 2 qualified coaches, including the most recent addition who has completed a course to specialise in the most up-to-date methods for coaching younger children. Together with the club’s ECB Clubmark qualification this means that parents can be confident that their children will have a fun and safe experience when Thorpe's junior coaching sessions start in May.
There will be barbecue food available at the opening as well as tea, coffee and cake.
For further information please contact the club via www.twcc.info
2 April 2015

CUP FINAL DATES
THE dates and venues for this season's cup finals has been finalised.
They are:
HPH Cup - Acomb, Sunday, July 26
Scothern Cup - Pocklington, Sunday August 9
Mitchell Cup - Hemingbrough, Sunday, August 16
Prendergast Memorial Trophy- Malton, Sunday, August 30.
28 March 2015

CLUB DIRECTORY UPDATE
THE website's Club Directory section has been updated for the 2015 season.
Could clubs please check their individual entry and send any corrections to media@yorkvale.co.uk as soon as possible.
21 March 2015

UMPIRING COURSE AND SAFE HANDS WORKSHOP
LAST year the need to run a training course for Vale League umpires was identified.
This will take place at Fulfordgate WMC on Monday, March 23 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
The session, which is free of charge, will be led by Tony Pawson, training officer with the York branch of the ECB ACO and it will be tailored to the needs of our club umpires who invariably are also players.  Tony will be assisted by qualified umpire Graham Orange.
Although every club would benefit from this session, places will be limited to 25 applicants allocated on a first come, first served, basis.
To reserve a place please email league chairman Shane Hargrave at chairman@yorkvale.co.uk with name of nominee/club by Monday, March 16.
If the course becomes over-subscribed, a second session will be arranged.
There is a requirement for all clubs' Child Welfare Officers to renew their certification by attending a short workshop run by YCB County Welfare Officer, Ray Knowles.
The workshop is being held on Wednesday, April 22, at Fulfordgate WMC and attendance is mandatory for anyone designated to implement the ECB Safe Hands police and procedures. The cost is £15 per person, payable on the night.
All Club Child Welfare Officers should have an up to date certificate which lasts for three years. The last Vale league course was before 2013.
Places are limited and applications should be made to the league's Child Welfare Officer, Dave Milburn, at hemingbrough@yorkvale.co.uk
There are also courses being held at York CC and Beverley CC with details available from Nick Biggs on the YBC website.
12 March 2015

PRE-SEASON MEETING
THE 2015 pre-season meeting will be held at Fulford WMC on Wednesday,  April 15, starting at 7.30pm.
During the evening there will be information on various operational matters such as player loans and new rules as well as collecting fees and supplying cricket balls.  With regard to latter, it would be helpful to know how many boxes of six balls clubs need for the season.
A form covering player loans will be available on this website before the start of the season.
Details of the fees payable will be circulated nearer the date.
12 March 2015

GROUNDSMEN'S COURSE
THE Institute of Groundsmanship are holding a course to help with early Spring maintenance.
It will be hosted at the Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club, Leeds, LS6 3Ht on Thursday, April 9.
The full course costs £312 but is £60 to Yorkshire Cricket Board Groundsman Association members or £70 to non-members which includes YCB Game Membership for 2015.
The course is a practical approach to the preparation and maintenance of a sports surface.
Delivering the essential operations of ‘best practice’ grounds maintenance with a hands-on, practical induction to the profession.
The Foundation level course is suitable for new entrants (professional and volunteer) or those requiring a refresher course in the modern, practical techniques of preparing and maintaining sports surfaces
The topics covered are early Spring maintenance - Preparation of the Square - Machinery - Mowing - Rolling - Watering- Scarifying and Brushing - Fertiliser Application - Preparation of the Match Pitch - After Match Repairs and Renovation - Maintenance of Non-Turf Pitches
Please contact Martin Kingston (phone 07526 915849 or email ycbga@kingstomv.karoo.co.uk) at the YCBGA to book your place on the course.
14 February 2014

2015 CUPS DRAWS
BISHOPTHORPE will begin the defence of their York Vale Cricket League HPH Cup with a trip to Stillingfleet.
The Bishops did the cup double last season and their second team will travel to Heworth II in the Scothern Construction Cup.
HPH Cup
First round
(to be played on Saturday, May 23)
Kelfield v Fulfordgate, North Cave v South Cave, North Duffield v Ovington, Stillingfleet v Bishopthorpe, Stockton & Hopgrove v Melbourne, Westow v Clifton Alliance, Askham Bryan v Ben Johnson, Burn v Heworth.
Scothern Construction Cup
First round
(to be played on Saturday, May 23)
Burton Salmon v Malton & Old Malton II, Hirst Courtney v Selby II, Thorpe Willoughby II v Thorpe Willoughby, Wheldrake v Stamford Bridge, Selby v Stockton & Hopgrove II, Ovington II v Yapham, Heworth II v Bishopthorpe II, Tadcaster Magnet v Malton & Old Malton. Byes: Pocklington, Burn II, Hemingbrough, Acomb, Ovington III, Thorp Arch & Boston Spa, Thixendale, Yapham II

Pocklington will once again host the league’s Raven Cricket Under-16 Six-a-Side competition which will be held at Burnby Lane on Sunday, June 28. Heworth have won the trophy for the last two seasons.
The Headley Trophy will have a different format this season after the Senior League’s Eastern Conference representative opted not to put a side into the competition this summer. The Vale and Senior Leagues will play each other twice with the opening fixture scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at Clifton Alliance.
10 February 2015

YCB ROADSHOW
THE Yorkshire Cricket Board, in conjunction with the ECB Coach Education team, are to hold a number of roadshows around the county.
The North Yorkshire Roadshow is to be held at Harrogate Cricket Club, The County Ground, St George's Road, Harrogate HG2 9BP on Wednesday, March 11 at 7.30pm.
The evening will offer the opportunity to gain insight in to the new coach education structure, the Coaches Association, Coaching Pathway and more.
Places available for no more than two people per club or organisation.
Topics covered include improving adult player retention by clubs, player centered coaching, improving coaching skills, various children's coaching courses, the work of theECB/YCB Coaches Association and how the association we help to bring courses to your area.
To confirm attendance email Richard Wilkinson, cricket development manager (North Yorkshire) on r.wilkinson@yorkshirecb.com by Friday, March 6.
For any further information on the roadshow, contact Richard either by email or phoning 07850 928190.   
6 February 2015

HALF TERM COACHING COURSE FOR KIDS
The Yorkshire Cricket Board is running a half-term course for all young cricketers.
The day at Burnholme School, York, will consist of learning and practising new skills with exciting batting, bowling and fielding drills with games to finish the day.
There will be a two-hour session in the morning with The Sports Learning Zone including:
Diving and catching, reaction catching, speed gun, striking/batting skills, high catching, ground fielding, crazy catch nets.
The sessions are led by experienced and ECB qualified coaches. They will be held from 10am to 3pm on Tuesday, February 17 or girls aged 7 to 14 and the same time the following day, Wednesday, February 18, for boys aged 7 to 14.
Take a packed lunch and drinks as there will be a lunch break.
For more information or book and receive a registration form and medical form please contact Rachel Hildreth ( YCB- York Community Cricket Coach), email
r.hildreth@yorkshirecb.com or phone 07736 275413.
25 January 2015

SEND IN YOUR HANDBOOK CHANGES
WORK will start soon on comiling the 2015 handbook.
This is a big job which requires the co-operation of member clubs.
Media officer Martin Jarred would be grateful if each club could check their Club Directory entry on the League website and last season's handbook.
Please email any changes in personnel, phone numbers and other contact details to him on media@yorkvale.co.uk as soon as possible - preferably by February 28.
He also need to know if there are no changes. If so, simply send an email to media@yorkvale.co.uk stating so. If your club has yet to decide on its officers for next season please also send an email to media@yorkvale.co.uk and give a date when the Club Directory information will be available.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Martin.
19 January 2015

YOUR CHANCE TO GET YOUR CLUB A GRANT
CLUBS have the opportunity to apply for cash under the 2015 ECB Waitrose Small Grant Scheme.
Between £1,000 and £4,000 is available for each application.
The closing date for applications to the County Cricket Board is Friday, March 6.
The scheme is open to all affiliated cricket clubs (subject to County Cricket Board [CCB] support).
Money can be obtained to cover a wide range of club projects.
Both guidance notes and an application form can be obtained by clicking the links at the foot of this story.

Clubs will need to have the following:
• A constitution
• Valid buildings, contents and public liability insurance
• Security of tenure
Clubs which received an award from the EWCT Small Grant Scheme 2014 are not eligible to reapply
in 2015.
Eligible Projects
The purchase of any relevant products or materials (and associated professional labour costs) under
the following project themes:

Covers
• Flat Sheet Covers
• Bowlers Run-up and Side Sheets
• Water removal equipment (only when combined with the purchase of covers)
• Mobile Covers

Kitchen / Social area – New for 2015 - Supported by Waitrose
Fixtures and fittings, including but not limited to:
• Cabinets / units
• Worktops / sinks / taps
• Electrical appliances (white goods / drinks coolers / extractors etc)
• Furniture – tables / chairs
• Tiling / splash backs

Outdoor social area – New for 2015 - Supported by Waitrose
Building materials and associated items, including but not limited to:
• Patio or decking area
• Barbeque (fixed not portable)
• Furniture – tables / chairs

Energy Consumption
Energy efficient / energy saving devices or systems, including but not limited to:
• Insulation (roof and / or walls)
• Double / Triple Glazing
• Heating systems e.g. boilers, radiators, thermostats
• Solar Panel Electricity (Photovoltaic) systems or Solar Water Heating systems
• Lighting

Water Consumption
Water consumption / water saving devices or systems, including but not limited to:
• Rain water harvesting / conservation systems including water collection systems
• Flush reduction toilets / devices
• Aeration devices e.g. water saving shower heads or taps
• Reduced tap flow devices e.g. self-closing (non-concussive) taps / showers

Ineligible Projects
• Pavilion and communal changing facilities
• Non-turf practice facilities
• Fine turf works
• Land purchases
• Drainage schemes
• Machinery – mowers / rollers / aerators etc
• Scoreboards / boxes
• Sight screens
• Ball-Stop netting
• Audio / visual equipment
If funding is required for any of the ineligible projects, please contact your CCB for advice.
When calculating the total project / purchase cost, delivery and VAT should be included.
The award may not be used to retrospectively fund projects / purchases.
A minimum of 10% partnership funding will be required from the club. Partnership funding is the difference between the project / purchase cost and the amount of award.
It can be sourced from club funds, other grant bodies or sponsorship etc. In-kind contributions will
not be considered.
Partnership funding may also be provided by way of a loan from the EWCT Interest Free Loan Scheme.
Further details can be found at www.ecb.co.uk/loans
The Small Grant Scheme cannot be partnered with any other ECB or EWCT capital funding programme.
Successful Clubs will be expected to complete the project / purchase within four months of the
date of the offer letter so should not apply until they have sufficient partnership funding, or a
reasonable expectation of obtaining sufficient partnership funding, to proceed within the timeframe.
Richard Wilkinson, cricket development manager for North Yorkshire said: "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."
Clubs who have any questions about the Small Grants Scheme should contact Richard on 07850 928190 email: r.wilkinson@yorkshirecb.com

EWCT_GrantScheme_Guidance_Notes_Cricket_Clubs_RGB_(England)_AW.pdf

EWCT_GrantScheme_Application_Form_(England)_AW.pdf

16 January 2015

SPORTS INJURY SEMINAR
MINSTER Law and York St John University’s Faculty of Health and Life Science invite you to an evening of presentation and discussion around the physical, medical and legal issues related to concussion in sport at all levels, from the school to the stadium.
It is being held on Wednesday, February 4 from 5pm to 8pm at York St John’s De Grey Court reception and lecture theatre.
In view of the death of Australian Test batsman Phil Hughes to an injury sustain during a game, the presentation and discussion could be of interest to cricket clubs. 

Concussion in Sport Today programme
5pm – 5.30pm.... Arrival / drinks - De Grey Foyer
5.30pm – 5.40pm ... Introduction, David Sears, specialist catastrophic injury solicitor, Minster Law
5.50pm – 6pm ... A personal account of the impact of concussion on the life of a professional sportsman, David Jackson, former RFU player for Nottingham
6pm – 6.45pm ... Mild traumatic brain injury generally and sport-related concussion specifically: where are we?, Dr Steven Kemp, consultant neuropsychologist
6.45pm – 7.15pm ... Return to sport following head injury, Dale Forsdyke, senior lecturer in Sports Injury Management
7.15- 7.45pm Safeguarding and monitoring - a legal perspective, Craig Moore, barrister and specialist member of the Football Association’s judicial panel
7.45pm – 8pm - Closing / questions
8pm – 8.30pm - Drink reception / networking and opportunity to view information posters created by sports injury management students on this topic
16 January 2015




SCOREBOARD FOR SALE
HEMINGBROUGH CC are installing a new scoreboard this winter.
The old one is being taken out and is for sale.
If there are no takers for the scoreboard, then the club would consider an offer for the numbers.
Any clubs interested should contact Dave Milburn on 07776 483823 or 01757 288570.
12 January 2015

2015 FIXTURES
PLEASE find below a link to the fixtures for the 2015 HPH York Vale Cricket League season.
This draft set of
fixtures contains as many of the requests from clubs as possible relating to ground unavailability. All four divisions will comprise 10 teams in each division.
The fixtures are downloadable at http://www.yorkvalecricket.btck.co.uk/2015Fixtures
Fixtures of individual clubs can be viewed on the Fixtures section of this website.
At this stage can all clubs to perform the following checks for league secretary Andy Copeland and let him know of any issues?
1… All teams should have 9 home and 9 away games playing each opponent twice.
2… If you have two teams, the team’s fixtures should be synchronised with the exception of the issues listed emailed directly to the affected clubs.
3… All notified ground unavailability should have been taken care of with the exception of the issues listed emailed directly to the affected clubs.
Sunday League fixtures
ALL teams which have the mandate from the league to play their home league matches on a Sunday have been published in the draft fixture list as a Sunday. If your team does not wish to play league fixtures on a Sunday then it is the responsibility of the AWAY team to contact the home team directly to resolve the issue. Deadlines
To ensure the Management Committee can construct the league handbook in good time for the commencement of the 2015 season the deadline for reporting any changes and resolving the issues highlighted above is 9pm on Thursday, February 14. At that point the fixture list is set in stone and cannot be changed without the agreement of the League chairman.
Please can you ensure that you copy fixtures@yorkvale.co.uk into all correspondence between clubs so we are able to keep track of your communication.
Once you have reached agreement with another clubs can both clubs please email fixtures@yorkvale.co.uk with your agreed changes by the deadline set above.
If you have any queries then please feel free to contact Andy Copeland via the email address above.
31 December 2014

UMPIRE'S COURSE
THERE will be an ECB ACO Level 1 umpire training course in York early next year.
This course is designed for those who intend to umpire regularly, or those that wish to acquire a better knowledge of the laws of cricket. Aside from covering the key laws in detail, it also deals with the basic techniques of match management. No prior knowledge is required.
It will be held at the Management Centre, Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York on Mondays, 7.30pm to 9.30 pm from January 12 to March 2.
The cost is £30 and the lead tutor is Tony Pawson.
To register for this course, please contact Rob Smith on 01759 304626 or 07932 323757 or email therobsmith@hotmail.com
15 December 2014

2015 FIXTURE PLANNING
THE league will operate with four divisions of 10 teams next season.
This follows the demise of Askham Bryan II. The club felt they had insufficient numbers to run two teams in 2015.
Clubs should let league secretary Andy Copeland know of any dates when their ground is unavailable during the 2015 season. The first day of the season will be April 25 and the last day, September 5.
Because of the equal number of teams in all divisions there should be no free weeks.
Please let Andy know ground availability by December 23 as the fixtures will be generated between Christmas and New Year with draft fixture release in early January.
12 December 2014

SPORT ENGLAND FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
THE Sport England Protecting Playing Fields Fund has re-opened for another round of support with a closing date of February 9, 2015.
 As a reminder, key features for clubs seeking aid are:
    25 years security of tenure is needed
    Any turf works can be applied for – i.e. new ground, square extension or renovation, drainage
    Clubs do not need to have consultant-led feasibility work at this stage. Sport England will appoint a consultant if not in place and the application is successful
   Grants can be from £20,000 to £65,000k for clubs
 Log on to https://www.sportengland.org/funding/our-different-funds/protecting-playing-fields/             
 or contact Daniel Musson, Facilities and Investment Manager, England and Wales Cricket Board, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0PX. Tel: 0161 877 6834, Mobile: 07920 757918, switchboard: 0207 432 1200
Email: daniel.musson@ecb.co.uk web: www.ecb.co.uk
Meanwhile the ECB are welcoming new applications for Lord's Taverners kitbags.
Full details are available on http://www.lordstaverners.org/cricket-kit-bags
12 December 2014

THE CRISIS IN RECREATIONAL CRICKET
DAVID Hopps, the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo, has written an interesting on-line article on the future of grassroots cricket.
It is relevant to leagues like ours and follows the publication of a report by the ECB into the recreational game.
To view it log on to http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/story/801903.html
David, a former sports writer with the Guardian, used to be the Yorkshire CCC writer for The Yorkshire Post.
The Sunday Telegraph also seized upon the state of the game, using Thixendale's plight last season as an example.
Written by Nick Hoult that story can be view at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/11247932/No-money-dwindling-interest-and-a-bleak-future-how-English-club-cricket-found-itself-in-a-battle-for-survival.html
26 November 2014

LOAN SCHEME GETS GO-AHEAD
CLUBS voted to introduce a player loan scheme from next season at the league AGM at Fulfordgate WMC last night.
The idea is to help those clubs struggling for numbers and was first mooted at club forums in York and Riccall towards the end of last season. A total of 35 games were conceded during 2014 and it is hoped the new scheme will help combat the number of call-offs.
The arrangement will be subject to the following guidelines -

a) Loans will only apply to teams competing in divisions 2, 3 and 4
b) A player may only be loaned to other teams competing in the same or a higher division. In certain circumstances, however, it may be possible to permit a player to be loaned to a team in a lower division.
c) A player who has played on the Saturday will not be allowed to go on loan to a team playing a league fixture the following day.
d) All loans must be approved in advance, on a match-by-match basis, by the league registrations officer. The player's name/club, team he is being loaned to and the match date must be emailed to registrations@yorkvale.co.uk no later than 11am on match day.
e) The scheme will not apply to cup games.
f) Retrospective action will be taken if it transpired that the loan has enabled a team to be strengthened.

Players and clubs are encouraged to use the league's Facebook pages to announce availability or to request help. This can be found on https://www.facebook.com/groups/162266030493184/

A proposal by Bishopthorpe CC that all matches start at 1.30pm was agreed by a 14-11 (2 abstentions) vote. However, both teams may agree to a different start time - 1.30pm will become the default time, rather than 2pm.
An amendment to the wording to the rule covering the length of matches was also given the green light.
Rule 9 will now read - Matches shall consist of a maximum of 40 overs for each innings. Before a game commences, captains have the discretion to agree to play fewer overs, subject to a minimum of 20 overs for each innings. This may be appropriate when inclement weather has prevented a prompt start or in lower divisions where a shortened form of the game would suit younger players.
It was also agreed by an overwheliming majority that teams who concede in the preliminary or first round of the HPH or Scothern Construction cup competitions shall be permitted to enter the plate competitions providing they have made a genuine attempt to play the aforementioned game.
Yapham were given the all-clear to enter a second team from 2015 and both Selby II and Thixendale successfully gained re-election. Selby were forced to seek re-admittance after conceeding more than two fixtures. Dunnington, who were in the same position, opted not to seek re-election. Thixendale, whose membership was suspended during 2014 because of a lack of players led to a string of conceded division one games, have had a successful publicity campaign which has boosted player numbers. They will resume life in the league as a division four side.
Yapham, who have built up a successful junior section over the last few years, will use Bishop Wilton's pitch on Saturdays for the vast majority of their newly-elected side's matches.
Club subscriptions, which have been pegged for several years, will rise from £75 to £80 per team from next season.
Tony Pawson, the training officer for umpires in the York area is planning to lead sessions in York and Selby in late March covering the basics of umpiring.
He is also leading a level one umpiring course of eight to 10 weeks at the York Marriott Hotel starting on Monday, January 12
The current management committee were re-elected en-bloc.
All clubs were represented at the AGM except South Cave & Brantingham who face a fine under Rule 3.2 for their non-attendance.
11 November 2014

                                                  







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