Monday, 21 August 2017

WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON WIN THE BIG T20 FINALS DAY

DERBYSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET LGE PEAK MARQUEES JOHN ELSE T20 FINALS DAY
STAINSBY HALL, DUFFIELD, ELVASTON & WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON
21 AUGUST 2017 --- 10AM/1PM/3PM @ THE FIELD SHIPLEY HALL CC
PEAK MARQUEES T20 2017 WINNERS WIRKSWORTH & MIDDLETON CC
A powerful performance on the day from Wirksworth and Middleton [W&M] saw captain Ben Perry-Taylor lift the cup to scenes of delight after an enthralling finish against Elvaston.  Both sides had reached the final with crushing semi final displays but with Jake Harrold, 81, leading Elvaston's response to W&M's challenging target the trophy looked to be heading south of Derby.  That was until Jack Ritchie disturbed his timbers with the score on 125 and some tight bowling in the latter stages saw W&M win the final by 7 runs after a sterling effort from both sides.
With the weather forecast fair the option of visiting the exquisite Shipley Hall Cricket Club for the first time was undertaken after Saturday night checks to confirm the event was definitely being hosted at their Field venue. The vagaries of Sunday morning public transport from base saw a change in Ripley allow departure at just after 1030 in Heanor, a sharp walk to the edge of town and a pacey completion through the Nutbrook walk into Shipley Park soon had me arriving at this tucked away ground.  Upon arrival the first game was well under way and Duffield were batting against Elvaston with 9 wickets down the game looked a cert for the latter to snap up a final appearance, more of which later.
SHIPLEY HALL CC TODAYS FINAL HOSTS
Shipley Hall Cricket Club is situated in the Shipley Country Park which was the grounds of the Miller Mundy family and their former hall was surrounded by the grounds and lakes.  The family had risen to prominence with the ownership of many mines in the Shipley Collieries Company portfolio and with a keen interest in cricket the club was formed in 1899 with much interest shown from the area and the Miller Mundy's the club soon attracted a selection of top players.  Following the death of the squire the whole area was sold onto the colliery company and then the NCB in the 1970's the site was sold further to Derbyshire County Council who have now developed the park into its current format.  Part of the land was developed early on as Britannia Park a medium scale attempt at an Alton Towers type of attraction but then sold onto become the more famously named American Adventure Theme Park.  Sadly after varying attempts to re ignite this it closed in 2007 and the whole area is now fenced off and overgrown car parks pay homage to days of fun that many had experienced during the theme parks short time in existence.  The Miller Mundy's hall was also lost to subsidence following the years of mining although a lodge still stands now serving refreshments to the many walkers enjoying the area.
SHIPLEY HALL CC WITH PETER YOUNG ON THE HEAVY ROLLER
The cricket club was a former haystack field and after reclamation has seen much action some of the early pictures are very interesting showing little in the way of trees round part of the outfield, however today the whole ground is lined with enough trees to give an arborist a field day if that's not an oxymoron!  With a selection of seats under the shade of various branches the ground offers a great outing for serial circuit walkers with many paces to hover to watch the action, although the pavilion area is of course the main focus.  Two new apex roofed 2 storey additions for changing rooms have been added to the middle single level original building.  Inside it is a wood panelled affair with many interesting pictures from times gone by plus a bar, catering area and pool table, clearly the building has greeted many over the years and I'm sure would tell a story or two if it could.  Separately to the left hand side is a double decked standard building with grounds mans storage area at base level and above a smart electronic scoreboard with scorers room above.   So from the previous weeks of the Huddersfield League Cricket grounds and their expansive views today would offer up a complete contrast of an enclosed ground that I guess says English cricket all over it, a lovely setting.
So the first game was well under way and thanks to a cameo from James Hardwick at the end of the Duffield innings the managed to bat out their 20 overs and score 94 for 9.  For Elvaston Jonathon Ball took 5 for 7 in his 4 overs to assist proceedings for his batsman.  It was a relatively regulatory affair as 97 for 3 was reached with 5 overs to spare Jake Harrold top scoring with 29 ably assisted by Ben Wright with 25.  After a visit to the scoreboard to check in with the scorers and Chris Higginbottom from the league a thank you for your help today it was much appreciated.
W&M KEEPER MICHAEL JEFFERISS APPEALS FOR A LEG SIDE CATCH V STAINSBY HALL
During the second innings it was a pleasure to meet club man Peter Young who had found himself in the area in the early 1960's and was still here!  Shipley Cricket Club had become a love of his life, as was clear for the other volunteers here today, with an appearance on the heavy roller and other duties during the afternoon too.  Initially from the West County we did joke that I guess he would have nearly been accepted up here by now.  Great to meet you today thanks for your time and your kind gift of your centenary brochure, to the others from Shipley Hall his fellow assister in ground duties in the break between games whose name I didn't get and also the BBQ man and lady in the kitchen/bar area excellent full day hats off to you all clubs survive because of people like you.
YES IT REALLY WAS 1 FOR 4
The second game pitted W&M against Stainsby Hall the latter being neighbours from 'just down the road'.  It couldn't have gone much more wrong for the locals with what seemed a cavalier attitude of throw the bat at everything they were 1 for 4 in the 2nd over and 9 for 8 shortly afterwards.  With 9 extras in the total of 32 chipping in to help the total.  From the W&M point of view a devastating spell of bowling from Josh Pickering had seen home return 6 for 9 in his allotted 4 overs.  The reply was a straight forward affair with the runs knocked off in 3.2 overs to win by 10 wickets although even then the scorecard had a misbalanced feel to it with Ben Gartside hitting 28 to Michael Jefferies 1.
W&M JOSH PICKERING DISTURBS THE BAILS
During this game it was a pleasure to meet Steve a former Wirksworth resident now residing in Sheffield and it was great to catch up with all things sporting and local, hopefully you enjoyed your day and a victory in the end for your lads made the journey worthwhile.
The league officials now had a choice to make with a 4pm start for the final giving over 2 hours to wait the decision was made to bring the final forward to 3pm and following the toss we saw Wirksworth bat first and set a challenging score of 165 for 7.
EARLY ACTION FROM THE FINAL WITH ELVASTON BOWLING
Featuring in this total was Gartside with 56 from 26 balls including 8 fours and 3 maximums he was ably assisted by Joe Greenhalgh who fell just one short of his half century caught by Ben Wright off the bowling of David Jacobs.
The total looked a really good ask but after 10 overs Elvaston were 87 for 1 right up with the asking rate and with wickets in hand, you had to favour them.
JOE GREENHALGH ON HIS WAY TO 49 FOR W&M
The loss of Ben Wright and Mitchell Bradley took the score to 107 for 3 in the 14th over and it was looking a one batsman game with Jake Harrold going well and aided by being dropped on the boundary on 58 a lot rested with him.  Hero of the semi final Ritchie came up with the goods for W&M when he disturbed the stumps of Harrold it was 125 for 4 with a valiant 81 from the opener it was enough to secure him the man of the match award later.
JAKE HARROLD MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 81 FOR ELVASTON
Some tight bowling from Perry-Taylor, Greenhalgh  and Ritchie added further pressure and the ask rate was above 10 now.  With 2 overs to go the score was 132 for 4 but even with the wickets in hand 34 to win was a big ask and Elvaston didn't have the big hitters able to respond but they made a valiant effort needing 19 off the last over the fell just 7 runs short on 158 for 7.
The presentation was a smart little affair brief and to the point with scorers, umpires, hosts and the runners up Elvaston thanked for their contribution to a good day and the latter to a close and entertaining final.  But now it was time to crown the 2017 T20 county league champions Wirksworth and Middleton Cricket Club and for former MCC player and League President Tony Pope to present the trophy to the victorious captain Ben Perry-Taylor.
WIRKSWORTH AND MIDDLETON 2017 T20 WINNERS
With time to spare a walk out towards the main Heanor Ilkeston road for a bus was gratefully stopped when a league official, sorry didn't get your name [I was bad at that today], very kindly gave me a lift to Heanor and with one change I was back at base for 7pm.
Enjoyable day out, well organised by Shipley Hall and the league officials with a cracking final too, well done all.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

HEANOR SQUEEZE HOME IN THE CLOSING STAGES AGAINST TEN MEN ATHLETIC

SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC 0 HEANOR TOWN 1
MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER @ MJ ROBINSON ARENA
19 AUGUST 2017 --- 3PM
THE THREE TEAMS ENTER THE PITCH AT LEES LANE
A goal in the 87th minute from Elliott Reeves sealed victory for Heanor Town but how they made hard work of it against South Normanton Athletic who had been reduced to ten men after just 7 minutes when Kuwesi Ofushine was shown a red card for a dangerous challenge.  Heanor could rue many missed chances this afternoon and should have had the game out of reach by half time but as the home sides confidence rose they looked the stronger side in the second period that was until Reeves struck.
Short journey selected this week and for a while no cricket mainly due to the inclement weather forecast around Huddersfield.  Having finally plumped for this local derby which would pit Athletic, newly promoted from EMCFL after West Bridgford declined, against Heanor Town local now fellow Midland Football League rivals.
MORE RESEARCH.....FISH AND CHIPS
 A fairly early arrival left plenty of time to explore and although the blog has done Lees Lane plenty of times before its normally in midweek so time to re familiarise with the area.  First point of call was The Frying Squad a chippy that had been marked down for a while to try and which receives some impressive reviews.  Todays experience was certainly good and rides into the top portions of the fish and chip table and overall was probably todays highlight.  On the roundabout walk back into the village centre the route meandered back along Downing St and to the end were the local butchers name as always amazed me, A.E. Bacon.  As a former mining village times are still hard in the area and mostly the shops in the evening are shuttered up so today it was good to see many still open.  The obligatory visit to the local Coop followed with an impressive logo re fit in the new blue style symbol looking really impressive on this store. 
With enough time on my hands for another portion of chips.....I decided against and I discovered the excellent Post Mill Centre, community facility, and the town park garden.
MARKET ST CLOCK IN SOUTH NORMANTON
With a strong wind and the threat of rain ever present today it did make me wonder where the days of sunny red hot August football days had gone.
EARLY CHANCE FOR JAMIE SLEIGH
The ground awaited and as the rain came down sharply a dash for the entrance was made I wont repeat a descriptor here because it has been covered many times needless to say it a smart large blue and white affair with a bar and catering area plus small programme shop too.  The ground is quite exposed from the Blackwell end and with the wind very blustery today I did wonder if this would have a detrimental affect on proceedings.  Just before kick off it was clear there would be a majority in the crowd coming from Heanor, hopefully South Normanton can pull in some supporters for their new challenge because it is full credit to them that they were ready and willing to take this late call for a move up to step 5.
REFEREE RICARDO SHOWS AN EARLY RED TO OFUSHINE
The first half was a weird affair with the dismissal of Ofushine for his challenge on Dom Wilkinson after just 7 minutes and by half time Heanor really should have been out of sight.  Number nine Jamie Sleight had had two strikes on goal before referee Ruebyn Ricardo, freshly back from Denmark officiating in The Iber Cup, had produced his red card.  Myles Scott fired over soon after before Shaun Roulston headed just over from a right hand side free kick.
A YELLOW FOR JOSHUA CRADDOCK
On the stroke of half time a lovely flick  header from Jevin Seaton found Sleigh but the home keeper Charlie Mansfield saved well.
The Heanor number 9 was certainly in the goalmouth action straight from the re start Mansfield again got the better of his effort before his next effort from wide right fell away wide of Mansfield's far post.
LATE SOUTH NORMANTON PRESSURE
South Normanton were now starting to believe they could win this game and Abou Sylla  and Jack Tyson both went close on 70 and 71 minutes respectively.  Before Heanor got back in the action a hesitant clearance from Mansfield found Gregg Marriott who pumped the ball back in to the far post and with a tight angle but open goal Sleigh deflected his header wide.
The move of the game came on 80 minutes when Sylla beat two visiting players before firing just inches over from 20 yards.
There were chances a plenty for Heanor to have wrapped this game up and just as it looked like they didn't have the ability to finish the game off up popped Reeves to squeeze the ball home between Mansfield and the post to secure 3 points.
CONFIDENT TAKE FROM HEANOR KEEPER OLIVER CAMMIDGE
Its always a mystery what happens when a ten is reduced to ten men whether they try harder or the opposition just ease off this happens so often and although Heanor secured 3 points late on they made really hard work of getting them.  Overall a poor game with some uninspiring football that thankfully did give up a goal in those late stages.  Sometimes teams have to win ugly and I guess today the victors Heanor would go for that to gain maximum points.
Return journey was comfortably completed with a hoppers tea from the big T's in Alfreton before making the onward journey back to base.

Friday, 18 August 2017

HEANOR ROAR TO FIRST WIN

HEANOR TOWN 4 ROCESTER 1
MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER AT THE TOWN GROUND
15 AUGUST 2017 7.45PM
THE TOWN GROUND HEANOR TOWN FC 2017/18 SEASON
The Lions roared out a warning with a hardworking and determined performance that swept away their Staffordshire based visitors by 4 goals to one including a brace from the impressive Elliott Reeves.
Footy returns to the blog with this midweek fixture and who can turn down a midweek fixture at Heanor?  Well increasingly it had become me due to the vagaries of public transport and missed return connections in Ripley as regular readers will be aware my days of challenging Usain Bolt to a sprint for the Nines have know been put to bed.  However with a train just after ten allowing me a good chance of the down hill walk from Heanor in 20 minutes the challenge was accepted.  With the clock allowing an early base station departure at 5.20pm there was time to visit the big M's just by Langley Mill station and joy of joys as the order number had gone around its cycle I received order number 001, something never achieved before [?].  Only when I looked up at screen did I discover that the new cycle starts at 000 oh well something still to achieve!  The start at base station was slightly disconcerting when a north bound Leeds train was declared 19 minutes late due to disruptive passengers and it wasn't even a Saturday.
Corporate meal eaten the option of steep hill walk to Heanor was avoided by jumping on a Rainbow 1 to the Market Place for tonight's game so allowing a small amble to The Town Ground.  No need to repeat a descriptor of this much visited ground and although the blog is neutral it often doesn't feel like it when watching Heanor.  There was the chance to catch up with a few favourites and mascot Lenny the Lion was on show with his brand new squad number on display on his shirt, Mr Squires junior and senior were their to renew acquaintances with,  thank you to the latter for an end of game lift down to the station which definitely gave me plenty of time for the final service north out of Langley Mill.
LENNY SIGNED AGAIN FOR ANOTHER SEASON
Heanor after a loss at home to Aylestone Park in the FA Cup and last week at Worcester needed a morale boosting win and I guess Rocester who had also had an unconvincing start were looking for the same.  After 13 minutes though the upper hand went to the home side with a beautifully worked goal that allowed left back Myles Scott to continue his run and slot the ball home.  That the way we went into half time but The Lions soon doubled their lead when Jamie Sleigh, 8 minutes into the second period, turned in the box and fired low into the bottom right hand corner.   With 3 minutes of normal time it was 3-0 when Reeves outpaced his marker to fire past the visiting keeper with supreme confidence something that he did again in the 4th minute of stoppage time from the penalty spot after prolonged delaying tactics by the visiting keeper had failed to deny the young Lion.  In between these two goals Rocester pulled back a consolation goal with a wonderful opportunist 25 yard lob of the Heanor keeper thanks to Oli Roome whose alertness produced a cracker.
SOME PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THE BACK OF LENNY WELL HERE IT IS WITH HIS NEW SQUAD NUMBER
A hardworking and determined victory for Heanor who fought for every ball something that is always a pre requisite of a Glen Clarence Heanor side.
The departure from Langley Mill was on a HST 125 heading back to Leeds and all being on time the final bus was made out of base town with arrival back just after 11 being a whole lot more comfortable and there was no running shoes required to end an enjoyable game to start the 2017/18 season.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

DETERMINED SHEPLEY GET HOME

SHEPLEY 186 FOR 7 CAWTHORNE 184 FOR 9
DRAKES HUDDERSFIELD CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIERSHIP @ MARSH LANE
12 AUGUST 2017 --- 1PM
SHEPLEY CC WITH EMLEY MOOR IN THE FOREGROUND
Shepley got home comfortably in the end to secure the win against Cawthrone but there was a moment of doubt as they reached their target.  Cawthorne had set what looked like a fair target thanks mainly to a stand of 123 for the second wicket with overall A J Dehmel 69 and Iqbal Khan 43 being the main contributors.  In reply Brenton Thompson supplied 55 with Oliver Thompson close behind on 54 helping to secure the 7 wicket win which was ably assisted by some calm batting from Archie Greaves at the business end.
Saturday had come around again it was a generally fine day so it must be The Drakes Huddersfield League and a trip on the Penistone line, mustn't it?  Of course and the usual catalogue of events occurred full bus to base station train to first change at Sheffield now loading with the re commenced football season and change to the Huddersfield line and breathe.  Once again the Penistone line was nice and calm with a seat gained, I'm not getting bored with the views and today the departure two stops on from the lines named station saw arrival in Shepley for a Premiership game versus Cawthorne which would be the first time I would have seen a team twice in this league.
ARRIVAL AT SHEPLEY
The village of Shepley has its station to north eastern edge of the village and the steady climb to the centre delivers a collection of new and old houses some of the old are a typical of the area but some are amazingly not with the old hall and many stone terraces that give the impression of a former mill village, although I'm not sure how true that is of what looks like a farming area.  The village is lovely away from the busy Huddersfield Road and at the end of todays late finishing game there was a little time to explore a few of its gems.  The village itself is famous for the Shepley Spring company bottler of as an example Ice Valley Water, the former Cooperative society The Shepley Independent and Provident founded in 1852 and when they finally needed to seek a bit of help the Central England Coop came in to keep the store going in 2013.  The village is also famous for being the place were the founder of Everton and Liverpool FC Ben Smith Chambers grew up.
OLD AND NEW TOGETHER
The gentle climb along Marsh Lane saw a turn along a narrow lane to take us to the cricket ground of Shepley Cricket Club, formed 1871 and playing at this ground since 1888, members of The Huddersfield Cricket League since 1932.  As you may imagine the ground is on the heights above the village and as you turn towards the playing area there is a selection of younger trees and a seating area offering a wonderful greeting with the clubs buildings ahead of you.  Here in lies intrigue I had seen a few pictures and assumed a superb new club house well Shepley are not quite there yet but wow how good it looks with work still to be done inside this when completed will stand really well and I guess be much loved.  To the left hand side are the new changing rooms with grounds mans garage topped off by the scoreboard while to the right is the clubhouse a current much loved and homely building.  The attraction [?] in here was the sign in the toilets from the committee warning to replace the handle back into flush position otherwise due to the club not being on the main sewers their could be a flow back of smell from the tanks.  Out on its own to the far left is the refreshment shed which served up teas during the game and teas at the break I guess this had seen many a conversation on cold days take place within its walls.  Talking of cold days today the sun became increasingly more popular as the day went on but the whole afternoon was spoiled by a 15 mph wind that being on the tops gave the feeling of 40mph, within the village it was not really noticeable.  Around the rest of the ground there is much space beyond the outfield for car parking white stone washed walls for additional sight screen coverage and some seats uniquely constructed with scaffolding planks behind flush to the stone wall to create some protection.
CHARACTER OF THE REFRESHMENT HUT AT SHEPLEY CC
The view from the business end is once again dominated by another view of Emley Moor TV mast it must have been viewed from all sides now surely?
CRICKET AND A VIEW
To the north the valleys and hills towards Huddersfield offering a fantastic backdrop to any game here at Marsh Lane, with the farmer bringing in the hay and the occasional cow appearing over the adjoining fields wall this is probably one of the quintessential views of English cricket.
AJ DEHMEL CAUTIOUS FOR CAWTHORNE
To the game then and an early wicket gave Shepley hope of seeing Cawthorne into difficulties but that was to dismiss the visitors overseas player Dehmel who made an attractive 69 and Khan who proved his worth to the side with 43, their stand of 123 took the score along nicely.
IQBAL KHAN GUIDES ONE AWAY
The wickets in hand saw the run rate in the remaining 15 overs approach 4 and over but the ball couldn't be struck away within any major scoring and by the time the last ball was delivered the visitors had posted 184 for 9.  During the latter stages of the innings it was interesting to catch up with Iqbal Khan and talk cricket and listen to some of his many experiences and thoughts on the game, thank you good to chat.
For Shepley Nasir Jamal was the pick of the bowling with 4 for 35 in his 10 overs coming in from the Marsh Lane end.
DEHMEL LOOKING FOR THE BOUNDARY
Tea interval upon us and I elected to pop down to the Coop for some hopper provisions, sarnie, pop and chocolate of course.  It was another chance to view the village and when arrival was made back at the ground it was just in time for the start of the Shepley reply.  A stable start was given a little caution when the first wicket fell at 23 but this brought Oliver Davidson to the wicket to join Brenton Thompson and it was 115 before the latter went for 54.  So a very familiar feel to Cawthorne's innings.  The change bowling of Khan had brought the breakthrough in his second over and he added a further wicket in the same over to leave the home side at 120 for 3 at around the halfway stage.
BRENTON THOMPSON DISPATCHES
Top scorer Thompson, 55, was out in the 38th at 154 for 5 and it would be a matter now of could the visitors dismiss Shepley. 
With ten overs to go The Rams were still 25 short with now just 4 wickets on hand and although they lost a seventh wicket before reaching the target with a sweetly hit 4 the game had produced a slightly tense finish in which Shepley had enough still available to see them home but in which Cawthorne had pushed them all the way.  Time check showed 7.45pm and this had ben one heck of a long day but with 50 minutes to go to my next train I popped off on a little discovery walk around the village, not before thanking todays scorers for their help in some of the stats during the game, thank you! 
As per all good hopping's journey provisions were taken in again at the you know where.  The time on Shepley station was spent viewing Emley Moor as the evening darkness drew in and as we waited to approach Barnsley station it was now dark with a change in Sheffield and the avoidance of late night revellers and drunken blokes we arrived back at base station just after 10pm and arrived back at overall base just shy of 11pm.  This was a long day for a cricket match but an enjoyable visit to Shepley and after all I cant have it both ways when the Hoyalndswaine game finished at 3.30pm the other week here the match served up a full days play, next time though I'm going to turn off the wind blowers!

Monday, 7 August 2017

MORTON BACK TO WINNING WAYS ON A SUNDAY

TEVERSAL 109 ALL OUT V MORTON COLLIERY 111 FOR 3
MANSFIELD AND DISTRICT LEAGUE SECTION 1
6 AUGUST 2017 --- 1.30PM AT CARNARVON ST
MORTONS MATHEWS ON HIS WAY TO A HALF CENTURY
Morton returned to winning ways with this comfortable win over near Neighbours Teversal in this Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire battle.  Having skittled the home side out for 109 a total only made achievable by a remarkable 75 from Billy North Morton set about reaching their target in the 25th over with 7 wickets to spare and Blair Mathews to thank on 50 not out.
TEVERSAL CRICKET CLUB BETWEEN THE TREES
A short Sunday hop to Teversal is a convoluted public transport affair but its worth it for a pleasant ground which is sadly now minus its clubhouse, demolished, which also featured its changing rooms aloft a balcony position giving excellent views over the surrounding countryside famous of the D H Lawrence novels.  The site of course features the start of the Teversal trail, Teversal FC and the local bowling club.  The visitors centre was still open so allowed for a few provisions for the afternoon, sadly now the club are housed in two Porta cabins which are smart and functional but don't have the same feel as  the clubs former home.  The outfield is massive and although the wicket was very green it has to be said the whole area was smart and very well kept indeed on talking to the grounds man during the afternoon once again its is a pride and joy of the gentleman how clubs are so grateful for volunteers like this.  Around the ground there are new trees and little plantations with seats amidst them to watch proceedings.
HARRY WILMOTT GIVES IT PLENTY OF AIR
A short blog intended today was made all the more so by the game finishing at 5pm, Teversal were struggling away at 30 for 4 but thanks to a swashbuckling performance from Billy North who hit 75 they secured 109 all out losing their last 5 wickets for 3 runs thanks to a late display from Jordan Crowder who secured 4 for 5 in his 3.5 overs.  Lee Mathews had earlier returned 3 for 14 with a glut of dropped catches of his bowling sadly 2 that were caught came from no balls who knows how low Teversal's total may have been.
TEVERSAL HANG ON
With tea taken Morton set off in response but had soon lost 3 wickets thankfully though Blair Mathews steadied the ship and ended with a half century ably supported by Ollie Truswell who also finished not out on 22 as the visitors recorded a 7 wicket.
TOM NICHOLSON STRIKES OUT FOR MORTON
A nice little ground sadly just lacking a permanent building for this homely little club something that hopefully all the sporting facilities on site can come together to re build not too far in the future.
BLAIR MATHEWS ACKNOWLEDGES THE APPLAUSE FOR HIS 50
There is a danger of the blog becoming a Morton supporter, isn't it already [?], with the amount of their games covered and now a lift home with Morton player Harry Wilmott's grandad.
ANOTHER ONE TO THE TOTAL FOR MATHEWS AND MORTON
A short fixture but some entertaining batting from both North and Mathews in a lovely little setting for a game of cricket.

SKELMANTHORPE WIN THE BATTLE OF THE BOTTOM TWO

SKELMANTHORPE 169 FOR 2 BARKISLAND 164 ALL OUT
DRAKES HUDDERSFIELD PREMIERSHIP AT LIDGETT LANE
5 AUGUST 2017 --- 1PM
SKELMANTHORPE CC BELOW THE EMLEY TV TOWER
In the word of Selwyn Froggitt 'magic our......Skelmanthorpe' after the Bill Maynard character in the famous 1970's TV comedy Oh No Its Selwyn Froggitt filmed around the streets of the village.  This game featured the battle of the bottom two with the result going to form.  It was a slow burner of a match with plenty missing the bat and generally the ball was not clearing the square to often with the Halifax based visitors bowled out for 164 in 37 overs.  The reply from Skelmanthorpe was at times just above 2 an over but with wickets in hand it was a cautious approach that secured victory thanks to a sensible 63 from Allan Greenwood.
So much time am I spending in Yorkshire there may be a requirement soon to apply for citizenship of the great ,so the Yorkshire men tell me, county.  Todays journey was a slightly longer method than normal due to rail engineering work stopping all trains south at Penistone.  On arrival at base station it was clear that football was back in swing with police, football fans and a fair amount of alcohol in presence at just short of 10am.  Normally the blog goes back to football as soon as the season begins but this summer the cricket as been enjoyable and there has undoubtedly been a pull to the Huddersfield League and its picturesque grounds.  Back to the journey with the usual change at Sheffield and there was time to become acquainted again with platform 1b soon arriving in Penistone and off in search of the rail replacement bus service.  I say bus service it was more of a mini coach that officially seated 2 people per seat row but believe me it was one and a small hamster, not that I had one to measure this criteria.  The delights of contracted in JM Coaches of Barnsley get me to the heights of Denby Dale station just in time for the Yorkshire Tiger Huddersfield service that would take me to todays destination.  The great thing about Yorkshire Tiger is the orange tiger strewn buses and the liveried seats in tiger camouflage.  Climbing towards Skelmanthorpe you cold spot the non local as I stared out of the window at the imposing Emley Moor TV tower, now seen from probably all angles, while the locals just looked at their phones and papers oblivious to this engineering achievement.
SKELMANTHORPE MINUS THE HOT DOG WAGON
Fast foot onto the streets of Skel and with an hour to go a little wander around the back streets brought me back onto the main business area Commercial St and the chance to take a picture from the opening scenes of Series 1 of Oh No Its Selwyn Froggitt where our hero [?] cycles down the series village of Scarsdale past the miners welfare towards the Coop when he spots his brother Maurice in The Blue Lagoon CafĂ© with female company so taken aback is he that he crashes into the back of an unlikely placed hot dog van.  As he extricates himself from the tangle wreckage Froggitt declares to the hot dog seller 'I will have a nice big one with onions please'!  Scene relived there was time for a wander around the notice boards and further research although the village seems to have made little of it so far I discover that the new and first female Dr Who Jodie Whittaker was born and raised in the village.
CLUBHOUSE AT LIDGETT LANE
The Coop was to be my part home today a couple of visits before the climb to the ground saw me purchase a pack of pens, much needed but dour I know but follow the tale.  Off to Lidgett Lane and the ground is surrounding by a variety of modern and older style stone houses and the delightfully named Ponker Nook Lane which really should be its home name.  The approach drive way gives up at the top end a bungalow style clubhouse with changing rooms to the right hand side in a lofted position and to the left a small separate building for the Umpires.  The bar is a comfortable area with the usual collection of historical additions from the clubs successes and with a selection of green tip up seats around the front and veranda positions it gives for a homely feel for the locals.  Sadly today the electronic scoreboard has a problem and positioned in the corner aloft the grounds mans garage it will not be in action so we make do with a manual scoreboard efficiently operated by our home scorer.  As ever thank you to todays umpires and scorers for your assistance its much appreciated.  the ground then is pretty flat except for a slight slope towards Lidgett Lane and with a wide selection and indeed variety of seats there are plenty of viewing points at this ground.  Most people seem to favour the top side by the clubhouse and it certainly offers protection later on as the wind literally howls across this lofty position.
SKELMANTHORPE KEEPER LUKE WEBSTER TAKES THE CATCH
As ever there is a true Yorkshire feel to this ground with a white washed wall denying a selection of cows access to the ground as well as acting as a sight screen extension for the facing batsman..  Having nearly proceeded with a few pictures it was during the opening overs that I discovered the replacement batteries were struggling so thankfully off to the Coop for some more indeed there would be one more visit at the tea interval for eats.
ABBAS AHMED BOWLS DARREN ROBINSON
Barkisland had been put into bat and to be fair were doing pretty well when their second wicket fell at 80 in the 19th over.  However they soon fell away to 89 for 5 and as the wickets fell away they finally succumbed to 164 all out losing their last 2 wickets without adding a run and leaving home bowler Aizaz Khan on a hat trick next time out.
JAKE FINCH LOSES A BAIL TO AHMED
The saving grace for the visitors was a measured 51 not out from Ben Westbrook who made the total something to defend.  For Skelmanthorpe Khan finished with 3 for 21 and Abbas Ahmed 4 for 60.
SETH ODDY IS OUT LBW TO AHMED BARKISLAND 124 FOR 7
Tea interval allowed the store visit and a perch on one of the Lidgett Lane seats to enjoy eats and the surroundings as the wind got up in strength its was time for the home side to start their reply.  During their innings it was good to meet up again with Josh Ingham's grandma who had sold me some raffle tickets in the first innings and was now collecting admission money which came with a folded 4 page programme for £1.50 this was the first ground I had been asked for this but had previously been made aware a lot of clubs do this in Yorkshire and indeed after a programme at Hoylandswaine last week it was good to see most people supporting the club by contributing to its running.  Josh will probably be playing his last game this season because he will now be off to the base of the TV tower to play for Emley in the NCEFL.
BEN JOBSON BOWLED BY AIZAZ KHAN
Todays game was also punctuated with a couple of conversations with Alan a former player and league umpire whose partner was doing the scoring for Barkisland as aver a pleasure to meet you.
Steady progress was being made by the home side the first wicket falling at 64 for 1 and the second at 109 in the 37th over was giving a little hope to Barkisland but with wickets in hand Skelmanthorpe had to favour their chances.  The fall of the second wicket had seen the dismissal of Allan Greenwood for 63 an innings that set up what was to be victory when overseas player Liam O Dea 29 not out and Michael Kitson 46 not out saw them over the line the latter finishing with a mighty maximum taking the score to 169 for 2 in the 45th over.
ALLAN GREENWOOD 63 FOR SKELMANTHORPE
Timely finish chaps at just gone a quarter to seven it was a steady march back over the country lanes through Cumberworth into the station approach at Denby Dale through the new estate and in record time of 22 minutes there was time to spare for the rail replacement bus service which turned out to be Andrews of Tideswell a little out of their Derbyshire territory.  With connection back to train at Penistone and the next service made in Sheffield base arrival was just after 9pm.  A fairly long day out in Yorkshire today after last weeks truncated effort at Hoylandswaine but overall a good trip.  Overall I say because those pens mentioned earlier one decided to leak in my coat pocket and then when I thought the same thing couldn't happen again the second one drained some of its contents into my bag aarrgggh.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

HOYLANDSWAINE TITLE CHARGE CONTINUES

HOYLANDSWAINE 61 FOR 3 CAWTHORNE 57 ALL OUT
DRAKES HUDDERSFIELD CRICKET LEAGUE PREMIERSHIP @ HAIGH LANE
29 JULY 2017 --- 1PM
HOYLANDSWAINE C C
This Barnsley derby was all over just after 3.30pm with Hoylandswaine brushing aside their near neighbours Cawthorne thanks to a devastating bowling spell from Adnan Ghani taking 7 for 31. For the visitors just Australian Ayrton Dehmel could put up any resistance with 26 as his team mates wickets clattered all round him.
A blog to Hoyalndswaine had been on the cards for the last few weeks and a further journey along the Sheffield to Huddersfield, Penistone line beckoned always a pleasure plus of course the chance to Watch some Huddersfield League Cricket again.
PENISTONE AND ITS VIADUCT
The start out from base station met with a change at Sheffield before arrival in the market town of Penistone with 40 minutes to journey the 2 miles to Hoylandswaine. with the one an hour bus timed to leave the same time as the train arrives into the station the option was clearly by foot.  A walk through a local park by the River Don and then the busy A628 Barnsley Rd saw the climb to the summit and Hoylandswaine, mind you this was not before a few 'look backs' towards Penistone and beyond and the impressive railway viaduct that brings the line into the town.
ARRIVAL
Having turned off the main road the view down to the ground gave up more sights of the surrounding area and way beyond on this clear day.
Upon arrival at the ground there was just time to seek out todays umpires Robert Gartside and David Haikings who were in their own little shed adjacent to the scorers accommodation of a similar variety.  Thankfully the officials were able to supply me with a quick photo of the team card and so we had a few minutes to take in the surroundings before the start of play.
THE VIEWS AND OH YES GHANI HAS DISLODGED THE BAILS
There was a little time to take a few pictures of this stunning little ground, with its clubhouse and changing rooms decked out with a superb display of wall and ground flower baskets you knew there was much love going into the club.  The club house was very well presented with a clean and tidy feel about it from bar to kitchen.  By the side of the business area is a standard electronic scoreboard which was well operated during this short game and a selection of smart and well maintained seats were also being well used today some had brought their own indeed one gentleman was in full reading mode for the Barnsley Chronicle something which I guess he didn't have time to get through today!  From this lofted position the ground offers commanding views back towards Barnsley and Darton and way beyond with the 3 power station of Eggborough, Ferrybridge and Drax all within view today.  Just behind the houses is our old friend Emley Moor TV tower but probably just out of view for most cricket scene pictures today.  The outfield undulates all over the places and with the wickets of course on a level from one side of the ground it is possible to see just a players head from the other side but of course this all adds to the wonderful feel to proceedings.  Also of note is a smart and well appointed bowling green behind the bowlers arm at the far end.  The opposite end as the community centres stone wall as a back drop.  Sadly today there would not be time to explore any of the village due to the curtailed nature of the encounter but apart from 2 pubs there appears not to be too many attractions in this farming village.
GHANI SENDS ONE DOWN AS HIS TEAMATES WAIT
Cawthorne won the toss today and decided to bat against the current league leaders and just over an hour later their innings was complete 39 for 3 became 47 for 9 and shortly after following too late boundary flourishes they had been bowled out for just 57.  Opening bat Dehmel had put up sterling resistance for his 26 but this innings had been about Swaine opening bowler Adnan Ghani with 7 dismissals.
ONE UP ALL UP
Let me caution all cricketers at present Ghani is injured and today he bowled fast and straight and had the pegs flying at regular intervals what will he be like when he is fit?  Last season he had turned out for Denby and on his debut took all 10 wickets for 20 odd and re wrote the record books at the club.  During his demolition job it was good to catch up with Derek a local supporter who had come up from nearby Darton and it was interesting to get in conversation about all things cricket, mining and a local contact to the blog John Lowe the former world champion darts player who he met in his dealings with clubs as a former brewery rep.  As ever nice to meet you plus todays scorers who were a friendly bunch and thankfully showed no displeasure to my steady requests for information thank you all.
PROGRAMME AND CAWTHORNE TOTAL AT HAIGH LANE
The first innings had amazingly not even seen me do a full circuit of the ground and indeed by the end of proceedings I had only been around once!  The club certainly showed a lot of forward thinking because after partaking of a Lemonade, it definitely was, I purchased some raffle tickets and a unique for local cricket match programme, great effort Hoylandswaine!
During the interval it was also good to meet Adnan Ghani and he joined in his afternoons success with a few pictures, thank you.
ADNAN GHANI HOYLANDSWAINE CC WITH 7 WICKETS V CAWTHORNE
There was a suggestion of going straight through but thankfully the tea ladies had nearly prepared their fayre so the break allowed me to have a little time here on this whistle stop game and when we restarted at 2.45pm I didn't expect their to be too much cricket left and so it proved with the winning run being score at just after 3.30pm.
SP SINGH HOYLANDSWAINE CC
 he first over produced 9 runs and the second doubled the total so things were not looking too good for Cawthorne testing the leaders, indeed the score had advanced to 27 before the first wicket in the 5th over.  SP Singh edged to the keeper and it was 39 for 2 could the visitors run through a few wickets?  Sadly not although Max Joice fell with Swaine just 2 short of victory it was all over a few balls later and a dominant victory for, I guess, the champions elect had been secured.
SINGH CAUGHT BEHIND OF THE BOWLING OF FAISAL HUSSAIN
Having expected this game to continue beyond last bus time, around 5pm in the sticks, I expected a walk back to Penistone but after consulting the bus stop timetable I was away from Haigh Lane at 3.45 on the way back to Penistone.  This was sadly too early and I look forward to re visiting Hoylandswaine to get a further intake of this wonderful little set up.
With just under an hour to wait for the train departure it was a late portion of chips from the 3 fryers by the railway station and a quick walk to the nearby Penistone Church to take a look at their ground and preparations for the upcoming appearance for the first time in the NCEFL Premiership. 
While awaiting the arrival of the Northern Rail service I had a look to check on a few other cricket matches on the way back with the intent of maybe calling in.  In Barnsley the Shaw Lane clubs game was very well advanced and so it was in Chapeltown for Thorncliffe.  Previously I had spotted Wombwell Main's cricket ground was about 1 minute from the villages station and they were at home today, well at least the 2nds were versus Whitley Hall 3rds.  It was only just gone 5pm and with no updates on either clubs social media I decided at the last minute to give it a go.  Unbelievably another one sided game with Wombwell posting 194 as I walked onto the ground the visitors reply was 17 for 5!  Anyway an hour was spent watching proceedings and upon leaving the visitors had approached around 50 for the loss of 8 wickets.  Nice new clubhouse being developed here with the Sheffield County Senior Football Club adjoining the cricket but this is one for another day.
An enjoyable day again in the Huddersfield Cricket League and an unfortunately short trip to a lovely ground in Hoylandswaine with views to match.