Pro Coach are running 2 types of courses at Harrogate this Winter; our Junior Crickets is for ages 4-12, with 2 sessions running for U8s and U12s. The U8s is a softball introduction to cricket with a lot of fun games based learning, whereas the U12s is an introduction to hard ball cricket for those transitioning from U9s-U11s. http://bit.ly/JuniorCrickets
They are also running development courses for those cricketers are the next step up from our Junior Crickets courses, with a slightly more technical approach to developing the skills required in hard ball cricket. http://bit.ly/HarrogateDev
Knaresborough won the final of the Readman Trophy against Sewerby. Knaresborough batting first made 167-9. Sowerby were all out giving us victory by 22 runs. Jordan Tear was man of the match.
Excellent photos from Phillip Robshaw can be seen here.
In July we were saddened to hear of the death of Dennis Prest, our eldest member at 103. Our chairman, Don Winspear was asked to give a eulogy at the funeral which is attached. I recommend that all members read it to get a measure of his contribution to the club.
The Under 17s have reached the Arthur Barrett Cup Final to be played tomorrow (20th July), at Ouseburn CC starting at 6.15pm. It is our 7th final appearance in the last 8 years. This year we play Harrogate. Good Luck to all the players.
On Tuesday Knaresborough Under 17s entertained a team from Islamabad Private Schools Sports Association. They are touring England following a triumph in the world cup in Melbourne last year which saw them win both T20 and 50 overs trophies.
After arriving late we managed just to fit in a T20 match. They batted first and were soon reduced to 33-5 thanks to a blistering opening spell by Olly Fryer (4-8), guesting from Birstwith. They clearly had problems with swing and seam movement. After a couple of decent partnerships they ended with 98-7.
In reply Knaresborough were soon struggling losing the first 4 wickets cheaply. Stands between Dan Howard (27no) and Jonny Sadler (20) and then between Dan and Ben Ward (33no) took us to victory. We learned a lesson in how to appeal and it’s fair to say it wasn’t a quiet afternoon! I think they were disappointed to loose their champion status.
The previously unbeaten U15s played in the cup final last night, we lost to Harrogate but that really doesn’t tell the story.
With 6 players unavailable we fielded 5 U12s in the U15 cup final.
Harrogate had a very strong team including many representative players, they batted first and scored 174 in their 22 overs. It would have been more but for great committed fielding and strong bowling from U12 Jake Stalker who took 3 wickets supported by good bowling from Daniel Weatherill and captain for the night Jacob Procter.
Chasing over 8 in over in wet conditions Knaresborough started well and Ben ward retired on 50 not out having been supported by his brother (25) the stage was set for the big hitters and Sam Baines delivered with 36 including three sixes in a row. Harrogate were shaken but we came up a few short.
A great match, our team were a credit to themselves and the club. The match was played in great spirit and Harrogate played their part in that.
Well done to the U9s who reached the finals day of the Coad Cup at Studley Royal CC.