The Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion are staging a Roses Under 15s match at North Marine Road, Scarborough, on August 12, followed by a dinner in the evening at which impressionist Kevin Connolly will be the guest speaker.
The first match between Yorkshire and Lancashire Under 15s took place at Todmorden in 1930, the White Rose winning by three runs, and the fixtures have been held annually since 1946.
Many players from both sides who went on to become celebrity sportsmen have taken part in these hard-fought clashes, including Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan, Darren Gough, Freddie Flintoff, David Lloyd and the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil.
The YSCA has been the nursery for a host of talented young cricketers who later enjoyed England status at Test and/or one-day international level, and they include Bob Appleyard, Willie Watson, Ken Taylor, Doug Padgett, Geoff Boycott, John Hampshire, Jack Birkenshaw, Chris Old, Chris Balderstone, Geoff Cope, David Bairstow, Graham Stevenson, Bill Athey, Arnie Sidebottom, Martyn Moxon, Richard Illingworth, Richard Blakey, Steve Rhodes, Darren Gough, Michael Vaughan, Paul Grayson, Ryan Sidebottom, Richard Dawson, Anthony McGrath, Gareth Batty, Alex Wharf and current Test stars Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.
All 18 first class counties have at some stage over the years engaged a Yorkshire player on their staff and two records were established when Barney Gibson (Crawshaw School, Pudsey) in 2011 became the youngest ever English first class cricketer at the age of 15 years and 27 days, and Matthew Fisher (Easingwold School) this season became the youngest English player at 15 years and 212 days to be selected for a competitive match with his inclusion in Yorkshire’s side for their YB40 League game against Leicestershire at Scarborough.
Fisher will miss the Roses game at Scarborough due to his selection by England Under 19s for the Tri-Series against Pakistan and Bangladesh, along with former YSCA players Karl Carver, Will Rhodes, Josh Shaw and Jonathan Tattersall.
Yorkshire Under 19s are looking forward to an action-packed August because they have already reached the quarter finals of the national ECB County Cup and will play Warwickshire/Northamptonshire for a place in the Finals on August 22-23 at Kibworth, Leicestershire.
The Under 13s won their Festival at Taunton School and Festivals are coming up for all the other age groups over the next few weeks.
Yorkshire’s 12 for the Scarborough game, which begins at 11.00am, are: Ben Ainsley (Rye Hills School, Redcar), Daniel McLean (Worksop College, Yaasar Imtiaz (captain, Royds Hall High School, Huddersfield), James Brown (Winterhill School, Rotherham), Edward Barnes (King James School, Knaresborough), James Logan (Freestone Academy, Normanton), Luke Bridges (Ryburn Valley HS, Sowerby Bridge), Liam Hyde (Silcoates School, Wakefield), Danish Hussain (Tong High School, Bradford), Jonathan Read (wicketkeeper, Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering), Mustafa Rafique (Roundhay School, Leeds), Ed Morrison (St Wilfrid’s Catholic HS, Featherstone).