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Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters' Association

The Association are delighted to announce that Gary Verity (Yorkshire CCC board and CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire) has accepted the committee’s invitation to become a patron, joining our existing patrons, The Duchess of Kent and Martyn Moxon.

Life Members

Callaghan, Shaun (LIFE MEMBER)

Duncombe, Vic (LIFE MEMBER)

Holmes, Geoff (LIFE MEMBER)

Kilburn, Christine (LIFE MEMBER)

Wilford, Keith (LIFE MEMBER)

Mission Statement:

To support the Club & Players.

To raise funds to support this aim.

To encourage awareness of and interest in the existence and purpose of the Club and
the Association.

To act as a sounding board for any concerns raised by attendees at fixtures, and take appropriate action.

To promote social interaction and further enjoyment amongst the supporters of Yorkshire Cricket Club.

To facilitate attendance at cricket matches.

To promote links with with other groups to achieve these ends.

To assist in the preservation of the history and cherish the survival of traditions of this great club.

  • The Committee

    Charlotte Evers (Chairman)

    Alan Kaye (Secretary)

    Ken Blackburn (Treasurer)

    Joan Pickering (Membership)

    Veronica Denby (Sales)

    Ken Shaw (Speakers)

    Carol Blackburn

    Clifford Gregg

    Geoff Relton

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  • Update From The Committee:

    You might have wondered exactly what Charlotte and I were doing on the boundary edge at lunchtime on Wednesday. Truth to tell it was the first opportunity we have had all season to make the presentations for the Player of the Year 2014 and the outstanding performance of the season award. As you know the ECB whisked Adam off to the Caribbean for several weeks and Ryan, sadly, has been injured since the Worcestershire fixture. However, congratulations to Adam who was voted Player of the Year for h is 1,300 + runs and Ryan produced a magical moment at Trent Bridge, where Yorkshire clinched the Championship thanks to his magnificent bowling.

  • It is hard to believe that half a century has passed since Yorkshire first won a One Day Trophy but in September 1965, on the day I became engaged to be married, the magnificent team of the 60’s won the Gillette Cup under the captaincy of Brian Close. It was only the third occasion on which the tournament had been staged (Sussex won the first two) and the day was crowned by the magnificent innings of 146 not out by Geoffrey Boycott, this was over 60 overs and still stands as a one day record although the allocated overs have been reduced.

    The booklet is in the process of being printed, sponsorship has been secured by the indomitable Ken Shaw and will cover the cost of this and the 24 page booklet will appear at the T20 on the 10th July and at Scarborough at a cost of £3.00. Thanks are due to Paul Chapman (the author of the Down the Decades series) who has done a great job, including interviewing Brian Close and obtaining some pretty memorable quotes on the days proceedings.

  • I am pleased to report that firm plans have now been made, in conjunction with the Club, to go ahead with the production of “The Last Match”

    This tells the story of the last match played for Yorkshire by the late, great Hedley Verity, against Sussex, at Hove in September 1939 when the Championship was suspended due to the declaration of war. Hedley went on to serve as a captain in the Green Howards and died as a result of wounds in Caserta, Italy on 31st July 1943.

    The tickets will go on sale at £5.00 and a maximum of 150 per performance will be available. These can be purchased at the ticket office or on line.

    There will be four performances on two different days; the performances will be on Tuesday 1st September and Thursday 24th September at 12.30 and 6.00pm on each day. The Supporters Association will be supporting the performance on the 24th at 6.00pm. Each performance lasts approximately one hour. It is hoped that a current player will attend the evening performances.

    It is hoped that as many supporters as possible will be able to attend to pay tribute to a legendary sportsman. The play will be professionally acted by two actors and promises a real treat for those who are interested in this great Club and the men who have represented it, with pride, for the last 150 years.
  • New Publication

    A brochure to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yorkshire’s first limited overs title. This brochure charts every match in the competition in 1965, which led to Yorkshire’s win at Lord’s in the Gillette Cup final, with a foreword by Brian Close, who captained the side.

    On sale at the Kabin and Scarborough stall, priced £3.00.

  • Forthcoming events:

    Saturday August 8:

    Scarborough Dinner at the Royal Hotel. Details, menu choices and bookings available at the Kabin. Last date for booking is July 26.

    Wednesday September 2 (9.00am-10.00am):

    Breakfast in the Legends Suite.

    Scrambled eggs, bacon, toasted muffin, orange juice, tea or coffee.

    Tickets – £6.00 from the Kabin.

    Thursday September 24 (6.00pm)

    This performance of ‘The Last Match’ will include tea/coffee and a raffle provided by the Supporters’ Association and a question and answer session following the performance.

    Sunday September 27 (7.00pm – East Stand Long Room)

    Talk on Lord Hawke and South African cricket by Dr Dean Allen from South Africa.

    Empire, War and cricket in South Africa, and Lord Hawke’s involvement.

    A talk by Dr Dean Allen , Senior Academic at Bournemouth University and Research Associate at Stellenbosch university, South Africa

    The talk will cover the subject of his latest book “Empire, War and cricket in South Africa”, an account of the development of cricket in South Africa. The book covers the beginnings of international cricket between England and South Africa, the first England tours to South Africa, the controversial South African tour to England in 1901 during the Boer War, and the involvement of Lord Hawke in these tours.

    Dr Allen has talked widely on sport, culture and history in Europe, Australia, North America and the Far East, and in the media. ( www.deanallen.co.za)

    The YCCSA a are delighted to be hosting one of Dr Allen’s speaking engagements in England.

    Admission will be free, with refreshments on sale and a raffle.

  • Supporters’ Pre-season Lunch

    Over fifty members of the Supporters’ Association enjoyed an excellent pre-season lunch at Headingley. There was a very happy atmosphere as thoughts turned to the new season and reflected on the team’s very successful pre-season tour. Hopes were expressed that the success will be carried into the season despite calls from the ECB. As always members showed great generosity in donating raffle prizes and the raffle raised £140 for Association funds.

    We were delighted to welcome Danny Reuben as our guest, fresh from reporting on the tour to Abu Dhabi, where he provided an excellent service by keeping us all in touch with events through his reports and interviews on the website.

  • “Coffee and cake event” : Tuesday 12th May (day 3 Yorks v Hants) 9.30-10.30 in the Legends Suite, Rugby Pavilion ( entrance from the pitch side).

    £1.50 for coffee or tea and a cake . Extra cakes @ 30p each

  • MARCH 2015 NEWS UPDATE

    Not long to the start of the season and there seems to be a keen air of anticipation buzzing around Headingley, despite the fact that England has snaffled 6 or our players who will now miss four fixtures! However, this was expected and I am sure that there are many who are keen and eager to step up to the plate. The best of fortune to all I say, except perhaps the infernal idiots who arranged this ridiculous tour in the first place.

    Hopefully the Kabin will be relocated to a site adjacent to the bookstall in time for the first home match of the season on 26th April. Amongst the new items for sale will be humorous tea towels, championship pens, book marks, wrist bands, flags and a whole host of souvenirs.

    I caught my first glimpse of the new floodlights last night and very impressive they are too with the Yorkshire Rose proudly displayed at the centre. The work will be completed in time and we can look forward to some later starts for the T20 which avoid the traffic gridlock of Leeds at around 5.00pm.

    Dean Allen the South African Professor has also agreed to give his talk on 27th September on Lord Hawke’s connection with South African Cricket.

    Could I respectfully remind everyone that membership fees are now overdue and last night the Committee agreed that these can now be submitted through a standing order.

    I look forward to seeing you all very soon, have a happy and successful season

    Alan

  • An Evening With Matthew Wood

    It was a delight to welcome back to Headingley the ever popular Matthew Wood, the former opening batsman who played a major part in the Championship win of 2001.

    Matthew now works for the Professional Cricketers Association in a supportive role to assist professional cricketers who either realise that things are not going to plan or are making active steps towards planning a career when the cricket has to stop. This covers a wide range of problems and can be something to be faced by a professional sportsman at any time during his or her career.

    To commence the evening Matthew drew parallels between the position of Yorkshire in 2001 and 2014, both years saw performances which produced the Championship Trophy.

    Primarily of course Yorkshire were guided, in both years, by an Australian coach who had a very laid back distinctive style which called for the game to be played in a simple straightforward manner. The plan of both coaches and their directives was simply that the side should go out and win.

    He saw a direct parallel between the two captains, David Byas in 2001 and Andrew Gale in 2014, both being very direct, forceful personalities who demonstrated a keen desire to win. Both provided strong leadership.

    Presently Yorkshire has a battery of four seamers and one spinner who give a good balance to the team as was the case in 2001 when Yorkshire had a spearhead in Hoggard and Kirby with a reliable back up in Craig White who was a dream professional of the type which every team would like to employ. Ryan Sidebottom of course provided a variable attacking strategy due to his left handedness and he was able not only to duplicate this in 2014 but also lead the attack. Yorkshire had the lively pace of Jack Brook and Liam Plunkett backed up by yet another, perhaps slightly unfashionable player in Steve Patterson who is so highly regarded by his fellow professionals that many would place him as first name on the teamsheet.
    In 2001 Yorkshire’s attack was completed by Richard Dawson, a very able off-spinner and in 2014 by a re-emerging Adil Rashid who made significant contributions to the team
    Lyth and Lees provided the big hundreds following in the footsteps of Vaughan, Lehmann and McGrath, with other players such as the speaker himself who contributed some useful runs.

    Added to all this is the outstanding abilities of two wicketkeeper batsmen who were more than capable of taking spectacular catches and scoring big runs.

    All in all he praised the Club for its reliance on youth and expressed the hope that they will find success in the limited overs forms of the game. Certainly he saw the signing of two top Australians as a positive declaration of intent to succeed on the part of the management.

    At a later stage of the evening Matthew did express regret that the team of 2001/02 broke up fairly prematurely with disastrous consequences for the Club who were relegated to the second division and took a fair amount of time to climb back out of the abyss. He reflected that no one was to blame it just so happened that circumstances occurred which compelled the players to go their diverse ways. Michael Vaughan became inextricably associated with England, Darren Lehmann received a long overdue call up from Australia, Richard Dawson and Steve Kirby felt that their futures lay elsewhere so before too long profound changes were effected and the team did not succeed as much as hope had expressed. He added that he did not see history repeating itself and felt that the team could go on to greater achievements because of the strength of the management system which is now in place. He stated quite clearly that the team of 2001 relied heavily on Darren Lehmann, who he said had a fabulous cricket brain, whereas in the present era advice can be obtained from a variety of sources.

    Matthew also reflected upon the changes to the ground, recalling that when he was batting he was able to witness the arrival of his dad in his plumbers van, which could be seen to advantage from many points of the ground. He now sees a much more enclosed situation which in many ways gives the ground a more intimate atmosphere and allows the players to locate various personalities in the crowd from whom they appreciate they can draw support. Apparently players do take notice of who turns up and where they sit and take comfort from the fact they have a regular, loyal following.

    From his own perspective Matthew admitted that he retired at least five or six years prematurely. He had envisaged going out of the game at about 35 years of age but this was not to be. He went into business but was not really content and then he realised that the ECB were starting to run programmes whereby they employed mentors who could support players during the transition the world of active professional cricket to one which might be a little more mundane. He also noted the success of some of his former colleagues, Michael Vaughan who has become a noted pundit, Richard Dawson, who has an outstanding cricket brain, successfully entered coaching as did Craig White now with Hampshire. This made him realise that there might still be a career for him within the game he loves and still feels he has a lot of knowledge to contribute. Accordingly when he saw a post, working with Yorkshire and Lancashire players advertised, he applied and was successful in obtaining the appointment.

    He knew he would be easily accepted at Yorkshire but felt daunted by his prospects at Lancashire, due in no small part to the traditional keen rivalry between the two counties. He realised the key was to gain the trust of the players and be upfront about his motivation in assuming the role he now wished to fulfil. Accordingly when his integrity and honesty began to be appreciated he never looked back. Most people adopt a persona which they feel gives them the most protection, especially when facing difficulties. Therefore underneath the veneer he quickly learned to identify the ones with difficulties and he offered the opportunity to unload their problems to a fellow professional who had no vested interest in the status or career structure of the person seeking help. Whatever was revealed to him he treated in the strictest confidence and at all times remained non-judgemental. In this way he has gained the trust of players and feels he is providing a good service through this model of counselling. He feels he is a real alternative source of support to players facing problems who cannot or will not approach their coaches or management because they fear there will be serious consequences if they confide that they perceive they are failing. This could affect selection and even whole career prospects, therefore they feel safe with a fellow professional in whom they can place their trust.

    Matthew’s sphere of influence has now expanded since he began working for the Professional Cricketers Association who now runs various programmes to aid professional cricketers under the auspices of the ECB. These include a benevolent fund for former players who have hit financial difficulties, support programmes for furthering career prospects and a key service for players, selected by England, who are taken around the world and turned into first class drinks waiters and need to get over the reality of the situation that they are not going to succeed at the next level. His remit now includes Edgbaston and Trent Bridge as well as Old Trafford and Headingley.

    He concluded that players change, the game changes and the game changes players. It is also a proven fact that a career is an evolutionary thing, causing players to adopt stances which are contrary to their nature and assume persona which are aggressive and militant. However, once they have achieved they often express a desire to revert to the happy go lucky characters they were when first they entered the game. He suggested that this was why Michael Vaughan found it comparatively easy to manage Kevin Peterson when he did not have 8,000 international runs under his belt, before he found dominance over world audiences and he was still finding his way in the game. Is it possible that he now wants to revert to his pre-achievement stage and give something back to the game? He has now offered to turn down his place in the IPL and play County Cricket on a regular basis in order to regain his Test match status. Only the ability to penetrate the mask or be patient, until time decides the issue can achieve a solution. Certainly Matthew presented an interesting and novel perspective on a complex issue.

    Matthew began the evening by stating that he was not a speaker, when Geoff Relton gave the closing vote of thanks he stated quite clearly that Matthew is an excellent speaker who kept his audience interested throughout the evening. He also expressed a delight, shared by everyone in the room, that Matthew had found himself a rewarding niche in life and that he was able to apply his evident skills to his new career.

    All in all a most rewarding night for the forty something attendees where the raffle realised £41 for Association Funds.
    ASK 23March 2015.

  • YCCCSA Young Player’s Awards Presentation Evening

    Sadly fewer than twenty people were assembled in Classroom 2 of the East Stand where the meeting had been re-directed. This re-direction turned out to be a blessing in disguise because the venue was well heated and most comfortable. This was adequate reward for the hardy stalwarts who had braved the bitter cold and the prospect of a snowfall.

    Ian Dews was accompanied by four young players, Josh Shaw, James Logan, Mosun Hussain and Jared Warner, whose collective ages (excluding Ian!) were less than some of the individuals in the audience.

  • It was a measure of the success of the Academy System that the young men presented as mature beyond their years and in possession of a self confidence and a self believe which was demonstrated by the articulateness with which they delivered their introductions to themselves.

    Also evident was a sense of fun that here was a group who thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company and were happy and relaxed in what they were doing.

    First came the presentations, the first one being to Josh Shaw as Young Player of the Year. He is a fast bowler from the Barnsley district whose father, Chris, played for the County in the 80’s.

  • The presentation of Emerging player of the Year went to James Logan a young left arm spinner who has impressed a lot of people during the season.

    The players then introduced themselves. Mosun is an opening bat has been associated with the County for two years; he is destined to go to Australia in April and carries out good wishes with him.

    He became interested in playing cricket at the age of eight or nine when he played for fun and graduated to the Academy via the Heavy Woollen Schools selection system and at the age of 11 scored two half centuries. This was followed by four half centuries on the trot which unfortunately were followed by four consecutive ducks.

    Already he has toured South Africa and Sri Lanka and has just returned from Dubai, he has made two international centuries.

    Josh, a young fast bowler of some promise, told us he had had an interest in cricket since the age of 6 eventually moving to play for Wakefield Thornes where he received some excellent coaching.

    He made his Academy debut against Northamptonshire and took 5 for 57. Already he has toured India and South Africa. Next season, to broaden his experience he will be playing Bradford League cricket for Hanging Heaton where some famous names have been engaged.

    These include Tony Nicholson, Harry Atkinson, Ronnie Hudson and a former Yorkshire member, who died recently, Joe Duckworth. In the 50’s they swept all before them in the Heavy Woollen League, under the legendary captaincy of Ronnie Robinson, before moving to the Bradford League.

    Jared Warner also played for Wakefield Thornes from the age of five or six and at the age of fifteen he won a scholarship to the Academy.

    He took part in the Bunbury Festival which gave him an entry into the England Development set up and for the last two years has played for the Yorkshire academy. He now wishes to firmly establish himself in the Yorkshire set up. In the last season, for the Academy he took 22 wickets at a cost of 9 runs each. He too will tour Australia in April.

    The left arm spinner, James Logan has also played cricket from the age of six or seven and at the tender of age of nine he played for the Yorkshire under eleven side.

    He found himself struggling with the bat and successfully turned to spin bowling, which is good news for all Yorkshire cricket fans who wish to see the restoration of the line of great left arm spinners stretching from Ted Peat, Bobby Peel, Wilfred Rhodes, Hedley Verity, Johnny Wardle, Don Wilson and Phil Carrick.

    He too has participated in the Bunbury Festival and played for the Yorkshire 2nd X1 when England came calling last season, he now wishes to consolidate on this position.

    Some very searching questions were asked by the absorbed audience and in reply to being asked what difficulties they faced on progressing through the stages Mosun responded by saying that the pace altered through the levels. He had found it difficult to get onto the front foot and recently he had been working on his back foot play.

    Josh, who won his 2nd X1 cap last season and now, has a second team contract, said he found the step up to four days per week very demanding and that the quality of wickets improved remarkably as one progressed through the stages.

    He particularly remembered a fixture against Somerset, who had fielded a particularly strong side, including Overton, have handed out thrashings on the Taunton Pitch where consistency is the keynote. He reflected that the higher one progresses the less you can get away with bad balls! Inevitably against professionals one has to develop a short ball game.

    James gave an invaluable insight into a young player’s development when he stated that at league level one just has to be patient and wait for the batsman to make a mistake, which invariably he will do. However, at a higher level bowlers need to develop a plan and learn to apply this, an aspect of the game he has been working on with Coach Richard Dawson.

    It was Ian Dews who encouraged the guests to speak of their successful season when they were successful in both competitions. They happily recounted the League Cup Final when they had been 30 for 4 and all out for 180.

    In reply the opposition reached 90, off ten overs before the opening partnership was broken. This proved to be vital experience for the young players as they had to learn to play the game over by over, attempting all the while to increase the pressure on the opposition.

    In the end they were hugely successful as the last ten wickets fell for 50 runs. The lesson was a hard one because the game was hallmarked by a degree of acrimony from the opposition with one member of the crowd in particular being abusive, conduct which he continued to display in the pavilion afterwards.

    Nonetheless cometh the hour cometh the man and despite, or even because of the hostility, Josh was able to chip in with a hat trick!

    From a coaching perspective Ian stated that he was glad that the players had had to contend with hostility early in their careers because the game is punctuated with such instances and the sooner one learns to cope with these situations the better.

    Ian also informed us that there was a new spirit abroad in the England Coaching set up. No longer are young players called up and attempts made to completely remodel their technique.

    Since the advent of Paul Downton there has been improved communication between the international coaches and those working at County level. The County Coaches are now invited to make comment on a player’s strength and asked to make suggestions as to any improvements which can be effected, both now work in harmony!

    Ian stated that the Yorkshire Coaching Staff welcomed the organising of tours as this gives an insight into playing on different paced wickets and in different climatic conditions.

    Players have to learn to adapt to find success under these circumstances and this experience is invaluable in producing well rounded performers. To illustrate this Mosun gave an account of two entirely contrasting innings he had played over the season.

    One was at international level against Sri Lanka when he was required to bat all day to save the game following a disastrous first innings failure. The other was one day game for the Academy in which he was given the freedom to hit the ball to all parts.

    The message given out at Yorkshire, under the guidance of Dizzy Gillespie is to try and keep it simple and not over complicate matters. This will result in the playing of fearless cricket which will bring its own rewards.

    All in all a most memorable evening and which held the enthusiastic audience in interest and admiration for the quality of the Academy set up which filled everyone with a confidence that success for Yorkshire Cricket is ensured for several years to come.

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