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Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters' Association

Above: Andrew Gale speaking to the assembled guests at the Scarborough dinner in the Royal Hotel, August, 2014

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

  • To Join

    Download our membership information here

    Policy Statement Regarding Membership Database

  • Winter Meetings

    We have a number of events planned throughout the winter months.

    Winter meetings at 7pm in the Long Room at Headingley Cricket Ground.

    Sunday November 16

    Richard Pyrah – 2015 Beneficiary

    Tuesday January 20

    Ian Dews with “Young Yorkshire” players

    Sunday February 15

    Anthony McGrath

    Sunday March 15

    Matthew Wood

    Non-members are always welcome at £2 per meeting.

  • Post Season Lunch

    Friday October 17 2014
    Rugby Pavilion, Headingley Cricket Ground

    Fifty three people eventually sat down to lunch at the Old Pavilion last Friday. Unfortunately there were four apologies from stalwarts who had succumbed to illness. Every good wish is ext ended to them for a swift recovery

    The assembled guests enjoyed a splendid starter which was a ham salad and very tasty it was too. The main course, by way of experiment, was steak pie with all the trimmings,

    There was a very relaxed atmosphere prevalent throughout the lunch and I was fortunate enough to sit next to our new announcer Philip Woodthorpe and we were soon deep in conversation. He hails from Huddersfield adjacent to the motorway junction at Ainley top and obviously delights in the wonderful scenery to be found up there. He has of course a very famous undertaker in the village who played for Huddersfield Town, Everton and most famously of all the 1966 World Cup. Have you guessed who he is yet? Of course it is the legendary Ray Wilson whose grandson spent some time in our Cricket Academy.

    Obviously Philip is enjoying the job and enjoyed the compliments paid to him by some of our supporters.

    The raffle raised £137 for Association funds and of course there was opportunity to wallow in the splendour of a magnificent season and of course there was a chance to get our hands on the Trophy.

  • Awards and Presentations

    The YCCSA Player of 2013 award (voted for by Association members) was presented to Gary Ballance.

    The YCCSA Outstanding performance of 2013 (voted for by Association members) was presented to Joe Root for his match-winning innings of 182 against Durham. Joe was also presented with a portrait by artist Gordon Sharp to mark Joe’s maiden Test century at Headingley in May 2013.

    The presentations were made by Charlotte Evers (Chairman YCCSA, and Association members Gordon Sharp and Alan Stirk)

    The Player of the Year 2013:
    Gary Ballance.

    Young Player of the Year 2013:
    Karl Carver

    Emerging Play of the Year 2013:
    Matthew Fisher

    Outstanding Performance of 2013:
    Joe Root for his 182 match winning innings against Durham.

  • AGM

    Notice is given of the AGM on December 7th.

    Nominations for the committee should be sent IN WRITING (not e-mail) to the secretary , with the signatures of the nominee and the member nominating them, between November 7th and 27th.

    Resolutions for the AGM should be sent to the secretary before October 26th.

  • Donations

    The Association has made a donation of £3000 to help with air fares for three players who travelled to Australia during the recent winter. Two of the younger players, Moin Ashraf and Ben Coad, together with Liam Plunkett, played Grade cricket in Adelaide with Ben attending the world-famous Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy.

    The committee also supported the Academy by giving £500 toward the cost of match balls.

    This season the stewards on duty at matches at Headingley had blazers sporting a Yorkshire badge rather than G4S, and the Association contributed £500 towards the cost of the blazers, following a request for support from Chief Executive Mark Arthur.

  • Congratulations

    Letters of congratulations on winning the Championship have been sent to Andrew Gale, Martyn Moxon, Jason Gillespie, Mark Arthur, Colin Graves and Dickie Bird.

    We have also sent letters of congratulations to Matthew Fisher, Karl Carver, Jonathan Tattersall, Will Rhodes and Ben Coad on the awarding of their 2nd XI caps.

  • 2014 Events

    COMING EVENTS

    BAND CONCERT

    Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band
    Sunday October 26, 7.30pm, Long Room
    Tickets £6.50 in advance, £7.50 on the night

    FOR TICKETS, MENUS AND DETAILS OF ALL THESE EVENTS CALL AT THE KABIN ON MATCH DAYS

    THE KABIN IS NOW LOCATED NEAR THE FENCE BEHIND THE WHITE ROSE STAND (West Stand)

  • Supporters Pay tribute to the out grounds

    with colour photographs and historical details of all the grounds on which Yorkshire have played first class cricket in the first 150 years of the club available from the Kabin at £8.

    Brochures are on sale at the Scarborough stall or by post from Ken Blackburn, 15 Bowood Crescent, Leeds, LS7 2PY, with cheque for £10 to include p&p, payable to YCSA.

    Read the story here

  • An Evening with Dave Callaghan

    For our first Speaker Evening of the Year Dave Callaghan, of Radio Leeds Fame, treated us to his customary review of the Season. He had to admit that he had chosen an easy topic in this “………..Glorious summer by this Sun of York”

    He had to admit a certain disappointment in the performance in the shorter forms of the sport but sought to assure the 40 plus audience that there were distinct improvements in this aspect of the game. I suspect that the assembled supporters did not really care much about this as the real prize was now firmly lodged at Headingley.

    In describing this wonderful 1st class season he chose to analyse it through the performance of certain key players. Primarily, of course, there was the fantastic performance of Adam Lyth. Dave congratulated him, as we all do, on his acquisition of patience and the skill to resist scoring off every ball, so often his downfall in the past. Dave Picket out his magnificent 251 at Old Trafford as the perigee of his season.

    Unfortunately for Yorkshire this will probably mean that he will soon disappear into the black hole we know as the England Test side. One should not of course deny any individual the opportunity to forge an international career or dream of standing in their way and at the moment there is some compensation in the fact that we now have a veritable conveyor belt of able youngster eagerly champing at the bit for their chance to stake a claim in the annals of this great club.

    Dave also pointed out that couple with his wonderful batting Adam had also had a spectacular season catching the ball both in the slips and the outfield, who indeed could forget that magic moment when he palmed the catch to Aaron Finch as he staggered backwards over the boundary rope.

    Added to this there was the magical bowling of Ryan Sidebottom who, even at the age of 36, he could produce match winning performances. His never to be forgotten hauls at Scarborough and Trent Bridge meant that the Championship was won before there was any thought of interference from the weather.

    Jack Brooks also got a mention as being a bowler of prodigious talent who could turn a game in the twinkling of an eye. From a relatively short run up he can work up a ferocious pace and make the ball snort and roar as in “days of Old” In particular Dave asked his audience to remember the way the huge and imposing figure of Jamie Overton was put to the sword in the closing few overs of the season. His haul of 68 wickets was hailed as one of the contributing factors leading to success in this great season.

    Dave also noted the renaissance of Adil Rashid, with both bat and ball, although he is not yet at his former best he is an undisputed candidate for the title of best spinner in the land and this winter should see him cement this claim to fame.

    Also referred to was Alex Lees whose form, in this year when he won his 1st X1 Cap, meant that he had emerged as the natural successor to Joe Root, sadly now almost completely removed from the Yorkshire side by his England commitments. Alex now has a double century to his name as well as a stake in a remarkable partnership of 375. Throughout the season he has demonstrated that he is more than capable of hitting the ball as hard as anyone on the circuit and has demonstrated equilibrium of temperament which will serve him well in his role as opening bat. Perhaps, the greatest compliment paid to him was by the captain Andrew Gale who dropped himself from the Middlesex game at Lords because he knew he could trust the youngster to prevail in his stead.

    Of course no resume of the season could be complete without reference to Yorkshire’s Mr Reliable. Steve Patterson has bowled his heart out all season and has many times reduced even the most Gung Ho batsmen to a sedate pace which has meant that the other bowlers could capitalise upon a more wary approach from the batsmen who were forced to adopt a far less vigorous method of dealing with the bowling. Apparently there is a saying in the Yorkshire Dressing Room that if Steve goes for less than 2 runs per over then the likelihood is that Yorkshire will triumph.

    Also worthy of a mention was Jack Leaning who has had to deal with the unenviable task of replacing Gary Ballance. He has accepted the challenge with alacrity and was judge more than unlucky at Arundel when he succumbed to a freak catch by Treadwell when on 99! By way of compensation he did score a “ton” in the one day arena but surely that is only an indication of his future success.

    During the Q & A session after the coffee break the subject of the treatment of Andrew Gale was raised. In summarising there is a feeling of general support for out Skipper and a condemnation that the punishment meted out to him was excessive to say the least. It appears to me that he was punished twice and that the sentence handed out reflected vindictiveness on the part of certain individuals who have found themselves in charge of affairs. ~Dave compared his offence to those committed in other sports and in that context it can only be ranked as a minor misdemeanour, take for instance the appalling scene during the RL Grand Final at Old Trafford. That was surely the worst foul I have ever witnessed on any field of sport. In the good old days before the politically correct brigade took control (there are limits as to how far one can punish a man so it does not threaten his livelihood and career) Ben Flower would have been given the sine die, instead he is banned for six months when very little rugby is being played!

    All in all the evening was a tremendous success, it was well attended by over 40 people, there was a real atmosphere of “a job well done, the raffle raised £63.50 for Association funds and left the attendees looking forward to the future winter Speaker Evenings.

    The season has left everyone spellbound and this was achieved not only by the longevity of the season but also the manifold celebrations which have followed. These culminated in a visit to Buckingham Palace for a meal with the Queen and David Cameron and a visit to Number 10. Dave was fortunate enough to be present and remarked upon the aplomb with which this group of relative youngsters embarked upon this “Crowning Glory of the Season.”

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