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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

  • Pre-Season Lunch

    Please note, change of dates:

    As there is a Sky televised rugby league match on Friday March 20, the supporters’ pre-season lunch has had to be moved to Friday March 27, final booking date is Thursday March 19.

    The March meeting with Matthew Wood, will now take place on Sunday March 22 and not March 15 as previously advertised.

  • Richard Pyrah Benefit Event

    A special event to which all Supporters are invited:

    Richard Pyrah Benefit Evening for members and supporters. A chance to support the benefit and to celebrate the Club’s Championship success.

    Thursday February 5 2015, 7.00pm for 7.45pm, in the Rugby Pavilion, Headingley.

    Two-course meal, in the company of Richard Pyrah, Jason Gillespie, Andrew Gale, Martyn Moxon and Tim Bresnan.

    Tickets £25 ( payment in two installments possible).

    To book Contact Dave Callaghan on 07789 908031 or by email

    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 22

    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.

  • An Evening with Richard Pyrah

    Richard was introduced to the meeting by Chairman Charlotte Evers. He began by making reference to his Benefit Dinner and stressed that he appreciated that many had been excluded from the Gala Dinner because of the cost implications. He wanted his Benefit Season to commence with an event which will give something back to the supporters for their unswerving loyalty over the twenty years he has been associated with the Club.

    The squad will play in two benefit matches and will coincide with two T 20 fixtures during the season. He told the assembled audience, which numbered over 50 members that he had played for the Club since he was eleven years of age and was delighted to have been granted a benefit season to mark this achievement. He declared himself to be a proud Yorkshireman and described the day at Trent Bridge, when acting as 12th Man, he took the catch which clinched the County Championship as “the best day of my life”. (Apparently his wife still is not speaking to him!).

    He also described himself as a contemporary of the likes of Andrew Gale, Tim Bresnan, Steve Patterson and Joe Sayers and in fact captained them when they all played for the Academy side. About the events which concluded the Championship win at Trent Bridge he explained everyone’s elation at the achievement but revealed that this rapidly turned to tears when it was announced that Andrew Gale would not be permitted to receive the trophy because of his suspension and the continuing investigation into the events at Old Trafford. On the positive side he reminded the gathering that amongst the proudest was Martyn Moxon as this was the first title he had achieved in his coaching career and Jason Gillespie who was also celebrating his first major achievement as a coach. Richard lifted the mood by relating a wonderful anecdote about Ryan Sidebottom. Richard was 12th man but had the ball in his hands at the end of the match, he would have dearly liked to hold onto it but realised that others had a greater claim. Due to his deliberations he missed the opportunity to obtain other souvenirs as the stumps etc; had been gathered by his colleagues. However, on the way back to the pavilion Ryan gave Richard a stump and the ball with the words, “You have deserved these”. They were meant to aid Richard’s benefit fund but he revealed that he will not be parting with them!

    He then paid tribute to Ryan who was utterly exhausted at the end of his devastating spell of bowling in which he took six wickets, he judged it as one of the finest pieces of bowling he had ever seen especially when you consider that Ryan is 36 years of age. Ryan maintains that he is giving up one day and T20 cricket to concentrate on the Championship in which he intends to play for the next three seasons. (Richard reckons that he will be about 52 by that stage of his career!).

    He also stated that it was a wonderful experience to be invited to Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing St to celebrate the winning of the trophy. The side was instructed that full and proper names would be used and let the cat out of the bag by revealing that Andrew Gale had to enquire from each player what their full names actually were! The bad feelings caused by Andrew’s exclusion were redressed by the fact that he received the trophy from the hands of Prince Philip so justice was seen to be done. Prince Philip also presented the individual medals and whilst the brief given to the Yorkshire squad was that he would disappear shortly after the completion of this task there was obvious delight when not only did he remain with the group but chatted to every individual member.

    Apparently the squad re-assembled last Monday and the immediate instruction was that they must forget about the Championship win of 2014 and concentrate upon the 2015 season. However, they remain a very strong side and optimism was expressed that success would continue, the proud facts remain that they have lost only two matches in three seasons, they are playing an exciting brand of cricket, they have achieved consistency and are of an appropriate age when further success can be expected.

    Richard did express disappointment at the results of the T20 and 50 over achievements, he feels that the Club are going in the right direction after all they won 8 out of the 9 50 overs games last season and did well in the Group Stages of the T20, but failed to finish the job. Everyone feels the side can do better and the message is that whilst most of the matches were played on dry, used pitches the one against Durham took spin and this caused problems. It is now considered one of the crucial issues in the limited overs game that spin bowling must be overcome by the middle order batsmen it is very often the least experienced, young batsmen who are delegated to perform this task.

    Richard continued by examining the performance of various members of the squad: –

    He suggested that Adam Lyth is now an outstanding opener, possibly the best in the country who has a depth of natural talent. He confidently expects him to make his Test debut against the West Indies in March and April and stressed how much work he had done to strengthen his concentration during the winter.

    He thinks that Alex Lees has made and excellent opening partner for Adam, the pair averaged 70 for the opening partnerships of last season and stated he is a very special player whose England debut cannot be long delayed.

    He believes that Adil has matured rapidly in the last two years and that he is now beginning to establish himself as the force majeure, a role which he was confidently predicted to achieve at the outset of his career. He remains an attacking bowler who is capable of taking 0 for plenty in one spell and 3 for 0 on being reinstated to the attack.

    Ryan Sidebottom had already been discussed but Richard is obviously in awe of this truly great fast bowler.

    Jack Brooks was also mentioned as an outstanding performer and the capturing of 68 wickets during the season reveal that he is a potential match winner.

    It was also reflected that modern sides need strength in depth, due mainly to international commitments and he offered Andrew Hodd, Jack Leaning and himself as capable of consideration for inclusion because of their back up performances. In his own case he cited the match at Edgbaston against Warwickshire as a key performance of the season.

    At the start of the season he felt that he was nowhere near the Championship standard, however, he received a wakeup call when he found himself in the 2nd XI and his performance of taking 5 for 25 and a half century soon restored his confidence. He revealed that he had been hurt to find himself batting as low as number 8 but revealed he had had to overcome two serious injuries in the 2013 season and had had to remodel his batting style. He had broken bones in both hands and has suffered permanent nerve damage in one part of his hand in which there is now no sensation.

    He feels that his one day stats speak for themselves; he has now taken over 100 wickets in the T20 competition and is only the second Englishman to have achieved this feat. Indeed only four men have scaled this height and two of them are overseas players.

    With regard to the 50 over game he stated his obvious disappointment at batting low in the order; he would like to bat at number 5, which he had previously identified as a key position, because he feels he has the ability to perform when the pressure is on.

    He foresaw challenges ahead as it will be a difficult start to the next season when six regular 1st XI players could be involved with England in the West Indies. There are up and coming, confident youngsters, especially in the bowling department, who are capable of stepping up, Josh Shaw has already told Jason Gillespie that “I never get driven!” but it is the 2nd XI batsmen who will have to step up in order to ensure that Andrew Gale will be in a position to step onto the field of play and accept the County Championship Trophy in appropriate surroundings. He praised Andrew as a great captain and stated that assuredly, he is responsible for what is currently happening at Yorkshire.

    He concluded that the squad are a little tired of hearing about the legacy left by the great team of the 60’s and this is inspiring them to leave a legacy of their own.

    Richard was thanked for his outstanding contribution to the success of the evening and thanked for his loyalty to the Club and the wish expressed that he enjoys a thoroughly rewarding benefit year.

    All in all a most stimulating evening. Interestingly there was a raffle for which someone had donated a copy of Kevin Pieterson’s infamous work of fiction. Of the four prizes on offer this was the last choice for the winners and commiserations are due to Alan Stirk who was left with Hobson’s choice in collecting this booby prize! The raffle raised some £58 thanks to the organisers.

  • AGM of the YCCCSA – Sunday December 8

    The AGM was held on Sunday 8th December 2014 in the Long Room. 41 members attended and there were 22 apologies for absence.

    The membership sat in silence in remembrance of Don Phillips and Dennis Parkin, who had sadly passed away during the course of the year.

    The minutes of the last AGM were accepted and in matters arising it was noted that £100 had been donated to the Yorkshire Schools Cricket Association, the proposal that funds be used to provide equipment for young players, who could not afford to continue their interest because of financial constraints, had been deemed impossible to pursue because of the issue of declaration of income &etc; and the request to provide a sightscreen at the Rugby Stand End had also been abandoned because of the proposed stadium developments.

    The statement of accounts demonstrated a loss of income due to the re-location of the Kabin and its adverse effect, especially during International matches and the Club was now fully aware of this. Paul Hudson the new Financial Director will be requested to act as Examiner of the Accounts to replace Charles Hartwell who has now left the Club. The Balance Sheet and Treasurer’s Report were accepted, with thanks, by the membership. Paul Chapman, Ken Shaw and Eric Stephens were thanked for their sterling work in producing the Outgrounds Brochure which made a profit of approximately £1500 for association Funds.

    The Annual Reports by the Chairman, Secretary, Sales Organiser, Membership Secretary and Speaker Finder were also accepted by the meeting.

    The Committee was re-appointed en-bloc and remain Chairman: – Charlotte Evers, Treasurer: – Ken Blackburn, Secretary: – Alan Kaye, committee members: – Veronica Denby, Joan Denby and Clifford Gregg. Veronica was re-appointed to sales, Joan was re-appointed as membership secretary and Ken Shaw was re-appointed as speaker finder.

    With regard to the selection of the Player of the Year Award, the results in reverse order were: –

    3rd Ryan Sidebottom, 2nd Alex Lees and Jack Brooks and the Award went to Adam Lyth

    Adam Lyth was third in the selection of performance of the year, for his 251 at Old Trafford and second, with Aaron Finch for their momentous catch in the T20 Competition and the Award for Outstanding Performance of the Year went to Ryan Sidebottom for his wickets in the Championship matches at Old Trafford and Trent Bridge.

    It was noted that there was a disparity in the duration of the performances in 1st Class Cricket and the shorter versions of the game. It was therefore decided that in future a new award would be instituted, called the Champagne Moment of the Season, in order to redress this imbalance.

    The Young player of the year went to Josh Shaw and the Sally Marshall emerging player of the year was named as James Logan.

    The situation regarding the use of Headingley as the venue for the various functions organised by the Association is to be reviewed by the Committee.

  • 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.

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