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Re-Member Monday – Philip and Kathryn

— 3 December 2018

Yorkshire Cricket is regarded as one of the greatest clubs in the world, and as one of the proudest in existence. Established over 150 years ago, the history, tradition and passion of its Members are the main reasons for this. The pride of the Club’s supporters has always been evident.

To celebrate the Club’s fantastic supporters, we bring you a feature looking at memories of some of the White Rose Members. This week we hear from Philip and Kathryn from Whitby.

When did you first become a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club?

Philip: “I’ve been a keen supporter of Yorkshire Cricket since the 1950s but only became a Full Member around the millennium when I had more time to watch county cricket. In 2011, I became a debenture holder. Then in 2018, myself and Kathryn became members of the 1863 Club.”

Kathryn: “I became an avid follower of Yorkshire cricket when I first met Philip in 2011.”

What are your first memories of Yorkshire County Cricket Club?

Philip: “My first memories of Yorkshire cricket were in the late 1940s when I visited Headingley, Sheffield and Chesterfield to watch county cricket.”

Kathryn: “My first memory was the rained-off fixture against Essex at Headingley in 2011 when I first met Ajmal Shahzad. He soon became my first subject for a portrait of a county cricketer (Kathryn is a professional artist).”

What is your fondest memory of Yorkshire cricket?

  • Philip pictured with Adil Rashid

    Philip: “There are many to choose from, but Adil Rashid’s six for 67 on debut at Scarborough in 2006 stands out in my mind. I have followed his career and progress ever since. Also, a further lasting memory from Scarborough when, in June 2013, Matthew Fisher on his debut against Leicestershire became the youngest post-war County Cricketer at the age of 15 years and 212 days.”

    Kathryn: “Ryan Sidebottom’s three wickets in the first over against Middlesex at Lord’s in 2015 when we were there, it was so exciting.”

    What is your favourite ground and why?

    Philip: “Being residents of Whitby in North Yorkshire, the answer is without doubt North Marine Road, Scarborough. It reduces the distance compared to our regular pilgrimage to Headingley. It’s clear that the players and their families look forward to the festival. The ambience is brilliant and the characters you meet and the friendships that have developed over the years are most welcome.”

    Who is your favourite current player and why?

    Philip: “A most difficult question to answer. Over the past few years, Kathryn and I have acted as player sponsors to a number of the younger players, who will become our future. They are on our favourites list alongside some of the other more senior players.

  • Philip and Kathryn pictured with Ben Coad, Josh Shaw Matthew Fisher and Tom Kohler-Cadmore
  • Yorkshire supporters are known for being very passionate about their county and cricket team, would you put yourself in that bracket?

    Philip: “As I have an avid interest in the social history of cricket, and am the secretary of the Archive Committee, this is at the core of my passionate feeling for the White Rose. This historical perspective was also demonstrated when Kathryn painted images of the past Presidents, back to 1863, for the 150th anniversary of the Club in 2013. They were on display for a year in the entrance to the Long Room.

    What are you most looking forward to during the 2019 season?

    Philip: “Simply to another year of Yorkshire cricket, and success that can be achieved. Also, the to the fact that Headingley is hosting the World Cup and an Ashes Test.”

    Which young player in the current squad do you think will breakthrough next year and why?

    Philip: “Again, a very difficult question for us both to answer. Matthew Fisher injury-free is without doubt the one to watch. But, in Harry Brook, Josh Shaw, Jonny Tattersall and Tom Kohler-Cadmore for instance, we see much potential.”

    How do you see the 2019 season going for Yorkshire CCC?

    Philip: “We can without doubt consolidate our Division One position and hopefully win some silverware in the shorter forms of the game.”

    Want to take part in the next edition of ‘Members Mondays’? Get in touch with us at cricket@yorkshireccc.com.

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