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York U.13’s were ‘ crowned ‘ County Champions on Sunday following an outstanding victory by 11 runs in the County Final against Bradford & Bingley played at Hopton Millls Cricket Club, West Yorkshire.

York had progressed to the Final through the District Round, followed by wins against Studley Royal, Ackworth and a Semi Final against Hull Zingari.

Batting first they were rewarded with an outstanding opening partnership for the first wicket between Captain Alex Wood and ‘ keeper Batsman Billy Armitstead – both retiring under the Age Group rules with 30 and 33 respectively.

The momentum was continued by Danny Pye (12), Darsh Johar (16no) together with late order contributions from Freddy Iles, George Burton and Noah Watson to finish with a challenging 122 for 5.

Their Opponents opened carefully, a ‘maiden’ for York from Hugo Nixon and then an early wicket in the second over for Captain Wood gave the York Team encouragement. Thereafter, following a few overs rebuilding wickets began to fall regularly as the Opposition reached their 10 over half break at 55 for 4 – building up for a strong finish.

York,however, maintained their composure despite some bowling challenges as the chase began. Some excellent fielding and catching in particular Jamie Talago, Miles Phillips and Ben Cressey restricted the boundaries.

The ‘ run-rate’ required began to climb and the pressure told on the Batsmen with 2 wickets each for Darsh Johar, Noah Watson and Danny Pye – who completed his 4 over spell bowling a ‘ maiden ‘ 18th over to pile the pressure on the Batsmen.

That left the Opposition requiring 27 off the last 2 overs – 9 runs and a wicket in the 19th
left Hugo Nixon to bowl out under pressure, conceding only 6 runs, bowling their last recognised batsman to ‘ close out ‘ the Match in superb style and give the York CC Team an 11 run victory and the County Title.

The Yorkshire Competition began with over 180 Clubs in the County – the largest of any age group in the Country and York now travel to play the Durham County Winners this Sunday as the look to emulate the 2016 U .13 Team by making their way to the the ECB North of England Finals and hoping to become North of England Champions again.

The Club’s U.13 Lead Coach Mark Burn congratulated the Squad for a superb effort and wonderful contributions from everyone to secure the County Title, whilst looking forward to the challenge of the ECB National Knockout stages.

York CC Vs Richmondshire CC – NKO Match Report

York lost out in the regional final of the Royal London ECB Club Championship despite a spirited fight back lead by captain Daniel Woods. The match against visiting  North Yorkshire & South Durham League side Richmondshire went down to the penultimate over but ultimately the home side paid the price for a failure to post a big enough target having chosen to bat first.
The absence of Finlay Bean from the line-up meant Tom Spearman, who had made a half-century against Scarborough in the previous days league match played on the same wicket, moved up the order to open with Duncan Snell, but the young left-hander was unable to repeat that performance facing just three balls before driving the ball into the hands of the cover fielder. The host’s failed to find the boundary in the opening eight over power play by the end of which the score was just 17.  Nick James eventually found the rope and quickly followed it up with another before cutting a ball from Duncan Marshall, playing for the first time having being injured in a pre-season friendly, to point having made 19 off 39 balls the total having reached 47 at the start of the 15th over. Duncan Snell looked on course to reach 50 for the eleventh time this season but fell four short when he was run out by a combination of Gary Pratt and ‘keeper Tom Dowson. The opener played the ball to backward point but miscommunication with Matthew Bell left him unable to re-make his ground and he was forced to depart with the total on 93-3 part way through the 24th of the sides 40 overs. The innings third partnership to reach 40 came between Bell and Charlie Elliot but just as earlier boundaries proved hard to come by Elliot with a four and a six the only time the bowlers came under real pressure. Bell made 40 off 70 and his departure, caught at long-on with six overs to go, sparked something of a collapse as the home side lost four wickets in as many overs. Matthew McKiernan was the main beneficiary of some cavalier stroke play finishing with 3-41, including the wicket of Elliot caught at cover for 24. Only 65 runs came from the final 10 overs despite beginning the period only three wickets down and a final total of 181-7 left the home side needing to bowl and field well to have any chance.
Rob Carr rode his luck early on slicing two fours just out of the reach of Daniel Woods at slip and failed to control a pull shot which just evaded fine leg, the opener continued to play his shots contributing 39 to an stand of 79 from the first 15 overs. It was just prior to that point that the York skipper brought himself on to bowl and wickets in consecutive overs breathed new life into the contest. Opposite number Gary Pratt had been content to work the ball around for his 23 but for some reason chose to charge at the spinner only to be out foxed giving Tom Brooks the opportunity of a stumping. Carr’s indecision on 41 left him stuck on the crease and resulted in a successful lbw appeal, Woods sending back both openers in the space of four balls.  Mike Layfield and Matthew McKiernan regained the initiative for the visitors with a partnership of 51 in 12 overs reducing the target to 43 from the final ten. Layfield struck back-to-back sixes of George Keeley who prior to that point had bowled with good control conceding just 19 from his opening six overs but the batsmen then drove at a wide ball from Oliver Leedham and was caught by a diving Brooks behind the wicket for 44. Despite the setback the visitors still looked on course to complete a straight forward victory but panic set in. Jonathan Moxon had McKiernan caught by Elliot at fine leg for 14, and Woods picked up a third wicket to finish with 3-23. Fortunately for his side Matthew Cowling made 22 off 21 to take the total to within a boundary of the target before edging Guy Darwin to Nick James at slip.  With the scores level Tom Dowson chipped Charlie Elliot to Tom Spearman at cover, before Dale Marshall’s outside edge squirted away to the rope from the final ball of the 39th over to seal the home sides’ fate.

York u13A Vs Heslington – Match Report

U13 District League Div 1.   Sun 10th June
York A 119-5
Heslington 59-4

York Win by 60 runs

A very young York A team where invited to bat by Heslington and within the first 2 overs had lost both senior openers Ben Cressey and George Burton for 1 apiece. A good stand then took place to steady the ship between Josh Ellis and Jamie Talago before Jamie was bowled for 12. This brought in 10 year old Jack Robinson who showed great maturity with regard to both his scoring shots, running and calling. Together with Josh they added over 70 runs with Josh retiring not out on 30* and Jack retiring not out on 31*.

York’s total was given further momentum by both U11’s Ralf Schofield with10* and Aiden Doeg with 16* in the closing few overs. York reaching 119 for 5 from 20 overs.

Credit due to a hardworking Heslington team who gave 8 outfielders a bowl

The Heslington batters found scoring harder against the York bowlers and wickets were taken by Aiden Doeg with 2 and Louis Toulmin with 1. Keeper Lucas Oxley took 3 good catches. Heslington ending on 59-4 with Matthew Richardson holding their innings together with 27 not out.

Congratulations to the whole Team especially those U.11 Players debuting and covering for absent Squad members.

York juniors selected for Yorkshire

Congratulations to Billy Armitstead, Elias Smith, Alex Wood and Georgie Flack on their Yorkshire selection.

York U15 B vs Stamford Bridge – Match Report

U15 League Div B Mon 4th June

York B 150-3

Stamford Bridge 75-4

York B were invited to bat on a cold and blustery night and made 150-3 from 20 overs. Main run scorers for York B were Frazer Fennell with a fine 50* coming up in the 11th over with a six and 8 fours – his 2nd fifty of the season and Alex Wood with 42 with 5 fours. They were ably supported by Ivan Basthiankoralage with 18, Danny Pye on 16* and Darsh Johar on 1*. Credit to the Stamford Bridge team who never gave up trying.

In reply SB made 75-4 with wickets for Isaac Allison, Jack Wilson and Danny Pye. Skipper Jack Wilson also having a direct hit run out from cover point. In all York gave a bowl to 8 outfielders. The young York B team have now played three and won three but need to improve on their backing up and throwing

York U13 B Vs Acomb – Match Report

District League Div 2. Sun 3rd June Acomb : 88-5 York B : 90-6 York Win by 4 wickets On an overcast morning the B Team continued with their winning run in Division 2 with a 4 wicket victory after chasing down the visitors- Acomb’s score of 88. The winning runs coming off the last ball of the match.

Batting first Acomb made 88 with Archie Pye retiring on 30*. York gave 9 outfielders a bowl and wickets were taken by Callum Aitken with 1, Oliver Chesters with 1 and Bertie Schofield with 1. York were well served by both captain Josh Ellis and by Billy Urwin who kept for the first time.

In reply York made a blistering start with Henry Budgen and Josh Ellis adding 59 for the first wicket in only 9 overs with Henry retiring on 30* with 5 fours and Josh out for 22. From here the young York team found the going much harder against the Acomb bowling and fielding. York just keeping up with the run rate to give themselves a chance but Acomb kept taking wickets to keep their chances of victory alive. The game entered the last over with York requiring 5 to win, a wicket and a couple of tight singles left 3 needed off the last ball. U11 Oliver Chesters kept his nerve to hit the final ball for 4 to win the game ably supported at the end by Barnaby Roberts.

It was a great game played in good spirit by both sides- with both sets of players learning much from such a close game. Congratulations to the whole Team especially those U.11 Players debuting and covering for absent Squad members.

U13s Win at SHB – Match Report

District League Div 1
SHB : 79 – 6
York A : 82 -3
York Win by 7 wickets

On an overcast morning the A Team continued with their winning run in
Division 1 with a 7 wicket victory after chasing down the Home Teams’ score
of 79.

That total had been built around two patient scores from Goodwill (27) and Warren (21)
with some tight bowling from the A’s, especially Ben Cressey 3 overs 2 for 6, Noah Watson 4 overs 2 for 11 and a tidy spell from Jack Robinson ( on debut ) of 4 overs 1 for 11. Unfortunately extras totalled 24 which took the shine of an otherwise solid display.

The chase began positively with Cressey and Watson opening, Noah being bowled for 15, after which a positive Danny Pye struck a ‘quick fire’ 23 leaving Ben to see the Team home and strike the winning runs to end with 30 no alongside Capt Darsh Johar 5 no for well deserved victory with 17 balls to spare.

Congratulations to the whole Team especially those U.11 Players debuting and covering for absent Squad members.

The County Cup Tie awaits the A Team – Home to Studley Royal on Friday.

YCC U13 B’s Remain Unbeaten

Clifton Alliance CC U.13 B : 94 – 5
York CC U.13. B : 98 – 6

A superb Captain’s ‘ knock ‘, with a score of 31 retired from Jamie Talago, took the B Team to victory when after reaching 44 for 6, a win seemed a long way away.
York were chasing 95, a competitive total from Alliance, built around Mead (31) and Dixon (24no) with all the York players getting 2 overs each – a wicket each for Ben Cressey, Jack Yates and Skipper Talago with 2 Run Outs.
Cressey and Josh Ellis began well, Cressey eventually falling for 21 but three ‘ Ducks ‘ left matters in the hands of the Captain and Jack Yates who patiently re-built with some good striking and running.
They took the scores level before Captain Talago had to retire (31) leaving Yates to hit the winning boundary to the relief of the Team.
The B’s sit ‘top of the Table’ in Division 2 with 4 wins from 4 fixtures.

York U13 A’s v Ovington Sun 27th May – Match report

York U13 A’s v Ovington Sun 27th May

Win for York by 101 runs

On the hottest Sunday so far this season the U13’s were given the opportunity to play on the main square by groundsman Ben Harris. York batted first and amassed 150-2 from 20 overs. A good opening partnership between Darsh Johar with 31* and George Burton 30* set York on their way. This was followed by another quick paced partnership by Noah Watson with 17 and Danny Pye with 31*. Noah Watson unluckily run out attempting a third run. Others who batted were Freddie Iles with 5* Finlay Recchia with 1 and Ben Cressey 6*. Credit to a young Ovington side who never gave up.

Ovington were restricted to 49 for 9 in 20 overs with all 10 York outfielders bowling. Wickets being taken by Josh Ellis with 1, Ralph Schofield with 2, Ben Cressey with 2, Lucas Oxley with 2, Noah Watson with 1 and Danny Pye with 1. York again well captained by Darsh Johar.

Final thanks to Cam Hall for getting the main square ready for a junior match and Ben Harris for allowing the lads to play on the main square- it was much appreciated by both players and parents.

ECB U15 Cup Middlesbrough v York – Match Report

ECB U15 Cup Middlesbrough v York Tues 22nd May

Win for Middlesbrough by 8 wickets

York travelled to Middlesbrough on a cold blustery night and batted first on a worn slow paced wicket. The York openers struggled against an accurate opening attack and found difficulty in finding any gaps to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Elliot Watson briefly gave York some hope with 3 consecutive boundaries but alas departed soon afterwards for 17. Middlesbrough’s two county spinners then entered the attack and with a lack of pace to work with the batters found scoring equally difficult. Harvey Gration was next to go for 17. Both Flynn Southgate with 32 and Toby Search 10 vainly tried to up the scoring rate but were fast running out of overs and both succumbed to taking one risk too many. From here on the York innings fell apart with the keeper having a field day with 5 stumping’s in all. York ending on a below par 95 from 20 overs

In reply the Middlesbrough county openers put the York bowling attack to the sword scoring boundaries at will with the 50 coming up in the 6th over and hitting the winning runs in the 11th over.

York were well outplayed and beaten on the night and overall a poor team performance with much reflecting to be had by all. Put under pressure for the first time this season found us all wanting. The 2 county players showed the gulf in class and hopefully the York lads will have watched and learnt something from them. A defeat in the long term may be good for the York lad’s development. It’s how you bounce back that matters.

Heworth U15’s v York A U15’s – Mon 21st May

Result –York won by 10 wickets

York travelled the short distance to Heworth on a hot summer night and elected to field first. Heworth struggled against the accurate York bowling attack and were bowled out for 56 in 16 overs. Wicket takers for York being Ben Barnett with figures of 3-2-4-3, Elias Smith 4-2-13-1, Harvey Gration 4-1-13-2,Tom Matthews 2-1-1-1 and Dan Raubitschek 1-0-1-3 all ably supported by keeper Elliot Watson with 3 stumping’s

In reply openers Toby Search with 26* and Noah Watson with 13* saw York home in the 8th over.

York U13 B’s v Bolton Percy Sun 20th May – Match report

York U13 B’s v Bolton Percy Sun 20th May

York U.13 B beat Bolton Percy by 29 runs.

On a bright and sunny morning York B hosted BP and batted first totalling 128-2 from 20 overs. York’s innings was held together by Noah Watson who retired on 30* and was ably supported by Ben Cressey with 11, Danny Pye with 23, and not out batsmen Edward Barton on 14* and Freddie Iles on 27*. All credit to the Bolton Percy team as they never gave up trying in the field.

Bolton Percy made a valiant attempt to chase down the total and ended on 99-6. Danny Pye again led the York team well and gave all 10 outfielders a bowl with wickets being shared by Billy Urwin, Bertie Schofield, Danny Pye and Freddie Iles. The other two wickets being well executed run outs.

Y&DJCA President’s Cup U15 –SHB v York Fri 18th May

Y&DJCA President’s Cup U15 –SHB v York Fri 18th May

York visited SHB on a pleasant sunny evening and batting first made a very healthy 169-3 from 20 overs. Harvey Gration scored his third 50 of the season and was ably supported by Elliot Watson with 33, Toby Search 10, Elias Smith with 24, and not out batsmen Flynn Southgate with 31 and Tom Matthews with 3. Credit to a young SHB team. They never gave up in the field.

York restricted SHB to 59-8 in their innings with Harvey Gration taking 3 for 9 from 4. Other wicket takers being Elias Smith with 1, Corby Doeg with 1, Alex Try-Banton with 1 and Dan Raubitschek also with 1.

Thanks to SHB for hosting the match and providing an excellent wicket.

York are at home to Yapham in the next round of Presidents cup and they also visit Middlesbrough on Tuesday 22nd in the ECB cup.

York U13B’s v Pocklington – Match Report

York U13B’s v Pocklington Sun 13th May

York B’s visited Pocklington with a number of players unavailable due to exam studies and were invited to bat. York made a respectable 90-5 from their 20 with Jamie Talago holding the innings together with a good 30*, ably supported by Josh Ellis with 13, Ralf Schofield with 8, Lucas Oxley 6 and Aiden Doeg with 11. Special mention to both Aiden Doeg and Billy Urwin who ran at every opportunity in the last over resulting in a number of overthrows- the last over bringing 15 additional runs. Credit to a young Pocklington side for bowling 9 players.

York were gifted a run out in the first over –well executed by both Jamie Talago and Ben Cressey but Pocklington had started at rate of knots and were 37-1 after 6 and York struggling. The introduction of both Aiden Doeg and Edward Barton soon altered the course of the match with 3 quick wickets and Pocklington also lost momentum when their opener had to retire after making a rapid 31* with 6 fours –York keeping a close fielding ring and not covering the short boundary!.

The younger Pocklington batters then struggled to score runs against the York bowlers and ended on 69-6 from 20. York gave all outfielders a bowl and good encouragement was offered at all times by Captain Danny Pye from behind the stumps. Wickets takers were Aiden Doeg with 2, Lucas Oxley with 1 and Edward Barton with 1. York also had 2 good run outs.

Finally thanks to Pocklington for getting the ground playable, following the downpour on Saturday night.

York U15 A’s v Malton – Match Report

York U15 A’s v Malton. Mon 14th May

York hosted Malton and batting first made 127-0 from 20 overs with Harvey Gration making his 2nd 50 of the season with 52* and his fellow opener 1st year U15 Frazer Fennell making 50*-forsaking keeping duties to bat. Elliot Watson with 9* and Flynn Southgate 8* saw the inning through. A good solid display against some wayward bowling at times but again York missed many singles and two’s – an aspect all batters need to work on moving forward. Credit to the Malton side who never gave up trying whilst in the field.

Malton struggled against the York opening attack of Flynn Southgate with 1 for 1 off 3 and Ben Barnett 2 for 2 off 2, never recovering. Other wicket takers being Alex Wood with 1, Hugo Nixon 2, Tom Matthews 1, Alex Try-Banton 1 and Dan Raubitschek 2. Malton eventually bowled out for 44 in the 20th over. The pleasing aspect was that of the 10 wickets to fall 7 were clean bowled.

Moving forward the players need to be more proactive and re-set goals and targets in the field to focus on in a game situation.

Harrogate Vs York – Match Report

Jonathan Tattersall made a memorable return to St George’s Road producing a superb all-round performance for York as they maintained their winning start to the season making it three from three, matching the start which led to last season’s title success.
Daniel Woods’ side had lost three of their four meetings in the competition against Harrogate and had yet to win a Premier League North match at the home of the 2016 champions, but previous results and their opponents indifferent start to the season meant the visitors arrived in confident mood.
The match followed the familiar pattern of recent weeks with Jonathan Tattersall and Duncan Snell getting the innings off to a positive start. Partnerships of 139 and 124 in the previous two games demonstrated the potency of York’s opening pair and this was again underlined as they set about the hosts’ attack. Tattersall was dropped on 16 but that apart the duo looked untroubled and shortly after Snell had driven opposition skipper George Ross down the ground to register a half-century the total passed 100, and the openers became the first to record three consecutive century partnerships in the competition. The diminutive Tattersall clearly enjoying facing his former team-mates brought up his second half-century of the campaign off 73 balls as the partnership approached 150 at a scoring rate in excess of five an over. Snell already with a century to his name against Sessay the previous week made it two in a row bringing up three figures with a straight six off Harry Stothard the seventh bowler called upon by the ‘Gate skipper. The boundary also brought up the 200 and with more than a dozen overs remaining the batting side had their sights set on a formidable total. The return of Tom Geeson-Brown from the pavilion end somewhat curtailed things for the York as he picked up the wickets of Snell, caught at mid-wicket for 112, and Tattersall in similar fashion for 88 in the space of three overs. The tall seamer added two further wickets, including that of Oliver Batchelor who made 40 off 32 before being caught out on the deep mid-wicket boundary, and finished with figures of 4-73. Five wickets were lost in total during a frenetic final six overs as York tried to maximise their advantage reaching 293-7 by the close.
Oliver Leedham made the most of his first top-flight opportunity of the season striking twice in his opening four overs, the first the key wicket of George Ross caught by Tattersall at point for nought, which was followed by a good low catch at slip by Woods to dismiss Will Bates. Those came either side of overseas signing Alex Rose’s first wicket for the club. Jack Potticary made 97 the previous week against Yorkshire Academy but the Australian found his outside edge and Oliver Batchelor, deputising for the injured Tom Brooks behind the stumps made no mistake. From 25 for 3 the hosts faced an uphill struggle and whilst a partnership of 33, the highest of the innings, between Edward Wilson and Harry Stothard offered some hope the introduction of Tattersall proved decisive. Wickets in three of the leg-spinners first five overs reduced the home side to 84-6. Corrie Keeble top scored with 27 but he went tamely lbw prodding forward to a ball from Daniel Woods as the spinners took charge. The York skipper finished with two for six from five overs, his second sandwiched between a brace from Tattersall who wrapped up the innings the final wicket falling with the score on 131, and ended up with figures of 5-50 from 11 overs.

YCA Vs York CC – Match Report

York began the defence of their Hunters ECB Yorkshire Premier League North crown with victory over Yorkshire Academy at Weetwood. The postponement of the previous weekend’s fixtures due to the lack of preparation afforded clubs by a prolonged spell of wet weather meant the champions started the campaign at the home of one of their biggest rivals, but whereas recent matches between the sides have almost always been closely contested this latest encounter proved to be something of a one sided affair the visitors securing a comfortable victory.
The start of the match was delayed by an hour to allow further drying time for a damp outfield and when play began it was York who had to contend with the conditions, Ben Birkhead having won the toss and opted to bat first. The Academy captain, leading a largely new look side, opened the innings with James Wharton and the pair were only occasionally troubled by the new ball. It took the introduction to the attack of Birkhead’s opposite number, Daniel Woods, to make the breakthrough. Wharton had made 19 in an opening stand worth 50 when the ball ballooned up to Tom Spearman at extra cover off an attempted sweep, the York captain trapped Birkhead (29) lbw in his next over and had a hand in the third wicket to fall taking the catch when Bilal Anjum edged Charlie Elliot to slip. In the space of ten chaotic minutes the home side had gone from being in control to 53-3. A period of consolidation either side of the mid-innings drinks break was then followed by a spell of domination from the hosts as Tom Loten and George Hill provided the second real test of the fielding sides resolve with a stand of 109 from 24 overs. Hill, having made a half-century off 65 balls, had reached 60 when an attempt to hit spinner Jonathan Tattersall for six over long-on fell short and into the hands of Findlay Bean just inside the rope. Tom Spearman picked up the wicket of Loten as the batsman appeared to be caught in two minds the ball seemingly flicking up of the shoulder of the bat presenting ‘keeper Tom Brooks with a straight forward catch. That wicket fell at the start of the 46th over and marked the start of a collapse which saw the next five batsmen dismissed for the addition of only 24 runs. Spearman picked up his second wicket thanks to an outstanding catch by Bean who took the chance above his head back-pedalling at long on. Woods finished as the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-50 from 13 overs, but poor running and even worse communication resulted in run-outs off the final two balls of the innings handing York the opportunity of maximum points should they successfully chase down a target of 199.
Light rain delayed the start of the York innings and by the time openers Jonathan Tattersall and Duncan Snell made their way out to the middle the target had been reduced to 184 from 42 overs. Tattesall, making his debut having joined from Harrogate in the off season, was soon into his stride striking back to back boundaries off Matthew Taylor in the bowlers first over. The diminutive right-hander dominating the scoring in the early stages as both he and Snell, the competitions leading run-scorer in each of its first two seasons, put the fielding side under pressure with aggressive running between the wickets. Tattersall was first to reach fifty doing so off 56 balls which included seven fours, as 90 runs came from the opening 16 overs. The scoring rate achieved by the pair meant York were always well ahead of the required rate, which became significant as conditions overhead become increasingly threatening and the light began to fade. Snell with seven fours and a six took 63 balls to reach his half-century and it looked likely that the opening duo would remain unbeaten until Ed Barnes breached the defence of Tattersall bowling him for 68 with the total on 139 in the 26th over. It turned out to be the final action of any note as only four further overs were possible before the umpires brought the contest to a close adjudging the light unfit to continue. Snell finished unbeaten on 61 as the visitors recorded a nine wicket victory and in doing so sent out a strong message to their would-be title challengers.


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