Dave Roberts

The club is deeply saddened to announce the death of Life Member David Roberts.

David was involved with the club from the early 1950s when he started his playing career in the very first junior team at the club in 1953 and went on to become a much valued and much appreciated member of the successful 1st Xl in the 1960s, 70s and onto the 1980s. He became part of a highly respected opening partnership with his life long friend David Jackson and they became masters at working the quick single and unsettling the opposition. They never called, just trusted each others judgement, and to my recollection neither was ever run out whilst batting together.

Both before and after his retirement David played a full part in the running of the club particularly as assistant to Brian Marshall on the ground and with his work behind the bar where he was particularly responsible for the cleaning of the beer pipes for many years and was always proud of the quality of the draught beer and lager served in the clubhouse. Along with his trusty and ever reliable tractor he was he was always available to “fetch and carry” anything which was required. For all his efforts he was elected a Life Member of the club a number of years ago.

As well as at the cricket club David will be much missed around the village with his responsibilities as a Parish Councillor, Spofforth in Bloom, tidying of the church yard – the list is endless. However he will be missed greatest by his family and on behalf of everyone at the club we offer our condolences to Val, James, Rachel and Emma and his grand-daughters Holly and Daisy.

He will be very greatly missed by us all.

2017 Season Nidderdale League

Due to recent developments a decision has been taken by the club and considered by the league to the effect that Spofforth will fulfill their existing fixtures in the 1st Division but will not, for this season at least, field a 2nd XI.

Steve Gill
Club Chairman

T20 Charity Event – Sunday 24th July 2016

A huge thanks to all involved in Sunday’s T20 Cancer Charity Cricket Day which was a huge success for players and supporters alike raising a total of £540 to be shared between The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and The Robert Ogden Macmillan Cancer Centre.  Three teams, Spofforth, Bishop Auckland and Horsforth played in a tri-tournament with some really entertaining and competitive cricket on display.  Spofforth beat Bishop Auckland in the opening game with Luke Heinemann scoring 100 runs off 42 balls to chase down 206 in 16 overs.  Bishop Auckland lost to Horsforth CC in the second game setting up a final between Spofforth and themselves.  Horsforth overcame Spofforth but not without Heinemann once again chipping in with a classy ton.

Thanks to all the sponsors and everyone who worked so hard to make this a great event particularly Craig Hunt – next year please!!!!

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Sportsman’s Dinner, Friday 28th October 2016

Spofforth CC has arranged a Sportsman’s Dinner on Friday 28 October 2016 in the Wharfe Suite at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. Our guest speakers are Arnie and Ryan Sidebottom of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England and David Kendall, the York Bank Manager. David is renowned as one of the very best after dinner speakers on the circuit and testimonials to his talents can be seen at http://www.nyt.co.uk/david.htm

Tickets cost £35 each, tables of 10 £325 and can be obtained from either Terry Kavanagh on 01937 590499, mobile 07983 671855 or my e-mail at Kavanagh.spofforth@outlook.com or Craig Hunt on 07834 176253 or his e-mail craighunt1979@yahoo.co.uk


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NatWest Cricket Force – Saturday 19th March 2016

This year the Natwest Cricket Force day for Spofforth CC is Saturday 19th March from 10.00am.  Please pop down to the club and spare some time to help get your club ready for the forthcoming season.  There’ll be refreshments provided to keep you all going and it’ll be great to get the banter flowing after the long wet winter.

This year’s Cricket Force day is especially important as there is much to do in terms of re-decoration following repairs made in the light of the winter floods.

Please give as much time as you can to help don’t leave it to others, it’s not fair!

Indoor Bowls

Stuart Killin is testing the water so see if there is any interest in the village in the formation of an Indoor Bowling Club in the Village Hall subject to the necessary permission from the Parish Council. If you are interested could you please contact Stuart on 01937 591149.