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.
The final junior training session takes place this Friday 14th July. Well done to all our players on their cricket and commitment this year.
This year we had 11 sides taking part with North Stainley, Spofforth, Ouseburn A, Ripley, Harrogate, Ouseburn B, Pannal A, Follifoot, Pannal B, Bilton and Knaresborough competing to win the shield won by Studley Royal in 2016. The sides were organised into 3 groups – Bairstow, Root and Rashid – with the two best winners of the groups playing in the final. After a great deal of competitive cricket, Spofforth, Harrogate and Knaresborough came top of their respective groups but the finalists were Spofforth and Harrogate who both achieved maximum points from their fixtures. In the final Spofforth batted first in front of a supportive crowd and posted a total of 244. Despite some good cricket, Harrogate could only end up with 228 which meant the shield went to Spofforth. However, all teams who took part can be proud of their efforts.
As always, the tournament was played in a great spirit and it was really pleasing to see everybody getting on so well and sharing a common love of the game. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped on the day and thanks again to Ken Coad and Mick Dawson for their support of junior cricket.
Once again we have the great pleasure of hosting the Nidderdale Junior Cricket League Under 7s Tournament. This year it takes place on Sunday June 11th and we are expecting over 10 sides to take part. In the past, it has been great fun with the Champions title being won by different clubs each year. Last year, it was Studley Royal but who will get their name on the Shield this year?
Besides the cricket, there will be refreshments for all the family.
We can’t guarantee the weather but we will guarantee that the cricket will be enjoyable.
Coaching sessions for Under 7s cricketers starts on Wednesday 26th April from 5.30 to 6.30. Players old and new are most welcome!
Junior training for age groups U9 to U15 starts this Friday 21st April from 6.30. Training for the U7s will be on Wednesday 26th April from 5.30 to 6.30.
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.