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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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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.

Bonfire Night – Thank You!

A great big thank you to the very many people who turned out for the bonfire and fireworks display on Friday evening. It was far and away the best attendance we have had since the Cricket Club took over the running of the event a few years ago.

Thank you also for the many excellent comments we have received via the village Facebook page over the weekend.

One small apology for the problems experienced with the bar and the fact that many of you had to queue for quite a lengthy spell – the sheer numbers took us somewhat by surprise. We will learn from it. Your patience was much appreciated.

I know many of you found your way down to the Cricket Club for the first time and we look forward to your joining us in the future.

Simon Peters

The Cricket Club is saddened to hear of the death of Simon Peters at his home in Mallorca.

Simon and his wife Wendy lived in the village for many years and very quickly became involved with the club. Simon, a broadcaster with BBC Radio Leeds, had a talent for organising social and fund raising events and was the instigator of the Village Gala run by the Cricket Club for many years raising £1,000s of pounds over the years for club funds. He also ran for a number of years a weekly bingo session in the clubhouse picking up his “followers” in his own car in bad weather transporting them to and from the club

When he eventually left the village with Wendy to make their home in Mallorca near Wendy’s daughter Leah both he and Wendy became closely involved with the Mallorca Cricket Club so much so that in 1991 he persuaded the Spofforth club to undertake a week’s tour to the island prior to the start of our season. The cricket itself was soon forgotten but the “apres” cricket will remain with us for ever. Despite the long distance his heart remained with Spofforth Cricket Club.

For his services to the club Simon was elected a Vice President and I know that this meant a great deal to him.

Our thoughts are with Wendy and his family at this most difficult of times.

We understand that Wendy is hoping to spend some time in the village next summer and she will be very warmly welcomed at the club.

Tom Smith

The club is extremely saddened to learn of the death of Tom Smith.

Tom was the Secretary of the club in the early 1950s and again at the end of the decade when he returned to the club following National Service. However he was much more than that. He was very much responsible for the fund raising for the initial development of the clubhouse in 1973 to replace the old wooden hut which can be seen in photographs inside the present clubhouse. His weekly tour around the village selling football tickets was legendry. On the field he made himself into a 1stXl opening batsman and those of us who were present will never forget his match winning century opening partnership with his good friend Roy Spink against East Keswick in the final of the 1961 Wetherby League’s Senior Cup, which signalled the start of a golden era for the club. He went on to become a successful 2ndXl captain and taught many young players the hard and proper way to play competitive cricket.

Later on his work with the Ministry of Agriculture took him to Beverley where both Tom and his sister Mary became involved with the Beverley cricket club. Our great loss was their gain. Tom died peacefully in his sleep. He will be very sadly missed and our thoughts are with Mary and the rest of the family at this most difficult of times.

Theakstons Brewery Trip

A tour of Theakstons Brewery in Masham has been booked for Tuesday 7th April.  Return travel, free beer and brewery tour £10 per person.  Leave Spofforth CC at 6.15pm returning at 10.00pm.  Please contact Steve Gill,07881957395, for further information or to book a place.

Between the Wickets – Volunteers Please

We are looking for a volunteer to co-ordinate the production of our bi-annual newsletter, Between the Wickets.  It’s not at all an onerous task but probably one that would be best suited to someone with an interest in all areas of the club.  For more information or to find out what’s involved please call either Terry Kavanagh or Steve Gill.