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.