Cope comes to the rescue of Woodhouse Grange club

The tradition of holding an Annual Club Dinner is maintained at Woodhouse Grange CC, despite dying out at many other local cricket clubs.

The Sutton on Derwent based Club held its annual get-together last Friday at Fulford Golf Club.

President Richard Hobson opened the proceedings with a tribute to club stalwart Alisdair Swann who passed away last December and will be greatly missed.

The expected guest speaker Anthony McGrath gave backword at the last minute but the County Club came to the rescue by providing Geoff Cope, former Yorkshire and England off-spinner, in his place.

Geoff spoke of matches he had played at Woodhouse and gave a fascinating insight into the times of Mitchell, Sellers, Close, Trueman and Illingworth, in an amusing and unassuming style that kept his audience fascinated.

First team captain Steve Burdett replied on behalf of the Club, drawing attention to a glittering array of nine trophies won by Woodhouse in the 2013 season with successes at Junior, Academy, Mid-week League, Evening Cups, two trophies at York Senior League level and the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions runners-up trophy.

He concluded with hilarious, and not too complimentary, pen pictures of a number of his first team squad.

Club chairman John Stroughair presented his annual clubman of the year award to Martin Smith for his enthusiastic organisation of a whole range of fundraising and social events, of which this dinner was just one.

The evening left everyone who attended with a feeling of pride and togetherness at the club in preparation for what promised to be another excellent season in 2014.

Woodhouse Grange’s first fixture for the new season is on Saturday 26 April, with the first team playing Clifton Alliance, the second XI playing Sheriff Hutton and the third and forth teams both coming up against Drax XIs, in their respective divisions of the 
Premier, North and West leagues..