York Senior Cricket League centenary

The Hunter’s York and District Senior Cricket League’s representative team will take the field in a brand new strip on 16 May when they meet the RAF Under-25 side at Sheriff Hutton Bridge for an 11am start in the opening game of the league’s centenary programme.

The new shirts and sweaters have been funded by the league’s sponsors, the York-based Hunters Property Group whose logo will be displayed alongside the league’s centenary logo.

Secretary Albert Pattison said: “We are most grateful to Hunters for their generosity which is in addition to their long-standing sponsorship deal.”

A number of other matches have been arranged as part of the league’s centenary celebrations, with a prize fixture against the MCC at Scarborough on 18 July being particularly attractive. Prior to this game, the league will meet a Caribbean XI at Sheriff Hutton Bridge on Sunday 8 July, whilst the season will be rounded up in nostalgic fashion on Sunday 9 September when Easingwold, as ‘Champions of 1912’, will entertain ‘The Rest of 1912’ in a re-run of a game that took place on 14 September 1912. The ‘Rest’ will include players from Knaresborough, Northallerton, Ripon, Sessay and Thirsk, who will be hoping to repeat their conquest of the champions.

The centenary celebrations are not confined just to the field of play. There will be a dinner/dance at York Cricket Club on Friday 6 May, when the guest speaker will be David Kendall, whilst Matthew Hoggard will be the principle speaker at the league’s annual dinner and presentation evening at York Racecourse on Friday 9 November. In addition, a presentation evening will be arranged at the end of the season, at which monthly award winners will receive their recognition and new members will be inducted into the league’s hall of fame.

In an innovative move aimed at recognising the invaluable service provided by all the tea ladies throughout the league, a cricket tea making competition will be held at the Caribbean game at Sheriff Hutton Bridge on 8 July. The competition is open to all club tea ladies and anyone else who fancies trying to win the top prize in one or all of the three classes. These are traditional English cricket tea, plated cricket tea and Caribbean style cricket tea. More details and entry forms can be found on the league’s official website.

The league’s commemorative handbook is now available at a cost of £10 plus p&p and can be ordered from pennyserenade@tiscali.co.uk. The 296-page book includes a pen portrait of all the clubs who have participated in the league over the past 100 years and a year-by-year section covering the first 50 years. In addition, many other new statistics and information is included, together with some fine historic photographs.

The league has also produced a special centenary tie and various commemorative casualwear – details of these can be found on the website or in the handbook.