York Cricket Club
Address: Clifton Park, Shipton Road, York, YO30 5RE
Phone: 01904 623602
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York Cricket Club was founded way back in 1790 where the club played on the Knavesmire making it one of the oldest Cricket clubs in the country.
In 1967 the club moved to its current site – Clifton Park where it currently plays host to some of the finest Cricket facilities in the North of England.
The Club boasts a brand new club house which it shares alongside York Rugby Club and two Cricket grounds. It also has 16 grass nets and is one of the main out-grounds for Yorkshire County Cricket Club alongside Scarborough.
The 1st XI have been extremely successful in recent times winning the Yorkshire County Premier League seven times on the bounce from 2007 – 2013. The club is also the joint most successful team in the leagues history with thirteen championships.
Not only has the club had local success but it also fairs well in the National Club Knockout. Facing some of the best teams in the country from the North East such as South Northumberland and Chester - le – Street the club managed to win the NKO in 2012 at Derby.
In the build up to the final York managed to restrict all their opponents to no more than 144 in six games with some tight bowling from spin twins Dan Woods and Tom Pringle. Opening bowler and batsman Duncan Snell also managed to use the new ball effectively alongside Glen Richmond.
York managed to get past some big competition on route to the final including South North, Blaydon (NE Prem), Ockbrook (Derby Prem) and a nail biter in the quarters against Cuckney (Notts Prem) where they came out victorious winning it by 6 runs.
The semi final proved another test against Bamford Fieldhouse from Lancashire which included former England international Chris Schofield, Warren Hegg and Grant Hodnett. York managed to get to 196 – 8 and bowled Bamford out for 120 at home which proved to be a huge advantage throughout the competition.
Wanstead from Essex awaited York in the final at the County Ground, Derby. It was a one sided affair as Wanstead managed 162 – 9 off 45 overs which York knocked off in 29.5 overs – Oli Hairs making 68* with contributions from Dan Woods with the ball and Duncan Snell with bat and ball. Man of the Match Tom Pringle deserved all the accolades with 4-22 off 9 overs.
Most of the clubs success has to be put down the club coach Jim Love. The former England and Yorkshire player has really helped to progress some of the young York juniors. The Junior section at York has had many years of success due to Mark Burn and Derek Lancaster - two unsung heroes of the club.
2015 will see York move into the final year of the Yorkshire League as it is now with a regional restructure due to be started in 2016. This should be a huge step towards getting improving Cricket in Yorkshire.