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Damp Ending

A wet and damp ending to the 2018 cricket season as both our games were washed out without a ball being bowled. Both teams comfortably maintained their status in divisions 2 and 4, despite some challenges with player availability during the season. A big thank you from the club to all those who turned out throughout the season and helped the teams pick up the required number of points. We look forward to see you again at the club for the 2019 season.

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Double Defeat

Both teams lost heavily on Saturday 15th September as the season petered out in disappointing fashion. The firsts were bowled out for just 93 at home to Darton, who then easily knocked off the runs for 3 wickets. Away at Garforth, the opposition hit 267-7 from their 46 overs, before bowling Stainborough out for 69 in a one-sided game.

Rained Off

Both games on Saturday 8th September fell victim to the weather. At Stainborough, Rossington hit 233-3 before declaring with rain around. Our lads defended well and feached 61-3 before the game was called off. The first team game at Knottingley was wiped out. Better news on Sunday as we won in a tight game against Barnsley/Woolley, who managed just 141 in their innings. Phil Archer and Josh Abson took 3 wickets each. In reply, we lost 8 wickets, but a solid 48 from Andy Beck and an unbroken partnership between Lewis Shepherd and Josh Abson saw us home.

Treble Whammy

Defeats for both our teams on the first day of September, as the season draws to a close. Batting first away at distant Whitley Bridge, our first team subsided to 119 all out in 31 overs, with only Josh Abson (28) and Andy Beck (25) making the scorers work. Lewis Longstaff was the destroyer, with 6-34 of 14 accurate overs. In reply, Whitley Bridge made short work of the target, reaching 120-3 off 30 overs to win the game. At Stainborough, undefeated league leaders Horbury Bridge hammered no less than 262-4 from their 46 overs, with 83 not out from Sam Perkin and 76 from opener Jack Machin. In reply, a solid batting performance of 74 from Jon Pepper stabilised our innings, although we were never really in the hunt. Jon was eventually 8th out only a couple of overs from the end, and a late flurry of wickets resulted in us closing on 163-9. On Sunday, our lads went down to a crushing defeat at West Bretton, who knocked off our score of 149 in just 22 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. After sinking to 39-6, a late flurry from Lewis Shepherd (50) and Richard Mills (26 not out) added respectability, but Jonny Winwood with 79 off 56 balls soon put paid to any faint hopes. Thanks to Jack Pepper's girlfriend Ferne, who made her debut in the score box in difficult circumstances in a high scoring game on Saturday, but kept things together well. Thank you and we hope to see you in the score box again soon!

Bar Studs

A big thank you to fabulous 10 piece band the Bar Studs who entertained us in the pavilion on August Bank Holiday Sunday. Originally booked to play outside, they were shoehorned into the pavilion because of the incessant rain. There was a good turn out despite the weather, so thank you to all the band members for a great performance. We'll try to get them back next season playing outside, if the rain stops.

Mixed Bag

A disappointing defeat for the first team on Saturday 25th August against Barnby Dun. Batting first, Zully Shah played a typical knock of 19 from just 8 balls as he swung at every delivery, and soon the score was 30 off just 3 overs when he was out. Wickets fell regularly after that, and only a late partnership of 45 push the score on to 117 all out. In theory, this was an easy target, but the Barnby Dun bowlers had other ideas. Idris Kahn finished with 7-40 as we were bowled out for 105, with only JoeMcLee (39) showing any real resistance. The seconds scored a good win on a difficult wicket at Hemsworth, after scoring 175 largely thanks to a good knock of 49 from Dean Warden and a quick 35 from young Robbie Richardson. In reply, Hemsworth ended up 14 runs short having been bowled out for 161, despite a 50 from Andy Biddulph and a late knock of 33 from David Scurfield. The wickets were shared around, with the pick of our bowlers being Dave Addy with 3-20.

Shortest Game Ever

In a bizarre game at Crigglestone on 18th August, our first team stormed to a win in less than 15 overs, in a game that lasted about an hour. Batting first, 8 man Crigglestone hammered 30 off the first 3 overs, but a remarkable 7 wicket collapse saw them bowled out for just 54 in just 45 balls. Yep, their entire innings lasted 45 balls! In reply, our openers Callum French (35) and Brad Wood (12) hit the 55 runs needed in exactly the same number of balls - 45. The 90 ball game is the shortest we can remember, but it also paints a sad picture of the problems facing village cricket today, as the Crigglestone second team had folded just days earlier. At Stainborough, the second team didn't fare so well as they lost to Ferrybridge, who were restricted to 178 for 8 in their 46 overs. It was a "gettable" target, but opening bowler Keith Lumb took 5 wickets to reduce Stainborough to 68 with last man Alastair Gilfillan going out to join comeback man Lee White. These two then proceeded to add 49 for the last wicket, taking the score to 117 before Lee White (43) holed out going for yet another boundary. Lee hit 43, with 7 fours and 2 sixes, and Ferrybridge were getting very nervous as the score advanced. Alastair scored just 7 from 39 balls in the partnership - a valiant effort to win a game which seemed lost when he came out to bat. On Sunday, our intended opposition Harley conceded the match on the morning of the game, as they could not raise a team.

Full House

A full house on Saturday 11th August as both our teams scored convincing wins. At Stainborough, our first team took on Streethouse in a game kindly sponsored by former player Richard Umbers. Batting first, we hit 202-7 from our 46 overs, with solid middle-order knocks from Josh Abson (43) and Andy Beck (32), then a violent 51 not out from Lewis Shepherd who hit the ball to all parts of the ground. In reply, Streethouse looked on course as Lee Stuckey built a good innings of 38, but he had little support once D Bowles had been superbly caught by Josh Abson for 19. Luke Selwood then ran through the Streethouse side, taking 6-36 from his 14 over spell. Streethouse were eventually bowled out for 107 to complete a big win for our lads. The second team fared even better away at Bullcroft, bowling them out for just 81 in 20 overs, with the wickets shared around between opening bowlers Robbie Richardson (2-24) and Jack Pepper (1-35), then a remarkable 6 over spell which brought 5 wickets for just 7 runs from John Hall (2-4) and Dave Addy (3-3). In reply, Paul Brown and Jon Pepper put on 80 in just 10 overs before Jon was out with just 2 required. Paul Brown finished undefeated on 51 with no less than 10 boundaries in his 31 ball knock. Fine wins for both teams on a good day for Stainborough. On Sunday, we suffered a heavy defeat up on the tops at Green Moor, who put on a huge total of 240-3 in their 40 overs, despite 3 wickets for 39 from Dave Addy. In reply, we managed just 135 in 28 overs, with skipper Chris Thomas top scoring with 24.

Open Meeting Summary

Here's a brief summary of the points discussed at our recent open members' meeting on 30th July:-
The Yorkshire U17 ladies' game against Cheshire was a great success, with thanks passed on to the Club members who organized the event. Comments at the meeting felt the profile of the club had been raised.
Almost all club members have paid their subscriptions for the 2018 season.
The Sportsman’s Dinner will now be held at Shaw Lane due to The Fairway not having suitable free dates available. Full details will be made available on the website.
Junior Cricket – AFC Pogmoor management were shown around the ground and facilities by Mark Tinker and Chris Thomas in the hope that junior cricket can be resurrected by attracting juniors from the football teams. They were very impressed with Stainborough and hoped that a partnership could be worked out.
Clubmark – Mark France along with a work colleague has offered to take on-board the complex task of applying for Clubmark status. This has been attempted twice in the past, but it is so time consuming it get in the way of work and family life.
Club members have genuine concerns about the future of the club, especially keeping the 2 Saturday teams and Sunday team. The availability of players and the lack of juniors were seen as the main problem, however this was discussed in a positive manner.
Chris Thomas commented that the organization of the Bank Holiday Fun Day is well under way, with AFC Pogmoor invited to take part in junior games before the 8 a-side tournament. There will be children's entertainment in the afternoon and a live band in the evening.
It has been reported that the bottom boundary fence is leaking balls through the bottom of the fence due to slight movement in the ground. Volunteers are required to look at building up the soil to prevent this problem.

Back to Form

A welcome return to form for both our sides on 4th August, with both teams scoring good wins. Playing away at Thorpe Audlin, the first team batted first and posted 237-9 from their 46 overs. Josh Abson top scored with 49, backed up with solid knocks from Brad Wood (44), Andy Beck (42) and Tom Reid (33). Pick of the bowling was Scott Murray with 4-26 from 10 economical overs. In reply, the Stainborough opening bowlers Tom Reid and Lewis Shepherd quickly got on top, so much so that only Josh Abson, who bowled a couple, was required in support. Tom finished with 6-61 from 10, and Lewis returned 4-56 from 8 as between them they bowled Thorpe Audlin out for 141 to complete an emphatic win by 96 runs. At Stainborough, the seconds fared almost as well. Bowling first, they skittled South Kirkby for 150 in 39 overs, despite 3 batsmen getting into their 30s. Pick of the bowlers was John Hall, with 4-29 from 13 miserly overs. In reply, Paul Brown hit 50 from 40 balls in a good opening partnership of 77 with Gerald Webster. After a bit of a wobble we sank to 83-3, but then debut man Glenn Walton (24) and youngster Robbie Richardson (28) put together a partnership of 53 to take us to the brink of victory. John Hall and Dean Warden quickly added the remaining 11 runs to round off a good day for both our teams. On Sunday, our lads put together a fine 174 run win against West Bretton. Batting first, Paul Brown (77 from 58 balls) and later John Hall (61 from 44) despatched the ball to all corners of the ground as we posted no less than 292-9 from our 40 overs. Five other batsmen also got into double figures to punish the West Bretton bowlers. In reply, West Bretton were soon reduced to 25-5 in the face of some good bowling from debut man James Lynch who took 3-28. Eventually West Bretton subsided to 118 all out to complete a hat-trick of wins for our sides this weekend.

Twin Defeat

Not the best of Saturdays on 28th July, as both our teams were defeated. At Stainborough, looking slightly greener after some much needed rain, the second team started well in the field against Frickley who were reduced to 86-6 and then 105-7. A partnership of 68 between John Pinder (76 not out) and Corey Hawksworth (21) saw Frickley scrape to 196 all out - a decent but gettable score. However, in reply, Stainborough collapsed in familiar fashion to 88 all out in just 22 overs, with no less than 5 ducks. Only Paul Brown, with a typical swashbuckling 43 from just 31 balls, gave the scorer some work to do, and only 2 other batsmen got into double figures. The first team, away at Glasshoughton, fared a little better as they put on 169-9 from their 46 overs. A solid opening stand between Callum French (36) and Jon Pepper (27) was the foundation, followed by good knocks from Mark France in the middle order and evergreen Phil Archer later on, both of whom scored 27. Glasshoughton however knocked the runs off easily for the loss of just 4 wickets in 32 overs, with a 50 from opener Liam Hopton, to complete a miserable double for our teams.

1360 Runs!

A weekend of mammoth scoring for all our teams as the scorching heat brought out the best from the batsmen on both sides, with no less than 4 centuries. Double header victories for both teams on Saturday 21st August, led by the First Team who hammered 267 - 7 largely due to a fine run-a-ball knock of 107 from captain Andy Beck and aggressive knocks of 37 by Joe McLee and 28 from Tom Reid. A superb supporting knock was once again played by Extras, who carried his bat for an undefeated 37 with no less than 26 wides. In reply, another century from James Dunn saw Featherstone almost overcome our huge total, but they eventually ran of overs agonisingly 1 run short. The Second Team game at Bentley was not so close, as we hit 204-7 batting first. A typical Paul Brown innings of 70 led the way, accompanied by an equally typical 62 from Dave Webster. In reply, Bentley were never in touch as the lost wickets regularly and no batsmen scored above 16. Eventually they were bowled out for just 100 to give us an easy win, with Dave Richardson (5-24) and John Hall (3-9) the pick of our bowlers. On Sunday, it was fireworks time big style at Stainborough against Sheffield Collegiate. Batting first, Stainborough put on what looked like an unassailable score of 261-5 from their 40 overs, led by youngsters Josh Abson with 105 and Lewis Shepherd with 51. Incredibly, Collegiate knocked of the runs for the loss of just 2 wickets with 7 overs to spare, with an undefeated 141 from Pranav Susaria who hammered 18 fours and 7 sixes. A fine game with well over 500 runs to complete a good weekend of cricket.

The Fairway Hotel

Thank you to the Fairway Hotel in Dodworth for their generous contribution to club funds. Situated in Dodworth, Barnsley, close to M1 junction 37, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Pot House Hamlet and within 3 miles (5 km) of Stainborough Cricket Club and the Lamproom Theatre. Locke Park and Barnsley Town Hall are also within 3 miles (5 km). The hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a meeting room, with free WiFi in all 40 rooms and public areas. Other amenities include free parking, a 24-hour front desk, express check-out and tour/ticket assistance. All have tea/coffee makers and TVs with digital channels. Guests will also find desks and free toiletries. Situated on the main road between Barnsley and Manchester close to the M1, the Fairway is conveniently situated for visitors to our area.

A Blank Weekend

Another disappointing weekend as both our teams lost. The firsts were bowled out for just 120 at second in the table Rothwell, with only skipper Andy Beck (23) getting beyond 20. Extras was our star man, with a battling 36 not out including no less than 26 wides. In reply, Rothwell easily knocked off the runs for the loss of 2 wickets in 25 overs. In a high scoring game at Stainborough, our seconds posted a competitive score of 199-9 against Fenwick, largely due to a typicality belligerent innings of 69 from 53 balls from Paul Brown. In reply, Fenwick lost a wicket in the first over, but thereafter they were always in the hunt, and they reached their target with 3 overs to spare thanks to an undefeated 83 from S Vickerage.

World Cup Fever!

On Saturday July 7th, our first team entertained Thurnscoe, with an early start at 11am to allow players and supporters of both sides to watch the England World Cup game against Sweden at 3pm. Batting first, Thurnscoe showed their intentions from the start, hammering 125 -9 off just 20 overs before declaring. In reply, Stainborough made a good attempt at matching the scoring rate, largely due to good batting from Joe McLee (41) and skipper Andy Beck with 34. In a tense finish, the scores were level at 125-9 when Phil Archer was run out to tie the game. After the game the opposition decided to return home to watch the England game, and the Stainborough lads enjoyed a successful 2-0 win against Sweden in the club bar. On Sunday, a strong Upper Haugh team were too strong for our Stainborough lads, as they racked up 273 for just 4 wickets, including a century and 2 fifties. In reply, our chairman Phil Archer carried his bat for 51 not out as we were bowled out for 108 in a one-sided game against a team who should really be playing at a higher level.

Yorkshire On Top

Yorkshire Ladies U17 put together a masterful performance at Stainborough on Tuesday 3rd July to beat Cheshire Ladies by 9 wickets. In front of a large crowd in perfect summer conditions, the strong Yorkshire bowling restricted Cheshire to just 97 for 9 from their 40 overs. No less that 9 bowlers were used, and the wickets were shared around. All the Yorkshire girls bowled well, but Amy Jobling was the pick with 2 wickets for no runs off the bat and just 1 wide from 4 accurate overs. Top scorers for Cheshire were Madi Hudson with 18 and Poppy Beardsell with 12, with no other batters reaching double figures. In reply, Yorkshire made short work of the target to reach 101-1 in just 16 overs. Skipper Adrianna Darlow hit an undefeated 47 and opening partner Leah Dobson an aggressive 30 to complete a resounding win. Thank you to coach Cecilia for choosing Stainborough to host this big game - we enjoyed having you at Stainborough and we hope you will come back again one day.

Feeling Hot, Hot Hot!

A scorching but unsuccessful weekend for both teams on the last day of June, followed by another defeat for the Sunday team the next day. At Darton, a good bowling performance by the opposition saw us bowled out for just 84, Brad Wood top scoring with 24. In reply, Darton swung the bat at everything and it came off, as they reached their target for 2 wickets in just 11 overs. At Stainborough, our seconds lost a thrilling game against Garforth on a day where no less than 419 runs were scored. Batting first, we posted a decent score of 209-8, largely thanks to father and son team Gerald (38) and David (49) Webster, who added 84 for the second wicket. A late thrash from Nathan Tinker pushed the score on to a challenging total of 209. In reply, Garforth attacked from the start, but lost wickets regularly to leave them teetering on 206-9 with the last pair at the crease. They kept their heads and scraped home with a couple of leg byes in the 43rd over to win by the narrowest of margins. On Sunday a strong Dewsbury team easily knocked off our score of 112, with Andy Beck hitting 35. Dewsbury reached the target for the loss of just 1 wicket to win by 9 wickets in 17 overs.

A Fine Spectacle

Stainborough CC are delighted to announce yet another sponsorship deal, this time with Specsavers Barnsley. To book your eye or hearing test online, why not go to the Specsavers website? Thank you from all at Stainborough CC for your support.

The WOW factor!

A stunning victory by our first team on 23rd June at home to Knottingley, who were on top for 10 overs before we took over and annihilated them with a master class in batting, bowling and fielding. At 28-3 after 10 overs, we looked down and out, but then the fightback began. Declan French (42) and Andy Beck (58) hammered 84 for the 4th wicket to take the score to 112 at the half way point. Enter Jack Steers who carved the bowling to all parts to hit an undefeated 41, aided low down the order by veterans Shane Abson and Phil Archer as we ended up on 235 for 9. In reply, the talking stopped quickly as Knottingley succumbed for just 82 from 22 overs in the face of hostile bowling from Tom Reid (4-39) and Luke Selwood (3-25), and superb catching from Shane, Phil, Andy and Lewis. Extras with 25 was the star performer for Knottingley as only 2 batsman managed double figures, with no less than 4 ducks. Cameo spells from Joe McLee (2 for 2 from 1.1 overs) and Lewis Shepherd (1 for 2 from 1 over) finished off a great "WOW" victory. The seconds fared less well at Rossington against what really was almost a first team. Batting first, we slumped to 119 all out before Knottingley knocked off the runs easily for the loss of just 3 wickets, and on Sunday we were distracted somewhat by England's World Cup game as we went down to a 9 wicket defeat to Tickhill after being bowled out for 102, despite a brutal 56 from Callum French off just 34 balls. In reply, a second wicket unbroken partnership of 88 won the game for Tickhill.

Storm Force

A violent thunderstorm put paid to our first team game on June 16th at home to Whitley Bridge. After a disastrous start where we were just 4-3 off just 5 overs, our lads recovered to post a reasonable total of 160-7 thanks to fine batting from Joe McLee (54), ably supported by M France (24), evergreen Phil Archer (22 not out) and another fine innings lower down the order of 16 not out off 46 balls by young Jack Pepper. In reply, Whitley Bridge quickly lost Will Thorne for a duck in the first over, before they moved on to 49 off just 10 overs when the lightning began. A torrential downpour ensued, and the umpires called off the game at 5:20 due to a wet outfield and square. The seconds, decimated by weddings and other extraneous activities, gave Horbury Bridge's first team a good game despite having only 10 players. Batting first, we managed 121 all out in the face of some hostile bowling, thanks to Carl Griffiths (26 not out) and skipper John Hall with 24. In reply, Horbury made a decent start until Dave Richardson removed both openers, then after a stutter they eventually reached their target in 21 overs to win by 5 wickets. On Sunday, our lads hammered 264-7 at Harley, thanks to 59 from Jack Steers, 56 from Lewis Shepherd and 44 from skipper Chris Thomas. In reply, Harley scraped to 135-7 and never looked like challenging the target in the face of some good bowling.

Hall of Fame

Pride of place on Saturday 9th June goes to our second team with a stunning win at home to Hemsworth in a game dominated by debutant Wayne Thornton, old timer Shane Abson, who has played so many games that we've lost count, and bowler John Hall who destroyed the Hemsworth batting. Batting first, Stainborough were up against it from the start, slumping to 12-4 after just 4 overs. But then in came debutant Wayne Thornton and started to defend magnificently in the face of good bowling from Hemsworth. Wickets continued to fall at the other end however, and after 23 overs we were 50-9 and all seemed lost. But then in came veteran Shane Abson at number 11, and together with Wayne Thornton they put on 56 for the last wicket. Wayne hit a good 50 on debut, and Shane supported him with 32 not out. We ended up with 106, despite being 50-9, but it was still almost certainly not enough. Or was it.......? In reply, Hemsworth moved smoothly to 74-1 from 27 overs, and defeat looked inevitable, but then skipper Dave Addy fired up John Hall into one of the best spells of bowling ever seen at Stainborough. He was unplayable, taking 6 wickets in a row for just 9 runs from 10 overs to reduce Hemsworth to 102-7 after 40 overs. They needed just 5 to win at this stage, but crucially they only had 10 batsmen. In steps Dave Richardson with a wicket with his first ball, then the final wicket to win the match for Stainborough by just 3 runs in a quite incredible finish. Not such good news for the first team, who were bowled out for 136 at Barnby Dun chasing 171 to lose by 35 runs. No Barnby Dun batsman dominated, but no less than 8 double figure scores and a remarkable 28 extras posted 171 all out. Young Lewis Shepherd was the pick of the bowlers with 5-31. In reply, we lost wickets regularly until Tom Reid came in and hit 44 in a typically aggressive innings, well supported by Jack Pepper down the order, but once Tom was out the end came quickly as we were bowled out for 136. On Sunday, we defeated 9 man Green Moor by 9 wickets in a short game. Having bowled them out for 111, Paul Brown (35) and Callum French (60) made short work of the reply, and Liam Wiles hit the winning runs in just 11 overs.

Power Hitting

A multitude of lost balls at Stainborough on Saturday 2nd June, as our first team lads hammered Crigglestone to all parts of the ground and beyond as we racked up 260 all out. No less than 9 sixes and 28 fours were hit, with J McLee leading the scoring with 69. Callum French hit 55 from number 1, and skipper Andy Beck chipped in with 35. In reply, in truth Crigglestone were never in it after losing opener Andy Crowther to the first ball of the innings. Tom Reid bowled with pace and a bit of bounce and hit the stumps 4 times to end up with 5 for 31, and Joe McLee took 4-16 in just under 4 overs as Crigglestone were bowled out for 73 to lose by a huge 178 run margin. The seconds suffered a heavy defeat in an unpleasant match at Ferrybridge, where the umpires saw fit to award us 5 penalty runs due to the conduct of some of the Ferrybridge players. This didn't help much though, as we'd already been bowled out for 59, so the target for Ferrybridge went up to 65. They knocked this off in just 7 overs to win easily in a game which we were glad to get over with so we could get away from the unpleasant atmosphere surrounding the game.

Higham Friendly

Our Sunday team came second in a close game against neighbours Higham CC on Sunday 3rd June at Higham. Batting first in a 30 over game, we posted a good score of 169 to set Higham a daunting target, with Brad Wood (46) and Andy Beck (35) the main contributors. In reply, we were on top until our lack of bowling depth gave Higham a chance which they took, to knock off the runs with a couple of overs to spare. After the game a pleasant beer and barbecue was arranged by the Higham lads in good surroundings in their new pavilion. Thanks to Higham CC for hosting the game and to all the players who gave up their Sunday afternoon to turn out for Stainborough.

Stag Weekend

No less than 3 stag trips on the same weekend decimated our squads for our Pontefract League games on Saturday May 26th. Missing 7 players, the first team succumbed to a good bowling attack away at Streethouse, to be bowled out for just 60. Only 3 batsman managed double figures, and there were no less than 7 scores of 5 or under! In reply, Streethouse made short work of the target, losing just 1 wicket as they ended the game in 18 overs. The seconds once again took pride of place, as several "mature" players were recruited to fill the gaps, giving an average age of 48 even though two 18 years olds were playing. In a good bowling performance, 10 man Bullcroft were restricted to 130 all out from 41 overs, with the wickets shared around. Robbie Richardson was the pick of the bowlers with 3-25, but special mention to Mark Tinker, bowling for the first time in 10 years, who managed 2-40 from 7 somewhat "erratic" overs. In reply, it looked like curtains at 20-3 as we had no less than 6 batsman arguing about who would claim the no 11 slot. However, a great unbroken partnership of 110 between Dave Webster (59 not out) and skipper John Hall (40 not out) took us to an easy full point victory. An unusual feature of the game was that there were no less than 3 father/son combinations in the side - Dave and Robbie Richardson, Mark and Nathan Tinker, and Gerald and David Webster. Just as well Jon and Jack Pepper were in the first team.

Low Scoring

A low scoring 19th/20th May weekend for all our teams who managed just 276 runs in 3 games. Pride of place goes to the second team, who bowled out South Kirkby for just 66 with the wickets shared around. John Hall's marathon spell of 9 balls was the highlight - 3 wickets for 9 runs to finish off the innings. In reply, Stainborough easily hit 70-4 to win the match, with the aggressive Paul Brown the main contributor with 39. At Stainborough, the first team thought they would be in with a good chance after bowling Thorpe Audlin out for just 106, due to a devastating spell of 5 wickets for 4 runs in just 3 overs from Joe McLee. All 5 wickets were clean bowled as Joe turned the ball sideways, and he was twice on a hat trick. In reply, Stainborough lost wickets regularly, and always looked in danger even chasing a low total. Liam MacFadyen top scored with 24, and had he not been caught off what looked like a no-ball, the result may have been different. In the end last man Luke Selwood was given out LBW with just 4 needed, with the main destroyer being Scott Murray with 5-55. On Sunday, The Sunday team looked in control as they reduced Sheffield Collegiate to 112-7, but a run a ball 63 from Ben Fielding took the score to 180 all out. Ben was admirably supported by 15 year old Louisa Edwards who stuck it out for 43 balls in support, scoring 14 runs in the process. Our reply can only be described as a disaster as we slumped to 36-8, and a huge defeat looked likely, but David Clayton put together partnerships of 30 with Carl Griffiths, then 37 with youngster Emilia Rossi, to add a touch of respectability, but we were still bowled out for 103 to lose by 77 runs. Well done to Emilia who batted undefeated for 23 balls at the end.

A Mixed Weekend

A mixed day for our teams on Saturday 12th May, as the firsts gave a solid batting and bowling display to beat Glasshoughton by 35 runs. Batting first, the French brothers Declan and Callum both hit aggressive 50s in an opening stand of 107. Callum and Josh Abson then took the score to 141, but then we collapsed to 145-5 in the face of some aggressive bowling from Alex Clemo who finished with 7-37. Lewis Shepherd and Andy Beck took the score to 186 before another mini collapse saw us reach 196 all out In reply, Glasshoughton looked dangerous as Liam Hopton and Rob Sperrin scored quickly, but a couple of run-outs and good bowling from Joe McLee (4-47) and Josh Abson (2-44) eventually saw Glasshoughton bowled out for 161. Away at Frickley, the seconds seemed to be going well at 76-1 thanks to a fine innings of 56 from Murray Raw, but our lads then subsided to 111 all out in the face of good bowling from M Pinder (6-16) with only Brandon Fearn putting up any resistance. Frickley easily knocked off the runs in just 25 overs to leave our team with just a solitary point. On Sunday 13th, our Sunday team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at Thorncliffe after bowling them out for just 115 with the wickets shared around. In reply, we made the worst of starts, slumping to 15-6 in the face of some unplayable bowling from Jason Clark who finished with 5-12. However, Josh Abson and Jack Steers came together and added 99 for the 7th wicket to win the match for Stainborough.

German Tour Report

The German touring team Heligoland Pilgrims CC have written a report on their visit to Barnsley which you can read here. Scroll down for the English version.

German Tourists

Our German visitors gave us a great game on Bank Holiday Sunday in front of a crowd of over 200 spectators at Stainborough. Batting first, we hit 198 all out, with veteran John Baughan having to retire (again!) at 50, after a good opening knock of 65 from Paul Brown (42) and Richard Mills (33). In reply, the Germans reached 187 largely due to a superb innings of 82 from Murali Krishna, but fell just 11 runs short in a tense game. The match was notable for remarkable drinks intervals, each lasting about 10 minutes, where the usual orange squash was replaced by Erdinger Weißbier from our visitors' sponsors. After the game yet more Weißbier was consumed, before the great Simon Whiteley entertained the large crowd until after midnight. Our visitors danced the evening away and even performed their "Barmy Barnsley Tour" song, specially written for us! The general impression was one of "a reyt set er lads!. Thanks to all the German players, safe journey home and we hope to see you again in the future. Heligoland Pilgrims CC have written a report on their visit to Barnsley which you can read here. Scroll down for the English version.

Double Jeopardy

Sadly both our senior teams lost heavily on Saturday 5th May, with the firsts being bowled out for just 81 against Featherstone largely due to 7-23 from D Hiorns. In reply, Featherstone easily knocked off the required runs to send our lads home pointless. The second fared a little better, restricting Bentley to 163 for 5, with opener Michael King out on 99. In reply, we slumped to 90 for 9, before a spirited last wicket partnership of 31 from Alistair Gilfillan and David Addy delayed the inevitable.

Table Toppers!

On Saturday 28th April the second team stormed to the top of the table with a fine full point win away at Fenwick, in the only game to be played in division 4. Batting first, we wobbled at the start but then Dave Webster steadied things, and a belligerent 86 from Tom Reid, with no less than 8 sixes, saw us to 188-9. We then bowled Fenwick out for just 137, with Mark France taking 5-30, supported by Luke Selwood with 3-19. A great start for the second team lads, but sadly the first team game at Stainborough had to be called off because of a waterlogged ground.

Major New Sponsorship Deal

We are delighted to announce that renowned local building company, Whitshaw Builders has agreed a 3 year deal to sponsor the club for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. Whitshaws' links with the club are many, as some of their staff and contractors play for the club, and one of our members lives in a Whitshaws built new home in Dodworth. Whitshaws are delighted to announce that not one but two of their recent projects have been shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2018 in the Yorkshire & Humber residential property of the year category. Both projects are a great example of what can be achieved when an architect dreams up an amazing concept and the builder makes this vision a reality. The projects are Millhouses Lane and Plot 6 at Delf Garth, Dodworth. Both are stunning examples of top quality residential homes. The category winners and Project of the Year winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner on 11th May 2018. Thanks to James, Managing Director, for his generous contribution the club. We will be proud to wear your logo on our shirts for the next 3 seasons, and hopefully after that too.

German Tour

We are delighted to announce that German cricket team, Heligoland Pilgrims Cricket Club, based on the remote island of Heligoland in the North Sea, are visiting Stainborough in May this year to play two friendly matches against a joint Stainborough/Netherton CC select XI and our Sunday XI. They are arriving on Friday 4th May, staying at the Fairway Hotel in Dodworth, and will be leaving on bank holiday Monday 7th May to fly back to Germany. We are playing two matches against the touring lads - on Saturday we will be playing at Netherton CC and turning out a combined Stainborough/Netherton team of guests, former players and anyone else who wants a game, as both our Saturday senior teams will be involved in league matches, but if anyone who is not involved in league cricket wants to play, please get in touch. On Sundays we will host the Pilgrims at Stainborough for a friendly game against our own lads, after which we will be holding a party in the pavilion until late. Once again we have booked one of the finest local entertainers, singer Simon Whiteley, who will be performing live from about 7:30pm on Sunday evening. Don't forget, Monday is a bank holiday, so the party can go on late into the night. Food and of course "refreshments" will be available all day. Put this weekend in your diaries, as it's sure to be a fun weekend for all.

Indoor Nets

The first indoor net session for the coming season has been arranged for Saturday 17th February at 4pm, at Horizon School on Dodworth Road. The nets are free of charge and all current and prospective players are welcome.

2018 Fixtures

The fixtures for the 2018 season are now available on our fixtures page. Fixtures and results for the 2017 and 2016 are also available if you want to have a look back. All fixtures are subject to change at this stage.

Winter Shutdown

Stainborough Cricket Club is now closed for the winter, and will be open again in April 2018 for the new season. All the best to all members, players and supporters, we'll see you next season. Thanks for your support and enjoy the close season.

Well, That's It!

A damp end to the 2017 season as the first team's home game was called off because of an unfit pitch. The first team finished 6th in division 2 with 208 points, after an inconsistent season following a brilliant start. Congratulations to champions Brodsworth and runners up Hemsworth on their promotion to division 1. The second team were beaten away at division 4 champions Pledwick, after posting just 102 all out in the first innings. Pledwick easily knocked off the runs for the loss of just 2 wickets. Congratulations to them and to runners-up Ackworth. The second team finished in 8th position in division 4, after a difficult season where player availability was (as at many clubs) a great problem. On Sunday, the away game against Wath was abandoned due to rain with Wath on 62-3 chasing 110 to win, leaving the Sunday team in 5th place in division 2, firmly in mid table. Well done to all those who turned out for all our teams throughout the season.

Washout

The autumn took its toll on Saturday, as the first team game at Rothwell was washed out without a ball being bowled due to rain. This ensured a blank weekend, as there were no games scheduled for the second team nor for our Sunday team, so it's on to the last day of the season next Saturday as our first team take on top of the table Hemsworth in a game which could decide the championship. The seconds are away at Pledwick, and the Sunday lads bow out the day after at Wath.

Double Delight

Good wins for both teams on Saturday as both our sides moved up the table. Taking on Featherstone at Stainborough, our first team took the unusual step of winning the toss and choosing to field first on a greenish wicket. The decision soon proved to be correct as Ashley Potter removed the opposing skipper with his first ball. Ashley and Tom Reid took wickets regularly, but some spirited resistance from the late middle order saw Featherstone struggle to 150 all out. Ashley finished with 5-52 and Tom with 4-39 from their spells. In reply, we were always in control due to a solid 41 from skipper Andy Beck and a typical innings from Tom Reid (27 not out). The game finished in an unusual way - we needed 8 to win with keeper Dave Clayton on strike, and opposing skipper Tom Wragg sent down to leg-side wides in a row, both of which reached the boundary to give us 10 wides from 2 balls to win the match. The seconds had a good win at Netherton, bowling them out for just 120 after knocking 199-6 from our innings. Jon Pepper led the way with 91 to set us up with a decent score, then Dave Addy took over with 6 for 32 to knock them over for 120, despite a good 78 from opener D Illingworth. On Sunday, rain prevented a result as our lads travelled to Harley, but not before Tom Reid hammered a sparkling 148 not out as we piled up 305-6 from our 40 overs. With Harley on 71-1 in reply the heavens opened and the match had to be abandoned due to the rain.

One Hundred and Eighty

Nope, we've not being playing darts, but Luke Potter hammered no less than 180 from 120 balls out of a mammoth 287-7 as Stainborough's Sunday team batted first against Sprotbrough. The next highest score was just 22 as Luke targeted an Audi in the Strafford Arms car park, proving superb entertainment in front of a large Bank Holiday Fun Day crowd. In reply, Sprotbrough made a real go of it, led by Harry Graham with 78, but eventually they subsided to 199-9 to complete a winning draw for our lads. On Saturday, the firsts had a superb away win at league leaders Brodsworth, who made the fatal mistake of getting over-confident after bowling our side out for a meagre 123 despite a good partnership between J McLee (38) and Dave Webster (26). In reply they were never in it, thanks to aggressive bowling from Tom Reid (5 for 40) and outrageous off-spin from Joe McLee, and they subsided to 75 all out. So confident were Brodsworth, that one of their batters decided he didn't a bat, and duly lost his middle stump to Joe McLee! A great win. Not so positive for the seconds, who lost at home to league leaders Ackworth, who hit 212 for 6 in their innings after winning the toss, with a century for Jack Willis. In reply, we managed just 83 in the face of some good bowling from a strong Ackworth side.

Seconds Massacre

Pride of place this Saturday goes to our Second Team, who annihilated South Kirkby by bowling them out for just 31 in just 15 overs. In an astonishing first innings for South Kirkby, Bailey Hopkins top scored with 18, with the rest of the batsman contributing just 11 between them including no less than 6 ducks. In reply we lost Paul Brown early, but Nathan Tinker and Robbie Richardson knocked off the runs in just 9 overs to complete an easy victory. At Stainborough, a disappointing first innings total of 145 by Stainborough was never going to challenge visitors Whitley Bridge. Once again we had a poor start, losing Jon Pepper and Callum French in the first 4 overs. Declan French (38) and Joe McLee (34) staged a recovery, but once they were out the team struggled to 145 from just 34 overs. In reply, to be honest we were never in it, as L Longstaff (78 and J Pearson (43) added 123 for the first wicket. Skipper Tom Reid took the 2 wickets to fall but the result was never in doubt.

Dodworth Beaten

Dodworth Old Boys were soundly beaten in our friendly 20-20 game last night. Further details and scores when available.

Low Scoring Games

The First Team lost out away at local rivals Darton on Saturday in a low scoring game. On a difficult wicket, our lads struggled to 129-9 from the full 46 overs, with decent contributions from Joe McLee (31), Tom Reid (28) and skipper Andy Beck (20). In reply, Darton also struggled to cope with the bowling of Tom Reid and Joe McLee, and lost 7 wickets in chasing down the total. Meanwhile at Stainborough, the Seconds had an easy win against 9 man Frickley, who were bowled out for 71. Pick of the bowlers was Robbie Richardson with 3 for 6 from just 3 overs. In reply, the result was never in doubt as Paul Brown hit a rapid 47 out of 72-2 to win the match for Stainborough. On Sunday, a thrilling game saw Stainborough come out on top in a very close affair against Upper Haugh. Batting first, we amassed 214-7 thanks to an aggressive 70 not out from Josh Abson and a rapid 53 from Lewis Shepherd. In reply, Upper Haugh appeared to be making light work of the total as Josh Middleton (57) and Sam Thompson (108) put on 157 for the first wicket. After Middleton fell, wickets fell regularly and Upper Haugh finished 4 runs short on 210-6, with Josh Abson finishing with 5-36.

Dodworth Old Boys

On Friday 18th August, a Stainborough Select XI will take on a Dodworth Old Boys XI in a 20-20 game in memory of Dodworth Cricket Club. The game will start at 6pm, there will be food available and the bar will be open. Peter Boycott and Trevor Bower have kindly agreed to umpire the game, so thanks to them both from all at Stainborough CC. Teams will be announced in due course, why not come along and have a great evening of cricket with old friends from Dodworth?

Good Comeback

A much-needed win for the First Team on Saturday in a low scoring game at Knottingley. Batting first on a wicket helpful to the bowlers, Stainborough lost wickets regularly, but 3 partnerships of around 30 saw us struggle to 109 all out. It was not a total which would take some defending, and defeat looked inevitable when Knottingley were 56-1 in reply despite a wicket for young Jack Pepper in his first over. However, Tom Reid and Joe McLee then got to work, taking 9 wickets for 36 between them to bowl out Knottingley for 92 to complete a great win for our lads. Tom finished with 6-35 and Joe with 3-28 as the Knottingley batsmen simply had no answers. At Stainborough, another low scoring game saw our Second Team lose by 3 wickets to Garforth. Batting first we were soon in trouble, losing Gerald Webster in the first over and Paul Brown a few balls later. A recovery followed thanks to a good partnership of 39 from Dean Warden and Robbie Richardson, then Dean stood and watched as 6 wickets went down at the other end. Some late hitting got us to 102 all out, which would turn out to be not quite enough. In reply, Garforth also lost wickets regularly, but were always on target to overhaul our score which they did for the loss of 7 wickets, despite a superb bowling performance by evergreen Dave Richardson who finished with 5-43 in a long spell of 13 overs.

Bad Trot Continues

Another bad day for Stainborough CC on Saturday as both teams were bowled out for low scores on a day where the weather and the pitches favoured the bowlers. Fielding first at Stainborough, our first team lads had Glasshoughton at 125-4, but could not contain Alex Clemo who hit an undefeated 67 to take Glasshoughton to 230-6. In reply, Stainborough were in truth never in it. Wickets fell regularly, although a spirited knock of 23 from Tom Reid and some late hitting from the evergreen number 11 Shane Abson managed to scrape us to a single batting point as we were eventually bowled out for 110. The second team bowled and fielded well away at Ferrybridge, restricting the opposition to 136 all out despite 47 from opener Joe Angell. Pick of the bowlers were John Hall with 3-30 and returning Dave Exley with 3-37, who both caused the batsmen problems and kept the run rate down. In reply, a typical opening partnership between the belligerent Paul Brown with 31 and the methodical Gerald Webster with 25 seemed to be keeping us on target for a win, but a devastating 13 over spell from Stuart Ellison changed the game. He took 7 wickets for just 8 runs, including two golden ducks, and we were eventually bowled out for 97. An unusual statistic from the 2nd team game - J Hart of Ferrybridge c Gerald Webster (age 79) b Dave Exley (age 59) 3, combined age 138. Is this is record? We think so, unless someone knows better...Better news on Sunday in a match reduced to 30 overs a side because of rain. Batting first against Sheffield Collegiate, an awesome innings of 98 not out from Paul Brown saw us set a daunting target of 188 from 30 overs, but Sheffield were never it in the reply thanks to a devastating 6 over spell of 5-22 from Jack Pepper, including his first ever hat trick. Eventually they subsided to 84 all out in just 18 overs, to complete a fine win for our Sunday team.

Twin Defeats

Both our teams lost out on a disappointing Saturday this week. The firsts posted a reasonable score of 197 against Notton at Stainborough, largely thanks to skipper Andy Beck with 64 and a good knock from young Lewis Shepherd with an aggressive 45. In reply, Notton looked to be heading for defeat at 65-5, but a wildly attacking innings from Richard Nordon changed the game. He hammered 80 from just 32 balls including 8 sixes before getting out with just 8 needed. There was still time for a wobble as the 9th wicket fell shortly afterwards, but last man Da Mata saw Notton home to win by 1 wicket. The seconds finished a distant second away at Hatfield, who posted a huge 303-4 with their top 4 all exceeding 50 as some of our bowling figures took a hammering. In reply, truthfully we were never in it, although star opener Paul Brown hit a typical 58 to take the game to the opposition. Once Jonathan Pepper was run out for a creditable 34, the rest subsided to leave us all out for 129 - a losing margin of 174 runs.

Sporting Dinner

This year's dinner will again be held at the Griffin Suite, Shaw Lane Sports Club, on Friday 13th October 2017 at 7pm. The main speaker will be none other than former Southampton and England midfielder Matt LeTissier, currently a Sky sports football pundit, and Barnsley's own Dave Cooper, ex Radio Sheffield football commentator and sporting impressionist. There will be the usual auction and raffle, and a delicious 2 course meal of Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pud. Tickets are priced at £35 each and tables of up to 12 are available. The event will be a sell-out, and over half the tickets have already gone, so to make sure of your place please give your booking and payment to Ian Fletcher or Jonathan Pepper.

The Spirit of Cricket

Stainborough's 2nd team game against Fenwick on Saturday showed that the true spirit of village cricket is alive and well at Stainborough. Having been decimated by injuries, holidays and unavailability of some players, many clubs would have conceded the game or played with fewer than 11 players. Not Stainborough. Former and retired players rallied to the cause, and we turned out a full team with an average age of 49, with 1 player in his 70s and 2 in their 60s. Defeat was inevitable, and the opposition hammered 241-8 in the first innings, including 58 from opener Josh White. After conceding an all run 5 while fielding at mid-off, ageing Ian Fletcher took the gloves again to allow Paul Brown to bowl, and Paul duly sent down 14 accurate overs, hitting the stumps 4 times to take 4-56. In reply, Stainborough were always on target to chase down the score, until Dave Webster was out with the score at 157. The lower order then succumbed and Stainborough were all out for 164 - a creditable performance in the circumstances to gain 4 points. A massive THANK YOU to the players who filled in. The firsts suffered a bad defeat away at Crigglestone after restricting them to 136, but a good bowling and fielding performance saw us bowled out for a disappointing 95 to relinquish our second place in the league. On Sunday, no less than 486 runs were scored as our Sunday lads chased down a daunting total of 242-5 by Greenmoor, with a big 134 from Callum Johnson. In reply, our top 6 all contributed well, led by Josh Abson with 70, and we reached the target with 7 wickets down and an over to spare in a thrilling game.

Family Fun Day

On Bank Holiday Sunday, 27th August, we are holding a family fun day during our home game against Sprotbrough. We will have a bouncy castle for the kids, the famous Stainborough barbecue, and the bar will be open all afternoon and evening. Later on after the game, outstanding singer Simon Whiteley will be performing live in the pavilion until late. Why not bring the kids along and enjoy a great family day out at Stainborough?

MOM Performance!

Fine wins for both teams on Saturday, with a thrilling Man-of-the-Match performance by Tom Reid at Stainborough. Batting first against Allerton Bywater, Stainborough made a steady start to reach 106 for the loss of just 2 wickets. When skipper Andy Beck was out, a mini collapse followed and our lads subsided to 133-7, at which point Tom Reid came in to bat. Tom hit a typically aggressive 68 from just 43 balls, all the time being supported by debutant Jack Pepper who scored a fine 22 not out at the other end. Tom was eventually out in the last over but had pulled Stainborough to a good score of 231-9. In reply, Allerton Bywater lost wickets in clusters, with Tom Reid the destroyer. There were 5 ducks, including 2 first-ballers, 2 second-ballers and one who was out absent as he never turned up! Only Mark Mosby, with a patient 28 off 64 balls, showed any resistance. Man of the Match Tom finished with 6-26 and shared the wickets with Joe McLee with 4-8, to leave us second in a very tight division 2. The seconds were able to enjoy an afternoon watching the firsts after an incredibly short game at Sykehouse. Batting first, Sykehouse were decimated by Luke Selwood with 6 for 18 and Dave Addy with 3-7 as they sank to just 38 all out. Opener Philip Townsend managed 22 of these, the next highest scorer was extras with 7, and the other 10 batsmen managed just 9 between them! In a situation tailor made for opener Paul Brown, the game was over in 7 overs as Paul hammered all but 1 of the required 39 runs to complete an easy victory. On Sunday the lads managed 159, batting first against Sprotbrough, with that man Tom Reid again top scoring with 43. Sprotbrough easily chased down the target with 7 overs to spare, largely thanks to Michael Burns with 55.

Junior Finals Day

The Barnsley Junior League U15 finals day will be held at Stainborough on Sunday 9th July, with the first semi-final between Barnsley Woolley and Upper Haugh starting at 10am. The second semi-final between Elsecar and Penistone/Worsbrough will follow at about 1pm, with the final at 4pm. Refreshments will be available and the bar will be open throughout the event.

Double Disaster

Both teams lost out on Saturday in a disappointing day's cricket. Batting first at Hemsworth, the first team lost wickets regularly and looked to be heading for a really low score, but an undefeated last wicket partnership of over 60 from Tom Reid (45 not out) and Phil Archer saw us reach a barely respectable total of 169-9. In reply, Hemsworth were in no trouble as they knocked off the runs for just 2 wickets with 12 overs to spare, largely thanks to Phil Crapper with 73. At Stainborough, the second team were bowled out cheaply for 116 on a green wicket against Pledwick, despite a typical 72 from 62 balls from Paul Brown, with Rob Gledhill taking 6-23. In reply, Pledwick made a slow start but the result was never in doubt and they eventually won the game after 36 overs for 4 wickets, with Andy Baker top scoring with 52. On Sunday, a weakened first team bowed out of the cup at Ackworth, who made an unassailable 271-2 in their innings, with 2 centuries. In reply, we were never in it as we were bowled out for 113.

Second Place!

Our first team moved back into second place in the division 2 table with a hard fought win against Rothwell, despite a torrid start to our innings. Oliver Lightfoot (6-54 from 14 overs) had Declan French caught behind with the first ball of the match, then brother Callum and Joe McLee soon followed to leave us 9 for 3 after 5 overs, a seemingly hopeless position. Things did not improve as we slipped to 58-5 and then 108-8, but enter Brad Wood at number 9, ably supported by Tom Reid and then by Phil Archer. Brad smashed the ball to all parts of the ground to score a brutal 59 at a run a ball, to leave us on 185 all out. It was not a big total, but after the start we had would it be enough? Rothwell made a slow but steady start in the chase, reaching 98 for just 2 wickets when the game changed. Top scorer Liam Toole (29) ended up having a chat with his partner at the same end, while the bails were gleefully removed at the other end to run him out. Rothwell never recovered from this disaster, and were eventually bowled out for 160 to lose by 25 runs. The next day, our Sunday team completed the double over West Bretton, who were restricted to 148-8 despite a patient 44 from fellow snow lover Denny Flynn, with the wickets shared between Jack Pepper, Lewis Shepherd and Dave Addy. In reply, a typical gruesome innings from Paul Brown (73 from 49 balls) meant that the result was never in doubt, and our lads knocked off the runs easily for 5 wickets, with 15 overs to spare.

Yorkshire OSCAs

The Yorkshire Cricket Board will be hosting the 2017 Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards (OSCAs) on Sunday 23rd July 2017. The Awards will be held at Headingley Stadium Prior to play in Yorkshire’s T20 Blast Game against Worcestershire. The winners and runners-up in each category (with partner/friend) will be invited to attend the Yorkshire game in the afternoon. The winners in the ECB OSCA categories (the first section below) will be the Yorkshire nominations for the national awards which are held at Lords later in the year. Nominations close on 23rd June, so be quick! For further information click here.

Double Full Monty

Full point wins for both teams this Saturday, with pride of place going to the second team who scored a mammoth 337-7 in their first innings, thanks to a typical innings of 93 off 70 balls from Paul Brown, a fine 91 not out from Mark France and a violent 85 from just 53 balls from Dean Warden. Netherton succumbed to 127 all out to lose by a huge 210 runs, despite a rampaging 52 in just 21 balls from Kevin Townend. The first team also secured a fine 16 point win away at Featherstone, posting a decent first innings score of 208 thanks to solid innings from Declan French with 54 and new dad Jack Steers with 44. Myles Robinson was the pick of the Featherstone bowlers with 5-28 from 11 overs. In reply, Featherstone were never in it, and Tom Reid destroyed their batting line up with 6-28 as they were bowled out for 88 to give us maximum points.

Wash Out

Rain won the day at Stainborough as the enticing first team encounter against leaders Brodsworth was washed out without a ball being bowled. Although the rain did eventually stop, the heavy overnight downpours rendered the field unplayable. Despite the weather, the second team managed to get a game but had a disappointing loss at Ackworth after being bowled out for only 132. 5 batsmen reached double figures, led by skipper Matt Whittaker with 40 and Dave Webster with 29, but 4 ducks restricted the total. In reply, young Jack Pepper again showed his promise, taking 3-42 from his 7 overs, all caught by the skipper. The target wasn't enough though, and thanks to 71 not out from Gareth Webber the opposition easily knocked off the runs with 18 overs to spare. On Sunday, our lads travelled to Upper Haugh, where they were soundly beaten despite a man of the match performance from skipper JoeMcLee, who took 4-50 to help restrict Upper Haugh to 176-7 from their 40 overs. In reply, Sam Thompson destroyed our early batters with 6-17, until Joe came together with evergreen chairman Phil Archer to add some respectability to the score with a stylish 52, before eventually falling to see Stainborough bowled out for 122.

Bouncing Back

Despite a disappointing defeat at Whitley Bridge on Saturday, the first team bounced back on Sunday to hammer South Kirkby in the cup. Batting first, our lads hit 224, mainly due to a huge partnership between Man-of-the-Match Luke Potter (91) and Joe McLee (65), with that man Extras and Callum French the only other double figure scores. In reply, South Kirkby made a decent start, but after Steve Secker was out for 66, Luke Potter destroyed the innings with a devastating spell of 6-25 from just 5 overs to seal the Man-of-the-Match and clinch victory and put Stainborough into the 3rd round of the cup. The day before, Stainborough were bowled out for just 156 by Whitley Bridge, despite spirited lower order batting, and the opposition wobbled in the chase as they lost 7 wickets in their reply before eventually knocking off the runs with 12 overs to spare, leaving us in 3rd place in the table. The seconds also lost easily at home to South Kirkby, conceding 226-5 in the first innings thanks to 86 from M Wilson and 50 not out from G Mitchell. In reply, the second team lads succumbed to 120 all out, despite an attacking 30 not out from young Nathan Tinker who batted really well in difficult circumstances.

End of the Run

On Saturday our first team were finally beaten for the first time this season by local rivals Darton. Batting first, Darton made a good start and reached 94-0 off just 14 overs before spinners Joe McLee and Phil Archer came on. Joe took a wicket in his first over and went on to claim 6-21 as he and Phil stemmed the run flow, and Darton eventually collapsed to 176 all out. In reply, Stainborough made a disastrous start, slumping to 10-3 after just 3 overs. Wickets fell regularly until, at 55-8, Phil Archer and Declan French came together and put on 40 for the 9th wicket, but Stainborough were bowled out for 96 to lose by 80 runs and gain just 3 points to slip to second place in the table. The seconds had a low scoring win at Frickley, bowling them out for 95 largely due to a devastating spell of 4 wickets for just 13 runs in 4 overs from young Jack Pepper, who is a real fast bowling prospect. In reply, Jack's dad Jonathan carried his bat to 49 not out as Stainborough knocked off the runs for 5 wickets.

Five in a Row

A fifth win in a row for the first team, after a tense win at Stainborough in a low scoring game against Knottingley. Batting first in murky and wet conditions, Knottingley managed just 115 all out, despite a brave contribution from Extras who contributed 34 including 27 wides. Our slow bowlers did the damage in favourable conditions, with Joe McLee taking 5-40 and the ageless Phil Archer taking 4-23. In reply, Stainborough started well enough, but after the opening pair of brothers Tom and Joe Atkinson were separated, wickets fell regularly until a last wicket partnership between new signing Brad Wood and Jack Steers won the game by 3 wickets to see us gain another 14 points. The second team game at Garforth sadly fell victim to the weather and was abandoned without a ball being bowled, but the Sunday game against Warmsworth went ahead the next day. Warmsworth hit 215-8 from their 40 overs, despite a combined 5 wickets from Jack (3-49) and Jon (2-49) Pepper and another 3 from skipper Joe McLee. In reply, we were bowled out for 143 in 33 overs to finish well short, largely due to 5-31 wickets from Tommy Hyde.

League Leaders

For the 4th consecutive game the first team gained the maximum 16 points against Glasshoughton, once again racking up over 250 for the 3rd time in 4 games. Skipper Andy Beck hit 78, and no less than 6 other batsmen got into double figures as we scored 253-9 from our 46 overs. In reply, wickets fell regularly as Glasshoughton were reduced to 100-5, but some spirited lower order batting saw them reach 216 before being bowled out, with another 4 wickets for Joe McLee. Stainborough maintained their top spot in division 2 with the victory, but only by 3 points from Brodsworth in second place. The seconds lost heavily at home to Ferrybridge, who hit 278-6 after being put in. In reply we managed just 84, dragged out over 41 overs. On Sunday, our lads had a fine win over Greenmoor, knocking off 148 to win in just 21 overs, thanks to Jack Steers with 57 and Luke Potter with 40.

Match Ball Sponsor

A big thank you to Mr Richard Umbers, who has agreed to sponsor the match ball for the second team game on 13th May against Ferrybridge. Richard has played for the club for many years, starting as a junior before graduating to the senior teams and eventually becoming a successful captain. Off the field, Richard was active on the committee and spent a long time as treasurer of the club, overseeing the big improvement in the club's finances from 2005 when our pavilion was improved and the bar installed. Thanks Richard, your support is greatly appreciated.

A Mammoth Win

For the 3rd game in a row our all conquering first team pocketed the full 16 points, this time in a mammoth 268 run win, one of the largest winning margins ever in our league. Batting first, our top 6 batsman all reached double figures, headed by Luke Potter with 79 and skipper Andy Beck with 78 as our lads hammered the Notton bowlers. In reply, Notton's top scorer was Extras with 26, including 17 wides, and the next highest score was 13 in a total of 71 all out. Tom Reid was the main destroyer, taking 6 for 20 from 9 hostile overs. At Stainborough, the seconds were going well against Hatfield Town at 146 for 4 with lots of overs left, but eventually they collapsed to 177 all out, thanks largely to 5 for 38 from Jimmy Stafford. In reply, Hatfield made short work of the target due to a belligerent 111 not out from skipper Craig Pattinson off just 89 balls, eventually winning the match with more than 20 overs to spare.

Firsts March On

Another full 16 point win for the firsts against Crigglestone saw them go to the top of the table. Batting first, our lads hammered 252-4, with Joe Atkinson hitting a massive 136 not out and Joe McLee 61 not out. In reply, 10 man Crigglestone were bowled out for just 89 to give us maximum points, with Joe McLee taking another 4 wickets. The seconds lost heavily at Fenwick, who racked up 235-8 before bowling us out for 90. On Sunday, our lads restricted Harley to 169-4, but were then bowled out for 118 to lose the game, despite 40 from Josh Abson.

Full House

Wins for all 3 teams on the first weekend of the 2017 season. Away at Allerton Bywater, the firsts comprehensively defeated the hosts by bowling them out for just 71 after hitting 202 in the first innings, with good scores from Ryan Howarth (52), Tom Atkinson (39) and Callum French (30). In reply, Tom Reid at one stage had figures of 5 for 4 after 5 overs, ending up with 6 for 35. Joe McLee knocked over the other 4 to complete the victory. At Stainborough, the seconds were cruising at 115 - 0 (P Brown 84, Jon Pepper 25) chasing a target of 163 to beat Sykehouse, but once the openers were out wickets fell regularly and it was down to skipper John Baughan and Dave Richardson to add 6 nervous runs for the last wicket to clinch victory. On Sunday, our lads hammered 231 for 7 at West Bretton, thanks to a huge undefeated 8th wicket partnership of over 100 between Lewis Shepherd (83*) and Jack Steers (29*). In reply West Bretton were bowled out for 195, with another 6 wickets for Joe McLee making 10 in the weekend. Well done to all 3 teams on a great start to the season.

Celebrate at Stainborough CC

Why not celebrate your wedding evening, birthday, anniversary or corporate event at Stainborough Cricket Club, in our free function room situated in delightful country surroundings. We are open from the beginning of April to the end of September each year, and we can cater for up to 80 guests indoors. Outside, we have a huge area for children and a large car park. Our licensed bar is open until midnight, and we can also arrange live or recorded music and catering if required. If you would like to use Stainborough CC for your celebration, contact Ian Fletcher 07765 957226 ianfletcher@wtnet.de.

*** Become an Umpire ***

Why not become an umpire at Stainborough Cricket Club? You may be a former player, you may already be umpiring in our league or a different league, or you may wish to learn more about the laws of the game. Why not join our club as an umpire for the 2017 season? Courses can be arranged free of charge if required and all our umpires receive several benefits including free tickets to social events, competitive match fees and loyalty rewards. For further details contact Ian Fletcher (07765 957226).

Website Advertising

Advertising spaces are available on our website for the entire 2017 season. £50 per advertisement including image and links for your website/email. Please contact Ian Fletcher (07765 957226) for more details.

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Latest News From Stainborough
Dinner Guests 2018

Jan Mølby at our Sporting Dinner!

Thank you too all guests who attended our highly successful Sporting Dinner on Friday 5th October. Jan Mølby was a brilliant guest speaker, and Mike Maguire was one of the best comics we've ever had, with audience participation a key part of his act. The evergreen Trelford Mills and Peter Raw ensured we made a good profit on the night for club funds, thank you all once again, and put Friday October 4th in your 2019 diaries. Here's a picture of our speakers along with SCC committee members from last Friday.

Winter Shutdown

The club is now closed for the winter following the end of the 2018 season. We will be open again from mid-April 2019 for the new season. Fixtures and events will be posted here when available. We would like to wish all members, supporters, players and their families a very happy enjoyable winter season, a happy Christmas and a successful year for 2018. See you in April.