Disappointment: Not a ‘magic weekend’ for local cricket!

“…on a lovely, sunny day, you could do a lot worse than sitting outside at the Middle Lane Cricket Ground, watching your local cricket team and enjoying a reasonably-priced drink or three..!”

cricket pictureWHILE attention last weekend was undoubtedly on Hull City and the local rugby league teams in the ‘magic weekend’, both local cricket teams had raised members to play in scheduled matches – but the games didn’t take place. Keiron Metcalfe expresses his disappointment and the ramifications for South Holderness Cricket Club:

“We’ve got nothing for you this week. There was no cricket for the Club. The An XI’s away game vs. Old Hymerians C.C. has been re-scheduled for Saturday, 6th September; and the 1st XI’s home game vs. Hornsea 2nd XI was conceded by the visitors at 8:30pm on FRIDAY NIGHT – and there really isn’t a lot to say about that. But,…………!

Cricket club sign Middle LaneConcessions happen – of course they do. And, on a weekend such as this (a Hull derby at Super League’s Magic Weekend and Hull City A.F.C. making their first appearance in an F.A. Cup Final), a lot of East Yorkshire clubs and teams would’ve struggled with selection. But our 1st XI play in the York & District SENIOR Cricket League – and such things should not happen unless there is literally no other choice. (The ‘Senior’ doesn’t refer to the age group – it’s not, in this case, the opposite of ‘junior’; it means the League is one of the county’s very few marquee Leagues.)

Our club is an entirely self-sufficient, self-reliant, volunteer-run and COMMUNITY PROJECT, serving the community in which we’re based; and, on a beautiful day and with plenty of our friends expected at the Club to watch the football, we would’ve expected to make perhaps 8% – 10% of our forecasted bar revenue for the season in just one day – and, with us having two less home games this year, that would’ve made a huge difference to us – at least matching last year’s turnover.

A lot has been said already about our reliance on our bar revenue in regards to the Club’s progression. But it’s true: without our bar, we would lose money every year; the bar is crucial to us finishing the year with a profit – profit which isn’t divvied up between the members, only kept within the Club to ensure we can continue doing what we do. And that is why, since the end of 2011, we have worked hard to promote our Club within our community, getting the word out that, on a lovely, sunny day, you could do a lot worse than sitting outside at the Middle Lane Cricket Ground, watching your local cricket team and enjoying a reasonably priced drink or three!

So, considering Saturday’s lost revenue cannot be replaced, it is massively disappointing that a supposed ‘big’ club would, without any thought of the consequences their hosts might suffer, rather throw away 30 points than field a weakened team, fulfil the fixture and attempt to, at the very least, secure some bonus points.” – Keiron Metcalfe.

We hope that local cricket fans can heed Keiron’s words and ‘think cricket’ over the next few weekends!

Malc Ripley tells us that South Holderness CC entertain old adversaries Sutton-on-Hull CC at Middle Lane on Saturday 24th May 2014 at 1.30pm, in what should be a keenly fought affair, whilst the Hedon side’s An Xl travel to lock horns with Foxtons CC, in an Eastern Conference division three match. The An XI are also in action on Sunday 25th May, 1pm at home in Middle Lane against Skirlaugh firsts in a cup match.

South Holderness CC also play a very useful role in the community in promoting youth cricket. See this enthusiastic report on Monday’s Under 15’s match:

“What a cracking Under-15’s game between a slightly under-strength South Holderness and Sutton-on-Hull.

Cricket stumps bat and ball bwSouth Holderness’s young guns won the toss and had a bat, putting on 77 for 4 from their 20 overs. Liam Colclough top-scored with an unbeaten 30 whilst his Captain and opening partner, Luke Ingram, made 21 and number 3, Finn Riley, scored 12. Coming on SEVENTH change (!), Aaron Blagg was the pick of Sutton’s bowlers with 2 overs, 2 maidens and 2 wickets.

With the ball, South Holderness looked to be well in control of their defence of their total for much of Sutton’s innings. But then the visitors got after Liam Colclough (4-0-21-1) and, all of a sudden, it was Sutton’s game. And, going into the last over, Sutton required 7 runs.

But, bowling that final over, Luke Ingram did the business, having Charlie Andrew caught by Tom Reeves for 12, then gathering in a throw from Reeves to run out Aaron Blagg before, with the final ball and with Sutton requiring just 2 to win, clean bowling Harry Masterman for 11. (Earlier, Adam Shimmin had top-scored for Sutton with 19 and, for South Holderness, Liam Woodward finished with figures of 2-0-6-2 – but all six of South Holderness bowlers contributed.)

What a game; what a game to win; and what an incredible clutch performance at the death from Ingram.”

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