Firstly Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good holiday and are now back into the swing of things.
This is a gentle reminder that annual membership fees are now due. Once again the fees remain the same. If you are thinking of joining, now is the time! £7 adults, £3.50 OAPs.
Everyone is welcome and new members are vital for the future of the club.
In addition, the AGM will be held on 31st January 2014. All welcome.
A local derby was played on Sunday when Rawdon were the visitors to The White Swan Ground. A large crowd saw a really entertaining game with both sides playing some great cricket.
Yeadon won the toss and decided to bat first. Some tight bowling early on saw Yeadon get off to a slow start but some quick singles kept the scoreboard moving. When we got the chance to hit off the tee we did it very well,hitting the ball hard but Rawdon were fielding well stopping the ball going for four. A few boundaries late in our innings saw our total reach 239-7.
Rawdon’s innings also got off to a slow start but when the more experienced of their players batted runs were scored freely. Our bowling was very good and we took 8 wickets which included a run out with a direct hit from 20 yards! Rawdon finished their innings on 315-8.
Team for the day was
Alfie, Seth, Gabriel, James, Sam, Lewis, Archie, and Nathan.
Well done everybody!
Thankyou for your support!
Yeadon made the very short journey to Green Lane on what was a pleasant morning to be playing and watching.
Yeadon won the toss and decided to bowl first and started very well. With the bowling improving week by week,fewer wides and no balls are being bowled but the problem this week was that they were hit off the tee for four everytime we bowled one. When they bowled straight the batting side found it hard to score runs and we took wickets. Green Lane finished their innings on 320-5.
Yeadon started their innings slowly but without losing wickets which is proving that the youngsters have learnt not to give their wicket away. Quick singles and the odd boundary were being scored but some good fielding kept our total down. Yeadon finished on 217-6 which was a very good effort considering the age difference between the two sides.
Green Lane 320-5
Green Lane win.
Team for the day was,
Mia,Gabriel,James,Seth,Alfie,Lewis,Sam and Nathan.
Well done everybody.
Thought for the day-”hitting off the tee is key”
Yeadon travelled to Hall Park Horsforth which saw them gain a 3rd victory of the season.
Yeadon lost the toss and batted first. With only 1 wicket lost, runs being scored freely, and good running between the wickets the young uns are improving and understanding the game more and more each week.
A last pair partnership of 42 gave Yeadon a total of 296-1 which was a very good total on a big pitch.
After the break, it was our turn to bowl which again is improving week on week. Some great fielding helped the bowlers keep their total down and Hall Park finished their innings on 249-5.
The team for the day was Seth, Alfie, James, Gabriel, Mia, Archie, Lewis, and Nathan.
Well done everybody!!
Hall Park 249-5.
This weeks Junior fixtures
Friday 24th May
U13s v Olicanian (home) 6.15pm start.
U9s v North Leeds (home) 10am start.
Please come along and support your Junior section.
On Sunday the under 9s played a very good North Leeds Hawks side on what was yet another cold miserable morning for the youngsters to be playing cricket. N
orth Leeds won the toss and decided to bowl first. Right from the 1st ball they showed that they were far more experienced, owling accurately and taking wickets.
Yeadon didn’t get down hearted and kept trying to score runs when they could and were enjoying themselves.
When it was Yeadons turn to bowl it was getting much colder with gusts of wind making it hard for the bowlers. Despite the conditions Everybody bowled well with less wides than last week which shows this side are improving all the time.
One thing I have noticed is that all the players never give up and the sportsmanship during and after the game is something that they should be proud of.
Well done to all involved.
North Leeds Hawks 346-2.
North Leeds win.
Fixtures for this week.
Friday U13s v Horsforth (home) 6.15 start
U9s v Hall Park (away) 9.30 start
Your support is much appreciated!
The very young team took on Alwoodley on Sunday in a very exciting game. Yeadon lost the toss and bowled first. The bowling wasn’t as good as previous games that they have played in but they stuck to the task and tried hard. With a lot of wides being bowled Alwoodley took advantage of the ‘free hit’ from the tee and scored a lot of boundaries.
Some good fielding prevented the total being out of reach and the home side finished on 296-5. Yeadon’s innings mirrored Alwoodley’s and again the batting side got plenty of practice hitting of the tee. Boundaries were being scored every over which meant Yeadon kept upto the run rate.
Unknown to both umpires Yeadon needed 4 to win off the last ball and with a wide being bowled the ball was hit off the tee for 4. A great win for the youngsters of Yeadon.
Fixtures for the coming week
Friday 10th May Under 13s v Adel at home 6.15 start.
Sunday 12th May Under 9s v North Leeds at home 10am start.
On Sunday bacon sandwiches,tea and coffee available from 9.45.
Come and give the teams your support!
The cricket season has certainly started when you spend your entire weekend stood outside in single figure temperatures.
The first team started the weekend with a trip to Bankfoot; a team who rarely make it easy for their opponents and are tough to beat on their own patch. The weather was miserable to say the least however this didn’t prevent us starting the game on time. My coin throwing practice through the week paid off and I won the toss and decided to put them in on a green wicket.
We made a great start to the match with Olly taking early wickets. Shaun at the other end looked to be feeling the effects of a very cold day. It’s fair to say this wasn’t the kind of climate he was used to. We applied good pressure throughout and really stifled any scoring opportunities for our opponents. The infamous Jonny Barton came to the crease and played some shots and ended up their only player with a double figure score.
We set a trap for him by dropping a man towards the boundary in the hope that he’d hit it out to him. The plan nearly worked as Olly threw a ball outside off stump, Barts dually obliged and threw the kitchen sink at it and lofted his shot in doing so. He hit the ball hard but straight at our man…Gaffer! To be fair to Gaffer, he made a valiant effort at catching it by diving forward. Unfortunately however, most cricketers find it hard to catch balls that hit them closer to their elbows than their hands, and Gaffer was no exception as the ball rolled back towards Barts.
There are 2 phrases common amongst Yeadon cricketers; “have a can of ‘Man Up’”, and “Peter” (Peter – Peter Heart – P(ea) Heart) – I think both of these were created for situations like this as Gaffer asked to leave the field as ‘his hand wouldn’t close’! He returned a couple of overs later, his hand now closing, to inspire us to bowl Bankfoot out for 63. Olly, Shaun, Damon and Ben all bowled fantastically well and finished with fine figures.
To say we made hard work of chasing the target is nothing short of an understatement, as we lost 5 wickets in doing so. The opening attack of Bankfoot is widely regarded as the best in bradford league history. They’re fast, fiery, fearsome and had the ball swinging around corners from the outset, not to mention how much it moved off the pitch. Having made light work of Yeadon’s top order pretenders, only a monumental individual effort could see this struggling Yeadon side home. That persons name eludes me for now, but someone did it…it might have been me! NEXT…
…came Hartshead Moor on the Sunday. We won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket that had already seen 3 games. It must be disheartening for Andy Pick to see another well prepared wicket see so few runs.
Unfortunately the batting wasn’t quite up to scratch again as we lost early wickets which put us on the back foot early on. We battled well but those who got starts didn’t convert them into big scores and we lost wickets at regular intervals. It was encouraging to see the lower order dig deep and give us something to bowl at. We finished on 118 – a challenging score to defend on any ground but not an easy chase by any stretch of the imagination.
In distinct contrast to the first innings, our bowling & fielding was nothing short of superb. Nick ‘Bucket Hands’ Hudson got us off to the perfect start by taking a superb catch to remove their skipper with the second ball of the innings. This brought their new signing Will Smith (not the star of Fresh Prince) to the crease. Maybe he had some words to say to Ben whilst Ben was batting but Ben certainly had a lot to say to him. It’s well known in cricketing circles that these two have awful chat, so this really was ‘handbags at 10 paces’! Ben had something to say before, during and after every ball, no one knows what was said or how much of a factor it was, but we removed him cheaply. All the bowlers again shone, including our new signing Altaf, who made an impressive debut and picked up a couple of wickets when it looked like Hartshead were aiming for a draw, made possible by the loss of overs due to rain which meant we had to bowl them out. We eventually did just that, for 65! Again, we can take pride in our bowling that we managed to turn around a game which would have been beyond most teams.
Let’s hope we can get another 2 wins next weekend when we host keighley on the Saturday in the league, and travel to Bowling Old Lane on the Sunday in the cup.
Olly’s been out LBW twice, I’m still on 0
On a freezing cold windy day at YCC the youngsters of Yeadon gained their 1st victory of the season. With the experience of last weeks game under their belts the team took to the game like they have been playing cricket for years!
Yeadon won the toss and chose to field first. All the bowlers bowled with accuracy and there were very few wides delivered. The fielding was excellent despite the conditions. Adel finished their innings on 223-8.
When it was Yeadon’s turn to bat they produced a performance that everybody in the team should be really proud of because of the fact that we only lost 1 wicket and scored runs with boundaries and good running between the wickets!! Yeadon finished the innings on 246-1.
A big thank you to all the parents, spectators and people serving tea,coffee and bacon sandwiches on what was a very cold morning! Well done to everybody involved!
The under 9s started their season on Sunday and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all involved.
This was the first ever game of cricket for most of the Yeadon side and their parents,while Alwoodley had played a full season together last year.
All the players batted,bowled and fielded excellently and their coach Paul was really proud of their efforts. Hopefully there is much to come from this very young team!! Well done!
Result- Alwoodley 268-1 Yeadon 179-7
On Saturday we made our way to Bennett Lane,the home of Hanging Heaton. Not many teams come away from this ground with a positive result but today was our day and we thoroughly deserved the win that I hope will kick start our season.
An intense warm up (that had nothing to do with cricket) got the pulses and team spirit raised. Luckily for a few of the lads the rain started to fall so we could not start on the fielding drills that i had took all week planning but they will keep for another day! Bring your inhaler this week Gaff!
When it was time to toss up i still did not have a clue what I was going to do if we won it so I was glad that for the 1st time in 4 weeks it landed on tails and the decision was left to their skipper, he chose to field first which took me by surprise but we know they chase well on their own ground.
Kev and Andy opened up and got us off to a great start pinching singles and despatching the bad balls to the boundary and they both looked like they were going to be there for a long time. The 14th over of the innings was the most poignant when Umar Rehman came on to bowl. This was a sign of panic in the home side as he came on far too early and we sensed if we could keep the best spin bowler in the league quiet a good total could be on the cards. The lads played him intelligently (not often said in the YCC dressing room)and he was whipped off after 5 overs. PLAN COMPLETED!
Confidence was high in the dressing room and I am sure the lads in the middle were full of it as well as they were continuing on there merry way. Kev departed for 81 and he and Andy had put on 139 for the first wicket. It was not going to be easy to come in and play the same way as the openers had played but Dave came in and knocked the ball round with ease. Andy who had set his sights on batting through was next to fall on 70 and with overs running out we lost a few wickets chasing runs. Innings closed on 222-7.
One lad who does not like my half time team talks is Sid (Saeed). Last week he was still at the ice cream van with Dave Summerscales and this week he was nowhere to be seen until we were walking onto the field. In his hands he had more fruit than the stalls in Leeds Market!!
We started well with the ball and Gaff picked up an early wicket which gave us a great lift and we knew if we could keep it tight wickets would fall and that’s exactly what we did, a captains dream. We made inroads as PM showed a return to form, although it has to be said his 1st wicket was a long hop!
A few lusty blows from the tail end and a 12 ball over from Dreamboat kept the scorers interested but PM wrapped the innings up and finished with figures of 6-24.
A fantastic win and long may it continue.
Yeadon 222-7(K.Gilks 81,A.Pickering 70,Dave Machell 35)
Hanging Heaton 166 all out(P.Machell 6-24)
Yeadon Win By 56 runs
Yeadon 19 points Hanging Heaton 5 points.
2nd Team Captain.