ISSUE 1/APRIL 2013
33 Last year
Who’s shaping up?
Which Driffield bowler took this many wickets in 2012?
Warm up game: Driffield vs Sheriff Hutton
ON THE UP
3RD XI PROMOTED Driffield’s youngest skipper on life in the big leagues.
Captain cole Champions 2012
Beware Of the Dog Andrew Chapman takes over as 2nd XI captain
THIS ISSUE IS DEDICATED TO MARGARET THATCHER R.I.P 1925-2013
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A review of last year and high hopes for this season
Pictures and a report of who’s shaping up for a good 2013
Beware of The Dog Will captaincy be the making of Andrew Chapman
Promotion Charge Super Skipper Matthew Cole is once again looking for back to back promotions.
Viva Tot Richie
Meet ‘The Ultras’
The 3rd XI skipper on last season and how the team will fair this year
2012 In Numbers We do some number crunching to bring you last seasons most important stats.
Pictures of the back squares latest addition and a report of progress
Driffield Town CC’s very own supporters club
See who won the ‘Play a match in the first team’ raffle
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@DriffieldTownCC Hello and welcome to Driffield Town Cricket Clubs brand new magazine. #DTCC will keep you entertained and up to date on all the goings on at the club, both behind the scenes and on the pitch. We will have weekly reviews and statistics from each of our 5 teams as well as news of transfers and competitions including how to get involved in this years ‘Fantasy Cricket’. Driffield Cricket Club had one if its most successful seasons in 2012, so in our very first edition we will review how every team performed and speak to the captains about their ambitions for the forthcoming season. As well as the print version, we will also have a digital edition of the magazine with a few extras. This will be available through a viewing client called My eBook. All you have to do is visit: www.issuu. com and once you’re there search #DTCC
#DTCC EDITOR JAMIE KEMBER ASSISTANT EDITOR MATTHEW COLE CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: JAMES RICHARDSON NICK FRENCH OLLIE EZARD
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DRIFFIELD 1ST XI At the start of 2012 most people expected the 1st XI to be fighting down the bottom end of the Yorkshire League and to be struggling in the cup competitions which has been the trend over recent years. It’s no secret the team are young. Easily one of the youngest in such a prestigious league. We also know how talented this group of lads are but it has just been a question of growing up and learning their trade over the last couple of seasons. The team stuck together and with the introduction of a bit of class and experience in the form of overseas pro Aamer Sajjad the 1st XI reaped the rewards of their hard work in 2012. For a lot of the season it looked as if they could challenge for a top 3 position but as their cup run stretched longer the league form took a slight dip. It was only a slight dip too as they finished in 6th place, the highest ever finish for Driffield since joining the Yorkshire League. The youthful nature of the team really shone through in the Yorkshire League T20 cup. Their aggressive brand of cricket suits the competition perfectly and they managed to make it through to finals day at Scarborough Cricket Club. Although the team came up short against an impressive Yorkshire Academy side it was a superb effort and another learning curve for this ever improving team. The defeat hurt the 1st team but they had already inflicted defeat on the Academy in what I feel was their best performance last year. The young Yorkshire men visited Kings Mill Road on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and ripped out Driffield for only 149 on a classically prepared Phil Skelton paradise. For all money it looked a losing score but the bowlers came out fired up and demolished Yorkshire’s batting line up dismissing 6
them for just 97. It set the tone for a successful cup run which saw them bring down Rotheram in the next round. Aamer Sajjad hit a flawless century which none of the Rotheram batsman could follow as Driffield’s spinners, Brenty, Nick and Sam Dru bowled out Rotheram for 192 chasing 247. The final was played against Barnsley, at Barnsley. The Shaw Lane ground was packed to the rafters with home fans but all day long they were drowned out by Driffield’s Blue Army led by Dave Measom The army had plenty to cheer too as Driffield bowled first on a very green wicket. Ezard and Chippendale were on fire first up taking some early wickets and regular wickets fell as the West Yorkshire men reached 220 in 50 overs. In reply there were some fireworks from Sam Dru and then a massive partnership from Clarky and Aamer Sajjad knocked the stuffing out of Barnsley. From there it was serene progress to 200 when the rain came. Unfortunately Driffield didn’t get to celebrate that winning moment on the field but their superior run rate meant they won comfortably. There were certainly no shortages of celebrations that night. Young George Drury had an excellent game that day and throughout pre season he has looked in fine fettle. He looks to be touching the low 80’s with his bowling so hopefully this season he will really come into his own and make even bigger contributions than last year. Clarky settled into the opening slot nicely last year and I predict big things for him in 2013. New 2nd XI captain Bean Dog will be pushing his players this year and let’s hope they can create some strong competition for places to really push the club in the right direction.
Left: Captain Brenty and former overseas player Aamer Middle: Lads off nuts after winning the Yorkshire League Knockout Cup Bottom: Preparation for the 2013 season
PRE SEASON PRACTICE PLUS NATWEST CRICKET FORCE DAY #DTCC players took part in an intensive training programme this winter as they travelled to Dubai for some hot weather. They were put through their paces in a 3 week SAS course in February which prepared them nicely for indoor nets. The lads netted indoor 3 times a week and by the start of April ground staff Phil, Chris and Boomer had prepared a couple of pitches for nets. A great achievement considering that weâ€™ve had such a poor winter.
Last Sunday the 1st XI visited Sheriff Hutton Bridge for their only warm up game before the season opener against Barnsley. It was a good day for Driffield as Drury twins Sam and George scored 73 and 69 before retiring in a score of 210 from 40 overs. The bowlers then did a fine job in restricting Bridge. Ezard was the pick of the bowlers with 2-11 and Sam capped off a good game with 2 wickets himself. Sheriff Hutton finished well short on 185-7 and never looked like getting close
Natwest Cricket Force day was held on the 13th of April and it was a major success, playing and non playing members alike came down in their hordes to help out on the ground. A special mention goes to Harvey Nun who worked all day painting the boundary fence. The Pavilion got a lick of paint as did the grandstand. The new changing rooms on the back pitch were given some finishing touches. Everything looks in place for the first game on April 27th as the 3rd XI take on Pocklington 1st XI
BEWARE OF THE DOG The last few seasons have seen the Second XI fighting for survival. In 2011 they were saved from relegation after Clifton Alliance were deducted points . Last season the team faired little better, It went down to the last day of the season and once again lady luck shone on Driffield as their nearest rivals lost, saving the seconds from the drop. James Richies third team are breathing down the neck of the seconds after being promoted to Division 3 of the York and District Senior League, meaning there is now only 2 Divisions separating the sides. So, this year things need to change. Mick Drury has stepped down as skipper and rather controversially Andrew Chapman has
taken over the reigns. No doubt a few eyebrows will have been raised at DTCC’s latest appointment. Andrew or as he is affectionately known ‘Bean Dog’, has a reputation for his tom-foolery on and off the field. However, now may be the perfect time for him to take the role. He has taken fatherhood in his stride and the added responsibility of being captain may just focus him on reinvigorating the Second XI and helping them push towards those top spots in Division 1. The club had a fantastic season in 2012 with the 1st XI winning their first silverware and the 3rd’s and 4th’s both won promotion. Nick French
e Captain, VC Jonno and veteran Disco discuss the upcoming season
IT’S TIME THE SECOND XI KICKED ON TO FIGHT FOR PROMOTION AND THE DOG IS THE ONE TO LEAD THEM TO GLORY
performed admirably as captain of the 5th XI securing a mid table spot with ease. It was only the second XI who didn’t live up to expectations.
year. Will Norman has pushed himself with a rigorous training routine through the winter. He looks fit and strong and is timing the ball brilliantly.
This season looks more promising however. Young Tom Norman really came into his own toward the back end of last season which saw him fill in for the 1st XI a couple of times.
But this year could be defined by the new captain. ‘The Dog’ has netted superbly this winter and he looks like he has rediscovered the form that saw him tear apart Yorkshire League attacks for fun in his teens.
Grant Halder found some express pace out of Driffield’s batting paradise and he will be a real handful early in 2013. Vice captain Nicky Johnson is the most reliable option in the bowling department. His off spin will keep things tight this
So York Senior League - Beware of The Dog #DTCC OK
CAPTAIN COLE ONTHE 4TH’S The 4th team had a wonderful season in 2012 having been relegated from Division 1 the previous campaign in 2011. The first game of the season was against a team who had gained promotion from Division 3, namely Foxtons CC, a team that had no less than 9 Overseas, mainly Asian players which was to prove a bit tricky for our tea lady Pam who had recently secured a deal with Pig farmer Ian Broumpton for him to supply all the meat for tea’s in 2012. To say we as a fourth team were rusty was an understatement, we dropped catches and misfields littered our first spell in the field of the season. We were probably helped by some odd shot selection and kamikaze run outs we managed to bowl them out 12
for a modest 175, thanks mainly to Robbo Norman & James Barron with 8 between them. However no rustiness from swashbuckling Damien Jenkinson with his 89 not out and 15 year old Ruby Kelly making his mark with his 25 not out seeing us comfortably past the target in next to no time. Its got to be said for that first month of the season Jenkinson was our batting talisman. It’s always wonderful as a captain to know that you have an opener who will hold the innings together such as his knock of 61 out of a team total of 108 at Sutton. That 61 was as good as 120-130 on that pitch and slow wet outfield. Inevitably we lost him to the 3rd team soon after, however the pleasing thing was that others stepped up and really
THE ICE CREAM MAN WHO CAN! made their mark, Kev Walker hit our first ton of the season vs Patrington albeit in controversial circumstances, whilst Suggit, Norman & young Willy Brigham were regularly bowling teams out cheaply, notably Humbleton for 35 with Brigham claiming 6/6 that day. By this point of the season at the end of May we had won our first 5 games and we were enjoying our Cricket that much that ex fast bowler and full time crock Dave Warkup had reinvented himself as a batsman AND specialist slips man. The Colin Russell look alike took 3 outstanding catches in one game which wouldn’t have looked out of place in the first team, I am not exaggerating either. We were playing Cricket that was oozing sex appeal, we kept turning up knowing we would win, we lost Walker & Jenks etc up to 3rd’s but that didn’t matter because such as Matty Drury or Mark Briggs would score us runs to post a match winning total, and that’s just it, we were winning the toss every week and the rule of the thumb is to bowl first but I had that much confidence in our batting I put us in so we could bat them out of the game. By the end of June we had played 8 won 8 and a young man from the South called Owen Grotbag had moved to the area. Now this lad was 15 but he had the confidence in his ability that belied his tender age, Owen had made his club debut for the 3rd team the previous week but with players returning from above he found himself with us, chasing 124 in the return fixture vs Foxtons he came in and although his knock of 23 doesn’t stand out to the untrained eye, he made a big impression, Foxtons thought they could bully this young lad with some over the top appealing and chat. They may have had a point on the one he middled behind when he was on 0,
but just to ensure Foxtons piss was bubbling he hit his first scoring shot for 6 to really troll the excitable opponents. He got himself out though because in his own words “I’ve got some Dragons to slay next week and I don’t want to get too many today and move up”. The next game was against Gilberdyke Dragons and true to his word he smashed them all over the park on the hottest day of the year scoring 147 and ensuring we secured an historic 10th straight win. That was his first and last home game for the 4th’s and Owen it was a pleasure, thank you. Right we’d lost Grotbag but the other ace I had up my sleeve was Rubber Addy who for the 2nd part of the season was our Hercules and very much our opponents Achilles. He scored 98 in the Wolds Derby before running himself out. That weekend we played Saturday and Sunday and him and Jimmy Barron were absolutely fantastic with the ball as we held on for winning draws to accumulate more points. The game on the Sunday vs The Police was a fine example of this as along with John Driskell they reigned the runaway coppers in from a certain successful chase and made a citizens arrest. The Police did get their own back though the next fixture by inflicting our first defeat of the season with a 10 wicket hammering on 4th August. Naturally in August our club has availability issues what with it being the holidays and with the harvest we were unable to field the strongest sides but it gave prospects such as Andy Rogers the chance to shine, and shine he did as he really impressed with his bowling, batting and attitude, He will definitely be a decent all round Cricketer that young man.
We were perhaps not as efficient by this time with us knowing the league was as good as won. A combination of the aforementioned availability and a slight foot off the gas mentality meant we weren’t as ruthless as we had been earlier in the season. We did have our moments in August such as the win at Gilberdyke where Rubber Addy shined yet again with bat & ball to see us home on a lively pitch. We won the league by the end of August, disappointingly we were robbed of the winning moment on the pitch as North Ferriby Railway men were unable to raise a side. It was something we deserved to do after the previous difficult campaign. The 2 games in September were very much end of term dead rubbers (by this point we had lost our own Rubber to the 3rd’s) we suffered a slightly humiliating defeat at Patrington but we rallied for the final game of the season vs runners up East Halton at home for, in my opinion, the most satisfying win of a fruitful campaign. We chased down 223 with Kelvin Walker scoring 121 in the late Summer sun, myself and Jimmy Barron were their at the end to round off a fantastic season by getting us over the line after a mini collapse. We posed for our team photo, parents, kids the lot afterwards in front of the soon to be demolished back pavilion. That was a really special lump to the throat moment. If this upcoming season (in which admittedly we may find life more difficult in a higher division) is only half as entertaining then it’ll be a brilliant season. Keep The Faith DTCC OK
TOT RICHIE ONTHE 3RD’S Driffield Town Cricket Club’s youngest captain is enjoying wonderful success in charge of the 3rd XI and he is also hoping to secure back to back promotions.
Once again the cricket season is upon us again. It doesn’t feel like six months have passed since John Driskell grabbed the final wicket of the game to bowl Fenner 2nds out for 77 and secure promotion for the 3rd XI. The routine manner in which promotion was achieved in some ways reflected a season that had yo-yoed from the highs of three home ten-wicket victories to the lows of controversial defeats at promotion rivals Acomb 2nds and Huntington, who at one stage looked set to pip us at the post. Thankfully they imploded with the finishing line in sight which some would say was justice being served after their antics in the away game against us! After missing out on promotion by a single place in my first year as captain, the aim in 2012 was always to go one better. To achieve promotion for a third XI is no mean feat, especially when you consider the player upheaval we have to contend with throughout the season, which many of the other sides in the league will not have to deal with. I think gaining promotion to Division Three says something about the group of players we had in 2012. For the majority of the time, they are an easy group of lads to manage. The only problem we seem to have at times is an over-zealous attitude to members of the opposition but if that’s my biggest problem I think I can live with it! The foundations of any good cricket team have to begin with a couple of solid openers, and in the Johns, Woolley and Robinson, we had two of the best in the league. John Woolley’s been around the scene for years now, and he’s a good ‘wise head’ to have around. He was certainly at his best last season, scoring 561 runs at an average of 46.75, which made him the second leading run-scorer at the club behind Aamer. His 134 against Hull Zingari was one of the best you’ll see on the back square. Likewise, John Robinson came down from the 2nds and looked at home straight away. His aggressive style of play complimented with Wool’s and they proved to be a difficult pair for opponents to dislodge from the crease. Notable mentions on the batting front must also go to Carl Busfield, Rich Grice, Kelvin Walker and Dave Woodcock, all of whom
filtered in and out of the team at various times during the season but stepped up to the plate when required. A solid batting unit have to be backed up by their bowlers, and when you’ve got someone with the enthusiasm of Mark Addinall taking the new ball that’s never going to be a problem! For the second season running, Adders had a great season with the ball, picking up 28 wickets and troubling some of the league’s best batsmen. Opening the bowling with him for the majority of the season was Sam Morris, who would probably go down as our most improved player of season. His left-arm over provides great variation for us and 25 wickets tells you the story of his season. As with the batting, a number of lads flitted in and out of the team during the season. Credit goes to Mike Nicholson, Rob Woodcock, John Driskell and Jamie Greveson who all played their part. It was good to see some younger players making and impact as well. Tom Norman and Owen Goldsworthy showed their all-round credentials, picking up crucial wickets and runs when they were called upon. So with regards to the upcoming season, I’m fairly confident that we can more than compete in Division Three. Player movement at the club has been minimal in the close season, so hopefully that will allow us to keep a similar squad and give us a bit of continuity. Obviously, we are going to be playing some better sides this season, a few of whom were playing against our 2nds just a few seasons ago. But they are in this league for a reason and therefore we have nothing to be scared of. Ultimately, if we finish the season in mid-table then I would be happy but if we can keep a settled side I can see no reason why we shouldn’t be in the mix for promotion.
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2012 IN NUMBERS THE MUST KNOW FACTS AND FIGURES FROM DRIFFIELD TOWN CC’S MOST SUCCESSFUL SEASON 2012 saw Driffield players hit new highs, so with fantasy teams to pick. Here are some numbers you need to know.
143 Owen Goldsworthy This young man moved from the south to join Driffield last year and in his debut season he smashed a match winning 143 for the 4th XI against Gilberdyke. A future star.
55 Damon Jenkinson Apart from Overseas player Aamer Sajjad Damon boasted the clubs best batting average with 54.63 last season.
1st team pace man Ollie had his best season as a Yorkshire league player. In 2012 he was the clubs leading wicket taker with 53. Captain Dave Brent was next with 48. Mikey Nicholson had an excellent season picking up 33 wickets at an average of 15. His economy rate was also only 3.1 Value for money
This lad was only 14 years old last year when he claimed fantastic figures of 6-6 in only 5 overs for the 4th XI against Humbleton. He also proved he wasn’t a one game wonder as he went on to take 27 wickets in Matthew Cole’s championship winning team.
31 Mark Goddard In the Wicket Keeping stakes Mark Goddard looks to be the best fantasy buy. In total he claimed 31 victims behind the stumps including 10 stumpings. As far as outfielders go, Third team captain James Richardson was the right man in the right place in 2012 with 14 catches
Driffield Town CC won 2 pieces of silverware last year. Master captain Matthew Cole and his 4th XI won Div 2 of the Hull and East Riding Alliance league. The 1st XI won their first ever Yorkshire League silverware as they beat Barnsley in the Yorkshire League Knockout Cup final.
NEW PAVILION Over the winter members of the club and the ground staff have worked tirelessly through tough conditions to get our new back pitch pavilion built and ready for the 2013 season.
started work on the building in October of last year. A few finishing touches have been made to the pavilion and the lads have managed to get it ready just in time for the first game of the season.
The pavilion is a huge improvement boasting large changing rooms, brand new showers an umpires room and a new scorers hut built in.
Not only will the 3rd’s, 4th’s and occasionally the 5th’s benefit from this, but the juniors will also who play the majority of their games on the back pitch.
Neil Woodcock, Mark Goddard, Rob Woodcock, Dave Brent, Boomer, Phil Skelton, Chris Skelton, Mighty Nick , Raymondo and Briggsy
A massive thank you from everyone at the club goes to all involved.
THE DRIFFIELD ULTRAS After the 1st XI who won their first bit of Yorkshire League Silverware winning the Yorkshire League Knockout Cup Sunday 16th September last year, the team and captain Dave Brent were quick to dedicate their win to the loyal fans who came out in force last year. The Driffield Ultras are the newly formed fan group, who first team leading wicket taker Ollie Ezard has called the Driffield 1st XI’s 12th man. Measy explains how the Ultras came about. “Initially a group of us lads were hitting the town on a regular basis. I’d picked up a chant called the Driffield Ranger. It became our trademark and as a group we were the Driffield Rangers. Once we started coming to watch cricket our group started to expand. So, the Driffield Ultras are an improvement on the long standing Driffield Rangers. We have more fans now, so we have a better name. Welcome to HELL!” 18
Notoriously last year, Nathan Smith of Rotheram became the figure of much ridicule after his violent incident with Driffield player Thomas Chippendale. During a beer fuelled day at Scarborough Town Cricket Club during T20 finals day, Smith was given the name ‘Jacamo’. Deservedly so too. The 2 match ban Chippendale received from their fracas was so unjust and considering Jacamo received no punishment, the Ultras were furious. Although the Driffield fans are feared by opposition, they are really quite welcoming. All members are keen to have a laugh. This years annual trip to ‘Scarbados’ saw the Ultras gain their first honorary member. On the day Yorkshire were hosting the Unicorns side which is a relatively new team to enter the CB40 competition. Jayden Levitt pictured above with the Ultras commented on how refreshing it was to see a set of lads warming to the opposition.
“The lads were at the ground all day long and were a good laugh. It was nice to see them dishing out the abuse but also being friendly with the Unicorn team as well. They are a credit to Driffield Town Cricket Club. Jayden Levitt recently posted on twitter that he would be interested in joining Driffield in the future. Right: Mikey Nicholson meets new England Batsman and Yorkshire man on an Ultras away day to Trent Bridge
JAMIE HOPPER WINS ‘PLAY A GAME IN THE 1STS’ RAFFLE Jamie, pictured above, decided to use his prize in the 1st XI’s warm up match against his former club Sheriff Hutton Bridge. Jamie performed admirably scoring a valuable 10 runs
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