Yorkhull CC

The Origins and History of Yorkhull Cricket Club

Key Moments

1977 Paul Senior left Hull after six years at York and Hull playing cricket with some great people. He wanted to continue to meet and play cricket together. He set about this dream with many letters and phone calls.

1978 First tour. 13 players made it to the West Country and a first fixture on 6th August. We drew after a face saving partnership between Greg Morris and Paul Senior!

1979 We played against Yeovil Town whose captain, George Bright, was soon to become one of Yorkhull's Hall of Fame, even with a golden duck!

Fiz Foulds scored the team's first century, 106 against Congresbury.

1982 Geoffrey Seaman finds his way onto the tour bus, in fact driving it around, and is still a Yorkhull regular.

1983 First Yorkhull guest, Henry Thomas, to score a 100 for us v Bridgwater  3rd August.

1984 No tour! Would the tour start again or had Yorkhull CC had its day?

1985 Our first game in the Lake District v Netherfield. It was rained off but not before the mighty Rob Woodford had hit a six reputedly 15 yards over cover boundary. Derek Mather sourced a magnificent hotel in The Heaves.

1986 The game at Penrith was notable for the appearance of a better Morris, Pete, though his honesty in admitting he did not take a catch did not fit with the ruthlessness of the Yorkhull squad

1987 At Kendal the West Indian Philips, was threatening to maul our attack into defeat when up stepped Senior, positioned his fielder perfectly and Philips holed out at deep mid wicket.

1988 Morris 5 for 29 against Morecambe saved the blushes of the team but at what cost. This bowling has been constantly replayed!

It was clearly Morris's tour with a record opening partnership (180) with Mick Hardy against Penrith and a personal ton (106) as well.

At Netherfield we were chasing 223 after Raj Hans had hit a quick 70 only to be dismised by a stinging catch in the covers by the skipper. But a batting display which rolled back the years saw Keith Shaw get 93 supported by Klays (43) and George Bright 44* and victory was assured.

1989 Supported by the skipper (50) Rob Woodford powered his way to a second Yorkhull century (116) as we defeated Appleby. Pete Wright left Yorkhull forever by walking away on his hands!

Tragedy nearly happened when the folly of Mather's leg spin sliced onto the skipper's brave face. This was the match too against Netherfield where brothers appeared for the second time (after the Morris men) with David Senior making his debut but not trusted by a Yorkhull regular, Geoffrey!

1990 Murray Scott arrived on tour and what an impact he made. The highlight a century (101*) to go on the honours board at Sedgwick CC.

1991 A new fixture at Burneside saw the cricketing debut of Phil Lingard, the stats man! 3 not out asked serious questions as to why he had not been blooded before.

A third Senior (John the elder) made his debut and seemed to be surprised at the injury list of the squad until severe cramp befell him and he had to leave the field.

This year saw the bodyline game at Kendal. Only the technique and bravery of the skipper got him through and the team to victory.

1992  The final match against Netherfield saw Kenny Benjamin, the test cricketer, get his revenge for John Senior dismissing him last year with a blistering 127 which caused Sid to consider his future. Though we batted well after Kenny had bowled his 8 overs for just six runs and the wicker of Morris, we finished 20 short.

1993 Would Keith Shaw make it to the honours board at Sedgwick? Unfortunately 96 was all he could muster. Scott made it to 100 at Netherfield though this could not stop three defeats out of four. Was time being called on these great cricketing warriors?

1994 Not the most memorable of tours and a serious hamstring injury for the skipper suggested that the team was struggling more and more and needing its own personal aromatherapist, Geoffrey Seaman!

1995 The year of the Arnberger, though new recruit Danny Welbourne certainly contributed to an upturn in our fortunes. Burneside was beaten for the first time with Jason Arnberger getting his first of three centuries (124, 111*, 124) and with George Bright taking 4 for 25 at Netherfield we won four out of four. The lads were back!

1996 This turned out to be the last of our major tours. Propped up by a New Zealander this time, Danny Simpson and with numbers and ligaments stretched. It was time to have a rest.

1997 A reunion game took place at Tickhill CC with most of the Yorkhull team turning out. It was a light game with a Yorkhull victory but it is not regarded as an official match so does not figure in the averages.

2003 Turning back the years we gathered at the home of cricket in Hambedon, Hampshire. To play here our final ever game was a true honour. The full story can be found here.