ANNUAL REPORT for 2003
This season has been an interesting one with some good cricket played against strong opposition. We played our usual six matches, won three lost two and drew one which was abandoned due to heavy rain with only one innings completed. Six players were selected again from the 2002 squad and their greater experience and maturity showed in improved performances throughout the Festival Week. The squad was ably led by Christopher Thompson who did an excellent job both on and off the field. The team gelled together very well. The whole week was a good educational experience for the boys of playing, living and socialising together and will pay dividends for the future.
As usual, our Trials were held at the new Yorkshire Cricket Centre and the Final outdoor Trial at Castleford Cricket Club: our thanks to the County Club & Andy Rowsell, and to the Castleford Committee and David Young for their help and hospitality.
We had our usual warm, sunny weather except for a midafternoon storm on Thursday which ended proceedings halfway through the game against Northumberland. The groundstaff did another superb job, providing us with excellent wickets and manicured outfield.
This year we had a good battery of fast bowlers in Chris.Thompson, Anthony .Giles, Bilal.1jaz, Farhan.Khan, Michael.McArdle, Duncan .Snell & David Skaith who worked hard on the easy paced wickets for their rewards and three good spinners in A.Kundi, Greg .Pickles and James .Ward. We had a very competent wicketkeeper in George Rounthwaite who had safe hands and was quick and agile. On paper, our batting seemed strong and there were many good individual performances, but we did not bat well enough as a unit. We had several midorder collapses from strong positions and with more consistency we could have won all our matches.
Ashley Fiddler, Chris.Thompson, A.Kundi, James Pickles & Duncan .Snell were the pick of the batsmen. Our fielding was variable in standard, brilliant one minute, mediocre the next, possibly due to lapses in concentration. Few have played at this level over many days before in their careers to date. There was an excellent team spirit and they worked hard for each other. Training and application was sound.
The 2003 squad was an excellent group of young men, a credit to themselves and their Schools. Their demeanour, sportsmanship and behaviour throughout the week was excellent providing a thoroughly enjoyable week for everyone.
Special thanks to all our Umpires; to Emma Lyons, our meticulous Scorer and to lan Dews, the YCDO. for giving the boys the warmup and fielding session before matches each morning. We are most appreciative to the Headmaster at St.Peter's School, the Groundstaff and Catering staff for all their hard work on our behalf and especially to Peter Simpson, the Assistant Bursar, to whom we are greatly indebted - he makes everyone so welcome and ensures everything runs smoothly.
We continue to enjoy the best of relationships with Yorkshire County Cricket Club; the Yorkshire Schools' Cricket Association; Yorkshire Cricket Board; the YCCC Charitable Youth Trust; the English Schools' Cricket Association; the Yorkshire Schools' Sports Federation and the County sponsors, Taylors of Harrogate who generously give us grants year on year. We have been delighted to have received grants in 2003 from Skipton Building Society; Energy Plus UK.Ltd; Mr & Mrs T.Bryan; Mr.M.S.Newboult and from many friends and supporters of the Association for their valued gifts and donations; their contribution to our activities is most welcome and very much appreciated; our grateful thanks. The cricket bat raffled at the YCCC Opening Lunch raised £271.
My personal thanks to all the Executive Committee for their support in promoting and encouraging Schools representative cricket. We would be encouraged to receive better, more active support from schools. It would really help our finances and planning if Schools would be continuously affiliated rather than when there is a promising boy at their respective establishment. We do have a supportive hard core of schools' in membership but we need more. We do need more younger members of Staff with cricketing skills and interest to become involved to ensure the long term future of the Association and the wellbeing of the game.