Heritage Club of the Week - Skipton Cricket Club
Skipton CC was founded in 1853, shortly after the main Victorian mills were built in the town during the 1830s and 1840s. The Club quickly earned a successful reputation on becoming Members of the Yorkshire Cricket Council, winning the League unbeaten in 1908, and was one of the foremost Clubs in the County, often visited by Yorkshire, Kent and overseas touring teams.
They are a Community ECB Clubmark accredited Club and play in the Aire-Wharfe Cricket League having joined in 1936 as founder members. Winning the League in 1945, beating the West Indies in 1953 and winning the Waddilove Cup in 1992,’93 & ’94.
There have been various County players associated with the Club over the years and, most recently, James Whitaker, a junior with the Club, captained Leicestershire to two County Championships and played one Test against Australia in the successful 1987 tour down under, when the Ashes were won. James was appointed Chairman of Selectors for the England team from 2013-2018. His father John was President and invited a young Jonathan Agnew to play in a Presidents XI v Skipton XI.
Over the years several overseas players have come from Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and West Indies; Winston Davies being one such who scared many opposition batters…
They have a very strong youth set up, running teams from under -9s to under -17s who play in the Upper Airedale Junior Cricket Association Leagues. We run an annual 6-a-side Festival with 30 teams from as far as Louth, Lincs competing.
Weekly through the season they have junior training including All Stars and Dynamos for new players between 5-11 yrs and have coaches involved with schools, Disabilities, the North Yorkshire Girls Academy and Yorkshire pathways programmes.