Walking Cricket League round-up: Four teams in action
Last month saw Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) launch a new Walking Cricket league in Yorkshire in partnership with u3a and here is a round-up of the matches from May…
Huddersfield Hurricanes v Barnsley u3a | The Zone – Huddersfield
The second match of the season saw Huddersfield Hurricanes comfortably beat South Yorkshire side Barnsley u3a in an entertaining match at The Zone in Huddersfield, on Friday, 27 May.
Barnsley, batted first and played in a colourful kit of blue and orange, posted a total of 36 runs off 16 overs due to a very accurate Huddersfield attack with the pressure seeming to get the better of the visitors as they lost eight wickets.
After the break a determined Huddersfield, who played in sky blue, batted doggedly in their reply passing Barnsley’s score without a single wicket being lost.
Rotherham u3a v Doncaster u3a – Parkgate Astro, Rotherham
The opening match of the season saw a Rotherham u3a side narrowly beat South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster u3a in a closely fought match at Parkgate Astro, on Thursday, 19 May.
Rotherham, playing in green, posted a spirited total of 133 off 16 overs.
After the break a determined Doncaster, playing in red came out fighting, but narrowly missed out with a final score of 123.
The Walking Cricket League in Yorkshire includes five teams – Barnsley u3a, Doncaster u3a, Huddersfield Hurricanes (independent), Rotherham u3a and Wakefield u3a – competing against one another for a spot at finals day on Tuesday, 20 September.
Each Walking Cricket team comprises eight players, including a minimum of two women players (with a sub), where players bat in pairs with games are played on astro-turf, over 16 overs.
Kendal James, Participation Manager for YCF, said: “We’ve been able to create this league to be able to accommodate those that are a little bit more competitive and to be able to have that camaraderie and little bit of rivalry between the towns and cities.”
How to get involved in Walking Cricket
Weekly social sessions currently take place across 12 hubs in the region designed for absolute beginners right through to ex-cricketers and there is also a Yorkshire representative team – with the hope to play country matches in the future and green field Walking Cricket (played on a field).
If you are interested in finding out more about Walking Cricket groups near you, please visit: bit.ly/WalkingCricket