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6 Jul

Grey Fox Trophy 2022: Round 1 wrap-up

The 10th edition of the Grey Fox Trophy is well under way with even more thrilling games than ever before this year.

The 2022 season sees 12 teams, including 10 returning teams from previous seasons, and two new teams – Pannal Steamers and Pudsey St Lawrence CC – battling it out for a coveted place in the plate and finals day on Sunday, 11 September at Scarborough Cricket Club.

About the competition

The Grey Fox Trophy is a much-loved competition among all participants’, especially given cricket is played in the spirit of the game. It’s a tournament for people over the age of 50 who want to play more relaxed, inclusive, and exciting cricket.

The Grey Fox Trophy – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

Participants loved the competition in every way, according to a study conducted by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation after the 2021 season, since they got to experience the sport, meet like-minded cricket fans, compete on a variety of grounds, and the spirit in which the games were played.

The Grey Fox Trophy is all about providing a fantastic opportunity for a minimum of 132 players every year to come out and play rather than stay away from the game. The competition has undergone a few appropriate changes, including cutting the number of overs from 50 to 30 to save time and travel, as well as requiring each side to play home and away games.

Akhil Adulla reports on The Grey Fox Trophy 2022…

The 12 teams are grouped into three groups, each with four teams, like the 2021 season.

Group 1 – Pannal Steamers, Rainton CC, Men of Derwent, and Beverley Veterans.

Group 2 – The 2021 plate winners and runners in Harden Cricket Club and New Farnley CC ‘Old Boys’, along with Hall Park Templars and Windhill & Daisy Hill CC.

Group 3 – Pudsey St Lawrence CC and Silver Tykes are in Group 3 alongside the TGFT 2021 champions and runners in Bowling Old Lane and Helperby the Age respectively.

Three rounds will be played to complete all the league games. Each round, teams compete against one of the other teams in their respective groups, with the next two rounds including different opponents.

Ben Raine, of Pannal Steamers CC, said: “We have players from all over the UK, making us a more inclusive club.

“Because the railway runs through the duct beside our club, our club is represented by a train steamer. We entered this competition since we are familiar with how the teams are looked after during the knockouts.

“I and a couple of others participated in the final for Helperby the Age last season and then decided to form our own team.

“Our goal is to reach the Scarborough CC finals and then win the trophy. Scarborough CC is obviously the site of many important contests for YCCC and England players, so it would be an honour to play there.”

Derek Pickles, of Helperby the Age, added: “I put together our team with the help of a number of the club’s older players. A handful of us used to play in the Nidderdale league, but they no longer participate.

“There are a few players from the club, as well as a mix of players from other clubs.”

This competition offers a more relaxed, and less physically demanding version of the game of cricket they love and gives the opportunity for players to be surrounded by their friends – Kendal James, Participation Manager for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

Round 1 wrap up

Six games were played in the first round, with four home teams winning and two teams winning on their away grounds.

Group 1
In a home game, Pannal Steamers defeated Rainton CC, while Men of Derwent chased down a mere target of 136 set by Beverley Veterans with 3.4 overs to spare. R Thompson was Beverley’s best batter, with I Pratt on the other end offering excellent support. Despite P Parnaby’s decent contribution with the bat, Men of Derwent kept Beverley to 135/7 in 30 overs, courtesy to J Draper’s 3-fer. P Grewer and S Craven steadied the ship after losing both of their openers cheaply, while T Britain and S Baty added the final touches to see Men of Derwent home comfortably.

Group 2
The hosts, New Farnley CC “Old Boys,” were defeated by Harden CC in a low-scoring game. With 15 overs to spare and 8 wickets in hand, they chased down a low target of 100. With only two batters from New Farnley CC reaching double digits, M Higgins went through the host’s batting order and racked up a 4-fer. W Allett (32) was the match’s top scorer with 32 runs. Hall Park Templars defeated Windhill and Daisy Hill CC by 7 wickets with 8.3 overs remaining in the other game. Their top four batters all contributed to the chase, while their bowlers bowled well to keep Windhill to 127 runs. Moey Hasan, who ended up on the losing side, was the game’s leading scorer with an unbeaten 32.

Group 3
In the round one games; Pudsey St Lawrence CC had the highest score until Silver Tykes chased it down and set a new high score. One of the two new teams in Pudsey St Lawrence batted first and reached 163/8 in their 30 overs, with three batters reaching the 30-run mark. With a 3-fer, Silver Tykes’ Z Ali was the pick of the bowlers. The chase was easy for the visitors, who batted deep and reached the finish line with 5 wickets in hand. The 2021 finalists met again in 2022, with the same outcome as the previous season’s final, in which the Defending Champions Bowling Old Lane defeated the losing finalists Helperby the Age.

Special thanks to Kendal James, the Participation manage for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, and Helen Heald who has helped with all the administration, committee members, the match officials, grounds men, and all the participants for a great start to the 2022 season.

And stay tuned for round two results soon!

Sponsorship opportunity

We are now looking for sponsors for the semifinals (at New Rover Cricket Club on Sunday, 28 August) and final (at Scarborough Cricket Club, on Sunday, 11 September).

Would you be interested in becoming a sponsor for this year’s knockout games? You may help us buy medals and trophies, pay the match officials, and provide teas for the players by donating to The Grey Fox Trophy.

We’d want to advertise your brand on our website and across all social media channels as a thank you for your anticipated sponsorship. We hope to enlist your assistance in making this year’s TGFT one of our best!

Contact: Akhil Adulla, from Yorkshire Cricket Foundation on 07825 7052 31 & E: a.adulla@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

& for more information about The Grey Fox Trophy, please click on the link below…

The Grey Fox Trophy – Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

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