Fun In The Sun on Scarborough Beach!
When teams received an invite to play in the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation’s Beach Cricket tournament they were promised a fun, well organised and the unique chance to play on Scarborough’s South Bay Beach. What couldn’t be guaranteed however, were 3 days of sunshine and temperatures well into the 20’s, but that is what they got!
The tournament, now in its second year has been a very successful addition to the iconic Scarborough Cricket festival. The primary aim, to give children from local communities and beyond, the opportunity to play a round robin cricket competition by the sea, followed by the chance to watch their heroes play at Scarborough later in the week; the winners of each day also receiving tickets for the England v Sri Lanka test match at Headingley in 2016.
Over the course of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, over 70 boys and girls competed against each other, cheered on by friends, family and other interested holiday makers enjoying the Scarborough sun. Teams were primarily from the local area; Snainton & Hesleton and Scalby playing for the second year in a row. New teams from the local leagues were Pickering, Sewerby and Scarborough. However, from further afield were Clifton Alliance from York and 2 teams from Huddersfield; Lacelles Hall CC and Denby CC.
On Sunday, 2 teams from Pickering and 1 from Clifton Alliance participated in the opening round robin of the week. After some tremendous cricket, Pickering A came out on top in the final. Monday brought over the 2 Huddersfield teams, Denby and Lacelles Hall CC who made the 2 hour coach trip to the coast for a day that will live long in the memory. The 3rd team involved, Scarborough completed the line-up. On their home turf, Scarborough sailed through to the final and took on the feisty youngsters of Lacelles Hall. A tumultuous battle commenced, producing some genuinely competitive and committed cricket from both teams, however Lacelles Hall triumphed in a thrilling finale! The 3rd and final day was filled by local teams; Snainton & Hesleton, Scalby and Sewerby. After the round robin stage was complete, the final between Sewerby and Scalby took place with the former coming out on top to win the day’s competition.
All the teams played with fantastic spirit and sportsmanship throughout the tournament. The standard of cricket was fantastic and we can’t wait to develop the tournament next year to incorporate more teams and allow even more children to enjoy this unique form of the game!
Nick Robinson, Yorkshire Cricket Foundation
Each participant and their coach received a ticket to watch the Yorkshire v Somerset one-day match on the Wednesday after the competition and the winners of each day received a pair of tickets per player to watch the England v Sri Lanka test match at Headingley in 2016. For some this was their first ever experience watching professional cricket and will hopefully inspire them further to play the game in the future.
The day was fantastically well supported by our charity partners Yorkshire Cancer Research who provided UV wristbands, sun cream for anyone who needed it and enough beach toys and games to occupy those of all ages! As per last year, the pitch was provided by Flicx, the 2G pitch is an invaluable resource to our beach cricket festival, providing a consistent bounce regardless of the playing conditions under foot.