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Romany CC vs Lofthouse & Middlesmoor CC Match Report

Romany WIN by 11 runs

Romany CC 277-2

F Read 100*

H Bruckner 104*

A Maiden 31

Lofthouse & Middlesmoor CC 266 ao

C Costello 150

P Solomon 33

R Smith 4-41

A Maiden 3-44

The term ‘village cricket’ has become synonymous with poor batting, sloppy fielding  and wayward bowling but last Sunday at a sunny picturesque Lofthouse & Middlesmoor CC we ended up victorious in a village cricket game at its very best.

We arrived at L&M’s tiny ground with a reasonably strong side, but we realised that we were likely to be a seam bowler or so short with such short boundaries and a batsman friendly track where 6’s and 4’s are the most regular scoring shots.
Following a short discussion between Nick Hawkins, Romany’s skipper for the day, and the L&M captain, Romany batted first, and got off to a good start with father and son opening partnership Duncan and Freddie Read taking the score past 50 before Duncan was out bowled to a sharply turning off-break just as Freddie was starting to find his range and the boundary at regular intervals.

Freddie was joined by Hamish Bruckner and they proceeded to add over 100 in partnership, Freddie later retiring on 100 exactly (his first Romany ton and the first of many we hope!) Soon after joined back in the pavilion by Hamish who also made a century before retiring on 104, a century on debut!

Alistair Maiden then made a quick fire 31 before missing a straight one while trying to keep the scoring rate high.  Romany closed on 277/2, which we felt was a good defendable score.

We enjoyed a great tea in the bijou L&M clubhouse, as a light shower passed over the ground, the weather timing it perfectly as the sky began to clear just as we were ready for play to resume after the tea break.

Steve Jackson and I opened the bowling, with Steve keeping things tight with characteristic accuracy and a nagging length, a good foil for my many ‘variations’ (inaccuracies) at the other end.  The first couple of overs passed without drama and L&M struggled to get the ball away as we restricted scoring shots.

Early in my spell and thanks in the main to excellent fielding I was fortunate enough to collect a hat-trick!  The first wicket from an overpitched ball fell to a Duncan Read catch at extra cover, then for the second the batsman pulled a short ball to mid-wicket and was unlucky to pick out our best fielder on the day Freddie Read, who completed a spectacular diving catch, which would otherwise have been a certain boundary.  The dismissal that completed the hat-trick, however, I am claiming as a ‘proper’ wicket.  Nick kindly agreed for me to bring the field in (even adding a second slip – take note Knighty) and the batsman, under pressure allowed a good length slightly inswinging ball to pass between bat and pad, dislodging off stump!

The fall of that 3rd wicket brought the L&M number 5 to the middle and I think we knew despite being ahead in the game that we could have a battle on our hands as he strode to the wicket smoking a tab and brandishing a specially shortened ‘mongoose’ bat.  My first ball to him was a high full toss on leg stump and he proceeded to bludgeon his way to 100 and retirement in only around 10 overs. 

We knew our bowlers may have a long afternoon and for spin bowlers in particular it was hard to prevent regular boundaries, Nick Hawkins and Charlie Read’s first spell were controlled but still expensive.  Freddie Read and Alistair Maiden managed to reign the scoring rate back in and each picked up wickets (Read 2 & Maiden 3) and once Costello, their no 5 retired we regained control of the match.  A special mention should be made to Duncan Berry who kept excellently throughout.

Both Read and Maiden bowled out, and the scene was set, with L&M running out of batsman, it seemed inevitable that Costello would return, and with around 70 runs needed and 7 overs left, the match could still be lost by Romany.

What followed was the perfect finish; I closed out the bowling with Charlie Read and we managed to get to the last over of the match with L&M requiring 21 runs and 9 wickets down.  13 year old Charlie proceeded to pull off a minor miracle, bowling to Costello he sent down his leg spinners without fear and restricted the scoring for the first 3 balls of the over, meaning that the batsman had to go all out to finish the game.  On the final ball, Read tossed it up once more and Costello swung his Mongoose (once more) and the ball sailed high into the air, but only picked out Alistair Maiden who executed the most cool calm and collected parry and rebound catch to win the game!

After such a strenuous afternoon as would be expected we retired to the Crown Hotel in Middlesmoor for a quick pint before home, content with a superb game of village cricket in a great setting with superb opposition, in the very best sense of the word.

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Romany CC vs Bolton Percy CC Match Report

Romany v Bolton Percy  2.30 pm Friday 5th July 2019– Match Report

35 Over Match

Romany 148 -6 lost to Bolton Percy 149 – 6

Match Manager’s Report

The Bolton Percy Cricket Festival is one of the great delights of the summer for those of us lucky enough to take time off work to play at Bolton Percy’s lovely ground. The match was played in near perfect weather, as you can see from the photo, and was enhanced by the pealing of the bells from the church tower at deep mid on.

Duncan and Freddie Read got us off to a great start and put on 55 together before Duncan was dismissed for 24. Freddie went on to make an elegant 32. Harwood Williams top scored with 36, but no-one hit the ball harder than Richard Reynolds who hit a quick fire 28, including at least one enormous 6, almost to the church tower.

Unfortunately we didn’t score quite enough runs.

After the best tea in club cricket (but no port this year) Bolton Percy got off to a fairly ordinary start as a result of some excellent seam bowling by Keon and Harwood Williams. Keon ended up with 2 for 21 off 6.3 overs. Unfortunately one of their openers made 70 and the game began to slip away from us in spite of Charlie Read proving that even at the age of 13 he is one of the best leg spinners seen at Romany.

Towards the end of the Bolton Percy innings Nick Hawkins threatened to run through the Bolton Percy batting order and finished with figures of 3 for 23, helped by 2 excellent catches behind the stumps by Steve Hardy.  Harwood Williams also took 2 good catches in the deep, one of which gave a deserved wicket to Charlie Read.

A special shout out to John Surtees who turned up at very short notice when I had to pull out injured on physio’s orders. Hope my umpiring wasn’t too controversial.


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Romany CC vs Yapham CC Match Report

Departing the Harrogate area in shorts, sunglasses and with factor 50 at the ready, the Romany boys rode in the East Riding looking to get things back on track after the shock defeat at Swinton, and to avenge the last ball defeat at Yapham 1 yr ago. Clearly none of us had looked at the weather forecast in the Yapham micro-climate and to find out it was a ‘two sweater’ day with a howling easterly wind off the north sea dampened the spirits somewhat!

Still not to worry, we had batting and bowling talents in our rank and all that we needed was the tactical genius of Knighty to bring that blend together to deliver a victory. This tactical plan started off with a lengthy discussion with the Yapham captain which somehow resulted in them batting in the agreed format of a 40 over match.

Romany opened with Matt Graham and Rob Beilby who both immediately put pressure on their openers.  ‘Paddy’ their rather less mobile opener, had driven from Dumfries to take part in the match and when Matt clipped his off stump in the first over, it looked like a 350 mile round trip may have been in vain – however in keeping with World Cup trends, the bails didn’t tumble and Paddy stayed out in the middle to put on a useful opening stand. This stand was only broken due to an excellent run out by Marcus, the first of three in the Yapham innings (yes you read that correctly, Romany managed 3 run outs!). Matt and Rob were replaced with a father and son ‘pincer attack’ – the speed and aggression of Tom Edgerton at one end, and the guile and accuracy of Keith at the other. This lead to a mini Yapham collapse with good catches taken by Matt and Steve Hardy (along with a stumping) leaving Yapham reeling at 52-4. This is when tactical know how comes to the fore, and Knighty managed to rotate his bowlers, including a hostile spell of 3 overs from President Hockin, however due to the fact he can’t actually count, Knighty was left to bowl the last over himself. Their last partnership, of two lads from Pocklington School, showed us to pick up runs effectively, and also how to reverse sweep part time captain bowlers for 4! Towards the end the Romany fielding wavered slightly amongst the ridged and furrowed outfield, allowing Yapham to reach 180-8 at the close.

Tea lived up to its pre-match billing with hot pulled pork sandwiches being this year’s treat, along with exploding meringues that seemed to catch the Romany captain off guard whilst deciding on his batting order. However fuelled up, and with an extra jumper on for all the waiting batsmen, Romany began their innings with the Captain and Steve opening. Their bowling could be classified as gentle (at best) and so it was jolly generous of our Captain to dolly back a slow full toss to allow others to have a go – and have a go they did. Steve and Tom very quickly got to 50s with some excellent aggressive shots along with quick running and once they retired, Matt and Marcus contributed some valuable runs to bring us within sight of victory before Read and Howard took us past our target of 180 with 5 overs to spare.

Good to get the result after losing out for the last couple of years in the final over and a good all round team performance. Copies of score book attached for reference with the learning outcome of the afternoon being: ‘don’t stay up past midnight making hay, because if you do, you won’t make any hay off shite bowlers’

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Romany CC vs Swinton Park CC Match Report

I think it is fair to say we all enjoyed the day – lovely venue, excellent tea, friendly opposition (and the only rainfall was during the tea interval)  – all as usual at Swinton Park – but sadly this year we lost…Romany batted first – on probably the softest, spongiest, slowest pitch and outfield any of us have ever seen… so there was hardly any ” value for shots” – and Swinton Park’s bowling turned out to be a bit stronger than in several previous years.  All of Matt Knight, Howard Elgot and your scribe were bowled – and in the whole innings, only Steve Hardy , 32 not out retired and John Surtees 14 not out in the later stages, made double figures in a Romany total of 95-8 in 30 overs. The Swinton openers took the aerial route from the outset, hitting Matt Knight for successive sixes and after 5 overs SP had half the runs they needed! One opener retired, your scribe came on and bowled the  other one (a visiting South African) and Romany pulled it back a bit. Young Jamie Bielby making his debut for Romany bowled well, as did his Dad, and Howard Elgot,  but Swinton Park reached their target with 5 wickets in hand – there might have been a tighter result but we were generous not pursuing 2 stumpings John Surtees had got against SP’s youngster, and 2 catches had gone down –  Howard doesn’t have much joy with skyers…Onward and upward for Yapham next Sun…

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Romany CC vs Druids CC Match Report

Romany v Druids 19th May 2019

Match report

For the first game of the season the weather was mild with light cloud and the Goldsborough pitch was quite green. After the usual Captains’ discussion Druids won the toss and were put in to bat.  George Holden and Rob Bielby opened the bowling for Romany with a maiden each.  Druids acquired runs with a good opening stand of 48 and steadily scored runs to make 3 for 111. We then brought Howard Elgeot on to bowl and he took 3 wickets and Romany debutant Harry Abel took 2 wickets and a direct hit run out which kept Druids to 150 runs in their 35 overs for 7.

We had the most lovely home baked tea courtesy of Druids. After tea Romany opened the batting with Matthew Knight and George Holden who faced some tight bowling and managed an opening stand of 70 with Holden caught for 24. We then lost a couple of cheap wickets and were then 83 for 5. Knight was bowled for 70 when Romany were needing 30 to win. In came Duncan Read and Marcus Robinson and when Marcus was caught for 15, Howard partnered Duncan (23 NO) who scored the winning runs with a 4 and one over to spare.

It was a very enjoyable day of cricket played in the right spirit and everybody contributed to a good Romany victory, especially 12 year old Harry Abel who will be welcome back.

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Romany CC 2018 Averages

Below  are the abbreviated overall averages for the 2018 season for Romany CC.
In the batting, club captain Matt Knight topped the table with 276 runs at an average of 55.2.
Matt narrowly pipped Sam Smith as the highest run scorer, by only 3 runs.
The club batted strongly all year with 8 players averaging over 30 and 7 50’s scored overall.
In the bowling, the leading wicket taker was Nick Hawkins, with 9 wickets in total including a great 5-for at Burnt Yates early in the season.  The averages were topped by S Pierce, taking 3/10 in the Yorkshire Gentleman match.
Romany_Batting_Averages_RS_20181228 Romany_Bowling_Averages_RS_20181228
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Romany CC vs Arthington CC – Match Report

Arthington v Romany 16th September 2018:         ACC won toss and batted first

ACC 193–3           40 overs               RCC 194-5            36 overs

The weather forecast wasn’t good, but we started the game on time and the sun shone for most of the afternoon. This was another very enjoyable game, and victory.

Arthington batted solidly all through their innings and scored steadily, we used 9 different bowlers in the 40 overs but we were only able to get 3 wickets.  They didn’t seem to be ‘getting away’ but they didn’t give many chances and managed to get regular boundaries.  However, D. Fitzpatrick, M. Graham and E. Smith all bowled very tightly giving away few runs.

We all sat in the sunshine and had a delicious tea, and the sunshine stayed with us for the rest of the afternoon.

S.Smith (26) and S. Hardy (17) opened our batting and made a fine start with a stand of 41. Sam was unfortunate to be given out LBW by a trigger fingered umpire (who shall be receiving an official warning), then Steve was well caught. M. Knight (50 n.o.) and D. Fitzpatrick (45) had a productive partnership and moved the score on by 75 runs and by then we were well on the way with M Graham (18 n.o), R. Smith, and J. Surtees securing the victory.

Again, the match was played in the right spirit and was a very enjoyable game with all our team contributing with bat or ball. All finished off with a jolly pint at the local pub. MK

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Romany CC vs Yorkshire Gentlemen CC – Match Report




The game last year was a heavy loss for Romany, and neither us, nor YG enjoyed the day. So this year we selected a much stronger XI to have a much more competitive game and a possible chance of victory, so we had 4 new players to Romany who play good league cricket and kindly came along to help.

A special mention, and thanks to Keon who came along at the last minute after a drop out.

The weather was glorious, and hot, and after coffee at 11 and warm welcomes as ever from Paul, we won the toss and batted first.

Knight and Naylor opened the batting and it soon became clear that despite appearances it was not an easy batting wicket, also YG had some decent bowlers. The runs were spread around the batting order, Naylor 29, Watling 31, Carver 20, and notably Keon Williams 41, facing some very tight YG spin bowling. The YG team this year was very strong, with all XI playing very good club level cricket and it was a good contest from the start.

After 51 overs Romany were bowled out for 176 at about 3.15pm, so we had a good period of time to bowl at YGs, and, even though it was a very hot day, we had a good paced attack that we thought could cause problems on that wicket: and so it proved.  L Carver opened from the top end, and bowled their opener with his first ball. J Morley opened from the Pavilion End and kept it very tight: 5 overs, 2 maidens, 11 runs. The other YG opener, Harry Adair, is a very decent player, and he batted very well as we changed bowlers regularly in the heat. We took regular wickets and Adair kept on batting; he was losing partners but YG were definitely looking for victory, and could have done so, had Adair not tried one reverse sweep too many against Watling who knocked back his leg stump. Then Carver came in again at express pace to clear up the tail, with figures at 7 overs, 1 maiden, 28 runs and 4 wickets. Stuart Pierse also bowled superbly from the top end, taking 3 important wickets for 10 runs from 6 overs.

The Man of the Match award goes to Keon Williams for a superb all-round performance: his vital 41 runs, his bowling getting an important wicket, and a top-class diving catch at point to remove no 3 batsman, who plays for Yorks 1st X1!!

It was a very competitive game, with some high-quality cricket played, all in the right spirit, and it was appreciated by YG’s who enjoyed the challenge.

All 22 players stayed for drinks afterwards in the evening sunshine and toasted our umpire Mike Bosomworth who did a fine job in the heat. All in all it was a fine cricketing day, and made even more so by the fact that we haven’t beaten YG for about 15 years!


– Matt Knight, Match Manager



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Romany CC vs Lofthouse & Middlesmoor CC – Match Report

The match at L & M was another close game that lasted the full 70 overs and Romany managed another victory by 9 runs.

The weather was perfect for cricket, at this super ground in the Dales.
We won the toss, and as we were still waiting for George to arrive we decided to bat.
A new player Marcus Robinson and Knight opened the batting and got off to a solid start. (George had now arrived.) We made good progress and kept the scoreboard moving taking us to 103-2. Knight retired and then Keon and Matt Walker kept the score moving, both scoring 50.
It was the sort of blissful, sunny afternoon that one could have a siesta on the balcony, and George had done just that, so when he was called to bat he was away with Fairies. Once woken he and Geoff ( just touched down in Blighty from Marbella!!!!) Completed our innings of 209 in 35 overs.
We then had the most lovely home cooked tea, which brought some of our players, George, back to life.
Lofthouse got away to a good start, even with George gliding in on fumes to bowl his 7 overs for 1. Marcus also bowled very well to take 3 wickets, one being a fine catch by Geoff heading DOWN the slope.
Then 2 of their middle order made a stand of over 100 and took them close to victory, however Keon came on to bowl at the end and the extra pace slowed the scoring. They were 200 for 6 off 35 overs.
It was a super day of cricket and the pint in the pub with the opposition afterwards ( water for George) was a perfect end.
 – Matt Knight, Match Manager
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Romany CC vs Yapham CC – Match Report

Sunshine, Pizza (!) and cricketing drama….

Following the theatre of the 2017 fixture when it came down to the last ball with Romany needing 6 to win and President Hockin on strike, could this year’s game possibly be as tense……?

The Romany ‘caravan’ headed over to Yapham a couple of players short despite the daily pleas from the match manager and the assurance of a fine tea and glorious weather awaiting us. President Hockin made his seasonal debut alongside the sprightly John Walford and Richard Reynolds for whom it was a local encounter. Yapham very kindly lent us a player (Andy) so at least we could take the field with 10, well 9.5 really, as Matt Knight seemed to be still on the dance floor at the 21st he had attended the night before….

It was the hottest day of the year and as we rocked up, listening to the England football starting, it was slightly dispiriting to see that the opposition had half a dozen 18 yr olds from Pocklington school warming up! No matter, we took the field and two of their young bucks strode out to open their innings.

George opened the bowling from the top end with a tight 5 overs including the dismissal of one opener, clean bowled. After the scorer had asked the name of our other opening bowler, response: ‘Walford’, his response: ‘what as in EastEnders?’, a slightly bemused John opened up with an equally tight spell removing the other opener with only 20 or so on the board. Number 3 and 4 bats weren’t of the same athletic build as the openers and their run rate quickly slowed. Tight slow bowling from Walford, Hockin and C.Read (with over 150 years’ experience between them – and Charlie is 12, so you do the maths…) meant that their scoreboard progress was thankfully limited. Richard Reynolds also bowled a very economical spell and it was only when we picked up another wicket courtesy of C.Read and a retirement did their score board accelerate with a couple of youngsters at the crease at the end. Fielding was tight with John Surtees and Sam Smith sharing the gloves for a tidy display of keeping.

Tea was as good as promised by the match manager (phew,….!), hummus, carrot sticks, pizza, wedges, ciabatta sandwiches, strawberries and meringues, and soon it was time for us to chase down their posted 148 in 35 overs.

D.Read and Sam opened the batting and got off to a brisk start with Sam hitting the first 6 of the match in to the adjoining corn field. Other boundaries followed but then a top edge from Sam saw him back in hut, quickly followed by Read.  Read was slightly unsure how/why he was given out by the overzealous Yapham loan player, however he followed the rule imposed on his children and didn’t question the decision but walked back with dignity – only to then moan a bucketful for the rest of the afternoon!! Knighty was now at the crease, sweating the beer out from the night before and complaining of having to run 2s never mind 3s. Yapham bowled tightly with their Pock lads fast and straight and once George was caught at slip (at the second attempt) we needed to steady the Romany ship. Richard decided the best form was attack and he slapped several boundaries and a huge 6 in a display of power hitting before being unlucky to be out to a great catch at mid-on. Knighty contributed a very important 26 before being bowled off his pads but soon we were heading towards 100 up with still a few wickets in hand. C.Read chipped in a valuable few, as did Andy the loan player, but a couple of wickets fell and things started to look tense…..

What you need in these circumstances is experience – our 8th, 9th, 10th batsman all certainly had that and John Surtees sensibly picked off the singles and kept the fast bowlers at bay. John Walford hit a lovely straight drive for 4 and suddenly the scores were tied. Their opening bowler returned, John got one that jumped on him a bit and now it was down to the President again, our last batsman, to find that winning run. The field came in tight, the Pocklington 18 yr old extended his run and the ground fell silent in anticipation…. Peter showed him the makers name with a text book defensive shot straight out of the first edition of the MCC coaching manual. The fielders came closer, the run up got longer, and the next ball slightly faster. Unfortunately, Peter Hockin is just far too good a batsman to get the streaky edge or a Chinese cut which would have done it for us, and instead he hit it too well and the bowler managed to pluck it out the air to secure a tie!

Who would have believed it – two years in a row tension down to the last ball. It makes you think about that extra run we could have perhaps pinched, the generosity of not giving wides when umpiring, but no matter – this was Romany cricket and whilst the win would certainly have been nice, it was as always, an enjoyable way to spend a Sunday. Who doesn’t like being in the sunshine, playing a close game, with great teas and good company? So why not get your name down for the next few fixtures…….