Lots of news to report on in the last month of the playing season.
One of the undoubted highlights was the special presentation to Paul White to mark 50 years of service to the club.
The Club’s Chairman Richard Head made the presentation during the match against the Radley Rangers on Saturday 17th August. The club commissioned a portrait of Paul to hang permanently in the club house to recognise his extraordinary achievements and an article was published in the York Press to mark the occasion. We thank-you Paul for everything you have done for the club.
This is a copy of the article that appeared in the York Press -
CRICKET lover Paul White has celebrated a unique half century - as the scorer for a cricket club near York.
Paul White, from Riccall, has been scorer for the Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club, based at Escrick, for an astonishing 50 years.
He first took an interest in the club in 1959 and ten years later was offered the chance to take over the scoring, and he has continued to this day.
To mark the milestone, the Gents - one of the oldest amateur clubs in the sport - presented Paul with a specially commissioned portrait during their home match with Radley Rangers this weekend.
The portrait will hang in the pavilion alongside two eminent former members, Lord Hawke and Jack Elmhirst.
Club president Richard Head said Paul did more than just score. "On match days, he opens up the pavilion, greets visiting teams, runs the bar and assists the caterers, tidies up and closes the pavilion and so is the last to leave," he said.
"We wanted to mark his special 50 not out for the club and his portrait will now, like Paul, be an integral part of the Yorkshire Gentlemen’s Cricket Club.”
The YG’s lost to the Radley Rangers that weekend and drew their two day game against The Free Foresters on the 25th and 26th August. .
However the club managed to finish on a upbeat note with a convincing win against Little Valley on Sunday 2nd September.
Batting First the YG’s made 189-3 dec with with G Barker and J Rillington both scoring good fifties. In reply Little Valley were taken apart by the spin bowling of Bevan Fawcett who took 7-19 and the visiting team were dismissed for 69 in 27 overs.
Great to finish on a winning note and a big thank-you to everyone who has turned out to play for the club during the season.
The next event in the club diary is the ever enjoyable Club Dinner on the 15th November as Escrick Park Please check out the web page for full details of the evening.