New season begins – 28 April

April 14th, 2018

New Season Update

As the weather slowly starts to improve (!) we look forward to some good cricket this year. Our first match takes place at the University of York cricket ground on Saturday 28 April.

We’re playing in Division 1 this year, following a final match victory last season that kept us in the division. Our new skipper, Fraser Strachan, will be leading the team, supported by his vice captain, Steve Drake. We’re looking forward to recreating some of the great play that saw us get promoted in the 2016 season and, most importantly, just enjoying some great cricket.

We’re really grateful to Carter Jonas for sponsoring us again this year, and look forward to wearing our shirts with pride. 

The club is still welcoming new players to the team throughout the season; if you’d like to play for a friendly village cricket team, please get in touch (details below):


Contact Us:



T: 07523 258615 (Chairman Ian’s phone number)

New Players Wanted for 2018

March 25th, 2018

Askham Bryan CC are looking for new players for 2018. If you fancy playing cricket this summer for a friendly team based at a great location (the fabulous University of York ground) then please get in touch!

Come along to our free training net (with a coach) taking place on 8 April, 2-4pm, at the Mount School, which is a great opportunity to practice and meet the team. Otherwise just get in touch for further information. 

Contact Us:



T: 07523 258615

Pre-season nets from Feb 2018

January 1st, 2018
The dates for our pre-season training are now agreed as follows:
Dates: 25 Feb; 4, 11, 18, 25 March; 8 April (all Sundays)
Time: 2-4pm
Location: Mount School Sports Centre, York,YO24 4DD
Cost: First net free; afterwards £5 per net.
The nets are open to all, both existing players and those who are not members of the club. We will have a bowling machine available at all nets, and a coach at the nets on 11, 18 and 25 March. 
Askham Bryan CC is actively recruiting new players for 2018, so if you’re interested in joining a new club, or just want to practice your cricket, please come along. We play in the first division of the York Vale League against teams across York, and therefore welcome players with experience of playing elsewhere, or returning to cricket after a break. Email us ( if you have any questions.

ABCC Annual Dinner: 10 February

January 1st, 2018
The ABCC Annual Dinner has now been confirmed – all club members please add the following date to your diary – it promises to be a great night!
Date: Saturday 10 February
Time: Arrive 7pm for 7:30pm start
Location: Walmgate Ale House, Walmgate, York (Loft room)

Carter Jonas Sponsors ABCC for 2018

November 4th, 2017

Carter Jonas Sponsors Askham Bryan CC for 2018 

We are delighted to announce that our friends at Carter Jonas will sponsor Askham Bryan Cricket Club during 2018.  

Carter Jonas sponsored the club during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, during which time Askham Bryan were promoted into Division One of the Vale League, won club of the season in the Vale League awards, and its players also won batting and lifetime achievement awards from the league.

Ian Hall, Chair of Askham Bryan CC, said ‘I am really grateful to the team at Carter Jonas for sponsoring us for another season. Their support has been instrumental in the success of the club during the last two years, and the team has looked great in the shirts that they have sponsored. Their support for the team and village cricket is greatly appreciated.’

Edward Stoyle, Partner at Carter Jonas (York) said: ‘Carter Jonas is really pleased to be supporting Askham Bryan Cricket Club for another season. It’s really great to see that our support has had such a strong impact both on the club and on supporting local communities through grassroots sport’.

Carter Jonas is a multi-disciplinary property partnership that offers services for residential, commercial, rural, and planning and development. They have 38 offices across the UK, including local offices in York and Harrogate.


2017 Season Update and New Committee

November 4th, 2017

The 2017 season finished well for Askham Bryan; with a win against Clifton Alliance in our final match, we retained our place in York Vale League Division one. 

The club recently met for its AGM and elected the following as the committee for next year:

  • Captain: Fraser Strachan
  • Vice Captains: Steve Drake and Parag Mohite
  • Chair: Ian Hall
  • Secretary: Jamie Holliday
  • Welfare Officer: Michael Hicks
  • Treasurer: Dan Wheeler

A big thank you to the outgoing committee members, and all of the team, for making 2017 a really enjoyable season. 

We will be announcing net dates for 2018 in the near future, which we expect will be hosted in February, March and April next year. We are hoping to include use of a bowling machine and coach this time. 

New players wanted!

June 14th, 2017

Play for Askham BryanThe 2017 season is going well for the team with some fantastic victories against Stockton and Hopgrove, Melbourne and Ben Johnson so far.

We would welcome any new players to the club, regardless of standard. Your first match for ABCC will be only £1, so come along now and give it a try! We will be playing every Saturday during 2017 until the middle of September.

Contact the club by email: to put your name down and get involved.

2017 New Season Update

January 1st, 2017

2017 Update

2017 has arrived, so it’s time for a little update!

For those of you that aren’t aware, 2016 was a big season for the club. To set the scene, we began the year on the backfoot, needing to recruit several new players in order to rebuild the team following a challenging 2015 season.

Rebuild we did! Our pre-season nets were some of our most popular for several years, and we recruited several great new players and attracted a number of former players back to the club. We couldn’t, sadly, do much about the dreadful early season (and late season) weather that saw off several of our fixtures…

However, the season was a big triumph. Captain Jim took to his new role like a duck to water, continuing the positive approach taken by Ali the year before. We regularly scored large numbers of runs, Parag scoring big again, but ably supported by excellent innings from others including Dan W, Phil, Ali, Grewer, Dan Bird and several excellent cameos from others (lest we forget Dale and Jaros’s mighty stand!). They were all supported ably in the field by some wonderful bowling and fielding spells, and our new recruits really helped to bring the team alive.

So…what was the result? ABCC won the second division championship, and at the end of season awards scooped not only the second division award, but Club of The Year, Batsman of the season (Parag), Best Batting Average (Parag), and also a Lifetime Achievement Award for the wonderful Will Knight (and not forgetting an award for former ABCC player Geoff Deighton too).

This season we look forward to returning to Division 1 of the Vale League. We have already agreed pre-season nets for 4 weeks on Thursdays from 23rd March at the University of York, 7:30-9:30pm (first net free!) and hope to arrange some more. We are actively recruiting players, so if you’d like to get involved (no matter what age or standard) please come and join us!

We also have a date for our pre-season awards dinner, which will be at The Star Inn The City on Saturday the 4 February. Further details to be announced soon.

Pre-Season Nets 2017

December 28th, 2016

We have arranged the following pre-season nets for 2017:

Mount School (Dalton Terrace, York YO24 4DD)

  • Feb 26, 16:00-17:00
  • Mar 5, 16:00-17:00
  • Mar 12, 16:00-17:00
  • Mar 19, 16:00-17:00

University of York Sports Centre (Heslington, York YO10 5DD)

  • Mar 23, 19:30-21:30
  • Mar 30, 19:30-21:30
  • Apr 6, 19:30-21:30
  • Apr 13, 19:30-21:30

All are welcome, whether you’re a current club member or if you’ve not played for us before and would like to give it a go. We’re actively recruiting for players this season and would be delighted if people would come and join in.

The nets at the Mount School will be £2.50. The nets at the University will be £5. Note – the first net at the University is at an earlier time than the others.

The first net you attend is free of charge!

Player Profile: Stuart Larner

July 27th, 2016

Name: Stuart Larner


A player, gentleman, and enthusiastic student of the game.

Top cricketers

The following people I have seen play and got their autographs: The late celebrity Sir David Frost, a Lord’s Taverner , with a long slow, langurous medium pace run-up; the South African Graeme Pollock with his lovely classical cover-drives; the late Denis Compton with his fluid roly-poly leg glances and dabs; Jim Laker with his inscrutable facial expression, and  rasping spin of voice; and Lord Colin Cowdrey whose autograph I narrowly missed, but who hit sixes so effortlessly it seemed he was using a feather as a bat.

Best ABCC moment so far

Helping to beat Hirst Courtney and facing their seam bowler who opened my eyes by imparting  the most remarkable swerve in two or three directions on one delivery.

The Best Village Tea

Two meals stand out: both were seated affairs years ago. The best tea was in a club in West Yorkshire , where we were all seated in a line down the table and were served silver service by waitresses. The best, and only cricket lunch, was at Yorkshire Gentlemen where we were served port at lunch by waiters.

Personal Insight: meeting my batting hero.

I have met my hero only once, and in that moment he set my technique for the rest of my life. Yet, for over forty years I never knew his name. I had his autograph, but I couldn’t read it.

I remember meeting him when, with my school friends autograph-hunting, we were waiting in the car park outside the back of the county ground pavilion for the last players to emerge from the club buildings after an exhibition match in early September 1964 . The Lord’s Taverners had taken on a Rest of the World XI. Dexter had made a tremendous 86, pulling fast bowlers disdainfully for six over the stands and into the river at the back. Our gang of eight was the dedicated core of the ardent followers and we awaited Dexter especially.

Suddenly there shouts from the back of our group: “There’s one!”, and “Autograph mister, please?” We all gathered feverishly in awe round a man whom I did not recognise and who had appeared unexpectedly from somewhere behind us. He was reluctant to sign at first, but he relented when he saw the fervour of our support.

I scrutinised what he had written, but I could not read his signature. It looked like W Woollens, or W Willans. So, rather than committing an act of gross impoliteness and showing  my ignorance of the game in front of him and my friends, I decided to ask him if he could give me any tips on technique. Depending on whether he gave me batting, bowling, or wicket-keeping tips, I would be able to deduce his identity.

“Well, yes, I’ll tell you what I try to do,” he said. “When it’s really getting buzzing, I clear my mind of the last one, and then I  look into the distance, and concentrate on the one coming.”

He took up a two-eyed right-handed stance against an imaginary fast bowler with left foot facing down the wicket, and pointed into the distance to his left. “I follow it all the way down with my eyes, and as it goes past me I lean slightly towards it, then ’dosh-chit!’ and into the gap!”

He turned his wrists at the last moment and pointed in front of him and to the side between fourth slip and gully.

I was so impressed by his advice that I used it in my next school game. I never previously had any talent at batting, and going in at number eleven, was often out for a duck. Yet I found that on that day I was able to keep my wicket intact against some terrifically fast bowling, and allow the captain to slowly accumulate the winning runs at the other end. Since then whenever I had to face fast bowling the technique helped me focus on the ball. I gained confidence that I could achieve results with a minimal flick of my wrist. Many grateful times I heard the beautiful “Dosh-chit” sound of ball on pad and outside edge as I carefully guided it to run down for four past the diving slips and gully.

However, I must admit, that after he had left us that night, and after all that he had said to inspire us, our group could still not deduce his identity.

For over forty years I used this technique and would never have known who he was had it not been for a chance encounter with an old school friend in the street. He used to have a Saturday job that we all envied at the cricket ground in the 1960’s. He was paid ten shillings to turn the handle of an inky duplicator to print off match scorecards. Typically, when he had done five hundred or so he was allowed to watch the match free. I asked him if he remembered the day that Dexter made 86. He said that he clearly did, and I followed it up by asking him if he remembered a name on the scorecard that day by the name of W Woollens or W Willans.

He thought carefully and said, “I don’t think so. What did he look like?”

“Perhaps a few inches taller than you with a green jacket on.”

“And from what exit did he come out of the building – players, or officials?”

“Well, that’s the curious thing,” I said. “He seemed to come out of the car park behind us, not out of the back of the pavilion. I have often wondered since whether he was a ghost.”

“Oh!” he laughed. “That was Willie Williams, the car park attendant .You know, there were no automatic barriers in those days. It was just a man with a money bag round his neck and a roll of tickets standing at the gate. He was famous. No matter how busy it was on match days there were never any queues at his gate, unlike the others.”

“Why not?” I asked.

“It was all due to his technique. When things were really busy he would first clear his mind from the previous customer and then watch for the next one coming in the distance. He would stand sideways on and watch the car approach all the way up to him and just when it drew level with him he would quickly reach into his bag with the change and a ticket. ‘Dosh’, then ‘chit’, and then with a flick of his wrists he pointed past the entrance, saying ‘… into that gap there please, sir!’”

My Book

My cricket novel, “Guile and Spin” is available as an Amazon Kindle, and as a paperback. It tells the story of a man who hates cricket and is enticed to resurrect a cricket club as part of a money scam by a professional woman cricketer. The book shows the progress of the club through the matches in a season including pre-season nets, and the mystical words of wisdom of an Indian Sikh coach.