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Skipton CC

Club Details
Red, Blue & Yellow
Home Ground: BD23 2AZ
Contact:Jeremy Holderness

Skipton CC was founded in 1853, shortly after the main Victorian mills were built in the town during the 1830s and 1840s. The Club quickly earned a successful reputation on becoming Members of the Yorkshire Cricket Council and was one of the foremost Clubs in the County.

Just before and after the turn of the century, they were at their strongest and in 1908, they lifted the Championship trophy without a single defeat. Interest in cricket in the town at this time was strong and large crowds were commonplace even for friendly matches and Members could pay an extra (old) penny to sit in a wooden stand, built adjacent to the site of the current tennis courts.

It is interesting to note the lengthy journeys undertaken in those days, which, to places like Barnsley and Sheffield, must have required an early start with the transport then available, though Skipton benefitted greatly from the main-line railway.

On researching the history of the Club, with a booklet to be published during the forthcoming season, a 1st World War hand-carved oak memorial plaque has been recovered and erected in the Clubhouse, the Club ever grateful to the nineteen Club Members who lost their lives in the 1914-1918 conflict while serving their country.

Skipton CC were founder members of the Airedale-Wharfedale Senior Cricket League in 1936, along with 11 other Clubs, and, in 1945, the Club lifted the League Trophy for the only time in its history.

In 1952, the Club decided to join the Ribblesdale League, which they felt would improve gates. The League had a system of one professional per Club and a number of local derbies were guaranteed. This proved correct to a degree but opinion within the Club saw it return to the AWSCL in 1958.

There were no Cup successes for the Club during the first 50 years in the League, but the Club achieved a hat-trick of Waddilove Cup triumphs in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Unfortunately, the 2nd XI are still awaiting such honours.

There have been various County players associated with the Club over the 150 years and, most recently, James Whitaker, a junior with the Club, captained Leicestershire to two County Championships and played one Test against Australia in the successful 1987 tour down under, when the Ashes were won.

The other international player to represent the Club was West Indian Winston Davis, who was the Club`s overseas player in 1991. During that season, he recorded figures of 9-19 against North Leeds. He also proudly held the World Cup one-day international bowling record of 7-53 against Australia until the current World Cup competition, when both Glen McGrath and Andy Bichel equalled this seven-wicket haul and surpassed Davis`s overall figures.

The Club is currently going through a rebuilding phase but the Committee, Members and Players are all in good heart and looking forward to the challenges ahead.