CRICKET

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Cricket was played at a small rented ground in Burn Bridge, Pannal, on Thursday afternoons. It was alongside the Harrogate-Leeds railway line - of course! Some boys went by bus to Pannal and others by 'bike. Charlie and a couple of Prefects arrived in the Chariot. Tea time was held to co-incide with the passage of the (then) steam-hauled Queen of Scots Pullman train on its journey from King's Cross to Edinburgh (and in Charlie's manner of detail, it called at Leeds, Harrogate, Darlington, Newcastle and Edinburgh with an extension to Glasgow). On the very rare occasion, the train had a streak (Gresley streamlined engine) at its head.

1949 1st XI Cricket Team
Photograph by Panographs of Liverpool. Photograph provided by John Perrett

Back row standing: Charlie, Kenneth Windsor, (scorer) ?Armitage, John Perrett, A.Simpson, (coach) Colin Taylor, Michael Crolla, Tony Rowland, Mr Wright, (what was he doing in photograph, he never coached or took cricket!)
Middle row: Michael Pullein, Henry Emmett, Roddy Barnes, David Clarke.
Front row: Paul Tempest, Gordon Blair.

A satellite view of the Pannal cricket ground is on the Flash Earth web site. Note the proximity of the Harroagte to Leeds railway line.

By Hugh Lythall:

One memory that sticks in my mind, amongst many, is one that I would term as 'How are the mighty fallen'.

In the early sixties arrangements were made for Norwood to play an under 14 football match against Cundall Manor Preparatory School, located near York, a school we had never played or visited before. Come the day, we found the school and their steeply sloping pitch, and after pre-match civilities, play commenced with Norwood, playing uphill. We were well ahead by half time, exact score not known. Playing downhill in the second half it all became a bit boring for those in defence like me at right back and my brother Brian who was in goal, finding a spare ball we decided to have a bit of a kick around in our own area while play went on at the other end of the pitch. This impromptu match, which wasn't meant to be arrogant, but obviously was, ended very quickly following a few choice words from an understandably furious Sid Jones who was running the line. Any way, the match ended with a 10-0 victory to Norwood and we looked forward with confidence to Cundall Manor visiting us the next term to play cricket against us at Pannal.

The day of the cricket match dawned bright and clear and to say that we were confident wouldn't have been a lie and when our visitors arrived they all seemed to be a couple of inches shorter than us so our confidence would have risen even higher had that been possible.

Norwood won the toss and elected to bat, the scorers made their way to the scoreboard across the pitch, Cundall Manor took the field and the Norwood opening pair strode quickly and confidently out to bat. They were quickly on their return journey to be followed by everyone else in very quick succession, a batting collapse that the current England side would have been proud of had happened. Norwood College were all out for 5, yes I will repeat that, Norwood were all out for 5. what made it worse was that extras were the highest scorer with 3, a fact my brother who was scorer took great delight in telling us. Cundall Manor won by 8 wickets, and because the match was over so quickly a practice match was played, and whilst we all played much better it was all too late.

The names of the Norwood players have been omitted to protect the guilty. Even after all this time I shudder when I remember this event.



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