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Glyn Pearson on cricket umpire challenges for the recreational game

The ECB’s ACO Education Officer Glyn Pearson was my guest for the Cricket Yorkshire Podcast recently and on form as we debated the challenges facing umpire recruitment in the recreational game. Glyn umpires in the Bradford League and is very well known in umpiring circles for his training and expertise – so who better to delve into how the new… Read more →

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Bradford Park Avenue cricket ground nets are open for bookings

In my last two visits to the net facilities at Bradford Park Avenue cricket ground, I’ve seen Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Sarfraz Ahmed and Adil Rashid. While I don’t expect to witness that lot lashing cover drives and bowling fizzing legbreaks in the city every week, there has been much fanfare about the ongoing redevelopment and… Read more →

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Blathers on cricket bat trends, Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s design and facing Yorkshire Over 50s

On a recent visit to their factory, I caught up with B3 Cricket Managing Director Michael Blatherwick who was having a net. In an episode for the Cricket Yorkshire podcast, we began with a chat about the importance of tip-top indoor facilities. Alongside the shop and the workspace where batmaker Gav was busy hand-shaping cricket bats, there’s a full-sized net that clubs and… Read more →

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Yorkshire league cricket and bats with B3 Cricket’s Richard Blakeley

On a visit to the B3 Cricket HQ, General Manager Richard Blakeley talked me through his playing career in Yorkshire league cricket and offered coaching and buying tips on cricket bats. Up for discussion was: Richard’s playing career with Birstall and other Yorkshire clubs Coaching and umpiring at Coal Aston Cricket Club Customisation at B3 Cricket Advice for picking the… Read more →

Hunslet Nelson’s artificial pitch ordeal makes the case for club insurance

Last July, volunteers from Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club discovered a case of vandalism that really needed to be seen to be believed. Carol, the club’s Welfare Officer, arrived for a junior match to learn that a 12ft portion of the artificial pitch at their Gipsy Lane ground in Beeston had been ripped up and stolen. This was no minor inconvenience… Read more →

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