Yorkshire CEO Arthur: ‘Scarborough is the jewel in our crown’

Yorkshire's chief executive Mark Arthur insists Scarborough is key to the club's future - PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM.
Yorkshire's chief executive Mark Arthur insists Scarborough is key to the club's future - PICTURE BY VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM.

Yorkshire CCC’s chief executive is adamant that Scarborough will continue to play a big role in the club’s future.

The recently appointed CEO, who previously worked for Surrey CCC and Nottingham Forest FC, was at North Marine Road on Tuesday evening for a special Q&A session with fans.

The new man at the helm was keen to emphasise the importance of the White Rose’s last remaining outground.

Arthur said: “Scarborough is the jewel in our crown, it’s very special to us at Yorkshire.

“We’re really pleased with the programme we’ve been able to put together for this season with two 50-over matches against Derbyshire and Essex, a women’s match between Yorkshire and Lancashire and then the four-day match against Sussex.

“It’s something to really look forward to for the cricket fans in Scarborough and we’re really looking forward to this season.”

The relationship between Arthur and Scarborough CC chairman Bill Mustoe is one that the Tykes chief is looking to maintain.

He added: “It is absolutely vital (the relationship between the clubs). We’ve got a long-term staging agreement in place, but contracts are just there to protect parties when things go wrong.

“When you’ve got a really good relationship, you don’t even look at the contract, we just work hard to get the best for both clubs.

“We hope that Scarborough is always successful, not only because of its pedigree for hosting First Class cricket, but for the club itself.

“If we can bring vibrancy and vitality to the area by bringing County cricket here, that will encourage future generations to fall in love with the game we adore, then we’re playing our part.”

While there was a lot of talk of development at Headingley, including the installation of new floodlights to the tune of £1.8million, Arthur is a big admirer of North Marine Road.

“It’s unique here, it’s special,” added Arthur.

“Sometimes the crowd here at North Marine Road can be a 12th man for Yorkshire.

“The fans are right on top of the players and don’t hold back in what they want to say to the players and that can be quite intimidating.

“There’s history here, there’s tradition here, it’s a fantastic cricket ground and the players love playing here.

“There’s always a fantastic atmosphere here and there’s always the largest crowds in County Cricket here so there must be something special about the place.”

Arthur holds high ambitions for the coming season after Yorkshire were just edged out of the LV County Championship title race by Durham last season.

“The squad is the strongest we’ve had for a while and we’re really excited about what the season can bring us.

“All the guys are together in their aims for the season, they’re a tight squad, not a bunch of mercenaries like you can get in some places.”