Matty Kay’s From The Boundary: A club’s first team must always come first

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There have been a few teams struggling this season in the local leagues, the most notable being Flamborough and Snainton who pulled their first-teams out of the Readers Scarborough Cricket Beckettt League premier division and Division A respectively.

I firmly believe that the Beckett League made a mistake here, as your first team should always come first and it should be the second team, or third or fourth team, if you have one, that should be folding and not the the team from the highest level.

I know that there may be some who may say that the second-teamers who would have to step up from the Derwent Valley League may have struggled, but I believe that the Beckett League should have made a stand and made Flamborough keep their first team going.

They may have struggled for a year or two but they would have found their natural level within the league system.

Another side-effect of the Flamborough team’s withdrawal from the premier division has seen one team having two spare weekends in the season, and some clubs seem to be dropping the odd player down to lower league teams, in some cases even into division C of the Derwent Valley League.

I can see how this can help clubs if you are dropping players down the leagues who are 18 or under as it may give them a good bit of experience, but if they are older I cannot really see what these players get out of dropping down so many divisions.

In the York League our second team were playing against Duncombe Park the other week and as our first team did not have a game we contacted them to see if some of the younger players who had not featured much for the firsts could turn out.

This open approach is a good idea and on this occasion two of the lads were cleared to play, and the third lad, who had played a bit more than the other two, was allowed to play as long as he did not bat in the top six or open the bowling.

On Saturday, the seconds lost out against Dringhouses and we face a crucial home game against our closest rivals Osbaldwick on Saturday.

The first team are on the road to Appleby Frodingham in the Yorkshire League while the thirds have a very tough match at Forge Valley 2nds in the Readers Beckett League division B.

Looking forward, Yorkshire will be visiting town next month for the Scarborough Cricket Festival, with Durham the opponents in what could be a crucial match in the battle for the country championship title.

The game, which runs from Wednesday August 28 to Saturday August 31, should bring in a big crowd, especially as Durham are likely to be the main rivals, along with Sussex, for the title if they win their next game.

Durham always bring a good crowd in due to their proximity to Scarborough, and this extra edge could add to the pulling power of the fixture. If Yorkshire could win and take a step closer to winning the league crown in their 150th anniversary year it would be excellent.

While the Tykes are thriving in the four-day format, especially in their crushing win against Derbyshire last week, they are struggling to find any kind of form in the t20 format.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow are missing from last season’s successful Yorkshire squad, but they have also missed the power of South African batsman David Miller and the accuracy of Aussie pace bowler Mitch Starc.

It is good to see Root and Bairstow, as well as Tim Bresnan, do well for England in the Ashes, but Yorkshire’s one-day team is clearly weakened by their absence.

I predicted a 4-0 series win for the home side in the Ashes but I am a bit worried now, though only because I think the weather will not save the Aussies in any Test.

England have been very good in both Tests so far, with the likes of Root, Bell, Anderson and Swann all shining, but the Aussies need one player to stand up and take the lead and then we may get another close match like the opener at Trent Bridge.