It’s that exciting time of the year again when the pre-season games are done, the winter rust has been worked off and it’s time to get competitive action under way.
Newly-appointed 1st XI skipper Andrew Simpson will start his tenure with a home game against Cleethorpes in the Yorkshire League.
Cleethorpes usually have a fairly strong side so it will be a good test to kick off the campaign.
The seconds travel to Carlton Towers who are a bit of a bogey side for my side, a team we always manage to struggle against one way or another.
Our 2nd XI has improved gradually season on season in the York Senior League third division, and after a fifth-placed finish last year 2012 will be the season we will be looking to occupy one of the top two spots and gain promotion.
The third XI don’t get their season under way until next Saturday, but had a good run- out last week against Ganton, who they ran close with a very inexperienced yet talented side.
What to make of pre-season results is murky water no matter what sport you play. It is a tough balancing act to try and get enough playing time to everyone, while also trying to stay competitive enough to win the game and go into the season on the back of a good result.
It’s something England have been particularly impressive in doing since the start of the Strauss-Flower partnership and have a good record in warm-up games before overseas tours.
The first team go into the season on the back of two good results, beating Alfreton CC on Saturday and Stamford Bridge on Sunday by the same margin of four runs.
Matty Kay increased his chances of first- team action this summer with his second five- wicket haul in as many games in the 1st XI on Saturday, while Mark Tennant made a superb unbeaten hundred on Sunday.
It was good to see him get his season off to a flyer and hopefully that form will continue throughout the season. It’s also very pleasing to see Matty getting his rewards for working hard at his game.
He has been with the club since junior cricket, and has gradually made his way through the ranks which is testament to his hard work and the coaching at Scarborough.
In contrast the second XI struggled against a Beckett League representative side which included former Scarborough seamer Tom Pateman.
While the local league charges made 200 in their knock, we could only manage 80 against a solid bowling attack.
It was bitterly disappointing to get beaten in our first game but everyone got some cricket under their belts and I’m sure we will put in a more commanding performance against Carlton Towers this coming weekend.
Andrew Simpson’s side may be bolstered by the prospect of Adam Lyth being available for parts of the season after not making it into Yorkshire’s side for the first County Championship game of the season against Kent, or even the squad for the Essex clash.
With Joe Sayers being named as Andrew Gale’s vice-captain Joe Root’s rise to success and Phil Jaques coming in too, it has left Adam without a spot at the top of the order.
It’s disappointing not to see Adam in the Yorkshire side, being a product of the club, but if he is left out we will be thrilled to get him down with us and scoring runs to hopefully get him back into the White Rose side.
It was a tough encounter for Jason Gillespie in his first game in charge along side Martyn Moxon, where Kent made over 500 and Yorkshire had to bat twice to get a draw.
There are some good sides in the second division of the County Championship as Kent showed in the first round of games, and bouncing straight back into the top division will be very tough.
The quality of the sides in that division will be evident by the teams who visit North Marine Road this season for Championship action, with Matthew Hoggard’s Leicestershire visiting during May and Gloucestershire travelling up for the 126th Scarborough Cricket Festival.
In the shorter format of the game we are going to see the ECB side Unicorns and Warwickshire Bears in the 40-over competition and Nottinghamshire Outlaws in another Twenty20 game.
Cricket is often perceived by many as a pretty boring game, not a view I concur with but the Twenty20 games are a real crowd-pleaser.
They are fun, fast and action packed and have been a great invent for the game.
Crowds flocked into North Marine Road for last season’s Twenty20 against Durham and I’m sure the attendance will be good again for this years game.
l Another place where the crowds are big for 20-over cricket is India, the IPL is massive over there but as Kevin Pietersen mentioned this week, it hasn’t really taken off over here.
I can only imagine that is because there are so many games in such a short space of time, a lack of English players and nobody really has an allegiance to any of the sides.
Despite its criticism, cricket has evolved rapidly since the invention of Twenty20 here in England in 2003 and as with other sports, TV replays and ‘challenges’ of decisions has become common place in all formats of cricket.
Generally international umpires were outstanding before the introduction of referring decisions to the TV umpire, but the rate of correct decisions must now be around 98-99 per cent.
Maybe this is a lesson the footballing world can take on board for goal line decisions.
After Frank Lampard’s effort in South Africa and the mayhem during the Chelsea-Tottenham FA Cup semi-final the biggest sport in the country has to stand up and take a look at what other sports do to get almost every decision, and crucially, the most important decisions correct.