County game to become annual Lythe fixture

North Yorkshire and Cleveland under 16s cricket at Sport Mulgrave''Shaun Harland (Malton CC) and Matt Butler (Pickering CC)''w132518d
North Yorkshire and Cleveland under 16s cricket at Sport Mulgrave''Shaun Harland (Malton CC) and Matt Butler (Pickering CC)''w132518d
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Sport Mulgrave has earned yet more glowing praise after hosting a prestigious county game between North Yorkshire and Cleveland under 15s for the second year running.

In fact, the Lythe venue will now host the fixture every summer with a trophy thrown in for the winners.

Adrian Grayson, North Yorkshire Schools cricket team manager, enthused about the quality of the venue after being invited to watch the contest earlier this month, which in itself provided a breath-taking spectacle.

“It was a wonderful day, we had sunny weather and the facilities there for a village are excellent,” he said.

“The grounds are now looking splendid and the wicket’s knitted together – it takes a few years to get pitches to how you want them.

“It’s a standard that you can go there with a county team and have no concerns or worries.”

North Yorkshire won the fixture by just eight runs, finishing on 194/9 with Cleveland only just behind on 186/8.

Mr Grayson, an ex-chairman of English Schools Cricket, added it was good to see several cricketing “personalities” at the game – including ex-Yorkshire player Bill Ward, John Hutton of Sleights and Whitby CC coach Mike Stones.

Whitby’s Finlay Morris was in the North Yorkshire squad, one of three games he played in as many days.