John clocks up 20 years as cricket club chairman

John Hall has been chairman of Whitby Cricket Club for 20 years'picture: Ceri Oakes, w122006a

John Hall has been chairman of Whitby Cricket Club for 20 years'picture: Ceri Oakes, w122006a

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THIS year will see John Hall achieve 20 years as the chairman of Whitby Cricket Club chairman.

He took over from Mr R Pettit in April 1992, when the club had only two senior teams, one playing in the now disbanded East Yorkshire Cup and the other playing in the Beckett League as well as one junior team and one evening league team.

The club currently runs three senior teams and three junior teams (under 14, under 15 and under 17).

The first team now plays in the North Yorkshire South Durham League division one, the seconds in the NYSD division two and the thirds are the current champions of the Derwent Valley Division B.

A local builder and businessman, Mr Hall was born only yards away from the ground and followed his father Ernie into the club.

He was a playing member of the club until five years ago

In the last 20 years, the biggest change John has seen is in the facilities at the club, which are much admired.

“A brand new pavilion was built four years ago and the club and its groundsman, Duncan Steele, have spent a lot of time, expense and effort relaying and improving the ground and the wicket,” he said.

“During this time, the club has been able during this time to provide top quality practise nets for its members as well as an electronic scoreboard in the pavilion.

“We are currently embarking on the provision of a second electronic scoreboard on the far side of the ground for the benefit of spectators.

“There is now a great social family clubhouse, with bar, to entertain visiting teams.

“This has been mainly funded by the members of the club giving up their time to raise money by various methods including car parking at the ground on bank holidays and Regatta, darts marathons and tombolas.”

Mr Hall thinks the current committee is the best in his time as chairman - there are more lady members than ever before and they have made outstanding efforts to create a warm friendly-family atmosphere.

The club invites new players and non-playing social members to come and see what we have to offer.

Mr Hall hopes the club will continue to instil traditional values of fair play and sportsmanship of cricket into the young people in the Whitby area and is justly proud of its record in youth development.

He is especially grateful for the support and help he gets from the Turnbull Ground Trustees and thanks them for their efforts on behalf of the club.