Patrington Cricket Club plays its home matches at the beautiful Southside ground, below the delightful 189 foot spire of the idyllic St Patrick’s Church, the Queen of Holderness, regarded by learned scholars as the most beautiful parish church in the entirety of England.
Cricket has been played here since the club was founded in 1850, with the proprietor of the ground being the Rt. Hon. James Clappison, who is also
honorary president of the Club.
On warm, sunny weekend days, you’ll find many spectators from across the Holderness village, young and old, and players of bygone eras (amongst them honorary vice-presidents Dave (Dickie) Barr, Geoff McKinley and Derek Spruce), sat serenely at the ground. As they listen to that glorious quintessentially English sound of leather on willow, and whilst the church bells sound, they eagerly await that dreamy perfect shot through the covers, a ball that moves away taking the off stump bail or a splendid diving catch for the photo album. And so eternally-lasting images and memories are either made or resurfaced.
The ground boasts a traditional wooden pavilion and scorebox, with tearoom for players and spectators alike, with the ground and facilities having greatly improved over the last decade, due to a significant proportion of the club’s funds being invested in it and the efforts of its highly dedicated groundsman, Shaun McKinley.
The club’s first XI play in Division 2 South of Hunters York & District Senior Cricket League (YDSCL), following unprecedented success in recent seasons which has seen them secure back-to-back East Yorkshire Cricket Alliance championships and, on their entry to the YDSCL, consecutive promotions. Meanwhile, the 2nd XI plays in YDSCL Division 4 East and the 3rd XI in YDSCL Eastern Conference 4.
Much of the club’s success on the pitch is attributable to the herculean efforts of its Club Development Officer and Head Coach, Andy Guy, who, over the last decade, has coached a significant proportion of the club’s senior players through the junior teams. The club is just one of ninety Yorkshire Cricket Board Focus Clubs (and one of just twenty in East Yorkshire).
Under the club captaincy of Ian Buss, who has himself captained a HM Royal Navy side at Lords, the club continues to pursue its dream of bringing YDSCL premier league cricket to Southside, whilst maintaining a large junior section that is in the interests of both the club and local community.
Whether you’re about to play cricket at Southside, or if you’re thinking of coming to watch a game, the club extends a very warm welcome to you.
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