Former Players Association

The Committee has given me the go ahead to form a Former Players Association.

The idea, rather obviously, is to try involve as many former players as possible.

I am sure we all know of many former players, some of whom are still regulars at the club and others who would like to remain involved but for good reason have not kept in touch.

Hopefully the association will provide a renewed incentive for a good number of former players to become more actively involved in the club than there are at present.

It seems to me that the starting point is to gather as many names and contact details as possible in order that I can contact them to gauge interest in the idea.

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Under 11s Red Army secure the Chris Drury Title

I am delighted to report that exceeding all expectations under the excellent management of Roger Justin the Under 11s Reds secured the league title losing just one game on the way.

More importantly every member of the squad improved immeasurably during the season, which is testimony to their hard work and willingness to listen to the coaching received. Well done Boys.

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Under 9s Blue Finals Day

I am pleased to report that having won 14 out of 15 regular season games the Under 9s Blue won 2 out of 3 games at Finals Day losing by single figures to Doncaster.

This for some of the players has been the culmination of 3 seasons hard work during which every one of them has improved beyond recognition. The results have inevitably also improved but that is irrelevant at this level. Indeed that is the ethos of almost every club we have shared the enjoyment with over the last 3 seasons.

The SQUAD (note not just 8 players) managed by Richard Thomas and coached by Chris Ash have been a credit to the club. The emphasis has been on enjoyment and improvement but the team themselves have demonstrated a competitive edge whilst playing the game the Collegiate way.

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Tommo Ton and Two For as Town downed by Stiffs

Two weeks on from Ice Station Rotherham and the Stiffs travelled with a much changed team to complete their away quota in the mini Yorkshire League tri challenge at Doncaster.

The temperature baking. Youthful side with Bully, Stewie, Benjy and Rooty replaced by Shawsy,Minnie, Rooke Senior and Mikey fresh from Astroturf rugby in Lanzarote. Don’t ask.

Warm up not really required. Toss actually mattered and was duly won.

With two of our senior players back in the shed for 10 things didn’t look good. Priesters struggling on with foot/ankle injury bowled for 0 and Tom out for 10 off just 7 balls.

Barts and Tommo then added yet another century stand for the team before Barts perished for a classy 50. AJ batted with his usual common sense and a further 50 was added.

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Stiffs advance in quest for Cup Glory.

Following the disappointment of a third consecutive league defeat the Stiffs set out on their mission to follow in the illustrous footsteps of the Dick Foulkes side of 2002 on the trail of cup glory in the Mick Savage Memorial Trophy.

By the way let me tell you it will be no easy mission.

Our opponents Rotherham Town stiffs for the second week in a row. Judging by their preparation Saturday night in Rotherham is full on.

Tom Lister and Riaz rejoined the fold with a guest appearance from the Optician and the Worksop boys Callis and Root minor the changes from Saturday.

4th toss out of five lost. Batting again.

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Vintage Priesters Part 2 with Cameo from Stewie Light, but Stiffs fall to Darfield Defeat

Darfield, relegated along with us last season, were the visitors to the Dale for what proved to be yet another high scoring game in which we came out on the wrong side of the result.

Riaz and Tom Lister promoted to the firsts and Mikey on a rugby tour to Lanzarote. Barts back from illness, Tommo from studies and Benjy from first team duty.

Temperature not too high but positively tropical compared with the previous weekend. Toss lost again. Inserted.

Back to 1993 as Rooty and Priesters strode out to open. 63 runs added in quick time before Rooty managed to locate a boundary rider off a log hop. Sir Donald and Crofty reminiscing in the clubhouse, particularly amused by an attempted quick single. Did the batsmen actually believe it was 1993!

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Nelson for Root but G Force sees Rotherham home

In the first battle of the YL Stiffs Tri Series we travelled to Clifton Lane with a side packed with talent. Unfortunately, Stewie was in A and E at the Children’s Hospital with Matthew. Regular updates sent either way by text.

Bully also encountered difficulty on route, having to rely on directions received from local chavs intoxicated outside a pub before midday! Wait until the World Cup starts!

A gentle warm up in the sub zero temperatures with a wind chill factor to match the slopes of Switzerland in January. Highlight for me was a terrier dog deciding to pay a visit close to AJ’s gloves. A lucky blessing?

Toss lost. In we go.

Stewie duly arrived with Matthew thankfully discharged without a break. Stewie waited almost as long to bat as he did in A and E!

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No Doom as Stiffs Shaded by Oaks in the gloom

Six changes from a winning side, 4 of whom I had never played with before. 2 Old Boys welcomed back. Nil points.

Choice of two strips. Declined the green seamer. Toss won. We’ll bat. 39 for 5. Oh dear. Can’t say the wicket was to blame for any of the dismissals. Loose shots generally. Greavesy two for.

Enter Bond and Ri. Sensible batting followed by strong strokeplay, mainly on the floor down the ground. 100 partnership. Oaks notably quiet in the field. As we are finding depth in bowling not overly evident in this league.

Bondy perished for an excellent 60 with 10 overs still left. He will turn these chances in to 100s in time with experience and a touch more fitness. Ri kept the momentum going finishing with 67 not out including a fine sweep off Greavesy. A competetive 186.

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