Bedale Cricket Club spent most of their life in the York Senior League until entering the North Yorkshire & South Durham League in 2000. They had immediate success with the 1st XI winning Division 2 along with the Readman Cup and the 2nd XI winning Division 4 all the first attempt. The club spent a number of years in the 1st Division where they nurtured a number of young cricketers who have gone on to play Premier League cricket in the NYSD including James Lowe (Middlesbrough), Doug Mullholland (Darlington), Phil Holdsworth (Guisborough & Great Ayton), James Clarkson (Richmond), Bradley Elsworth (Richmond) and Guy Darwin (Stockton).
As players moved on the club descended the leagues slightly but have recently experienced an upturn with the re-establishment of their 2nd team into the NYSD and the 1st XI winning Division 3 and promotion in 2016. The club is still very much focussed around their strong junior section and development of young players and runs teams at Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 level as well as being part of the ECB’s All Stars Cricket programme.
The club is noted for it’s outstanding facilities and regularly plays host to representative cricket owing to the quality of it’s ground. In 2009 the club won the Club of the Year award from the NYSD in recognition of it’s all round facilities and administration. The site at Bedale is also host to Football, Squash, Tennis, Running and Croquet clubs and is used by the local community for a number of functions.
In 2015 Club Chariman Adrian Grayson was inducted into the NYSD ‘Hall of Fame’ for his contribution to cricket as a player, coach and administrator in a career of over 50 years.
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