Despite narrowly missing out on the Yorkshire Premier League North title on the final day of the season, the 2017 season was one of the club's most successful in recent memory and surely one to remember.
It was a massively successful season for our 1st XI as we took league runners up and won the Yorkshire League Cup in a hugely one-sided affair at Sheriff Hutton Bridge vs Harrogate CC on 3rd September. Will Rhodes and centurion Ryan McKendry were the heroes as they put on a huge stand of 195 to make light work of a competitive Harrogate total of 214-9 from their 45 overs.
Desmond's 2nd XI also had an excellent season in Division 2 Ebor as they also came runners up, disappointingly missing out on promotion from a very competitive league. Salman Syed had an outstanding first season for the Battle Axes, scoring over 700 runs at a Bradman-esque average of 102.43, and taking 42 wickets.
Rob Gilyeat's 3rd XI young guns also had a solid season in Division 2 of the York Vale League, coming 4th overall. Jack Arthur-Bagshaw had a stand-out season with the ball, taking 28 wickets and picking up the York Vale League's 'Young Player of the Year' award. Congratulations to Rob, Jack and the rest of the lads on another good season.
2017 saw us introduce a 4th XI for the first time in the club's history and was captained by Scott Easton. A lack of fixtures did not stop the developing juniors have an excellent introduction to senior cricket and hopefully whet their appetites for the future. The club will once again field this 4th XI in 2018.