Deckchairs out for Yorkshire v Hampshire at Scarborough Cricket Club

Former Prime Minister John Major in 1993 predicted that 50 years from then, Britain would “still be the country of long shadows on county grounds...”

Perhaps he had something like Simon Hulme's image, above, in mind when making that speech.

Those lounging in the deck chairs were watching Yorkshire take on Hampshire at Scarborough Cricket Club in North Marine Road.

Sadly, the fine scene they were watching ended with Yorkshire’s title chances being all but finished after they suffered another defeat, this time by seven wickets.

Crowds watch the action at Scarborough Cricket Club, North Marine Road as Yorkshire take on Hampshire. Picture by Simon Hulme, July 25 2022. Crowds watch the action at Scarborough Cricket Club, North Marine Road as Yorkshire take on Hampshire..Picture by Simon Hulme..25th July 2022

Hampshire brushed us aside to maintain heavy pressure on LV= Insurance County Championship leaders Surrey.

Scarborough Cricket Club itself was originally formed in 1849 at a meeting in the Queens Hotel (later to become The Cricketers pub and now retirement apartments) in North Marine Road and was then known as the Queen’s Club.

The early matches were played on rough land opposite the Queens Hotel, with the first match being in September of 1849 against Filey and Visitors.

As the club continued, important matches were played at Castle Hill on a ground prepared at the direction of the Army for the local Rifle Volunteers. However, practice of the Riflemen frequently conflicted with matches, which eventually became a contributing factor for developing the ground opposite the Queen Hotel.

In 1871, Lord Londesborough, who found the facilities at Castle Hill lacking, wrote to Scarborough Cricket Club advising that if his patronage was to continue then they must either improve the ground at North Marine Road or find another location.

It was extended and levelled during the winter of 1871-1872 and since then has staged local, county and international cricket.

The next county fixture there will be Yorkshire v Worcestershire in the One Day Cup on Sunday August 7.

And we face Hampshire again in another One Day Cup on Tuesday August 23.

Information can be found at www.scarboroughcricketclub.com.

Technical details: Nikon D5 70mm, lens1/500 secf/12, ISO 250.