Lavinia and Trevor Craven

IMG_1676.JPGLavinia was a girl from Barmby Moor.  Trevor was born and grew up in North Cliffe.

Like so many Yapham cricketers, Trevor came from a farming background.  When Trevor was a boy North Cliffe had its own cricket ground and club.  It’s one of many that have disappeared as has time has passed.  A good young cricketer today in the Market Weighton area would probably go to Londesborough Park, Pocklington, or Woodhouse Grange.

Trevor’s father had Manor Farm on Long Lane, near North Cliffe, and was a senior figure in the local cricket club.  That’s where young Trevor learned to play the game.  These days he doesn’t look like a quick bowler, but he was one back in the day.  He says that when Yapham fielded first he would sometimes be taken off after a few overs to allow the opposition to get a total to bowl at.  Perhaps Trevor’s imagination exaggerates how good he was, but don’t all of us prefer to recall the days when we were brilliant?

In 1958 Trevor moved to Fangfoss to fulfil two aspirations: to run his own farm and to marry Lavinia.  It’s now less than two years since they left the farm and moved into their bungalow just a couple of hundred yards away.  A player with a good arm could put a cricket ball on the the roof of the Carpenters Arms from their front door.

Fangfoss used to have its own cricket team and Trevor and Lavinia’s kitchen window looks onto the old cricket field.  The square was approximately where the cows were this morning.


Trevor and Lavinia met by being members of Young Farmers.  Lavinia’s cricket career was relatively brief.  She played for Yapham between 1958 and 1960.  She stopped playing when she was expecting the first of their three children.  Their two daughters have gone on to have illustrious careers in playing and coaching hockey, one in Wales and the other in Reading.

Trevor has memories of many old Yapham players, of course, several of whom have already been mentioned on this blog.  Here are just a very few.

Peter Waite was a farm manager on the Warter estate, an excellent wicketkeeper and batsman, and a very nice man.

Mike Stevenson taught sport at Pocklington School. He played for Cambridge in the varsity match at Lord’s.  He was a prolific batsman.  Trevor once found himself, batting down the order, at the opposite end to Mike in a run chase. The varsity blue’s instruction was that Trevor should block while Mike scored runs. That’s what Trevor did and Yapham won the match.

One of the many farmers in the Yapham history was Norman Featherby, whose uncle Billy played two first class games for Yorkshire.

Trevor spoke at length about John Hardwick, “Mr Yapham”.  There is a whole story to be told about John Hardwick and all that he did for Yapham cricket.  That’s for another day, when it can be done justice.

Many thanks to Martin Eede for establishing contact with Trevor and Lavinia Craven.