When was this?


My next door neighbour Maurice Pickering reckons about 1958.

See the shutters over the windows, and the hairstyles. Any ideas?

Back row: Maurice Pickering (opening bowler, No.3 batsman), Brian Pearson (batsman, occasional wicketkeeper, yet another Pearson), Keith Nelson (all rounder), Mike Denham (top order batsman, occasional wicketkeeper), Derek Pearson (Another Pearson! Left handed top order batsman), Barry Snowden (opening bowler), Bill Ogram (umpire).

Front row: Barry Matthews (spin bowler, middle order batsman), Mike Beal (wicketkeeper), John Hardwick (captain), Robert (Rob, Crasher) Ellis (right arm fast bowler, left hand batsman), John Barker (right arm medium pace swing bowler).

Many thanks to Maurice Pickering for taking the time to provide this information.



Mike Beal


In 1969 Yapham won a 6-a-side competition.  In the middle holding the trophy is Mike Beal.  The other players, from left to right, are Brian Pearson, Dave Tinson, Stuart Craven, Paul Jackson, and Steve Johnson.  (Many thanks to Dave Tinson for providing this photograph).

Mike Beal is now 84 and living in Holme-on-Spalding Moor.  He was born and grew up at Sutton Farm in Sutton-on-Derwent.  In 1936 he started at Sutton-on-Derwent primary school.  He walked two miles each way to and from school.  Aged 11 he went to Houghton School in York, travelling on an Everingham’s bus (Pocklington) at 7.30 each morning.

One Tuesday Mike arrived home from school to be told by his father, Gibson, that his elder brother James had taken a job at another farm in Ellerton.  On the Wednesday Mike took a letter from his father to the Head of Houghton School explaining that he had to leave, and at 7.30 on the Thursday morning he started work in James’ place on the farm.

Mike says James was “a top class player, much better than me”.  James played for Yapham for twenty years.  He lived to the age of 94 (1914-2008).  Their mother lived to 105!

Mike thinks that his association with Yapham CC started when Nancie Harrison (now Nancie Boyes, see below) used to come to Sutton Farm from her family’s farm at Yapham on some sort of farm business.

Mike first played for Yapham in 1947 but 1948 was his first proper season.  His brother James would pick him up in “a little Ford 8 car”, then drive him home after the match.

When Mike joined Yapham CC the captain was Reg Carr.  The next captain, “for years”, was Sid Fountain, another farmer.

Mike spoke at length about a significant figure in Yapham CC.  Mr Fred Cooper played first class cricket for Essex (10 matches, 170 runs, 8 wickets).  He moved to Bridlington before the war, then to The Balk in Pocklington.  Fred Cooper joined Yapham CC, perhaps, thinks Mike, through his friendship with Mr Eldred, a teacher at Pocklington School.  Mike says Mr Cooper was very gentlemanly and well spoken: “A lovely old man.  He was the boss”.  He used to say of the square at Yapham, “Man never played on a better wicket than this”.

Mike Beal cherishes his memories of his time playing cricket at Yapham and was delighted to be at the club’s open day in August 2015.


Yapham Cricket Club – A Brief History

Yorkshire is the unofficial home of world cricket. No other county is as passionate about its cricket as Yorkshire. Village cricket is played throughout Yorkshire. Matches are played between rival villages ensuring a healthy level of competition. Many Yorkshire villages and parishes have their own teams that play at varying levels of the English cricket pyramid.

YAPHAM-CUM-MELTONBY represents two hamlets situated at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Together they form a joint township and chapelry containing 1,830 acres. The village of Yapham is small, and stands on an open green, two-and-a-half miles north-by-west of Pocklington.

Yapham Cricket Club has been playing at the cricket ground on the edge of the village for almost 100 years and is one of only a few clubs to play on through the Second World War. Today the club has a strong junior section as well as three men’s teams. The club has a proud legacy of women’s cricket, as this blog will reveal, and aims to restore a women’s team very soon.

A village cricket team was formed in Yapham in 1918/19 following the end of the First World War. Permission had been granted to play matches in a field adjacent to Feoffee Lane belonging to Manor House Farm, Yapham. Manor House farm had been owned at the time by the English family and tenanted by Mr R. Carr.

A first official committee meeting took place in Yapham School Room on February 17th 1926. It was recorded in the club minute book Mr B. A. Carr (Chair) that Mr W. R. English was elected President. It was resolved that members of the club attend the next Test match at Leeds.

The history of Yapham Cricket Club is the proud history of village cricket in Yorkshire.

The purpose of this blog is to tell the story – unravel the history – the people – the community – the story of village cricket in Yapham.

If you have any information or photos about Yapham Cricket Club please get in contact: lessmith820@gmail.com

This blog is administered by Steve Parry and Les Smith.

© Steve Parry (2015)


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Here’s the Yapham 1928 vintage.  According to Nancie Boyes: Left end of back row is Albert Carr.  Next to him is a Pearson (a lot of Pearsons crop up when you start talking about YCC.  And we still have a couple!) At the end on the right of the back row is Eddie Lovell.  Albert Carr’s younger son Reg might be the one second from the right in the middle row.  Reg’s older brother Stan is in the middle of the front row; he had only one eye.  At the right end of the front row is Ernie ‘Chuffy’ Tinson.  Nancie thinks he might be David Tinson’s father.


Nancie Boyes

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This was taken in 1947.  The young woman sitting on the grass with the scorebook is Nancie Harrison.  Six years later she married a Bishop Wilton man, Cyril Boyes.  Cyril died 16 years ago, but Nancie, now 86, still lives in Bishop Wilton.

Nancie was born at Prospect Farm in Acklam, North Yorkshire.  When she was three her family moved, coincidentally, to Prospect Farm in Yapham, behind the church.  Nancie’s father William, also known as Popper, started to bowl slow for YCC almost as soon as arriving in the village.  Popper died in 1969.

Nancie had a sister Doris and a brother John.  They all stayed in Yapham throughout WW2.  When children from Sunderland were evacuated to Pocklington their headmistress stayed with the Harrisons at the farm.  Then when the boys from Hymers College were evacuated from Hull, two of them were billeted at Prospect Farm.

Before the war there were three huts on the side of the ground closest to the village: the home changing room and scorers’ area, the visitors’ changing room, and a little tea hut run as a modest business by Laura, Nancie’s mother.

Nancie’s last season as scorer was 1954.  Cyril Boyes returned from war service and in 1953 he and Nancie married.  Nancie became pregnant with the first of four children, and she thinks it was thought unseemly to have a pregnant woman scoring cricket matches!

We talked about women’s cricket at Yapham.  Nancie enjoyed playing, though she claims she wasn’t very good.  She spoke about three players who were very good: Jean Kendra, Dorothy Wade from Wilberfoss, and Edna Eastwood, who was deaf and dumb and hit the ball hard.

Nancie says it was a treat as children to go on coach trips when YCC played away games.  She recalls in particular a trip in about 1936 to Whitby, with a stop in Scarborough on the way home for fish and chips.  “We didn’t appreciate when we were children how much fun we had from Yapham Cricket Club, but we did.  Saturday was a very special day”.