Thursday, 15 October 2015

Thanks, Gilo!

Test star Ashley Giles launched East Riding Cricket Society's Golden Jubilee programme on Wednesday 14 October with a wonderful evening of cricket chat at the King William IV, Cottingham. Quizzed by journalist Brian Halford, the ex-England spinner led a packed house from his idyllic Surrey childhood to the heart of England's nailbiting 2005 Ashes triumph - from defeat at Lords, via a view from the middle of Kevin Pietersen's crucial 158* in the final Oval Test, to celebrations on the steps of 10 Downing Street. Beyond the first-class game, Ashley was a proud team captain in the highest-ever cricket match, a 10-over affair played at 5,752m on Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2014. Battling altitude sickness and biting cold, with temperatures down to -20C, thirty climbers raised over £200,000 for charities including Cancer Research UK. Ashley and his wife Stine have also recently founded their own charity, the Giles' Trust, helping to fund brain tumour research at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

Ashley enjoyed himself, too. 'Thanks, really enjoyable night,' he tweeted. 'Best of luck with your 50th Anniversary celebrations!'

Next meeting: Wednesday 11 November 2015. Don't miss Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah in one of the final events of his 2015 Benefit Season. The AGM will be held before this meeting at 7.15pm.

All welcome! Join at any meeting. Only £15 a year. £5 on door.

Venue: Brewery Bar, King William IV, Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BD, 7.30pm for 7.45pm.

Raffle: £2/ticket. Win prizes including tickets to watch Yorkshire CCC at Headingley in 2016.

More information: contact or phone Maggie Sumner (01482 861848).

14 October - Ashley Giles, England & Warwickshire, head coach Lancashire CCC
11 November - Richard Pyrah, Yorkshire CCC 2015 beneficiary (& AGM 7.15pm)
9 December - Champions' Evening - Mark Arthur, CEO Yorkshire CCC + 1st XI players

13 January - Yorkshire Film Archive, rare footage of 100+ years of Yorkshire cricket 
10 February - Dickie Bird, Test Umpire & President Yorkshire CCC
9 March - Grahame Lloyd & John Parkin, Howzat! The Six Sixes Ball Mystery