Yorkshire Champions 2019: SHBCC Make History!

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History was made on the 21st September as ‘the bridge’ became Yorkshire Club Cricket Champions. Headingley held host to the final game of the club cricket season with the champions of Yorkshire clash between Yorkshire League North winners, Sheriff Hutton Bridge CC and Bradford League winners, Woodlands CC.

Bridge completed a nail biting 2 run win with a wicket on the last ball of the game. Reminiscent of England’s celebrations at Lords in the World Cup final, the lads’ reaction epitomised the work that was put in to complete this momentous achievement. It was a special moment for all involved at the end of the game, as the players embraced and shared happy tears with club members, supporters and volunteers. A day in the history of Sheriff Hutton Bridge Cricket Club that will never be forgotten.

In a bid to soak up the feeling of the day, we caught a word from Eddie Barnes who put in a fantastic performance during the final, bagging himself a well deserved Man Of The Match award.

“It’s been a great season, one that I’ll never ever forget – it was definitely special to do it with your best mates as well. To be named as Man Of The Match was memorable and a highlight of my season, without doubt! I personally would have given the MOTM to Dave Henstock after his bowling performance. He was outstanding at both the beginning and the end, and really won us the game! It was great to get the chance to open the batting and bowling, thankfully chipping in with a 50 and a couple of wickets!

It was a close game – I definitely thought we were a little short at the tea break. Personally, I thought we needed 240 but I’d always back our bowling attack to defend any score, and after the great start I was even more confident. I think I always believed we’d do it, but I definitely didn’t want it to be as close as that! Dave Henstock at the end in that last over was magnificent; for him to be as calm as that was incredible! I actually struggled to see if the ball went for 4 or Tommy caught it but when I saw it in his hands it was a brilliant, brilliant feeling!

We also managed to catch up with Barnes’ favourite – Dave Henstock to discuss his thoughts on becoming Yorkshire Champions.

The feeling is absolutely amazing, I’m loving every minute of it! What a first season to have with the club.

Despite playing at Headingley earlier in the season, I still felt like a kid at Christmas the second time round. I definitely think having played there once before helped as everyone seemed a lot more relaxed and focused on the game ahead. The only thing we made sure of was that we sat in exactly the same seats as the first game as we didn’t want to temp fate!

As for bowling the last over, I definitely felt the pressure but I just thought if I do exactly as me and Adam spoke about, then I knew we would win even when the last ball didn’t go quite where I wanted it to! It was nice to know everyone had confidence in me, especially the skipper!

Last but most definitely not least – team Skipper, Adam Fisher, shared with us the feeling of leading the journey to victory.

It’s been nice to have a week post-season to reflect on the achievements of both the players and the club this year. I think the overarching emotion is pride. To consider the journey that the club has been on to achieve such success is fairly overwhelming.

When I looked around at all the players, club volunteers and supporters after the win in the final, my thoughts were how each and every one of those people has fitted into the journey of us arriving as Club Champions of Yorkshire. My memories of playing senior cricket only go as far back as 16 years, but many of those people had been there paving the way long before that. Many moving things have been said since the season has finished but I would describe the success as many, many small cogs contributing to this much larger wheel and I think the fact that it’s been built over years of foundations, makes the feeling of pride the main emotion that comes to mind.

With a spectacular win under the belt – we are sure that our annual Awards Evening on 2nd November will be one to remember. For more photos from the day – head to our Facebook page, Sheriff Hutton Bridge Cricket Club.