Yorkshire youngsters beat Warwickshire at South Kirkby

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CRICKET stars of the future were on show at South Kirkby’s Old Mill ground on Sunday as Yorkshire U15s B triumphed over their Warwickshire counterparts by 69 runs.

The Pontefract League League club have a long-standing relationship with the White Rose county and hold matches for their junior teams on an annual basis.

And South Kirkby proved to be a happy hunting ground for Yorkshire in the 50-over match.

Put into bat, Yorkshire made 272-6 from their 50 overs, Will Simpson hitting a stylish 92, Navjot Devesher 47, Mark Collinson 64 and Tim Taylor 28.

Pick of the Warwickshire bowlers was Charlie Hargreaves with 3-58.

The visitors were dismissed for 203 in the penultimate over, opener Callum Bird (51), Jack Hill (42) and Matthew Payne (27) being the chief contributors.

Felix Adams took 2-17, Sam Davies 2-30 and Callum Honeyman bowled ten overs to reap 2-47.

Chairman of the Yorkshire Schools Cricket Association, Dr Bernard Knowles, congratulated South Kirkby on another outstanding link with the Association and thanked club chairman Reg Mills and Social Centre chairman Dennis Bostock, along with their army of helpers, for making the event special.

He introduced the Mayor and Mayoress of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe, Coun Mrs Pat Evans and Mrs Jennie Stothard, and the Mayor and Mayoress of South Elmsall, Coun Peter Jordan and Miss Lynne Mansell, to both teams and officials.

There was a strong local flavour to the game. Team Manager of the Tykes is Bob Wincer, a former Frickley and Hooton Pagnell bowler who went on to play for Derbyshire and later in Natal, South Africa, and Australia, while his assistant and coach is Peter Hepworth, who turned out for Ackworth and Leicestershire.

Included in the side was Callum Honeyman, of Willowgarth High School, Grimethorpe, a left-arm medium pace bowler and right-hand bat, who plays with South Kirkby U15s and Frickley Colliery 1st XI, and Conor Harvey, of Carleton High School, a right-arm medium pace bowler and right-hand bat with Townville in the U15s and Central Yorkshire League.

Both are in their third summer with Yorkshire and have played twice for them this year.

Locals Robert Cowling and Barry White were umpires.

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