Ilkley CC

The journey of The ICC takes many twists and turns! Keep logging on to see what Season 2006 has in store!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Game 13 - Illingworth (Away)

Date - 28th July 2006

The ICC arrived at Illingworth in confident mood after 3 wins on the spin had seen them eat into the pacesetters lead. Absent this week were Jo Lager Varley and Paul The Hustler Dover but such is the strength in depth at the club this season a trip to top of the league posed no fear.

Unusually this week, Captain Quaife lost the toss and the Illingworth skipper chose to put The ICC into bat. Bails and Racks opened and the scoreboard was soon ticking over, good running between the wickets complemented regular boundaries and the youngsters looked solid. A change at one end brought the Illingworth spinner into the attack and soon Racks was removed to a smart stumping after slightly overbalancing. As Santy Dad joined Bails the score read 57-1. Phil was soon back in the hutch however as the Illingworth Aussie got one to keep low and Santy Dad was removed LBW.

Mike Sant came in at 4 and he and Bails batted well together and put the mini collapse to the back of their minds and managed to tick the score along at 4 an over. However with the score on 120 Bails was out just 8 short of his half-century.

Captain Quaife had put himself up the order and joined Mike at the crease. Looking nervy early on he battled and soon started picking runs up before Santy Lad was removed and Wheels came in with 13 left and 160 on the board. Although neither batsmen looked in good touch, they chanced their arms and ran well between the wickets and ruffled a few Illingworth feathers, not least when Gup chipped one to mid-wicket, was dropped and then 6 runs given as said fielder hurtled the ball over the boundary in frustration!

Gup was bowled by a good Yorker from the Aussie but his 30 proved more than handy. Wickets fell at regular intervals in the last 6 overs but when Dawse joined Dickie at the crease with 3 overs the Illingworth bowlers must have been hoping to wrap things up. These two had not read that particular script however and instead proceeded to smash 27 from 17 balls including a Champagne 6 from Dos Hos! The ICC finished well - 224-9.

The Illingworth teas were the best of the season, melon always a welcome addition to any tea!

The Ilkley defence didn’t get off to the best of starts as Rhodesy Lad injured his back first ball and couldn’t continue after ball 2 and went off for some of Guppy’s Horse pills to shettle the pain!
Jay Zee stepped up to the plate and immediately caused problems. At the other end Dickie was getting them to wobble about and the Illingworth batsmen looked distinctly uncomfortable. When Dickie got one to nip off the seam the opener nicked it to 2nd slip where Wheels took it close to the ground. And when Captain Quaife and Jayzee chose to insert a silly short-leg the Ilkley juggernaught started to go through its many gears as Santy Lad took a superb reflex catch to his right. At the crease now were the two batsmen who won the game for Illingworth at Denton Road and when they got the score up to 60-2 a few Ilkley heads were starting to drop. Captain Quaife wouldn’t allow this and rallied and cajoled his troops to keep battling. When Cocky was brought into the attack the ball really started to dance and Racks did superbly behind the stumps and it was this combination that removed the dangerous Illingworth skipper, stumped. Ilkley were up for it again and when Jayes removed the other batter again to a smart catch from Santy Lad the ICC smelt victory. Wickets began to tumble as the Illingworth batsmen felt the pressure and despite ridiculous cheating from the Illingworth number 6 Ilkley coasted to a much deserved 5 points with Jayes picking up 6-52.

The hard-work is far from over however as we approach the business end of the season. Every game is huge, none more so than the next one with the visit of Menston to Denton Road.
The ICC will be hoping to make it five from five! Come on the ICC!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Name that Ground!

Brian Bailey got his chopper out (pardon!) this week and took to the skies! Can you name the grounds?!

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Thanks Brian, top pics as usual!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Game 13 - Woodhouse (Home)

Date - Saturday 16th July 2006

Well this week the Match Report is going to be short. Ilkley scored 367 which is a new 1st team record and star of the game was Racks who smashed his way to 147 in 35 overs, made an amazing run-out to remove the Woodhouse opener, bowled 1.3 overs and bagged two for zip AND got fielding point! Well Done Racks, class!

Anyone who was lucky enough to witness Craig's innings saw a batsmen at the top of his game. He played majestic shots though the 'V' throughout his innings, none more so than the third ball of the game where he dispatched a massive 6 onto the changing room roof playing a brutal cover drive! The Ilkley lads and spectators were happy to sit in the sunshine and watch Craig pepper the boundary at regular intervals. Thanks for the memories mate but please can we have some more!

Also - Well done Santy Dad who weighed in with 67 and all the Ilkley bowlers who between them skittled Woodhouse for 192.

Just a note about the opposition who all showed a touch of class and shook hands with Craig at half-time... superb!
Keep it up lads and roll on Alwoodley!


Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Praise the Lord!

Our Saviour returns!

Well played on Saturday Racks... er I mean Jesus!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Yes the 6 Runs!

On Saturday The ICC 1st XI witnessed a shot so monstrous that it was beautiful to watch! Paul 'Lara' Dawson played a huge hook shot that went for the maximum!

Fortunately for all you non-believers Brian Bailey was on hand and managed to capture the crucial image below...

Only joking Dawse lad - here you go...

Great shot Dos Hos!

Well Done the Juniors!

Congratulations to the Under 17's who on Sunday beat the old enemy Burley in the Dennison Cup!

Bails was nonchalent in scoring his century, playing some majestic shots thought the covers and some imperious strokes through the onside in a quite faultless display any batsmen would have been proud of. Crucially he got the help he required at the end when he and Robert Hill ran excellently between the wickets and Rob got batted well for his 16.

The Ilkley bowling was a joy to watch also as much like the England team they hunted in pairs and gave no room for error to the Burley batsmen, Carcus bowling particularly aggressively and Danny Bott also expertly as his figures highlighted taking 6-3-14-2.

Credit must go to every Ilkley player however as they all played brilliantly in front of their own supporters and brought the trophy home!

Well done lads!

Jimmy Hill during the victory over Burley!

Game 12 - Addingham (Away)

Date - 8th July 2006

And so the return legs of the league programme gets underway.
Ilkley beat Addingham convincingly in the first match of the season and The ICC were hoping for the same result at the small away ground.

Yet again Captain Quaife won the toss, backing up his theory that he is a "2nd Half Man".... whatever that is!!!

Deciding to bat first the Skip sent out Bails with another new opener in the form of Racks and the the latter got the ICC off to a blistering start, racing to 50 inside the first 8 overs.. In the 12th over Racks was unlucky when he top-edged one to the keeper when he was on 46 but he got Ilkley off to a flier and helped build a good platform on which to progress.

Out walked the helmetless Cockcroft and he and Bails showcased some good running between the wickets before he was bowled for 7. Santy Lad came in at 4 and he too looked the part and made a start before holing out to Long off for 23. At the other end Bails was quietly pinching singles and dispatching the dead ball whenever it came. The Hustler was in at five but wasn't in long before Bails mistimed a short one to the keeper for 64.
Wheels was in and watched as Dover was out 8 balls later bowled by Richard Hey. This steady fall of wickets was to continue for the last 8 overs as next Wheels then Rhodes then Dickie and Guppy all gave their wickets away. Fortunately, Dawse and Lager swung the bat at the end and ran excellently to push the final total on to 252.

The tea at Addingham was the best of the season so far... as Daddy Quaife will vouch for - 3 return trips he made for extras!

The Addingham innings started in much the same vein as it had done at Ilkley - slowly. After 10 overs the scoreboard read 21-1 after Rhodesy Lad had bowled a belter to remove the wicketkeeper-opener. In an attempt to make another breakthrough Captain Quaife and Cocky were intoduced early on and this had the desired effect as the "less atheletic batsmen" was bowled by Gup. Cocky was also bowling well at the other end and Lager made an excellent stumping to remove Number 3. At drinks Addingham were 82-3.

Captain Quaife and Cocky were bowling well in tandem and the overs were soon running down when unfortunately the Skip pulled something in his back during bowling and had to be brought off for Dover. With 18 overs left this was a good chance for Paul to prove his capabilities with the ball and he bowled excellently taking a wicket and finishing with 7-1-10-1. Wheels was given a go at the other end with 6 overs left but watched on in horror as the two batsmen at the crease smashed the ball to the short boundary for 34 runs. Rhodesy at the other end was unlucky as 3 boundaries he conceeded were all top edges just wide of the keeper. So Ilkley went from a position of dominance to losing an extra point as Dingam celebrated pinching two points in the last over to get the 189 they required.

It has been a familiar tale to the Ilkley players this season as in the last 10 overs of too many games runs have been conceeded and Captain Quaife quite rightly pointed out that this needs addressing before its too late.

4 points again for Ilkley but with the other teams above all winning the gap was not narrowed and a win against Woodhouse next up is vital.

Come on The ICC!

Friday, July 07, 2006

Game 11 - Bolton Villas (Away)

Date July 1st 2006

After a series of setbacks it was vital that Ilkley got something from this game and 4 points out of a possible 6 were much deserved.

Captain Quaife led from the front coming in at 110-6 he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground and was ably assisted by Andy Rhodes who weighed in with a very useful 46.

Ilkley had struggled early on with Phil Sant out in the first over and Cocky perishing on 3. Santy Lad and Bails dug in though and Santy was unlucky to be caught off a bump ball for 28

Wickets fell at a steady rate until Guppy and Rhodsey Lad took the game away from Bolton Villas, putting on a hundred runs before Guppy was caught behind.

A few more runs were added before The ICC were all out for 226

Rhodsey and Dickie again caused problem with the new ball and after 12 overs Villas were 34-3. Cocky was first change and bowled well to snare 3 victims and Guppy came on at the other end and bowled excellently picking two wickets up in the process.

The Number 10 for Bolton Villas came in and caused Captain Quaife a headache, smashing the returning opening bowlers everywhere on his way to 49 and number 11 clung on at the end to secure the home side 2 points.

The lads were happy to get back to winning ways and Guppy should be proud of his days work, a real Captains innings. However, The ICC are going to have to be more ruthless in killing teams off.

Next up, Dingham away.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Fred's Birthday!

WARNING! The following pictures are not suitable for pregnant women, people with a heart condition and those of a nervous disposition. Any material that offends... blame Fred!
Birthday Boy as Myrah Hindley aka Barney Rubble!
Hard Man Sant with Lovely Laura, Woody the Bumble Bee
and Tourettes Ringo Rhodes

Hero of the Day - Captain Gup (great knock Skip!) with Basketball Legend Leighton 'Slam Dunk' Parsons!

Shabba Dave as the Blushing Bride!

Krooner The Boxer, Mrs Bumble Bee and Boris Becker

George Harrison and Bananaman (what a great word 'bananaman' is by the way!) discussing tactics!

Mrs Bailey the Bird, Dawse looking remarkably sober and BB as a Brazilian!Mrs Wheels the Bunny, John Lennon and Shabba Jo as a stunning Bouquet

Top Picture! A Bear and a Bumble Bee drinking into the small hours!

You always save the best til last... Cleggy and poor old Dawse. One pint too many mate?

Many thanks to Ben and Ange for a top night! A good night was certainly had by ALL!

(Pictures courtesy of that man again Brian Bailey - thank you!)