Next years venues

Joined: 28 Apr 2014, 00:12

28 Aug 2016, 07:20 #11

If the powers that be want the Northern powerhouse to become a reality they need to drastically upgrade the transport links to the East Coast from the Humber northwards.
I believe even more people would go to Scarborough for the cricket & to all the other east coast resorts if it was quicker & easier to get there.
I don't go because the journey from Leeds is dreadful. It's ok to York but can easily become a nightmare thereafter.
The rail journey at busy times is equally rubbish with an inadequate number of carriages.
Compare the trip to Scarborough with the ease of getting to Blackpool or Southport.
The entire road & rail network across the north is totally unfit for purpose, the links between Sheffield & Manchester being arguably the worst.
Supporters of Scarborough may say that I can of course go over to stay but that is not practicable due to a wife who hates cricket & two dogs who cannot come to the ground with me.
Finally, I have no desire to pay over the odds in the high season (or at any other time for that matter) for somewhere to stay that is markedly inferior to my own house.
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Joined: 14 Apr 2009, 14:26

28 Aug 2016, 08:22 #12

Couldn't agree more Old Feller, ive tried every which way but loose from Leeds and on average for a Yorks game with a hint of sun you can be looking at 2/3 hrs journey each way by car , I haven't completely given up on Scarbro which is my favourite ground but without doubt only go now when a full days play is likely and the schools are open (re every mum and their dog heading for the coast in holiday time), unlike Headingley when i go every time i can .

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Joined: 17 Oct 2013, 20:44

28 Aug 2016, 08:35 #13

I can usually do it in 2 hours from North Manchester; this time it took 3 hours because of problems on the M62 around Leeds. I used to travel each day, but as my age and petrol prices have both increased I now prefer to stay over in Scarborough.

How brilliant it was to see the ground packed on days 1 and 2, well populated on 3 and 4. The last bastion of real cricket.
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Joined: 02 Jul 2014, 19:18

28 Aug 2016, 08:59 #14

Old fella, is the train from Leeds that bad? I was thinking of taking my first trip up to watch Yorkshire at Scarbourgh next season and see what all the fuss is about.
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Joined: 14 Apr 2009, 14:26

28 Aug 2016, 09:06 #15

The train is a good option but to get the best price you need to book well in advance making it a risk , a perfect solution would be a good road network and the abolition of the Hopwood junction road improvements sometimes it feel like it would be quicker driving over the fields.
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Joined: 02 Jul 2014, 19:18

28 Aug 2016, 09:33 #16

Cheers, mind you headingley feels like a bit of a pain to get to for me. The trains out of headingley even on match day only run infrequently and seem never to be at a convenient time, particularly if I go watch a day/night game. Plus they never seem to connect with any trains leaving leeds train station so I'm often left hanging about waiting. A relative who lives just east of huddersfield, spent 3 hours coming back from Headingley one night. I'd drive but I like a drink at the game.


Well we are talking about transport, does anyone know if the buses from the train station to the ground still run? I went to the Warkwickshire game and looked on the website to see they weren't running, yet when I left the ground there were 3 or 4 double deckers waiting outside showing leeds train station.
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Joined: 03 Jun 2014, 20:54

28 Aug 2016, 17:38 #17

A few points:

- In a county as large as Yorkshire, it is not reasonable to expect every game to be on your doorstep.
- It has been reported that the two Scarborough four day fixtures are the best attended four day fixtures in the country. Presumably, this accolade could be extended to 'best attended domestic first-class fixture in the world'. It would be madness to chop either of them.
- Making decisions that would seriously affect the finances/survival of one of the county's only two grounds on the basis of recent results is not really very sensible. Apart from anything else, the above-reported two recent defeats at Scarborough were largely the product of playing the best team in the country at the time, in the latter case with a much-weakened team.
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Joined: 21 Jan 2004, 19:13

28 Aug 2016, 17:43 #18

The first day if the Notts match was watched by 4971 the 2nd by 4994. Today's semi was attended by less than 4,900. Yet some people still want the rest of the County to travel to their doorstep. We are Yorkshire not Leeds

Ps I've corrected my type that originally said 9,779 sorry
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Joined: 10 Feb 2014, 19:23

28 Aug 2016, 17:48 #19

To re-enforce Stu's argument, there is definitely a case for hosting 50 over games at Scarborough, based on our Headingley record.

Sky could cover it with drones, they cram enough into thier commentary boxes.
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Joined: 02 Jul 2014, 19:18

28 Aug 2016, 17:59 #20

Attendences are high at Scarborough no doubt about it, but cann YCCC afford to play x amount of days cricket away from their ground? That's the key question.

I wonder how the other counties get along, do other clubs also own their outgrounds?
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