Kirkby Malzeard Cricket Over the Years


The Pre-historic Age

The Dark Ages

The Renaissance

The Glory Years

The Lofty Heights

The Top Division

Consolidation






The Pre-historic Age

Pre-1976 KMCC play all their cricket in the Wath League, this however is a race memory for all but Rodney Pickles.


1976 Under the leadership of Rodney Pickles Kirkby triumphantly join the Nidderdale League defeating Newby Hall to win the 5th Division Title.








The Dark Ages

1977-88 Kirkby fail to gain promotion from the 4th at their first attempt and despite their apparent class, struggle to maintain their initial momentum. A promotion into division 3 is immediately followed by defeat in a relegation play-off against Blubberhouses.







The Renaissance


1989 Iain Fraser takes over the captaincy and Kirkby just avoid relegation back to the 5th Division - winning their last 3 games

1990/1 Promotion is narrowly missed on 2 occasions after early season promise, and 2 cup finals are lost, as a young KMCC is often prone to collapse under pressure. However the foundations are laid for future success.







The Glory Years


1992 A watershed for Captain Fraser as Kirkby romp to the 4th division title, seeing off a strong challenge from the newly promoted and much fancied Wath CC. Victory is secured on the last day of the season as Killinghall are beaten on a wet september afternoon. Sergeant Frasers Barmy Army celebrate long into the night.

1993-5 A period of consolidation, includes 3 top 6 finishes in the 3rd division and a Reserve K.O defeat at the hands of Staveley. Ultimately the strength of the relegated teams proves too much for any of the regular 3rd division sides

1996 Promotion to the 2nd division is secured, again on the last day of the season after a nail biting victory over Dishforth. However defeat at Darley 2 weeks earlier costs KMCC the overall title. Iain Fraser ends his long vigil as captain handing over the reins to the freshly groomed Shedworthy

1997 Early season nerves cause KMCC to struggle in their first season in the 2nd Div. However a late season burst of form including impressive victories over Birstwith and Newby Hall secure a top six finish








The Lofty Heights

1998 The Lofty heights of the 2nd Division are now not the novelty that enabled the team of 1997 to claim the highest ever finish for KMCC and the team remain rooted to last postion in the league all season. However a couple of wins in the second half of the season leave survival mathematically on the agenda. 2 wins are required from the last 2 games to have any chance - this must be combined with Strays losing their final 2 matches of the campaign.All goes to plan in the penultimate game against already relegated Wath, however even a single point for Strays will ensure that the KMCC result is meaningless. League Champions Dacre visit the KMCG for the final match and against all the odds KMCC pull victory out of the bag - meanwhile attention now switches to the other side of the Dales and it is discovered that Strays have failed to take even a single point from Blubberhouses as KMCC stay up by a single point - a true escape to victory.

1999 Again Kirkby struggle to find the consistent level of performance required for comfort, and when this is coupled by outrageous misfortune with the toss KMCC remain in the dogfight at the bottom of the table. At the half way stage although 7th in the table any 2 of the bottom 6 could find themselves division 3 bound by the end of the season......Five vicotories in the second half of the season enable a top 6 finish and safety with 2 matches to spare. KMCC seem to have found their feet at this level and established themselves as a solid division 2 outfit.

2000 This was a year in which KMCC showed their true 2nd Division pedigree, consistently flirting with the top few positions in the league and although finishing a creditable 5th if several other tight matches had gone in our favour then 1st Division cricket would have been the reward. The highlights of the season included the two matches vs Burton (honours shared), a great run chase against Newby Hall at home and a tied game with Ripley. Paul Goldsmith finished second in the league averages - his aggressive pace bowling will be sorely missed next year.

2001 A season shredded by foot and mouth was lightened by KMCCs best performance in the division and Shedleys ever decreasing speed matched with his average of 72 saw KMCC finish second in the division and only denied promotion by the change in rules due to F&M. In addition a combined Kirkby and Galphay side rampaged to victory over Masham in the Hawkes Cup. KMCC batted first in every single game partly due to Shedleys skill at the toss - it is a great shame that he has hung up his tossing coin due to a back injury and resigned the captaincy but what a way to go, second in the league and second in the batting averages!







The Top Divsion

2002 Under the leadership of new captain Bradley Atkinson KMCC produced their best season in the Niddderdale league winning the second division title at a canter securing 100 points and sporting the divisions top bowler, a North Eastern Kiwi, Richard Hooks and second best batsman, KMCC stalwart and all time hero Iain Fraser. The team did it from the start leading from the top and only losing three games all season - highlights included a massive run haul against Pannal, two last over victories against title rivals Ripley, a Hooks hattrick against Galphay, centuries by Fraser and new boy Gardener and finally a champagne reception at Galphay to celebrate the title. Greater challenges now await but this cherished title and season will last long in the memories of all diehard KMCC fans.



2003 A disastrous start to the season in which Kirkby struggled to find 11 players, confidence or a victory and ensured that survival in a tough division would be a struggle. Lacking the injured Hooks and Iraq bound wookie it was not until the latter part of the season that KMCC began to find form. Two epic defeats against Killinghall, a thrilling tie at Birstwith and victories over Pateley, Ripley and memorably Newby were the highlights of a difficult season. However division one proved too much for the promoted teams as KMCC (and Ripley) were sent packing back to the second division.







Consolidation

2004 Following relegation the previous year KMCC started the season as one of a cluster of promotion candidates however even the return of Hooks and winter signing Kiffer Nattress could not shake off a relegation hangover that lasted all season. A reasonable first half to the season ensured that relegation was never flirted with however a string of defeats resulted in a bottom half finish in as season which saw reverses by Studley, Bilton and Pannal amongst many others.



2005 KMCC stormed to promotion to the first division via runners up spot clinching their position after skittling Helperby in the penultimate match of the season. Kiffer and Kenny, KMCCs Aussie import, provided the bulk of the runs whilst wickets were shared not only between Duncan and Mike Armer but also the veterans Pickles (not pictured) and Kirk. KMCCs enthusiasm was rekindled after struggling for the last two years which included a relegation from the top division. Victories in the Towler Cup, Nevitt Cup, Tanfield Trophy (and a single run defeat in the Pateley Cup) proved that success in the cups does not necessarily adversely affect league form.