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    Who's going to Lords for the BIG match on Monday?


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    Not to be missed ... even by a Firleite like me. Although we still won't forgive Glynde for what they got up to in the seventeenth century.

    The Glynde boys are a GENUINE village cricket team, not a bunch of journeymen old pros, recruited from all over the place. And it's not only Streethouse that has a Working Men's Club. There's one in Glynde too.


    Glynde & Beddingham v Streethouse
    npower Village Cup Final

    Gates open 10.00 am. Match starts 11.00 am.
    40 overs a side.


    Viscounts estate v council estate in village final - Times Online

    Viscount’s estate v council estate in village final
    Alan Lee

    It is the classic English contrast — North versus South, prosperity against poverty, beauty and the beast. Casual stereotyping, though, does the story an injustice. When Glynde & Beddingham meet Streethouse at Lord’s on Monday, they will reaffirm that the influence of cricket on village life has survived every changing fashion.

    On the face of it, the latest finalists in the npower Village Cup have nothing in common. How could they? Glynde is the home of English opera, a haven for socialites. Streethouse is a down-at-heel former mining village, so insignificant that you will not find it on a map.

    The trim, terraced cottages in Glynde belong to Viscount Hampden’s estate. Streethouse terraces are distinguished only by rows of satellite dishes. Glynde stages a Food & Drink Festival next weekend, while Streethouse’s gourmet ambitions extend no farther than the Chip & Buttie café. Glynde has an alpaca farm, Streethouse a working men’s club with graffiti on the walls.

    Their only link is cricket, specifically its power to inspire pride and unite a community. In Glynde, near Lewes in East Sussex, it has kept a group of talented youngsters together against every sporting and monetary blandishment. Streethouse are more a case of old friends reunited. Both teams have as their axis a worldly, authoritative captain who came for a season and stayed for many.

    Despite the ravishing South Downs setting, Glynde’s players are not toffs and dilettantes but earthy tradesmen. Ironically, their only white-collar professional, an IT expert, is also their only non-local — Mark Beddis comes from opposition territory in Hull.

    Streethouse is hidden amid the post-industrial conurbations where unemployment remains rife and rugby league is king. Featherstone is a mile to one side, Wakefield two miles the other.

    A river runs serenely past Glynde’s picture-perfect ground, the Ouse lapping up six-hits on a regular basis, just as it has done since 1885. Streethouse is bisected by the level crossing of a suburban railway and it was in the Station pub, now lying derelict and boarded up, that the idea of a village side took root in 1962.

    Streethouse had played cricket before, but on a colliery ground to which the stationmaster had to open the gates. It fell into disrepair, the club dying with it. A few former players, musing over pints of beer, decided to reform the club. They can scarcely have imagined what would follow.

    A four-acre swamp was bought and drained, and a small brick pavilion built by volunteers whose labours produced an odd gait they nicknamed the “Streethouse Shuffle”. For five years, the new team — including seven rugby league professionals — played every game away. Then the miracle was born.

    Preconceptions will inevitably mislead as you drive down unassuming Whinney Lane, the single main road through Streethouse. Bear left before the railway, take care over the ruts and a staggeringly verdant scene awaits — a billiard-table outfield, neat pavilion, modern scorebox, timber benches. It is like entering a different world.

    At the centre of this world is the Rhodes family. Paul is chairman, Graham tends the ground and their sister, Pam Brabbs, is secretary. They all live in Whinney Lane, their houses overlooking the ground where the next two generations of Rhodes, Martin and Gary, are key players.

    Paul Rhodes grew up on one of Streethouse’s two council estates. “You had to look after yourself there,” he said. “When the pits closed in the 1950s, it was devastating — there were 70 per cent unemployed. This club has given the village a new focus.”

    It was Martin Rhodes who was responsible for bringing Richard Vigars to Streethouse. They were best pals from a way back, before Vigars went off and played in the Lancashire second XI of John Crawley and Ronnie Irani. “Martin asked if I’d come here just for a year in 1998,” Vigars explained. “But I never thought of leaving. It’s such a family environment.”

    Vigars is a Londoner who moved to Yorkshire aged 10. He lives a mile from the ground, runs his own cricket equipment business and leads Streethouse by influence and example. Nine times in his 11 years they have won the Pontefract league. “He’s a natural motivator,” Paul Rhodes said. “If you don’t pull your weight, you’re soon told. But they’d do anything for RV.”

    If Vigars lacks Yorkshire vowels, his opposite number at Lord’s does not speak with the public school drawl one might expect of Glynde. Adam Davies has spent most of his life in Australia. Seven years ago, his cousin enticed him back to his native village.

    “I just fancied a season here,” he said. “I’m a plasterer and I worked at Glyndebourne for the summer. For the next four years, I followed the summer, commuting between here and Melbourne. But Glynde was a magnet. I got married here, with a marquee on the cricket ground. This is a special place.”

    At 30, Davies is elder statesman in a team with an average age of 23 — Streethouse, by comparison, average 32. A photo in Glynde’s quaint pavilion shows the under-16 side who won the Sussex championship in 2003. Six of that team are now first-XI regulars playing in the second tier of Sussex club cricket. “The boys are all best friends who happen to play cricket together,” Davies said.

    Both finalists pride themselves on thriving youth sections and a Corinthian ethic. “No one gets paid, we have no overseas players and we’ve never brought in players just for the Village Cup,” Davies insists.

    Vigars concurs. “We play for nothing — but if these players were in the Central Yorkshire League, it would be a 40-grand-a-year team,” he says.

    Glynde will take five coachloads of supporters to London. Streethouse, a village of fewer than 2,000 people, will virtually empty. Some of the players have never visited Lord’s. Most will surely never play there again. But no matter which side prevail, both have already played their part in perpetuating a way of sporting life that many considered extinct.
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    4 of us going going by train, the weather looks fair so looking forward to a great day........

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    Streethouse a really, really rough and poor area.

    Trains are always cancelled that have to pass through Streethouse, which means constant problems with the connecting Wakefield/Leeds National Express train services, and Northern rail services.. Why you ask? Because scummy unwashed little ASBO spunk monkeys STEAL the copper wiring from the lines to sell for scrap.

    I know because I saw the little *******s doing it.


    How the **** the Streethouseons manage to understand the rules of cricket is beyond me.

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    Am going to Lords for the 'big' match tomorrow, although I think the Monday game will probably be more of an event.
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    Am going to Lords for the 'big' match tomorrow, although I think the Monday game will probably be more of an event.
    I'm glad to discover someone who still has a trace of optimism about tomorrow's game.
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    Doc Talbot will be there.
    40 years of watching the Albion makes me an official Boring Old Git.

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    Wouldnt miss it for the world, ive been waiting years for the lads to make it there!

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    Glynde & Beddingham v Streethouse


    2 against one..... hardly fair is it ?
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    From Timesonline:-


    A river runs serenely past Glynde’s picture-perfect ground, the Ouse lapping up six-hits on a regular basis, just as it has done since 1885.
    You'd have to hit a bloody big 6 from Glynde's ground to land it in the Ouse. Its at least 1.5 miles away the other side of Beddingham! (a pedant writes)
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    I can't make it Mr B but the better half and one of our ankle biters will be part of an eight man (person) crew leaving Lewes railway station on Monday morning.

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    You'd have to hit a bloody big 6 from Glynde's ground to land it in the Ouse. Its at least 1.5 miles away the other side of Beddingham! (a pedant writes)
    Correct.

    The water than runs past the ground is Glynde Reach (which, incidentally, is the boundary between the parishes of Glynde and Beddingham).

    ... and very good fishing - or at least it was when I was a member of the Firle, Beddingham and Glynde Fishing Club.
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    £8 to get in (£4 concessions). Pay on the Gate.

    Worth going if all you want is a cheap nosey around Lords.
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    Champions Streethouse ready for Lord's - Yorkshire Evening Post



    Champions Streethouse ready for Lord's

    12 September 2009

    Skipper Richard Vigars has his sights set on super Streethouse following up their Pontefract League success with victory at the home of cricket on Monday.

    House take on Sussex club Glynde and Beddingham at Lord's in the National Village Cup final, having recently been crowned league champions for the ninth time in 11 seasons.

    After a thrilling run in the competition in 2003 – when they reached the last-four stage before losing to Redditch side Astwood Bank – House are now hoping to go all the way and crown another red-letter season.

    Vigars said: "It is right up there among the best of our nine championships because we've also reached the National Village Cup final.

    "In past seasons when we've had a good run in the National Village, we've missed out on the league title. But this time, we've managed to concentrate on both.

    "We are delighted to clinch the title with a week remaining. We have a few people with niggling injuries and it allows us to rest them for our final league game against bottom side Wombwell Main who have already been relegated."

    And the long-serving House skipper believes Monday's final will be an intriguing contest.

    He said: "Glynde haven't had a close game in this season's competition – they've won every tie comfortably.

    "They seem to score a lot of runs, so they are obviously a very powerful batting side.

    "In our favour, we have bowled out all our National Village opponents this year, so it should be a very interesting game between a good batting side and a good bowling team."
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    npower Village Cup Final - preview - News Archive - News - Lord's

    npower Village Cup Final - preview
    Date released: 11 September 2009

    Teams from Streethouse in West Yorkshire and Glynde & Beddingham in Sussex will contest this year's npower Village Cup Final at Lord's on Monday 14 September.

    Live commentary of this match will be available on Lords.org - thanks to our volunteer commentators and the RNIB.

    Streethouse

    Streethouse is in West Yorkshire, mid-way between Pontefract and Wakefield.

    From the end of the 19th century Streethouse was a small mining village, which eventually became dominated by towering coal stacks. The closure of the collieries and the removal of the spoil heaps transformed the landscape.

    The Cricket Club was founded in 1963, when the original committee (some of whom are still involved here today) had raised sufficient funding from the local population to purchase a marshy farmer's field.

    Many weekends were spent digging drains, erecting fencing, and raising further funding for the laying of a square and the building of a pavillion. In those days there was no lottery funding and no alternative grant aid.

    For five years Streethouse played all their matches away from home. The first home fixture was in July 1968.

    Since then the club have gone on to great local success, winning the Pontefract & District Division One title in eight of the last ten years - under the captaincy of Richard Vigars.

    Streethouse missed out on a previous visit to Lord's, losing in the npower Village Cup semi-finals in 2003.

    Streethouse squad
    Pen-pics of the Streethouse squad, courtesy of their captain:

    Richard Vigars - Captain - Known as "Buddha" for his stealth-like figure and his calm attitude. Richard is both an aggressive opening bowler and mid-order left-hand batsman. Never knows when to give up - not in his nature.

    Bruce Stephen Percy - Vice-Captain - Known as "Sicknote". We are yet to find any part of his body that he hasn't injured or had replaced. Great top-order batsman with a great attitude for the game, medium-pace swing bowler who claims he can reverse swing it...

    Jonathan Gareth Hughes - Known as "Milky", because he is the the original milky bar kid! Workman-like opening batsman who loves the banter with the opposition, but talks about what was on TV last night rather than sledging. Quality slow off-spinner.

    Paul Christopher Langley - Known as "Grandad", opening batsman and quality wicket-keeper, plays the game like a 21-year-old even though he must be nearer 51! Ever dependable,a top performer year on year.

    Martin Paul Rhodes - Known as "Elvis" because of his great voice and even better moves on the dance floor. Mr. Reliable, solid top-order batsman and clever medium-pace bowler. Always the first to his fielding position at fine leg.

    Callum John Geldart - Known as "Babyface". 17-year-old top-order batsman and leg-spinner. Very good player who loves to take on the bowling. Typical youthful player, no fear. Has a big future.

    Mark Robinson - Known as "Bobby boushay" or "The waterboy". Solid top-order batsman, has every shot in the book - just gets confused when to use the right one. Having a great season so far, hoping for a 1,000+ runs this year.

    Gary Graham Rhodes - Known as "Lofty" for obvious reasons. Another of our junior stars, 17-year-old, 6"5 opening bowler and mid-order batsman who works the ball round well, but loves to hit boundries. Yet to see him drop a catch.... kiss of death!

    Paul McMullan - Known as "Trigger" (his bat has had 5 new handles and 3 new blades but its the same bat!). Ex-opening batsman who now fits in the middle order. Very clever cricketer who is a great finsher. Also the slowest left-arm spin ever known.

    Stuart Bellwood - Known as "Stu Stu" (instead if tom-tom) as he needs sat-nav to find and stay in the same position in the field. Opening bowler with great control, big engine and bigger heart. Always the first name on the team sheet.

    Steve Batty - Known as "Nora". A complete match changer. Gritty batsman who can open or slip in anywhere. Outstanding fielder, takes catches no-one else would get near. Perfect gully fielder but can field anywhere apart from short leg!

    Scott Alexander Bland - Known as "Spanky". Pace bowler with attitude. Loves batsman who take him on - it really gets the best out of him. Another of our juniors who has come through the ranks and loves the verbal side of the game. Never shy of a word or two.

    Richard Sykes - Known as "Crusty the Clown" because of his outrageous dress-sense and his massive size 13 feet. Mid-order batsman who scores freely. Also an outstanding hockey player. The team's best fielder. Very quick across the ground, big arm and safe hands.

    Glynde & Beddingham

    Compared to Streethouse (formed in 1963) Glynde & Beddingham's are experienced old-stagers.

    Centenary celebrations in 1985 gave them cause to investigate the club's history further, finding evidence beyond the official founding of the club (in 1885) of cricket being played in and around the village from the early 1700s.

    Off the field the club's infrastructure has grown to include a detached Clubhouse, built by club volunteers in 1974 - later extended in 2006.

    The Millennium was celebrated in grand style with a reception at Glynde Place to raise funds for the development of our second ground, called ‘the Willows’ situated immediately adjacent to the main ground.

    The extension to the pavilion, toilet and shower facilities enabled the club to provide cricket for all age and ability groups including the formation of a 3rd XI in 2001 and a 4th XI in 2004, all teams playing in the now expanded East Sussex League.

    Glynde & Beddingham squad

    Adam Davies - Captain - aged 30; R/H Batsman - R/H Medium Bowler
    Occupation: Plasterer

    Adam was born in England but moved to Australia at the age of two. He came back to Glynde in 2003 and took over the Captaincy at the start of 2008. Bowls medium-pace swing and can be a very destructive batsman. Very competitive - never knows when he is beaten.

    Joe Adams aged 22; R/H batsman - R/H spin bowler
    Occupation: Carpenter

    Joe is a product of the Club’s very successful junior set-up. Represented Sussex from age 13 until 17. Joe had one season in the Sussex Academy and with them he toured South Africa. He played for Sussex mainly as a spin bowler but has developed into a very talented opening batsman. He represented the Sussex League at 20/20 this year top scoring with 46 against an Australian touring side.

    Dominic Shepheard aged 26; R/H batsman - R/H fast/medium bowler
    Occupation: Personal Trainer

    Dom joined Glynde at 13 as a wicket-keeper/batsman. He is a prolific opening batsman and has a tremendous record - he shared a 260 opening partnership with Joe Adams at Findon in the Sussex Final earlier this year. A lively and accurate pace bowler. Also represented Sussex as a junior.

    Callum Smith aged 20; R/H batsman - R/H medium/fast bowler
    Occupation: Student

    Callum is studying Sports Science at Worcester University. Scored over 550 league runs last season and made the number three spot his own. Another product of our junior set-up. Has worked his way up from the 3rd X1 before breaking into the 1st team in 2007. Callum is a very powerful batsman and represented Sussex at under-10 and under-11.

    Robbie Mouland aged 22; R/H batsman - R/H medium bowler
    Occupation: Labourer

    Robbie was born in Glynde and returned this season after spending a year in Australia where he worked and played cricket. Was Captain of the 2003 Sussex Junior Festival winning side and represented Sussex from the age of 10 to 16. A very stylish and compact batsman who is known by his team mates as "The Wall". Once scored 199 not out, missing out on equalling the club’s highest individual score by one run.

    Dominic Harris aged 22; R/H batsman - R/H spin bowler
    Occupation: Window Fitter

    Dom represented Sussex from under 11 until the end of the under-16 season. Captained the Sussex under-16 team and also won a cricket scholarship to Hurstpierpoint College with whom he toured India. On his day he is an extremely destructive batsman and has the nickname "Pocket-Rocket" or "Hagga". Also bowls leg spin. Another player who was born in the village and a product of our youth set-up.

    Ollie Bailey aged 20; R/H batsman - R/H spin bowler
    Occupation: Fireplace Fitter

    Ollie joined Glynde at 13 as a wicket-keeper/batsman. Ollie was a regular in the 3rd XI until, aged 15 he started bowling leg spin. Ollie’s talent and potential was recognised and he progressed through the sides, breaking into the 1st XI last season mainly as a bowler but this season has developed into a genuine all-rounder.

    Stuart Mouland aged 25; R/H batsman - Wicket-keeper
    Occupation: Roofer

    Stuart started his Glynde career as an 11 year-old junior. By 15 he had broken into 1st X1. Suffered a career-threatening footballing injury 2½ years ago but is almost fully recovered after intensive knee surgery. Also a destructive and explosive batsman. Born and bred in Glynde.

    Chris Blunt aged 21; L/H batsman - R/H med/fast bowler
    Occupation: Student

    Chris is studying for a Sports Science degree at Brunel University where he is Captain of the Cricket 1st X1. Joined Glynde aged 10 as a bowler but has developed into an all-rounder. An elegant left-handed batsman who can bat anywhere in the order including opening the innings. The quiet one in the dressing room.

    Dale Tranter aged 26; R/H batsman - R.H med/fast bowler
    Occupation: Roofer

    Dale only started playing cricket at the age of 13 - by 15 he had broken into the Glynde 1st X1 and the County set up. Winner of the 1st X1 bowling award seveb out of the last eight years and leading wicket taker in the Sussex League last term with 55 wickets. Dale loves bowling uphill and into the wind.

    Mark Beddis aged 29; R/H batsman - L/H fast/med bowler
    Occupation: Computer Programmer

    Mark played for Hull in the Yorkshire League before moving South in 2003. Represented Yorkshire as a junior. Has performed consistently during this time and is bowling exceptionally well this season. Known by his teamates as "Northern".

    Matthew Hobden aged 16; R/H batsman - R/H med/fast bowler
    Occupation: Student

    Matthew is one of a talented group of Glynde juniors and has represented Sussex at under-14 and 15’s. Also represented his school, Millfield at all levels including the 1st X1 - where he played in the Daily Telegraph 20/20 winning side. Matthew lives locally and is in the side for his bowling, but will soon progress to being a genuine first XI all-rounder.
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