“The good thing was, back then you had to bowl teams out to get your 6 points. Every match turned out to be a six-pointer and we kept stealing a march at the top. Then with two or three games to go we were 12 points clear and home and hosed.”
There was so much to cram in the latest episode of Castle Hill Cricket Chat; our weekly musings, ramblings and reviewing of all the cricket action this week. All cup competitions are in full throttle so we unpacked and lamented the notable moments.
For ‘The Opener’ we’ve just heard the cup draws for the last four all our domestic cup competitions which threw out an odd and unique equation, making it worthy of a deeper discussion.
But as always, we enjoy the company of an esteemed guest and this one really is someone who’s cricketing and personal story is one that is sure to dominate your thoughts.
James Noble is known to just about everyone in Huddersfield cricket circles as ‘Keith’. As captain at Scholes Cricket Club for the best part of a decade and took over the rudder in 2007, after relegation had hit them hard. What followed then was nothing short of spectacular. A Byrom Shield in their first season back in the top flight, followed by a Black Sheep Champions of Champions trophy the next year. To cap it all, in 2017 he lifted the Sykes Cup.
However, along with these highs, James, along with his former partner Abbey have experienced bitter lows. In 2020 they sadly lost their second child, Harry during his infancy having been born with challenging health conditions. This huge loss spurred James on to a fundraising campaign to help those that cared for Harry during those months in hospitals in Barnsley and Sheffield. James will tell us all about that and his hopes and plans for the fundraiser.
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