This is Drakes Discussion! The official podcast of the Huddersfield Cricket League.
Drakes Discussion is presented by Jamie Harrison, Andrew Crawshaw and Steven Whitwam. The latter pair boast a wealth of experience on the pitch and all three have an incredible amount of passion for club cricket.
We'll discuss the pressing issues of the league including recent matches. We'll also dip into the byegone times with a guest or two every month and there will also be a bit of fun along the way with our prediction league.
Jamie draws from the intense experience of his only match for Delph & Dobcross 2XI in 1992, in which he stood at third man for 45 overs, fielded four balls and wasn’t required to bat.
Since (and before) then he’s been banished to the scorebox and kept a record of almost every run scored and every wicket taken for over thirty years.
His spare (!) moments are spent as the Media Secretary of the Huddersfield Cricket League.
The dulcet tones of Mr Crawshaw have been heard many a time by batsmen at the opposite end as his finger raises up, or by the plentiful listeners at Pulse Radio. Andrew has presented radio phone-ins where he harnessed the up-and-down passions of Huddersfield Town supporters..
Andrew is well known in his white coat around the grounds of the league and especially more so in his more recent position as the host of the Huddersfield Cricket League annual dinner.
"Cobber" as he’s affectionately known, is the only member of the team who’s introduction all but speaks for himself.
Following an illustrious and prolific club career as an all-rounder with Scholes and Golcar that has spanned over twenty years, Cobber has recently broken the Huddersfield Cricket League batting record for most amount of runs scored, for which he received a special award in 2019.
He has also been awarded the all-rounder of the year on no less than seven occasions. The frightening thing is that there are still many years left in the tank!
Jamie, Andrew and Steve discuss the month on the field in the various competitions in and outside the Huddersfield Cricket League. Remarkable matches, surprise defeats and the form sides from the top three divisions will be heavily focused. Out of season we’ll turn the focus towards rule changes that have been put forward for submission, player transfers and previews to the coming season.
It’s time for an invited guest or guests to tell all about their long career, memorable season, champagne moment or what project they’re currently involved in. We’ll be meeting people who many involved around the league will know and some who are not so familiar, making for an engaging, enlightening discussion.
Andrew will be bringing up emails from our listeners for the three contributors to enter discussion on the show. You can use the contact form at the bottom to send in your question.
The show finishes with a fun section in which the listeners can be involved. Jamie, Andrew, Steve and a guest will be given a fixture to predict the highest run-scorer, wicket-taker and total wickets to fall with points awarded for successful predictions. The results are then collated into a panel leaderboard. The listeners can take part too with their own parallel leaderboard.
Want to send a question for Drakes Discussion? Or is there something you'd like us to discuss on the show? Fill out the quick form below and tune in! Keep it clean and sensible and your message may get discussed.
What have we got coming up and which guests have we invited in?
The guys reflect on a remarkable 2019 season, particularly in the Premiership. They also give their thoughts on the stand-out transfers over the winter.
This month's guest is in fact our co-host Steve Whitwam. 'Cobber' goes through his incredibly consistant career at club level which has seen him recently break the League batting record. He also talks about local cricket looking forward and what changes he expects would benefit the game.
With the first month of the season finished, we review the early movers and stand-out matches. We also look ahead to the Sykes Cup first round matches.
The guest for May is a special episode centred on being an overseas cricketer in the Huddersfield League. Golcar's Jack McNamara and Jason Grosvenor (Moorlands) drop into the studio to tell us their experiences settling in the area and what makes them return to this league. Both are captains at their respective clubs so it's sure to be an engaging discussion.
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Entries must be made via the form here and by no other method (eg direct email to a podcast host, Twitter mention etc.)
When one or more match players have the same amount of runs or wickets as your selection, you still receive 5 points.
If your match is not concluded for any reason then you automatically receive 2 points in total. Any match players who are leading at that point are null and void.
Deadline for entries in round one is Saturday 18 April (12:00pm). The league table will be updated here.
Round two match will be announced on the May episode of the show and here from Friday 1 May.
Your chance to play along with us on the show in this fun section. Simply use the form below to guess the leading run scorer, leading wicket taker and total amount of wickets to fall in the match selected for the listeners.
5 pts - Correctly guessing the leading run scorer.
5 pts - Correctly guessing the leading wicket taker.
5 pts - Correctly guessing the total amount of wickets to fall between both teams.
The match selected for the listeners is from the opening day of the season on Saturday 18 April: