The day the county cricket fixtures are revealed each winter, hoteliers in Scarborough get ready for their phones to melt. The migration of cricket fans each August to the North Yorkshire coast has yet to feature in a nature documentary but county cricket by the seaside has been a Yorkshire institution since 1876.
Be transported to one of Yorkshire’s finest sporting amphitheatres. Enjoy tales from the game and town that will surprise and delight, like the time the PA system picked up a funeral during play or when Derek Randall gave Sarfraz Nawaz a wire rubbish bin to aid his ability to field.
There are interviews with fans, players and coaches past and present and those who have been coming to Scarborough for up to 50 years. Read Geoffrey Boycott’s last innings for Yorkshire in his own words, Ken Rutherford’s 317 in a day recalled by the man himself and Jason Gillespie on his favourite Festival memories.
John Fuller travels to the coastal town to find the characters and stories, watch Yorkshire in action and tap into Scarborough’s enduring appeal.
Award-winning journalist and author of All Wickets Great and Small, John has been writing about cricket for more than two decades. He showcases the recreational game on cricketyorkshire.com and has written for The Cricketer Magazine, Wisden Almanack and The Cricket Paper.