We run 3 senior weekend teams and 2 midweek senior teams, giving seniors cricketers of any ability a wide range of standards to play their cricket, and giving juniors a clear pathway to progress as high as they desire. It is this clear pathway that we hope will secure the future of our club and hopefully attract young players to continue their development with us, and aspire to play the highest level of club cricket they can.
As well as nurturing young players into senior cricket, we also provide excellent opportunities for established senior players of all abilities to come and play for a friendly club with an excellent family-based atmosphere.
Our 1st XI play in the York District Senior Cricket League Premier Division after unfortunately being relegated in 2016 from the newly formed ECB Yorkshire North Premier League. Despite this, they have been highly successful in recent years, including winning the YDSCL League Cup in 2015 and also securing promotion to the ECB Premier League which saw us compete against the likes of York, Yorkshire Academy, Hull, Driffield etc at the top of club cricket in Yorkshire.
Having the chance to play against high calibre players provides an excellent opportunity for our existing seniors, aspiring young cricketers and prospective players to come and play cricket at Dunnington. As such we take this cricket very seriously and 1st XI players are expected to be responsible for their own development, as well as attending regular arranged club training sessions.
We boast excellent training facilities for serious cricketers, including a 2 lane enclosed artificial net system, and a professional bowling machine. This coupled with enthusiastic and committed players provides superb training and development options for our players and prospective players to get the best out of their personal and teammate's abilities.
Our 2nd XI also play in the York and District Senior Cricket League and provides opportunities to established senior cricketers, and young players aspiring to play in the 1st XI. Our focus is to bridge the gap between our 1st and 2nd XIs so it's less of a step up in standard for players who are promoted to the 1st XI.
Although obviously this cricket is taken less seriously and there's as much of a focus on the socialising as the cricket, the club is committed to raising standards in this team as part of our long term commitment to developing young talent. There have been a number of success stories in recent years with players as young as 14 and 15 being promoted to our 1st XI and playing major roles in the side, which has no doubt been an excellent experience for these players and increased their hunger to play at a higher level.
In 2016 we reestablished our 3rd XI which focused on introducing juniors to senior cricket and the longer forms of the game. This is a crucial part of our commitment to developing juniors and ensuring that they get the best out of themselves by exposing them to adult cricket as soon as possible.
Obviously no senior team can exist without adult players and as such we have reestablished this team to allow juniors and seniors to play together, which we hope will allow junior players to gain invaluable advice and experience from the elder players. Our 3rd team will play in the York Vale League which will be an excellent introduction to senior cricket for them and a stepping stone for them to progress onto higher honours.