Seaham Harbour Cricket Club

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Friday, July 29, 2005

GG's Club Cricket Software

If you want some assistance in compiling cricket statistics at your cricket club then you may be interested in GG's Club Cricket Software.

The site shows examples of how you can produce comprehensive statistics with the minimum of effort.

Click on the above link to access their site.

2nd Team News - 30 July

2nd Team News - 30 July No match

Due to the Sunderland Airshow the 2nd team have already played Whitburn CC and therefore have a free weekend.

1st Team News - 30 July

1st Team - 30 July v Whitburn CC

David Thompson, David Leslie, Neville Gustard, Graeme Thorpe, Mathew Young, Scott Sherriff, Shaun Cartledge, Ryan James, Simon Weston, Steve Thompson and Tom Lumsden.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Cricket scores to your PC

Click on the link to Desktop Richie and download him to your own PC where he will provide you with the latest news on The Ashes.

Cricket Academy - BBC

Cricket Coaches at Seaham Harbour recommend that junior cricketers visit the cricket academy website by following the link below: -

Cricket Academy - BBC

Take advise from the experts and try out some of their ideas next time you have a cricket practice.

Fielding Positions

Setting the right field is very important and can help win games as much as how well a side can bat or bowl. Have a look at the different fielding positions you might use when setting a field.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Fast Bowling Directives - 2000

"The fast bowling Directives are designed to raise awareness of the need to nurture and protect our young fast bowlers through their formative years,... "The more coaches, managers, captains, players, umpires and and parents we can enroll in the principles, the more chance we have of successfully implementing the proposals." Hugh Morris Technical Director, England and Wales Cricket Board. January 2000. The Directives apply to boys and girls and the ECB recommend that a fast bowlere is defind as " whom a wicket keeper in the same age group would in normal circumtances stand back to take the ball." The four main areas to be aware of when assessing risk of injury to fast bowlers are: -
  1. Overbowling
  2. Technique
  3. Physical Preparation
  4. Equipment

1. Overbowling

It is important not to overbowl junior players and recommendations from the ECB suggest junior bowlers should be restricted to the following: -

Directives for matches: Age Max.overs per spell Max.overs per day, Upto 13 4 overs per spell 8 overs per day, U14, U15 5 overs per spell 10 overs per day, U16, U17 6 overs per spell 18 overs per day, U19 7 overs per spell 21 overs per day.

Directives for practice sessions: Age Max.balls per session Max.session per week, Upto 13 30 balls per session 2 sessions per week, U14, U15 36 balls per session 2 sessions per week, U16, U17 36 balls per session 3 sessions per week, U19 42 ball per session 3 sessions per week.

Player can play in other matches provided they do not bowl.

This table shows how different practice surfaces have an impact on the body. The ECB emphasise that cricketers should concentrate on quality practice and not quantity.

Use the table as a guide to help plan indoor and outdoor nets. Practice on hard surfaces should be kept to a minimum.

2. Technique

Bowlers should adopt either a SIDE-ON, a FRONT-ON or a 'MIDWAY/NEUTRAL' action, but should NEVER MIX THE ACTIONS. Mixing the actions could results in back injury due to unnecessary spinal twist.

Bowlers should assess their bowling action and adopt a bowling action based on the techniques approved by the ECB.

3. Physical Preparation

A well structured, cricket specific training programme is essential to develop and maintain the strength, edurance and flexibility required for fast bowling.

Bowlers should warm up and stretch thoroughly before bowling / training, and should always warm down and stretch afterwoods.

4. Equipment

Impact forces of up to 8 times body weight can be experienced during the delivery stride. Good, quality footwear should be used at all times. When practicing bowlers should minimise the impact by using running shoes, basketball trainers or good cross trainers.

For further information about the directives please contact a Club Coach.

Come and play cricket at SHCC

Where are we? Seaham Harbour Cricket Club (click link)

Address: New Drive Seaham Habour Co. Durham SR7 7BX

Telephone: (0191) 5812707


Club Officials

  • Chairman Mr David Young
  • Hon. Treasurer Mr Malcolm Robinson
  • Hon. Secretary Mr Ray Armbrister
  • Hon. Fixture Secretary Mr Neil Swainston

To join Seaham Harbour Cricket Club call in at the club, email, or telephone either the club or the club secretary (0191) 5346492.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Cricket / Football Festival

Friday 5th August 2005 9.30am - 2.30pm There will be an opportunity for children aged 8-11 to take part in activities provided by SAFCommunity and qualified cricket coaches.

Football coaching will involve: - Ball Control Skills Team Games Individual Coaching and lots more

Cricket coaching will involve: - Batting Bowling Fielding Kwik Cricket Game (Durham Senior League U11’s Rules)


Children will need to bring with them a packed lunch, although there will be crisps, sweets and drinks available in the Clubhouse during breaks.


Everyone is welcome although a Parent/Guardian will need to book a place for children by contacting Dave Roseberry on (0191) 5287623. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to stay and watch their children participate in activities but you may leave children if required and collect them once the session has finished (between 2.30pm - 2.45pm).

Seaham Harbour CC Wristbands

Seaham Harbour CC wristbands are available priced £3.00. If you wish to purchase a wristband please contact David Thompson.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Cricket Shirts/Polo Shirts

Cricket Shirts and Polo Shirts will be available with the club badge on soon. Please check this site or the club notice board for further details.

What is cricket?

Cricket: You have two sides, one out in the field and one in, each man thats in the side thats in goes out and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes out until he's out, when they are all out the side thats out comes in and the side thats been in goes out and tries to get those out coming in out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When both sides have been in and out including the not outs, thats the end of the game.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The Durham Senior League

The Durham Senior League was created in 1903. The original teams were Burnmoor, Durham City, Eppleton, Hendon, North Durham, Philadelphia, Seaham Harbour, South Shields, Sunderland, Wearmouth and Whitburn.

North Durham resigned at the end of the first season and were replaced in 1906 by Boldon. Chester-le-Street joined in 1908 and this remained the complement until 1946 when Horden took the place of Hendon who disbanded in 1940.

Gateshead Fell and North Durham were admitted in 1961 but the programme remained limited to 22 matches until 1963 when a full 26 game fixture list was introduced.

North Durham resigned before the start of the 1991 season with clubs playing 24 matches having two blank dates during the season.

Felling were admitted in 1992 and the programme extended to 26 matches.

The Durham Cricket Academy were admitted in 1997 with clubs playing 28 matches having two blank dates during the season.

Wearmouth resigned before the start of the 1999 season reducing the league to 14 clubs and 26 matches.

The newly formed North East Premier League started in 2000. As a result of this formation, Chester-le-Street, Durham Cricket Academy, Gateshead Fell and Sunderland resigned as full members, and with the exception of Durham Cricket Academy the other three clubs were made Associate Members. Hetton Lyons were admitted in 2000 and with 11 clubs now in the league the fixture list was reduced to 20 matches.

At the Annual General Meeting in December 2001, Philadelphia resigned to join the North East Premier League. Marsden and South Hetton were admitted to make the league up to twelve clubs.

Key Events - Rule Changes

1903 to 1925 The points were 2 for a win, 1 for a draw

1926 to 1937 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 1 for a tie

1964 to 1970 The side scoring faster in a drawn game received 2 points

1971 and 1972 10 points for a win and 4 points for a draw with batting and bowling points

1973 Winning team receives 20 points with batting and bowling points only to the losers

1986 onwards 5 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 3 for a tie with the side scoring the faster in a drawn game receiving 2 points

1979 to 1982 55 over limitation on first innings

1983 to 1985 No limitation on first innings

1986 to 1989 55 over limitation on first innings

1989 2.00pm start extending the playing time to 5 ½ hours with a limitation of 55 overs on side batting first

1996 to 2000 A bonus point will be awarded to a side winning a match batting first

1997 to 2000 2 bonus points will be awarded to a side winning a match batting first

2001 Winning team receives 20 points with batting and bowling points only to the losers

Championship Winners

Sunderland 18

Durham City 13

Philadelphia 13

South Shields 9

Whitburn 7


Horden 6

Burnmoor 6

Eppleton 4

Seaham Harbour 2

Boldon 1

Felling 1

Gateshead Fell 1

Source: Federation Special Durham Senior Cricket League, Season 2002 Centenary Year - Updates made for championship winners up to and including 2004.

History of SHCC

The township of Seaham Harbour was founded in 1828 by Charles William, 3rd Marquis and Lady Frances Anne Marchioness of Londonderry. It was Friday 28 November that the laying of the foundation stone of the NE Pier of the harbour was placed by the Marquis and this was followed by the Viscount laying the foundation stone of the first house in Seaham.

During 1939 - 1945 the Ministry of Fuel and Power directed the management of the three Collieries in Seaham Harbour and then January 1 1947 when the mines were nationalised the Londonderry Collieries Ltd or Londerry ownership of Seaham Harbour prevailed.

Seaham Harbour Cricket Club owes its earlier existence to the staff of the Londonderry Collieries Ltd. Matches were played in a field used as pasture by a nearby farmer, a hawthorn hedge denoting the boundary on the eastern side (in later years this was replaced by a fence and then a brick wall in the 1970’s) and separating the field from a dirt road leading to Seaham Hall which was his Lordships residence. This road is known as New Drive.

The club was established in 1868 and in 1902 Seaham Harbour Cricket Club along with other clubs that continue to play in the same league today were founder members of the Durham Senior League. (Please see section Durham Senior League for further information)

While the Londonderry’s were the proprietors of the town the Cricket Club enjoyed the assistance of the company by providing a wooden pavilion, tea room, wood fence, wood seating etc. A peppercorn rent of £5 per year was paid and his Lordship and his successors were Presidents of the club.

The colours of Seaham Harbour today acknowledge the early support of his Lordship by using the racehorse colours purple and gold used by Lord Londonderry.

Many of the clubs members over the years worked at the nearby Vane Tempest Colliery situated on the other side of the dirt road mentioned above. House are now situated on this site and some of the residents have already begun playing cricket at Seaham Harbour Cricket Club.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


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