Leeds cricketers take to the pitch for annual Boxing Day game

The teams line up before the match. PIC:  Jonathan Gawthorpe
The teams line up before the match. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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Sports lovers hit the post-Christmas blues for six at a traditional Boxing Day cricket match in Leeds.

North Leeds Cricket Club and the Northern Cricket Society brave the elements on December 26 each year for a 30-overs-a-side game.

And unlike some recent years, when the match has been played in heavy snow, proceedings took place in crisp winter sunshine.

Top performers included North Leeds’s captain, the appropriately-named Rob Winter, who hit 61 runs.

Rob and a number of his fellow players got into the spirit of the occasion by donning Santa Claus hats and other eye-catching fancy dress.

Proceeds from a raffle were due to go to St Gemma’s Hospice, in Moortown.

Yesterday’s match was the 64th in the history of the event and the 41st to be played at North Leeds’s Homestead ground.

A number of famous cricket figures have lent their support to the game in the past, including legendary Yorkshire and England all-rounder Brian Close.


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