The increasingly popular Tour de Yorkshire is the focus of this album of photographs. With probably the best weather since the TdY started, crowds flocked to the village of Masham. These photos were taken just after the line for the unclassified sprint – Unclassified as no points were on offer, but the first rider to cross the line would win their height in beer. That lucky person was Stephane Rossetto.
This time the Tour de Yorkshire decided to visit Goathland, an area that was already well visited due to its appearances in the former TV show Heartbeat and the railway station being used for Hogsmead from the Harry Potter films. As you leave Goathland and head towards Whitby you’ll encounter the Cote de Goathland with its sharp entry and long slog along its 1.3km length. Positioning myself on the KoM line (rather cruelly the hill continues beyond the line) the photos were taken as the breakaway and peloton passed.
It would be churlish to say that 20:20 cricket is only there to draw much needed crowds into a sport that seems to be at its best when Blowers is talking about cranes or pigeons on TMS (you may need to Google that reference!). However, for all there is great joy in the long format of the game 20:20 has a place in the overall package, albeit that 4s and 6s become de rigueur, rather than something that might come with a mis-pitched ball after 24 dot balls. That said the County clubs adopt it warmly, giving themselves attractive names Durham Jets v Derbyshire Falcons in this case, getting someone to dress up as a mascot (Chester the lion), funny hair hats, cricket bat banger sticks and the opportunity at the end of the match for signings and photos with the players on the pitch.
This particular match saw Durham needing to win to qualify for the Quarter Finals, so long as Lancashire won their match and eventually all turned in Durham’s favour, with Lancashire winning and Durham turning in an impressive total of 193, whilst a spirited Derbyshire managed a competitive 180 and for the loss on Neil Broom in the final over might have come even closer to that total.