Cricket, curry and afternoon tea: Free fun day at Thorp Arch

Yorkshire Building Society will serve afternoon tea at Thorp Arch. (S)
Yorkshire Building Society will serve afternoon tea at Thorp Arch. (S)

A cricket game with a difference is coming to Thorp Arch this Sunday, bringing with it a free day of fun for all the family.

Runs on the Board is an arts and community celebration of over-50s cricket, supported by Yorkshire County Cricket Club and for the first time sponsored by Yorkshire Building Society.

Cricket teams from around Yorkshire compete in a bid to win the Grey Fox Trophy and from 2pm on Sunday, the Thorp Arch ground will host a pool game between Tabs Old Boys and Bolton Villas.

To celebrate the competition coming to Thorp Arch and Boston Spa Cricket Club at Thorp Arch Park, a fun-filled day for adults and children is planned.

Entry to the ground is free on the day and Yorkshire Building Society is providing music and entertainment throughout the day and a face painter will be at the ground to keep the little ones amused.

The Grey Fox Trophy competition is also teaming up with another local favourite, The Bradford Curry Festival.

At the match on Sunday a pop-up Indian restaurant will be in situ with chefs serving up some mouth-watering dishes.

Colleagues from Yorkshire Building Society’s new Wetherby branch will also be on hand throughout the day providing tea for the hard working cricketers.

Kerry Shaw, manager of Yorkshire Building Society’s Wetherby branch said: “We are really excited to be a part of Runs on the Board and think the match on Sunday will be a great day for all the family – not just cricket fans.

“Myself and my team are going to be there joining in and maybe picking up some tips from some very experienced cricketers. I hope lots of people will come along and join in the fun.”

Howard Ferguson, Operations Manager for Yorkshire County Cricket Club said: “Runs on the Board and the Grey Fox Trophy competition is a fantastic event that brings lots of people together all across the county.

“We’re proud to be a part of the competition, alongside Yorkshire Building Society, and combining some of the things Yorkshire is famous for – cricket and a great sense of community.”

The match on Sunday is not the only way for people to get involved as alongside the cricket match Yorkshire Building Society is launching two art competitions open to people of all ages.

Children between the ages of six and 16 can enter a painting competition with the theme of ‘cricket’ or ‘my favourite person over 50’.

Adults and children are also able to enter a photography competition where photos are based on the ethos of cricket – ‘fairness, community and trust’.

The winners will be decided by the semi-final at Headingley and competition forms and full details are available from the branch on the High Street.

For more details about the event and the art competitions please pick up a flyer from Yorkshire Building Society’s Wetherby branch.

For more details on the Runs on the Board event visit