Origins:Some time in the late 19th or early 20th century.
Club History: The team played Bishop Wilton, near Pocklington in the Yorkshire Wolds, home and away, in 1927. And all the players were over 70! Bishop Wilton threw down the challenge, a game against any team in England with players over 70, and Sheepridge took it up. The first game took place away on July 27, 1927. It was raining but there was a big crowd.Because the players were so old, a new scoring system was introduced. Sheepridge scored 111 and the home side just 75.A local website states: ‘With no member less than 70 years of age and including a reserve and an umpire, the total age of the prospective Bishop Wilton team was 995 years.‘The Sheepridge team arrived in Bishop Wilton in pouring rain and there was some debate as to whether the match should go ahead. Although the rain continued, a start was made at 3.45pm.‘The result? The home side lost by 31 runs! But it must have been an exciting day for the village. Spectators numbered 700, with £10 17shillings being taken on the gate.‘The Sheepridge team were entertained afterwards “to tea” at the Fleece Inn by R.Sandiland, the publican and the Hon Secretary of the cricket team.‘A return match was agreed for August, to be played on the Fartown ground in Huddersfield. This duly took place and Bishop Wilton lost again, by 20 runs.’
Key People: David Dodds – a fearsome underarm bowler. Sam Boothroyd – top batter with 54 not out in the Bishop Wilton match. Canon C Whorlow – another expert batter.
Top Trivia: A new scoring system was introduced for the Bishop Wilton game because the players were too old to run!