T. H. Hobson Academy XI
Woodhouse Grange's Academy XI plays a key role in integrating juniors into senior cricket.
The Academy - named after club founder Tommy Hobson - was formed in 2001 in response to the realignment of junior age groups in the York area. Facing the prospect of having little cricket to offer a talented crop of sixteen year old players, Woodhouse Grange decided enter the Academy team into the Pocklington Evening League.
Under the expert guidance of former 1st XI player Stuart Craven, the Academy has been an outstanding success. Many juniors have developed significantly in this team and have progressed into our various senior sides.
The icing on the cake has been winning 4 Pocklington Evening League titles; a superb achievement when, barring the odd cameo from a senior player or two, it has generally been a team full of boys against men. They have also won the celebrated Wilson Todd Cup on six occasions during this time.
Academy players often feature in our Intermediates team, which plays on a number of Sundays throughout the season in the York & District Intermediate League, a competition for predominantly U18 players.
WIth Stuart now saving himself for Saturdays after many years of sterling service, the Academy XI is now captained by Chris Bilton. As one of the club's outstanding players and himself a graduate of the Academy, Chris is ideally placed to set the right example to impressionable young cricketers.
Following the demise of the Pocklington Evening League, the Academy joined the Foss Evening League in 2016; gaining promotion to the second division at the first time of asking. With our long-standing Evening League XI in the First Division of the same league, there is plenty of Wednesday night cricket available to Woodhouse Grange players.
2013: Woodhouse Grange's T. H. Hobson Academy celebrate winning the Pocklington Evening League and Wilson Todd Cup 'double'
Back (L-R): Val Nolton (Scorer), Michael Gilbank, James Hattee, Chris Bilton (Captain 2016-), Sam Shipley, Jack Chapman, Mathew Shepherd, John Gilbank, Peter Nolton (Umpire)
Front (L-R): Luke Cattle, Stuart Craven (Captain 2001-2015), Tom Young, Sam Craven, Tom Stubley