Woodhouse Grange 4th XI

There are very few cricket clubs that are able to field four teams on a Saturday, so Woodhouse Grange is immensely proud of its 4th XI.

Indeed, it is one of only four such teams in the York & District Senior Cricket League.

This team is usually made up of three or four older players plus a nice mix of younger cricketers, and it provides a fantastic opportunity for young players to get their first taste of adult cricket.

Since switching to the York & District Senior League in 2014, the 4th XI have at times encountered some much stronger teams, but have responded with some superb victories and other heroic moments.

The fourth team play in Y&DSCL Division 4 Ebor, a level that is sufficiently competitive  - it usually includes some first teams as well as other useful second string sides - but also a good platform for younger players to make their senior bow. 

One of the toughest jobs at Woodhouse Grange is that of Steve Ainley, the 4th XI captain. Steve has spent many a Saturday morning  making sure he has got eleven players (often due to call-offs throughout the club), but he always manages to achieve this, and it also means great opportunities for junior players to play adult cricket.

Woodhouse Grange initially formed a fourth team in 1999, playing in Division 5 of the York Vale League. The brainchild of club legend Alasdair Swann, this was a major success for several seasons, with a talented crop of young players - mainly under 16s - flourishing under the tutelage of some experienced cricketers. 

After reverting to three senior teams for a decade, the 4th XI was reformed in 2012, and performed creditably in the York Vale League before switching to the York & District Senior Cricket League two years later.

4th XI Captains:

Alasdair Swann (1999), Barry Johnson (2000-2002), Paul Townsley (2012), Steve Ainley (2012-)