The club first played informally in the 1940s. Under the guidance of Phillip Haigh, our first Chairman, the club became a more formal entity - Committee meetings, fixture lists and other evidence for a formal cricket club first appeared in the 1952 season. The Casuals have endeavoured to play every Summer Sunday since. The name sprang from the location of the pub which first hosted the committee, and while we still play occasionally at the St James Grammar School ground in Almondbury, Thurstonland, Shepley and Thongsbridge have been good friends to us over the years. Players from the leagues wanting a more relaxed game of cricket, mingled happily with Huddersfield rugby and hockey players looking for summer activity and a host of willing participants of very mixed ability have made the club what it is.
While having close relationships with three local clubs over the 60 years or so of existence, the nomadic nature of the Casuals has always been an attraction. Trips over the Pennines are strangely few and far between, but the broad acres of Yorkshire have been fairly well trodden over the years. Chatsworth and Thoresby Park entertained s in seasons past in Derbyshire, while tours over the years have included Germany, the Isle of Man, Tusmore Park in Oxfordshire and Helmsley in North Yorkshire.
Two games against the touring Italian sides of the 90's probably represents a high spot in the level of achievement, but we play good sides and bad sides as a matter of routine. While the inceasing pressure on cricket grounds through Sunday cup fixtures, limited over games and league playing on Sundays to avoid clashing with football have put a pressure on the fixtures available to us, but we manage to fit in between 14 and 20 games a season.
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