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Club by Club 2012 Seasons Prospects

ADDINGHAM C.C.

We continue to develop our successful junior section, and our aim is to get as many as possible playing senior cricket. Our 1st
team will be continuing its efforts to improve on our league position at the end of last year. Our overseas player will once again
be Ricky Palacio from New Zealand, and we will be looking forward to great success in his 3rd season with us. Neil Freeman will be available following a serious injury last season. Adam Balderstone an all rounder, has joined after a number of seasons out of the game.

The second team will be captained by Graham Sutcliffe, who will continue the excellent efforts of Brian Kuhl, in introducing our
juniors to senior cricket. Ray Smith has joined from New Rover, and he will pass a great deal of experience to the younger players.

The club have also been successful this winter in gaining clubmark status, well done to all the people who have worked hard to make this happen.

ADEL C.C.
Last season’s First Team captain, Paddy Coughlin, has left the Club as his work has taken him away from the area. The new Captain is Jack Coley who in his first year with the Club last year did well with the bat, scoring runs at vital times. Whether the Club will have an overseas player again this term is, as yet, unclear.

The Second Team will also have a new captain in Chris Horsfall who takes over from Mark Robinson who in his debut year as captain won the League. The side will consist of a mixture of senior players and promising juniors.

Junior players will again figure extensively in the Third Team which is regarded as a stepping stone between junior and senior cricket. Mark McFarlane will again captain the side after a very successful season last year, emerging as Group Winners in Conference B.

Newcomers to the Club include Richard Marsden from Pudsey St Lawrence, Ben Turner (Shadwell) and Bob Day (Appleby Froddingham)

ALWOODLEY C.C.
In the year of our 60th Anniversary I am happy to announce that we have reinstated three junior sides, namely at U9, U11 and U13. This is in addition to the existing side, who progress from U15 to U17. Many of the advances in our junior section are as a result of hard work from a few key club members, chiefly Adam Trunks and Ghulam Rafique . They will be working hard to develop closer links with local schools for the coming season. Adam Trunks, a senior player and qualified coach, will also be running a summer cricket school hosted at the club.

Ghulam Rafique has agreed to be our first team captain for this year and James Wilson will be continuing his reign, skippering the 2nd XI. As a club we are continuing to make improvements on and off the field. For the fist time in three years we have signed an overseas player. We have also made a few other additions to the first team squad. This year we are optimistic that neither of our sides will be left languishing at the base of Division C.

Our main goal for this season is to continue Adam Trunks’ good work and maintain the progress for the junior section. As ever we welcome new members and are committed to improving our cricket performances. For many years we have been working on small improvements, this year we hope to see some rewards for all the hard work and preparation.

BARDSEY C.C.
As a club we will be aiming to push on in 2012 and build on the successes of last year which saw our 1st XI promoted as Champions of Division 3 and our Last Man Stands side reach the National Finals Day. There is a double change in captaincy of our Aire-Wharfe teams as both Gary Hopton and Steve Warburton step down due to family commitments.
1st XI: Andy Bowes takes over the helm of the 1st XI and he leads a side full of confidence after the emphatic way in which they clinched the Division 3 title. John Maynard has not been able to return for this season, but the recruitment of Umer Yaqoob from Bolton Villas as our overseas player and the return of Mohammed Maroof combined with no other departures means the squad remains strong. Complemented by an experienced batting unit the team expects to be competitive in Division 2.
2nd XI: Matt Wells is our new 2nd XI Captain. Matt has come right the way through the junior ranks at Bardsey and we are pleased that our policy of developing and backing our young cricketers has seen one of them step up to the captaincy. Junior talent will feature prominently in the 2nd XI again, allied with the experienced senior players. Last year the team didn’t do itself justice on the field. The aim this year will be to reproduce the performances seen some of the time but with a greater level of consistency to earn a finish several places higher up the table.

BECKWITHSHAW C.C.
After a disappointing season in 2011 Beckwithshaw’s 1st XI go into the 2012 season with a significantly changed side. The side will once again be led by Ben Quick, who captained the double winning side of 2009. The retirements of AWSCL stalwarts Paul Thompson and Mike Stanford and the departure of Phil Critchley to Manchester, due to work commitments, means that the Club has looked to recruit a number of new players. In signing Yasar Ali and Istikhar Hussain from Green Lane CC, Ross Sedgeley from Harrogate CC and Bryan Vance (Mont Albert CC, Australia) we believe that we will be more competitive than last season.

The 2nd XI also had a disappointing 2011 league campaign but ended the season on high with a thrilling victory against local rivals Bilton CC in the Birtwhistle Cup Final and with some hard fought victories in the league. The retirement of Matthew “Billy” Smart and the move to Darley CC (Nidderdale League) of Andy Gott, has left the Club with the task of replacing two legends of ‘Shaw cricket. We are delighted to have secured the services of promising young all-rounder Chris Wademan, from Kirkstall Educational CC, and Callum Moore who has joined us from Birstwith CC to play alongside his brother Sam. After a year plying his trade with Hampsthwaite CC in the Nidderdale League, we are also delighted to welcome back to the Club Andy Tiffany, who impressed with both bat and ball in his last season with us and who continues to make a fantastic contribution to junior cricket coaching at Beckwithshaw CC. Thus, once again, the 2nd XI will be going into the new season with a mix of highly experienced, former 1st XI players and some talented young cricketers, several of whom have come through our junior ranks. The team will be captained by seasoned AWSCL campaigner Simon Barker.

We hope both teams will be pushing for honours at the end of the season and look forward to competing with AWSCL rivals old and new.

BEN RHYDDING C.C.
After unprecedented back to back promotions for the 1st X1, and promotion for the 2ndX1 last year, BRCC enters new territory and looks forward to a whole new challenge with an equal measure of optimism and realism. The club has worked very hard in the close season to improve the playing and spectator experience by investing in new covers and a new patio area, and members of all sections will be busy on NatWest Cricket Force weekend sprucing up the changing rooms, scoreboard, sightscreens and spectator areas. Last years investment in an outdoor 3 lane net system continues to pay dividends as the fine weather in March has allowed for uninterrupted outdoor net practise for all senior and junior teams.

A largely unchanged 1st X1 squad will continue to put youth to the fore, and will be captained once again by the experienced Nick Smith, who makes a welcome return to Division A cricket. Jason Wright returns as the overseas player for a second season and is promoted to vice-captain. Further new close season signings will encourage competition for places in the batting department particularly and no fewer than four of the squad have been improving their cricket skills by playing down under.

Andrew Brown captains the 2nd X1 for a third successive year and is delighted to start the season with a fit again Chris Pennington who will spearhead a young, fast improving and well balanced bowling attack which also includes Danny Shiels, Roam Hamilton, Dom Grimes and Peter Hewitt. In turn this should help strengthen the 3rd X1, which after a baptism of fire in their first year in 2011, expects to be more competitive. It is the intention of the club to select wherever possible a blend of experience and youth to develop cricketers for higher level league cricket in future years.

Everyone at BRCC is looking forward to the new season with great anticipation, and whilst intending to be competitive on the field of play, wish also to extend a warm welcome to our umpires, the many new visiting teams, their players and their spectators alike. In turn, our players and members are also looking forward to the novel experience of visiting, playing and watching at a number of “new”grounds.

BILTON C.C.
Having returned to the First Division last season and ending in a respectable 6th place, we are hoping to push on in 2012.

Our 2011 campaign may have ended with us in a better position, having topped the League at the halfway stage. But losing our opening bowler, Wil Liddle, through injury for the second half of the season compromised our challenge to a degree.

For this season we have made a few changes with Oral Blackford, Tom Baren and David Jacobs leaving and Chris Dawson stepping down to the 2nd team. Coming to the Club, we welcome Daniel Wilkinson from Evenwood CC and Sajd Ali from Burley. Promising young batsman, Michael Donnelly moves up from our 2nd team and Simon Clemmerson returns having missed most of last season through work commitments.

This season we have made a conscious decision not to recruit an overseas player, thus giving opportunities to our promising young players to progress to the 1st eleven.

Our 2nd team gained promotion to Division 1 last season (and reached the Birtwhistle Cup Final) and are looking forward to the new challenge. Having lost Michael Donnelly to the 1st team, we have strengthened the side with the return of Carl Heptinstall from Yeadon CC and Chris Dawson moving down from the 1st Team.

Bilton 3rd team is a relatively young side and have found it tough to compete against older opposition, but will improve as they develop and gain experience. We look forward to the 2012 season and hope to have many entertaining games throughout a sun filled summer

BOLTON VILLAS C.C.
We have new captains in place for 2012, Lee Margerison will skipper the 1st XI whilst the previous incumbent Peter Clarke replaces John Brennan as captain of the 2nd XI. From last years 1sts we have lost Umer Yaqoob and Neil Kettle to Bardsey and Harden respectively and we wish them both well at their new clubs, incoming players are Thomas Gadd who returns from a spell at Yeadon and subject to clearance Syed Hashmi from Baildon.We bid a fond farewell to scorer Harry Rycroft who has hung up his pencil case, his legendary pre match “team talks” will be missed as will be his words of wisdom.

The 2nds will again be a mix of “experienced” players and youth,it is hoped that the progress made by 15 year olds Joe Clough and Jordan Towers will be repeated again this year as well as others pushing for a place.

We will again be hosting Junior Sides from Under 9 to Under 15 as well as our Evening League Academy side under the watchful eye of Sam Lawrence,they will compete in Division 1 which will be a good tester for the youngsters who make up the bulk of the side.

Off the field has seen us attain Clubmark Accreditation which is a fitting accolade to the efforts of Sam Lawrence and Lynton Marsden who have seen the project to fruition. Thanks to some generous support from funding bodies we have also refurbished both practice lanes.

As always we are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to Villas and hope for a warm dry summer

BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE C.C.
Burley CC are looking forward to continuing on from last season’s successes and hope to push for further silverware. The youth at the club is becoming stronger and more talent is emerging through into the senior ranks.

The 1st XI will be captained by Nick Brook, 2nd XI Andy Peel and the 3rd X1 David Wadsworth.

Daniel Meredith returns as overseas player for a second year. We welcome Ed Brown from neighbours Olicanian, a batting all rounder, who enjoyed excellent success in Division B last term. Former Captain Mark Harrison moves on to the Bradford League, we wish him every success.

Burley CC offer a warm welcome to all visiting players, spectators and umpires. A big thank you to all the sponsors and patrons of the club for their support.

CALVERLEY ST. WILFRID’S C.C.
This year Calverley St. Wilfrid’s Cricket Club celebrates its 150th Anniversary although Calverley Cricket Club was formed some years earlier. The Club have started a refurbishment of the Clubhouse which will be done in stages and are hoping to encourage the younger end in the running of Club as a whole.

The Club will again field two senior sides with Ben Waller leading the first eleven, whilst Ashley Benson the seconds. Gareth Lee has gone to pastures new at Menston and we have the services of Jamie Simpson from Hall Park, Johannes Van Ee from Almondbury and Jonathan Hudson returning from Rawdon. We will again in the main have a team of home grown and local players with youngsters to the fore. The Club are looking towards bringing an overseas player to The Club but nothing has been finalised yet.

COLLINGHAM & LINTON C.C.
This season sees Sam Anderson take over the captaincy of the first team from Toby Jacklin after 3 years in charge. We are pleased to have retained Toby’s services and expect another big all round contribution from him. The club also welcomes all rounder Andy Robinson from Horsforth CC where he enjoyed a successful 2011. Our overseas player, an opening bowler from New Zealand, should be available for the second round of fixtures. The club expects to be challenging for both league and cup as well as bringing on some of our talented juniors into the senior teams.
Stephen Booth will lead the 2nd team for a second season being able to pick on the usual mix of youth and experience. The objective again will be to ensure the side are competitive but develop the juniors and further introduce them into the demands of senior cricket.

COLTON C.C.
After the bitter disappointment in 2011 when both the 1st & 2nd XI narrowly missed out on promotion we are hoping to bounce back and make another strong challenge this year.

Following the loss of Danny Gautrey who has decided to test himself in Div 1 with Otley the 1st XI will be captained by Nick Thackray with Dave Ryder continuing to lead the 2nd XI. Efforts have been made during the close season to improve the playing strength and coupled with the development of the younger players we are optimistic for the year ahead. We wish them both well and are certain they will receive full support from everyone at the club.

Based on the recommendation of one of our former players Peter Stringer who now coaches in South Africa we are delighted to welcome Mathew Feinstein as our overseas player. Mathew is only 19 and plays for The Wanderers Cricket Club in Johannesburg. We wish him every success and hope he enjoys his stay with us.

We will running 4 junior teams from U11 to U17 age groups and are happy to invite new lads to come along and enjoy the excellent facilities at Colton.

Once again the ground is looking in superb condition even at this time of year and we are all looking forward to a season of good weather and competitive cricket.

FOLLIFOOT C.C.
1st X1 – After many years at the helm Paul Angove has stepped down as captain and the team this year will be lead by Greg Lambert with David Wright as his deputy. The Club have recruited David Girling from Knaresborough and obtained the services of an Australian overseas player. There is still the possibility of one other signing but the Clubs intentions have and always will be where possible to promote from within with a number of promising younger players available the team are confident of remaining competitive this season.

2nd X1 – The seconds are again led by Paul Miller who did a splendid job keeping the side competitive for the whole of last season narrowly missing out on promotion. They will continue to rely on some promising youngsters who have been learning their trade in the Thirds and will be hoping to make their mark in the second team this year. They will of course be kept on their toes by some wily older experienced players.

3rd X1 – After another successful season Euan London has stepped down as captain and handed the reins over to Ryan Smith one of our promising youngsters. Ryan will be looking for help and guidance from Euan and some of the older hands, but in the main is hoping our successful junior set up will produce some promising players for the future.

GREEN LANE C.C.
With the 2012 season almost with us we are please to confirm the return of Davin Charleston for his 3rd season with the club. He will also be returning to take charge of our 1st XI and can hopefully lead his side back into division 1. Chris Elsworth & Ian Roberts will remain as 2nd XI & 3rd XI captains respectively and will hopefully bring success alongside developing our junior cricketers into senior cricketers. Junior cricket remains a priority for the club and we are very proud that our current senior sides contain very high numbers of home grown players. We would like to welcome all visiting players , officials and spectators to Green Lane CC in the forth coming season.

GUISELEY C.C.
Guiseley CC enters the 2012 season on the back of an excellent 4th place finish last year. It does so without the services of Dean Russ who has not returned from Australia, after his record breaking 2011 season, but they believe they have found a more than able replacement in 19 year old Josh Nelson who is a top order batsman from Queensland. The 1st XI squad also welcomes back David Whittaker from Green Lane after a 20 year absence and Dan Temm from Warley CC. The major and sad loss is that of 15 year old Jordan Thompson who joins his father at Pudsey St Lawrence. We wish him every success. The youthful squad will once again be led by David Pennett. Nick Fraser continues to captain the 2nd XI, and the usual mix of OAPs and kids; runners-up for the last two years they will hope to go one better this time. Warren Duckett replaces Darren Nicholson in the crucial job of skippering the 3rd XI and the club looks forward to hosting the Ian Chappell Cup Final. The highlight of what will hopefully be a big year for the club is the T20 game on Tuesday 31st July against an ex-England Players team led by Neil Fairbrother.

HARDEN C.C.
Richard Wear continues as 1st X1 Captain this season and will be assisted new signing Ben Burkill who joins Harden from Northowram and takes up the role of 1st XI Vice-Captain. We also welcome back Neil Kettle who rejoins from Bolton Villas and will be welcoming James Seymour to the Club who’s joining as this year’s overseas player.

The 2nd XI will be led by Lee Spragg who will be assisted by Steve Gardner as the Club looks to build on last year’s survival in Division A.

Ben Simpson and Mark Falkingham will continue the successes of our 3rd XI and will be looking to provide opportunities to blood the products of our junior section into senior cricket.

All visitors are welcome to enjoy our first-class teas and after match hospitality at Cuckoo’s Nest.

HORSFORTH C.C.
Horsforth go into 2012 losing Andrew Robinson (Collingham) and Adam Mabb (Returned to Australia). A new top order Batsman (Jake Kegworth) joins us from Heslerton nr Scarborough and it will also look in-ward within the club to promote junior players.
Chris Binks continues to skipper the 1st Team; the 2nd team sees Chris Baker take charge, with the 3rd team likely to be skippered by Sarah Brown.
Off- field, the club has now received full planning permission to build its new clubhouse and changing rooms and would hope to see the construction start some stage soon.

HORSFORTH HALL PARK C.C.
The club have suffered a setback in recent weeks with the garage been broken into for at least the third time in the last 5 years, this time the outfield mower has been stolen, we suspect to order. If any club is offered an outfield mower for sale that they think is suspicious please inform the police.

Work to improve the outfield has continued and is progressing satisfactorily.

The club have made significant progress towards ClubMark accreditation and are hopeful that this will be achieved in 2012.

William Brown will lead the 1st XI and Daniel Holah continues at the helm of the 2nd XI captain and Chris Atter as 3rd XI captain.

Final preparations are being made regarding an overseas player, our first choice having been called up into his state side.

Bob Hodson returns after a season with Bradford & Bingley, no doubt enticed knowing he won’t have to bowl a full 25 overs every week. We expect to add to our squad with a couple of signings before the start of the season.
Jamie Simpson has moved to Calverley and Geoff Barker has retired from competitive cricket, the club wish them both well.

ILKLEY C.C.
There is only one change of personnel this year at the helm of the senior teams. Chris Quaife will bring his experience and expertise to support last year’s successful second team who in common with the first team will take up the challenge of second division cricket. Nick Cockcroft and Roy Broadley continue to lead the first and third teams. The club has modest ambitions to maintain reasonable positions in each league with a longer term view to gain promotion using the emerging junior players from within the club. To date the club has not, and unlikely to, secure the services of an overseas player. The club is looking towards gaining the experience of an English player/coach to add to the strength of the first team and oversee the development of the junior section. Ground improvements will include new covers, fencing around the parking and dressing room area, perimeter seating and to the score box. The Club will also undertake the Total Cricket Scorer system with enthusiasm!

ILLINGWORTH ST MARY’S C.C.
After pushing close for promotion for the greater part of last season, Illingworth will look to further develop in their search for 2nd Division cricket. Both the 1st & 2nd teams will look forward to a positive and successful campaign with the impetus being centred on youth. The junior section at the club is ever growing and this can only bode well for future continuity.

Following the departure of Niall Lockley to Elland, Luke Brooksby will take over the 1st XI captaincy duties and will be supported by two former captains in Richard Farrell Smith and Alex Ledger. It is expected that their invaluable combined experience will assist Luke and his relatively young squad of players. Luke’s brother Veryan returns to the squad after a short spell with neighbours Bradshaw of the Halifax Cricket League. Sean Stevenson, a 27 year old all rounder from Tasmania will be the overseas player for 2012.

Steve Smith will head up our 2nd team with Ben Robertshaw and Stuart Thompson as his Vice Captains. They will be tasked with developing existing players and some promising young cricketers who have come through the juniors and had a grounding in Sunday Section cricket in the HCL

KIRKSTALL EDUCATIONAL C.C.
KECC welcome a number of new faces to the club this season in both 1st and 2nd XIs. The 1st XI will be hoping to repeat some of the success of last season and the 2nd XI will be working towards an immediate promotion from the 2nd division. Jos Siddall will continue to lead the 1st XI and Paul Bennett takes over the reins of the 2nd XI. A new club sponsorship deal with Wensleydale Brewery will ensure that all visitors to the club this season will be able to enjoy some fantastic real ale whilst watching the cricket.

KNARESBOROUGH C.C.
Knaresborough enter the season with a similar squad to last year. A huge thanks goes to Jonathan Corcoran for all his work leading the first eleven to an encouraging third place finish. Jonathan stands down as captain this year and we are pleased that Stuart Carey will take over. We welcome Australian Jack Paynter from Melbourne and hope he is able to contribute with runs and wickets.

The second and third elevens also have new captains, Andy Ward the second eleven looking to consolidate last year’s mid table finish whilst continuing to help develop the strong junior set up at the Club. Keith Egerton leads the third eleven with the development of juniors a high priority.

We expect a very close and competitive season and look forward to welcoming all teams, supporters to Aspin Lane throughout 2012.

MENSTON C.C.
2012 sees the end of an era in the Club’s history with the retirement from the 1stX1 cricket of Charles Dracup. After many years service Charles will now be spending more time watching the game in an ambassadorial role.

On the field Ryan Robinson again acts as 1stX1 skipper with Adam Campion acting as his deputy. John Storey will continue to wheel away but his new colleague in the spin bowling department will be the arrival from Calverley of Gareth Lee.

Steven Millward continues as 2ndX1 skipper with Paul Smith again vice-captain. Mike Pratt will be stepping down (possibly to don the white coat on the odd Saturday with Jane) but he may be persuaded out for a Sunday game with the 3rdX1, led again by Anthony Hunt which hopes to turn last season’s promise into some more positive results.

The junior section of the Club boasts sides at all age groups from Under 9 UPWARDS IN THE Airedale Junior Cricket League with opportunities for all children from the age of 6 upwards.

As in previous years a warm welcome awaits all visitors, both in the tea room and in the Fox next door. Please look out for notices of other events, especially in the Jubilee weekend at the beginning of June.

NEW ROVER C.C.
It has been a winter of change at New Rover CC with club stalwart standing down as Club Secretary after many years at the club to concentrate on his health and Michael Richmond after captaining the club since he was 19 has decided it’s time to step aside and concentrate on looking after his young family, but he is still keen as ever.

The Chairmanship of the club has been passed onto Brian Freeman in recognition of his many years of work for the club, with Geoffrey Richmond also standing down but unfortunately Brian has had a reoccurrence of an illness he suffered from 2 years ago. The club wishes him a speedy recovery as soon as possible and to see him down on Saturday’s for plenty of banter.

The 1st XI captaincy reins have passed to Chris Buttery who has been busy recruiting a number of talented players. Hanzaq and Hamza Mir have returned after two seasons in the Bradford League and Chris has also raided the Durham Premier League for an opening bowler. With these and a couple of other additions, we hope to challenge for a top-of-the-table position in 2012. New 1st XI Vice-Captain Rob Thomas has also been awarded Vice-Chairmanship of the club and has been busy, together with Ground Secretary Shane Blanchard and Groundsman Keith Boyce, renewing aspects of the ground and clubhouse over the winter.
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Tom Rhea continues as 2nd XI Captain after leading the side to their best position since joining the league and pushing for promotion until the final hurdle. Hopes are high for another good season in 2012 with Nick Calvert also continuing as Vice-Captain while simultaneously trying to fulfil the Cricket Secretary’s duties previously performed by Mel Reuben.

Our U11 side enters their second season with more experience and extra enthusiasm and hope to add to their tally of wins after training throughout the winter under the guidance of their Manager Phillip Rakusen.

In 2011, NRCC hosted an over-60s Ashes Test, which was a great success. In 2012, we welcome all visitors to the club during league matches and also during the high quality Representative and Yorkshire U17 and O60 games hosted at the club.

NORTH LEEDS C.C.
North Leeds CC has invested heavily in its clubhouse refurbishment in 2011 and plans to continue at the same pace going into 2012.The club hopes for on field success to match the off field gains.
After being permanently mid table last season the first team will hope to challenge for promotion this season. Under the captaincy of the vastly experienced Rob Winter the club hopes that the combination of experience, youth and a promising overseas player will bear fruit in 2012. The first team was short of runs last year and have recruited Tom Boxell,an opening batsman from Melbourne to help fill this gap. Otherwise the team will be largely that which competed last year and it is hoped that the current crop of youngsters can be blooded and produce results in the senior teams.
The second team, after being relegated on the last day of 2011, is again captained by Nick Bull. Again, it is hoped that youth will play its part in helping the second team back into the top division.
The third team will be the usual mixture of callow youth and middle age spread, competitive on it’s day, but subject to the whims of availability.
Wishing all clubs the very best for the forthcoming season.

OLICANIAN C.C.
The new season sees the first team continue in the second division where they hope to improve on the fifth place of last season with a promotion spot this time. The second team continue in the first division whilst the third team will be out to defend the league championship title they won last time. The third team will continue to operate with a minimum of senior players to ensure the ongoing development in senior cricket of our many talented juniors. We will again operate a full range of junior boys teams together with three girls teams at under 9, 11 and 13.

The new first team captain will be Ally Long , Jamie Hudson takes over as second team captain with Mick Lawrence continuing as third team captain. The overseas player this year will be Hamish Skelt from, Invercargill, New zealand who is an early order batsman.

Apart from Ed Brown, who has left for Burley CC , there has been very little change in last season’s first team squad. We are hoping that more of our exciting junior players will break through in to our first and second teams to supplement those that so successfully achieved this last season.

As a result of moving out of the area we say goodbye to Nigel Law after many years of loyal service to the club, initially as a player and then, since retiring from playing and for the last eleven years as our club Secretary. We are very grateful to Nigel for his valuable contribution, both on and off the field, and he leaves with our very best wishes for the future. As a result of Nigel’s departure we have had a committee reshuffle with Brent Armitage moving from Treasurer to Secretary and Jeremy Harrison coming in as Treasurer. Giles Phillips replaces Bernard Thornton as Assistant Secretary who is to continue in an advisory capacity with the club.

The club’s new pavilion with our picturesque ground setting is proving extremely popular as a venue for weddings , parties etc and the income generated from these has already repaid a slice of the money we spent when developing it. We have four large weddings already booked for 2012 together with several parties and many other hiring enquiries. Anyone wishing to hire the venue should contact any club official.

The club will be once again holding an annual cricket festival week (24 August to 2 September ) and with cricket matches played every day during this period we have an open invitation to members, players and supporters from all clubs to come along to our ground and enjoy a days cricket..

We welcome all clubs, umpires, supporters and officials to our ground for the coming season and hope that all will enjoy our hospitality and our new pavilion and the facilities it now offers.

OTLEY C.C.
It has been a busy pre-season at the OCC with a number of arrivals. The 3 captains however remain the same with Matthew O’Grady again charge of the 1st team, Mark Wilkinson the 2nd team and Chris Keddle the 3rd team.
The playing squad has been boosted by the arrival of a number of new players including; Daniel Gautrey from Colton and Josh Atkinson returning from Pudsey Congs.
Last years overseas Nicholas Benton will not be returning to the club, his replacement for the coming season is 21 year old all-rounder Andrew Ross from Melbourne, the club wishes Andrew all the best for his first trip to the UK.
Off the field the club continues to try and improve its facilities and we look forward to welcoming visiting teams and spectators during the 2012 season.

POOL IN WHARFEDALE C.C.
Both on and off the field there have significant improvements at the club over the past 12 months. Spring saw the delivery of a bespoke new sight screen which we have positioned on the riverside of the ground. We also took delivery of a new set of roll on and roll off covers. This complemented the completion of the new brick cutting shed and electronic scoreboard that were built at the back end of 2010.

At the end of the last playing season we invested heavily on improving the square and the outfield. The old all weather wicket has now been taken up. The square has been Korrowed; which basically means that the surface has been planed to reduce saddles at the ends and create a more level surface.
All these improvements in our facilities should combine to make Pool an even more attractive place to play cricket. This was certainly the expectation of the committee and part of the vision that we had two years ago.
The summer months brought the junior cricket camps back to Pool. These were really successful and culminated in a coach trip to the Yorkshire v Warwickshire county championship match at Headingley for 30 of our youngsters in August.
For the older members the trip to the Scarborough Cricket festival was a great success. Golf at Northcliffe, coffees on the seafront and lovely sunshine to in which to watch cricket made for an enjoyable time.
Hopefully 2012 will see Pool CC return to Division One cricket but we also need players and members to continue share their knowledge of cricket and business acumen off the field so that a solid cricketing infra structure is established in the village. These are be the primary aims for the Club in 2012.

RAWDON C.C.
1st X1

Relegated from Division A in 2011, season 2012 will see a regrouping at Rawdon. Andrew Doidge will continue to captain and will oversee a gradual reduction in the average age of the side as the club continues to build on its thriving junior development. This will see Ben Morley and George Myers coming in to the side to join more established youngsters Josh Hobson and Matthew McCallum. Joe Loorhams will be the overseas player, who is a young batsman from Australia. We welcome Ryan Gladwin who joins from Morley. Tony Gilks also re joins from Bramhope. The club says good bye to Jonny Hudson who returns to Calverley with our best wishes.

2nd X1

The experienced Peter Smith will captain the seconds who with their blend of experience and youth performed so well in season 2011. It will be more of the same in 2012 with a balance of experience from players such as Neil Waite, Wayne Martell and David Gilks who joins along with his brother from Bramhope and promising younger players such as Stuart Ward, Jake Hodges and Nathan Goldthorp. The development of these younger players will be crucial to the long term development of the 1st X1.

3rd X1

We thank James Coulson who stands down as captain. The reins will be picked up jointly by Andrew Milner and Dave Thompson. The thirds have been a crucial cog in the development of juniors at Rawdon. Andrew and Dave will continue this process by leading a team dominated by the next crop of juniors.

SILSDEN C.C.
On the Playing front, the 1st X1 will again be led by Lee Bilborough, with Matt Shuttleworth as has his deputy.

Joining us with be our overseas player, a very talented batsman, Majid Inayat from Oman. Also rejoining us will be David Wynn returning after a spell with Upper Wharfedale CC. Lastly Jack Roberts (a very promising young talent) is returning to us from Glusburn CC.

The 2nd X1 will be skippered by Chris. Barrett, with Andy Pullen as his vice capt.

Off the field all the old faces are still doing the admin, and the Ground even at this stage looks in very good order.

SKIPTON C.C.
With a completely renovated pavilion ground floor, together with the new electronic scoreboard unveiled late last year, Skipton Cricket Club approaches the new season with positivity and enthusiasm.
The Club has new captains for both 1st and 2nd XIs, together with 2 new players on transfer from Silsden CC. Our youth policy, started 5 years ago, is starting to pay dividends and we are likely to field 7/8 lads in the 15-20 age group in our 2 teams this year. The Club realises that we have had these youngsters playing for the last 2/3 years and this has contributed to a relatively weak performance. However, both sides have improved year on year during the last 2 seasons and we are confident that this year we can achieve a top 4 finish for one, if not both, sides. Our business plan ambition is to gain promotion for our teams to the ‘B’ division within 3 years.
Our youth policy – to grow our own future senior cricketers who can compete in the League – continues to grow from strength to strength. Last year, our Under 17s finished as Upper Airedale Junior Cricket league champions, our Under 15s were Cup Champions and our Under 9s won both the League title and the Cup. This year, once again, following extensive indoor coaching throughout the winter, we will field teams in all 5 junior age groups.
The Club is especially proud of our ‘Kashmir initiative’, whereby a local side, which used to rent our ground on Sundays to play in the West Riding League, has been fully assimilated into the Club structure, although they will still play in their former League.

STEETON C.C.
Steeton Cricket Club had good season in 2011.

It was the turn of the first eleven to shine at Summerhill Lane. The team were very consistent all year and Captain Neil Spragg led them back to Division A, narrowly missing the championship. The batting was excellent with Steeton having the top three in the league batting averages, won by Mark Taylor. He was supported by our overseas Shane McNamara and Steeton veteran John Akrigg, both averaging over 50. Jonathan Best led the bowling supported by the youth of Ros Suri and the guile of the mercurial (barmy) Andrew Luxton. Captain Spragg has not rested on success and has looked to strengthen for 2012. Our own Stephen Pearson has returned from Upper Wharfedale with Craig Walton and Richard Craddock joining from Earby CC. We also welcome David Wildsmith, a top order batter from Australia.

The second eleven were too inconsistent to mount a title challenge in 2011. The batting topped by Julian Higginson did not perform to usual standards and too often faltered. On a positive note young off spinner Zach Pearson had a great season and topped 50 wickets along with the ever dependable James Emmott. Given recent recruitment, places will be at a premium so players will have to perform. Veteran Hayden Tennant once again is captain.

Our third eleven improved in 2011 under the captaincy Mark Chapman and a very able deputy in Chris Karakiozakis. Junior players got their chance to shine and a few have come through the third team and are competing for 2nd team slots. Jack Stephenson won the league wicketkeeping prize. Chris has taken over the captaincy for 2012 and will no doubt lead by example, he averaged over 60 with the bat in 2011, and continue to develop our youth policy.

Off the field Steeton once again has made good strides. Due to having “Clubmark” accreditation and “Focus Club” status we have, in the close season, accessed a substantial amount of grant funding. It is our intention to have new changing facilities and a new roof by the end of the 2012 season. Clubs may have to be patient as building work is likely to be conducted during the season.

Our annual primary schools festival was again a great success. This continues to demonstrate the clubs commitment to cricket at all levels and our focus to work with partners in schools in the local community.
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The Steeton tea ladies again delivered the Aire- Wharfe league unofficial ‘Tea of the year award’ in 2011 as voted for by umpires and players alike. This is now seventeen years in a row our ladies have won this award.

Steeton CC looks forward to welcoming you all to Summerhill Lane in what we all hope will be a dry and sunny 2012.

THACKLEY C.C.
As 1st Division Champions in 2011,which was the first in our history, we are really looking forward to defending
this in 2012.Our 1st X1 will be captained by Andrew Stothart, Left Arm Spin Bowler, who has been with us for a few years,
is a very experienced cricketer, Playing in the Bradford League with Bankfoot & East Bierley before joining us.
Leon Harbor our Capt for the last 5 years and opening bat, will continue to play, but steps down to vice capt. Our batting
has been strengthened, as this was our weak point last season. We have a new overseas all rounder, Yaser Ali, who is a middle
order batsman and Leg Spin Bowler. He is Mahir Ali”s younger brother, who along with Nasser Jamal will form once again
our very formidable opening bowling partnership. Also joining us is Majid Khan, a hard hitting batsman from Batley c.c. (Cntd.)
The rest of the side is as last year.
The 2nd X1 will again be captained by Dean Skillicorn, who once again has a very strong experienced squad. They will also
have two returning batsmen, Darren Kettlewell and John Terry, who will add further quality to their batting line up.
Raeese Shah has left the district, and Richard Skillicorn will only be available when work commitments allow.
The 3rd X1 will again be captained by Rob Clayton. He has a mixture of experienced players, plus a number of up and coming juniors who we are anxious to blend into senior cricket.

TONG PARK ESHOLT C.C.
With the disappointing relegation of the first eleven to the third tier of the league for the first time in the clubs history, it was clear an overhaul of the team was needed. Subsequently the club have signed six new players to re-shape the side for the forthcoming season. Ross Todd, newly signed from Baildon CC will captain the team supported by Gareth Wilkinson as vice-captain who steps down as skipper. Also joining will be Brett Kinsey and Darren Wilson also from Baildon. Ajantha Weerappuli joins us having played at Esholt back in 2001. He is an all rounder who now lives in the UK but originates from Sri Lanka.
Having been without an overseas player last year the club has signed a young Australian all rounder in Bradey Welsh from Melbourne. We look forward to welcoming him to the club.
The second team, having had a much more successful 2011 season are newly promoted to the first division and will look to establish themselves within that division utilising a similar squad to last year, strengthened by a couple of players dropping down from first team duty. Neil Cooper will continue to skipper the side.
The third team will continue to play Saturday cricket in the Dales Council under the leadership of Matthew Burnham at Tong Park. Much work has been done at the ground following some serious vandalism including new showers, kitchen and revitalised tea room. There is also electricity following the installation of a generator.
Much work has also gone into the Esholt ground. The square is in good condition with no signs of the disease that effected it last Spring. There is also a new pathway around the ground. We are I the process of creating a nature trail and picnic facilities making cricket at Esholt a day out for all the family. We look forward to welcoming all visitors during the coming season.

UPPER WHARFEDALE C.C.
Little change at UWCC. The hoped for pavilion rebuild will now commence at the end of the 2012 season following lengthy planning and design issues but the current pavilion and ground is ready for the new season. Andrew Smith will captain the first team with James Freebury as his VC and Dan Stockdale will captain the second team. We will not be entering a third team this season but will keep a close watch on this in future seasons. Plans for an overseas player are being finalised and at this stage no new signings are complete.

WOODHOUSE C.C.
The 1st XI will once again be captained by Faz Allam, who is joined by his brother, Asim Zia Allam as our overseas player. The 2nd XI will have Jason Holmes as Captain. Both sides are looking forward to the new season and it is hoped that the 1st XI gain promotion to the 2nd Division to join the 2nd XI who had mixed fortunes in this division last season.

Our junior section is continuing to thrive with help from the local schools. The Club will be running Under 11, 13 and 17 this year.

We are also hoping to enroll in a twenty/20 competition being organized in the local area.

Last season’s First Team captain, Paddy Coughlin, has left the Club as his work has taken him away from the area. The new Captain is Jack Coley who in his first year with the Club last year did well with the bat, scoring runs at vital times. Whether the Club will have an overseas player again this term is, as yet, unclear.

The Second Team will also have a new captain in Chris Horsfall who takes over from Mark Robinson who in his debut year as captain won the League. The side will consist of a mixture of senior players and promising juniors.

Junior players will again figure extensively in the Third Team which is regarded as a stepping stone between junior and senior cricket. Mark McFarlane will again captain the side after a very successful season last year, emerging as Group Winners in Conference B.

Newcomers to the Club include Richard Marsden from Pudsey St Lawrence, Ben Turner (Shadwell) and Bob Day (Appleby Froddingham)