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The club are happy to announce that Laurie O Connor has joined Addingham from Ben Rhydding to captain the 1st team, Phil Smith having stepped down. We wish Laurie all the best and are sure he will do a great job, both on and off the field at Addingham. We are also saying goodbye to Keiran Mitchell who has decided to return to Ben Rhydding, we wish him well, and also Neil Freeman is leaving to play atGlusburn, a big thank you to Neil for all his efforts over the last few trying seasons. We are sure we will miss these players but are confident we can continue to improve our league standing with the great young players we have making their presence felt in 2013.

The 2nd team will continue to bring on our juniors, giving them every opportunity to experience senior cricket, we are at present still finalising the captain.

We wish all clubs the best for the 2013 season, and look forward to a hot, dry summer !!


The First X1 have a new captain in Nick Smith who makes a welcome return to the Club after a very successful spell as captain of Ben Rhydding, that saw them promoted to the top division.

The overseas player this term will be Australian Simon Black, an opening bowler and middle order batsman who plays for Hawthorne in the Victoria Premier Competition. This will be his second spell of summer cricket in England, having had a successful stint with Lightcliffe in the Bradford League in 2009.

Chris Horsfall will again captain the Second team having lead the side to a creditable fourth position in the league last season. The team will feature a mix of senior players and promising juniors.

The Club’s younger players will again figure extensively in the Third team which is regarded as a bridge between junior and senior cricket. Mark McFarlane will again captain the side that finished as runner-up in Conference C last season.


Following on from a successful season where the first team managed to avoid re-election we have appointed Barry McCormack as captain. This will hopefully provide a fresh and new injection into our club, the fresh ideas towards the end of last year showed that the team is capable of success and this should continue into the new season. This will allow the first team to push on and hopefully achieve a better position in the league this year! The second team after narrowly missing promotion will be hoping to go on step further and achieve the feat this year.


With some long-standing players moving on or retiring, it is a transitional year for the club. Some of our juniors moved up into regular 1st XI cricket last season and showed their potential, so we aim for that to continue. We have also been able to recruit and welcome Rizwan Ali, Qaisar Hameed and Naseem Aslan who join us from Leeds Police. We are still in discussion with one or two other prospects


1st XI news: Andy Bowes steps down from the captaincy and hands on the reins to Sameer Manjrekar. After a teriffic first season for the club, Umer Yaqoob returns as our overseas player. Tom Clayton has decided to try his luck with Follifoot and we wish him well. Steve Bowes has retired from regular senior cricket, though he continues to coach our juniors.


2nd XI news: Matt Wells, in his final year at University, is moving to the vice-captain’s slot this year with Jack Walkden taking over as skipper. We will continue to promote our juniors into the senior side and think there is plenty of young talent available to blend with the experience of established players.


Beckwithshaw’s 1st XI go into the 2013 season ably led again led by Ben Quick. We have lost the valuable services of James Lilley who has moved to work in London and also Andy Johnson who has moved back to Pannal CC . We are however delighted to welcome back Alex Lilley from his years sabbatical to Harrogate CC,  Joe Downing returning from his stint in Afghanistan and Mitch Farag as our overseas.


The 2nd XI once again will be going into the new season with a mixture of highly experienced, former 1st XI players and some talented young cricketers, several of whom have come through our junior ranks. This year seasoned 2nd XI  AWSCL campaigner Dax Guy will captain the team. Additions to the squad Tom Lilley (Pannal CC) and Giles Lyndsay returning from Hampsthwaite CC.


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.


Whilst many clubs will remember 2012 as the wettest season on record, it proved to bet yet another incredible year for Ben Rhydding, losing the Waddilove Cup final on the last ball in a match played over 5 weeks, and then pulling off a scarcely imaginable last gasp victory on the final day to maintain Division A status.


Hopes are high for another successful season at BRCC. Jason Wright takes over the captaincy and will be ably supported by Charlie Swallow as vice captain. Youth is once again the name of the game for the 1st X1, and it is to be hoped the team will have learnt the tough lessons of last season and be more comfortable in their surroundings this year. Mark Johnson and Tom Pratt have been added to the squad and we wish them well at the club.



Danny Shiels and Chris Pennigton will once again spearhead the 2nd X1 bowling attack, whilst the experienced Mark Booth, Simon Wood and Ian Grosset will be the main stay of the batting. And the 3rd X1 will be hoping for a repeat of last seasons stronger showing under the joint management of newly elevated Life Member, Neil Hatton, and Tom Holmes.


We look forward to playing some exciting cricket in 2013, as well as to welcoming all our opponents, umpires and visitors to BRCC.


Chris Peareth will again captain the First XI, but there are a couple of changes from 2012.  Andy Walker and Darren Blenkiron have both left the club and Chris Winn has joined us from Brandon CC.
Once again we have decided against signing an overseas player, as we continue the policy to promote from our Second XI when possible.
We will be looking to improve on last season’s mid-table placing as well as giving our opponents a good game of cricket.
Our Second XI has lost the services of Lee Heslop who has returned to his former club, Saltburn.  The team will be captained by Lewis Mallinson, who takes over from Matt Shaw.
Recruitment is still ongoing but one player to sign is Liam Ford who returns to the club after spells with Follifoot and Burton Leonard (Nidderdale League).

Bilton’s Third XI is comprised mostly of juniors with a sprinkling of experience.  These young players are improving year by year playing in an open league on good grounds and pitches.
we are all looking forward to the new season, renewing old acquaintances and, hopefully, have some exciting games of cricket on hot sunny Saturday/Sunday afternoons.


Quiet winter for all at Bolton Villas CC. Both Senior XI’s have same captains as last year in Lee Margerison and Peter Clarke whilst Andrew Clark succeeds Sam Lawrence as Academy XI Captain in The Bradford Evening League.


Recruitment has seen batsman Javed Ahmed join from St Chad’s Broomfield (Wetherby CL) Rob Pratt a keeper from Thornton who has played most of his Senior Cricket with Bradford & Bingley and the hugely experienced batsman Tony Jones ex of Salts and Windhill of The Bradford League. It is also likely that former player Rehan Butt will return as well as a warm welcome back to Luke Stockill who missed the whole of last year due to knee surgery.


Christopher Spivey has opted to go to Windhill taking his step son Dominic and Thomas Watson with him. 2nd XI bowler Martin Molyneux has hung up the boots due to shoulder problems but hopes to join the umpires list for 2013.


We will again not be seeking the services of an overseas player instead preferring to put faith in locally produced lads whilst continually improving the clubs facilities.


We shall again field sides at Under 9, Under 13 and Under 15 in The Bradford Junior League as well as the ground breaking Wednesday Academy XI.


All at BVCC are looking forward to a long dry summer and welcoming everyone for good cricket and warm hospitality.


Burley CC are looking towards the new season with plenty of optimism after finishing runners up last term, with largely the same squad at their disposal for the 2013 season. Charlie Davy has taken the 1st XI captaincy, Danny Bryan 2nd XI and David Wadsworth continues to take charge of the 3rd XI alongside Dave Cooper who continues as club coach. The senior squads have a good mix of experience with talented youngsters continuing to excel.

The club has one departure in Ryan Cooper who has joined Bradford & Bingley, we wish him every success.

As ever all players, spectators and umpires are extremely welcome at BCC.  Thank you to all the sponsors and patrons for continually supporting the club.


The Club have retained both Ben Waller and Ashley Benson as captain’s of the first and second eleven respectively.   The first eleven will again be a predominately young side as last year gaining in experience and confidence with the addition of Ally Long from Olicanian and Tim Lomax from the Cambridge area.   The Club will have the services of a young New Zealander in Jamie Chapman a wicket keeper / batsman.


The second eleven may have a couple of additions but in the main will be as last year with the evergreen Brian Wilson retaining his place.   We hope to encourage our youngsters into the team as they gain experience to continue in the game.   Andy Ralph has left for pastures new and we wish him well.


The Club welcome all to our facilities which we are slowly renovating..


After a season of unprecedented success the club aims to continue this in 2013. We have lost Andy Robinson and Bailey Worcester who have returned to their home club, Horsforth CC. We thank them for their commitment in 2012 and wish them both the best. However they have been replaced by bowling all rounder David Girling who signs from Follifoot CC and the very talented young wicket keeper Jack Harrison from Olicanian CC. Ryan Sharrocks also returns to the club from New Farnley CC. He is a left arm spinner who will strengthen our squad further. Matt Fielding will return for a second season as the overseas player. With Sam Anderson continuing as 1st team skipper.


The 2nd XI will be stronger this season. They will have a good mix of youth and experience with Stephen Booth once again captaining the team and our talented junior players will benefit from the experience of last year.


Following the deserved success in winning the League title last season under the leadership of Nick Thackray the 1st XI are looking forward to the new challenges of playing in Division 2 this year and are confident of establishing themselves.


The side has been strengthened by the recruitment of proven strike bowler Tom Glover from Wrenthorpe and the return of batsman Danny Gautrey from Otley. We are also hoping for one more signing within the next few weeks. Added to the players who all made valuable contributions last year we are quietly optimistic of another successful season.

The 2nd XI once again narrowly missed out on promotion but are hoping to go one better this year under the captaincy of Matthew Boyle following the retirement of David Ryder after his 42 years loyal service as a player at Colton. David will continue helping the Club with his off field duties.


Our U17 side also enjoyed great success in 2012 winning the League & Cup double in their debut season in the Wetherby Junior League. Several of these players are already making a contribution in senior cricket which gives us much encouragement for the future. We are running 4 junior teams from U11 to U17 age groups and are happy to invite new lads to come along and enjoy the facilities at Colton.


We expect a competitive season with hopefully much better weather and look forward to welcoming all visiting teams, supporters to School Lane in 2013.


1st X1 – Greg Lambert has stepped down as captain and the team this year will be lead by David Wright with Paul Angove as his deputy. Mike Halmshaw has left to join Spen Victoria in the Bradford League and we wish him good luck with that?


The Club have recruited David Mahoney from Old Actonians in the Middlesex Championship and obtained the services of an Australian overseas player Akash Foteda from Perth Western Australia. 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 led by Paul Townsend who takes over from Paul Miller. After just managing to avoid relegation last year the side will be hoping for better performances and better luck with the weather this time round. They will continue to rely on some promising youngsters who have been learning their trade 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 a badly rain affected 2012 Ryan Smith will captain again and will be looking for help and guidance from Euan London 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.


With the 2013 season almost with us we are pleased to announce long time servant Neil Britton will take the role of club captain. He will be hoping to take his 1st XI team to the top of the table come September and back into division 1. There is also a change of captain for our 2nd XI with Chris Elsworth hanging up the boots. The club are pleased to announce Amir Yaqub will be his replacement and hopefully like the 1st XI he can see his side looking for promotion back into division 1. Ian Roberts will remain as 3rd XI captain and is looking to build on a great season last year. After winning last seasons Chappell Cup he is looking to once again working on development of our juniors in the senior format. 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.


All change at Guiseley CC this year as Alex Bell takes over as 1st XI Captain after 6 tremendous years under the guidance of David Pennett who will continue as our senior “pro”.  Alex will lead a youthful side that has also lost the services of Charlie Best to Bradford & Bingley, Ian Chaplin to Ilkley and Abid Awan to Windhill but the club is confident that their departure will not impact on the quality of the side and rather provide opportunities for others to step into the limelight.  Marcus Brown is also back in the squad after a season out through injury.  Josh Nelson has decided to stay in Australia this year, and who can blame him given the weather last season, but his replacement is 20 year old Victorian all-rounder Tallan Wright of whom great things are expected.



The 2nd XI will be led for a record-breaking 25th consecutive year by Nick Fraser, although last season will be very difficult to repeat where the team was unbeaten and did the League & Cup double.  However, as usual a strong squad is assembled to give it a go.  The 3rd XI will once again be led by Warren Duckett and will blood a new crop of youngsters to continue the “academy” approach that has always been taken to this side of the club’s development programme.


Harden Cricket Club once again welcomes all visitors for the forthcoming season.


Richard Wear continues as 1st X1 Captain and leads his side in Division A of the AWSCL for the first time.  We will once again be utilising an overseas player who will be arriving from Australia for the start of the season.


The 2nd XI will be led once again by Lee Spragg who will be assisted in 2013 by Richard Falkingham and will be the usual mix of old heads and young emerging cricketers.


Unfortunately we have taken the tough decision not to enter a 3rd XI for the 2013 season.  2012 saw us unable to fulfil two fixtures and struggle to raise a team in other games.  Whilst credit goes to Ben Simpson and his vice captain for doing their best in fielding a competitive XI we felt it only fair to the other clubs in the competition to pull out rather than take the risk of devaluing the competition by fielding short teams on occasion.  This is something we hope to be a temporary measure.


We look forward to welcoming visitors to enjoy our first-class teas and after match hospitality at Cuckoo’s Nest, especially those new teams in Division A who are yet to visit us.

After a disappointing 2012 season Horsforth hope to make progress at 1st team level.  Products of the HCC junior section Mark McEneaney, Andy Robinson and Bailey Worcester all return to the club after spells away.  Mark Gilliver also comes on board as both junior coach and 1st team player and Leon Harber has joined from Thackley to further strengthen the top order.  We will also continue to blood more of our promising young players at 1st team level.  Following 3 seasons of hard work as skipper, Chris Binks hands over the reins to Kris Lilley.

Chris Baker will continue to lead the 2nd team after overseeing a Championship winning season in Division C and a Birtwhistle Cup Semi Final appearance in 2012.  The 2nds will hope to build on this and be competitive in a strong Division B.

Scott McCullow takes over 3rd team duties this season after skippering a Chappell Cup winning side in 2008.  Scott will look to continue the club policy in the 3rd team of fielding a mixture of youth and experience to give our younger cricketers a good grounding in senior cricket.

Off the field the club continues to make strides towards a purpose built clubhouse to compliment the new practice facility and second cricket field that have been completed in recent years.

We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to King George’s Field and hope for better weather than in 2012!


The club have achieved Clubmark in the past year.  The club will run two teams in the league in season 2013, the 1st XI looking to improve further under the leadership of William Brown and the 2nd XI led by Daniel Holah.
It is hoped a number of signings will come to fruition in the next week or so.  The club have withdrawn from the 3rd XI competition but are looking to play a number of friendly matches during the course of the year, if any clubs are interested please contact Mark Shaw, Secretary in the first instance.


Ilkley Cricket Club approach the coming season with a mixture of sadness and confidence.


The Club has again experienced the loss of a leading club member. Following the death last year of Club President, Peter Marshall, early this year we experienced the unexpected loss of much loved and valued committee member, Brian Bailey. Although he featured very much in the background he was always at the forefront with many volunteering activities such as the bar, car boots, social activities, membership, weekly newsletter as examples.


On the playing front we welcome the return of Jono Hughes and Joe McTigue.  Robert Wheeler and Toby Mountain, both from Olicanian, join the club to play alongside a family sibling! Ian Chaplin is also welcomed to the club from Guiseley and it is also expected that a Bradford League first team player, a resident of Ilkley, will add to the expanding senior squad.


Richard Harrison takes on the responsibility of the third team from Roy Broadley, whose son, Edward, has transferred to Olicanian CC. We wish Ed well on his return to our neighbour. The first and second team captains remain unchanged in Nick Cockcroft and Chris Quaife.

For the season to feel more complete we can only hope that all clubs experience appropriate summer climatic conditions!


The club is also looking forward to the arrival of Harry Nielsen, son of former player and latterly the Australian coach, Tim Nielsen. He is a wicket keeper batsman . His father will be seen later in July when providing support to his son and the visiting Aussies!


Illingworth Cricket Club will look to continue the development of their younger cricketers in 2013, alongside some senior ‘heads’ such as Richard Farrell-Smith, Alex Ledger and Stuart Thompson. Luke Brooksby will continue in his role as first team captain after a successful debut season and will be looking to secure promotion to Division 2 with the help of overseas signing Matthew Battle. Matthew comes on the recommendations of former Tasmanian international Dane Anderson, and last year’s overseas player, Sean Stevenson.


Matthew Sewell, who returned to play with us last season, will head up the reserve team, assisted by Karl Gornall and Steve Smith and they will be aiming to bounce back up after last season’s relegation to the lower tier.


Off the field, officials at the club have been working throughout the winter and have secured a 2-year deal with Lister Haulage to be the main club sponsor for 2013. The Percy Shaw (JD Wetherspoon) public house will be the main shirt sponsor.

The club is keen to continue and develop their Friday Evening Activity Project for juniors during the season and this will be headed up by Ben Robertshaw. The excellent work in partnership with local schools and communities will continue at a pace and for the 7th consecutive year Illingworth will be involved with the YCB ‘Chance to Shine’ scheme that they were involved in piloting way back in 1997.

Five junior sides will again be entered into the Halifax Junior Cricket League playing on weekday evenings and it is the club’s firm intention to try and supplement these with a ladies only team…….


2013 is a significant year for Kirkstall Educational Cricket Club as we are celebrating our 160th Anniversary.


Our club was formed on 4th April 1853, when a group of young men from the Kirkstall Educational Society, a literary club attached to St Stephen’s Church school, conceived the idea of starting a cricket club. After four seasons at Kirkstall Abbey fields, a move was made in 1857 to the club’s present ground, then part of the Kirkstall Grange Estate.


The club will be looking to celebrate this significant milestone throughout the year and we are proud to be hosting the Birtwhistle Cup Final on behalf of the league this summer.


There have been a few changes in personnel over the winter. Andy Siddall is taking over from his brother Jos as 1st XI Captain and Liam Mulligan returns to his home club to take the reins as 2nd XI Captain. The club is extremely grateful for the efforts of both outgoing skippers Jos Siddall and Paul Bennett, as they return to the ranks for the 2013 season. The club also has a new cricket chairman, Mick Savery.


Everyone at the club has their fingers crossed for a successful and dry summer after the monsoons of 2012!


Following on from 2012 where we had a strong second half of the season, KCC are looking to build on those positive results. With no losses to the squads and with the introduction of some great young prospects, the club hopes to be competitive through all cricket this year. Our first team will be lead by Stuart Carey in his second season, Andy Ward in the second XI, again his second season and we have a new appointment for the third XI in Tony Blackburn, who will bring a wealth of knowledge to this young team and will help us to better last year’s disappointment with the third team. We are delighted to be hosting the Waddilove Final and look forward to welcoming all clubs and their members to KCC in August and throughout the season. Our overseas player for 2013 is Josh Sundberg a left arm spinner who likes to bat, we wish him well.


On the field Ryan Robinson again acts as 1st X1 skipper, with John Storey and Gareth Lee continuing as the club’s senior players. Chris Baldwin will lead the seam bowling attack, supported by Kyle Smith and new recruit Sam Boyden, who has joined from Crompark CC. The 1st XI will be looking to blend youth and experience, and to better last season’s 3rd place finish in Division C.

Steven Millward continues as 2nd X1 skipper with Paul Smith again vice-captain. The loss of Richard Feltbower to New Rover CC gives opportunities for younger players to come through and contribute with both bat and ball. The club’s 3rd XI will play on a ‘friendly yet competitive’ basis, with 16 fixtures arranged for Sundays throughout the season; Jack Stones will skipper the 3rd XI, with support from Anthony Hunt and the club’s president Charles Dracup.

The junior section of the club will be led by Chris Dewhirst and much focus, time and energy will be devoted to developing the club’s promising under 9 and under 11 players.

Off the field, the club has introduced a new executive management structure, with Nick Thornton in his new role of Director of Cricket hoping to oversee some positive results for the club’s teams at all levels. The club also has plans in place to develop its clubhouse and improve its practice facilities.

As in previous years a warm welcome awaits all visitors.


2012-2013 was another winter of change at New Rover. Sadly, our Chairman Brian Freeman passed away in November, leaving a massive void at the club. Brian will be remembered by all who played with or against him as a whole-hearted player with a great sense of humour. Even as he bravely battled cancer, Brian would still be cracking jokes and making everyone smile and laugh. He will be sorely missed. In August, 1st XI captain Chris Buttery underwent shoulder surgery, thus making it difficult for him to start 2013 as captain. We all wish Chris a speedy recovery. In the meantime, he’s keeping himself busy as secretary after taking over from Nick Calvert. Chris’s able deputy, Rob Thomas, has agreed to step up from vice-captain to captain, with Kieren Thurston taking over as 1st XI vice-captain. After securing promotion, Tom Rhea and Nick Calvert remain as 2nd XI captain and vice-captain, respectively.


We are pleased to announce the recruitment of Richard Feltbower from Menston. Richard topped the Reserve Division 3 batting averages in 2012 and is also a more than useful seam bowler. We hope that he enjoys his first season at New Rover as our 2nd XI commences their first sortie into Reserve Division 2. We’re also hoping that a few other talented players will join prior to the start of the season, including an overseas from Western Australia. Lastly, Richard “Spuddy” Spry has agreed to assist with coaching both junior and senior sections. Richard brings huge enthusiasm and great experience of Aire-Wharfe and Bradford League cricket and we are all excited to welcome him back to New Rover.


Inside the clubhouse, things are also all change. We have appointed a steward to run the bar, serve teas and coffees and prepare sandwiches and snacks for visiting players and supporters. We hope that this will enhance the experience of visitors to New Rover and we look forward to welcoming visitors in 2013.


The Club will again be engaging the services of opening batsman Tom Boxell from Australia. Tom scored over 700 Club runs in 2012 and now he appreciates the rather different weather conditions here in the UK, we are hopeful he will be pushing 1,000 runs in 2013.


The Club would also like to welcome two new signings, James Barnett a batting all rounder from Walmley in the Birmingham District League.   Simon will be a familiar name to many in the Airedale and Wharfedale League having opened the bowling for both Bilton and Follifoot first elevens.


In addition Martin Kellaway has returned to the fold having missed much of the last two seasons with work commitments and the Club are looking forward to having his undoubted talent available throughout the season.


Jack Harland made his first team debut last season aged 15 and we look forward to seeing his development continue through the 2013 season.


In addition to Jack Harland we have high hopes for a talented group of under 17’s who have been attending the senior winter net sessions.


The new season sees the first team playing in the third division after a disappointing season last year saw the side relegated. The second team will continue in the first division whilst the third team will hope to emulate their successes of recent seasons. 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 boys’ teams together with three girls’ teams under 9, 11 and 13.

The new first team captain will be Dave Britton, Kevin McGuinness returns for a second term as second team captain with Glyn Martill continuing as third team captain. The overseas player this year will be Neil Benbow from Perth, Australia who rejoins us some ten years after previously playing for us.

Apart from Ally Long, who has left for Calverley CC and Jack Harrison, who has rejoined Collingham CC there has been very little change in last season’s first team squad. We welcome back Ed Broadley who rejoins us from Ilkley CC and are hoping to complete one or two other signings before the start of the season. We will continue to give every opportunity to the development of our junior players by playing them in senior cricket wherever possible.

We will have our new electronic scoreboard in full operation for the start of the season and this will operate in harmony with the total cricket scoring which will also be introduced. We have now completed the ground works around our pavilion which includes a hard standing to the rear of the pavilion and fencing around our pavilion patio. The club’s refurbished and extended pavilion, with picturesque ground setting, is proving extremely popular as a venue for weddings, parties etc and anyone wishing to hire the venue should contact any club official.

The senior officers of the club remain the same as last year and we are very pleased to welcome back Bernard Thornton as Assistant Secretary to strengthen our secretariat.

The club will hold our annual cricket festival week (24 August to 1 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 the cricket.

It has been a busy pre-season at the OCC with a number of arrivals. The 1st team captain remains the same with Matthew O’Grady again in charge of the 1st team, George Huntley replaces Mark Wilkinson as the 2nd team captain and David Bell adds his years of experience replacing Chris Keddle as the 3rd team captain.

The playing squad has been boosted by the arrival of a number of new players including; James Davies who returns to his home club from Bradford and Bingley, Craig Hunt joins from Undercliffe and Daniel Temm joins from Guiseley.
Last year’s overseas Andrew Ross will not be returning to the club, his replacement for the coming season is 21 year old all-rounder James Wilcock from Melbourne, the club wishes James all the best for his first trip to the UK.

Daniel Gautrey, Liam Mulligan and Jono Hughes have all departed and the club wish them all the best in the future.

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.


After securing promotion back to Division ‘A’, Pool first team have been working hard during the winter to bolster an already impressive squad. The setback of losing James Ward has more than been offset by securing the services of 18 year-old Josh Inglis, who had several successful seasons as a junior at the club before emigrating to Perth. There, as a wicket-keeper / batsman, he has represented Western Australia at junior level, and the club look forward to welcoming him back (and bringing the weather with him ! ). Batsman Adam Morgan also joins the club from Thackley, and Gautav Jathar, a young slow bowling all-rounder from Mumbai, will replace Brad Loveluck as the club’s ‘overseas’ player. The side is once again captained by John Goldthorp, who is confident his team can make an impact this year.


Gary Bell continues as Second XI skipper, and once again, will have a useful mix of youth and experience to call upon this season, in the hope that they can push for a promotion place.


The club will also be running a friendly Sunday team this year, and if any club is interested in a fixture, they can e-mail Pete North on  to arrange.


The club’s burgeoning junior section continues to grow, with several accredited coaches in place to develop the skills of boys and girls from 7 to 17.


Additionally, work has continued at the club throughout the winter on the square, outfield, and facilities, to maintain it’s reputation as one of the finest in the League


1st X1 – Andrew Doidge will lead the first team again in 2013. Rawdon will be hoping to build on the promising third place finish of last year. The nucleus of the team remains the same. New additions include batsmen James Milligan from Pudsey St Lawrence and Paul Malkin from the Birmingham League. Australian Joe Loorham will return as the overseas player.

2nd X1 Mark Stringer takes over as second team captain with the retirement of Peter Smith. The club is grateful to Peter for his long service both in 1st X1 and 2nd X1 cricket. The club will continue its policy of mixing promising young players with seasoned second team players. Batsman Patrick Dyer joins for 2013 and the club looks forward to further progression from youngsters such as Stuart Ward, Nathan Goldthorp and Jake Hodges.

3rd X1 – Adam McLaughlin steps up as captain for 2013. The club is hoping that the weather relents in 2013 and that the thirds can play some cricket. The team will once again be about developing the next batch of promising youngsters guided by the old hands. It is a mix that has proved very successful for the club over recent years.


On the Playing front, the 1st X1 will be led this year by Simon Cox, with Mathew Shuttleworth as his deputy.   We will again have the services of Inayat Majid as our  overseas player, with additions of three players from the Craven League, A Habib, N Mohammed, and M Iman. Leaving us will be Craig Thornton, and Stuart Tillotson both stalwarts of the Club for many years, who will be sadly missed. The 2nd X1 will be led by Robert Wynn with deputy Andrew Pullen. All the other Officers of the Club will be as before.


After last seasons abysmal weather which was matched only by our performances on the field, we are aiming to provide better opposition this season. We are to recruit an opening batter and an overseas opening bowler, clearances from their current clubs are awaited. With a blend of experience and exciting young talent being given an opportunity, an improved team performance is expected. We look forward to welcoming all players and spectators to Skipton this season, to sample our fine teas and after match hospitality.


Steeton Cricket Club overall had a very good season in 2012 with our Third Eleven winning their championship. Both first and second teams had consistent seasons both in league and cup.


As they won their league the thirds earn the right to be first in my summary.


Our third eleven excelled in 2012 under the captaincy of Chris Karakiozakis with Mark Chapman as his deputy. Junior players got their chance to shine and a few have come through the third team and are competing for 2nd team slots. However it was the old guard who delivered on an individual basis. Mark Chapman led the batting averaging 49.00 supported by Chris. James Yeadon delivered with the bowling taking 21 wickets at an average of 9. This rightly won him the league bowling award. Chris will again lead the team and continue to develop our youth policy.


First eleven Captain Neil Spragg led them well to a top four finish and a cup semi final. The batting was lead by our overseas David Wildsmith who won the league batting award averaging 62.25. He was supported by the Neoprene clad trio of Messrs Akrigg, Walton and Spragg. Jonathan Best led the bowling supported by Stephen Pearson. In 2013 Jonathan Best will return to the captaincy position. We have secured an overseas player, Ben Hillard from Frankston Peninsular who is an opening Batter.


The second eleven had a good year finishing runners up in the league and reaching the Birtwhistle Cup final. Though in the hunt for most of the season, it was Guiseley who rightly took the honours. Mick Wilson topped the batting and was the league’s top run scorer with 641 runs, averaging 49.31. Mick was cruelly denied winning the league batting award due to lower order batters having numerous “Not Outs”. You can tell I am not bitter whilst I write this review. Messer’s Luxton, Robinson and Higginson also batted well. Once again young off spinner Zach Pearson had a great season as did Paul Hardwick both averaging under 16. Veteran Hayden Tennant has resigned as captain and his place will be taken by the even more veteran Gary Boulton.


Significant changes have been made off the field. Steeeton CC secured Olympic and other grant funding and has re-developed the clubhouse. We have new changing rooms, showers and most of all a new roof. This shows our commitment and that of our partners and sponsors to local cricket. These new facilities would not be possible without the dedication of numerous volunteers at the club.


The Steeton tea ladies again delivered the Aire – Wharfe league unofficial ‘Tea of the Year award’ in 2012 as voted for by umpires and players alike. This is now eighteen years in a row our ladies have won this award.


Steeton CC looks forward to welcoming you all to a re-developed Summerhill Lane in 2013.



Thackley c.c. are looking forward to the new season,after their disastrous season of 2012,when the 1st X1

were relegated from the 1st Division on the very last match.after an awful second half of the season.This was

after being 1st Division Champions in 2011.Dean Skillicorn will Captain the 1st X1 this season,stepping up from

being 2nd X1 Capt for the last 2 years.Bradley Goodaire will be his Vice Capt.3 players have left the club,

Leon Harber to Horsforth c.c. Adam Morgan to Poole c.c.& Majid Khan has not been retained.At present we have

3 new players coming in,Luke Holroyd from Undercliffe c.c.Craig Smith from Idle c.c. & Matthew Green from

Scholes c.c.Also a further 2 new players in the pipeline,yet to be confirmed.Our two excellent opening bowlers,

Mahir Ali & Nasser Jamal have been retained,and our Overseas for the 2nd year is Yasser Ali.

The 2nd X1 Capt will now be Adam Boocock,stepping up from Vice Capt last year,and his new Vice Capt is

Paul Stothart.The rest of the squad is the same players from last season.

The 3rd X1 Capt is Rob Clayton,once again,and hopefully he will have the same mixture of experienced players

and young players who have done so well over the last 2 years.

We are also entering a team in the Wednesday Evening League,in the hope of bringing on a number of Junior

Players.We hope this proves successful for the future of the club.

Lets hope the weather improves,and we have plenty of warm sunny days,where exciting league cricket can be played.


Tong Park Esholt approach the new season with great enthusiasm following a successful 2012 which saw promotion for the first team, an excellent third place in their first season in Division 1 for the second team and a league and cup double for the third team in the Dales Council.


The first team will again be lead by Ross Todd. There have been a number of additions to the squad including Andrew Bourne, an all rounder from Bendigo, Australia. Also joining the squad is former first class player, Adam Seymour and former Bradford League batsman, Khalid Rehman. Nadeem Hanif will be available for the full season and with the likes of AJ Weerappulli hoping for a better season our aim is to consolidate our division 2 position.

The second team will again be lead by Neil Cooper. They are hoping to keep a similar squad with only the loss of Dan Atkinson back to Baildon. A better start to the 2013 season could see them challenge for the title.


Matthew Burnham will again lead the third team. The squad is made up of the same mix of youth and experience and they hope to consolidate their newly promoted position in division 2 and hopefully defend the Cawthorne Cup.


Off the field the dressing rooms at Esholt have been refurbished and we are hoping to install a new electronic scoreboard during the season. The new nature reserve continues to flourish and is well worth a visit whilst enjoying the cricket. We have also invested in a new outfield cutter and tractor in order to maintain our high ground standards.


We look forward to welcoming you all to Esholt in 2013.


After relegation from the B division last year, UWCC has spent the winter re-organising itself with a new committee appointed in November and a new 1st team captain in James Freebury. With the fresh energy that a new committee brings, the club enters the new season with optimism that the 1st teams will finish in the top 6, the 2nd will be competitive, and with a 3 year plan to regain its position in Division B. Playing staff has change slightly and although we have lost our wicketkeeper batsmen Andrew Foulds, we have regained the services of Chris Baines and have recruited a new overseas. We also expect our strong junior section to reinforce our senior playing staff with number of promising youngest making an impact at senior level this year.


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