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Club by Club 2011 Season Prospects

“Addingham CC are looking forward to the new season and we hope that we can improve on last season’s solid performances. Neil Freeman and Brian Kuhl will continue as captains of the first and second teams respectively. We expect further progress from our junior players, both those who have already played at senior level and others who have yet to do so. New Zealander Ricky Palacio will be re-joining us as our overseas player and we have recruited all-rounder James Smith from Menston”

Tim Grey has relinquished the captaincy of the first team who will be lead by wicket-keeper Paddy Coughlin for the coming season. The Club has engaged the services of Australian fast bowler Brad Robertson who will share the new ball with Mark Shires, who played a leading part in the successful fight against relegation last season.
The second team also has a new captain in Mark Robinson who takes over from Iain Bath who had several successful seasons at the helm. He is looking forward to the challenge of improving on the side’s 4th position in the league last year. The side will consist of a mixture of senior players and promising juniors.

Junior players will again figure extensively in the third X1 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 C and 3rdXI champions.

This Season we will be focussing upon developing the junior section at the club and plan to hold some friendly games with local clubs. We have been striving to build relationships with surrounding schools and hope to kick off the revival of our junior section in the coming months. As part of this development we are expanding our practice facilities and reinstate the grass practice wickets.

Adam Trunks will be continuing his work with the 1st XI as skipper and the recently appointed James Wilson will be skipper for the 2nd XI. We are looking forward to a season which promises to give opportunities to some our junior members to shine in the senior cricket league.

This season we will be striving to avoid propping up the table in Division C, again. Although there have been some difficult seasons recently, we have worked hard to establish an improved financial situation leaving us open this year to focus purely on our cricket.

After completing the new pavilion during 2010, everyone at the club is looking forward to the 2011 season with anticipation. Thanks to all the visiting clubs for your patience and forbearance during the building work, we think it has definitely been worthwhile.

1st XI – Gary Hopton continues as 1st XI captain. We are in the process of signing several players who will strengthen the team this year, and we hope to announce our overseas player soon. We are delighted that James Wainman has been awarded a contract with Yorkshire Academy. Though this means his appearances for the club will be more limited, we wish him every success.

2nd XI – Steve Warburton will lead the 2nd XI again after a strong first season back in Division Two. The team will be aiming to move up a couple of places into a promotion slot this year. We will continue to draw on the talents of our junior players who made an important contribution in senior cricket last year. (cntd)

Off the field we have a new Chairman, as Rob Clayton takes over from Roy Lunn. We would like to thank Roy for his sterling service to the club and hope he will now find that his retirement has rather more free time! Now that the clubhouse project is complete, the committee are turning their attention to securing the Clubmark award. We also welcome the new Steward, Peter Cartledge, behind the bar.

The new season sees a new captain, as Ben Quick stands down as skipper, after the most successful 2 ••• years the club has experienced. The club thank him for his commitment and he is still intent on being heavily involved in this year’s campaign. John Inglis takes over the reins, who has captained previous clubs to championship success in the Yorkshire League and Central Yorkshire League.

The club welcome a number of new signings, which will strengthen the squad of players in the club, which include Rob Ellis and Andy Johnson from Pannal and Sam Moore from Rawdon. We will also have the services of an overseas player, Simon Heyting, who plays his home cricket for Subiaco Floriat in Perth, the home of a number of quality players who have played for the club in recent times.

The club has lost the services of Pip Warters, who returns to captain his home town club of Ripon, and Richard Pearson, who has moved to Australia due to work commitments.

We expect a very closely fought league campaign this year with many clubs strengthening over the winter to create a league that is likely to be at its strongest for many years.

The second team remains in the hands of Steve Walmsley, his second year in charge, who, with a blend of experience and youth, hopes to improve on the teams promising league placing over the last couple of years, in what is a very competitive division.

Ben Rhydding Cricket Club is looking forward to another big season on several fronts:
Following last season’s promotion from division ‘C’ to division ‘B’, BRCC has been working hard to recruit some new faces to help the club’s continued drive for improvement. We are very pleased to welcome Jason Wright as our overseas player for this season. Jason will bring a great deal to the side and his experience of division ‘A’ cricket will be invaluable. Also new to the first team are Shaun Delaney, an opening bowler from Old Modernian’s Cricket Club, and Redmond Bolton from Pool Cricket Club. First team captain Nick Smith, will be joined this season by his brother Chris from Newcastle Cricket Club, to strengthen the batting. Charlie Swallow will also remain at the club, in what will be his third season. The first team are looking forward to the challenge of playing in division ‘B’ this season.

The 2nd X1 will be skippered for the second year by Andrew Brown. The club has far greater strength in depth to call on than in previous seasons, which should make for healthy competition for places from our senior and growing junior ranks, and in turn, hopefully lead to a higher final league position. We welcome Chris Pennington and Mark Wigglesworth from Dacre Banks CC. To illustrate BRCC’s turn in fortunes, for the first time, the club will be running a 3rd X1, which will play competitive league cricket on Sundays. Evergreen Neil Hatton has taken on the role of captain, and is looking forward to running this mainly youth development side.

Great work has been undertaken by a number of members on the ground and on the practice facilities in the close season. In particular, the club has invested in a long-overdue three lane ECB outdoor net facility which will transform practise and coaching capability. It has been the club’s desire to improve the experience of all playing members, visitors and spectators, and all appears to be ready for the first league match of the season on Saturday April 16th.

After a two year absence, Bilton CC are back in the ‘A’ Division.
Having topped the table all season, a combination of Follifoot’s amazing finish to the season and a couple of ‘surprise’ defeats meant we had to settle for the runner-up spot. We are now looking forward to the new challenge with our main aim to be competitive and consolidate our position.

Leaving the Club during the Winter months are Jarrod Leggatt and Phil Timmons. Jarrod has gone back to his native Australia whilst Phil has returned to play his cricket in the North East. Joining the Club are Oral Blackford from Follifoot; Chris Peareth from Brandon (Durham County League) and Will Liddle from Pannal (Nidderdale League Champions).

Our overseas player will be Tom Baren.

We look to have a good balance with 9 batsmen and 7 bowlers giving our captain, Paul Cannings, plenty of options.

A fairly quiet winter for all concerned with Bolton Villas. There are changes to both senior captains with Peter Clarke returning to the club from Bradford & Bingley after a lengthy Bradford League career, Peter succeeds Steve Shuttleworth who has decided to stand down after 4 years at the helm. Steve is still an integral part of the side and is looking forward to just “turning up to play”. Peter has recruited his sons Andrew and Michael and they will figure strongly in the batting line up as well as an off spin option from Michael. We also welcome back Luke Stockill who has been living and working in the south, Luke has also represented Steeton and Guiseley . We have also engaged an overseas opening bowler in Umer Yaqoob who has looked very promising in the nets. Sadly we will be bidding a fond farewell to Barry Hawksworth who has decided to join Blackley CC of The Halifax League, Barry has moved in with his girlfriend in Elland and we understand and respect his decision. I feel sure we will see him through the summer.

The 2nd XI will be led by John Brennan succeeding Rick Lawrence. Again this side will be a mixture of youngsters and experienced old campaigners who will be look to improve on last year’s placing. The side has lost a few players in the off season with long serving ex-skipper Mark Stephenson joining our near neighbours at Idle, Peter Nicholls has returned to Windhill whilst young keeper Thomas Gadd has moved on to Yeadon. Wicketkeeper-batsman Andrew Lee returns after a couple of years away due to his semi-pro football commitments.

We will again be fielding a Development XI in The Bradford & District Evening League on a Wednesday night. The club will also field teams at Under 11,13 and 15 in The Bradford JCL and the hope is that we can host a few Under 9 Friendlies as well. The club continues to forge links with local schools within the area.

As usual we wish everyone a fine summer and look forward to welcoming players officials and umpires to our club .

Burley are very much looking forward to continuing on from last season’s successes. The youth at the club is becoming stronger and more talent is emerging through into the senior ranks.

The 1st XI will be captained again by Mark Harrison. The club are also looking forward to competing in the Black Sheep Trophy for the first time. Burley have been draw at home to York CC. The 2nd XI captain David Healey has decided to stand down to focus on other commitments. The club are currently seeking a replacement. The 3rd XI will be captained by Graham Atherton as Mark Hughes stepped down from the role. Dave Cooper remains as the Head Coach of the club. Burley welcome a new overseas player Daniel Meredith.

During the winter the club have invested in a number of areas, in the main the playing surface. The newly refurbished clubhouse is being well utilised. Also a new scoreboard will be in place for the start of the season.
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.

The Club are looking forward to the season ahead and welcome all teams and visitors to Victoria Park. Gareth Lee takes over as 1st XL Captain this season. We are in the process of recruiting an overseas to add to the signings already made of Opening Batsman Simon Curry who has joined us from Idle CC and all rounder Ben Waller who has returned to us from Hall Park CC. A promising young all rounder Alex West rejoins us from Rodley along with Chris West. The 2nd XL will be led by Mark Sugden. The club have arranged some friendlies for a 3rd XL team in the hope of giving younger players match experience and continuing the clubs junior progression to senior teams, this we hope will enable us to join the 3rd XL league in the future.

After a reasonable 2010 season, which ended up somewhat fizzling out there is every reason for Collingham to be positive going into the 2011 campaign. The 1st XI will be captained once more by Toby Jacklin and the second team orchestrated by Stephen Booth. During the offseason, work has been put in to ensure both XI’s have a chance of competing strongly in their respective leagues. The ground will once again look superb even though our evergreen groundsman Godfrey Lumb is looking to take on a more managerial role. A big thanks to him for all his hard work over the years.

Having only lost Dalton Polius from the first XI and new recruits such as Andrew Lawson and Jone Jansen amongst others the first XI are looking strong for the coming season. We are still looking at recruiting more players prior to the 16th of April. The second XI is likely to combine a mix of youth and experience with the juniors poised to make a real impact in 2011. A big thanks should go to Mike Woodall and Sam Anderson for bringing so many juniors through.

Colton are hoping to improve on last year’s 4th place when our promotion challenge fell away in the final quarter of
the season.

The 1st XI will be captained by Danny Gautrey with the evergreen Dave Ryder taking over the reins in the 2nd XI. Both have many years experience and are optimistic of getting the best out of their respective squads.
Despite the loss of David Wright to Follifoot we have been active in our efforts to improve the playing strength and are hopeful of recruiting 2-3 new players who have joined us in the pre season nets. In addition we are expecting our young players continuing to develop and maintain the promise shown in previous years.

Unfortunately after the struggles in 2010 we have taken the decision to disband the 3rd XI and reassess the playing strength next year. To try and ensure players do not miss out on games at the weekend we have however arranged some friendly fixtures without the commitment of fulfilling a full 3rd XI programme.

Once again we will be running 4 junior teams and in 2010 it was a privilege for at least 6 of our young players to be selected for representative sides at Lords Taverners, Joe Lumb, White Rose and Yorkshire Academy Levels. We put a lot of effort into encouraging junior cricket at Colton.

All of our hard work in improving the ground and facilities has been rewarded by the League awarding us the Waddilove Cup Final on 7th August. This is indeed an honour for us and we are looking forward to staging the event.

Finally let’s hope for a season of good weather and competitive cricket.

1st X1 – The first X1 is again captained by Paul Angove and are hoping to build on their promotion to Div A last year. Greg Lambert has been recruited from the Drakes Huddersfield League ,all rounder David Wright from Colton and the addition of an Australian overseas player will add strength to the side. Oral Blackford has left the club for neighbours Bilton but the team are confident of at least holding their own in the division.

2nd X1 – The second X1 will again be captained by Paul Miller and will be looking for steady progress on the back of last year’s promotion. They will be strengthened by improving juniors who have progressed from the successful Third X1 and also have the benefit of a number of experienced players stalwarts from previous campaigns.

3rd X1 – Euan London will again captain the side and will continue to bed in young junior players recruited from our U/17 and U/15 teams which has been very successful in previous years and borne out by the number of juniors now playing regular second team and fringe first team cricket. He will again be calling on one or two experienced hands to hopefully continue this successful trend and keep the team competitive.

With the 2011 season on the horizon we are pleased to confirm that all three of last year’s senior captains remain in position, and see stability as the key to continued development on the field. Phil Atkinson starts his third year in charge of the 1st XI, working with the same squad as last year and aiming again to be competitive. We are pleased to welcome back Davin Charleston as our overseas player for a second spell, as his impact on the club at all levels was clearly evident. Chris Elsworth embarks on in his second season at the helm of the 2nd XI following a hugely successful summer in 2010, where promotion was gained following two failed attempts prior to his appointment. Going from relegation candidates to champions in the second half of last season was a great achievement, and with an experienced squad at his disposal he is not just looking to make up the numbers in the first division. Ian Roberts leads the 3rd XI again, and is keen to see some of our junior players make more of an impact. The key to this will be better availability on their part, as too often he was not able pick the same team on a regular basis or gain any momentum. Junior development is again high on the list of the clubs priorities, and we are very proud that the current senior teams are made up of a large percentage of home-grown players. In an area of Leeds where the competition for junior players is so high, it feels it is important to give them as many chances as possible to succeed and hopefully make the transition into senior cricket. Off the pitch the current committee continues to work very hard, and has recently organised a hugely successful fund raising event, with Neil “Razor” Ruddock as a guest speaker. Club stalwarts Noel Webster, Norman Holroyd and Tommy Powell remain heavily involved within the running of the club, and are still very important figures in terms of the clubs identity. We would like to welcome all visiting players and officials to Green Lane CC during the forthcoming season.

Guiseley enters the season with great optimism after the encouraging league performance last year. Adam Waite, who topped the league batting averages in 2010, has moved onto Pudsey St Lawrence and we wish him every success but there is a quality replacement in Victorian left-hand opening bat Dean Russ who is here for the second time. The batting is also strengthened by Ryan Walker who joins from Cheshire League side, Mossley. David Pennett once again leads the side that will be heavily reliant on home-grown players with 5/6 being under 21. After successfully defending the Birtwhistle Cup and coming runners-up in the League the 2nd XI aims to go just one step better. Nick Fraser leads the side for the 22nd consecutive year and there will once again be a policy to bring through a new crop of juniors and mix them with several old heads. Don Helme has retired from the 3rd XI and Darren Nicholson takes over to lead a side with a commitment to play 5/6 juniors every week.

Harden Cricket Club once again welcomes all visitors for the forthcoming season.
Richard Wear will captain the 1st X1 this season with Anthony Bairstow stepping down after eight years in the role. To date; the only addition to the 1st X1 squad is Mark Beckett who joins Harden from Oakworth but has played for both Keighley and Bradford & Bingley within the Bradford League in recent years.

Stephen Bateman and Steven Gardner will once again Captain and Vice Captain our 2nd XI after last season’s promotion back to Division A.

After leading our 3rd XI since its creation, Gavin Dixon has left the club for pastures new so Ben Simpson will take over and skipper our 3rd X1 in 2011. Once again, the Club look forward to introducing a number of our promising youngsters to senior cricket this season through the 3rd X1.

Again all visitors will be warmly welcomed to our Club to enjoy our 1st class teas and after match hospitality.

“Another year of progress is expected on and off the field at the Club in 2011. Chris Binks will once again lead the 1st team and build on the progress made last season. The strategy will be to continue to promote from within the clubs ranks ensuring more of the club’s promising junior players get the opportunity to play senior cricket. The off field investment in our all weather practice facilities during 2009 continues to pay dividends as the thriving junior section continues to produce fresh talent which means we have high expectations for the next 2-3 years. Duncan Childs will lead the 2nd team in what will again be a competitive division. Duncan’s experience will be invaluable in the continued development of the young group of players at his disposal. Phil Lines will captain the 3rd team as the younger junior players as introduced to senior cricket. We look forward to welcoming all umpires, players, spectators and officials of all Clubs to HCC at some point during the summer months where a warm friendly welcome is guaranteed. Let’s hope the sun shines on what will hopefully be an entertaining and successful summer of cricket at HCC.”

Significant work has taken place during the closed season to the square and outfield which will hopefully provide an improved playing area. Special thanks go to Jonathan Ross for co-ordinating this. The 1st XI are keen to avoid a repeat of last year’s abysmal showing and final arrangements regarding an overseas player are being made.
Peter Kempton will take the helm of the 1st XI with William Brown as vice. Mark Scaife has stood down as 2nd XI Captain. Chris Atter remains in charge of the highly successful 3rd XI looking to go all the way.

Josh Hobson has moved to Rawdon, Ben Waller has returned to Calverley and Bob Hodson is trying his arm in the Bradford league with Bradford & Bingley.

Following last season’s disappointments, Ilkley will look to gain the elusive promotion to Division B. Jake Bezzant, from New Zealand, returns for a second season after 2009 as our overseas player, and it is hoped he will provide the extra quality the club require.

Roy Broadley returns to Ilkley to captain the 3rd XI, whilst sons, Richard and Edward will strengthen the senior squad along with a number of other new faces. Nick Cockcroft and Ben Button continue in their roles as 1st and 2nd XI captains respectively.

Ilkley CC have also invested in improved net facilities over the winter period as we look to improve all aspects of the club, on and off the field. During the winter break the clubhouse has been ‘borrowed’ by the Rugby Club for their weekend use illustrating wider community partnership working. Two club members have successfully become Level Two coaches to strengthen the coaching staff for the junior section.

We look forward to another excellent season to renew rivalries on the field and friendships off it!

After being so close to Division 1 cricket at the end of 2009 we never really got going last season and find ourselves competing in Division 3 this time. The aim is to get straight back up and many forward thinking changes have been made. Youngster Niall Lockley has been installed as club captain with Chris Bishop as his second in command. Niall has been with the club for most of his playing time since learning to walk, apart from his short lived excursions to Bradshaw (Halifax League) and Barkisland (Huddersfield League). His cricket skills combined with genuine enthusiasm and pride in the club should stand us in good stead. South African Pieter Venter is rejoining this time and hopefully, he can score runs and take wickets for Illingworth as he did so well in 2008. Richard Dixon, Chris Goulden and Jon Bishop won’t be available for this year’s campaign…….

Long serving opening bowler Richard is going into semi-retirement and both Chris and Jon are trying their hand in the Huddersfield League.

Jamie Moorhouse will be the reserve team captain and he too has been with the club for as long as I can remember. He was part of a very successful under 12 side that achieved the HJCL league and cup double 2 years in succession back in?……….

Off the field we also have a new Chairman for 2011. Dennis Verity has retired after his 10 year stint and Stuart Thompson takes over. We wish him well in his new position.

Illingworth will be hosting Whitby (a former club of Stuart’s) in a friendly match on Saturday 9th April. We are also proud to be hosting the game between Yorkshire under 14s and Lancashire in June…..

KECC are looking forward to getting the season underway, following a difficult winter. The winter freeze over Christmas caused burst pipes in the clubhouse and a major flood. We are confident that the clubhouse will be functional in time for the start of the season however the club would ask for your patience during the early season, should the facilities not be of our usual high standard. The club welcomes a number of new faces this season and both teams hope to consolidate their position in the top divisions. Jos Siddall will continue to lead the 1st XI and Colin Abraham takes over the reins of the 2nd XI.

Following a disappointing season last year, our 1st XI will be skippered by Jonathan Corcoran, the focus this year is again on youth, another KCC player has joined the Academy, Jonathan Tattersall, but we hope that both he and Dave Girling will be available for most of the season. New signing Ollie Mantle from Hampstwaite CC and also Greg How from Clifton Alliance CC in the York League, plus the arrival of promising youngster Cameron Pitt from Pannal CC plus may be one or two more before the season starts, all bode positively for the season. This year the overseas player will be Calum How, nephew of Greg, who is from Perth. The second XI is skippered by David Darley, keeping the family tradition going! The 2nd XI are looking to return to the A Division following relegation last year and have a healthy mix of experience and youth and are looking forward to a competitive season. The 3rd XI will this year be skippered by Henry Perham, Henry faces a stiff task this year but he has plenty of enthusiasm to call upon, hopefully the utilisation of all KCC’s juniors will ensure a healthier game for both KCC and its opponents. We welcome all clubs and players and look forward to some new faces this year.

Following the drainage works of last winter we have again been busy on the construction front following a significant water leak over the freezing winter and an equally significant impact on the side of the pavilion by a vehicle. This had resulted in the tearoom ceiling coming down and the toilet block being condemned. After some generous support from Mitchells & Butlers and some hard work by the membership the Club now boats a revamped layout in the tearoom and new toilets, both of which are hopefully an improvement on what went before. On the field Ryan Robinson again acts as 1st X1 skipper with Adam Campion acting as his deputy. John Storey will continue his partnership in the spin-bowling department with the perennial Charles Dracup. Progressing from the Championship winning under 15 side is Kyle Smith who will be looking to cement a Regular 1stX1 position in 2011. The Club also welcomes Alexan Van Der Merwe from South Africa who is holidaying in the area for the coming summer.

Steven Millward continues as 2ndX1 skipper with Paul Smith again vice-captain. Hoping to follow Kyle into the 1stX1 will be a number of the Club’s promising juniors and this will hopefully be aided by the launch of the 3rdX1, led by Anthony Hunt and aided by one or two of the Club’s more senior members in our first attempt at this level.
Chris Dewhirst and Ian Myers will lead the junior section of the Club and all age groups from Under 9 upwards will be covered in the Airedale Junior 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 tearoom and in the Fox next door.

Everyone at the club wishes our stalwart club secretary Mel Reuben a speedy recovery from his recent operation. In Mel’s early season absence Nick Calvert will be covering the secretaries duties. Nick will also be 2nd team vice captain with Tom Rhea the new 2nd team captain.

For the first team Chris Buttery will be vice captain, with Michael Richmond the captain. The club has made a couple of new signings along with a couple of players able to recommence playing after unavailability due to work commitments. The overseas player will again be the Australian Kieren Thurston.

Finally the club are very proud to report that during the close season our popular groundsman Keith Boyce was presented with the Institute of Groundsmans life time achievement award. The other candidates this year were the head groundsman of the All England Tennis club, head groundsman of Wimbledon and also head groundsman of St Andrews golf course. A fantastic achievement I’m sure people will agree.

North Leeds looks forward to the forthcoming season with no completed transfers in or out to date. Barry Singleton retains the captaincy following a baptism of fire in the role in 2010. His vice captain, Rob Winter, and veteran Steve Wales represent a solid, experienced engine room and it is hoped that those juniors who gained 1st team experience in Division A will kick on and perform in 2011. The club hopes that the junior section continues to thrive and develop 1st Team cricketers from its ranks, and Nick Bull as 2nd Team Captain will play a key role in nurturing our vast pool of youngsters. Pete Grady is 3rd Team captain, and the club looks forward to visiting and welcoming new clubs to The Homested as we strive to return to Division A status.

The new season sees the completion of a major £ 90,000 project to extend and refurbish the club’s pavilion. Work has continued throughout the winter months and we are delighted that most of the work will be completed in time for the start of the new season. The improvements include new and bigger changing rooms each with showers and toilet facilities, new kitchen and food preparation rooms, a new bar, new umpires room and much larger lounge and social areas. We are very much looking forward to hosting the Chappell Cup Final on Monday 29 August and to be able to showcase our new facilities at that time. We are to have an official opening of our new pavilion on 19 June.

The new season sees the first team continue in the second division where they hope to go one better than the third place of last season with a promotion spot this time. The second team continues in the first division where they finished a very creditable midterm position last season. The club will continue to operate its very successful third team which is primarily aimed at the ongoing development of our many juniors ,together with a full range of junior teams which this year incorporates an under eleven girl’s team.

The new first team captain will be Ed Brown taking over from Ally Long who will operate as vice captain this time. Kevin McGuinness continues as second team captain a role he took on very successfully part way through last season and Mick Lawrence takes over as third team captain.

The overseas player this year will be Dylan Robertson from Sydney. He is a left arm slow bowler and middle order batsman.. We welcome back Jack Harrison, the Yorkshire under 15 wicket keeper after a season at Collingham. There has been very little change in last season’s first team squad and we are hoping that more of our many talented junior players will break through in to senior cricket to supplement those that so successfully achieved this last season.

Darren Murray has announced his retirement after a long and distinguished career in local cricket having played at the highest level in both the Bradford and Airedale & Wharfedale leagues. We were honoured that he chose to spend his last 4 or 5 seasons with us and we wish him well in the future.

The club will be once again holding its annual cricket festival week ( 27 August to 4 September ) and we are hoping for good weather and good crowds throughout the week.

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

It has been a busy pre-season at the OCC with a number of arrivals and departures. 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; Stewart Dobson and Stewart Smith both from Rawdon, Lewis Bolton from Pool and Sam Crutchley from Staffordshire.

Last years overseas Brendon Hislop will not be returning to the club, his replacement for the coming season is 19 year old all-rounder Nicholas Benton from Adelaide, the club wishes Nicholas all the best for his first trip to the UK.
Departing from the club is Josh Atkinson who will be playing his cricket for Pudsey Congs in the Bradford League this season, everyone at the club wishes Josh all the best of luck with his move.

Off the field the club continues to try and improve its facilities, both changing rooms are currently undergoing work and will be ready for the season ahead.

The first XI is hoping for a swift return to Division A and John Goldthorp will captain the side. Aussie Brad Loveluck returns to the club for a second season.

Gary Bell returns as captain of the 2nd XI and is looking to push for promotion whilst giving many of our talented juniors the experience of senior cricket.

Along with the thriving junior section as well as the successful ladies XI’s; it will be a busy summer for Pool CC.

Off the pitch, the development of Pool CC has continued. A new storage shed and electronic scoreboard has been constructed. This will complement the excellent practice and playing facilities, vastly improved in recent years.

We look forward to welcoming all players and spectators to Arthington Lane this summer.

There has been much change both off the field and on the field at Rawdon CC. The club has continued to update its facilities and this winter has seen a full refurbishment of the club house and a full refit of the kitchen. We hope that this will make for a more comfortable visit to Rawdon during the summer of 2011. 1stX1 Andrew Doidge will lead the first eleven in 2011 and the team has undergone significant changes as the club seeks to rebuild. Stewart Smith has left for Otley as has Stuart Dobson, Jaimie Pickering has left for Castleford in the Yorkshire League and Sam Smith has left for Beckwithshaw, we wish them well. More surprising has been the sudden departure of Callam Goldthorp to Yeadon. In to the club for 2011 come Australian opening bowler Justin Jaensch, wicket keeper Martyn Redhead, South African born batsman Christopher St Clair Whicker and Josh Hobson joins from Hall Park. The club is continuing discussions with one or two other players at the time of writing. 2nd X1 Peter Smith will continue to lead the second eleven for season 2011. The team will continue to reflect a mix of experience and youth as the club continues the development of its junior players. The club will stick by its youth policy and the opening attack is likely to be led by teenagers. Peter will once again be supported by the experience of players such as Neil Waite, John Hughes, Jonathan Doidge, Sean Butler and Mo Kashif. A competitive team, retention of division 1 status and further development of the youngsters are the team’s targets for 2011. 3rd X1 James Coulson takes over the captaincy for 2011. The club would like to thank the excellent work done by previous captain Danny Appleton who now wants to chance is arm in the seconds. James will lead a mix of senior players such as Mark Yeadon and Andrew Milner together with a clutch of promising juniors. It has been a recipe that has achieved a great deal over the last two seasons and the club sees the role of the third eleven as crucial to its future success.

For the coming season, we will have much the same squad as last year, with the exception of our overseas player, Cory Jacobs. Also leaving is David Wynn who will be joining Upper Wharfedale CC. However, rejoining us will be Chris Meehan, and David Bainbridge, both returning after spells away. Another addition to the squad will be J Bilborough from Oakworth CC.

The 1st X1 will be led this year be Lee Bilborough, while the 2nd X1 is in the charge of Andrew Pullen.
We have made a conscious decision not to engage an overseas player this season, as instead we will be putting any monies saved towards improving our current facilities. The first result of this is our new two story fully electronic scorebox. In addition, we have plans to lay down a two-lane practice net (off the field) hopefully towards the end of this year. Hopefully these improvements will benefit future generations of Silsden players.

Skipton Cricket Club hopes to improve on last year’s performance which saw us slip from a 2009 placing of 5th to 8th. A number of factors affected results, namely loss of players and player availability. A number of measures have been taken for the 2011 season to address this, first is the recruitment of New Zealander Keiran Williams who despite injury enjoyed a successful year in the Nidderdale League with Dacre Banks. The return of youngster Luke Facey, Sam Tate and the recruitment of another young talent in Ben Davey should bolster our already exciting crop of juniors.

Rob Walker continues as First XI captain with Graham Summersgill becoming V-C. Alex Baldwin also continues as 2nd XI captain, all within the club were pleased with Alex in his first year as a young captain who spent endless Fridays recruiting players! A couple of players have departed and we wish them well. The First XI will contain the usual faces and it is hoped that Keir Nelson and Sam Baldwin continue to make step-up from 2nd XI to 1st XI Level. The 2nd team will again contain a high number of junior players, who with a few experienced heads should show good progress from last season.

Off the field the club held a successful Natwest Cricket Force over the weekend of the 27th/28th March with around 30 people helping to tidy the ground. The ground has definitely been ‘spruced up’ this year and the clubs next aim is to refurbish the lounge, kitchen and bar areas as well as the electronic scoreboard. We are pleased to have secured funding from Craven District Council to aid with this and hope that the work should be completed somewhere over the 2011/2012 winter.
Our tea ladies will once again be providing there sumptuous feast and we invite all members, players and supporters of the AWSCL to join us for our excellent food and hospitality during the 2011 season.

Steeton Cricket Club once again had good season in 2010. The first eleven were a little too inconsistent to merit a challenge to the title though at times played some excellent cricket. The team will be again pushing hard to regain top division status and has once again engaged the services of an overseas player. Shane McNamara from Australia will join Steeton as a top order batter. The team did win the prestigious Keighley Cup sweeping all before them. Jonathan Best has stood down as captain and is replaced by Neil Spragg.
The second eleven had an excellent campaign under young skipper Paul Hardwick. The team romped to the Reserve Division 1 title. The Second Eleven individual league trophies for Division 1 all went to Steeton players:
Batting – Mick Wilson
Bowling – James Emmott
Wicketkeeping – Julian Higginson
Fielding – Paul Hardwick

It was only the weather and a bowl off which prevented a clean sweep. Again some new faces plus the old familiar ones will try to capture the Birtwhistle Cup, the one trophy which eluded us this year. After leading us to our best season ever Paul Hardwick has handed the reins to Hayden Tennant, a Steeton old boy who has returned to the fold. (Our third eleven due to a lack of senior guidance again had a tough season though our junior members must be congratulated for giving their best throughout the season. Alex Howarth has handed over the captaincy to Mark Chapman.

Off the field Steeton once again has made good strides. Due to having “Clubmark” accreditation and “Focus Club” status we accessed grant funding. Our new nets were opened by our local MP Kris Hopkins at the start of the Ian Chappell Cup Final, which we hosted. We received excellent feedback from all who attended the final and look forward to hosting other finals over the coming years.

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. The Steeton tea ladies again delivered the Aire – Wharfe league unofficial ‘Tea of the year

Steeton CC looks forward to welcoming you all to Summerhill Lane in what we all hope will be a dry and sunny 2011.

The first eleven will again be captained by Leon Harber. We have all last year’s players available and have also recruited 3 new ones to the squad, so we feel that we have strengthened. We finished a very creditable 7th in the first Division last year mainly due to our 2 excellent opening bowlers, who both took over 60 wickets and the team spirit within the team. We felt our batting let us down, was very disappointing at times, and therefore we have tried to rectify this with two new batters. 1st an overseas Indian all-rounder Rishabh Jain, who will bat at 4 and also bowl Off Spin. 2nd Adam Morgan from Leeds University, who will either open or bat at no 3. Our third signing is Shane Marshall from Idle C.C. in the Bfd League, who is a 1st change Pace bowler, taking the pressure off our two opening bowlers. All our new signings are 20yrs old, and will liven up our fielding. We are now very optimistic for the new season and feel we can give everyone a good game, on paper the best side that Thackley C.C. has ever had.

Our 2nd XI will again be captained by Dean Skillicorn who is also our club cricket manager. He and our 1st team Capt. Leon Harber have been instrumental in making new signings. The 2nd XI will again be very strong. Last year they finished in 3rd place, just missing promotion for the second year running. This year with all last year’s players, plus 3 from the Ist XI squad, two very good former players returning after injury and resting, should make the side a must for one of the two promotion places, if they stay clear of any injuries etc. They have a very good balanced squad.

Our 3rd XI finished in 2nd place last season, and with the help of a new Capt, Rob Clayton, a very experienced player, he hopes to go one further winning the League outright. A number of our senior players who wished to play on Sunday have now retired. This will give Rob the opportunity to play a number of our good up and coming juniors mixed in with a few senior players from last year. We are very hopeful that a number of these juniors will gain some experience of senior cricket and go on to play 2nd and Ist team cricket at Thackley in the future.

Also as the 2nd XI have a very big squad this year which will give a number of these players the opportunity to play with the 3rd team and will strengthen the team very much. A season of consolidation for TPECC in the Aire -Wharfe last year. The first eleven finished in 7th position having incurred a difficult start to the season while the second team a solid finished 6th but both sides would have liked to be slightly higher up the league table.

Gareth Wilkinson returns from a serious ankle injury to captain the first eleven as Mick Scott steps down but will continue to lead the bowling attack following another excellent year with the ball last year. The team is bolstered by the additions of Zaffer Mahmood and Asif Amir from Farsley. Luke Waters will not return for a third consecutive season following his excellent 1000+ runs last year and will be replaced by a new overseas. Phil Hanson has decided to pursue other activities on Saturdays and will not play cricket this season but may return in 2012. Maz Bhatti also leaves the club following a solitary season with the side.

Neil Cooper continues to skipper the second team and will look to get the side contending in the upper parts of the league table.

New chairman Malcolm Pitt takes over from the departing Colin Mason while the rest of the committee remains generally as the status quo.

Off the field, plans are underway for a complete rebuild of the pavilion with a new facility hoping to be completed for the start of the 2012 season. Subject to the usual obstacles, work will begin at the end of the forthcoming season. Tom Baines takes over as first team captain and Andrew Foulds will be his VC in a young leadership team. The second team is looking less young with Andrew Smith taking the reins and Stuart Whyte taking over from the Councillor in charge of the third team. We are very encouraged by the many juniors now ready for senior cricket and hope this production line continues with age group leagues at 9.11, 13, 15 and 17.


The Club has more or less the same players as last season, although the overseas player has moved on and a replacement is still ongoing. Mr Faz Alam will be 1st XI Captain and Mr Jason Holmes will continue as 2nd XI Captain. It is hoped the 1st XI can improve on last season and maybe join our 2nd XI in the 2nd Division next season. The 2nd XI are looking forward to the challenge of playing in a higher division. The main prospect for the Club this season is the formation of a junior section and we have enrolled an under 15 and under 13 side that will play in the A/W Junior League. We are also running a Saturday Morning Club in conjunction with the neighbouring schools and this may help us to eventually gain Clubmark status.