League Executive Committee News
6th Dec 2012
The draw for the preliminary and first round proper of the Sykes Cup was taken at the December league meeting and is as follows:
|Sykes Cup Preliminary round - Sun 21st April|
|Sykes Cup 1st round - Sat 4 May|
|Delph & Dobcross||v||Armitage Bridge|
|Lepton Highlanders||v||Lascelles Hall|
|Clayton West||v||Hall Bower|
|Almondbury Wesleyans or Moorlands||v||Thongsbridge|
|Honley||v||Denby or Denby Dale|
League Executive Committee News
23rd Nov 2012
Holmfirth v Lepton Highlanders 15th September
Lepton Highlanders playing an ineligible player:
The decision reached was to fine Lepton Highlanders £20 and deduct 6 points from their 2012 season total as per rule L6b). However, due to the seriousness of the offence, it was also decided to fine Lepton Highlanders an additional £100 and deduct 12 points from the start of the 2013 season.
It was also decided that the Captain of the day had a case to answer for “bringing the game and the League into disrepute”, and he would be contacted by the Disciplinary Secretary.
A statement from the President
The President stated that he would be standing down as President of the League at the AGM in December.
The Executive committee unanimously agreed that Vice-President Earnshaw should be invited to take up the vacated position of League President. Vice-President Earnshaw said that he was very pleased and honoured to accept the invitation.
The Chairman proposed that upon his resignation, The President should be invited to become a Life-Vice President of the League. This was unanimously agreed by the Executive committee, and the proposal was gratefully accepted by the President.
League Dinner update
Ticket prices for this year's dinner would be £32.50. Comedian Mike Kelly would be supporting the main speaker, Jeremy Coney, and all of the new clubs for 2013 would be invited to attend the dinner.
The following awards were decided:
·Jack Gledhill Memorial Trophy – the best all-rounder of the year:
Arron Lilley Delph & Dobcross
·Reg Haigh Trophy – the most promising young cricketer of the year
Arron Lilley Delph & Dobcross
·Johnny Hunter Rose Bowls – the match winning performance of the season.
1st XI Irfan Zahoor Delph & Dobcross 177 not out v Shepley 2nd June 2012
2nd XI Josh Kilner Cumberworth United 7-8 v Lepton Highlanders 11th August 2012
·Tom Walker Trophy - a club member acting as groundsman, producing excellent pitches and outfield
Peter Green Honley
·FE Greenwood Trophy – to the club whose ground is of a high standard taking into account efforts to create improvements to the playing area and amenities:
League President, Bob Platt, To Retire
14th Nov 2012
BOB PLATT has announced his retirement as President of the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.
The former Yorkshire pace bowler has been League figurehead for the last 20 years, but has now decided to step down after serving the League magnificently for two decades.
He took on the presidency in 1993, succeeding the late Jim Dawson, and his deep knowledge of the game and advice has been invaluable to the League and its principal officers, chairman Trevor Atkinson and his predecessor Roger France.
Platt has been made an Honorary Life Vice-President and will be succeeded as League president by Almondbury’s Donald Earnshaw (inset), also a Life Vice-President of the League.
League chairman Atkinson paid tribute to Platt, whose family firm sponsor the Frank Platt Championship section of the League.
“During my first year as chairman Bob has been extremely approachable and very supportive,” he said.
“His knowledge and enthusiasm for cricket, when combined with considerable business expertise, has made him a formidale and much-respected president.
“It is reassuring to know that he will remain involved in the League in a new role as Honorary Life Vice-President.”
On the new president, Atkinson added: “I’ve worked very closely with Donald in his dual role as Senior Vice-President and Disciplinary Officer and found his knowledge and wisdom invaluable.
“His appointment as the League’s new president is a just reward for a life-time of commitment to both Almondbury Cricket Club and the Huddersfield League.
“I am looking forward to the continuation of our excellent relationship.”
Platt began his playing career with Holmfirth as an 11-year-old while still a schoolboy at Holme Valley Grammar School and, four years later, helped his club win the Huddersfield Junior Cricket League’s Knockout Cup (the forerunner of the Walker Cup and Oldfield Cup).
He joined Leeds in the Yorkshire League at 19, and from there was given a chance to play for Northamptonshire Seconds.
In 1954 he went on National Service, during which time he played for the RAF and Combined Services. He also played for Bradford Park Avenue, helping them to the Bradford League Championshp and the Priestley Cup.
At the conclusion of National Service he was quickly snapped up by the then Yorkshire chairman Brian Sellers and made his debut for the county Second team at Macclesfield, before making his first team debut against Sussex at Bramall Lane, Sheffield in 1955.
For the record, on his debut, his teammates were Lowson, Padgett, Sutcliffe, Watson, Wilson, Close, Yardley, Illingworth, Wardle and Binks, and when Platt was thrown the ball he made his mark by taking four for 70 in the first innings.
He was awarded his county cap in 1959 and went on to take almost 300 wickets in 96 games before his Yorkshire career ended in 1964 after serious injury – he ruptured an Achilles tendon – following which he began to help with the family’s electrical business.
However, he resumed his Yorkshire League career two years later, playing with Halifax, with whom he won the League’s bowling averages, before briefly returning to Northants to run the Seconds and help out in the Firsts when they were short.
“Brian Sellers promptly rang me to say I could do the same job at Yorkshire, so that’s what I did,” reflected Platt.
In 1968 he was appointed Second team captain before returning once again to Bradford Park Avenue, whom he also served as president for three years, not to mention winning the Bradford League bowling averages in both 1971 and 1972.
While at Park Avenue he also produced two remarkable performances, grabbing a hat trick against Idle with the first three balls of the match, while he once took seven wickets for no runs against Lidgett Green.
He finally called time on his playing career at the age of 40, turning is attention once more to the family business, and to the administrative side of the game, being elected to represent the Huddersfield district (later to become the West district) on the Yorkshire County committee in 1983.
He was chosen as Drakes League president in 1993, but then in 1995 came the biggest accolade when he was elected as chairman of Yorkshire’s cricket committee.
Another role that he will long be remembered for was being instrumental, along with Bob Appleyard, in setting up Yorkshire’s now much-admired Cricket Academy.
Article Courtesy of The Huddersfield Examiner
Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation Details
8th Nov 2012
The League's Annual Dinner takes place on Friday 18 January 2013 at the Cedar Court Hotel. The main speaker is former New Zealand captain and Sky Sports pundit Jeremy Coney and the comedian is Mike Kelly. The ticket price is £32,50 and the invites to club secretaries is going out this week.
For location information, go to: http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/pudseysaintlawrencecricket/location
Dates for 2012-3
Friday 12 Oct 2012 - Allan Stuttard, 'Cricket in the Central Lancashire League'
Friday 2 Nov 2012 - Dave Cooper, 'Oldham and Cricket'
Friday 14 Dec 2012 - Ralph Middlebrook, 'Cricket in Pudsey'
Friday 11 Jan 2013 – Andrew Smith, ‘The Story of Illingworth St. Marys CC, Halifax’
Friday 8 February 2013 - Malcolm Heywood, 'The History of Todmorden CC'
Friday 8 March 2013 - Andrew Pearson, 'Cricket at Thurstonland CC, Holmfirth'
Contact: Dr Peter Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or just turn up on the day
- Named after the excellent Lancashire cricket luncheon club of the same name
Applications Required From Clubs To Join The Heavy Woollen Cup Competition
11th Sept 2012
Due to the resignation of at least two clubs from the Competition, the Management Committee are looking to fill these vacancies for the 2013
The stipulations for membership are that Clubs must be within 18 miles of Batley Town Hall and that clubs must enter a first team in the Heavy Woollen Cup and a second team in the Crowther
The admission of Clubs will be at the discretion of the Management
Any club wishing to apply should put in their request on Club letter headed paper and sent to the Competition Secretary, Mrs Lesley Robinson, 33 Moss Carr Avenue, Long Lee, Keighley BD21 4SE or by email to keiles33@btopenworld.
Applications to be received no later than 31st October 2012.
Delph & Dobcross win the Earnshaw Cup
9th Sept 2012
Delph & Dobcross today beat Clayton West, by 2 wickets, in a thrilling final played at a sunny Clayton West ground. Clayton West scored an imposing 276 for 3 off their 45 overs, with opener Howell Senior carrying his bat for 126 not out and fellow opener William Lockwood scoring 88. In reply Bradley Cunningham scored 68 and Phil Lees 42. Delph still required 30 off the last 2 overs and 6 off the last ball. Ian Cotterill hit the 6, finishing on 41 not out.
The trophy, for non Premiership 2nd X1's, was presented to the Delph skipper Phil Lees by Donald Earnshaw.
Lorenzo Ingram is the Non EU Player of the Year
7th Sept 2012
The League is pleased to announce that Lorenzo Ingram, of Elland, has been awarded the Non EU Player of the year trophy. His performances with both bat and ball this season have resulted in the award. He is to be presented with the trophy prior to the end of the season.
Hoylandswaine Clinch the Premiership Title
2nd Sept 2012
Hoylandswaine have clinched the Byrom Shield for the 1st time with victory over current holders Honley today. With Kirkburton beating Elland this put Hoylandswaine on 108 points, and both Kirkburton and Elland on 93 points. With only 2 games to go, the maximum both Kirkburton and Elland can reach is 105 points, so congratulations go to Hoylandswaine.
Earnshaw Cup Final Postponed
27th August 2012
The Earnshaw Cup Final, which was due to be staged today (Mon 27th August) has been postponed for the second time, due to the weather leaving the wicket too wet for play. The match, between the 2nd X1's of Clayton West and Delph and Dobcross, will now be played on Sunday 9th September with a 12 noon start.
Match Start Times in September
22nd August 2012
The League Executive have issued the following statement:
Please note that as per Rule L7b) all matches in September start at 12.30pm, not 1.00pm as stated in the League Handbook. This is of course with the exception of Championship2 and Conference2 matches which will continue to start at 1.00pm.
Oddfellows Cup Final
7th August 2012
Almondbury won the Oddfellows Cup on Monday evening, in a match that was interupted on Sunday by adverse weather. The scores were:
Almondbury 192a.o. (L.Brothers 49, N.Latif 42; I.Shah 5-55)
*Thongsbridge 169a.o. (S.Rasheed 30; M.Usman 3-28, K.Sajjad 3-40, M.Sykes 4-40)
The man of the match was Martin Sykes
Match start dates
7th August 2012
Matches this Saturday (11 August) start at 1.30pm. After this date, all matches, in August, start at 1.00pm. In September, matches start at 12.30pm
Oddfellows/Earnshaw Cup News
6th August 2012
The final of the Earnshaw Cup started yesterday (Sunday) at Thongsbridge. Due to rain during the day, a finish of the match was not possible. The match will continue this evening, weather permitting. The overnight score was :
Almondbury 192 in 45 overs (L Brothers 49, N Latif 42; I Shah 5-55),
*Thongsbridge 107-4 in 28 overs (S Rashid 30; M Sykes 3-31 – Rain.
A start was not possible in the Earnshaw Cup final, due to be played between Clayton West and Delph And Dobcross (2nd X1's). A torrential downpour at Clayton West just before the start of the match resulted in the abandonment of the game on the day. The scheduled date for this final is Sunday 26th August.
Twenty20 Finals Winners
29th July 2012
Congratulations to all at Scholes CC and Cawthorne CC who were both victorious at a bustling Chapelgate this afternoon in a fantastic day of cricket. Two close matches were fought out, first by Chris Walmsley's Cawthorne side who edged out Lascelles Hall in the first match to take place - the Twenty20 Shield.
In the second game of the day, Scholes defeated Hoylandswaine by just two runs in a match that went right down to the final ball. Tom Brook, standing in as skipper in the place of the absent Ash Pamment helped his side thwart Hoylandswaine in a see-saw match which really could have gone either way to win the Twenty20 Trophy for the second time.
Full credit to all the staff and supporters at Scholes CC who, with just three days notice hosted a fantastic Twenty20 finals day which was extremely well attended. The full scores and scorecards for both matches will be posted later this week.
Brief details of both matches:
*Scholes 176-7 (W Jaffer 53, T Boorman 38, T Brook 27), Hoylandswaine 174-7 (B Don 58no, A Mynett 38; A Alsop 3-16, I Khan 3-21).
Cawthorne 142-6 (C Walmsley 44; T Taylor 3-33), Lascelles Hall 118-8.
Venues for Finals Draw
24th July 2012
The draw for the finals of three competitions; the Twenty20 Trophy / Shield, The Oddfellows Cup and the Earnshaw Cup was finalised tonight following the Twenty20 Trophy semi-final between Hoylandswaine and Shelley. They are as follows:
T20 Trophy – [29 July, 4pm] Scholes v Hoylandswaine at Scholes
Further Twenty20 Information
13th July 2012
Due to the continued inclement weather, and the prospect of more rain, the Executive committee feel it necessary to publish the following information in relation to the forthcoming Quarter-Final and Semi-Final T/20 ties:
Quarter - Finals:
TT2(d)/TP2(d) – In quarter - finals where no play is possible, or result achieved, on the scheduled day of Tuesday 10th July, clubs may by agreement play the game at any time (with the exception of Saturday 14th July) up to and including Tuesday 17th July.
If no play is possible during that period of time the result shall be decided by a “bowl out” as per the conditions laid down in TT2(d).
- Should opposing teams have both played out their quarter-finals to a conclusion before Tuesday 17th July, the semi - final ties should take place on the scheduled day of Tuesday 17th July.
Where no play is possible, or result achieved, on the scheduled day of Tuesday 17th July, clubs may by agreement play the game at any time (with the exception of Saturday 21stJuly) up to and including Tuesday 24th July.
If no play is possible during that period of time the result shall be decided by a “bowl out” as per the conditions laid down in TT2(d).
- Should opposing teams have not played out their quarter-finals to a conclusion before Tuesday 17th July, the semi - final ties should take place on Thursday 19th July.
Where no play is possible, or result achieved, on Thursday 19th July, clubs may by agreement play the game at any time (with the exception of Saturday 21st July) up to and including Tuesday 24th July.
If no play is possible during that period of time the result shall be decided by a “bowl out” as per the conditions laid down in TT2(d).
Fixtures and Results
Clubs are advised that they should inform the Match and Registration Secretary and Secretary of the Umpires’ Association of the dates of any rearranged ties. Results and Team sheets should be sent to the Match and Registration Secretary as soon as possible after the completion of each tie, and certainly in line with procedures for League matches.
The Grand Final – Sunday 29th July
The draw to select the host club for the T/20 Trophy and Shield Finals will be made as soon as all results are received by the Match and Registration Secretary. This should be by Tuesday 24th July at the latest.
Umpires Disciplinary Report Form
11th July 2012
Umpires should be aware that the Disciplinary Report Form can now be dowloaded directly from this web site. It can be found by clicking on Dowloadable Forms on the Index on the left hand side of the home page and then clicking on the appropriate form.
10th July 2012
Due to the recent inclement weather, and the prospect of more rain, the Executive committee feel it necessary to reiterate and/or clarify certain aspects of the T/20 Trophy and Shield rules:
TT2(d) and (e)/TP2(d) and (e):
It should be noted that if a game is started but does not run to its natural course, then a result may be achieved under TT5(j) line9/TP5(j) line9.
However, in order to allow for an interruption of play in the first part of the innings, it is proposed that:
TT5(j) line9 onwards/TP5(j) line9 onwards should read:
“Where an interruption in play occurs during the second innings of a tie, and it is subsequently not possible to complete the full scheduled overs, should at least half of the allocated overs have been completed then a result is achievable.” Rather than:
“Where the first interruption in play occurs during the second innings of a tie, and it is subsequently not possible to complete the full scheduled overs, should at least half of the allocated overs have been completed then a result is achievable.”
It should be noted that TT5(e)/TP5(e) states that “In circumstances where, before the commencement of play, the prospect of inclement weather or bad light is a consideration umpires may reduce the number of overs….”
Bowling restrictions in reduced overs games:
TT5(j)/TP5(j) state that “Where play is delayed or interrupted during the first innings of a tie, and the total overs are consequently reduced for both teams, no player shall bowl more than one-fifth of the total overs remaining” and “Where in these circumstances the reduced number of overs is not exactly divisible by five, not more than one additional over shall be allowed to each qualifying bowler in turn until the full revised total has been allocated.”
Thus for ease of calculation:
19 over match 4 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 4 overs each.
18 over match 3 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 4 overs each.
17 over match 2 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 4 overs each.
16 over match 1 bowler may bowl a maximum of 4 overs.
15 over match any bowler may bowl a maximum of 3 overs.
14 over match 4 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 3 overs each.
13 over match 3 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 3 overs each.
12 over match 2 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 3 overs each.
11 over match 1 bowler may bowl a maximum of 3 overs.
10 over match any bowler may bowl a maximum of 2 overs.
9 over match 4 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 2 overs each.
8 over match 3 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 2 overs each.
7 over match 2 bowlers may bowl a maximum of 2 overs each.
6 over match 1 bowler may bowl a maximum of 2 overs.
5 over match any bowler may bowl a maximum of 1 over.
Twenty20 Trophy Draw
6th July 2012
The draw for the Twenty20 Trophy was made this evening and was as follows with ties to be played on Tuesday 10th July:
|Twenty20 Trophy Quarter Final|
|Elland vs Shelley|
|Golcar v Skelmanthorpe|
|Scholes v Delph & Dobcross|
|Hoylandswaine v Broad Oak|
The semi-final draw also looks like this, with ties scheduled to be played on Tuesday 17th July:
|Twenty20 Trophy Semi Final|
|Golcar or Skelmanthorpe v Scholes or Delph & Dobcross|
|Hoylandswaine or Broad Oak v Elland or Shelley|
Twenty20 Shield / Oddfellows / Earnshaw Cup
4th July 2012
The draw for the Twenty20 Trophy will be made on Friday evening it has been decided at tonights meeting of the committee. However, the draws for the Twenty20 Shield, Oddfellows Cup and Earnshaw Cup were made tonight and are as follows:
|Twenty20 Shield Quarter Final - To be played on Tuesday 10th July|
|Cumberworth United||v||Lascelles Hall|
|Oddfellows Cup Semi Final - To be played on Sunday 22nd July|
|Earnshaw Cup Semi Final - To be played on Sunday 22nd July|
|Delph & Dobcross or Emley Clarence||v||Lascelles Hall|
|Clayton West||v||Cumberworth United|
Examiner Prize - Latest
20th June 2012
The race is on for the 'First to 500 Runs' batting and 'First to 50 Wickets' bowling prizes, awarded by the Examiner. Here are the top 20 batsmen and bowlers in the league for both 1st and 2nd XI's as the race hots up.
|1st XI Batting||Team||Games||Inn||N.o.||Runs|
|LILLEY Arron||Delph & Dobcross||9||9||0||477|
|ZAHOOR Irfan||Delph & Dobcross||9||9||1||374|
|LOCKLEY Niall Reece||Elland||9||8||1||340|
|GREENWOOD Allan||Emley Clarence||6||6||1||244|
|KILNER Christopher||Cumberworth United||5||4||1||226|
|LATIF Ibrar||Hall Bower||9||8||0||226|
|2nd XI Batting||Team||Games||Inn||N.o.||Runs|
|BOCARRO Michael David||Holmfirth||7||7||1||265|
|WINTERBOTTOM Dale||Lepton Highlanders||5||5||1||249|
|ATKINSON Joseph Christopher||Lepton Highlanders||7||6||1||218|
|MARSH Scott Andrew||Hoylandswaine||8||7||0||200|
|WOODRUFF Conor||Broad Oak||8||5||0||189|
|1st XI Bowling||Team||Ov||Mdn||Runs||Wkts|
|MOBEEN Mirza Muhammad||Emley Clarence||103||18||373||23|
|DON Bandula Ranjith||Hoylandswaine||100||24||244||23|
|LILLY Aaron Christopher||Lascelles Hall||110||22||331||21|
|SHAH Ijaz Ali||Thongsbridge||96||20||293||19|
|SPENCE Murray||Clayton West||89||14||381||16|
|GHAUS Adnan||Delph & Dobcross||77||26||277||16|
|JUMP Carl||Armitage Bridge||81||29||217||16|
|LILLEY Arron||Delph & Dobcross||108||16||488||15|
|STEVENSON Michael||Clayton West||92||14||437||15|
|2nd XI Bowling||Team||Ov||Mdn||Runs||Wkts|
|TAYLOR Kenneth||Emley Clarence||38||8||107||15|
|ATKINSON Thomas||Lepton Highlanders||59||10||187||13|
|WINTERBOTTOM Dale||Lepton Highlanders||41||9||128||13|
Ian Botham Is In Town
18th June 2012
Barkisland CC have secured something of a 'coup' by attracting Sir Ian Botham down to Barkisland's Scammonden Road ground to open the new net facilities. Sir Ian, known as "Beefy" to cricket fans worldwide is scheduled to be down to officially start off Barkisland's cricket festival week as part of his Leukemia Awareness campaign. The launch starts this Thursday 21st June at 6:00pm with the bar open and BBQ in full flow. Everyone welcome in a rare chance to meet a genuine cricket legend.
Important Information For Clubs
14th June 2012
A minute’s be observed before all League games on Saturday June 30th .in recognition of “Armed Forces Day”
Nominated Charity 2012
The League’s nominated charity for 2012 is “Help 4 Heroes”. A donation of £300 is to be made to the fund, via the T/20 Charity match to be played at Kikburton CC, between a team from the House of Lords and Commons and the cast of Emmerdale, on Sunday July 29th.
Match & Registration Procedure (more detail in the Council meeting minutes):
1) When submitting registration forms:
a) Make sure that the form is completed in block capitals, and is legible.
b) Include date of birth; postcode and name.
c) Note that the surname entered on Part 1 of the form needs to be the one used on the results sheet.
Please note that any ineligible forms will be returned to sender, rendering any registration null and void.
2) When emailing scanned registrations:
a) Use a separate file for each scanned registration.
b) If passport information is included this should be added to the same file as the scanned registration.
3) Junior players playing in open age cricket:
a) Club players must be in the Under 13 age group, in school year 8 and be 12 years old on 1st September of the preceding year, before being able to play in any open age group cricket.
b) County squad and area squad players must be in U12 age group, in school year 7 and be 11 years old on 1st September of the preceding year, before being able to play in any open age group cricket.
In both the above situations written parental consent is required for each game played in, although an adaption to the current RTDF is anticipated which will include a parental/guardian consent section.
4) Match Day registration:
Since match day registration requires the RTDF to be signed by the opposition captain and an officiating umpire, clubs are asked to please ensure that when e- mailing these forms, either both sides are e-mailed or preferably a space on the front of the RTDF is used for any signatures, and then only the front of the form will need e-mailing to the Match & Registration Secretary. Postal communication will remain unchanged
5) Team Sheet & Match Report Form (TMRF):
All clubs should ensure that the essential detail is filled in at the top of the TMRF before these are submitted. It is not the umpires’ responsibility to fill in the headings on the TMRF.
Romida Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield Draws
13th June 2012
Tonights Romida Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield semi-final draws were made tonight.
Sykes Cup holders Shepley, after squeezing past Lepton Highlanders on Tuesday evening in a delayed game have been awarded home advantage against Paul Winrow's in-form Elland in the first semi-final due to be played on Sunday 8th July. Elland, with a rich pedigree in the Huddersfield League's main knock out competition will be bidding to win their 14th Sykes Cup but certainly won't find it easy against a strong Shepley side.
The other semi-final is a mouth-watering clash between three-time losing finalists Delph & Dobcross and Hoylandswaine, who are participating in their first Sykes Cup semi-final. Grant Jones' Delph side will enjoy home advantage on a ground known for quick scoring and with two of the league's most potent batting line-ups it's sure to be a thrilling match.
In the Paddock Shield, league leaders Golcar will travel to Hoylandswaine, while Championship leaders Cawthorne will entertain Elland from Premiership Two.
|Romida Sykes Cup||Paddock Shield|
|Sun 8th July||Shepley v Elland||Hoylandswaine v Golcar|
|Sun 15th July||Delph & Dob. v Hoylandswaine||Cawthorne v Elland|
Heavy Woollen Cup / Crowther Cup Draws
12th June 2012
Four of our local sides were involved in Monday nights Heavy Woollen and Crowther Cup draws for the quarter final, with the semi-final draw also taking place.
Delph & Dobcross will be very familiar with their illustrious opponents, Wrenthorpe, having been drawn against them for the fifth time in seven seasons. Delph have home advantage against a side who have more or less made this trophy their own over the past half a decade although bragging rights are currently with Grant Jones' team who dumped much-fancied Wrenthorpe out at the first hurdle last term.
Fellow Huddersfield League side, and current holders Shepley will have something to say about that though, although they will need to negotiate a route past Spen Victoria from the Bradford League should they want to progress. It's a happy hunting ground for Danny Glover's side as it's a return to the same ground they picked up silverware last season. Golcar also have a testing road trip, over to Bradford League big guns Hanging Heaton who reached the semi-final stage last time round. A big reward for the Swallow Lane men as they will host the winners of Delph and Wrenthorpe in the semi-final.
Flying the flag for the 2nd XI's, Slaithwaite, have been handed a home tie against Woodlands from the Bradford League. A win would also hand them home advantage in the semi-final against the winners of Wakefield Thornes and Buttershaw St. Pauls (Both from the Central Yorkshire League).
All ties must be played on or before Sunday 1st July. 1:00pm start. The full draw is as follows:
|Heavy Woollen Cup Quarter Final||Crowther Cup Quarter Final|
|Hanging Heaton v Golcar||Wakefield Thornes v Buttershaw St Paul's|
|Delph & Dobcross v Wrenthorpe||Slaithwaite v Woodlands|
|Spen Victoria v Shepley||Barnsley v Baildon|
|Methley v Townville||Townville v Hanging Heaton|
|Heavy Woollen Cup Semi Final|
|Hanging Heaton or Golcar v Delph & Dobcross or Wrenthorpe|
|Spen Victoria or Shepley v Methley or Townville|
|Crowther Cup Semi Final|
|Townville or Hanging Heaton v Barnsley or Baildon|
|Slaithwaite or Woodlands v Wakefield Thornes or Buttershaw Saint Paul's|
Oddfellows Cup/ Earnshaw Cup Draws
6th June 2012
The draw for the Oddfellows Cup (1st X1's) and Earnshaw Cup (2nd X1's) was made at tonight's Executive Committee meeting. The ties will be played on Sunday 24 June starting at 1.00pm (not 1.30pm as stated in the League Handbook)
Almondbury v Armitage Bridge
Lascelles Hall v Holmfirth
Barkisland v Broad Oak
Emley Clarence v Thongsbridge
Cumberworth United v Lepton Highlanders
Delph & Dobcross v Emley Clarence
Holmfirth v Lascelles Hall
Clayton West v Paddock
Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield 3rd Round Draw
30th May 2012
The draw for the last eight of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield was made this evening and as expect threw up some mouthwatering ties to look forward to in just a week on Sunday (10th June).
An absolute humdinger of match looks to be in store at Riley Lane as early Premiership leaders Kirkburton will play host to another team in the richest of form in Hoylandswaine. Meanwhile over at Hullen Edge another side who have started the season with a bang, Elland will enjoy a big crowd as they entertain another local side, Golcar in a re-run of the 2009 cup final in which Golcar won.
The Sykes Cup holders, Shepley will be wary of the threat that they face from Lepton Highlandersas they meet them at home. Lepton, who knocked out Premiership Marsden in the last round will have their sights on another giant killing, and they won't come much bigger than the current holders. The final tie sees Cawthorne, who made a superb impact in last years competition by reaching the semi-finals, travel over to Premiership Delph & Dobcross.
In the Paddock Shield, defending champions Scholes have a tricky home tie to negotiate if they are to retain the honours. Elland make the journey to Chapelgate. Premiership Two leaders Golcar face a tie against Championship Two outfit Clayton West. Hoylandswaine, a team enjoying a good 2012 so far will entertain Linthwaite whilst Cawthorne host Hall Bower in the final tie.
All games to be played on Sunday 10th June. 1:00pm start. The full draw for both competitons is as follows:
|Sykes Cup 3rd Round||Paddock Shield 3rd Round|
|Kirkburton v Hoylandswaine||Golcar v Clayton West|
|Shepley v Lepton Highlanders||Cawthorne v Hall Bower|
|Delph & Dobcross v Cawthorne||Scholes v Elland|
|Elland v Golcar||Hoylandswaine v Linthwaite|
Information for clubs from the Executive
17th May 2012
The following was decided at the last Executive Commotte meeting:
Fixture Change: Due to AFC Emley having a NCEL football fixture rearrangement for Saturday 28th April, the Emley Clarence v Armitage Bridge Conference game will now take place on Sunday 13th May.
Advertising Opportunities: There is space available on the League Website for potential advertisers. Anyone interested should contact Les Harrison at email@example.com
Sykes Cup Final: Honley CC have been invited to host this year’s Sykes Cup Final.
Ground Inspections: These inspections will be taking place within the next few weeks. Clubs involved will be contacted by the appropriate Executive Committee members.
Heavy Woollen / Crowther Cup 2nd Round Draw
14th May 2012
The draw for the second round of the Heavy Woollen and Crowther Cup was made tonight which threw up some tasty ties for our local sides.
Holders Shepley's reward for overcoming Gomersal for the second time in two seasons is a home derby fixture against rivals Skelmanthorpe in what is of course a mouth-watering re-run of last season's Sykes Cup Final which Shepley also went on to win. Elsewhere there is another hotly anticipated all-Huddersfield League tie where Scholes will host Golcar in a match against two sides you could hardly fit a cigarette paper between.
Delph & Dobcross, conquerers of Central Yorkshire outfit Wakefield Thornes in the first round will be happy to save on the mileage by entertaining another CYCL team New Farnley. It'll be another tough game for Grant Jones' men against a side who finished 3rd in the CYCL Premiership. The side who finished 2nd, Methley, will be Kirkburton's opponents after they edged out Yeadon in a close match.
Finally, Shelley will relish their draw as they play host to Bradford League heavyweights Hanging Heaton.
In the Crowther Cup the all-Huddersfield League affair is at Hill Top where Slaithwaite take on Shepley. Elsewhere Skelmanthorpe host Hanging Heaton and Shelley will have to await the winners of Barnsley or Streethouse who play their first round fixture on Tuesday evening.
All matches are due to be play on or before Sunday June 10th. 1:00pm start.
|Heavy Woollen Cup 2nd Round||Crowther Cup 2nd Round|
Scholes v Golcar
Methley v Kirkburton
Woodlands v Wrenthorpe
Delph & Dobcross v New Farnley
Shepley v Skelmanthorpe
Shelley v Hanging Heaton
Spen Victoria v Streethouse or Barnsley
Liversedge v Townville
Baildon v Spen Victoria
Skelmanthorpe v Hanging Heaton
Townville v Morley
Yeadon v Woodlands
Barnsley or Streethouse v Shelley
New Farnley v Buttershaw St Paul's
Slaithwaite v Shepley
Wrenthorpe v Wakefield Thornes
Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield 2nd Round Draw
9th May 2012
The draw for the 2nd round of the main Huddersfield League knock-out competitions has been made tonight.
Sykes Cup holders Shepley will make the journey to Castle Hill to face newly-promoted Premiership side Hall Bower as they bid to defend the trophy. Skipper Danny Glover will be reasonably satisfied at his club's draw, but won't be taking anything for granted against a hard-working Hall Bower side. Meanwhile Elland's reward for defeating one of the league's strongest sides, Honley is a home fixture against Emley Clarence.
Elsewhere, there are two all-Premiership fixtures. Scholes will lock horns away at three-times runner up Delph & Dobcross in what promises to be the most closely matched affair. Scholes captain Ashley Pamment, who led Golcar to winning the Sykes Cup in 2009 can now count upon the batting prowess of the talismanic Wasim Jaffer whilst Grant Jones has seen his Delph side race to the top of the league this season with two wins out of two. Hoylandswaine, with new skipper John Sadler travel to the Colne Valley and Ian Holt's Slaithwaite outfit.
Premiership sides Kirkburton and Marsden also hit the road heading to Broad Oak and Lepton Highlanders respectively whilst the other fixture sees an all-Conference head-to-head with Linthwaite hosting Cawthorne, a team who in their first season reached the semi-final stage last year.
In the Paddock Shield, holders Scholes make a trip to Kirkheaton whilst the match of the round looks to be at Swallow Lane as Golcar host Shepley. The full draw is below.
All matches will take place on Sunday May 27th. 1:00pm start.
Sykes Cup 2nd Round
Broad Oak v Kirkburton
Paddock Shield 2nd Round
Almondbury Wes. v Linthwaite
Sykes Cup 1st Round Statement
2nd May 2012
The League's Executive Committee have issued the following statement:
Please note that Sunday May 6th is the carry over day for any cup games not started or completed on the Saturday May 5th.
Where it is not possible to either play or complete a game by Sunday, clubs may by agreement with the Umpires play on Monday May 7th. Start times as per league rules.
Where more than 10 overs have been completed on any of the 3 days, league rules apply.
Otherwise the games are to be arranged for Sunday May 13th.
We realise that some clubs may have HW / Crowther Cup commitments, but clubs must appreciate that our own cup competitions must take preference.
Emley Clarence v Armitage Bridge Re-arranged
24th April 2012
The fixture between Emley Clarence and Armitage Bridge, due to be played this Saturday (28 April), has been cancelled and will now be played on Sunday 13 May at Emley. The Emley ground is required by the football club for a re-arranged fixture on Saturday.
Huddersfield Uni Students Need Your Help
24th April 2012
Students from the University of Huddersfield are looking for clubs in our league with any information or news that they could film.
They have journalism exams on May 8 & 9 where they need to produce written, audio and film work in their last piece of work at University that is vital in them obtaining a good standard of degree. If your club has any news such as struggling for players or finding it difficult to pay the bills, new overseas players, any young players that could be stars of the future, players who have a very long history at the club, former professionals or basically anything that would consider to be an interesting news piece. They would be very grateful if you could get in contact with them so they could come along and film training, a match or even just a couple of interviews at the ground. They are looking at getting their filming done towards the end of this week or anytime next week.
If interested, please get in touch with Luke Reynolds on firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief email outlining what you'd like them to film, with any other background information.
Saturdays Fixtures To Be Played
20th April 2012
Clubs should be aware that this Saturdays fixtures (21 April) are still as arranged and should go ahead, where possible
Pennine Cricket History Conference
15th March 2012
The eighth Pennine Cricket History conference will take place on Saturday 31 March at the University of Huddersfield and the speakers will cover a range of fascinating cricketing topics.
They include cricket in Cleckheaton (Bruce Deadman), cricket in Oldham (Dave Cooper), cricket broadcasting (Peter Hutton), and cricket and video (Brian Heywood). There will also be a session on cricket poetry.
Main organiser Bob Horne said: "We're really looking forward to the day. We've got a range of fascinating speakers and we will enjoy welcoming so many local cricket enthusiasts to the university."
Bob is a Phd cricket student at the university and has spoken at the conference before.
The conference runs from 10am to 4pm in the Castle Hill Suite, Queensgate, Huddersfield. Admission is free and refreshments will also be served. All welcome.
Important Information To Clubs Regarding Player Registrations
1st March 2012
At a meeting of the Executive of the League yesterday evening Mr Phil Senior has agreed to take over the role of Match & Registration Secretary. So could all metters relating to that role now be directed to Phil with immediate effect. His contact details are; Phil Senior, 5 Carr Mount, Upper Cumberworth, Huddersfield, HD8 8XN. Tel 01484 606379. Email: email@example.com
Council Meeting Arranged For Next Wednesday
29th February 2012
Clubs should note that a Council Meeting has been arranged for next Wednesday (7th March 2010). The meeting is to consider a proposal for the introduction of electronically submited match scoresheets. Would Club's please ensure that a Club Representative attends, if the rep is not available it is imperative that every Club is represented at the meeting.
The meeting will be held at Almondbury Cricket Club commencing at 7.30pm.
Match & Registration Secretary Resigns
28th February 2012
The League Executive have made the following statement:
'Due to the resignation of Yvonne Collins as Match and Registration Secretary, would all clubs direct all matters relating to Registrations to the Executive Secretary Stephen Sykes at the address or email contact details on the website. This is with immediate effect until further notice'.
Players Cricket Clothing Adverts
21st February 2012
All competitions except the Romida T/20 Competitions
Since the 2007 cricket season certain criterion relating to cricket clothing advertising, have been in place. Below is an adapted version of the 2007 policy which is being re-issued for the 2012 cricket season. The policy will be included in the 2012 League Handbook, and will also be posted on the League website.
It should be noted that this policy will be strictly monitored and any club contravening any of the points below will be requested to make the appropriate amendments.
1)All flashes, logos and advertising referred to in 2) to 4) below should be identical for all players within any team. Any individual player logo or advertising is not permitted.
2) All cricket clothing must be predominantly white/cream, although it is acceptable to use shirts/trousers that have small areas of coloured flashes that some manufacturers are marketing.
3) Club badges, manufacturer's logos or advertiser's logos may be used on both shirt/sweater breast pocket areas with each logo not exceeding 4 inches by 4 inches (10.2cm by 10.2cm).
4) An advertiser's logo may be used centrally on the front of players’ shirts and/or sweaters and may not exceed 8 inches by 4 inches (20.4 cm by 10.2cm).
5) Apart from the manufacturer's logo shown on any item of cricket clothing no other advertising is permitted other than that shown above. Player's names and/or numbers on shirts, sweaters or trousers are specifically prohibited.
6) There is no restriction whatsoever to advertising on tracksuits etc. that are not used on the field of play.
Information For Clubs
21st February 2012
Paddock Shield Sponsorship: The Fired Up Group will be sponsors of the competition for the 2012.
Sponsorship Opportunities: The Oddfellows and Earnshaw Cups are both available for sponsorship. Interested parties should contact Stephen Sykes.
T/20 cup - The dates of group games for the 16 participating clubs were set as: Tuesday 19th June, 26th June and 3rd July with a 6.30pm start.
T/20 plate – The 1st round will be played between the 14 remaining clubs on Tuesday 26th June with a 6.30pm start.
The Quarter Finals and Semi Finals of both competitions are to be played on Tuesday 10th and 17thJuly respectively with a 6.30pm start.
The venue for the T/20 Final’s Day will be decided by the drawing of lots between the four competing finalists.
Shirt Advertising: The current policy on shirt advertising, first introduced in 2007, outlining the responsibility of clubs towards the monitoring advertising on cricket clothing is to be modified, and included in the League Handbook. This policy will also be posted on the League website.
Christine Haigh: The League was represented at the funeral of Christine Haigh who passed away on 21st January. Christine along with her husband James had sponsored the League since 1991. The family had requested no flowers. The league donated £200 in lieu of flowers to The Children’s Society.
Loan to club: Thongsbridge have been granted a loan by the League in order to assist with the purchase of a set of covers. The loan will be repaid by August 2013.
CRB Checks: The League Child Welfare Officer will be contacting all club secretaries in order to specify which club personnel, essential and desirable, should have CRB checks.
Twenty20 Trophy & Shield Groupings/Draw
19th February 2012
The 2012 season will see a different format for the Twenty20 Trophy with a new award, the Twenty20 Plate being created. The Trophy will now be contested by All Premiership sides, plus the two sides relegated from the Premiership last season. the Plate is now contested between the rest of the Huddersfield League in a typical round robin type format. The final for both the Twenty20 Trophy and Twenty20 Shield will both be played on the same day; Sunday 29th July.
The Twenty20 Trophy Groups are as follows:
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|Broad Oak||Barkisland||Honley||Clayton West|
|Delph & Dobcross||Elland||Kirkburton||Hoylandswaine|
Top two sides of each group go through with the following rounds drawn out of the hat.
The Twenty20 Shield first round draw is as follows:
|Group 1||Group 2|
|1.||Almondbury v Kirkheaton||5.||Emley Clarence v Cawthorne|
|2.||Armitage Bridge v Rastrick||6.||Holmfirth v Lepton Highlanders|
|3.||Meltham v Thongsbridge||7.||Lascelles Hall v Cumberworth United|
|4.||Paddock v Linthwaite|
Twenty20 Shield Quarter Final Draw:
|a||Paddock or Linthwaite||v||Armitage Bridge or Rastrick|
|b||Emley Clarence or Cawthorne||v||Meltham or Thongsbridge|
|c||Lascelles Hall or Cumberworth Utd||v||Losing group team with highest run rate|
|d||Almondbury or Kirkheaton||v||Holmfirth or Lepton Highlanders|
Twenty20 Shield Semi-Final Draw
The full Twenty20 Fixture dates are now on the Fixtures calendar.
Christine Murial Haigh: In Deepest Sympathy
1st February 2012
The league were saddened to learn of the recent death of Christine Murial Haigh (nee Drake), who along with her husband James Haigh MBE have sponsored the Drakes Huddersfield League since 1991. Christine, who was a lifelong friend of the league passed away at her home in Barkisland on January 21st aged 79. She leaves behind two children and three grandchildren. Everyone at the league send their greatest condolences. Rest In Peace.
The obituary in the Huddersfield Examiner:
CHRISTINE Haigh, former chairman of F Drake and Co of Golcar, has died at the age of 79.
Mrs Haigh, a well-known and well-loved woman in both her professional and personal life, collapsed and died suddenly at home in Barkisland.
Over 400 mourners are expected to travel from all over the country to attend the funeral service to be held at noon tomorrow (Wednesday, February 1) at St Bartholomew’s Church, Ripponden. This will be followed by a private burial.
Born Christine Drake, Mrs Haigh’s father took on shoddy manufacturers F Drake and Co after his return from the army in 1919. She became chairman of the company in 1966.
Over the decades, Mrs Haigh and her husband Jim, a textile lecturer at the former Huddersfield Polytechnic, developed a thriving partnership. They ran F Drake’s together and founded the highly successful F Drake Fibres Ltd, based at Golcar Mill, which is the current home of Drake Extrusions Ltd.
Mrs Haigh was a director of the company. After they sold the business in 1986 they built new premises in Slaithwaite, the first textile factory to be built in the Colne Valley since World War Two.
There the couple, who lived for many years at Banks Avenue in Golcar, ran a company which made high tenacity propylene yarn until it closed in 2001.
Drake’s products were sold throughout the world and their companies twice won the Queen’s Award for Export. The second time, Mrs Haigh travelled down to London with son Joshua to be presented with the award by the Queen on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The Drake name is now synonymous with cricket in Huddersfield as Mr and Mrs Haigh have sponsored the Huddersfield Cricket League for the last 22 years.
Mrs Haigh was also a teacher at Colne Valley High School and went on to become head of domestic science at St Gregory’s Grammar School, since incorporated into All Saints Catholic College.
Mr Haigh said: “We had a very successful partnership, but Christine was a successful woman in her own right.
“She liked people and was a very considerate, warm and affectionate person. She loved her family and grandchildren and was well loved herself.”
She once stood for the Conservatives in the former West Riding elections and at the time of her death was president of the Calder Valley Conservative Association. She was a keen supporter of the Prayer Book Society and lifelong sponsor of the Children’s Society.
Family members are keen horsemen and women and Mrs Haigh was president of Toulston Polo Club at Tadcaster.
She leaves children Joshua and Elizabeth and grandchildren Henry, Edward and Alex.
Heavy Woollen/Crowther Cup 1st Round Draw
17th January 2012
The star tie of the opening round of 2012 Heavy Woollen fixtures is the very same game that ended the competition last season with defending champions Shepley playing host to last seasons runners up Gomersal. The Bradford League side who were relegated from the leagues top flight despite a superb run in the Heavy Woollen cup will still prove a stern test for the Marsh Lane side.
Elsewhere Scholes, complete with 'prodigal son' Wasim Jaffer back at Chapelgate will entertain CYL side Buttershaw St Pauls and Golcar will want to prove their credentials with a tough trip to Bradford League side Baildon. The draw doesn't get much easier for Barkisland either who entertain Hanging Heaton. It's Clayton West who probably have the toughest match of the round as they see Bradford League champions Woodlands travel down to their compact Back Lane ground.
1987 winners Slaithwaite (who also made it to 2011's semi-final) and Skelmanthorpe will harbour hopes of progression at home to Liversedge and Jer Lane respectively whilst Matthew Wood's Kirkburton outfit will have to hit the road away at Yeadon from the Bradford League's second division. Delph & Dobcross, a side with probably the furthest journey of all are away at CYL side Wakefield Thornes who finished 4th in their league last season.
Finally the last two local sides involved both have away ties to Central Yorkshire League sides. Shelley go to Ossett and Kirkheaton to Townville. All ties to take place on Sunday 22nd April. 1pm start.
|Heavy Woollen Cup||Crowther Cup|
|Barkisland v Hanging Heaton||Hanging Heaton v Barkisland|
|Wakefield St Michael's v Wrenthorpe||Wrenthorpe v Wakefield St Michael's|
|Mirfield Parish Cavaliers v Spen Victoria||Spen Victoria v Mirfield Parish Cavaliers|
|New Farnley v Birstall||Birstall v New Farnley|
|Ossett v Shelley||Shelley v Ossett|
|Shepley v Gomersal||Gomersal v Shepley|
|Townville v Kirkheaton||Kirkheaton v Townville|
|Skelmanthorpe v Jer Lane||Jer Lane v Skelmanthorpe|
|Slaithwaite v Liversedge||Liversedge v Slaithwaite|
|Methley v Morley||Morley v Methley|
|Clayton West v Woodlands||Woodlands v Clayton West|
|Baildon v Golcar||Golcar v Baildon|
|Wakefield Thornes v Delph & Dobcross||Delph & Dobcross v Wakefield Thornes|
|Yeadon v Kirkburton||Kirkburton v Yeadon|
|Scholes v Buttershaw St Paul's||Buttershaw St Paul's v Scholes|
|Streethouse v Barnsley||Barnsley v Streethouse|
Yorkshire CCC seek 2nd XI Scorer
15th January 2012
Yorkshire County Cricket Club are looking to appoint a new second team scorer.
The position is to provide scoring duties as required for mid-week games between the periods of April and September. Keeping and providing statistical records as required.
The successful candidate will need to be:
- - A member of ECB ACO
- - Conversant with Duckworth Lewis
- - Conversant with ‘Total Cricket Scoring Computer Programme’
- - Conversant with Press Association Computer Scoring
- - Have a proven record of maintaining statistical records
- - An ability to provide cover when required for First Class and International Level
- - Be conversant in uploading information to websites
- - Have own transport
A full detailed job description will be provided on request.
The position is remunerated in six monthly payments of £600 plus expenses.
The closing date for applications is February 1, 2012.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Applications with full Curriculum Vitae should be sent for the attention of
Director of Development
Information For Clubs - January
13th January 2012
New executive Member
Phil Senior, the Cumberworth United League. Representative, has been co-opted onto the League Executive Committee.
Paddock Shield Sponsorship
The League are seeking a new sponsor for the competition from 2012.
1st X1 The Championship Wicketkeeping Prize – This has now been awarded to Stuart Rank of Clayton West. The previously notified winner, Luke Kenworthy of Meltham, will, however, also be given a Championship Wicketkeeping award.
Loans to clubs
Future loans will be granted for cricket related purposes only.
Pre-season Captains’ meeting
This will take place at Almondbury Cricket Club on Tuesday April 3rd starting at 7.30pm, and will also involve members of the Umpire’s Association and Officers of the League.
From 2012 the League will be adopting the YCB Code of Conduct and Procedures, in all its dealings with disciplinary issues. A copy of this can be found on the YCB website, but will also be added to the League website before the start of the season.
T/20 Competition 2012
There will be two trophies, the Romida T/20 Cup and the Romida T/20 Plate.
The current Premiership clubs plus the two relegated clubs from 2011 (16 in all) will compete for the Romida T/20 cup, and will be drawn into four groups of four, leading to quarter, semi and final matches.
The remaining 14 clubs will compete for the Romida T/20 Plate. They will play a first round, producing 7 winners. These winners will be joined by the losing team with the fastest run rate from the first round to make 8 clubs, who will progress to quarter, semi and final matches.
Both finals will take place on the same day at the same ground.⁞