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Halifax / Huddersfield ECB ACO Branch Meeting

25th Feb 2015

The next meeting of the Halifax/Huddersfield ECB ACO Branch is scheduled for 8pm Wednesday 18th March at Lepton Highlanders CC (Wakefield Road, Lepton HD8 0LX).

The guest speaker will be Hilary Oliver; County Scorers Officer. All ACO members / Club scorers are urged to attend the meeting at which complimentary Pie & Peas will be served to those who confirm attendance to David Haikings (01484 301252 or david.haikings@ntlworld.com) by Friday 13 March.

Free Coaches Workshop

13th Jan 2015

Free Coaches Workshop. Sun 18th Jan - 1.30-4.30pm. Holmfirth High School

Exploring Fixed Practice, Variable Practice and Cricket Game Based Learning.

Current thinking would argue that the further towards Cricket Game Based Learning the coach can get with every practice the more complete the learning will be for the player. This workshop aims to explore the strengths and weaknesses of all practice types and help coaches identify when and how they can use each in their sessions.

To book a place email boothby105@googlemail.com


Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield Draw

4th Dec 2014

The draws for the preliminary round of the Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield and the draw for the first round of the Sykes Cup were made at the league AGM and are as follows:

Matches are to be played on Sunday 19th April with a reserve date for Sunday 26th April.

Sykes Cup Preliminary Round
Paddock Shield Preliminary Round
Emley Clarence v Upperthong
Lepton High v Thurstonland
Rastrick v Denby Dale
Denby v Linthwaite
Birkby Rose Hill v Cumberworth Utd.
Kirkheaton v Cartworth Moor
Cartworth Moor v Hall Bower
Thongsbridge v Rastrick
Paddock v Denby
Denby Dale v Emley Clarence
Thurstonland v Lepton Highlanders
Upperthong v Birkby Rose Hill

Matches are to be played on Sunday 3rd May with a reserve date for Sunday 10th May.

Sykes Cup First Round
Paddock Shield First Round
Slaithwaite v Marsden
To be made following the Preliminary Round
Golcar v Clayton West

Birkby R. H. / Cumberworth v Shelley

Rasrick or Denby Dale v Skelmanthorpe

Thurstonland / Lepton v Emley / Upperthong

Holmfirth v Broad Oak

Hoylandswaine v Delph & Dobcross

Shepley v Thongsbridge

Lascelles Hall v Kirkburton

Scholes v Cawthorne

Kirkheaton v Almondbury

Paddock / Denby v Moorlands

Cartworth Moor / Hall Bower v Meltham

Elland v Honley

Almondbury Wes. V Barkisland

Linthwaite v Armitage Bridge

Oddfellows / Earnshaw Cup Draw

4th Dec 2014

The first round draw for both the Oddfellows Cup and Earnshaw Cup were made at the league AGM and are as follows:

Matches are to be played on Monday 25th May.

Oddfellows Cup First Round
Earnshaw Cup First Round
Thurstonland v Hall Bower
Linthwaite v Lepton Highlanders
Rastrick v Almondbury Wes.
Holmfirth v Cartworth Moor
Lascelles Hall v Holmfirth
Emley Clarence v Meltham
Armitage Bridge v Cawthorne
Denby Dale v Clayton West
Cartworth Moor v Almondbury
Hall Bower v Armitage Bridge
Cumberworth v Denby Dale
Kirkheaton v Cumberworth Utd.
Paddock v Thongsbridge
Almondbury Wes v Paddock
Marsden v Denby
Birkby Rose Hill v Upperthong
Clayton West v Emley Clarence
Moorlands v Thurstonland
Lepton Highlanders v Kirkheaton
Thongsbridge v Rastrick
Meltham v Linthwaite
Almondbury v Lascelles Hall
Upperthong v Birkby Rose Hill
Denby v Marsden

Lady Sykes Candlesticks Award Winners

8th Oct 2014

The following have been awarded the Lady Sykes Candlesticks

Mark Roberts (Armitage Bridge)

Robert Moore (Honley)

They will be guests of the league and the awards will be presented at the Annual Drakes Huddersfield League Dinner Friday 14th November.

Modernisation Rules Updates

8th Oct 2014

The result of the vote of the EGM on the Modernisation Rules was 34 for and 4 against. The new rules, which include fielding circles, leg side wides etc will be in force for an experimental period.of 12 months.

Northern Cricket Society 2014 Speakers

4th Oct 2014

The Northern Cricket Society's first winter meeting is this Tuesday October 7th in the Long Room at Headingley. Sid Fielden and Chris Waters are speaking about their book on Hedley Verity's 10 for 10.

The meeting for the upcoming Tuesday starts at 8pm. Thereafter the meetings start at 7.45, always on the first Tuesday of the month and always in the Long Room at Headingley.

The remaining speakers are

  • Nov 4th David Ripley
  • Dec 2nd Richard Jones (umpire)
  • Jan 6th Richard Blakey
  • Feb 3rd Richard Pyrah
  • March 3rd Stephen Chalke
  • Apr 7th Mark Arthur

All are very very welcome to attend these always interesting meetings. Membership for the year is £15 which includes the NCS annual booklet. You can join on the night. If you know a member you can come with them to any meeting for a payment of £3.

2014 Award Winners

4th Oct 2014

The following award winners for Season 2014 have been announced:

Jack Gledhill Award (Best Allrounder Bat/Ball)
Paul Cummins (Skelmanthorpe)

Reg Haigh Award (Best young player)
Irfan Amjad (Skelmanthorpe)

Johnny Hunter Rose Bowl Award (1st and 2nd X1 cricketers match winning performances)
1st X1 Arron Lilley (Delph & Dobcross)
2nd X1 Michael Midwood (Elland)

Hopkinson Trophy (most points in last six games first teams)
Marsden and Denby Dale (joint winners)

Schweppes Trophy (most points in last six games second teams)

FE Greenwood Award (most improved Ground / Facilities)
Armitage Bridge

Tom Walker Trophy (Groundsman of the Year)
Neil Berry (Almondbury Wesleyans)

All trophies will be presented at the Annual Drakes Huddersfield League Dinner Friday 14th November.

'Jim The Cat' cricket Luncheon Club

17th Sept 2014

Jim the Cat enters its third year at Elland CC. The same format as always - meal plus cricket speaker - and we look forward to your company at the first dinner on FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER

Times: 12 noon-3pm with lunch served at 1pm


Elland CC is one of the premier cricket clubs in West Yorkshire. It is famous for:

Welcoming the Australian tourists in 1878
Winning the Huddersfield League on 19 occasions (the most for any club)
Playing against the Indian Parsees in 1886
Hosting many Sykes Cup finals
Signing top overseas pros like Wes Hall
Staging Yorkshire 2nd XI games
Producing England players like Richard Blakey
Capturing the Sykes Cup on 14 occasions (the most for any club)

To give Elland CC an accurate idea of numbers, we kindly ask you to reserve a place at each dinner. To do this, please contact Peter Davies in advance, either:

email: peterdavies80@hotmail.co.uk
by phone (and feel free to leave a message): 01484 647952

2014-5 dinners

Friday 10 Oct | Friday 14 Nov | Friday 12 Dec | Fri 9 Jan | Fri 13 Feb | Fri 13 Mar

All 12 noon to 3pm with lunch served at 1pm | £12.50

Full speaker list to follow

Level 1 Umpires Course

9th Sept 2014

The Halifax/Huddersfield ECB Scorers & Umpires Branch are looking to organise a Level 1 Umpires Course commencing on 7th October 2014 for 8 weeks at Broad Oak CC. Anyone who is interested in this course can inform David Haikings either at e-mail (david.haikings@ntlworld.com) or Mobile 07835 634726 no later than Weds 17th September 2014 when the training packs will be ordered.

2014 League Dinner

The Annual League Dinner will take place on Friday 14th November 2014 at Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield (6.15pm for 6.45pm). The guest speaker is Peter Bowler, an ex-county cricket with Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Somerset who now works in the legal profession, and is also regarded as an accomplished after dinner speaker. He will be supported by Jamie Sutherland, a comedian from Liverpool. The cost of tickets will be held at last season's price of £32.50, and clubs are reminded that in line with this season's rule change, all member clubs are committed to the purchase of a minimum of four tickets for the Annual Dinner.

Please contact Norman Clee on ncleedhcl@btinternet.com for more details and for ticket purchases.

Ramadan - Cricket tea rules

From 28th June 2014 the month of Ramadan will commence, and will last for 29-30 days. For those of Muslim faith this involves, amongst other things, refraining from consuming food and drinking liquids, from dawn until sunset. As a consequence of this there will be potential implications with regard to Rule L8(n) "the visiting team shall purchase no less than five teas, or alternatively contribute the total selling price" for teams comprising of all or mainly all Muslim players.

During the month of Ramadan, we ask that Rule L8(n) be relaxed for any visiting teams comprising of all or mainly all Muslim players, and that those visiting teams be allowed to purchase less than the specified minimum number of five teas.

We also ask that in order to be allowed the relaxation of Rule L8(n), that such visiting teams inform the Secretary of the home club of the number of teas required, no less than 72 hours before the start of play. Failure to do so will mean that Rule L8(n) may be enforced by the home club.

During the month of Ramadan it is also expected that any host clubs with a predominantly Muslim membership will provide teas for visiting teams and also free teas for the umpires and visiting scorer, at all matches.

Legends vs Locals Match

18th June 2014 

It's a chance to see some true cricket legends in action as a team of Test and county heavyweights team up against the finest young talent in our local ranks. Players such as Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard, Devon Malcolm, Phil Defreitas, Dominic Cork and more are signed up to play for the legends.

The action starts at 5:30pm on Thursday 10th July 2014 and will take place at Elland's Hullen Edge ground. Entry is £10 per adult with Concessions/U16's only £5. There's also a family ticket for sale (2 adults, 2 concessions) at just £20. More bulk/group tickets are alos available. For advance tickets, please contact Richard Blakey on 07768 558102 or via email on richard@richardblakeyleisure.co.uk.

Pre-Season Friendly Matches

9th April 2014 

With the cricket season virtually upon us, those craving their first fix of cricket action after a long winter can take in some locally arranged pre-seasoned friendlies this weekend, weather permitting of course. Here's a round-up of fixtures taking place this weekend:

Date Match Start Time
Sat 12th April Delph & Dobcross v Uppermill 12:30pm
Sat 12th April Littleborough v Barkisland 12:30pm

Sun 13th April Saddleworth v Delph & Dobcross 12:30pm
Sun 13th April Milnrow v Thongsbridge 1:00pm
Sun 13th April Broad Oak v Honley 1:00pm
Sun 13th April Armitage Bridge v Cartworth Moor 1:00pm
Sun 13th April Slaithwaite v Lascelles Hall 1:30pm
Sun 13th April Barkisland v Sowerby Bridge Church Inst. 12:30pm
Sun 13th April Skelmanthorpe v Clayton West 1:00pm

DBS/CRB Validation Sessions April 2014

3rd April 2014 

Clubs are reminded that all captains, team managers, coaches, umpires and scorers who are over 18 must have a current DBS (formerly known as CRB) certificate. These certificates are valid for 3 yrs before they must be renewed. New / Renewed application forms can be obtained from your League Child Welfare Officer or directly from www.tmgcrb.co.uk 

These application forms need validating before submission. They are supplied with a list of authorised signatories. Roger Peaker and Phil Senior will hold validation signing sessions as follows:

Wednesday 9th April | Broad Oak CC | 7:30pm to 9pm

Friday 11th April | Cumberworth CC | 7:30pm to 9pm

A limited number of blank forms will be available on each night but it would be most efficient if the forms were completed (in black ink) in advance.

ECB & ACO Umpires & Scorers Branch Meeting

20th March 2014

The next Meeting of the Halifax/Huddersfield ECB ACO Umpires/Scorers Branch will be held at 8.00pm on Monday 31 March 2014 and not Tuesday 25 March 2014 as provisionally arranged. It's held at the following venue:

Lindley New Road

Tel 01422 372220

If any member is aware of anyone who is a member but not on the circulation list, please make them aware of this meeting amendment.

The guest speaker will be Mr David Ward, from the South Yorkshire Cricket League. He is the County & Regional Umpires Appointments Co-ordinator. This will be followed by a short presentation on the Discipline procedures for the 2014 season.

Free Pie & Peas will be provided after the meeting so please inform Ian Livesey by Thursday 27 March 2014 if you will be attending & require catering to assist with catering numbers.

Ian can be contacted on e-mail ian_livesey_100@hotmail.co.uk  or on 01924 848613.

Club Welfare Officer

26th February 2014

Every club must have a Club Welfare Officer. This CWO must have attended a Safe Hands training course (formerly known as Time to Listen). A certificate is issued for attendance and this certificate is valid for 3 years. After 3 yrs a CWO must attend a Safe Hands Refresher course. These courses have been re-designed over the last year or so and have not been available during the re-training of the trainers. Trainers have now gradually become available and DrakesHCL/SellersHJCL welfare officer Roger Peaker is in the process of arranging both a New and a Refresher course. The New course is planned for May and the Refresher will take place in the Autumn. Clubs are asked to contact Roger (rpeaker@yahoo.com) to record the name of their CWO and to let him know which of these courses they need to register for if they have not attended a course during the last 3 years.

Clubs are also reminded that all captains, team managers, coaches, umpires and scorers who are over 18 must have a current DBS (formerly known as CRB) certificate. These certificates are also valid for 3 yrs before they must be renewed. New/Renewed application forms can be obtained from Roger or directly from www.tmgcrb.co.uk

These application forms need validating before submission. They are supplied with a list of authorised signatories. Roger Peaker and Phil Senior will hold signing sessions in early April. These sessions will be advertised on this website mid-March.

ECB & ACO Umpires & Scorers Branch Meeting

12th January 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Halifax/Huddersfield ECB ACO Umpires/Scorers Branch will be held at 8.00pm on Tuesday 14th January 2014 at the following venue:

Lindley New Road

Tel: 01422 372220.

Pie & Peas will be provided after the meeting. Please make every effort to attend if possible. If you do intend to attend the meeting and would like ‘Pie & Peas’ please let David Haikings know by Sunday 12th January to assist with catering numbers.

Fixtures Change in 2014

12th November 2013


The Tour De France will be arriving in Huddersfield in June next year which has had an impact on the fixtures for the 2014 season. Due to unprecidented travel and traffic issues which this premier sports event will create it has been decided that the fixtures due to occur on the weekend of 5th and 6th of July will be moved.

The league programme for Saturday July 5th will be moved to Saturday May 3rd, a date usually set aside for the first round of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield. These fixtures will be moved to the following day of Sunday May 4th.

Sunday July 6th is a date that was assigned to one of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield semi-finals. This shall move to the following weekend (Sunday July 13th) where all semi-finals for these competitions will be held on the same day.

League president Trevor Atkinson explained the move:

"In view of the probable traffic disruption likely to be caused by the Tour de France, the Drakes Executive took the decisions to cancel all cricket that first weekend in July.

The Executive were in unanimous agreement that it was best to take this cautious approach. It gives all our clubs the opportunity to make alternative arrangements for events on their grounds or, indeed, to make the most of any commercial opportunities presented by the Tour de France."

The league fixtures for 2014 should be announced in December or January.


ECB & ACO Umpires & Scorers Branch Meeting

15th September 2013

The next Halifax/Huddersfield ECB ACO Umpires/Scorers Branch Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 1st October 2013 at the following venue:

Lindley New Road

Tel: 01422 372220.

The guest speaker will be JOHN HOLDER, a former County player with Hampshire and 1st Class / Test Umpire for 27 years who retired in 2009.

A pie and peas supper will be available and Ian Livesey will be collating numbers. Ian can be contacted on 01924 848613 or ian_livesey_100@hotmail.co.uk so please register your attendence with Ian if you are coming.

Umpires Association Annual Dinner

5th September 2013
The Huddersfield Cricket League Umpires Association is holding its Annual Dinner at Meltham Golf Club on Saturday 7 December 2013. All members, guests and their partners are welcome. Tickets cost £19 and the evening includes a 4 course meal and entertainment. Further information and tickets can be obtained by contacting Roger Harrison on 01484 844874 or 07842 684948

Shepley win the Paddock Shield

18th August 2013
Shepley won the Fired Up Corporation Paddock Shield today at Broad Oak by 12 runs. After being put into bat by the host club, Shepley made 174 all out off 49.2 overs. Chris Cox top scored with 38. In reply, Broad Oak reached 162 all out off 49.4 overs. Ben Burnett top scored with 31 and Ali Reza took 4 for 23 off 11.4 overs to take the man-of-the-match award.

Hoylandswaine - 2013 Sykes Cup Winners

11th August 2013
Congratulations to Hoylandswaine who won the 2013 Sykes Cup in today's final held at Hullen Edge in Elland. After being put into bat by Shepley captain Danny Glover, Hoylandswaine put on 304-4 from their 50 overs (Joe Sayers 103, John Sadler 96). In reply Shepley closed their innings at 228-7. Hoylandswaine captain John Sadler also collected the man of the match award for his overrall contribution to their victory.


Joe Lumb Team through to Final

4th August 2013
The Joe Lumb team - young players who represent our local leagues, reached the final of the Joe Lumb Competition today at Honley with a comprehensive victory over the Heavy Woollen League.

*Huddersfield Junior Cricket League 226-8 (T Taylor 84, B Birkhead 33, J Smith 31, W Fraine 26; J Donnelly 4-64),
Heavy Woollen League 117 (N Kaye 29; T Taylor 9-30)

Cawthorne win the Oddfellows Cup

4th August 2013

Slaithwaite 138 (J Bryson 39; P Cairns 3-16),
*Cawthorne 141-4 (B Simpson 33, C Matthewson 30, M Burgess 27no; T Graham 3-13).

Black Sheep Trophy Semi Final

20th June 2013

The semi final of the Yorkshire Champion of Champions (Black Sheep Trophy) between Hoylandswaine and York is to be played at Hoylandswaine's Haigh Lane ground on Sunday 7th July. The tie sees the current Huddersfield League champions pitted against the current National Champions and who are members of the Yorkshire ECB League

Oddfellows / Earnshaw Cup 2nd Round Draw

20th June 2013

The draw for the semi-finals of the Oddfellows and Earnshaw Cup were also drawn this week as follows:

Oddfellows Cup 2nd Round
Earnshaw Cup 2nd Round
Almondbury Wes v Broad Oak
Shepley v Delph & Dobcross
Moorlands v Emley Clarence
Hall Bower v Shelley
Lascelles Hall v Slaithwaite
Linthwaite v Moorlands
Cawthorne v Paddock (to be played 7th July)
Rastrick v Denby Dale

All matches are to be played on Sunday 30th June unless stated.

Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield Semi Final Draw

19th June 2013

The draw for the semi-finals of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield was drawn this evening as follows:

Sykes Cup | Semi Final
Shepley v Kirkburton - 7 July
Golcar v Hoylandswaine -14 July

Paddock Shield | Semi Final
Kirkburton v Broad Oak - 7 July
Shepley v Linthwaite - 14 July

Skelmanthorpe Fixtures In allroundercricket.com Twenty/20 Trophy

15th June 2013

Due to insurance implications, all of Skelmanthorpe's fixtures in the allrounder.com Twenty/20 Trophy have to be played away from home. The fixture list has been amended accordingly

Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield 3rd Round Draw

8th May 2013

The draw for the 3rd round of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield was drawn this evening as follows:

Sykes Cup | 3rd Round
Golcar v Lascelles Hall
Shepley v Delph & Dobcross
Honley v Hoylandswaine
Kirkburton v Barkisland

Paddock Shield | 3rd Round
Linthwaite v Hoylandswaine
Broad Oak v Hall Bower
Scholes v Shepley
Barkisland v Kirkburton

Ties are to be played on Sunday June 16th.

Oddfellows / Earnshaw Cup 1st Round Draw

8th May 2013

The draw for the 1st round of both the Oddfellows Cup and Earnshaw Cup was drawn this evening was as follows:

Oddfellows Cup | 1st Round
Clayton West v Almondbury Wes
Paddock v Denby Dale
Denby v Broad Oak
Lepton Highlanders v Cawthorne
Cumberworth United v Lascelles Hall
Slaithwaite v Rastrick
Moorlands v Kirkheaton
Emley Clarence v Linthwaite

Earnshaw Cup | 1st Round
Hall Bower v Denby
Rastrick v Cumberworth United
Kirkheaton v Moorlands
Lascelles Hall v Shelley
Shepley v Paddock
Almondbury Wes v Denby Dale
Delph & Dobcross v Thongsbridge
Marsden v Linthwaite

Ties to be played Sunday June 9th.

Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield 2nd Round Draw

8th May 2013

The draw for the 2nd round of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield was drawn this evening was as follows:

Sykes Cup 2nd Round Paddock Shield 2nd Round
Delph & Dobcross v Shelley Linthwaite v Almondbury Wesleyan
Almondbury/Emley v Golcar Honley v Hall Bower
Thongsbridge v Hoylandswaine Cumberworth United v Shepley
Scholes v Honley Kirkburton v Delph & Dobcross
Paddock v Lascelles Hall Hoylandswaine v Clayton West
Hall Bower v Shepley Broad Oak v Lascelles Hall
Barkisland v Cumberworth United Shelley v Barkisland
Cawthorne v Kirkburton Skelmanthorpe v Scholes

Matches to be played on Sunday 19th May 2013

New Season To Start on 20 April

8th April 2013

The League Executive have stated that the new season will start on Saturday 20 April. Some queries had been made regarding the recent cold weather and snow, however, clubs should be aware that it is the intention to start on the scheduled date.

Important Information For All Clubs

1st March 2013

Match Rescheduling

Clubs are reminded that the League Executive will not grant permission to a club for any match rescheduling.

Player's Cricket Clothing Advertising

Below is a reminder of the policy reissued in 2012:

For all competitions except the All rounder Cricket T20 Competitions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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).
  4. All flashes, logos and advertising referred to in 1) to 3) below should be identical for all players within any team. any individual player logo or advertising is not permitted.
  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.

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.

Draws for T20 Plate 2013 - Preliminary Round / Round 1

This took place on February Executive meeting:

The draws for the Allroundercricket.com T20 Plate were made as follows:

Preliminary Round
games to be played on Tuesday 18th June:

Kirkheaton v Almondbury
Cumberworth United v Paddock

1st Round
games to be played on Tuesday 25th June:

Kirkheaton or Almondbury v Cumberworth United or Paddock
Almondbury Wesleyans v Rastrick
Denby v Moorlands
Lascelles Hall v Linthwaite
Armitage Bridge v Broad Oak
Denby Dale v Cawthorne
Thongsbridge v Meltham
Lepton Highlanders v Emley Clarence

Paddock Shield playing conditions

As a reminder to clubs - Although the Sykes Cup will be played to "one day rules" from 2013, this will not be the case in the Paddock Shield, and the rules will be as in previous years.

Expansion of the League

At the February Executive meeting it was decided to call an SGM in order to vote on the recommendation from the Executive committee that, Birkby Rose Hill, Cartworth Moor, Thurstonland and Upperthong be admitted to Membership of the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League from season 2014. The Executive further propose to amend the promotion and relegation at the end of the 2013 season to Premiership, bottom 2 be relegated, Championship, top 2 promoted and bottom 1 be relegated, Conference top 5 promoted, so giving a League structure of Premiership 14, Championship 12 & Conference 12.

The result of the ballot will be available on Wednesday 6th March.

Registration, Transfer and Declaration Form (RTDF)

From season 2013 the RTDF will be include an extra parental consent section. This would need completion should the registering player be an Under 13 player ie aged 12 and in school Year 8 on 1st September, or an Under 12 County or Area player ie aged 11 and in school Year 7 on 1st September.

T20 Trophy changes

1.) At the quarter final stage of the T20 Trophy all four group winners will have home advantage.

2.) In the event of there being sides with equal points, the best average achieved for and against per wicket, calculated from all group matches played, will take the higher position. (This replaces the previous runs per over calculation).

White Rose competition

This competition has now been wound up due to lack of interest from participating leagues.

League Executive Committee News

14th Jan 2013

The draw for the first round of the Fired-up Corporation Paddock Shield is as follows:

Fired-up Corporation Paddock Shield 1st round - Sat 4 May    
Hall Bower v  Slaithwaite
Shepley  v  Meltham
v  Cawthorne
v  Shelley
v  Elland
Lascelles Hall
v  Lepton Highlanders
v  Scholes
Kirkheaton v  Clayton West
Rastrick v  Delph & Dobcross
v  Paddock
Armitage Bridge
v  Broad Oak
v  Emley Clarence
Thongsbridge v  Cumberworth United
Almondbury v  Barkisland
Denby or Denby Dale v  Almondbury Wesleyans or Moorlands
Golcar v  Honley

League Dinner - Last Few Days To Pick Up Tickets

8th Jan 2013

The annual League Dinner evening on Friday 18th January is fast approaching and so is the last chance to reserve your tickets for the League's showpiece awards evening. If you still wish to attend then you may do so by contacting the executive secretary Stephen Sykes on 01484 300025 or by email on steve.sykes48@btopenworld.com. The last date for reserving is on Friday 11th January and tickets are priced at £32.50 per person.

To remind you of the entertainment on that evening, the main speaker will be ex-Kiwi test cricketer and Sky Sports presenter Jeremy Coney with Mike Kelly providing the after-dinner comedy.


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  
Almondbury Wesleyans v Moorlands
Denby Dale v Denby

Sykes Cup 1st round - Sat 4 May    
Delph & Dobcross  v  Armitage Bridge
Lepton Highlanders  v  Lascelles Hall
Cawthorne  v  Kirkheaton
Shelley  v  Holmfirth
Elland  v  Kirkburton
Broad Oak  v  Golcar
Slaithwaite  v  Hoylandswaine
Meltham  v  Shepley
Scholes  v  Marsden
Clayton West  v  Hall Bower
Barkisland  v  Linthwaite
Almondbury Wesleyans or Moorlands  v  Thongsbridge
Cumberworth United  v  Skelmanthorpe
Honley  v  Denby or Denby Dale
Paddock  v  Rastrick
Emley Clarence  v  Almondbury

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.

Awards 2012

The following awards were decided:

 Â·         Jack Gledhill Memorial Trophy – the best all-rounder of the year:

           Arron Lilley                                          Delph & Dobcross

 Â·         Reg Haigh Trophy – the most promising young cricketer of the year

                 Arron Lilley                                          Delph & Dobcross

 Â·         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

 Â·         Tom Walker Trophy - a club member acting as groundsman, producing excellent pitches and outfield

                   Peter Green                                        Honley

 Â·         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.


 A New Luncheon Club for Yorkshire Cricket Enthusiasts

At Pudsey St. Lawrence Cricket Club, Leeds – home of Sir Len Hutton

Tofts Road, Pudsey, West Yorkshire LS28 7SQ Tel: 0113 257 7626

 Â·  3-Course Meal for £10

·  Coffee

·  After-Dinner Cricket Speaker

·  Cricket Lovers from all over Yorkshire

·  1pm Start





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: peterdavies80@hotmail.co.uk

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 Shield – [29 July, noon] Cawthorne v Lascelles Hall at Scholes

T20 Trophy – [29 July, 4pm] Scholes v Hoylandswaine at Scholes

Earnshaw Cup – [5 August, 1pm] Clayton West v Delph & Dobcross at Clayton West
Oddfellows Cup – [5 August, 1pm] Thongsbridge v Almondbury at Thongsbridge

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).


Semi Finals



  • 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 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).


  • 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

Twenty20 Information

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.”


Reducing overs:

                        It should be noted that TT5(e)/TP5(e) states that  â€œIn 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
Linthwaite v Armitage Bridge
Cawthorne v Thongsbridge
Cumberworth United v Lascelles Hall
Almondbury v Lepton Highlanders

Oddfellows Cup Semi Final - To be played on Sunday 22nd July
Almondbury v Barkisland
Lascelles Hall  v Thongsbridge

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

font-family: "Comic Sans MS";">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
YOUSAF Hasnat Linthwaite 7 7 0 355
LOCKLEY Niall Reece Elland 9 8 1 340
WINROW Paul Elland 9 7 2 336
WHITWAM Steven Golcar 8 6 1 334
KELLY Simon Honley 9 7 1 314
INGRAM Lorenzo Elland 9 7 2 312
WOOD Matthew Kirkburton 9 7 2 296
MALIK Imran Linthwaite 7 7 1 282
JAFFER Wasim Scholes 8 6 0 279
SAYERS Joe Hoylandswaine 5 5 0 266
MORRIS Alex Hoylandswaine 9 8 2 254
GREENWOOD Allan Emley Clarence 6 6 1 244
BUCKLEY Greg Kirkburton 9 7 2 242
BROOK Tom Scholes 8 6 3 232
KILNER Christopher Cumberworth United 5 4 1 226
LATIF Ibrar Hall Bower 9 8 0 226
SHOOR Sachin Linthwaite 5 5 0 202
JOICE Max Honley 9 7 2 200

2nd XI Batting Team Games Inn N.o. Runs
BLAKEY Ashton Elland 8 7 2 332
IQBAL Asif Golcar 9 8 1 284
BOCARRO Michael David Holmfirth 7 7 1 265
CARTER Adam Shepley 6 5 2 256
WINTERBOTTOM Dale Lepton Highlanders 5 5 1 249
WOODHEAD Chris Honley 8 6 1 234
SMITH Joe Marsden 6 5 0 225
BOORMAN Matthew Scholes 8 7 0 221
ATKINSON Joseph Christopher Lepton Highlanders 7 6 1 218
NAWAZ Shah Paddock 7 7 2 218
DOLLIVE Adam Skelmanthorpe 8 6 2 218
MARSH Scott Andrew Hoylandswaine 8 7 0 200
ENGLAND Simon Honley 8 6 0 199
WOODRUFF Conor Broad Oak 8 5 0 189
ALDERSON Shaun Skelmanthorpe 7 5 0 189
POTTER Luke Hoylandswaine 7 6 1 180
ALI Urfan Golcar 8 7 1 177
TURNER Mark Paddock 6 6 2 176
HELLAWELL Michael Holmfirth 7 6 0 174
RAHMAN Naseer Elland 2 2 0 173

1st XI Bowling Team Ov Mdn Runs Wkts
AZHARULLAH Muhammad Shelley 117 20 381 30
MOBEEN Mirza Muhammad Emley Clarence 103 18 373 23
INGRAM Lorenzo Elland 89 13 270 23
DON Bandula Ranjith Hoylandswaine 100 24 244 23
GOULDEN Chris Elland 80 15 253 22
LILLY Aaron Christopher Lascelles Hall 110 22 331 21
RAFIQ Ibrar Paddock 93 24 296 20
YOUSAF Hasnat Linthwaite 65 17 213 20
KILNER Christopher Marsden 112 15 417 19
SHAH Ijaz Ali Thongsbridge 96 20 293 19
HINCHLIFFE William Golcar 73 16 234 18
FRANCE Adam Scholes 85 11 340 17
ALSOP Andrew Scholes 97 26 260 17
HOWARTH Ritchie Honley 122 23 399 16
SPENCE Murray Clayton West 89 14 381 16
GHAUS Adnan Delph & Dobcross 77 26 277 16
WHITWAM Steven Golcar 99 30 260 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
MELLOR David Paddock 77 23 180 22
HALL Richard Golcar 46 6 208 19
GILL Sam Golcar 82 17 287 18
BLAKEY Ashton Elland 55 3 262 17
STOREY Dominic Skelmanthorpe 54 12 229 15
RENWICK Lee Linthwaite 68 13 217 15
MURFIN Andrew Shelley 65 10 204 15
KAYE Edward Honley 53 17 109 15
TAYLOR Kenneth Emley Clarence 38 8 107 15
SMITH Ashley Kirkburton 51 13 200 14
MURFIN Ryan Shelley 49 6 164 14
YOUNIS Mohammed Linthwaite 48 11 151 14
SYKES Mark Cawthorne 53 17 122 14
ATKINSON Thomas Lepton Highlanders 59 10 187 13
WATMOUGH Lee Holmfirth 44 4 182 13
RUSSELL Danny Almondbury 51 8 154 13
WINTERBOTTOM Dale Lepton Highlanders 41 9 128 13
HINCHLIFFE Joe Skelmanthorpe 57 11 207 12
PHAYER John Kirkheaton 65 19 174 12
SCHOFIELD Richard Cawthorne 33 15 53 12

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

Minute’s Silence
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)

Oddfellows Cup
Almondbury v Armitage Bridge
Lascelles Hall v Holmfirth
Barkisland v Broad Oak
Emley Clarence v Thongsbridge

Earnshaw Cup
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 Highlanders as 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 lesharrison1@ntlworld.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
Elland v Emley Clarence
Linthwaite v Cawthorne
Delph & Dobcross v Scholes
Slaithwaite v Hoylandswaine
Lepton Highlanders v Marsden
Hall Bower v Shepley
Holmfirth v Golcar

Paddock Shield 2nd Round

Almondbury Wes. v Linthwaite
Honley v Hall Bower
Kirkheaton v Scholes
Paddock v Elland
Clayton West v Marsden
Cumberworth v Hoylandswaine
Golcar v Shepley
Cawthorne v Broad Oak

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 luke_joseph_reynolds@hotmail.com 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