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News Archive - Sept 2011 / April 2012

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: phil.senior@davair.co.uk

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 Competitions:

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 17th July 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
Marsden Golcar Scholes Shepley
Slaithwaite Hall Bower Shelley Skelmanthorpe

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
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

b v d
c v a

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
Ian Dews
Director of Development
Yorkshire CCC
Carnegie Pavilion

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.

YCB Coaching / Grounds Seminar News

30th Dec 2011
Ian Powell at the Yorkshire Cricket Board has sent some useful information with regards to Coaching courses which are coming up in the new year.

Firstly, a pair of courses are taking place for those wishing to take their first steps into cricket coaching. Both courses are taking place at St Josephs School in York over February and March 2012 with the closing date for applications on Friday 10th February.

Also taking place soon is the YCB's Grounds Assocation Seminar at Cleckheaton Cricket Club on 1st April 2012 (10am start). Here you can discuss your clubs cricket pitch, chat all about scarifying and chew the fat about renovating your wicket. Email yorkshirega@btconnect.com  to book your place at the seminar.

Click on one of the images below for further details on both the YCB's cricket coaching courses and Grounds Assocation Seminar:

 UKCC_Level1 UKCC_Level2 YCB_seminar

For further information, contact Ian Powell at ian.powell5@btconnect.com or you can call him on 01609 777195 (office), 07976 787965 (mobile).

Click here to go direct to the Yorkshire Cricket Board website.

Opening League Fixtures

28th Dec 2011
The league fixtures are close to be announced fully (We'll have the full fixtures posted this week) and naturally the opening round of fixtures have thrown up some interesting matches.

Arguably the game of the day pits 2012 champions Honley against a side who was just pipped to the post in Kirkburton. 'Archie' Moore takes his Honley side over to Riley Lane on Saturday 21st of April where Kirkburton skipper Matthew Wood will certainly be looking for a point to prove after strengthening over the winter.

Elsewhere, the Frank Platt Championship winners Clayton West entertain Shelley and fellow promotees Hall Bower make their Premiership return after a wait of five years with a tough match at home to Delph & Dobcross.

There's a rematch of the 2011 Sykes Cup final in store too, as winners Shepley make the short journey to Skelmanthorpe and title contenders Hoylandswaine will certainly be tested with a visit from an equally fancied Scholes outfit.

In the Championship two sides relegated in 2011 meet each other: Barkisland play host to Broad Oak. The Conference champions Armitage Bridge start their campaign off at home to Lepton Highlanders and their runners up Thongsbridge are at home to Emley Clarence. The newest club to the Huddersfield League, Cumberworth United make their debut at home to Paddock who were relegated from last seasons Championship.

For second teams, the standout opening fixture sees Premiership champions Kirkburton entertain Paddock Shield winners Scholes.

The full fixtures for Saturday 21st April are as follows (all games 1.30pm start):

Drakes Premiership
Drakes Premiership 2
Clayton West v Shelley
Broad Oak v Barkisland
Elland  v Marsden
Golcar  v Hoylandswaine
Hall Bower v Delph & Dobcross
Honley  v Slaithwaite
Hoylandswaine v Scholes
Marsden  v Elland
Kirkburton  v Honley
Meltham v Armitage Bridge
Skelmanthorpe v Shepley
Scholes v Kirkburton
Slaithwaite v Golcar
Shepley v Skelmanthorpe

Frank Platt Championship
Frank Platt Championship 2
Armitage Bridge v Lepton Highlanders
Cawthorne v Hall Bower
Barkisland v Broad Oak
Delph & Dobcross v Holmfirth
Holmfirth v Meltham
Emley Clarence v Thongsbridge
Thongsbridge  v Emley Clarence
Lascelles Hall v Clayton West

Cedar Court Conference
Cedar Court Conference 2
Almondbury v Cawthorne
Lepton Highlanders v Cumberworth Utd.
Cumberworth Utd. v Paddock
Paddock v Linthwaite
Kirkheaton v Rastrick
Rastrick v Kirkheaton
Linthwaite v Lascelles Hall
Shelley v Almondbury

The full 2011 fixtures will be posted soon.


Amendment to Championship Wicketkeeper Prize

22nd Dec 2011
Following a further examination of scorebooks, it has been found that the Championship (1st X1) Wicketkeeping Prize should be given to Stuart Rank of Clayton West. The previously notified winner, Luke Kenworthy of Meltham, will, however, also be given a Championship Wicketkeeping Award.

Oddfellows Cup / Earnshaw Cup 1st Round Draw

7th Dec 2011
The draw was also made tonight for the 2012 Oddfellows Cup (Championship and Conference 1st Teams) and Earnshaw Cup (Championship and Conference 2nd Teams) 1st round  :

Oddfellows Cup 1st Round Earnshaw Cup 1st Round
Rastrick v Emley Clarence
Hall Bower v Lascelles Hall
Broad Oak v Paddock
Thongsbridge v Delph & Dobcross
Cumberworth Utd v Thongsbridge
Holmfirth v Rastrick
Linthwaite v Armitage Bridge
Lepton Highlanders v Kirkheaton
Meltham v Barkisland
Emley Clarence v Linthwaite
Lascelles Hall v Lepton High.
Clayton West v Shelley
Cawthorne v Holmfirth Paddock v Cawthorne
Kirkheato v Almondbury
Almondbury v Cumberworth United

Sykes Cup / Paddock Shield 1st Round Draw

7th Dec 2011
The draw for the 2012 Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield 1st round was made tonight and as usual some very intriguing match ups were drawn out.

Cup holders Shepley will start their campaign with a tricky journey to recently relegated Barkisland. Elsewhere Premiership winners Honley will entertain the side who's won most Sykes Cups than anyone; Elland.

The wildcard entries this season, Azaad and Almondbury Wesleyans have matches with Hall Bower and Holmfirth respectively as they look to put one over league outfits. Elsewhere 2009 champions, Golcar host last seasons runner-up Skelmanthorpe. Another all-Premiership tie will see two sides who have certainly strenthened this winter lock horns; Shelley and Scholes. The full draw for both competitions are as follows:

Sykes Cup 1st Round Paddock Shield 1st Round
Cumberworth United v Cawthorne Clayton West v Shelley
Kirkheaton v Hoylandswaine Broad Oak v Azaad
Emley Clarence v Lascelles Hall Hoylandswaine v Emley Clarence
Paddock v Broad Oak Meltham v Kirkheaton
Honley v Elland Lascelles Hall v Honley
Almondbury Wesl. v Holmfirth Lepton Highlanders v Cumberworth
Shelley v Scholes Holmfirth v Golcar
Marsden v Meltham Skelmanthorpe v Paddock
Slaithwaite v Almondbury Rastrick v Linthwaite
Delph & Dobcross v Thongsbridge Hall Bower v Delph & Dobcross
Armitage Bridge v Lepton Highl. Cawthorne v Barkisland
Azaad v Hall Bower Elland v Armitage Bridge
Linthwaite v Rastrick Almondbury v Marsden
Golcar v Skelmanthorpe Thongsbridge v Almondby Wesl.
Barkisland v Shepley Shepley v Kirkburton
Kirkburton v Clayton West Scholes v Slaithwaite

AGM Wednesday 7th December 2011

4th Dec 2011
The League's Annual General Meeting will take place this coming Wednesday at Almondbury CC. This will be the last meeting chaired by Roger France, after 22 years in the post of Chairman. Trevor Atkinson will be formally installed as the new Chairman.
The draw for the 1st Round of both the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield will take place during the AGM. The draw will be posted on this site on Wednesday evening

West Yorkshire Cricket Anthology

Anthology01_175px18th Nov 2011
We're well into November and the 2012 season is still quite far away, so here's a recommendation about a superb book should you be missing your local cricket 'fix' through the winter.

'It's Not Lords' is a superbly-written anthology containing lots of excellent local anecdotes, stories and articles on local cricket, penned by local historians and former Huddersfield University students. With a foreward by Gideon Haigh, this fine companion piece is priced just £7.50 plus a small fee for postage and packaging. It would make a fine gift or stocking filler for someone this Christmas, or you could buy it just for yourself!

For those wanting a copy, contact Dave Walker from Shallily Books on 01484 683196 or via post at Shallily Books, The Pavilion, 30 Victoria Springs, Holmfirth, HD9 2NB. Dave can also be emailed at shalliley@btinternet.com.

Click here for a press release in PDF format.
Click here for an article and a short interview with David with the Huddersfield Examiner.

Further 2011 Prizewinners Decided

3rd Nov 2011
The following further prize winners for the 2011 season were decided at last nights Council Meeting:

Reg Haigh Trophy  (Young player of the year)-   Arron Lilley     Delph and Dobcross
Johnny Hunter Rose Bowl  1st X1    (Match winning performance)-  Chris Kilner     Marsden
Johnny Hunter Rose Bowl   2nd X1  (Match winning performance)-   Ian Whiteley    Holmfirth
Non EU Player of the Year            Paul Davis      Skelmanthorpe

New League Chairman Announced

2nd Nov 2011
Following the counting of the votes, submitted by the clubs for the post of league chairman, at tonights Executive Meeting, it was announced that Trevor Atkinson had emerged with a clear majority over the other nominees Paul Whiteley and Ron Tindall. He moves from his current position of Executive Secretary and Treasurer and will chair the Council Meeting to be held in December.

Season 2011 League Prize Winners

6th October 2011
The prize winners for the 2011 season were announced at last nights Council Meeting. The respective winners, which are based on league action only, are as follows:

1st XI

BATTING Inns Not Out H. Score Runs Average
Premiership - Steven Whitwam (Golcar) 18 3 165* 1135 75.66
Championship - Mark Firth (Clayton West) 16 6 94* 603 60.30
Conference - Ben Raven-Hill (Thongsbridge) 20 3 111 814 47.88

BOWLING Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Premiership - Steven Whitwam (Golcar) 236.4 44 822 50 16.44
Championship - Javed Iqbal jnr (Holmfirth) 241.4 63 759 62 12.24
Conference - Carl Jump (Armitage Bridge) 179.2 41 548 46 11.91


Premiership - Tim Rees (Shepley) 19

Championship - Stephen Brown (Lepton H.) 13

Conference - Andrew Gledhill (Armitage Br.) 16

Premiership - Josh Clarkson (Skelmanthorpe) 30
Championship - Luke Kenworthy (Meltham) 25
Conference - Tom Kemp (Thongsbridge) 22


BATTING Inns Not Out H. Score Runs Average
Premiership - Ashley Pamment (Scholes) 13 5 104* 623 77.87
Championship - Daniel Hoyle (Hoy'swaine) 13 3 160* 724 72.40
Conference - Arron Pratt (Cawthorne) 14 2 192 673 56.08

BOWLING Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Average
Premiership - Daniel Rushworth (Broad Oak) 137.5 36 423 31 13.46
Championship - Ian Whiteley (Holmfirth) 159.4 45 477 48 9.93
Conference - Moin Hussain (Paddock) 133 21 466 34 13.7


Premiership - Richard Burgin (Meltham) 13

Championship - Chris Woodhead (Honley) 15

Conference - Fida Hussain (Almondbury) 11

Premiership - Ben Speak (Elland) 22
Championship - Joe McNamara (Honley)
                        M. Battye-Wood (Holmfirth)


Conference - Terry Lyons (Lepton H.) 23


HCCA New Website

5th October 2011
A new website has been launched by the Huddersfield Cricket Coaches Association who
provide Cricket Coach education through ECB approved training courses, that help to develop and support qualified coaches throughout the Huddersfield area.

If you're interested in getting into cricket coaching, you can find lots of information at their website by visiting http://www.huddersfieldcricketcoaches.co.uk.

Anyone wishing some further information can contact Course Organiser Dave Robinson on 07941 417932.


Pennine Cricket Society

5th October 2011
Coming soon at Golcar Cricket Club, the Inaugural Meeting of the Pennine Cricket Society. Anyone is welcome to the following even which looks superb:


Date: Thursday 27th October
Time: 7pm
Venue: Golcar Cricket Club, Swallow Lane, Golcar, Huddersfield.
Entry: £2.00

Allan Stuttard, "A Yorkshireman in the Lancashire League - and the Weekes Final"

An entertaining speech by Yorkshireman Allan Stuttard, covering his time playing "away over the hill" in the Lancashire League and the famous "Weekes Final", one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of amateur cricket. This is followed by a chance to chat and reminisce as well as including a "cricket tea" supper. £2 entry. All newcomers and cricket enthusiasts welcome.


For those seeking out more information about the Pennine Cricket Society here's more about it courtesy of Yorkshire CCC:

A new cricket society has been founded in Huddersfield. The Pennine Cricket Society will cater for cricket enthusiasts of all types - and will meet at Swallow Lane, home of Golcar Cricket Club. It will hold monthly meetings outside the cricket season - from October to March.

"This is a very exciting development," said main organiser Dr Peter Davies. "The aim is to put on some attractive speakers and get people talking about cricket."

The society's first meeting is scheduled for Thursday 27 October - and it will then meet monthly until the start of the 2012 cricket season.

Speakers are to include acclaimed after-dinner speaker Alan Stuttard, Central Lancashire League aficionado Dave Cooper, Hanif Mayet and Farid Karolia from Batley club Mount CC, Todmorden authors Brian, Malcolm and Freda Heywood, Illingworth CC historian Andrew Smith, and cricket website designer Lee Booth.

Meetings will take place at Golcar between 7pm and 8pm and there will also be refreshments and supper at each meeting.

"It's all very exciting," said Dr Davies. "We have some knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers planned and, with the food and company on offer, we can promise some enjoyable nights."


Submitting League Averages News

13th September 2011
An important message from the Match secretary as follows:

It has been decided that the match secretary will process the League Prize Winners from the details she has received on the weekly result sheets. There is thus no requirement for clubs to submit League only details. The Averages that are shown in the Yearly Handbook which are for League and Cup (Sykes Cup/Paddock Shield) matches are to be sent in by the clubs. Blank Average sheets for both 1st and 2nd XI averages are now available to download on the Downloadable Forms page in both PDF and spreadsheet formats. The forms for each clubs 1st and 2nd XIs must be returned to the Match Secretary by Saturday 24th September 2011 otherwise the club will be subject to a £50 fine (according to Rule L7 h)


Click below to download the relevant form:

1st XI (PDF) Download
1st XI (spreadsheet) Download
2nd XI (PDF) Download
2nd XI (spreadsheet) Download

Sending Your Completed Forms

You may send your completed forms to the Match Secretary by any of the following methods:

By email: matchsecretary@live.com

By fax: 01484 651646

By post: Yvonne Collins
137 Swallow Lane

Honley Are League Champions

11th September 2011
Honley secured their sixth Byrom Shield championship in seven years yesterday with a hard-earned victory at Slaithwaite in one of the most thrilling final days of a season for a few years. Delph & Dobcross, third before the start of play ensured Honley had to win at Hill Top by taking maximum points at home to Broad Oak, relegating the Linthwaite-based club after three seasons in the top flight. Byrom Shield contenders Kirkburton fell at the final hurdle, although it was academic in the end, by losing at home to Scholes who finished the season with a flourish. There was also high drama at the foot of the table with Marsden, who faced a stern test at Heavy Woollen and Sykes Cup winners Shepley. In a match that went all the distance, Marsden edged home securing five vital points to pull them out of the relegation zone, although Shepley secured a point to give them a treble adding the Hopkinson trophy to their seasons haul. Broad Oak will possibly rue their one run defeat at Scholes the week before as they ended the season level on points with Slaithwaite, but below them by virtue of less six point victories.

In the Frank Platt Championship there was also an exciting conclusion to the season as Meltham, who were second at the start of play, missed out on promotion falling to a 3 run defeat at Emley Clarence. This allowed Hall Bower to leapfrog Meltham with a win at already-relegated Paddock into the all-important 2nd place and promotion to the Premiership joining champions Clayton West who fell to defeat at Holmfirth. This win for Holmfirth secured them safety rendering Almondbury's emphatic victory over Lepton Highlanders in vain as they failed to avoid relegation.