The fabulous Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton was again our choice of venue for the 2018 Presentation Night and it was filled with young cricketers, increased numbers of players, parents and officials.

For 2018 we were honoured with three guests: Mr Mark Arthur [CEO Yorkshire CCC], Harry Brook [First Xl YCCC] and Mr Gareth Wooler from UAJCA sponsors, R N Wooler Ltd. Harry at the age of 19 has played for Yorkshire CCC First Xl and is a former England u-19s Captain. Mark and Harry held a question and answer session in which Harry outlined his path from club junior to County batsman and young England captain.

The officials as usual led the thanks for UAJCA principle Sponsors R N Wooler Ld and the competition sponsors Dyson Electrical [Oxenhope], Brook Taverner, Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket, The Keighley Cup Committee and of course the Rendezvous Hotel for continued invaluable financial support of many years. In addition Dobson & Robinson continues to generously support UAJCA Representative Teams with kit discounts.

The customary Annual Review of the 2018 season featured UAJCA's 13 County players and 31 District players, the well-supported Skipton [UAJCA] Festival this year in warmish weather; and the five UAJCA Cup Finals. An innovation this year was a Girls Festival at Skipton CC at which we drew in 21 girls. Its a real marker for further development in 2019. This was followed by presentation of Championship trophies and medals to the five UAJCA League Champion teams and Conference winners.

The 2nd phase of awards featured players from the seven UAJCA Representative teams; awards decided by UAJCA age-group team managers. Our under-9s squad embraces two teams [A & B] and awards were made to both.  Sam Stoneman [Sutton] and Freya Craddock [Earby] took the two batting awards with Freya also picking up one of the bowling trophies alongside Charlie Price [Skipton. The two Merit Awards were handed to Ryan Lee [Skipton] and Oliver Bija [Oxenhope]

The UAJCA under-10s team prizes were handed to Joe Birks [Skipton] for batting; the bowling to Thomas Chapman [Earby] and the Merit Award to all-rounder Rhys Mazey [Crossflatts]. The UAJCA under-11 team was rewarded with prizes for Hamza Saeed [Gt Horton Church], Jack Caton [Settle] and  Max Williams [Oxenhope]. The winners from the under-12s Development Team were James Powell [Oakworth], Henry Meynell [Oakworth] with the Merit award going to Elis Jones [Oakworth]. Khunais Zaman [Gt Horton Church] took the under-13 batting award whilst pace-man Ishaan Khullar [Skipton] was a deserved winner of the bowling award. The Merit Award was popularly welcomed for all-rounder Mohammed Yusuf Zahid [Gt Horton Church]. The u-15s celebrated awards for Jack Luxton [Steeton] for batting, Usman Riaz [Great Horton Church] for bowling and Lucas Keslinke [Oakworth] claimed the Merit Award as the season's match-winner.

Phase Three was for age-group awards for the four cricket skills. Fielding prizes went to Mohammed Issa [Great Horton Church u-11], Ben Slade [Earby u-13] and Thomas Vernon [Bradford & Bingley u15].The under-17 fielding was shared by Bradley Powell, Thomas Lothian and Lewis Gardner.  Top glove-men in 2018 were for a second successive year to Max Hibbert [Steeton u-13], Ben Walker [Skipton] claimed the u-15 award with Lucas Keslinke representing Crossflatts winning the u-17 trophy. The bowlers to shine in 2018 were u-9 Jack Richmond [Wilsden], Ben Jolly [Earby u-11], Elis Jones [Oakworth u13], Finlay Brown [Steeton u-15] and Bradley Gardner [Steeton u17]. The batsmen for  a change had wonderfully warm weather to dry the wickets. The under-9 leading batsman was emergent Oliver Bija [Oxenhope u-9] with Taverner Captain Hamza Saeed [Great Horton Church u11], Jake Keslinke [Oakworth u-13], who never lost his wicket all season, Matthew Swallow [Bradford & Bingley] taking both the under-15 and under-17 awards.

for the 15th time since 2004 the attention focused on the final section and the closely guarded identity of the six Cricketer-of-the-Year Awards for 2018. They were awarded to Moeed Shafiq (Skipton u11), Lucas Robinson (Earby u13)). For Moeed his award came in a season of all-round excellence and regular inclusion in the UAJCA under-11 team. Lucas was our under-13s Captain who showed well at under-15 level also. The Girls award this year was joined by a new award of Young Girl Cricketer of the Year to recognise the growing numbers of under-9 girls as well as under-13s. Hema Bhatoa [Oxenhope] just pipped 3-time winner Lily Bell for the older award whilst the first winner of the young girl award went to Ava Craddock [Earby] thanks to her amazing bowling haul of 18 wickets.  Ben Southern [Skipton] was a clear winner of the under-15s award of the fifth Tom Barritt Memorial Cup. The final award of the evening was for the under-17 Cricketer-of-the-Year with the sixth Derek Hurren Memorial Trophy. The deserved winner was Matthew Swallow of Bradford U Bingley, who added good bowling returns to his dominant batting.

2018 UAJCA Presentation Night - The Championship Winning Teams

Team awards were given to Earby u-9s who won the under-9s League by a clear 8 points with 11 wins, ahead of a resurgent Wilsden in second place with Oakworth in third. 

Earby Clarets and Skipton Scorpions contested the under-9s Pairs Cup Final up with Earby's first knock of 101-7 proving too many for the Skipton side who responded with 60 all out. Man-of-the-Match for his four catches was keeper Freddie Ward of Earby.

The 2018 under-11 Championship was organised in two geographical Conferences. The South winners were Great Horton Church whilst in the North a new team at Embsay edged local rivals Skipton.

These two faced off at Embsay to determine the overall Under-11s League Champions after a month long wait. The home side emerged the winners by 21 runs in a low scoring game. Embsay 231-6, GHC 210-5. Embsay were led by Archie Phillipson with 20 and GHC responded with 20 from Hamza Saeed but Embsay had greater depth of batting on the night. Adam Harding and Leighton Meeking each reached 10 as the principal back-up. The bowlers were led by Sam Bland 2-4 and Jacob Ratcliffe 2-5 whilst Meeking had 1-10. The GHC wicket-takers each took 1 scalp.

The first Cup award of the season went to Great Horton Church CC who captured the Barritt-Stephenson Cup for under-11s in the Final against Steeton on 24th June. It was GHC second win in the competition having taken the Cup in 2015.

The Bradford side were in fine form with the bat, scoring 114-3 desoite tight bowling from Steeton's Nathan Joseph [1-4]. The GHC batsmen Mustapha Hussain, Hamza Saeed and Abdullah Hussain each retired on 20 in an impressive display. The early loss of Steeton Captain Huey Cunningham for 7 was a blow but Caleb Gledhill [22] and Nathan Joseph [20] competed well but they couldn't match the GHC run-rate and Steeton ended on 88-3 on a day for batsmen.

Earby were winners of the 2018 single Division of the 12 team Brook Taverner u-13 League Championship on run-rate from Steeton. Each finished on 30 points with 10 wins. In third place were Oakworth 2 points adrift. Steeton lost only to Oakworth in a high scoring game at Wide Lane, whilst Earby lost in their clash with Steeton by 19 runs.

Oakworth emerged the winners of the 18th John Hindle Memorial Cup for u-13s. Opponents Earby batted first and their skipper Lucas Robinson remained a solid rick, reaching a deserved 30 retirement. But the Oakworth bowlers were in fine form keeping their economy rates under control such that the other 10 Earby batsmen mustered just 32 with 15 extras in a total of 77-9. Oakworth skipper Charlie Raby led the attack with 208 alongside Jacob Davies on 2-10. But wasn't to be an easy ride for Oakworth for Earby Lancashire star Adam Hodge took out the first 3 batsmen for 3-11 in his 5 overs. But Henry Meynell [31] and skipper Raby [16] calmed their nerves  to carry Oakworth to the win with just 3 balls to spare.

The Pro Coach League Championship title went to Oakworth, who defeated North Conference winners Skipton in a Play-Off at Skipton. Skipton Captain Ben Southern led his team with 24 but early losses of Lewis Gardner and Will Smith set them back. Peter Fishpool added another 24 but Oakworth bowlers Gave nothing away conceding just 69 in their 20 overs. Shiv Bhatoa [35] and Bilaal Khan [22] romped away and reached 70-1 in 12.5 overs.

In the 37th Raleigh Hargreaves Memorial Cup Cup the finalists were Skipton and Steeton and was contested  at Steeton CC on 24th June. The match proved a triumph for the home team who controlled the match, limiting the Skipton side to 117 all out.  Yorkshire prospect Will Luxton led the Steeton riposte with 42 no to add to his 2-0 with the ball to claim the man-of-the-match award. The target was reached with the loss of 3 wickets.

Finally Skipton u-17s retained the Keighley Cup2000 Committee Championship title, well ahead of Crossflatts in a highly competitive, if short, 8-match competition.

The 34th William Spencer Memorial Cup Final was played at a sunny Skipton CC on 1st July between Steeton and Skipton. Steeton batted first scoring 105-9, of which Elliot Wilson scored 51 against his former team-mates. Bradley Gardner shone with 4 for 13 to contain the Steeton innings. Skipton overhauled the target with just 3 wickets lost to retain the Cup they won in 2017.  

 The Five UAJCA Cricketers of the Year 2018

2018 is the 15th year of these awards to our young players.

At u-11 Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] was 26 points clear of runner-up Will Lampkin.

At u-13 Lucas Robinson (Earby) won the award by 25 points ahead of 2nd place Charlie Raby [Oakworth]. Unfortunately Lucas was not able to be present and his trophy was collected by his younger brother Milo.

Girl Cricketer of the Year Hema Bhatoa (Oxenhope) won the award 17 points ahead of 3-time winner Lilly Bell. Unfortunately Hema was not able to be present and her trophy was collected by her father.

The new Young Girl Cricketer of the Year Award was won by Ava Craddock [Earby] following an excellent season, particularly with the ball [18 wickets]

Ben Southern u-15 [Skipton] Cricketer of the Year was awarded the  Trophy having reached just 6 points more than runner-up Matthew Swallow. He received


U-17 winner Matthew Swallow of Bradford & Bingley CC was a popular and clear 36 point winner of



Moeed Shafiq (Skipton u11)

Ben Southern (Skipton u15)

Lucas Robinson (Earby u13)

Matthew Swallow [Bradford & Bingley u17]

Under 9s Prize Winners

UAJCA u9 League Batting UAJCA League Bowling

Oliver Bija (Oxenhope) Jack Richmond (Wilsden)
u9A Batting u9A Bowling u9A Merit  

Sam Stoneman [Sutton] Charlie Price [Skipton] Ryan Lee [Skipton]  
u9B Batting u9B Bowling u9B Merit  
Freya Craddock [Earby] Freya Craddock [Earby] Oliver Bija [Oxenhope]  

Under 10s Prize Winners

u10 Development Team Batsman u10 Development Team Bowler u10 Development Team Merit  
sadly not present  
Joe Birks (Skipton) Thomas Chapman (Earby) Rhys Mazey (Crossflatts)  

Under 11s Prize Winners

    UAJCA u11 Batting  UAJCA u11 Bowling    UAJCA u11 Keeping  UAJCA u11 Fielding
Not Awarded

Hamza Saeed (Gt Horton Church) 

 Ben Jolly (Earby)

    Mohammed Issa [Great Horton Church]
u11 Yorkshire Festival Batsman u11 Yorkshire Festival Bowling u11 Lords' Taverner Merit  
Hamza Saeed (Great Horton Church) Jack Caton (Settle) Max Williams (Oxenhope)  

Under 12s Prize Winners

u12 Development Team Batsman u12 Development Team Bowler u12 Development Team Merit  
James Powell (Oakworth) Henry Meynell (Oakworth) Elis Jones (Oakworth)  

Girls Prize Winners

    UAJCA Girls Festival Best player Batting  UAJCA Girls Festival Best young player     
sadly not present, trophy collected by her father     
Hema Bhatoa [Oxenhope] Jessica-Clemson-Banks [Skipton]    

Under 13s Prize Winners

    UAJCA u13 Batting  UAJCA u13 Bowling    UAJCA u13 Keeping  UAJCA u13 Fielding

Jake Keslinke (Oakworth) Elis Jones [Oakworth] Max Hibbert [Steeton] Ben Slade [Earby]
u13 Yorkshire Festival Batsman u13 Yorkshire Festival Bowler u13 Yorkshire Festival Merit  
Khunais Zaman (Great Horton Church) Ishaan Khullar [Skipton] Mohammed Yusuf (Great Horton Church)  

Under 15s Prize Winners

    UAJCA u15 Batting  UAJCA u15 Bowling    UAJCA u15 Keeping  UAJCA u15 Fielding

 Matthew Swallow (Bradford & Bingley)

Finlay Brown (Steeton)

Ben Walker [Skipton]

Thomas Vernon [Embsay]
u15 Yorkshire Festival Batsman u15 Yorkshire Festival Bowler u15 Yorkshire Festival Merit  
Jack Luxton (Steeton) Usman Riaz (Great Horton Church) Lucas Keslinke [Oakworth]  

Under 17s Prize Winners

UAJCA u17 Batting  UAJCA u17 Bowling    UAJCA u17 Keeping  UAJCA u17 Fielding

Matthew Swallow (Bradford & Bingley)

Bradley Gardner (Skipton)

Lucas Keslinke [Crossflatts]

Thomas Lothian, Bradley Powell and Lewis Gardner

UAJCA u17 Joe Lumb Cup Batting  UAJCA u17 Joe Lumb Cup Bowling    UAJCA u17 Joe Lumb Cup Merit  
James Robinson [Skipton] Harris Rowlett [Steeton] Joe Holderness [Skkipton]