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Mark Jobling reports that after just 7 days, fourteen girls have already signed up to attend the Winter Coaching course at Sandylands, as below. That's terrific. There are 32 places and at this rate we may fill them all from UAJCA without having to offer places to others!! Fantastic #comeonthegirls



First of all very many thanks to all parents and girls that turned out last night in awful weather at Sutton-in-Craven CC for the briefing on Girls Cricket in 2019. UAJCA is delighted at the response and is enthused about the chances of success for the initiative. We are of course grateful for the support and input from Mark Jobling and the NYWGCA in establishing their second centre at Skipton.


The principal requirement now is for girls to book a place [max 32] on the winter coaching course by phoning or emailing Mark. The course commences 27th January at Sandylands Sports Centre, Skipton for 10 weeks: January 27, February 3, 10, 17, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 7, 14. Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm


The second element of League Cricket for Girls will of course unfold in the 2019 season and Manager Neil will be in touch with all of you with the fixtures as soon as they are to hand [likely mid-March]. The option for the girls to play regularly together on Friday evenings at Haworth CC and at other grounds on other days, will significantly expand the volume of the girls' cricket and their development should rocket forwards. I reiterate the intention that Girls will still be able to play in their boys club and where on occasion fixtures clash, the choice of which team to play for, rests entirely with the girls and their parents.


If you require more information please contact Mark Jobling [NY Community Coach][07889-168721] or via


UAJCA is delighted to announce that its has formed an alliance with North Yorkshire Women & Girls Cricket Association. The two organisations are combining to offer extensions in commitment to developing girls cricket:

  • Winter Girls training course to be run in Skipton at ......TBC

  • Entry of under-11 Girls team into U11s South Conference in 2019

  • 2019 Girls Festival to be increased in size

  • Initial batch of after-school cricket for girls at..... TBC

More information will be given.......


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.

In addition the following awards were also presented:


Festival Best Player Hema Bhatoa
Festival Young Player
Jessica Clemson-Banks
Under 9B Batting
Freya Craddock
Under 9B Bowling
Freya Craddock












Whatever the outcome, manager-coach Neil Bishop couldn't lose as his Girls team took on his new Haworth team! Despite some wet weather the match finished with a comfortable win for the Girls over the young lads. A decent crowd watched the match between the two new sides and thanks must go to Haworth CC for staging the match and providing refreshments. The smile on the face of 6 year-old Betsy Caton's face after she took 2 wickets was priceless!! #getgirlsgoing









Twenty-One young ladies turned out at a sunny if cool Skipton CC for a first ever Girls Festival in Upper Airedale. It was a great result as the girls played out 3 matches in 3 teams: The Dallas, The Diamonds and the New Yorkers.








10 under-13s and 11 under-9s thoroughly enjoyed their cricket experiences playing with each other rather than battling with boys. Some had not played at all before. The team competition was won by the New Yorkers with the Silver Medals going to the Diamonds with the Dallas team taking Bronze. The managers determined that the u-13 girl of the Festival was Hema Bhatoa and the under-9 award should go to Jessica Clemson-Banks. Both girls will be invited to the UAJCA Presentation Night on Friday 14th September in the prestigious Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel [7:30pm].

The parents were very supportive and showed enthusiasm to the experiment further and build on Neil Bishop's efforts thus far in developing girls team cricket. UAJCA Executive will now plan for a next phase of development during 2019.


Sunday 16th September at Spofforth CC is the place to have been to see Upper Airedale under-12s Girls A and B teams in action against Alne, Harrogate, Yapham and Acomb. The 'B' team came 3rd of 6 teams, with the 'A' team tucked behind in 4th. Yet more learning. Squad:

Lauren Hunter, Grace Hunter, Phoebe Raby, Sophie Colley, Rosa Birks, Jessica Clemson Banks, Georgia McGowan, Sophie Barrett, Louisa Hutchinson, Evie Brook,
Tilli Harrison, Elspeth Protheroe, Emily Hall

Contacts phone email
Neil Bishop (manager) 07771-756846
Terry Thompson (admin) 07868-288758

For some time our UAJCA colleague Neil Bishop [Haworth CC] has been devoting time to nurturing girls' cricket in Upper Airedale. Over the last 2-3 seasons he has managed groups of girls in various competitions, festivals, friendlies, etc. and has generated an increasing level of interest. UAJCA is now considering how to boost girls’ involvement beyond current levels of around 10%, itself significantly higher than for many years.

We have concluded that the way forward has to be in 'girls only' teams, whilst in no way preventing girls from playing in boys' teams. As things stand UAJCA clubs are not yet in a position to run a girls' team and so we think that continued development of squads/teams of girls from across the Upper Airedale patch is currently our best approach.

We determined this year to organise a girls’ only cricket festival on Friday evening 10th August [5:30-9 pm]. UAJCA drew on expertise already gained by Skipton CC in the UAJCA 'Malsis' Cup tournament [mixed] and they hosted the event at Skipton CC. All girls under age 13 from across UAJCA were invited to Skipton, and also importantly any girls who may not have played before [sisters, school friends, relatives etc].

Terry Thompson, Secretary, UAJCA