SHUTDOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
18th March 2020 from ECB
Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.
This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.
Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.
Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.
It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.
Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.
We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.
We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.
As you might expect rumours are rife and many sporting organisations have already made strategic decisions. The RFU and FA have cancelled all Rugby & Football, Rugby League is postponing games and even Crown Green Bowls has been suspended. The Indian Premier League has been deferred. So far the UK cricket authorities have been largely silent. However UAJCA understands there is likely a communication later today, so UAJCA does not propose any action until we have received that.
There are rumours that some senior cricket leagues may attempt to play half a season starting in July [play each other just once]. Junior Cricket doesn't really have that luxury.
So UAJCA may have three choices...
In terms of considering a potential partial shut-down for UAJCA, the options to consider are all or any of the following:
UAJCA is having to contemplate losing elements of cricket that normally fills our youngsters' summer with enjoyment. UAJCA is also cognisant of all the very hard work all clubs and teams have put into the game and indeed which this year seemed as though the game in UAJCA might have turned a corner.
But UAJCA has to
recognise that cricket is only a game and that the protection of
vulnerable people and control of the spread of the virus to save
lives, far outweighs our personal love for cricket.
UAJCA expects an official communication later today/evening and will then try to finalise which options are best.
Monday 16th March 2020 advice from Government.
The PM has said everyone in the UK should avoid "non-essential" travel and contact with others to curb Coronavirus - as the country's death toll hit 55.
Boris Johnson said people should work from home where possible as part of a range of stringent new measures.
Pregnant women, people over the age of 70 and those with certain health conditions should consider the advice "particularly important", he said.
People in at-risk groups will be asked within days to stay home for 12 weeks.
More than 1,500 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK - but the actual number of cases is estimated to be between 35,000 and 50,000.
In the first of a series of daily briefings on the virus, the prime minister - alongside the government's chief scientific and medical advisers - said the key new measures are as follows:
Chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said the group of people who should take "particular care to minimise their social contact" were:
Sunday 15th March 2020
ECB are undertaking a number of steps to prepare for potential outcomes that an ongoing situation with Covid-19 might bring for the cricket community here in England and Wales.
In conjunction with our partners across the network, we are building contingency plans across a number of possible eventualities.
Our main priorities are to ensure we scope out the landscape for financial, logistical and scheduling implications.
It is difficult for us to be sure of what outcomes the game might be expected to deal with. Therefore, we will continue to plan for the expectation that the season proceeds as normal, but in parallel prepare for a range of scenarios. These could include the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors, or potentially postponing or cancelling elements of the season.
We continue to enjoy constructive dialogue with DCMS and also our commercial and broadcast partners – who match our ambitions to see the game of cricket thrive in 2020 and beyond. We are certain that jointly, we will all come to solutions that best protect those who love cricket, and the game itself.
please remember that the most recent advice is that if a person feels unwell, with symptoms such as a new and continuous cough, they should self-isolate at home for seven days.
UAJCA under-15s TAKE THIRD WIN
UAJCA under-15s, having defeated Nidderdale by 16 runs on Monday, claimed a resounding third group win at Wetherby. For the first time ever UAJCA u15s have reached the semi-finals - report see under-15s page.....
UAJCA under-10s REACH K3 CUP FINAL
UAJCA under-10s have reached our first K3 Dental Cup Final with a 7-run victory over Nidderdale in the semi-final at Wilsden CC. See under-10s page...
UAJCA u13s BOW OUT OF FESTIVAL
This year's u13 team recovered well from having to concede their fixture with Aire-Wharfe as many players were unavailable due to a school trip. They pulled off a first ever win over the Heavy Woollen District, which embraces many Premier League clubs.
At Ossett CC they came away with a 21 run victory. In a low scoring game, skipper James Powell led from the front with 23 and had great backing from Charlie Jackson  and Jacob Stephens  in a modest total of 112 all out in 31.3 overs. With the ball James again excelled taking 2-8 in 7 very tidy overs. Club team-mates Jake Keslinke [2-9] and Stan Lloyd [2-10] piled on the pressure and had the home side at 57-7. Number 9 Appleyard hit out for 23 but was bowled by Jake and they ended at 91 all out.
The next match was at sunny Sutton-in-Craven and UAJCA hosted Scarborough and scraped a narrow win by 1 wicket. Scarborough won the toss and elected to bat but soon lost both openers to Max Seddon [Settle], both bowled. Jake Keslinke was in fine bowling form claiming 3 wickets for just 9 runs. Scarborough tallied 124 with 36 coming from no 5, Toby Jones. With the bat UAJCA started well with skipper James Powell looking dominant but after his departure for 25, the wheels came off a little and UAJCA found themselves at 63-5. Oakworth duo Jacob Davies  and Elis Jones [35no] stabilised the ship and propelled us towards the finishing line. 3 wickets fell and Elis was left to shepherd no 11 Waleed Raja. He hit successive fours to take us over the line, with another 9.26 points in the bag.
The final match was played in the knowledge we couldn't reach the semi-finals even with a 10 point win. With rain threatening all around, UAJCA batted first at Skipton CC against Hambleton District and an early batting collapse saw the team at 23-5. Number 6 Henry Meynell found the gaps and rescued the innings with a first class 35no with great help from no 11 Greg Riddiough who scored a very sound 12. Our 88 all out score looked decidedly vulnerable but an opening phase saw UAJCA bowlers taking 5 Hambleton wickets to have them at 42-5. Leggie Charlie Jackson picked up 3 wickets whilst the pace-men kept the batsmen quiet. All that is except Jake Percival who put bat to ball and whacked a rapid 40 not out to carry his team to 89-5. So we concluded the tournament with 2 wins and 2 losses but in contention throughout.
Now over to the under-15s who won their first match at Sheffield and currently top the group. The next match is on Monday 5th August at Earby CC [11:00am]. Everyone welcome!
UAJCA FESTIVAL SUCCESSES
The 2019 UAJCA representative sides had a wonderful day on Sunday 21st July in the Yorkshire Junior Cricket Festival.
The under-13s team travelled to Ossett CC to take on Heavy Woollen District and came away with a 21 run victory. In a low scoring game, skipper James Powell led from the front with 23 and had great backing from Charlie Jackson  and Jacob Stephens  in a modest total of 112 all out in 31.3 overs. With the ball James again excelled taking 2-8 in 7 very tidy overs. Club team-mates Jake Keslinke [2-9] and Stan Lloyd [2-10] piled on the pressure and had the home side at 57-7. Number 9 Appleyard hit out for 23 but was bowled by Jake and they ended at 91 all out. Having had to concede to Aire-Wharfe last week, this was a great result and we look forward to next Friday when we take on Scarborough at Sutton-in-Craven.
Under-15 Manager Adnaan Shafique took a makeshift team to Bradfield CC and also came away with a win. Also batting first, skipper Jack Luxton also produced a Captain''s innings with 51. At number 7 Mohammed Yusuf chipped in 35 not out with keeper Ibrahim Butt also adding 29. Our bowlers did a grand job in containing the Sheffield batsmen at 153-9 with 2 wickets each for Jack, club-mate Johnny Atherton and Oakworth leggie Subhaan Ahmed. The next match is on August 5th at Earby CC vs the Nidderdale League.
LONG OVERDUE, JAMES MAKES COUNTY SQUAD
UAJCA is very proud to announce another one of its quality players has been selected for the County squad. Long overdue, its James Powell from Oakworth CC. After some scintillating performances for and against Regional sides and Durham County, James has finally been welcomed into the White Rose under-13s set-up. This weekend he rattled off 98 not out for West Yorkshire against South Yorkshire.
Well done James, it now gets tougher but lets see you follow in the recent footsteps of Will Luxton, and James Mukherjee.
CRICKETERS FAREWELL TO LEN
Nab Wood Crematorium was awash with cricketers and former cricketers to say farewell to Len Falkingham. Len  passed away at his home of two years at Thompson Court recently. UAJCA offers its sincere condolences to his extended family. His grandsons gave the eulogy for a grandfather who had dedicated his long life to the game of cricket and in particular to his beloved Harden Cricket Club.
His son Mark and two grandsons Martin and Richard had been joined at the club by Len's great-grandson Alfie who is now making his career at the Cuckoos Nest in the Harden under-11s.
Len had been President of the club for 52 years and was until recently an active member of the Keighley Cup Committee, sponsors of UAJCA under-17s League.
Farewell Len... you'll be missed
WEST U10s WIN T20
UAJCA boys Archie Ward [Crossflatts], Sam Stoneman [Sutton] and Ed Fordham [Oxenhope] all represented West Yorkshire at Castleford CC in a T20 Regional Phase 2 match on 3rd July and went on to win the competition!!!
First match result YCB South 59 all out [Archie 2-10] vs YCB West 87-5 [Archie 16no] . In the Final, YCB West restricted YCB East & Central to 79-4 and then scored 80-5 [Archie 3no]. In both matches Sam and Eddie did not bat but both bowled in the Final without taking a wicket.
Playing for North Yorkshire in the T20 was under-9 Joe Powell [Oakworth], pictured right.
Well done indeed boys. Keep working hard!!
HISTORIC TREBLE FOR OAKWORTH
Steeton u-9s, Great Horton Church u-13s and Bradford & Bingley u17s all played and succumbed to their Oakworth equivalents at the second Grand Finals day at Skipton CC. The three Oakworth teams had all reached the Finals and all three emerged winners on 30th June. First up, the under-9s Final had Steeton posting 231-13, a real score of 96-13 as their batsmen picked up the runs at the expense of their wickets. Oakworth's batsmen were more circumspect and lost just 4 wickets and picked up 243-4 [real 63-4] to capture the Pairs Cup for their first time by 12 runs. Man-of-the-match was Oakworth's Haroon Nazam who took 4 of the Steeton wickets.
The under-13s Final was eagerly awaited and again Oakworth batted second. Great Horton Church were limited to 72 all out by some excellent Oakworth bowling from Stan Lloyd and Elis Jones, who each picked up 3 scalps. Top batsman for the Bradford side was UAJCA Taverner's u12 captain Hamza Saeed with 28. Joint men of the match were Jake Keslinke and James Powell [both Oakworth].
Finally Bradford & Bingley were contained again by Oakworth bowlers at 92 all out. Ellis Marshall was the pick of the Oakworth attack with 3-7 from 5 overs. Oakworth reached 50-1 and looked to be cruising towards a third victory but the Bees still had a sting in their tail and they hit back to get Oakworth at 78-8. The Bingley attack found its range and Reece Cockshott's 6-31 led them closer. Oakworth did though run out winners at 93-8 to achieve the historic treble, ie the first club to win 3 Cup Finals in the same year. Reece Cockshott was awarded the Man-of-the match for his superb bowling.
STEETON RETAIN RALEIGH HARGREAVES CUP for u-15s
Great Horton Church under-15s batted first in the Hargreaves Cup Final and after reaching 20-0 found the Steeton bowling on top form. Only skipper Saqif Ali got to grips with the Steeton attack, and he retired at 41. GHC were dismissed for just 67. Steeton top bowlers were Jack Luxton, Charlie Raby and Johnny Atherton. Steeton knocked off the runs with 2 wickets down in good time to retain the trophy they won in 2018.
GHCCC u-11s RETAIN BARRITT-STEPHENSON CUP
On Sunday 23rd June Great Horton Church under-11s retained the Barritt-Stephenson Cup with a 4-wicket win against Crossflatts u-11s. The Final was a terrific match with GHC always ahead of the game but with a spirited fight-back from the Bingley boys a really great Final was achieved. The 72 posting by the 'Flatts was arguably 15 runs light and so it proved, but with 3 wickets in two overs the Crossflatts fielders and bowlers really excelled. The lower order GHC batsmen though had enough left in the tank to see them over the line with 16 overs completed. Man-of-the match went to popular winner in Abdullah Hussain.
To Wilsden CC must go huge thanks for some superb wicket preparation by Ray Graham and to Mark Humphreys and his team for excellent work in the kitchen. Thanks also to the Umpires: Nigel Hodge [Earby] & John Chapman [Steeton]
LACHLAN MAKES u14 COUNTY SQUAD
All the County Age Group teams [from u10 through to u15] have now been announced by YCB [see website]. Lachlan Doidge of Bradford & Bingley has been selected for the County under-14s squad as announced by YCB. Congratulations Lachlan and good luck.
Club-mate Elliot Robinson is also in the u-13 Development squad. Well done Elliot.
Since the reduction in number of Regional teams from 6 to 4, UAJCA has seen its representation decrease substantially thus far. Archie Phillipson [Embsay], Joe Birks [Skipton], Lachlan and Elliot are our successes this year. However, Phase 2 of the new system unfolds soon and perhaps more of our players might make the cut. Come on boys, fly the flag.
WHITE ROSE FOR JOE
Skipton's Joe Birks has represented North Yorkshire in 2018 and 2019. And now he has been selected for one of the two Yorkshire under-11s teams, The Tykes and The Phoenix. Joe is play for the Phoenix and he will face the Tykes on Monday 17th June. Good luck Joe!
'A' FOR ARCHIE
Father Richard has informed UAJCA that u-12s Captain Archie Phillipson [Embsay CC] has been selected for the Yorkshire County 'A' squad. Fantastically well done Archie, the hard work continues!
FURTHER GIRLS SUCCESSES FOR UAJCA
Building further on success of Ella Throupe [see below] in selection for the u-13 West Yorkshire District Team, the West Warriors, four u-11 girls have been selected for West District teams. They are: Sahdia Umar & Imaan Zharah [both ex-Riddlesden], Louisa Hutchinson [Steeton] and Lauren Hunter [Oakworth]. Freya Craddock [Earby] is recommended for u-13 county observation. Sandylands trainee Emily Hall has been selected for the North Yorkshire squad. In addition Hema Bhatoa [Oxenhope] was observed for County and has been recommended for training with Lancashire at Old Trafford, as the Yorkshire squad is so strong. And to complete the good news, Evie Brook [Thornton] is offered a place in the inter-District team the West Wolves.
Congratulations girls, after just one season in the system!!
MORE HONOURS FOR UAJCA PLAYERS
TOP HONOURS FOR UAJCA PLAYERS
UAJCA acclaims the successes of two of its players, who have both been awarded places within the Yorkshire County team structure.
Will Luxton [Steeton CC] [below left] was acclaimed as the Player of the Season by YCCC following his appearance for the North of England at the Bunbury Festival and his earlier century against rivals Lancashire. Will now finds himself a place on the Emerging Player Programme [EPP]
To his right is James Mukherjee [Skipton CC] who now has a place at the Yorkshire Academy following his stint with the EPP and County Age Group appearances in 2018, despite being injured for a while.
We're very proud of you both, lads. We wish you all the best in your quest in higher status cricket. Fly the UAJCA flag!!