NEWS

INFORMATION

U15s BEGIN YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL WEEK
2022 Representative Fixtures
Date Age Opposition Venue
14 April u19 Forty Club Skipton CC
24 April u15 Halifax Sowerby Bridge CI CC
01 May u15 Halifax Gargrave CC
01 May u11 Nidderdale Goldsborough CC
15 May u10 Huddersfield Harden CC
22 May u13 Halifax Oxenhope CC
22 May u11 Cumbria Braithwaite CC
29 May u15 YF Hambleton Giggleswick School
30 May u15 YF Bradford Keighley CC
30 May u13 YF Hambleton Northallerton CC
31 May u13 YF Bradford Sutton-in-Craven CC
01 June u15 YF North Yorkshire Skipton CC
02 June u13 YF North Yorkshire Marske CC
12 June u11 YF Hambleton U Wharfedale CC
12 June u10 Cup Nidderdale Crossflatts CC
26 June u12 Cup Huddersfield Haworth CC
26 June u11 YF Bradford Bingley Congs CC
03 July u11 YF Huddersfield Almondbury Wesleyans CC
17 July u12 Cumbria Giggleswick School
17 July u10 Nidderdale Harrogate CC
24 July u12 Cumbria Ingleton CC
31 July u13 Nidderdale Oakworth CC
31 July u12 Cup Heavy Woollen Cullingworth CC
2021 UAJCA PRIZE WINNERS

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF 2021 PRESENTATION NIGHT

Group

Skill

Winner

u18

League Batting

Ben Southern

u18

League Bowling

Ellis Marshall

u18

League Fielding

J Keslinke & M Yusuf

u18

League Keeping

L Lovell & W Smith

u17

Joe Lumb Merit

Jack Luxton

u18

Cricketer of Year

ELLIS MARSHALL

u15

League Batting

Henry Meynell

u15

Festival batting

Jake Keslinke

u15

League Bowling

Mustapha Hussain

u15

Festival bowling

Hammad Hussain

u15

League Fielding

Nathan Joseph

u15

League Keeping

Jacob Stephens

u15

Festival Merit

Waleed Raja

u15

Cricketer of Year

RICHARD BRADLEY

u13

League Batting

Harvey Green

u13

Festival batting

Joe Birks

u13

League Bowling

Jensen Dortona

u13

Festival bowling

Thomas Chapman

u13

League Fielding

5 winners

u13

League Keeping

Freddie Ward

u13

Festival Merit

Harvey Green

u12

Development batting

Armaan Mahmood

u12

Development bowling

Sam Walker

u12

Development Merit

Archie Brooksbank

u13

Cricketer of Year

ARCHIE BROOKSBANK

u11

League Batting

Archie Cox

u11

Festival batting

James Galley

u11

League Bowling

M Whitham-Ritchie

u11

Festival bowling

Archie Cox

u11

League Fielding

Hamza Mahmood

U11

League Keeping

Subhaan Ghaffar

u11

Festival Merit

William Oakden

u10

Development batting

Albie Ellis

u10

Development bowling

Albie Ellis

u10

Development Merit

Elliot Howarth

u11

Cricketer of Year

AYAN AHSAN

Yr 4

Gold Newcomer

Alfred Walker

Yr 4

Silver Newcomer

Ely Nutter

Yr 4 [6]

Bronze Newcomer

Neve Garbutt

Yr 3

Gold Newcomer

George Donizetti
Yr 3 Silver Newcomer Harry Rutter
Yr 3 Bronze Newcomer Aadam Bashir
Yr 2 Gold Newcomer Ralph Bell
Yr 2 Silver Newcomer Asim Bashir
Yr 1 Bronze Newcomer Charlie Hipgrave
Yr 4 Gold Progress Charlie Chew
Yr 4 [6] Silver Progress Jessica Buxton
Yr 4 Bronze Progress Sebastian Brown
Yr 3 Gold Progress Eli Kent
Yr 3 Silver Progress Aadam Rehman
Yr 3 Bronze Progress Dougie Lunn
Programme Batting Achievement John North
Programme Bowling Achievement Adam Lovell
Programme All Round Achiever Sebastian Oliver

Girls

Young Girl Cricketer

BETSY CATON

Girls

Girl Cricketer of Year

FREYA CRADDOCK

2021 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

UNDER 18s Oakworth CC
UNDER 15s Settle CC
UNDER 13s Settle CC
UNDER 11s Gt Horton Church CC

2021 CUP WINNERS

WILLIAM SPENCER CUP [U18] Not Completed
RALEIGH HARGREAVES CUP [U15] Not completed
JOHN HINDLE CUP [U13] Gt Horton Church CC
BARRITT-STEPHENSON CUP [U11] Gt Horton Church CC
SOFTBALL PAIRS CUP [U9] Upper Wharfedale CC

2021 UAJCA FESTIVAL WINNERS

UNDER 13s Not contested
UNDER 11s Not contested
UNDER 9s Not Contested
   

 

The Yorkshire Festival commences for the first time ever in Spring Bank week, next Sunday [29th May] at Giggleswick School with UAJCA under-15s taking on Hambleton. The following day [Monday] sees a further Home match for the u15s at Keighley CC  against the Bradford League. The u15s are joined by the under-13s in action also on Monday at distant Northallerton CC vs Hambleton. Tuesday 1st sees the u13s against Bradford at Sutton-in-Craven CC. On Wednesday 1st June its the under-15s again at Skipton CC vs North Yorkshire . And finally on Thursday 2nd June the under-13 final group match is at Marske CC against North Yorkshire.

Only Group winners progress to the semi-finals which are scheduled for Thursday 2nd June [U-15] and Friday 3rd June [u-13].

FIRST GIRLS' LEAGUE MATCH 29 MAY
Sunday 29th May also sees our first ever Girls' league match. Its between Skipton and Great Horton Church at Skipton Cricket Club, start time 10:00am. Its an opportunity for girls that may be contemplating playing cricket to see the softball experience at under-11 age-group. Get along and see the fun unfold!!!
U-18 T20 PHASE ENDS, NOW FOR THE 100
The 2022 T20 phase of the Under-18s Championship is now complete with Gt Horton Church claiming four wins, one ahead of reigning Champions Oakworth with Sutton in third place. The Worth Valley side have scored an amazing 751 runs in their four fixtures but came a cropper at Allerton Road where they lost by 19 runs. The next T100 phase will see  the fixtures reversed, commencing 16th June.

Key to the Oakworth batting has been the form of opener Jacob Stephens who has remained unbeaten with four consecutive fifties [203 runs]. For leaders GHC Subhaan Ahmed [an Oakworth junior] leads the batting with 78 runs. Finlay Walker leads the Skipton batsmen with 115 runs. George Elrick is top man at Sutton with 79 runs with Harrison Brierley &  Lewis Verdeyen of Oxenhope each on 53 runs. Oakworth also have the leading wicket taker in leggie Charlie Raby on 10 just ahead of Skipton's Adam Harding on 9. Ifzan Shafique and Razi Raiz with five each are top attackers for GHC with Jack Whittaker also on 5 for Sutton. Lewis Verdeyen has 3 wickts for Oxenhope.

UAJCA PLAYERS FOR WHITE ROSE
UAJCA is advised that so far two UAJCA players have been successful in gaining recognition and selection at County level. We are delighted to hear that Joe Birks [Skipton CC] and Hamza Saeed [Gt Horton Church CC] have been invited to join the county squads for their age-groups. There may be further announcements which may build on these marvellous successes but in the meantime we offer our strong congratulations to Joe and Hamza.
REMAINING CUP QUARTER-FINALS
The quarter-final ties in the John Hindle Memorial Cup [u13s] and the Softball Pairs Cup will line up as follows::

The John Hindle Memorial Cup [u13] - Monday 6th June 2022

Haworth vs Steeton
Harden vs Skipton
Settle vs Sutton
Gt Horton Church vs Oxenhope

The Softball Pairs Cup - Friday 27th May 2022

Haworth vs Gt Horton Church
Earby vs U Wharfedale
Oakworth vs Skipton
Crossflatts vs Barnoldswick
CUP SEMI-FINALs
Monday's quarter-finals were completed to date and the semi-finals for the under-11 and under-15 groups to be played on Monday 13th June, are as follows:

The Barritt-Stephenson Cup [u11] - Monday 13th June 2022

Gt Horton Church vs Embsay
Harden vs Settle

The Raleigh Hargreaves Memorial Cup [u15] - Monday 13th June 2022

Skipton vs Steeton
Settle vs Gt Horton Church
BARRITT-STEPHENSON CUP QFs
The quarter-final ties in the Barrit-Stephenson Cup [u11s] will line up as follows, to be played on Monday 23rd May:
Gt Horton Church vs Steeton
Embsay vs Barnoldswick
Settle vs Skipton
Crossflatts vs Harden
RALEIGH HARGREAVES MEMORIAL CUP QFs
The quarter-final ties in the Raleigh Hargreaves Memorial Cup [u15s] will line up as follows, to be played on Monday 23rd May:
Settle vs Sutton
Bradford & Bingley vs Skipton
Gt Horton Church vs Earby
Steeton vs Oakworth
FESTIVAL TEAM WARM-UPs
UAJCA three Festival teams are all in action this Sunday [22nd May]. The toughest task might well be for Alex Howarth's under-11s who have a prestigious match with the Cumbria County team at picturesque Braithwaite under the shadow of Skiddaw. The under-13s with Mark Stoneman & Tony Fordham will try their luck against Halifax at Oxenhope CC. The planned u15 match at Spofforth CC has been CANCELLED
SOFTBALL CUP QFs
The quarter-final ties in the UAJCA Softball Cup will line up as follows, to be played on Friday 27th May:
Haworth vs Gt Horton Church Pearls
Earby Clarets vs U Wharfedale Rams
Oakworth Sharks vs Skipton Scorpions
Crosflatts Phoenix vs Barnoldswick or Cullingworth
JOHN HINDLE MEMORIAL CUP

The First round of the John Hindle Memorial Cup for under-13s unfolds on Monday evening [16th May]. Holders Great Horton Church CC will host Oakworth whilst Steeton face Earby, Settle will entertain Bradley and Skipton will take on Crossflatts.  

BLACK RAT FESTIVAL DRAW RELEASED
UAJCA has released the draw for the 2020 Black Rat Infestival on 19th June. This year UAJCA teams are joined by two from Alwoodley CC [Aire-Wharfe] and a first ever inclusion of a a girls team, Skipton u11 girls. The draw can be viewed on Play-Cricket for the first time
UNDER 9 REGIONAL OBSERVATION DAYS
The YCB  is now inviting under 9 players [Shool Years 3 and 4 only] WITH HARDBALL EXPERIENCE to consider requesting a Regional Observation with County Coaches. Those with Hardball experience  can access the Yorkshire Regional Cricket - Observation Day Online Booking Form click here.

 

Click HERE  for further details relating to Observation Days

 

Deadline to complete the online booking form is Wednesday 25th May. A confirmation e-mail will be sent inc further details of date, time and venue. This will be sent by Friday 27th May.

If you have any problems relating to any of the above or queries please contact your Regional Cricket Convener below.

 

East & Central - Andrew Inns, a.inns@yorkshirecb.com or 07790-243703

North - John Green, johngreen108@btopenworld.com or 07914-693116

South - Chris Marples, chris.marps@icloud.com or 07720-656521

West - Mark Harrison, m.harrison@yorkshirecb.com or 07917-225848

CUP FEVER
Monday 9th May brings a dose of Cup fever for under-11 and under-15 age-groups. Current holders of both trophies are the Great Horton Church club. The Great Horton Church u11s will start their defence at Sutton whilst the under 15s have a bye to the 2nd round where they will play Earby at Allerton Road.

Should the weather prove inclement [not likely] the reserve date is Monday 16th May.

GET READY FOR THE RUSH
Sunday 1st May will see a total of 12 UAJCA matches under way with 16 of the under 9s Softball teams starting their programme. They are joined by 8 under 13 teams making their season's bow. Pride of place will be at Beckfoot Lane when Bingley Congs make their bow for the first time in a few years when they host visitors Great Horton Church.
SKIPTON GIRLS TO FEATURE AT 2022 FESTIVAL
Skipton Girls under-9s will feature in this year's Festival playing four of the boy's teams and also taking part in the three team round-robin with the two boys section winners in competition for the under-9 Trophy. Its hoped to include more girls teams in the Festival in future years.
UAJCA U!5s CRUISE TO VICTORY vs HALIFAX LEAGUE

UAJCA u15s asserted themselves at sunny Sowerby Bridge CI CC with an emphatic victory against the Halifax Junior League. Chasing a 151-7 score, UAJCA batsmen excelled smashing their way to the win with over 11 overs to spare. Leading the batsmen were Aaron MacRae [Skipton] 56 ret, skipper Mustapha Hussain [GHC] 34 and Jack Caton [Settle] 24. The batsmen built on excellent work from bowlers Aaron 2-13 and Nathan Joseph [Steeton] 2-17. For Halifax Louis Judd 54 and Dan Jones 47 gave them a good total but the Halifax bowling toiled.

DENHOLME WITHDRAW FROM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

UAJCA is now advised by Denholme CC that due to parental non-commital to our programme, the Denholme under-9s team have withdrawn from the Association' softball development programme for 2022. Replacement fixtures have been scheduled.

U WHARFEDALE WITHDRAW U13s
Due to loss of players elsewhere sadly U Wharfedale CC have withdrawn their entry from the  under-13s North Conference
ONE WEEK TO GO
UAJCA first fixtures of the 'normal' 2022 season take place next Wednesday 27th April at Bradford &Bingley, Oxenhope and Steeton with under-15s South Conference matches.  24 hours later Sutton and Oxenhope under 18s spring into action.  Friday sees Harden u13s under way.

Good luck to all our clubs and teams enjoy the cricket, enjoy the summer!

UAJCA DEFEAT FORTY CLUB BY 2 WKTS
Team manager Neil Bishop was delighted as his under-19s team managed to over turn a Forty Club 160 all out into a 2 wicket win at sunny Skipton CC. The bowling was spearheaded by Harden 16 years-old Jake Holroyd with a magnificent 5-10 from 5.2 overs of quality left-arm pace bowling.

Our batting reply was led by Oakworth 18 years-old Bradley Powell with 58 and Oakworth team mate Akeel Umar with 38. The winning runs came off an inside edge from skipper Ollie Bishop with almost 4 overs in hand.

ORDERING U10 & U11 UAJCA KIT
Please note that M C Sports shop at Skipton is now closed and so UAJCA Kit for under-10 and under-11 teams is now only available through their on-line shop. The link is:

CLICK HERE

UAJCA TRIALS
The UAJCA team trials took place on Sunday 8th April at Skipton Nets. Very many thanks to Skipton CC for hosting the event. Also huge thanks to the players and parents that turned out on a day when the temperature varied between -1 and 10 degrees! Finally the team managers for all age-groups did a grand job and will announce their selections during this week. The age-groups that are released will be indicated below. If Yes then see the age-group page
u10 u11 u12 u13 u15
yes yes yes yes yes
COVID-19 UPDATE FROM ECB

On 1st April, the government’s guidance on COVID-19 measures for grassroots sport participants and providers was lifted. To align with this policy change, ECB has also removed any cricket specific guidance relating to COVID-19. As such, clubs and leagues will no longer be required to follow any protocols aside from the single piece of public health guidance issued by UK Health Security Agency.

This good news means we have the green light to return to business as usual for the 2022 season. However, we continue to encourage players and coaches to be responsible and considerate to others. Click here for more information.

You may also wish to early adopt MCC’s new Law 41.3 - No saliva to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

REGIONAL SUCCESSES
News is beginning to filter through of UAJCA players' successful County Observation Days. To date we know of Joe Birks [North], Max Wareing [East & Central], Subhaan Ali [West], Hamza Saeed [West] & Sam Stoneman [West]
UAJCA TAKE ON THE FORTY CLUB
Neil Bishop [Haworth] is to mange a team of UAJCA under-19s to take on the prestigious Forty Club. The match will be an early opener for the 2022 season on Thursday 14th April at 1:00pm at Skipton CC.

The squad will be Lucas Keslinke [Capt, w/k], Oliver Bishop, Max Seddon, Jake Keslinke, Charlie Raby, Jake Holroyd, Hammad Hussain, Akeel Umar, Richard Bradley,  Subhaan Ahmed & Bradley Powell

SPONSORS RETAINED
UAJCA is delighted to announce that all existing Sponsors have been retained for 2022. Over-arching Sponsor Prembiz Ltd provides backing for the entire operation whilst Brook Taverner and CartaSport help fund our under12 and under 11 sections. Pro Coach Yorkshire provide free coaching opportunities fpor under 15 players whilst the Keighley Cup Committee have been long-time sponsors of our under 17/18 league & Cup.

The only section without a sponsor is the Softball Development Programme. If you know of any local business that might be interested in supporting our most rapidly growing recruitment group, please let the Secretary know.

UAJCA TRIALS SUNDAY 10th APRIL
For all those players invited to trial for the 2022 UAJCA teams on Sunday 10th April, please be aware of the footwear requirements for the Skipton Net installation.... only moulded soles / pimples are to be worn in the new non turf practice nets. Spikes cannot be worn.
Time Age Group Managers
09:00-10:30 under-10 M Pennington & C Cummings
10:30-12:00 under-11 A Howarth
12:30-14:00 under-12 A Galley
14:00-15:30 under-13 M Stoneman & T Fordham
15:30-17:00 under-15 J Mukherjee & R Youngman

Please note there will be no trial for under-14s

GIRLS' COMPLETE FIXTURES SET
The fixtures are now agreed for the 2022 inaugural UAJA Girls' League. The historic first match will take place at Sandylands Grounds as Skipton CC take on Great Horton Church CC at 10:00am on Sunday 29th May.  The second match will be a first mid-week on Wednesday 29th June when the Skipton Girls travel up to Settle CC for a 6:30pm start. Finally Crossflatts CC join the party on Wednesday 6th July [6:30pm] against Great Horton Church CC at Ryshworth Park.

To see the full list of fixtures go to the Girls Page [Menu above] or to the Results & Tables on the Menu

The matches will be an 8-aside Pairs format of 16 overs per team with a 5-run penalty for each wicket lost. Lbw dismissals will not be allowed but there will be bonus pints for scoring 50 runs and/or taking 5 wickets. In addition to the Home and Away league fixtures a 4-team mini-tournament will be held at one of the grounds as a competition for the Girls Festival Cup. This will likely be on Sunday 21st August

EMBSAY U15s FORCED TO WITHDRAW
Due to loss of players, Embsay CC have belatedly been forced to withdraw their under-15s team from this year's programme. Fixtures have been amended to ensure all teams still have 10 fixtures in the North u15 Conference.
BLACK RAT FESTIVAL 2022 - ENTRY NOW FULL
The 2022 Festival at Sandylands Sports Grounds is again to be sponsored by Black Rat Cricket. The Festival is to be held on Sunday 19th June, first matches at 09:30 with completion of Finals expected at 4:45pm. The competition entry is now fully booked.
CUP FINAL VENUES
The 2022 UAJCA Cup Finals are to be staged at Cullingworth CC and Skipton CC. First up will be the Softball Final [09:30am], the under-13s Final [12:00 noon] and the under-18s Final [3:0pm] on Sunday 3rd July at Cullingworth CC.

One week later on Sunday 10th July the under-11s Final [10:00am] and the under-15s Final [2:00pm] will unfold at Skipton CC

HISTORIC FIRST GIRLS' LEAGUE AGREED
UAJCA Members have agreed to launch a new Girls' League in 2022. Four clubs have taken up their options and will compete on either Sunday mornings or a mid-week evening according to each club's preference. Congratulations to Crossflatts CC, Great Horton Church CC, Settle CC & Skipton CC in making this historic step forward for UAJCA. We believe it is the first ever club-level league for girls in West Yorkshire. Watch this space and website for fixtures and more details shortly.
TEAM ENTRIES SOAR IN 2022
The pre-season meeting of UAJCA members on St Patrick's Night had plenty celebrate as the 20 UAJCA clubs entered 69 teams for the 2022 campaign. The 69 teams is the highest since 2012 and the days of the London Olympics whilst 0 club stable was last exceeded in 2014.

That there are lots of youngsters in the district wishing to take up Cricket is not in doubt and UAJCA clubs have responded superbly to the challenge of maintaining their teams with volunteers. UAJCA is well set to forge ahead and build yet further in the coming years.

N YORKSHIRE REPLACED BY HUDDERSFIELD u-11s
North Yorkshire under-11s have withdrawn from the Yorkshire Festival and a re-jig of groups has brought Huddersfield into the UAJCA Group in their stead. The dates are unchanged.
UAJCA REPRESENTATIVE TRIALS 2022
The 2022 UAJCA trials for potential age-group squad members for UAJCA with its age-groups managers are set for Sunday 8th April 2022 at the Skipton CC nets. These trials are open to players by invitation from UAJCA. Invitations to trial will be sent by email to parents of prospective trialists by Sunday 6th March.
Time Age Group Managers
09:00-10:30 under-10 M Pennington & C Cummings
10:30-12:00 under-11 A Howarth
12:30-14:00 under-12 A Galley
14:00-15:30 under-13 M Stoneman & T Fordham
15:30-17:00 under-15 J Mukherjee & R Youngman

Please note there will be no trial for under-14s

UNDER-12 LEEDS-WETHERBY CUP DRAW

The 2nd season of u12s Cup competition sees Upper Airedale grouped with Bradford, Heavy Woollen and Huddersfield in a tough Group A for a revamped competition in 2022. Matches will be 35-0vers aside and all 3 matches to be completed by mid-July.

The intention is that two groups will play 3 fixtures with the top two qualifying for semi-finals and a final in August.

The Group B includes Scarborough, Nidderdale, Wetherby-Leeds and Aire-Wharfe.

CROSSFLATTS KICK-OFF REGISTRATION RUSH

The first player registrations of 2022 have been approved today 14th February for four youngsters from Crossflatts CC. With two new clubs and 13 new teams UAJCA is expecting a pre-season rush of player registrations from its 20 clubs. The current database holds 1,110 player registrations although some will no doubt be shed pre-season. Nevertheless the immediate future promises a much healthier position than at any time in the last 10 years.

2022 Yorkshire Regional Observation Days

The registration for the Yorkshire Regional Cricket Under 10 – 15s Observation Days are NOW OPEN. These Observation Days are open to all who would like to attend. The Observation Days are designed to allow for an observation prior to the Regional Cricket 2022 Summer Programme. Further information on how to register, eligibility and contact details can be found below.

Eligibility (Region)

Observation Days will be take place for each Region. Regions are distinguished by who you pay your council tax to:

  • East & Central (East Yorkshire, Leeds, Wakefield or Selby)
  • North (North Yorkshire, York, Cleveland)
  • South (Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham)
  • West (Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklee

Eligibility (Age-Group)

Please see below School Year Group to Age-Group comparison to assist with the completion of the sign-up.

Yorkshire Regional Cricket Observation Days 2022 – Year Group

  • Year 5 - Under 10
  • Year 6 - Under 11
  • Year 7 - Under 12
  • Year 8 - Under 13
  • Year 9 - Under 14
  • Year 10 - Under 15

Please note: Under 9s Observation Days Registrations will be open at a later date.

County Age Group

County Age Group cricketers selected on the Performance 2,3 & 4 Winter Training 2021/22 at Headingley will not be required at first observations on the weekend of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March (East & Central & North), but will still be required to register for the Observation Days on the later dates the weekend following, on 2nd & 3rd April. Those in the West & South regions will be required to attend the Observation Days on Saturday 26th March.

Further information on dates can be found via the attached document, available to download below.

Sign-Up

To access the Yorkshire Regional Cricket - Observation Day Online Booking Form, please CLICK HERE.

The deadline to complete the online booking form is Wednesday 2nd March. A confirmation e-mail will be sent including further details of the date, time allocation and venue. This will be sent by Friday 11th March.

Contact Details

If you have any problems relating to any of the above or queries please contact your Regional Cricket Convener details can be found below.

We look forward to your registration in what is an exciting time for Yorkshire Cricket.

2022 K3 DENTAL CUP DRAW for U-10s
Home   Away
Huddersfield vs All out York
Heavy Woollen vs Halifax
Upper Airedale vs Nidderdale
Wetherby-Leeds vs Scarborough
UAJCA TRIALS at SKIPTON CC NETS
Arrangements are in place to hold the 2022 UAJCA trials outdoors on Sunday 10th April at Skipton CC Nets installation.  Sunday 24th April will be a back-up date in the event of inclement weather.
LARGER UAJCA FOR 2022
The Annual General Meeting for UAJCA has revealed plans by member clubs to increase the size of UAJCA from 57 teams [2021] to an amazing 71 teams in 2022, an increase of 25%. Leading the way is the Softball Development Programme which will feature 18 teams [12 in 2022]. Additionally plans are afoot to create a first ever Girls-only League with five clubs expressing strong interest. A major surprise to many is the survival of the under-18s competitions which will see 6 teams in 2022 when a complete collapse was expected by many. There are significant developments at Steeton, Cullingworth, Crossflatts and Sutton along with team entries from two new clubs, Denholme and Bingley Congs, which have not featured for some years.
UMPIRE REFRESHER COURSES
Umpire refreshers courses are now available in the UAJCA Area at Crossflatts, Cleckheaton and Ilkley Cricket Clubs. To learn more CLICK
2022 YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL AT SPRING BANK

County proposals to rationalise when 2022 Yorkshire Festival fixtures are played to fit in with County trials, etc have been accepted and the u13 & u15 Festivals will now be played during Spring Bank week [except Finals].

COACH EDUCATION AT GRANGE INTERLINK
WINTER ACADEMY UPDATE
UAJCA is advised that the 28 places available on the Winter Academy are now taken. As in previous years a reserve list is being created whilst enquiries about the prospect for a second course are being pursued with the Hall provider and availability of coaches.               5th Nov 2021
2021 PRESENTATION NIGHT

UAJCA returned to the fabulous Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton after a 1-year absence due to Covid-19 lockdown regulations. This time in order to minimise risks of infection the awards presentation was split into five separate age-related phases to reduce the numbers of attendees in the room at any one time.

For 2021 we were honoured with guests: Mr Mark Arthur from Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Rachael Slater a young professional with the Northern Diamonds which is based at Headingly.

The officials led the thanks for UAJCA principal Partners

and all the competition sponsors CartaSport, Brook Taverner, Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket, The Keighley Cup Committee, Black Rat Cricket, and of course the Rendezvous Hotel for continued invaluable support over many years. In addition Dobson & Robinson [Ilkley] and M C Sports [Skipton] generously support UAJCA Representative Teams with kit discounts. UAJCA is also grateful to photographer Neil Bishop for the photography Rendezvous Awards [a few early movements have produced blurring].

REVISED ARRANGEMENTS FOR PRESENTATION NIGHT
In order to allay any fears in respect to Covid-19 infection rates, UAJCA has decided that Presentations on Friday 1st October at The Rendezvous WILL go ahead as planned but within a different structure and format. The plan now is to deal with awards on an age-group by age-group basis in order to stagger attendance at the event. The format will be as follows:
  • 19:30-19:50 Awards to players from The Development Programme for under-9s [Newcomers, Progress and Achievement] and Softball Pairs Cup Winners
     

  • 19:50-20:10 Awards to u-10 & u-11s for Champions, Conference & Cup Winners, Representative & Skill Awards, U-11 Cricketer of the Year & Young Girl Cricketer of the Year
     

  • 20:10-20:30 Awards to u-12 & u-13s for Champions, Conference & Cup Winners, Representative & Skill Awards, U-13 Cricketer of the Year & Girl Cricketer of the Year

  • 20:30-20:50 Awards to u-15s for Champions, Representative & Skill Awards, The u-15 Cricketer of the Year [The Tom Barritt Memorial Trophy]
     

  • 20:50-21:10 Awards to u-17/18s for Champions, Representative Award and Skill Awards, The u-18 Cricketer of the Year [The Derek Hurren Memorial Trophy]

The usual 'Review of the Season' will NOT be given with the evening devoted solely to the giving of Prizes. However, there will be the usual big-screen Powerpoint support presentation

The seating arrangement will be entirely 'Theatre' style with seats in blocks to provide elements of separation. The wearing of masks will NOT be mandatory but will optional. Participants will be allowed to leave once their awards have been received and personal photographs taken.

 

7 RUN WIN HANDS SETTLE u13 CHAMPIONSHIP
The u13 Championship Play-Off was held on 5th September at Crossflatts CC between the home side and visitors Settle CC.  Settle were inserted by Crossflatts and racked up 93-6 with opener Ed Whaley retiring with a fine 28 [3 x 4s & 1 x 6]. He had great support from co-opener Noah Smith with 20. Their innings was curtailed by Archie Brooksbank with 3-18 and Charlie Coward's 2-3. The Crossflatts innings followed a similar path with Tom Durn 25 and George Kitson 26 leading the chase. The Settle fight-back came from Ed Whaley 3-13 & Harvey Green 2-10. Crossflatts finished on 86-8 after their 20 overs. So Settle merged the winners after a thrilling Play-Off by 7 runs.
GHC RETAIN u-11 CUP BY NARROWEST MARGIN
The long-awaited Barritt-Stephenson Cup Final was finally played at The Flatt, Oxenhope CC on Sunday 5th September. Skipton won the toss and elected to field. The early wicket of Syed Hussain by Aniq Tabassum was a great start for the Aire-Wharfe boys but then no 3 Mohammed Taha Iftikhar joined Hashim Khokhar in a great stand to bring the Bradford boys back into contention. Mohammed retired with 25 to his name whilst Hashim [22] was eventually caught off the bowling of 10th bowler Ed Swallow who also bowled Subhaan Ghaffar [8] in his one over. The GHC total reached 87-3 to leave the match potentially evenly-poised. All the Skipton bowlers stuck at their task admirably.

Skipton openers Tom McCormick and Blake Aldersley really knuckled down and their opening stand of 32 gave them great heart. Blake was bowled by Ayaan Munawar for 19 whilst Tom was a victim for Simrah Ahmed for 10. But 16 fielding extras and Aniq Tabassum kept Skipton well in the limelight and his 25 retirement set up a likely win. But the overs were running out and when Skipton reached 84-5 only 4 runs were needed for a North Conference victory. But the pressure told and wickets for Mohammed Zain Khan, Ayaan Ahsan and Hashim Khokhar were followed by run outs for Harris Taylor and Thomas Peart to confound the Skipton charge at 86-8. GHC had claimed a remarkable win by the narrowest of margins on the last ball of the match. It was GHC fourth win in consecutive seasons. Congratulations to Zaffran and his team. But the winning accolades also go to the game itself which proved a superb advert for local junior cricket. Well done to all that took part. The joint Players of teh Match were adjudged as Mohammed Taha [GHC] and Aniq Tabassum [Skipton] who almost snatched the result with his fine batting.

NATIONAL HONOUR FOR WILL
UAJCA would like to offer its warmest congratulations to former Steeton CC junior Will Luxton who has now been selected for England's under-19 squad of 18 players. They are to take on the West Indies in an upcoming series.
Gt HORTON CHURCH CC RECLAIM U-11 TITLE
2019 u-11 Champions Gt Horton Church bounced back from the Covid-19 Pandemic in style, by reclaiming their title in 2021. Having comfortably annexed the South Conference, the Bradford side went on to claim the UAJCA Championship in a Play-Off with North  Conference winners Settle. The Play-Off was held on Sunday 23rd August after many delays. The match was held at neutral Steeton CC. Batting first GHC posted 221-7 [77-7] in their 20 overs. Mohammed Zain Khan added 17 runs to his season's tally but was dismissed twice. Rising Settle starlet Alfred Walker was excellent with 2-6 from his 3 overs. But Mohammed had the Final say with 3-4 as the Settle batsmen could not match their bowling prowess. The Settle tally was 168-9 [40-9].  It was a third Championship win for Great Horton Church.
THIRD U15s CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SETTLE CC
Back in the year 2000, Settle CC u15s captured their first UAJCA Championship and then in 2003 they shared the title with Oxenhope CC. Now their 2021 team has matched those performances with the 2021 title. Congratulations to Settle, who with 8 on-field wins have squeezed past Oakworth on Net Run Rate after both finished on 28 points, with Great Horton Church 4 points adrift in third place. Oakworth had defeated Settle in their encounter in June, but surprisingly lost to 9th-placed Sutton the following week.
JAKE ON FIRE FOR UAJCA
The UAJCA campaign picked up again after the heafty defeat by Bradford, and Nidderdale arrived at Oakworth for the second match. Batting first UAJCA fell to 35-3 before Jake Keslinke [Oakworth] joined Henry Meynell [Bradley]. The pair settled well, and gradually their current league form emerged. They added 123 with the lion's share falling to Jake who was caught & bowled by Johnson for 86 from 80 balls at 158-4. With help from Max Seddon [26] of Settle and Elis Jones [14] of Oakworth, Henry remained not our 52 [90 balls] to carry UAJCA to a cracking 233-7.  The Nidderdale reply also got off to a poor start at 21-3 thanks to all three wickets falling to the rapid Hammad Hussain [Embsay]. Then a stand of 130 by opener Murray and Morley wrestled the initiative back to the visitors. It was a fabulous match with Morley riding our dropped catches to amass a match-winning 133 no. With no 8 Johnston [36] they reached 237-6 in the 37th over. Hammad had bowled superbly to finish with an amazing 5-38 from his allotted 9 overs, Henry picking up the other scalp. New lad in the squad, keeper Will Caygill [Skipton] did well with 3 catches.

Jake Keslinke pictured with Harry Brook in 2018

Jake Keslinke pictured with Harry Brook in 2018

In the final match at Richmondshire CC, our boys really showed class with the skipper, Oakworth's Jake Keslinke this time picking up his first century with 101 retired no from 83 balls. He stroked 15 lovely boundaries. This time the backing was solid with u14 Adam Harding [Embsay] grabbing 29 as did Elis Jones [Oakworth]. Debutant Mustapha Hussain [GHC] started with 27 and there was 19 for Waleed Raja [Oakworth] and 17 for Elliot Ashley [Skipton]. The final tally was 260-4. The Hambleton innings reached 49-3 but the rate was well adrift of our target. No 6 Will Shaefer made 50 no but our bowlers remained on top throughout. Max Seddon [Settle] returned 6-1-14-2 and Adam Harding 6-1-22-2 whilst Waleed Raja [Oakworth] recovered his lengths from the previous day and 4-3-3-1 was his reward. Freddie Smith [Skipton], Mustapha Hussain [GHC] and Elliot Ashley [Skipton] all picked up a wicket in a terrific all-team performance that restricted Hambleton to 146-9.

JAMES AND AYAAN PARTNER BIG FOR WEST YORKSHIRE u15

Playing for West Yorkshire against East & Central Yorkshire in a Regional T20 competition at Ampleforth, Oakworth's James Powell smashed 94 runs from just 50 balls to lead his team to a 21-run win. He hit 15 fours and 2 sixes. He was the senior scorer in a match-winning partnership of 70 with Ayaan Khokhar [31] of Great Horton Church, both top quality UAJCA players.

West Yorkshire tallied 165-6. The East & Central reply was led by Kai Nicholson [55] but petered out 21 runs short at 144-7.

It is particularly pleasing to report the emergence of  James and Ayaan, who are now both exhibiting their talents on the high stages they both deserve. Coming on the same day that Will Luxton [ex-Steeton] top scored for the Senior County Xl with 68 at Scarborough, its yet another example that a small League like UAJCA can still bring through quality players.

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WILL LUXTON RESCUES WHITE ROSE AT SCARBOROUGH
Report courtesy of Yorkshire CCCC

Former UAJCA young cricketer Will Luxton reflected on his excellent debut 68 after rain prevented Yorkshire and Northamptonshire from pursuing a Royal London Cup victory at Scarborough.

18-year-old batsman Luxton came into Yorkshire’s team for his first-team debut and brilliantly led a recovery from 69-6 to 222 all out.The Bradford Grammar School educated right-hander was watched by his parents amongst other family and hit five fours and two sixes down the ground in an 85-ball knock which ended with a standing ovation from large parts of the 2,169 crowd.

Yorkshire’s Academy captain shared recovering half-century partnerships with Matthew Waite and Mat Pillans and said: “It was a pretty good feeling to be out there.  “The crowd was class and all my team-mates were behind me. “It gives me that confidence that I can do it in the next few games.”

In 16 games across all cricket, including this game and two Yorkshire friendlies against Durham at Emerald Headingley in March, Luxton has scored 513 runs with a century and three fifties.

“I’ve been going alright in the Academy this year,” he said. “I haven’t played much second team, but it’s been good.”

The Northants chase was aborted at 2-0 after five balls, with no play beyond 3.05pm. A restart was pencilled in for 5.50pm when the visitors would have required 71 more from 9.1 overs to complete the minimum 10 overs to constitute a game. But a wet outfield prevented that.

“We said it was a tricky pitch and it did a bit,” added Luxton. “Our start wasn’t great, but we’ve got a decent bowling attack. So why couldn’t we have defended 223? “If we struggled with our batting, so could they. “We were always confident, but we just needed to get off to that good start. Unfortunately we weren’t able to do it.”

SEASON EXTENDED TO 8th AUGUST
In response to the growing numbers of covid-19 isolations impacting player availability and coming on top of poor weather and earlier Covid issues, UAJCA has determined that clubs can be given up to and including Sunday 8th August in which to complete competitive league matches. This does not apply to under-9s development matches or to the Cup semi & final matches.
COVID ISOLATIONS HAMPER U-11 CUP
Managers Daniel Kennedy and Richard Powell have been severely hampered by continuing covid-19 isolations for large numbers of Skipton and Oakworth players, with large elements of their schools closed. The managers are reviewing the August holiday period to see if a date for their semi-final is possible. The back-stop is a semi-Final on 1st September with the Final to follow with Gt Horton Church on 5th September at a venue to be determined.
Gt HORTON CHURCH CLINCH U-11 SOUTH CONFERENCE
A resounding win against Haworth carried Gt Horton Church u-11s to the South Conference title with 2 matches to spare. Their 30 points cannot be overhauled by nearest challengers Steeton and Oakworth. Congratulations to all at GHC.

The Championship Play-Off with the North Conference winners is scheduled for Friday 23rd July at either of the team grounds. The North Conference is as yet unresolved with Skipton and Settle in contention.  Skipton have one remaining fixture away at Sutton whilst Settle must play U Wharfedale [Away] and Embsay [Home].

GHC 13s RETAIN HINDLE CUP
At Grassington on 4th July an early wicket for Skipton u13s by Aniq Tabassum was a good start to the Hindle Cup Final. But the GHC batsmen gradually turned up the heat with Ibrahim Khan and Eshaan Lohdi both retiring at better than a run per ball.  As the GHC total mounted, the Skipton fielding became more ragged and later batsmen Abdullah Hussain, Subhaan Ali and Armaan Mahmood really pressed the accelerator and GHC tally propelled to 221-4 after 29 overs when lightning brought the players from the field.  GHC declared their innings and the two managers consulted to complete the match the following Sunday at Skipton CC.

Sadly for the North Conference winners their innings subdued meekly with only former County opener Joe Birks resisting on 19before bowled by Subhaan Ali. Their total reached just 57 in the 13th over when the curtain finally fell granting GHC a 164 run margin. Subhaan Ali returned 4-5 from 21 balls backed by Noah Thirkill with 3-5 from 18.  So GHC retained the Hindle Cup in grand style for a further 12 months.

JOE LUMB MATCH CONCEDED BY EAST YORKSHIRE
UAJCA is advised by East Yorkshire Manager Richard Robinson that very regrettably they are unable to raise a team to play UAJCA on Sunday 11th and therefore the match is conceded to UAJCA.
U WHARFEDALE EDGE OUT SETTLE IN u9s CUP
In what was one of the best Cup Finals in recent years, hosts Upper Wharfedale [left] snatched victory from the looming jaws of defeat in the last 3 overs. With a weather forecast of thunder & lightening Settle [below] batted first but found the Wharfedale bowlers in frugal mood, Run-machine John North was held in check for 11 runs whilst Jamie Child, Ben Ashdown-Hoff and Zander Horn all picked up a brace of wickets. The last Settle pair of Joe Hodgson and Betsy Caton dragged the innings back into motion with Joe claiming an unbeaten 18. Betsy chipped in another 4. Settle tallied 225-9 including 19 extras; a 'real' score of 70-9. The 'home' team's opener Harry Churcher gave his mates a great start with 18 with 1 dismissal. The middle order struggled as the Settle bowlers initially regained the advantage with 2 wickets for Betsy Caton and 2 for Harry Rutter. The pendulum was swinging towards Settle in a hugely entertaining match. But with the help of 24 wides and 3 no balls the later Wharfedale batsmen edged closer to the Settle score. Ferdy Myers and Henry Rayner [in his first match] did enough to take the Rams into the lead. A wicket for diminutive Lexi Cokell brought continued hope for the Stags and with John North to bowl the final over, the match remained in the balance. He did his best but a wicket was needed to snatch the match but it didn't come. The match was announced as a win for U Wharfedale by 4 runs but the later card computer-entry revealed  the margin as 7 runs. But what a game, a real advert played in great spirit in front of a decent crowd. The Umpires adjudged the 18 from Joe Hodgson coupled with his 1-5 bowling return should be rewarded with the man-of-the-match award. And the weather held off nicely...
SAM's THE MAN FOR COUNTY U12s

 

 

Yet more honours for UAJCA with the selection of Sutton's Sam Stoneman for the County under-12s. Well done Sam... keep up with the pressure and fly the flag

OAKWORTH SMASH LEAGUE RECORD

Oakworth under-18s faced Skipton in the T20 competition for the u-18 Championship at Wide Lane and batted first. Half-centuries for Ellis Marshall [28 balls] and Lucas Keslinke [25 balls] were the pace-setters but the back up from James Powell 41 [20 balls], Bilaal Khan 33 [26 balls] and Bradley Powell 25 [11 balls] propelled their score to 238-5 to eclipse the previous UAJCA u-17/18 record set in 2009 by Sutton's Championship team against Haworth. Skipton gamely pursued but expired at 110-9 [Capt Ben Southern 27 no]

AND HAMZA TOO

 

 

Great Horton Church player and skipper of UAJCA Hamza Saeed has at last been recognised for his efforts and has been selected for the County under-14s squad. Well done Hamza, great work.

JOE MAKES THE WHITE ROSE SQUAD
Oakworth CC' Joe Powell has made it through the Regional Cricket selection process into the County under-11s squad.

 Joe, who plays for North Yorkshire will be hoping to follow other UAJCA players and make his presence felt and gain a long term position for the County. The really hard work starts now!

Superbly well done Joe. Congratulations

DEFEATS FOR u10s AND u11s
At 53-7 Nidderdale u11s were looking down the barrel in the wake of good bowling from UAJCA, particularly Steeton CC duo Archie Cox [3-11] and Josh Barton [3-12]. But number 9 Toby Wieland had other ideas and with help from his partners carried his team on to 160-9 with a 43-ball innings of 51 not out. With the bat UAJCA got off to decent start with stands of 29 and 35 and at 64-2 a good contest seemed on the cards. The remaining 8 wickets added just 37 runs as no-one was able to forge a partnership after Archie [13] and a superb James Galley [59] had departed.

Under-10s report to follow.....

UAJCA UNDER 13 SQUAD FOR 2021 23rd April UAJCA UNDER 15 SQUAD FOR 2021 22nd April
Further to last Sunday's trials at Bradford & Bingley Nets, Robin and Malcolm announce the following under-13 selections for the 2021 Yorkshire Festival squad.

Joe Birks [Skipton, Capt], Thomas Chapman [Earby v/capt], Thomas Durn, Rhys Mazey, Harry Hinchcliffe & George Kitson [all Crossflatts], Caleb Gledhilll & Thomas Smith [both Steeton], Harvey Green [Settle], Jake Smith [U Wharfedale], Tom Raby [Oakworth], Oliver Riley-Radcliffe & Umair Chaudary [both Embsay] and James Feeney [Skipton].

Standby Reserves will be Charlie Whitaker [Sutton], Uzair Alavi [Skipton] and Jack Gibson [Steeton]

Following last Sunday's trials at Bradford & Bingley Nets, UAJCA now announces the following 14 selections for the 2021 under 15 squad.

Archie Phillipson, Hammad Hussain, Luke Lovell [wk] & Adam Harding [all Embsay], Henry Meynell [Bradley], Jake Keslinke, Waleed Raja, Parth Sunil & Elis Jones [all Oakworth], Max Seddon [Settle], Elliot Ashley [Skipton], Greg Riddiough [Sutton], Hamza Saeed [GHC], Callum Eggleton [U Wharfedale].

Standby Reserves: Fredddie Smith [Skipton] & Mustapha Hussain [GHC].

Congratulations to all players. Selected players should now obtain UAJCA kit from Dobson & Robinson of The Grove, Ilkley. Please remember social-distancing and masks should be worn
UAJCA UNDER 11 SQUAD FOR 2021 22nd April UAJCA UNDER 12 SQUAD FOR 2021
Further to last Sunday's trials at Bradford & Bingley Nets, Andy and Chris announce the following under-11 selections that are available for the 2021 Yorkshire Festival squad..

Frank Caton, James Galley, Sam Galley [all Settle], Joshua Barton, Archie Cox & Will Oakden [all Steeton], Freddie Greathead [all Oakworth], Seth Rawlinson [Earby], Max Bailey, Hashim Hussain & Max Wilkinson [all Crossflatts], Hashim Khokhar [GHC] and Zac Hezseltine [Bradley].

Standby Reserve will be: Archie Dobson [Oakworth]

UAJCA under-12 manager for the 2021 season will be Mark Stoneman [Sutton CC]. There will be assistance from Tony Fordham [Oxenhope CC]. Further to last Sunday's trials at Bradford & Bingley Nets, Mark and Tony announce the following selections for 2021..

Alex Hall [Earby], Archie Brooksbank [Crossflatts], Armaan Mahmood [GHC], Ben Jolly [Earby], Charlie Price [Skipton], Eddie Fordham [Oxenhope], Freddie Ward [Earby], Noah Kennedy [Skipton], Ryan Lee [Skipton], Sam Stoneman [Sutton], Thomas Mountain [Embsay], Sam Walker [Settle], Mohammed Hassan Khan GHC] and Tobias O’Shaughnessy [Crossflatts].

WEST YORKSHIRE SELECTIONS 16th April NORTH YORKSHIRE SELECTIONS 13th April
YCB now announce the West Yorkshire Regional Squads for 2021. UAJCA is delighted to see the following 18 UAJCA boys included Archie Barraclough [B & B], Ayaan Khokhar[GHC], James Powell [B & B], Elliot Robinson [B & B], Jacob Stephens [Oakworth],  Hamza Saeed, Abdullah Hussain & Awais Khan [all GHC] Sam Stoneman [Sutton], Edward Fordham [Oxenhope], Haroon Nazam & Harry Robinson, Tom Raby & Waleed Raja [all Oakworth], Archie Cox [Steeton], Hashim Hussain [Crossflatts], Hamza Mahmood [GHC], Sulaiman Mahmood [Harden] on the long list. Well done boys, fly the flag! YCB have announced the North Yorkshire Regional Squads for 2021. UAJCA is delighted to see the following UAJCA boys Max Seddon [Settle], Archie Phillipson [Embsay], Joe Birks [Skipton], James Galley [Settle] and Joe Powell [Oakworth] on the lists. Well done boys, fly the flag!
UAJCA TOP LADS DEBUT WITH WHITE ROSE WILL HOLDS FIRM March 23rd

UAJCA is proud to announce that the progress of UAJCA Top Lads Will Luxton [Steeton CC] [below left] and James Mukherjee [Skipton CC] continue to progress at Yorkshire CCC. Both are to debut for YCCC 2nd Xl this week against Durham.

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!!

Will Luxton James Mukherjee
ImageFormer Steeton junior Will Luxton held Yorkshire lls innings together against Durham together. His 28 no augurs well as Yorkshire chase a hefty Durham score of 223-1. 

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Former Skipton junior James Mukherjee [photo courtesy John Heald] returned a tidy 0-21 from 8 overs as the Durham batsmen made hay.