NEWS

INFORMATION

NEW MANAGERS FOR UAJCA in 2021

YORKSHIRE FESTIVAL FIXTURES PLAN

A number of UAJCA managers from 2019/2020 have now stood down and our grateful thanks are offered to Oliver Gledhill and Neil Bishop. for their contributions in providing representative cricket in UAJCA.

In their places we are delighted to have Robin Youngman [under-13] and Andy Galley [under-11] to join the group which still includes Adnaan Shafique [under-17 Joe Lumb Cup], Ji Mukherjee [under-15], Mark Stoneman [under-12] and Alex Howarth [under-10]. Coach Chris Cummings will assist both u10 and u11 teams

The Yorkshire Festival have offered the first ray of hope for Representative cricket in 2021 with proposed fixtures for u11, u13 & u15 teams This year the groups have been prepared with minimisation of travel in mind against more local opposition.

At under-11 two of the fixture dates clash with UAJCA Festival and the u-11 Cup Final and so we are seeking rearrangement. Fixtures for all age groups are shown on each Age-Group page.

UAJCA has been allocated to stage one of the under-15 semi-finals on Thursday 5th August.

The Joe Lumb Cup fixtures should be received shortly. More to follow......

Date [2021] Venue Opposition
30th May H u-19 vs XL Club
13th June A Aire-Wharfe u-11
18th July A Bradford u-13
25th July H Bradford u-15
26th July A Aire-Wharfe u-13
27th July H Nidderdale u-13
2nd August H Nidderdale u-15
3rd August A Hambleton u-15

AGM QUESTIONNAIRE

UAJCA member clubs are reminded to submit their completed questionnaires to the Secretary by 21st January to assist planning for the 2021 AGM by ZOOM

UAJCA TO TAKE ON XL CLUB

The UAJCA big lads are to have an Annual fixture with the prestigious senior XL40 Club. The first match will be in 2021 on Bank Holiday Sunday 30th May at a venue to be confirmed.

XL40 Club Chairman Kevin Owens has threatened to find better players to take on an UAJCA under-19 team  in 2021. This will enable those UAJCA players which have missed out on Joe Lumb Cup cricket in 2020 to be eligible. Additionally Joe Lumb Cup manager Adnaan Shafique will nominate players for this year's Cup team. The team will be managed in 2020 by Neil Bishop [Haworth CC]

Details of the venue, start time and duration have yet to be finalised.

ECB STATEMENT January 6th

YCB PATHWAYS UPDATE January 4th

This statement applies to changes in England following the Prime Ministerís announcement on 4 January of new national lockdown restrictions. In England, ECB can confirm that unfortunately all indoor and outdoor privately owned cricket facilities will now need to close for all but elite cricket activity and disability cricket outdoors.

Cricket clubs in public open spaces such as parks can continue to provide outdoor spaces for individual permitted activity.

Government confirms you can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself

  • with the people you live with

  • with your support bubble (if legally permitted to form one)

  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare

  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests

  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)

  • the grounds of a heritage site

  • playgrounds

Any public outdoor place used for permitted individual cricket exercise activity should be suitable and safe for the type of cricket activity taking place. You must ensure that you have sought and gained permission to use facilities in a public open space and that it is safe to do so. If a club or local authority have closed cricket facilities within a public open space they should not be used. 

There is a risk that during the winter both natural turf cricket squares and non-turf surfaces can be damaged when wet, frozen or snow-covered. These conditions also increase injury risk to participants. Furthermore, essential safety equipment such as netting may have been removed. Therefore, facilities should not be used unless they are safe and will not be damaged. Where cricket can take place, adequate measures must be taken to keep warm and minimise injury risk, including to other members of the public sharing the open space.  You should be considerate to other users of public open space.

You can also continue to go to work if your work cannot be undertaken from home. So people employed or volunteering to work on grounds maintenance over the winter can continue to do so subject to suitable COVID risk assessment and control measures being in place.  Further information on winter maintenance of cricket grounds under COVID can be found on the Grounds Management Association website.

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country and as we have done throughout the pandemic, the health and wellbeing of everyone in the cricket family remains our number one priority. For the time being, the message from Government is to stay home unless necessary.

Cricket as we know is a naturally socially distanced sport that is safe to play and gives people of all ages the opportunity to exercise with friends or relatives. We know how important cricket is for peopleís physical and mental health and we will continue to liaise with the Government for us to come back as soon as possible.

We know that this is incredibly disappointing and frustrating news for all involved with the game, as well as presenting further significant financial challenges. Further information on current financial support available from Government this week. and the ECB will also continue to engage with Government to help ensure that the cricket community is supported through the coming weeks and months.

The Government has confirmed that elite sport is able to continue in line with the strict protocols and measures that are in place for it. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is also allowed to continue, and we will provide further detail here on this once we have information from Government.

The Government has advised that this guidance should be followed immediately, and will be updating the law to reflect the new rules. There will be a review of the restrictions on 15 February. Further detailed guidance on what you can and cannot do can be found here.

News reaching UAJCA that 2021 Pathways postponed until early February 2021.

Due to the current circumstances relating to COVID-19 and the tiered system in place, the decision has been made to postpone the Yorkshire Pathways programme until further notice.

This is incredibly frustrating for all concerned, when so much work has been carried out in a desperate attempt to get the sessions underway and provide young cricketers with some kind of normality and escapism during such difficult times.

The safety of all our attendees and coaches is our number one priority, and having closely monitored the situation it is clear that with so many COVID cases now being recorded and the staggered return to school for pupils, it has become extremely difficult to start the programme.

We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and once this improves shall create a revised course structure and communicate this in due course.

UAJCA WINTER ACADEMY UPDATE Januuary 5th

The current situation is of course impacted severely by Government decisions regarding the country's  response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Currently the country is in Lockdown with indoor sport and training suspended until further notice.

As members may realise this has frustrated all concerned: Players, parents, UAJCA officials and of course the Pro-Coach staff as successive decisions have raised and then dashed hopes of normality. No fees have been paid yet and registrations remain 'on the books' awaiting Government clarity and permission to proceed after the Lockdown is over.

The intention is that during this week [comm 4th Jan] Pro Coach will contact all parents [email] with yet a further revised proposal which will likely now feature at South Craven Sports hall after the February half-term.

To confirm bookings or make new enquiry PCYC via  enquiries@procoachyorkshire.co.uk  or enquiries@pcyc.co.uk to book a place provided you have received an invitation to apply.

The phone number is 01132-033609 but this is not manned whilst PCYC staff are furloughed or working from home. So there will be delay in response to your email so please bear with their staff.

 

GT HORTON CHURCH CLINCH 2020 CUP CLEAN SWEEP
CURRENT UAJCA HONOURS BOARD

2019 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS

UNDER 17s Steeton CC
UNDER 15s Gt Horton Church CC
UNDER 13s Oakworth CC
UNDER 11s Gt Horton Church CC
UNDER 9s Oakworth CC

2020 CUP WINNERS

Spencer Cup [u17] not contested
Hargreaves Cup [u15] Gt Horton Church CC
Hindle Cup [u13] Gt Horton Church CC
Barritt-Stephenson Cup [u11] Gt Horton Church CC
Soft-Ball Pairs Cup [u9] Gt Horton Church CC

2019 UAJCA FESTIVAL WINNERS

UNDER 13s Oakworth CC
UNDER 11s Skipton CC
UNDER 9s Earby CC
2019 UAJCA PRIZE WINNERS

Group

Skill

Winner

u17

League Batting

Will Luxton

u17

Joe Lumb Cup batsman

Oliver Bishop

u17

League Bowling

Finlay Brown

u17

Joe Lumb Cup bowler

Harris Rowlett

u17

League Fielding

Elliot Wilson

u17

League Keeping

Lucas Keslinke

U17

Joe Lumb Cup Merit

Oliver Bishop

u17

Cricketer of the Year

JACK LUXTON

u15

League Batting

Adam Hodge

u15

Yorks Festival batting

Jack Luxton

u15

League Bowling

Adam Hodge

u15

Yorks Festival bowling

Louie Wilkinson

u15

League Fielding

Jack Whitaker

u15

League Keeping

Joshua Whiteoak

u15

Yorks Festival Merit

Will Smith

u15

Cricketer of the Year

ADAM HODGE

u13

League Batting

Jake Keslinke

u13

Yorks Festival batting

James Powell

u13

League Bowling

Ben Hall

u13

Yorks Festival bowling

Charlie Jackson

u13

League Fielding

Robbie Pickard

u13

League Keeping

Jacob Stephens

u13

Yorks Festival Merit

Henry Meynell

u12

Development batting

Hamza Saeed

u12

Development bowling

Max Williams

u12

Development Merit

Owais Mahmood

u13

Cricketer of the Year

CHARLIE JACKSON

 u11

League Batting

Ryan Lee

u11

Yorks Festival batting

Jake Smith

u11

League Bowling

Sam Stoneman

u11

Yorks Festival bowling

Tom Raby

u11

League Fielding

Umair Chaudary, Tom Mountain

U11

League Keeping

Archie Brewster

u11

Yorks Festival Merit

Harry Hinchcliffe

u10

Development batting

Ben Jolly

u10

Development bowling

Sam Stoneman

u10

Development Merit

Edward Fordham

u11

Cricketer of the Year

CALEB GLEDHILL

u9

League Batting

Harry Robinson

u9

League Bowling

Haroon Nazam

U9

Yorks Festival batting

Harry Robinson

U9

Yorks Festival bowling

Milo Robinson

Girls

Young Girl Cricketer

SOPHIE BARRETT

Girls

Girl Cricketer of Year

LILY BELL

In the season's finale, Great Horton Church clinched their fourth Cup win of the season. Upper Wharfedale CC batted first posting 97-6 in 20 overs. Dylan Canny [30] and Jack Midgley [24] were the principal Dales team' contributors.  Clamping their run-scoring was Hassan Qureshi with 2-17. GHC lost early wickets of Raheeb Akhtar, Ayaan Khokhar and Hannan Qureshi as Wharfedale bit back in style. It was GHC skipper Mohammed Yousef with 38no from 22 balls, who set the Bradford side on the road to victory, which came courtesy of Taymour Awan and Ibraheem Azim. The GHC target was reached in 15.3 overs with 4 wickets down.

Geat Horton Church had completed a historic four Cup wins in the Covid-19 ravaged season. Whilst UWCC did themselves proud in producing a competitive final.

Upper Wharfedale CC had waited patiently to learn their opponents in the under-15s Final of the 2020 Raleigh Hargreaves Memorial Cup. Having won their semi-final on 5th September they will now face Great Horton Church on Saturday 20th at the Bradford Park Avenue ground. Great Horton reached the Final following a close win over Settle in their protracted weather-ravaged semi-final. 

Upper Wharfedale won the Cup in 2006 [pictured above] for their only time at Denholme CC defeating fellow long-distance travellers Settle CC to take the Cup. Great Horton Church CC have never won the Hargreaves Cup but should they do so they will complete an unprecedented full set of four Cup wins in the year.

THIRD CUP FOR GREAT HORTON CHURCH - CLEAN SWEEP POSSIBLE

Great Horton Church [above] comfortably defeated Skipton in the u13s Hindle Cup Final at Sandylands. The Bradford-based side racked up 90-7 in their 20 overs with major contributions from Noah Thirkill [19], Ibrahim Khan [18] and Mustapha Hussain [14].  Skipton were bowled out for just 56 to take a third Cup back to Allerton Road.

Yesterday [Sat] the GHC under-11s [above] had proved too strong for Earby, winning by 75 runs. Zar Ali opened with 22with prolific Armaan Mahmood adding 20 in a 282-3 posting [[106-3]. Earby battled gamely with 14 from skipper Alex Hall and 11 to Ben Jolly. Their scoring was severely curtailed by an impressive Ayan Ahsan who picked up an astonishing 5 for 6 as Earby ended at 204-8.

Oliver Riley-Ratcliffe [27no] finished the job started by the Embsay bowlers who bowled out Oakworth for 44. Only Lauren Hunter [13], Mohammed Saad [10] and Eli Henson [8] made any impact for the home team. Riley-Radcliffe led the bowlers with 2-0 and there was also 2 wickets each for Jacob Ratcliffe, Will Rickerby and Josh Draper. Embsay ended at 46-1 after 9.4 overs.

GREAT HORTON CHURCH REACH ALL FOUR CUP FINALS
Great Horton Church have gone one step further than Oakworth in 2019 and reached all four UAJCA Cup Finals. Having already won the under-9s Final last week, today [Sat 12th Sept] GHC have added the under-11s Barritt-Stephenson Cup with victory by 78 runs over finalists Earby.
STEETON TAKE U-11s PLATE FINAL

September 10th is as late as UAJCA has ever had fixtures, but STEETON and CROSSFLATTS played out their Plate Final at Ryshworth Park despite the fading light.

Alex Howarth's boys and girls won the Plate. More to follow:

The Cup Final will be between EARBY and GREAT HORTON CHURCH on Saturday morning [12th Sept] at 9:30am Good luck to both teams.

AND HARDEN CAPTURE THE PLATE IN 2ND SEASON
The first ever UAJCA Plate competition was won by Harden CC under-9s in the final versus Barnoldswick CC, another new member this year. More soon... but here's the winners

UNDER-9s CUP GOES TO GT HORTON CHURCH
A slight improvement in the woeful weather allowed Upper Wharfedale to stage the 2020 under-9s Cup Final against Great Horton Church. The photo below shows the enjoyment the players were able to gain with the Bradford side emerging the winners by 39 runs.

Its the first time GHC have won the u-9s Cup and the fifth different winner in five years. Well done GHC and well battled UWCC.

UNDER-13s COMFORTABLE WIN OVER NIDDERDALE
For match report see u13 Festival page Scorecard

Manager Ji Mukherjee was well pleased with the outcome although the early UAJCA fielding was below standard, but which improved markedly as the match progressed. We can now look forward with confidence to next week's match with Heavy Woollen District at New Farnley CC

AGM REVEALS SURGE IN 2020 ENTRIES

The 2020 UAJCA Annual General Meeting was held at Sutton-in-Craven CC on Thursday 6th February with 13 member clubs and 2 applicant clubs. Three clubs were unrepresented due to illness or absence.

Mr Tom Bates [YCB Club & Community Officer] attended and outlined ECB-YCB recruitment initiatives; All Stars, Dynamo Cricket and the Women & Girls strategy which will feature strongly over the next few years.

All standing officers were re-elected and new appointments approved for Rachael Caton [CWO] and Keith Gilert [Compliance Officer]. Four new team managers Oliver Gledhill, Alex Haworth, Robin Youngman and Chris Cummings were appointed to join the existing manager group.

Retiring Chairman Mr Trevor Coe was thanked for his service dating back to the early 1980s as were four retiring team managers Richard Powell, Jon Hall, Richard Craddock and Alistair Harrison.

Applicant clubs Barnoldswick CC and Long Lee CC were unanimously approved for membership. Members also approved two new regulations relating to fixture re-scheduling and re-arrangement as proposed from their November meeting without any opposing votes.  They also approved adoption of an under-9 development programme and a competitive Cup competition. Extension of the under-17 league to embrace under-18s was also approved.

The 2020 season will see 'Country' Cup Finals at both Upper Wharfedale CC [Grassington] and Settle CC on 28th June and 5th July. Indian tourists New Delhi will again take on our boys on 19th June at u14, u12 and hopefully u-10 level. Our Lincolnshire friends at Louth CC will also feature with Home and Away matches on 31st May and 7th June.

Clubs announced their team entry plans for 2020 and revealed a massive increase in comparison to 2019. This year a definite 61 teams will take part in UAJCA competitions with a further 3 as possible entries. In 2019 UAJCA embraced 52 teams and so this season sees an amazing increase of between 17 and 22%. Similarly entries for the 2020 Black Festival on 21st June have soared with 35 teams seeking the 30 places available. Final confirmation of entries is due on 5th March at the Pre-season meeting.

PARTNER FOR UNDER 11 COMPETITIONS
UAJCA is delighted to announce that our under-11 competitions will again from 2020 have a business partner to help with finances. The support will once again come from former partner CartaSport through its charity CartaSport in Christ.  The charity, through the auspices of former MD Mr Howard Carter are pleased to restore their support for UAJCA from 2020. UAJCA is very grateful to the CartaSport organisation, which previously partnered UAJCA between 2004 and 2017
TROPHIES GALORE AT UAJCA PRESENTATION NIGHT

Our Annual get-together at the magnificent Malham Suite in the Rendezvous to acclaim all our winners, both team and individual was a huge success with an attendance of perhaps 350 players, parents and officials. UAJCA was fortunate to have guests on the night with Commercial Partner Gareth Wooler [RN Wooler] [above] joined by Johandre Barnard [S Africa] .

UAJCA was also very fortunate to have the services of photographer John Whiteoak and we are sure you will enjoy his superb photos. To view the full report and photos of the winners CLICK HERE

CRICKETERS FAREWELL TO LEN

Nab Wood Crematorium was awash with cricketers and former cricketers to say farewell to Len Falkingham. Len [89] 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!


MORE HONOURS FOR UAJCA PLAYERS

Congratulations to Earby Cricket Club's Adam Hodge who has been named Lancashire Cricket Academy Under 13's Player of the Year at Lancashire Cricket's County Age Group awards presentation which took place in The Point at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday evening (21/11/18). Well done Adam

UAJCA can proudly state it provided cricket opportunity for the top player in Yorkshire and the best player in Lancashire in the same year!


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!!

Will Luxton James Mukherjee

 

   

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