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14/10/2018

FAREWELL TO HUGH

The life of Hugh Stephenson [91] was celebrated in a service at Kildwick Church on Thursday 20th September, having passed away peacefully the previous week.

Hugh, a life-long resident of Cross Hills, was a true cricket 'nut' serving the sport he loved for nigh on 75 years.

He was a former player, an opening batsman, and later Secretary of Glusburn Cricket Club.

But it is as the founding secretary of the Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League [Association fore-runner] way back in 1954 that he will be fondly remembered in local cricket circles . Very much a character Hugh always had crucial input to business of the UAJCL and kept its administrators on their toes with his witty but pertinent insights, amidst the clouds of smoke from his pipe!

Upper Airedale Junior Cricket Association [UAJCA] offers its sincere condolences to his widow Brenda and the family of Hugh at this time of sadness.


YORKSHIRE CRICKET COLLEGE

The 2018-19 intake at Headingley. Spot the UAJCA boys !!


ARCHIE PLAYS PART IN WHOPPING YORKSHIRE WIN

Embsay's Archie Phillipson played an integral part in Yorkshire U11s crushing 328 run victory over Derbyshire at Morton Colliery CC on Sunday 12th August. Opening the batting he made a fine 65 from 63 balls with 7 fours and 1 six , featuring in a first wicket stand of 142. Yorkshire finished on 345-5 in 35 overs before skittling Derbyshire for a paltry 17. This Sunday sees Archie will play in the District final for North Yorkshire vs Kirklees & Wakefield at Folkton & Flixton CC, Scarborough.


YORKSHIRE CB u13s BLASTED BY LANCASHIRE CB

Walton Park CC witnessed one of the most significant defeats for Yorkshire under-13s by the 'auld enemy' Lancashire. The Red Rose posted 140-9, not brilliant but ultimately more than enough. Yorkshire's pathetic reply was a collapse to 21 all out. At one point YCB were 6 for 8. This came from a team which had scored 302-5 against Essex. The chief architect of the White Rose downfall was none other than Adam Hodge from Earby CC and UAJCA. Also representing UAJCA was Max Harrison of Steeton CC who batted number 8 and scored 14. The Yorkshire scorer failed to even get Adam's name on their scorecard! Adam's figures were an amazing 5-4-1-5 The UAJCA flag flies high over the border but remains a backwater for the White Rose. #pickrightlads The scorecard


BUNBURY FOR WILL
Stop Press News : Will Luxton [Steeton] has been selected for the North of England team and also for the BUNBURY Festival. Fly the Flag Will, well done!!  #classbat

JOE SELECTED FOR YORKSHIRE u-10s

Following Sunday 27 May trial at Woolley, Barnsley, YCB inform us that Joe Birks [N Yorkshire, UAJCA & Skipton CC] has been selected for the YCCC U10 Squad for 2018. The standard was very high this year and has challenged the selectors. UAJCA is delighted Joe has made the squad and would like to congratulate him on his selection and wishes him well for 2018 . YCB will now expect hard work, good cricket and plenty of enjoyment through the season.


LEWIS LEADS  BRADFORD-CALDERDALE TO WIN OVER LEEDS

UAJCA-product Lewis Brown [Bradford & Bingley] scored a magnificent century against Leeds for Bradford-Calderdale under-13s. The match at Whitkirk featured opener Lewis 108 not out and match-winning 112-run partnership with team-mate J Allport [52]. Lewis' innings included 17 fours and was kick-started in an opening stand of 75 with fellow-UAJCA player Johnny Atherton [Steeton] who scored 26. Bradford-Calderdale 228-3 in its 45 overs. The Leeds boys gave a real fight in their chase which ended at 204 all out, in which Oakworth leggie Charlie Raby returned 0-26 from 6 overs.


TOP LADS

Skipton CC's James Mukherjee, on Pathways Gold in 2017, has now joined Billy Whitford [former Crossflatts] and signed a contract for 6 months on the Emerging Player Pathway [EPP]. They both now train with the Yorkshire Academy and scholars three times per week at Headingley.

The future beckons boys.


Under-9s TO SEE MAJOR CHANGE IN 2018

At the November UAJCA members meeting, clubs agreed on a new format for under-9 cricket in 2018. The change is in recognition that u9 cricket is now our major focus for player recruitment and retention, Clubs reported a need for more athleticism in u-9 matches and so decided to remove the requirement for batting in pads to 'free up' running and improve stroke-play . To counter any risks or safety concerns it was also agreed to replace use of 'Incrediballs' with seamed win-balls. The wearing of helmets will be optional. Play-Cricket scoring is to be retained but the Executive are to look at simpler scoring processes prior to the AGM in January


2017 UAJCA PRESENTATION NIGHT

Our second home at the fabulous Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton was filled with young cricketers, perhaps slightly down on numbers, as a few clubs have dominated this year, maybe it was the pink & purple lighting!

For 2017 we were honoured with two guest in Mr Gareth Wooler from UAJCA sponsors, R N Wooler Ltd, and Ed Barnes from Yorkshire CCCC an England u-19 player. Ed plays for the Yorkshire Academy in the Premier League and made his Yorkshire debut in 2014 with an amazing 177 score against Derbyshire. To read more and see who won what please CLICK HERE

SETTLE CLAIM THE PAIRS CUP AT A DAMP EARBY

Earby Clarets and Settle Stags finally got their under-9s Pairs Cup Final up and running after 3 postponements for the atrocious weather. The two clubs had decided that they would combine the result with their scheduled league match [6th Aug] and play as a double-header.

The match was as enjoyable as most under-9 matches with Earby batting first and posting 186 for the loss of 8 wickets. Settle had a very solid defensive approach to back up their excellent bowling and they completed their innings without losing a wicket. They scored 33 runs to post 233-0 and claim the second Pairs Cup. Harvey Green was awarded the man of the match by UAJCA Chairman Trevor Coe.

 

OAKWORTH SCHOOL - YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oakworth School Year 6 youngsters are the all-Yorkshire Schools Champions.

Having won the Worth Valley, Keighley, Bradford & West Yorkshire competitions, they are now quite definitely the number ones in the County!

They School emerged top of the pile at Hunslet Nelson CC on Tuesday from a tournament involving 16 teams from around Yorkshire! The successful team was Jake Keslinke, James Powell, Elis Jones, Louis Stephens, Jacob Davies, Connor Smith, Charlie Jackson & Taylor Hawkins


RIDDLESDEN GAIN  FIRST WIN IN ONLY 5th MATCH

Riddlesden CC, who have found 2017 season a struggle at Senior level, have now found a glimpse of the future. Their newly formed under-11s junior team have won their first match in only their fifth UAJCA match. They overcame Wharfedale Rams by 17 runs. The win came off the back of their bopwers, 3 of who picked up 3 wickets each: Zaidan Alam, Wajahat Ahmed & Jay Sharma. Absolutely well done boys & girls!!


Bradford-Calderdale u11s 109 for 8, James Powell [Oakworth] 42 Elliot Robinson [Cullingworth] 30 vs East Yorkshire 91 all out. Robinson also 5 for 12. Brilliant contributions from 2 of UAJCA best.


Will, BEN & SHIV HELP WIN

Bradford-Calderdale u14s [130-4] comfortably defeated East Yorkshire [126 all out] by 6 wickets. Ben Southern [Skipton] grabbed 3-12 whilst Will Luxton [Steeton] retired on 57no. Shiv Bhatoa [Oxenhope] chipped in 9 runs to the victory. Well done UAJCA boys.


UNDER 10s vs U11s OUTDOORS TRIAL

A resplendent Cononley CC was the setting for a first outdoor trial for two of our representative teams. As expected perhaps, the under-11s were comfortable winners, tallying 160-4. The under-10s were all out for 80. Elliot Robinson shone with the bat making 43 before a run-out and fellow opener Ben Hall added a steady 26. For the under-10s their skipper Archie Phillipson led the way with an excellent 33 whilst u11 bowler Ed Whitlam came up trumps with 3 wickets. All-in-all it proved a useful day for the coaches who had a first look at players outdoors with the larger leather ball. UAJCA intends to include this fixture in future years. Thanks are extended to Cononley CC for making their ground available and their provision of liquid refreshment.

ELITE ACADEMY

UAJCA wishes to thank Sponsors Pro Coach for their top notch coaching on the 2017 Elite Academy. Feedback from parents and players has been tremendously positive. The students have undergone an intense 10 weeks training from Matt Green and his team who have really put the boys through their paces at high intensity.


New Masterclass & Academy progress

Sponsors Pro Coach completed their half-term MASTERCLASS coaching at South Craven School.

They continue to lead the winter Academy. All parents & boys welcome the increased intensity and closer personal tuition from excellent coaches.

Click to see Toby dominate on backfoot & Henry fix the hop…

Click to see the bowling?

Click to see the Academy Fielding drill


COUNTY PRIZE NIGHT

Under-10s Elliot Robinson [Cullingworth] and Jake Keslinke [Oakworth] proudly flew the UAJCA flag at the Yorkshire County Presentation Evening. Both lads were in the County u-10 'A' & 'B' teams in 2016 and were delighted to mix with guest of honour Tim Bresnan, as indeed seemingly was Elliot's Mum Hannah!

ACCLAIM FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS!

Young UAJCA players and their parents have hailed the high quality coaching on the 2-day half-term workshop at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge. Players from as far north as Skipton, Embsay and Bradley joined boys from the south from Cullingworth, Oakworth and Sutton in a first collaboration between The Asylum and UAJCA..

Players at 'Taverner' level were invited and UAJCA and The Asylum are delighted with the take up for the 2-day coaching, which featured the Asylum' Pitch-vision feedback and top notch coaching from Matt Dawson and Dom Bennett.

UAJCA PLAYERS IN COUNTY TRIALS

YCB have confirmed that 35 UAJCA players from 11 UAJCA clubs have already signed up for the 7-week County trial for Pathways. We wish them all success on the course at South Craven School, which began this week. If successful boys will be offered a place on a 'Bronze' Pathways Centre in the New Year.

08 Oct 2016

YCB COUNTY AGE-GROUP APPOINTMENTS

Following interviews , managers and coaches have been appointed for Yorkshire Age Group sides for 2017. All positions have been filled for 1st teams, with the appointment for Development sides to follow. These appointments are supported by a team of specialist coaches who will work with elite junior players during summer & winter elite training programmes (Pathways).

Jim Love, Elite Junior Cricket Coordinator said ''The calibre of people we have appointed is impressive, all of whom bring special coaching and managerial skills to support development of elite junior cricketers in Yorkshire.''

Keith Dickson, Elite Junior Coordinator for U10s-U12s added ''Candidates appointed will compliment links between County Age Group cricket, District Cricket and Pathways to Excellence programmes for Elite Junior Players'' The appointments are :

U10A MANAGER - Roy Chapman, U10A COACH - Haydon Jackson

U11A MANAGER - Adam Brown, U11A COACH - Chris Schofield

U12A MANAGER - Simon Horkin, U12A COACH - Tom Smith

U13A MANAGER - Dick Whaley, U13A COACH - Ghulam Rafiq

U14A MANAGER - Mark Loker, U14A COACH - Tharindu Perara

U15A MANAGER - Mark Welford, U15A COACH -Stuart Guy

These will be supported by a coach pool of
Tony Pickersgill (County Age Group Bowling Coach), David Foster, James Wiggan, Mark Lawson and David Wainwright. Further announcements will follow on appointment of Development Team Managers and Coaches.


Girls do UAJCA proud

 

UAJCA is grateful to u13 Manager Neil Bishop for taking a team of 10 girls to Harrogate CC to enter their girls festival on Sunday 11th September. All had a great day.


Lily is just Champion

One of our U13's Lily Bell has been playing a part in the Yorkshire U13s Girls Performance team this year and last week they beat Wales to win the County Championship at their age group to become County Champions 2016. A fantastic achievement for Lily and all the team. Well done Lily and the girls, they are unbeaten in 2016.
Nina Bell


UAJCA u10s lose Plate

Despite a wonderful 53 from James Powell [Oakworth], UAJCA were beaten by Wetherby in the semi-final of the Asylum Plate, won last year by UAJCA [vs Wetherby]. More details see u10s Page.....


UAJCA u11s gain win over Cumbria

A first ever match against a County brought success for UJACA with a 4-wicket win.....see Report u-11s Page....


UAJCA u11s lose historic first ever Final

North Yorkshire proved too strong for UAJCA u11s in its first ever final.. see Report on under-11s Page.....


Earby are CartaSport u11s Merit League Chammpions

Earby are Champions of the CartaSport Merit League after Cullingworth defeated Skipton in another close match in what has proved to be a highly competitive Merit League.


Steeton unbeaten Merit League for u15s winners

The Pro Coach Academy League Championship for u15s has been won in unbeaten style by Steeton CC. The Summerhill Lane boys completed an 8 wicket Merit League win over nearest rivals Skipton Scorpions


Skipton add u17s title to 2016 trophy haul

Skipton u17s added the Keighley Cup2000 League Championship to the under-9s Coaching mats trophy, won last week. The Scorpions saw off the challenge from Steeton , who were all out for just 46, whilst Oxenhope also defeated Settle, all out 35.


Oakworth u13s complete treble of League, Cup & Festival Cup

Oakworth u13s clinched the Brook Taverner League title with a 61-run win over nearest challengers Skipton, who were bowled out for 30, chasing Oakworth's 91.


Skipton u9 capture Merit League Championship

Congratulations are due to Skipton Scorpions under-9s, who defeated reigning Champions Gt Horton Church by the narrow margin of 5 runs. The Scorpions are the 2016 Champions. The exciting match proved a battle between the GHC batsmen and the Scorpions bowling. Gt Horton Church finish runners-up, Earby 3rd and Oakworth fourth.


Inaugural u9 Pairs Cup Final

Our first UAJCA under-9s Pairs Cup Final took place at Skipton on Sunday 26th June between Settle Stags and home team Skipton Scorpions. The 20-over match saw Settle bat first and tally 29 runs with skipper Harvey Green leading the way with 6. The Stags total was severely curtailed by a strong Scorpions bowling unit which captured 14 wickets. Elspeth Protheroe was the leading bowler with 3-10, backed by 2-0 from Moheed Shafiq and 2-3 for Ryan Lee.

The Scorpions fared much better with the bat, led by Captain Aaron Macrae with 13 and Moheed with 17. Their tally of 71-5 had the Scorpions as clear winners from a gallant Stags bowling effort by Harvey Green and Jack Caton.

So Skipton made a little piece of history with the inaugural Cup received by Aaron Macrae from UAJCA Treasurer David Allen. Moheed Shafiq was adjudged man-of-the-match.

UAJCA boys prominent at Taunton

The Yorkshire Under 13Bs will go into their Taunton festival finale tomorrow, battling for third place after they were involved in a thriller today. Yorkshire won the toss and put Leinster in, and a strong batting line up for the Irish side powered their way to 220 for 9 from their 40 overs

In reply Yorkshire made a strong start, taking lunch at 37 for 0 from 7 overs. They continued to look good after the restart but four run outs at the top of the innings was always going to hinder their run chase. Openers James Rhodes (23) and
Will Luxton (52) had set the platform. They reached the last ten overs needing 70 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Despite some lusty blows from Matthew Swallow (28) and Owen West at the end, they fell just 6 runs short.

They picked up 13 points, one less than Leinster, but tomorrow's game against Kent will determine whether they hold on to third place. Whilst Cornwall and Leinster battle it out for top spot.

David Cooper, YCB

DBS Renewals

DBS – RECB don’t currently offer online application, but applicants can, on receiving their DBS, register with ECB within 19 days. There is an option to permit ECB to update applicant records and after 3 years applicants no longer need to reapply. ECB issue a consent form to allow for those applicants who wish to do so.

The applicant will receive their DBS, forward it to GBG (ECB body responsible) who inform ECB of the check which is returned to the applicant.

Ed Duguid, WB Development Group

 

u10s STAR FOR YORKSHIRE

Well done to UAJCA & Oakworth's Jake Keslinke who top-scored with 26 for Yorkshire u10B vs Derbyshire at West Bretton in a 5-run loss. [pictured 3rd from left in front row]

And also to Elliot Robinson [Cullingworth] who hit 20 vs Lancashire for Yorkshire u10A.

Awesome pair.


ELLIOT & JAKE IN YSCA u10s

Congratulations to UAJCA u10s Elliot Robinson [Cullingworth] and Jake Keslinke [Oakworth] on selection for Yorkshire Schools A and B teams respectively. Well done boys, fly the flag!!

Update on under-9 trials

UAJCA is advised that outcomes from the under-9s District trial held at Bradley CC on 5th June will be announced shortly. We are waiting other Areas to confirm selections. District Manager David Cooper has now stated there will be a Yorkshire Under-9 Festival to be held on Sunday 24th July, somewhere in North Yorkshire. The 6 Districts will all play matches. There will also be a second Festival somewhere in South Yorkshire during w/c 25th July. Anxious parents should be informed of selection or not by Mr Cooper.


COUNTY u9 HARDBALL TRIAL

The proposed first ever County under-9 hard-ball trial is to go ahead at Bradley CC on Sunday 5th June. UAJCA will be joined by teams from Aire-Wharfe & Wetherby Leagues. The day starts at 09:30am with UAJCA vs Aire-Wharfe. Then at 12:00noon it will be Aire-Wharfe vs Wetherby and at 2:30pm Wetherby vs UAJCA.

UAJCA has identified 12 boys to undertake the trials, which will be supervised by Alistair Harrison on behalf of YSCA. Boys should bring along a packed lunch.

Clubs [Earby & GHC] with 2 or more players at the trials may postpone their scheduled u9 league matches if they choose.


.More honours

Elliot Robinson & Parth Sunil [Cullingworth], Ayaan Khokar [Gt Horton Church] and 3 Oakworth players Jake Keslinke, James Powell and Jacob Davies [w/k] have all made the Bradford-Calderdale under-10s squad. Elliot, Jake and James were members of the u10s side [as u9s] which won the Asylum Plate in 2015. The conveyor rolls.........


More District selections

UAJCA has learned that Sam Parry [Earby] is through to the u15s Bradford-Calderdale team, whilst Lewis Brown [Oakworth] has made the under-11s squad.


Under-14 District picks

YCB have selected five players from UAJCA as part of the 13-player under-14 squad for Bradford-Calderdale District in its District Cricket competition and county selection process.

They are Harris Rowlett [Steeton], Harry Hollingsworth & Corey Green [both Oakworth], Jo Holderness [Skipton] and Joe Hall of Crossflatts. Well done lads and good luck.


FIRST UAJCA FINAL WIN

UAJCA under-10s proved far too strong for opponents Wetherby in the Final of the Cricket Asylum Plate. At sunny Carlton [Wakefield] UAJCA bowled out their opponents for only 39 after they elected to bat on winning the toss. Jake Keslinke set the tone along with opening bowling partner Wilf Roberts with each going on to collect a brace. Full report on u10 Page......
 

UAJCA u13s STAR FOR BRADFORD-CALDERDALE

Representing Bradford and Calderdale, UAJCA players were the star performers in a narrow defeat by Leeds.

Will Luxton [Steeton] opened the batting against the County A team attack and having driven many great shots straight to fielders, began to find the gaps. He pulled short pitched balls into the car park and drove anything over-pitched through mid off and the covers He was retired on 50 not out.

Kyle Welsh [Cullingworth] blunted the Leeds attack to prepare the ground for a late onslaught to retire on a 75-ball 35 not out. Jacob Slator [Northowram] and Matthew Swallow [Bradford & Bingley] then hit 33 and 23 respectively to take the team total to 160 from 40 overs.

Opening the bowling, with a strong wind behind his back was Owen West [Skipton] and in two spells of firey pace he took 1 for 23 off his 8 overs. Ben Southern [Silsden] came on second change from the pavilion end at Bingley and cleaned bowled the Leeds middle order, finishing with 3 for 15 off 5 overs. With the last man at the crease Leeds literally edged their way over the finishing line with an inside edge to fine leg.

The next game is at York CC on Wednesday against North Yorkshire, followed by another in the York area on Thursday before finally coming home to Karmand CC in Bradford on Friday when East Yorkshire are the visitors (11am start).

Report courtesy David Cooper [District Manager]


SUTTON GO COLOURED

Go ahead resurgent club Sutton Vikings are to bedeck their three teams with smart new coloured, snazzy clothing, all supplied by JMS Keighley. The Vikings will be the first to play in such attire in the history of UAJCA after the membership approved the option at the 2016 AGM.


MARK & RICHARD AT UAJCA PRESENTATION NIGHT

The 2015 Presentation Night was a huge success and we are delighted that CEO Mark Arthur and First Xl player  Richard Pyrah came along from Yorkshire CCC as our guests...REPORT


CLUBS OPT FOR CHANGE

UAJCA clubs have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new league system that introduces 2-stage 'Merit Leagues', similar to soccer-style Play-offs. The 2016 season will also start later [1st May] and finish earlier [22nd July]. Under-9 cricket is to be included in the mainstream season on Sunday mornings with the u-11 competition alternating with u-17 matches on Thursdays. Under-13 and under-15s remain unchanged.

But the most far-reaching change will be with regard to replay of matches, which must now be re-arranged within 14 days of the original fixture.

Cup matches too are to see change with all cup-ties being played on fixed dates on Mondays. There will also be a Cup competition for under-9s for the first time.

The very popular UAJCA 6-aside festival will again be hosted at Sandylands by Skipton CC on Sunday 19th June.

League compliance officer Mike Davison is now working hard on amendments to the rule book to support these changes.


YCB have provided feedback on outcomes from the new 2016 Pathways to Excellence programme. Of the 500 players who attended the 19 District Centres [inc South Craven] 131 have progressed to the Pathways coaching Bronze Centre next stage; a 1 in 4 chance. These 131 boys have been joined by 183 boys from the 2015 County Age Group teams [CAGs], the total of 314 going forward. The 314 breaks down as follows:

  Gold Silver Bronze Total
County Age-Groups 39 85 59 183
District Centres     131 131
Total 39 85 190 314

YCB Pathways Administrator Graham Purdy said "One of our main aims for year one was to establish just 2 points of entry to the programmes, being representation & performance in CAG cricket during 2015 and promotion from the DC programme as part of broader catchment area arrangements (and removal of one-off trials). This was to ensure transparency for parents & players on routes into the system, with performance on the field determining Gold/Silver/Bronze allocations for CAG players".

UAJCA produced 12 players who gained places as listed in Coaching News.

NO GO JOE

Association members have confirmed the UAJCA withdrawal from the 2016 Joe Lumb Cup competition in view of the difficulties in fielding its strongest players, many of whom are unable to commit to the 4-match programme. When the under-17s league becomes enlarged, UAJCA hopes to again enter the competition.


2015 WEBSITE RECORD

UAJCA website www.uajca.com continues to provide you with up-to-date information about what is going on and coming up. The 2015 usage statistics show a new record of 34,897 hits, up a massive 21 % from 2014. The number of unique visitors is also up, by 6% to 10.706 or 206 per week. To view the full site stats CLICK HERE


They are Lewis Hopkinson from Oxenhope CC [Joe Lumb Cup all-rounder] and Subhaan Ahmed of Oakworth CC [u11 Batting], who received their trophies from Yorkshire Chief Executive Mark Arthur. Lewis took home a rather battered George Hirst Memorial Trophy to become the third player from our patch to receive it, the others being Guy Saxton [Steeton] and Paul Ridgeway [Settle] over 20 years ago.


FIRST UAJCA FINAL WIN

UAJCA under-10s proved far too strong for opponents Wetherby in the Final of the Cricket Asylum Plate. At sunny Carlton [Wakefield] UAJCA bowled out their opponents for only 39 after they elected to bat on winning the toss. Jake Keslinke set the tone along with opening bowling partner Wilf Roberts with each going on to collect a brace. Full report on u10 Page......

FANTASTIVAL

On the longest day of the year the new Skipton Festival was greeted with early morning showers and a cool wind. But by the time the first matches were under way the temperature rose and the clouds parted. The arrangements for the six pitches and associated support tents, shops, stalls etc were incredibly clever and fantastically well organised. The Skipton organisation machine had swung into action until midnight on Saturday and were back at the crack of dawn on Sunday. Sandylands looked and felt resplendent and we were rewarded by a massive turn out of people to play in and watch the 33-match scheduled match programme.

The Under-13 competition took centre stage on the 'Lords' and 'Oval' pitches and it became clear both groups would be very competitive. On the Lords pitch [Skipton pavilion front] Oakworth were upset by Wharfedale, thanks to 42 by Henry James in a 43 team total; but who in turn were defeated by Earby in a high scoring encounter. Oakworth took the honours against Cullingworth by 12 runs and so after 3 matches Earby stood on 9 points, followed by Oakworth and Wharfedale each on 6. The final matches were Wharfedale vs Cullingworth and Oakworth vs Earby and both were keenly contested. Wharfedale lost to Cullingworth so the winner of the Earby-Oakworth clash would progress to the Final. Earby posted 49-3 and with 7 balls remaining Oakworth stood on 41 but with the last pair at the crease. A suicidal 2nd run attempt scuppered their chances which had looked good and the West Craven boys sailed into the Final.

At nearby 'Oval' a game Oakworth B team nicked a surprise point from Skipton in a tied match. Steeton saw off Oxenhope, Embsay and Oakworth B to be unbeaten on 9 points with Skipton standing on 8. Their meeting attracted  a large following with Skipton posting a 53 first knock. Loss of 4 wickets curtailed the Steeton reply and as in the first group they fell short by 7 runs.

The last match to conclude the Festival was the under-13 Final, Skipton vs Earby and what a cracker it proved. As in the two key group matches the team batting first came out the winners. Earby's 50 just proving insufficient to overhaul the Skipton 56. But what great cricket to watch!!

Across at 'Edgbaston' and 'Trent Bridge' pitches [Skipton CI] the under-11 groups unfolded with Early wins for Earby and Steeton [Group 1] and Oakworth and Wharfedale B [Group 2]. These four proved the strongest. In their 2nd matches Earby met Steeton and a really exciting close run match up saw Steeton emerge winners by only 4 runs [61-57]. In Group 2 another high-scoring affair settled the group outcome with Oakworth defeating Wharfedale B by 7 runs [68-61]. Cullingworth and Skipton also challenged strongly but couldn't overcome the early leaders. So Steeton would meet Oakworth in the u11 Final. The Worth Valley side batted first and high scoring from Subhaan Ahmed and Lewis Brown set them on the way to a daunting 68-0. Steeton battled in style but could not match the scoring rate to conclude their riposte at a very creditable 55-2, just 13 adrift. So Oakworth out-turned as winners having been runners-up in 2014.

Playing on two Flicxx pitches [Headinley and Old Trafford] Earby and Oakworth looked likely winners of Group 1 whilst Great Horton Church and Cullingworth headed the 2nd Group. Oxenhope and Skipton each ended in 3rd place in their groups and the conclusions to both Groups produced an Oakworth vs Cullingworth Final. Cullingworth reached the Final after a very close battle with GHC running out the victors by 7 runs and reaching 50 or more in all their 4 round-robin matches. The Earby-Oakworth encounter rested on a sharp bowling performance from Oakworth who restricted Earby to 29-5 before claiming the win.

The Final proved a showcase for Elliot Robinson with 40 from an excellent total of 63-1 and one which was too many for Oakworth who scored 35-1 and so Cullingworth's youngsters took the honours.

The day had proved to be well beyond the organisers expectations and everyone praised the immense contribution from the Skipton faithful. 2016 is promised to be yet bigger and better. Can't wait.

 
 

 

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