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UNDER-12s ROUND OFF WITH WIN OVER CUMBRIA
The 2019 season for UAJCA under-12s came to a very satisfying close with a 34-run victory against Cumbria.Ji Mukherjee's team brought the curtain down with a team score of 148-5, which featured 50s for Joe Birks [Skipton] and Hamza Saeed [GHC].
With the ball Jack Caton [Bradley] was the pick with 2 for 4 but Louisa Hutchinson [Steeton] deserves special praise for opening the bowling with 5-0-15-1. Cumbria were held to 114-9... Scorecard............
HIGHLY COMPETITIVE HARROGATE T20 FOR UAJCA
UAJCA under-12 s defended their hard won [in 2018] T20 Festival trophy at the prestigious Harrogate Cricket Club on Sunday 25th August. [picture courtesy of Ronnie Wiseman] The tournament featured Nidderdale, Cleveland and Scarborough teams all vying to get their hands on our trophy. The tournament startsed at 11:30am [players meet 10:30]. The first match had UAJCA against Cleveland and the opposition sneaked into the final with 11 balls of the semi-final match remaining. Skipper Archie Phillipson led the way with 32 with good back up from Moeed Shafiq  and 10 from debutant Matthew Hutchinson [Steeton]. Hamza Saeed was the pick of our bowlers with 2-16. In the 3rd-4th place play-off we faced Scarborough and tallied 95-5 in our 20 overs. Archie again led from the front with 30no and shared a cracking partnership with Mustapha Hussain . Moeed added another 11no. Owais Mahmood led the bowlers with 2-22 but the match went to the final over. On the last ball our opponents edged ahead at 96-5.
Not as successful as 2018 but again a very competitive T20 and invaluable experience for the boys, who will face Cumbria in a couple of weeks.
LAST BALL THRILLER vs HEAVY WOOLLEN
Amidst Festival week, UAJCA u12s took on the might of the Heavy Woollen District at sunny [mostly] Skipton and produced a teal nail-biter. Bowling first UAJCA picked up an early wicket but in the absence of our regular keeper handed too many extras to the visitors. Nevertheless the bowlers performed well taking 9 of the Heavy Woollen wickets in a concerted attack. Heavy Woollen county players Thompson and Goodlad were prominent with 19 and 38 but both their wickets were taken. Shahzaib Sayeed also added a good 27. Hamza Saeed [GHC] claimed 2-9, Leighton 2-13 and Archie Phillipson 2-15 to lead the attack.
With the bat our county opener Archie Phillipson held things together and the middle order did wondrously well helping him step up the rate when the time came. Max Williams [Oxenhope] 15, Will Lampkin [Bradley] 22, Leighton Meeking 13 [Embsay] and Arran MacRae [Skipton] 22 all did their bit to carry us through to the last over, needing 12 to win. 8 runs came from the first 4 balls and now it was 4 needed from 2. What a finish. A single came from the 5th ball and in the push for 2 off the last ball, Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] was run out going for the second run. We had lost by 1 run but we certainly shared the plaudits in a very entertaining high quality match. Archie was stumped by county keeper Thompson for a brilliant 67 and the team 149 was their highest score of the year. The bowling was penetrative and the middle order batsmen found their scoring form despite an uncharacteristic duck for Hamza. #thefutureisbrightindeed
NARROW WIN OVER CUMBRIA
The under-12s took on the might of Cumbria at the picturesque Dales venue of Ingleton CC and emerged the victors by 3 runs after recovering from 13-2. Withe two debutants Nathan Joseph [Steeton] and Finley Petrucci [Bradley], batting first, skipper Hamza Saeed [GHC] led from the front with 38 not out with Leighton Meeking [Embsay] 17 not out, a telling factor at number 8. The total of 125-7 looked vulnerable and Cumbria number 3 Akshay Ram-Dharmarean set their tone with 30 before Will Lampkin [Bradley] rattled his stumps. At 88-7 Cumbria seemed unlikely winners but the tail wagged well and UAJCA was just 3 ahead when Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] took their final wicket. Close exciting game and its possible we may have re-match further South later this summer. Scorecard
UAJCA selected team: Will Lampkin [Bradley], Mustapha Hussain [GHC], Adam Harding [Embsay], Hamza Saeed [GHC], Jack Caton [Bradley], Moeed Shafiq [Skipton], Luke Lovell [Embsay], Harry Atherton [Steeton], Owais Mahmood [GHC], Max Williams [Oxenhope], Leighton Meeking [Embsay].
TIRED NEW DELHI FAIL TO DEAL WITH UAJCA
The last-minute visa problems didn't do the New Delhi u12s any favours as Sachin finally got his lads top Bradford, albeit tired from their journey.
Archie Phillipson was on top form and made 25 no and Moheed Shafiq on 14no.
New lads Leighton Meeking [Embsay] and Nathan Joseph [Steeton] fitted in well as UAJCA showed top bowling and fielding form to leave New Delhi at 59 all out.
AMAZING 1-RUN WIN FOR UAJCA AT BISHOP MONKTON
The development match with Nidderdale on 9th June turned into a real tension-packed encounter between two well-matches teams. Batting first the loss of both openers for ducks didn't augur well but Hamza Saeed  and no 7 Jack Caton  pulled the innings out of gthe fire and together with wayward bowling from the home side a creditable 122 all out was posted with 9 balls left.
Our bowlers were exemplary giving away only 5 extras and 10 byes. The Nidderdale knock owed much to no 3 Duncombe who bashed 51 including six 4s. He had support of 18 from no 5 Short who had earlier claimed 3-6. No 6 Harwood added 11. With Duncombe still at the crease batting with no 11 Montague, Nidderdale had every chance but as the overs ran out, UAJCA took 3 wickets in the last over and their score ended at 121-9 and the narrowest of wins for UAJCA. Manager Ji used 9 bowlers and all endured the pressure well, the pick of the attack were Harry Atherton 2-7, Hamza 2-9 and Will Lampkin 1-6. scorecard
The team was: Arron Macrae [Skipton] Will Lampkin [Bradley] Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] Adam Harding [Embsay] Luke Lovell [Embsay] Owais Mahmood [GHC] Jack Caton [Bradley] Mustapha Hussain [GHC] Hamza Saeed [GHC] Max Williams [Oxenhope] and Harry Atherton [Steeton].
'A' FOR ARCHIE
Father Richard has informed UAJCA that u-12s Captain Archie Phillipson [Embsay CC] has been selected for the Yorkshire County 'A' squad. Fantastically well done Archie, the hard work continues!
SUFFOLK DEFEAT UAJCA BY 4 WKTS
After the T20 competition was cancelled, UAJCA took on Suffolk at Giggleswick School Papes Field. UAJCA led by Hamza Saeed [GHC} tallied 114 all out with the captain making a fine 34. Later Hamza took 2-16 and with backing from Owais Mahmood [also GHC] Suffolk were pushed to overhaul our total.
Manager Ji Mukherjee reports that several UAJCA batsmen got good starts but Suffolk proved much tighter in the field. The match was a good run out against a county side and hopefully gives our boys the incentive to improve the areas that are needed for the match at Sutton on 9th June vs Nidderdale.
Thanks to John Hughes [Cumbria] for Umpiring and also to Giggleswick School for hosting the match.
UAJCA TO DEFEND NIDDERDALE T20 TITLE
Harrogate CC will again host the Nidderdale T20 for under-12 on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. UAJCA u12s will defend our title won last year as u-11s. #comeonyou12s
T20 at GIGGLESWICK SCHOOL
Cumbria Team Manager John Hughes advises that arrival at Giggleswick School top pitch [near Chapel] should be at 09:30am on Sunday 26th May. The match is now to held on the Papes Field [click for map]. The squad to take on quality opponents in Suffolk and Cumbria in successive matches is:
Arron Macrae [Skipton] Archie Phillipson [Embsay] Will Lampkin [Bradley] Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] Adam Harding [Embsay] Luke Lovell [Embsay] Owais Mahmood [GHC] Jack Caton [Bradley] Mustapha Hussain [GHC] Hamza Saeed [GHC] Max Williams [Oxenhope] and Harry Atherton [Steeton].
Team Manager Ji Mukherjee announced the following u-12 squad for 2019 in alphabetical order: Harry Atherton [Steeton], Joe Birks [Skipton], Jack Caton [Settle], Huey Cunningham [Steeton], Adam Harding [Embsay], Mustapha Hussain [GHC], Will Lampkin [Bradley], Luke Lovell [Embsay], Arron MacRae [Skipton], Owais Mahmood [GHC], Archie Phillipson [Embsay], Hamza Saeed [GHC], Moeed Shafiq [Skipton], Max Williams [Oxenhope].
Two standby reserves are also named: Nathan Joseph [Steeton] & Leighton Meeking [Embsay]. Four further players will be observed during the season and may be selected: Matthew Hutchinson [Steeton], Oliver Mallin [Bradley], Izac Walker [Skipton], Arron Wiseman [Earby].
The Captain will be Archie Phillipson.
HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT FIXTURES FOR 2019 U-12s
It is hoped the season will feature H and A matches with Cumbria to sit alongside a prestigious match with the New Delhi Indian tourists at Harden CC on 19th June. Halifax and Bradford are also likely development fixtures. The year will end with a T20 competition in Nidderdale.
Manager Ji Mukherjee will be running the rule over trialists on Sunday 7th April at South Crane Sports Hall at 12:30pm
CUMBRIA TAKE THE HONOURS
Again on Home territory at a tropically hot Oakworth CC, UAJCA won the toss and opted to bat. The very first ball had impact as Parth Sunil hit it straight back to bowler F Sealby. The next over Elis Jones followed him back to the pavilion at 3 for 2. James Powell and Henry Meynell set about the rebuild the score began to rise. James was the major partner whilst Cup-Final hero for Oakworth once again rotated the strike well. At 75-3 Henry was caught off R Scott for a valuable 28. James was joined by Jacob Stephens who helped him reach a deserved 50. Another catch had Jacob out for 9 but James had ploughed on imperiously to tally a cracking 72 before he too was caught. UAJCA tallied 121 for 6.
The Cumbria innings had an early wicket for Ed Whitlam who threw down the stumps of opener R Wishart for 2. But that blow soon dissipated as Allison and Bates began to find the boundary with some regularity. Skipper Allison had made 22no at Netherfield CC but this innings he was more of an aggressor and he passed his fifty in double-quick time. Partner Bates emulated Henry's rotation tactic and soon the match had swung significantly the way of the visitors. 7th change Charlie Jackson winkled him out for 64 as his team's total approached the three-figure mark. Charlie's leggies also accounted for Bates for 23, courtesy of keeper Stephens. The arrival of Winter ensured a rapid finish after 22 overs with a quick-fire 19. Cumbria 124-3 [Charlie Jackson 2-5].
So our run of success against the Cumbrians came to an end in a really enjoyable match, which provided manager Richard Powell with much food for thought for next year's Yorkshire Festival tilt.
NIDDERDALE NO MATCH FOR UAJCA
Back on Home territory at sunny Ingrow CC, UAJCA u12s brought in the spin of Elis Jones [Oakworth] to tackle the Nidderdale side.
The batsmen looked solid throughout, reaching 149-7 in 30 overs. Oakworth pair Parth Sunil  and Jake Keslinke  gave us a steady 21-run start and then James Powell [also Oakworth] combined with Parth to add another 35 before he fell to M Sowray at 56-2. Henry Meynell [Bradley] was caught for a duck , also off Sowray at 56-3. Charlie Jackson combined well with team-mate James  before the later gave Sowray his 3rd wicket at 71-4. With Ben Hall [Earby] now at the wicket the runs began to flow and another 41 runs were added to take UAJCA to 112-5 at the loss of Ben for a fine 18. Former Cullingworth compatriots Charlie fell 2 runs later for a cracking 27 at 114-6 to leave the match in the balance. But that changed markedly when Jacob Stephens took centre stage. Despite a contribution of just 2 from Leo Garner [Earby] the two wicket-keepers added 26 runs. Finally Elis Jones added 6no and with Jacob remaining unbowed on 27no, a decent total of 149-7 was posted.
Nidderdale openers Burrell and Eckard had a great start making 26 and 30 respectively. Both were caught for Jake Keslinke. No 3 Horberry continued their good work with 21 before being clean bowled by Callum Eggleton [Upper Wharfedale]. But from that point UAJCA bowletrs got on top with 2 wickets for Henry and a further 2 for Jake. Jake returned a terrific 4-19 from his 5 overs to claim the major hours but Henry's 2-30 from 6 was also a telling factor. James 3 overs cost just 1 run, a wide , whilst Ben Hall's 3 overs cost just 7 runs and the four from Parth just 9. Callum's 1-19 from 3 overs was a pleasing first contribution to the team.
Nidderale reached 112-8 which included a run out and a catch and a stumping for Jacob. This team has now gone 6 matches without defeat over 2 seasons and goes from strength to strength.
CUMBRIA AGAIN FALL TO UAJCA u-12 SQUAD
Richard Powell's boys made the trip up the A65 well worth it to a glorious Netherfield CC to face Cumbria u-12s. The home side batted first and found UAJCA well able to contain. But Declan Harrison [Earby] also showed our penetration capability with the wicket of D Tyson for a duck at 6-1. At 33-1 in the 14th over, a run-out for opener B Wishart ended his scratchy innings of 9. It was Charlie Jackson [Oakworth] turn to hit the stumps with the scalp of no 3 S Bates for 21 to bring to an end a growing partnership with X Vasey. The latter and B Allison rebuilt and stopped the rot but were unable to raise the run-rate beyond 4 per over. The Cumbrians tallied 118-3 with Vasey racking up 46no with Allison on 22no.
UAJCA also lost an opener for a duck as this time Ben Hall [Earby] missed out caught & bowled by S Hutchings. His partner Parth Sunil was joined by his Oakworth team-mate and captain James Powell and the runs began to flow. Parth was eventually bowled by LD [?] for 31 whilst skipper James ploughed on before being caught by Tyson for a cracking 59 from the bowling of LD. Sadly Charlie Jackson couldn't add to his wicket as he too fell for a duck, bowled by Davey. Jacob Davies [Oakworth] and Leo Garner [Earby] saw us over the line with 5 balls to spare after a nervy finish. Result Cumbria 118-3 UAJCA 119-5.
UNDER-12 SQUAD FOR 2018
Following the recent UAJCA trials, managers Richard Powell and Stu Jackson announce the following squad for 2018. Note that other players may be brought into the 14-man squad, should current form warrant or where absences need to be covered. Jacob Davies [Oakworth], Callum Eggleton [U Wharfedale], Leo Garner [Earby], Ben Hall [Earby], Declan Harrison [Earby], Charlie Jackson [Oakworth], Elis Jones [Oakworth], Jake Keslinke [Oakworth], Stan Lloyd [Cononley], Henry Meynell [Bradley], James Powell [Oakworth Capt], Jacob Stephens [Oakworth ex Cullingworth], Parth Sunil [Oakworth ex Cullingworth], Ed Whitlam [Skipton].
30 JULY MATCH CANCELLED
The scheduled match with Wetherby District on 30th July is now CANCELLED due to shortage of players.
UAJCA MAINTAIN UNBEATEN TAG
The quality of our under-12s squad continues to shine through with a 4th win in a row for the season, and are so far unbeaten. This week the boys proved far too effective for Wetherby at Walton CC as our batsmen piled up 166 in the first knock. Skipper Lucas Robinson hit a terrific 60 including 10 fours, to lead from the front. The bowlers finished the job in style taking all 10 Wetherby wickets for just 64 runs. Charlie Raby, Dylan Blenkhorn and Ishan Khullar each took a pair with single wickets for Adam Hodge, Wilf Roberts, Raheeb Akhtar and Charlie Mitchell. There waa also good contributions with the bat from Ben Slade, Dylan Blenkhorn, Wilf Roberts & Khunais Zaman.
Two fixtures remain on the next 2 Sundays. Come on boys see if you can remain unbeaten all season!
CUMBRIA FALL TO UAJCA
Our rampant under-11 squad picked up another quality scalp with a comfortable victory over Cumbria u11s. Last week the Cumbrians had Yorkshire at 29-6 but this week they were blown away by a UAJCA side improving visibly match by match. Star batsman was Lucas Robinson with 30, whilst the bowling honours went to spinner Raheeb Akhtar [4-9] and pace-man Dylan Blenkhorn [3-1].
16 July Wetherby [away]
The away match at Wetherby will be at Walton CC, Springs Lane, Walton, Wetherby LS23 7DL.
SECOND WIN FOR u12s
The annual u-12 match versus Indian tourists from New Delhi proved yet another valuable match in development of this squad. Manager Alistair Harrison was delighted with a fine team performance. The match was dominated by UAJCA with our batters reaching 83 for 5 after 20 overs because of the visitor's late arrival. Max Harrison [Steeton] top scored with 20. The New Delhi innings was undermined by spinner Charlie Raby [Oakworth] with 5-14 whilst Wilf Roberts [Steeton] also picked up 2 for 8. There was also wickets for Dylan Blenkhorn [Earby] and Charlie Mitchell [Steeton]. UAJCA won by 22 runs.
FIRST UP WIN FOR u12s
The season's opener proved a winning one for the 2017 u-12s against Nidderdale JCL. despite some player unavailability. UAJCA won. Khunais and Dylan B along with the frugal Charlie Raby were our bowling heroes in a good bowling squad, keeping Nidderdale to 125 in 40 overs. Keeper Max Hibbert also did his bit with 2 catches & 2 stumpings. The first half Scorecard is shown adjacent, the rest to follow.....
SWITCH OF DATE & VENUE FOR NEW DELHI MATCH
The annual u-12 match versus Indian tourists from New Delhi is now switched to THURSDAY 22nd June at Wilsden CC. 6:00pm start. This is due to flight delays for the Indian team, who had some visa problems.
Manager Alistair Harrison will be in touch.
TEAM TO PLAY NIDDERDALE
The first run out for the season for UAJCA u12s came on 11th June at Birstwith CC [2:00pm]. Manager Alistair Harrison had selected the following 13-man squad:
Lucas Robinson [Earby, Capt], Max Harrison [V Capt, Steeton], Max Hibbert [w/k Steeton], Adam Hodge [Earby], Dylan Blenkhorn [Earby], Ishan Khullar [Skipton], Charlie Mitchell [Steeton], Charlie Raby [Oakworth], Jenson McGregor [Steeton], Hanaan Qureshi [GHC], Raheeb Akhtar [GHC], Kunais Zaman [GHC] & Ben Slade.
See scorecard opposite:
Team Manager Alistair Harrison will lead the u12s into their programme of Development matches in 2017.
Alistair has selected the following players: Lucas Robinson [Earby], Raheeb Akhtar [GHC], Charlie Raby [Oakworth], Wilf Roberts [Steeton], Hanaan Qureshi [GHC], Ben Slade [Earby], Dylan Blenkhorn [Earby], Jensen McGregor [Steeton], Khunais Zaman [GHC], Dylan Canny [Embsay] & Jack Midgley [U Wharfedale], Adam Hodge [Earby], Charlie Mitchell [Steeton], Ishaan Khullar [Skipton], Max Hibbert [Steeton], Max Harrison [Steeton], Oliver Windle [Earby].
Final match win over Halifax
A sunny Sutton-in-Craven was the setting for the club's first representative match for many many years. Manager Dom Bennett was able to field 11 of his regulars with just Anthony Clark unavailable. Sadly Halifax arrived with just 9 men and they opted to bat first. Skipper Jack Luxton and Will Smith bowled a four overs each spell but weren't able to engineer a breakthrough. They conceded 30 runs in the 8 overs but 17 illegal balls didn't help them or the team cause. They gave way to Jacob Terry and the off-spin of Subhaan Ahmed, both of whom arrested the no-ball/wide count. With the score at 58 in the 15th over Jacob finally removed a stubborn Carter for 13 off 50 balls to change the face of the game.
The next pairing was Toby Meynell and more spin from Peter Fishpool. Peter struck in his first over taking out the more prolific opener Powell for a nice 32 off 75 balls, the skipper obliging with the catch. 68-2 after 19 overs left the game evenly balanced with UAJCA in the ascendancy. Toby got in on the act after his first over maiden and Phillips was taken by keeper Max Hibbert at 69-3. Peter immediately struck again with the wicket of Thompson caught by Will Smith for a duck at 74-4. The Skipton twirler was now in full flow and his 3rd wicket came in his 3rd over; Higgs also for a duck, lbw. 78-5. In their haste to accelerate Halifax were losing their shape and both Fleetwood and Ellis fell to Peter who claimed a four-over 5-for in great style [5-13]. Halifax now stood at 81-7 with no 7 Cliffe remaining resolute. Mark Nelson and Jonny Atherton came into the attack and Mark smartly ct & b Morgan to end the Halifax innings at 100-8 in the 28th over.
Our reply began with Jacob Terry and Will Smith, who after facing just 7 balls was out caught for 5 at 14-1. In the 5th over Toby Meynell was again adjudged lbw for 1 to leave us at 18-2 and Halifax back in the match. There followed a sensible period of caution with just 12 runs coming from 6 overs. Bowler Carter conceded 6 wides but no runs from his 2 overs but he did induce a catch off skipper Jack Luxton who had scored 7. The score was 38-3 after 16 overs so our target remained 63 runs with 14 overs in which to get them. Jacob was solid and looked set to carry his bat but he needed a partner. Sadly it wasn't to be Lewis Brown who was fourth out for 4, caught off Ellis at 52-4 in the 19th over. No 6 Jonny Atherton made his intentions clear and whacked a couple of sixes from Phillips. Jacob picked up the signal and the pair accelerated together. The target was reached in the 27th over at 103-4 with Jacob 32no [84 balls] and Jonny 27no from just 19 balls.
It was comfortable in the end and Jacob's resolution had set it up for Jonny to issue the coup-de-grace. The bowlers too played their part, none more so than Peter. Toby with 4-3-5-1 had exercised excellent control. All-in-all it augurs well for 2017 in the Yorkshire Festival.
u12s edge out New Delhi
UAJCA u12s faced a strong New Delhi side which had scored 130-5 the previous night defeating UAJCA u13s. Early losses of skipper Jack Luxton & Toby Meynell, both unlucky with low bounce, set us back. A 3rd wicket stand of 44 carried UAJCA from 14-2 to 58-3, 34 going to Jacob Terry [2 x 6s & 3 x 4s] in tandem with Anthony Clark. Anthony took control with help from strike rotation by Luc Ellson  and latterly Will Smith [6no] to rack up a personal first half-century with 55no with 6 fours and a six. The team tally of 112-4 was only 4 shy of the u13s tally.
Our bowling and fielding was at times brilliant and at times abysmal but a steady tumble of wickets framed the New Delhi innings. Subhaan Ahmed, Toby Meynell, Jack Luxton, Jacob Terry and Anthony Clark each took a wicket with 3 run outs featuring as the New Delhi chase became more desperate. At 71-7 after 15 overs their cause whilst not hopeless required a further unlikely 42 to win from 5 overs. But Anant and Aryan put bat to ball and closed on the target in the gloomy light. The last over was reached with 11 required to win but Toby held his nerve and the visitors fell 3 runs short. What a finish!!
It was a great result with the plaudits going to Anthony, Jacob, Toby and keeper Ibrahim Butt in an overall satisfying performance.
Two runs defeat
Our first Rep match of the year for stand-in Manager Neil Bishop resulted in a narrow 2-runs defeat by Huddersfield. UAJCA bowlers did a grand job limiting Huddersfield to 116 which included a 50-retirement from G Barden from 90 balls. He shared a 2nd wicket partnership of 63 with opener J Senior  but UAJCA lads kept their composure and the rest of the home side failed to make double figures. A poor start with the bat had UAJCA on the back foot and at 28-4, although Toby Meynell did make 15, we looked to be heading for a hefty defeat. Will Smith and skipper Jack Luxton then added 17 before Will tried one big shot too many and was bowled for 10 at 45-5. This became 52-7 but then Jack paired with Luc Ellson and a fabulous 54 run partnership pushed us up to 104-8 and in with a real chance. The last over was reached with UAJCA needing 9 to win but only 6 were managed by last pair Mark Nelson and keeper Max Hibbert and we had lost by just 2 runs. Jack's 26 and the 18 from Luc almost saved the day and Huddersfield had the 50 from Barden and 4-16 from B English to thank for their narrow victory.
u12s District squad
John Terry, District u-12s manager reports that 4 UAJCA boys have gained places in the 2016 Bradford-Calderdale District team. They are; Jack Luxton [Steeton], Anthony Clark [Cullingworth], Jacob Terry [Cullingworth] and Will Smith [Skipton]
2016 Development Squad
Thirteen boys have been selected for the 2016 Squad. However a wicket-keeper has not yet been appointed, but will be added soon. Additionally 2 standby reserves will be selected. Team Manager Dom Bennett has announced the following 13:
Jack Luxton [Captain] & Johnny Atherton [Steeton], Toby Meynell, Donnacha Washington & Mark Nelson [Bradley], Luc Elson, Peter Fishpool & Will Smith [Skipton], Lewis Brown & Subhaan Ahmed [Oakworth], Luke Chapman [Earby], Anthony Clark & Jacob Terry [Cullingworth].
Dom to manage u12 in 2016
Crossflatts lad Dominic Bennett will coach and manage the 2016 UAJCA under-12s. Last year as u11s they improved throughout their campaign culminating in a terrific win over the mighty Bradford League. Dom hopes to take the boys one step further as a Development squad, that will face tough opposition in Huddersfield, Halifax and Nidderdale as well as annual tourists from New Delhi. the pre-season trial is to be held on 10th April at Ermysteads GS Sports Hall at 1:00pm.
Nidderdale complete double
Neil's under-12s again took on a good Nidderdale side this time over 35 overs. Batting first our opening three batsmen scored well with Bradley and Luke setting an early tone. Both were caught, Bradley reaching 22 and Luke 14. Kyle soon lost George for a duck but Amrit provided continuing resistance in the face of some excellently tight bowling from the home side. The introduction of Bates to the Nidderdale attack was a major turning pint and his 3 wickets took out Amrit, James and Thomas. With 6 wickets down Kyle dug in but only skipper Ellis provided any semblance of support as our bright start faded away to 90-9 after the 35 overs. Kyle was unbowed on 22. For Nidderdale Bates produced 4-2-11-3 and with a brace from B Ward the bowlers finished on top. UAJCA skipper proved a match and his 3-14 stood head and shoulders above our other bowlers. Nevertheless there was good returns from Ewan again, Rohaan and Amrit. Collectively we found it harder to contain the Nidderdale batsmen who reached their target in 28.4 overs. The bulk of their scoring came from Smith 16, Keath 26 and Ward 20 who stood out for our opponents.
Nidderdale take the win
UAJCA batted first at sunny Grassington and were soon in trouble with Lucas and Luke back in the hutch cheaply. A healthy stand between Bradley and Kyle picked up the scoring and UAJCA began to look the part. Bradley was caught for 14 and Kyle went on to a magnificent 50 and retirement. UAJCA totalled a modest 124 for 6 inc 28 extras in their 25 overs. Nidderdale opener Bowlerman retired on 38 after the early loss of his partner to UAJCA skipper Ellis. Six more batsmen reached double figures bur creditably for UAJCA bowlers none went on to more than 19. Our best bowlers proved to be Euan and Tom each with a brace. Ellis, Ben, Ollie and Kyle each took one. Our score was passed and Nidderdale batted on to 152-9 in 32 overs before stumps were called.
Team Manager Neil learned yet more about his squad as he next seeks a maiden win against annual tourists New Delhi on 24th June at Wilsden CC, an evening match.
What might have been
The short trip to the Mountain proved to be one for defeat but also a tale of what might have been. A 28-run defeat in a match in which we only lost 5 wickets could have gone the other way. The team was unable to select Kyle Welsh and will Luxton [District match] and Ellis Marshall [holiday] but performed well. Bradley Powell [Oakworth] showed the value of attending the winter Elite Academy with a cracking 53 to almost counter the 67 from Halifax opener Newman. Tom Eaglesfield snaffled a brace of wickets whilst Ewan Johnston removed danger-man Newman and 2 others for a 3-24 return. County prospect Owen West added 38 in a strong partnership with Bradley. There were good late knocks from Rohan Jahangir and Joel Oxford, possibly batting too low. Beau Verity also grabbed a scalp. There was some fielding lapses but also 2 run outs.
Manager Neil has now had a look at most of the squad in competitive action and he will continue to experiment and refine. The next match is Sunday 31st May at Denholme CC [2:00pm] vs Huddersfield.
Two for the final
David Cooper, West Yorkshire District Manager advises that Kyle Welsh [Cullingworth] and Will Luxton [Steeton] have both made the final County under-12s trial. Well done lads, keep that UAJCA flag flying.
2015 u12 squad
New Manager Neil Bishop has completed his trial on Sunday 19th April and the following squad is announced for the 2015 season.
Thomas Eaglesfield [Bradley], Kyle Welsh & Ellis Marshall [both Cullingworth], Owen West, Joel Oxford, Oliver Bishop & Bradley Powell [all Oakworth], Amrit Sharma [Oxenhope], Luke Brotherton [Settle], Ben Walker [Skipton], Ewan Johnston, James Nelson & Harry Rowe [all Steeton], Beau Verity [U Wharfedale]. The Captain will be Ellis Marshall.
In addition a standby batsman and bowler have been named as cover for absences; Lucas Keslinke [Oakworth] and Shiv Bhotoa [Oxenhope].
The squad have a tough act to follow as the 2014 team remained unbeaten in their four fixtures. The programme of 8 matches unfolds at Queensbury CC on 24th May against the Halifax League.
UAJCA resumed fixtures with Aire-Wharfe u-12s at sunny Ilkley CC. the match originally scheduled for 30 overs was extended to 35 overs. Aire-Wharfe batted first and found scoring difficult against an accurate UAJCA bowling attack. The home side employed 'retirement' policy to give all batsmen an innings [or two]. Watson 19, Hey 16 and Naylor 12 all contributed well with the first two not out. For UAJCA Jo-Jo Holderness [Skipton] picked up 2 for 5 whilst Harry Hollingsworth [Oakworth] bowled 7 tidy overs claiming 1 for 20. Nathan Hodge [Earby] was particularly frugal with 4-2-2-0 as was Matthew Corkindale [Oakworth] with 4-1-4-0. Aire-Wharfe totalled just 88 for 8 in their 35 overs,
UAJCA openers Jo-Jo Holderness and Will Luxton [Steeton] were parted with the wicket of Will [b Watson] for 5 at 8 for 1 in the 3rd over. Owen Narey [Bingley Congs] was again a solid scorer with 13 and added 24 with Jo-Jo before Woodley disturbed his stumps. Our boys pushed on to 46 with Jo-Jo immovable whilst Richard Starkey [Skipton] could contribute just 1 before given out lbw at 46-3. At the same score Jo-Jo was caught off Milross for a patient 18 from 49 balls after 17 overs. UAJCA were on target to surpass Aire-Wharfe and new pairing Hollingsworth and Hodge had no difficulty in coasting to the win, taking the 45 runs in 9 overs. The Oakworth skipper had four 4s in his 24no whilst Hodgy made 18no with 2 boundaries. 91 for 4 was reached in 27 overs. The u12s concluded their campaign with 4 wins from 4 and would face the challenge from UAJCA u-11s at Haworth as strong favourites.
Three out of three
Joe sees off New Delhi
UAJCA u12s travel to the swish Studley Royal Cricket Club to again take on Nidderdale JCA and will be seeking a season's double. The Postcode for the ground is HG4 2QR. Team Manager Dominic Bennett will announce the team shortly.
Joe sees off New Delhi
Joe Hall [Cullingworth] was attributed man-of-the-match for his 35no and 2 for 5 to help restrict New Delhi to 100-7. They were replying to a good UAJCA total of 136-8, which also included a cracking 37no from Owen Narey [Bingley Congs] and 34no from Tommy Watson [Skipton]. Wilsden duo Ed Rawnsley and Rohaan Jahanghir came in at short notice and fitted-in well. UAJCA were grateful for 4 run outs in the New Delhi innings whilst for UAJCA the Skipton trio of Jo Holderness, James Mukherjee and Tom Starkey also didn't run quickly enough!
UAJCA under-12s came up trumps at sunny Bradley [if a little damp at the edges!]. Nidderdale batted first and was struggling from the off and with just 8 on the board their first wicket Sam Brook fell for 3 ct behind by keeper Harris Rowlett [Steeton] for Harry Hollingsworth [Oakworth]. He was immediately followed by partner Keiron Bramley  ct by Corey Green [Oakworth] for James Mukherjee. There was a procession of wickets tumbling and at 26 for 7, something of a rout looked possible. Matt Corkindale [Oakworth], Joe Hall [Cullingworth] and Richard Starkey [Skipton] had got into the skittling act. A fight-back from James C-B and Angus G-R added 18 runs was brought to an end with a catch from UAJCA skipper Joe Hall for James Mukherjee. Angus G-R remained the only Nidderdale batsmen to reach double figures  before being run out by Harry Hollingsworth, who also claimed the last wicket as Nidderdale tumbled to 51 all out. All UAJCA bowlers had a good run out with openers Mukherjee and Hollingsworth looking particularly potent.
Chasing such a low target might have been problematic but skipper Joe Hall saw us home with 25no in just 10 overs after the loss of Jo Holdernees [Skipton] for 7, bowled by James Christie. Corey Green partnered Joe to the winning post with 8no at 53-1.
The Nidderdale boys were perhaps less experienced than our boys but Team Manager Dominic Bennett described our team as 'bloody brilliant'. The two sides agreed that UAJCA would bat on to give our batsmen some time at the wicket. It enabled new boys to the squad Joe Bairstow and Nathan Hodge a run out. Joe went on to 30no and Harris to 20no before being retired.
The next fixture is an evening [6:00pm] match against tourists New Delhi at Wilsden CC on Friday 20th June.
UAJCA is advised that Bradford JCL are unable to provide coaches for an u12s team in 2014 and so the planned fixture on 18th May will NOT now go ahead. UAJCA is to try and find a replacement opposition.
The UAJCA 2014 under-12s trial was held at Ermysteads GS Sports Hall on Saturday 12th April. Team Manager Dominic Bennett had invited 22 boys and 1 girl to attend. The team will play six fixtures in 2014 as per the panel opposite.
His selected squad includes 12 under-12s and 1 under-11. The full squad is: Joe Hall [Capt, Cullingworth], Harris Rowlett & Will Luxton [both Steeton], Nathan Hodge [Earby], Joe Bairstow [Oxenhope], Harry Hollingsworth, Corey Green & Matthew Corkindale [all Oakworth], James Mukherjee, Jo-jo Holderness, Tom Starkey & Tommy Watson [all Skipton] & Owen Narey [Bingley Congs].
Rowlett will keep wicket with Bairstow as reserve keeper. In addition to these 13 selections two standby reserves are named: Kyle Welsh [batting] and Thomas Anson [bowling].
Bradford beaten again
UAJCA captain Danny Murphy won the toss and elected to field. UAJCA opened with very tight bowling from Sam Parry [Earby] and James Robinson [Bradley]. After their 8 over spell, Bradford were 22-1 with Sam taking the wicket and James returning just 4 runs from his 4 overs. Danny Murphy [Cullingworth] and Thomas Meakin [Steeton] – his first game since returning from a broken thumb- both took a wicket leaving Bradford struggling on 24-3 after 10 overs. Bradford then re-built with a partnership of almost 60 runs between H Scott and A Abid. This partnership was broken by a run out which was reward for UAJCA’s sharp fielding throughout the game. The other bowlers all contributed to the cause and this combined with excellent fielding (no mis-fields in the game ) to leave Bradford with an under par score of 127-7 after the 30 overs. Particular mention in the field to Louis Horsfield [Cullingworth] for taking up the keeper’s gloves at short notice and keeping very tidily and Harrison Houldsworth [Wilsden] for an excellent over the shoulder catch plus a run out.
UAJCA’s response was confident and assured from the start with Louis Horsfield and James Robinson at the crease. James fell for 6 with the score on 25 bringing Danny Murphy to the wicket. Both players played extremely well rotating the strike and punishing any wayward bowling. The scoring rate continued to rise as they closed in on a century partnership. However, just as this milestone was passed, Louis middled a leg side ball that looked like a six when it left the bat only to be excellently caught right on the deep square leg boundary to end his innings on 35. UAJCA was then 2 wickets down needing 2 to win. Adil Modak [Steeton] came to the crease in excellent form but unfortunately played on for 1. Waseem Qureshi [Cullingworth] also fell to the same bowler for 0. This was providing a little bit of excitement at the end of the game but Thomas Meakin [Steeton] hit the winning runs giving UAJCA an emphatic 6 wicket win with 9 overs remaining. Danny Murphy remained unbeaten on 69 with 11x 4s and 1x 6.
Overall a very good season for the Under-12s test team which bodes well for next years U-13s tournament. Thanks to all the parents for their support over the summer.
U12s make friends from Delhi
Great Horton Church Rep Shiv Krishnan had arranged for Wilsden CC to host a match between a Delhi under-12 touring team against UAJCA under-12 Test Team.
The evening was sunny but with a cool wind and the tourists took the field against a strong UAJCA Xl. A steady start featured a smart run out for Max Walker [Embsay] to dismiss promising Gautum for just 4. A long stand from Aradhya and Arnav brgan to tickle the tins as UAJCA skipper Danny Murphy [Cullingworth] rotated the bowling to break their partnership. It was Walker again who took the catch for Waseem Qureshi [Cullingworth] to remove a dangerous looking 8-year-old Aradhya who had though become a little becalmed. Waseem again struck with a run out of Archit for 3 to put the visitors on the back foot. Wickets began to tumble as New Delhi strike rate plummeted in the face of excellent bowling from UAJCA. After the allotted 25 overs the New Delhi boys were all out for 72 after UAJCA had used 10 bowlers.
Skipper Danny Murphy played a master innings to underline his representative credentials but he lost partner Harry Farnell [Steeton] for 7. Whilst Murphy settled in Thomas Meakin [Steeton] was run out and UAJCA looked to Waseem Qureshi to partner his club-mate Murphy. He did just that and after Danny retired on 30, Waseem 18 no saw us home with Max Walker 1 no also at the crease and a total of 76-2 in 17 overs.
For UAJCA there was a victory and for the visitors an introduction to English conditions. the match was played in a superb spirit with the customary handshakes at the close. Visiting manager Sachin awarded the man-of-the-match to Danny Murphy and then exchanged mementoes with UAJCA secretary Terry Thompson. Having completed their first 'ODI' the UAJCA boys enjoyed the experience immensely and all the post-match talk was of a return match in India. We shall see.
Bradford succumb to UAJCA
Upper Airedale Captain Danny Murphy won the toss and elected to field. A very tight display from opening bowlers Thomas Meakin and Sam Parry restricted Bradford to 20-1 after 8 overs with Thomas returning 1-6 and Sam 0-11 from their 4 over spells. The bowling attack continued to make it very difficult for the Bradford batsman with some excellent fielding from all the team. Drinks were taken after 15 overs with the score 48-1. At this point it looked like Bradford would struggle to post anything beyond 110-120. However, S Massheder and C Harding accelerated towards the end of the innings, adding 66 runs from the last 8 overs to finish on 134 -3 after 30 overs.
Upper Airedale’s response was emphatic from the start with Louis Horsfield quickly finding the boundary and building a good platform with fellow opener James Robinson. James batted well but fell to I. Nasir whilst attempting a sweep shot for 6. Danny Murphy was caught at square leg for 6 leaving UAJCA. 59 – 2. Adil Modak joined Louis and both batted positively, running well and punishing any wayward bowling. The 3rd wicket pair brought UAJCA home with over 4 overs to spare; Louis finished unbeaten on 63 (including 8 fours ) and Adil on 27 ( 2 fours and 1 six ). Upper Airedale win by 8 wickets, our 4th in 5 completed matches against Bradford.
The UAJCA under-12 team which defeated Bradford JCL at Oxenhope CC on Sunday 9th June 2013
Narrow Nidd win
Team Manager Keith Meakin reports a narrow loss with one over to go vs Nidderdale JCA at Steeton CC. Thomas Meakin captain in absence of Danny Murphy. Nidderdale won toss and elected to field.
UAJCA lost an early wicket with Waseem Qureshi out for 4 at 17-1. Thomas Meakin and James Robinson put on a good stand of 27 but Thomas was bowled by spinner C Eddleston (his first of 3 wickets). 11 more runs added ( FOW 55 ) before James Robinson was also bowled by Eddlestone who then took out Harry Farnell with a good ball at 59-4. This brought Joe Hall to the crease with Adil Modak. Another excellent stand between these two took the score to 120 before Joe Hall was sadly run out for 29 (inc 7 boundaries). Adil finished unbeaten on 36 to close the innings on 138-5.The managers rightly considered this not a bad score and certainly defendable.
Tight early bowling by UAJCA kept the visitors' run rate below the asking rate for the best part of the match. They stood at 35 after 10 overs and 76-6 after 20 overs. It did look like UAJCA was going to repeat last years Under-11s win against Nidderdale as Joe Hall backed up his good batting with a 5 over spell taking 3 wickets for 11 runs and effecting a run out. However, T Cant of Nidderdale batted very strongly in the last 10 overs finishing 38 not out and bringing Nidderdale home with 10 balls of the innings remaining at 142 – 7. Nidderdale win by 7 wickets.
Having lost with an all out score of 16 at Oxenhope vs Nidderdale our boys might have been forgiven for having some doubts about the return match at Knaresborough Forest CC in the warm sunshine. But no such inhibitions appeared and a fine bowling performance led by 6-3-9-3 from Ali Ahmed [Cullingworth]. The tricky run-ups caused some havoc particularly for Max Berrisford who had six wides in his first over but he recovered well with a maiden and a wicket. Sam Mitchell also found the scoreboard end difficult but he too picked up one scalp. Skipper Lewis Middleton set the tone with a third over breakthrough, followed up well by Joe Heartfield with 1 for 8. Young Cullingworth twirler Ali Ahmed though really caught the eye with some turn and his six overs were crucial. Oxenhoper Will Hopper cleaned up the tail and returned a 2 for 7 whilst the 8 balls from Josh Yates [Earby] brought the Nidderdale innings to a halt. The energy in the side was exceptional having bowled out the opposition for only 54 in 21.2 overs and without 17 wides the Nidderdale side would have mustered just 37, 31 from the bat. However the wicket was difficult score from and our batting would no doubt be sorely tested.
The wicket had been helpful to our bowlers [as always apparently] and so it proved again as our top order batsmen struggled to score. At 10 for 6 we could have been out for the count. Dan Murphy got us underway with a classic cover drive for 4 but was our first wicket down without addition. Opening bowler Callum Halliday was a real handful and he started with three wicket-maidens, accounting for Murphy, Lewis Middleton and Josh Yates. Halliday' opening partner Harry Hill also was amongst the wickets with the scalps of Sam Mitchell and Nathan Storton. But Oxenhope duo Alex Baker and Will Hopper rescued the situation with a 38 run stand before Will was out for a cracking 19 [three 4s]. Diminutive Alex Baker was a real hero with 16 no and after a well played maiden from Max Berrisford we got over the line at 55-8 on a no-ball.
We had outscored the home side from the bat by 44 to 31 and the batting line-up had redeemed itself on such a mystifying strip. For Nidderdale Halliday returned 6-4-8-4 with Hill on 6-0-14-2 and spinner Ben Wilkinson 6-2-10-2 the most dangerous bowlers.
It was our first win over Nidderdale in 4 attempts, a close call but a very welcome victory. Well done boys
Disastrous collapse leaves UAJCA on just 16
A competent bowling & fielding display was undermined by a disastrous batting collapse which left UAJCA u12s all out 16. More to follow
A late season replacement match against the Nidderdale JCA proved another useful exercise in developing the UAJCA u12 squad of 2011. Team Manager Liam Dyson made many changes after the win over Bradford.
Opening bowlers Charlie Hall and Tom Mawer had mixed fortunes as the Nidderdale openers Foxton and Thompson kept the tins moving. Charlie proved a handful with consistent accuracy, ultimately conceding only 6 runs from his 6 overs. Tom was less fortunate as opener Foxton proved a worthy adversary. His eight boundaries took him to 40 before he was sadly run out. The pair added 63 for the first wicket but it was Thompson who departed first for 29 (3 fours & 1 six) off the bowling of Ben Sugden. Foxton fell at 83-2. The Nidderdale innings took a turn for the worse at this point as Silsden's Nick Firth got to grips to grab 3 wickets for just 18 in his allocation. The score was hovering in the 120 region before number 8 O'Donnell added a telling late 27no. The final; score of 144-7 was definitely attainable after a mixed bowling display.
Just as the Nidd openers had set up their innings our openers also gave us a steady start. Prolific Jacob Jagger was once again in obdurate form grinding out 34 (1 six). In another echo of the Nidd knock Jacob was run out with Matt Fleetwood adding 17 in their opening stand of 33. Bowling hero Nick Firth picked off 12 before a neat stumping halted his progress at 81-3. Alarm bells rang a little as our scoring rate wasn't on target and the middle order were under some pressure. Max Orviss had his first bat of the campaign and chipped in 8 before a second stumping sent the lad back. James Pickard of Settle added 10 to the 16 he achieved vs Aire-Wharfe. The innings was beyond retrieval but with only five wickets down.
In fact in many respects UAJCA matched the Nidderdale boys well except in the scoring rate stakes leaving a total of 105-5 well short of the target. Our bowlers again led the way and Charlie Hall and Nick Firth proved potential match winners. The skipper too has shown admirable control and wicket-taking potential (4 in 3 matches).
Jacob Jagger's 108 runs in 3 matches was a real cornerstone and once he has the confidence to push a little harder both he and the side will turn defeats into wins for sure. Matt Fleetwood has garnered 52 with several others making double figures without going on to higher levels.
2012 may mean Lords' Taverner competition for many of the squad and UAJCA will look to their development with anticipation.
Jacob climbs to success
Warm humid and sultry, not adjectives you might associate with Idle in Bradford but that's what we had for our annual under-12s Test. Captain Ben Sugden won the toss and asked Bradford to bat.
Tom Mawer (Oxenhope) and Charlie Hall (Cullingworth) were UAJCA designated opening bowlers and together they produced a fine opening spell, conceding just 11 runs. It also included the wicket of Robinson for 0 bowled by a speedy Tom. Tom Addison (Oxenhope) was a little short in his 3 overs, going for 17 and skipper Sugden (Silsden) allowed another 12. Bradford opener Allman had settled well and looked a polished player. After 12 overs Bradford had advanced considerably to 45-1. Wharfedale's Matt Daggett came in for his first match and his 3 overs cost only 13. At the other end the leg-spin of Jacob Jagger (Wilsden) immediately made 'things' happen. Firstly Grace was reduced to panic only to be run out for 1, No 4 Ahmed was then well caught by Tom Addison at deep cover for 15, Darling was comfortably caught at mid-on by Max Orviss (Silsden) and the scoreboard had changed to 77-4 after 18 overs.
Opening attackers Mawer and Hall were recalled to try and dislodge Allman who was well on his way to a fifty score. In that respect our bowlers failed as the classy batsman made his way off for 51 to rapturous applause. Soon after Charlie bowled Ahmed (15) to arrest the growing partnership with Abdi Hussain. The score was 103-5 after 24 overs but the run-rate had slowed markedly since Allman had left the arena. Nick Firth came on for just one over but his second ball brought another calamity and a run out for Hussaib (9) at 104-6. Tom Addison came back for a second 2-over burst and much better lengths got its reward with the wicket of Noble for 0. Ben Sugden used himself to bring a conclusion to the innings and he was on the money with the wickets of Wilkinson and Pearce in the 14 balls conceding just 1 run. So after 29.2 overs Bradford had reached 113-9.
The bowling had been top notch with Suggy 5.2-1-13-2 and Jacob 3-0-19-2 the major disruptors. But Charlie and 'Sweets' (Mawer) also kept admirable control. Addi, Matt and Nick all did a job at the time as did the catchers with none dropped and Max taking two identical skiers.
After Pizza, chips and Ice Cream the UAJCA batsmen first in the firing line were Nick Firth and Matt Fleetwood (Oxenhope). In only the second over Pearce had a smart catch from keeper Allman to thank for Nick's wicket for just 2 at 3 for 1. UAJCA hero at Oxenhope Jacob Jagger came in at 3 but was struck on the foot by Pearce and left the field for treatment. Will Robinson strode forth but lasted only an over missing a straight one from Allert at 8-2. It wasn't the start we wanted and when Tom Addison was struck on the knee he too limped from the field for examination. At this point Jacob gritted his teeth and despite a painful toe returned to the fray. It was to prove a turning point as he and Matt began to forge a partnership. Matt excelled behind square whilst Jacob picked the length to perfection and drove with conviction. They combined so well for 9 overs taking the score to 46 in the 11th over. Matt had been the major aggressor but his fine 30 knock came to an end caught and bowled by spinner Noble. UAJCA's Yorkshire player Tom Mawer joined Jacob and once again settled together instantly. Noble stopped their plot at 59-4 as sweets drove Noble straight to catcher Grace at mid off for 8. Ellis Hudson came in at no 7 to join Jacob who was now accumulating with style. After 18 overs UAJCA was 70-4.
It signalled the re-introduction of opening bowlers Allert and Pearce who had shipped just 15 runs in their earlier joint spell. Ellis stroked the ball well and he produced the shot of the day with the sweetest cover drive for 4. But his stay wasn't long as his wicket fell for 9 to Allert at 74-5. Charlie Hall (Cullingworth) paired with Jacob as UAJCA had nudged ahead in the run-rate stakes. 40 runs were needed in 11 overs with 5 wickets left and UAJCA slight favourites to prevail.
A stand ensued as Jacob began to cut loose and Charlie too found the whitewash in support. After 22 overs UAJCA had 83-5 but one over later it was 100-5 with 17 coming from one Hussain over. With victory in sight Jacob and Charlie just went for it and 115 came up after 25.3 overs without further loss. Jacob strode to the pavilion, toe still smarting, but with 41no and Charlie at last smiled on 12no.
The Bradford bowling had been tamed whilst the openers had taken 3 wickets they also conceded 50 runs in their 12 overs. Spinner Noble bowled exceptionally tightly recording 6-1-20-2. But the star of the show gain was Jacob whose innings included six boundaries.
AJCL opener scores 100
A typical May drizzly day greeted our first 'Test' of the 'summer'. AJCL opted to bat first and openers Josh Dracup and Jackson faced UAJCA bowlers Charlie Hall and Elliott Stockton. After the initial exchanges the AJCL boys settled to scoring around five per over whilst our bowlers struggled with the damp ball. Dracup was dropped by Will Pinder off the bowling of Ben Sugden but our boys didn't let it affect their concentration. Sugden did get his reward when Nick Firth picked out the aerial shot from Jackson on 19.
No 3 S Bean as expected allowed the now settled Dracup to take the lead and the youngster responded in style. Generally he found gaps with aplomb resisting the aerial route more often than not. He reached a well crafted fifty and then the tins for Bean also began to twirl. The pair picked up the rate to beyond 6 per over as all our bowlers toiled. Leg-spinner Jacob Jagger produced something of a mixed bag but conceded at the same rate as the quickies, Hall, Sugden and Elliott. The back-up bowlers Firth, Akrigg and Pickard faced the late over press and conceded heavily as Dracup approached and reached a wonderful century in the 25th over. Its rare that a 30-over match produces a century and the applause from all present was genuine and warm. Not to be outdone Bean too had accelerated chancing his arm a little more and he reached a half-century, going on to 61no. Dracup walked off the square again to the greetings of all with 118no against his name. Magnificent.
The hot steak pies were consumed with vigour on a cold day and after a typical fresh and tasty tea from the Oxenhope kitchen, our boys set about the task with words of encouragement from Team Manager Liam Dyson.
An early set-back with the loss of Elliott Stockton (Embsay) for 0, bowled by Jennings was a potential fatal blow and then fellow opener Matthew Fleetwood on his home ground was lbw to the same bowler for just 5. Another duck for Steeton's Bradley Akrigg with less than 30 on the new Oxenhope scoreboard boded not well at all. A mini-revival from Will Robinson and Silsden team-mate Ellis Hudson lifted spirits but Robinson went for 18, bowled by Copley and Hudson for 15 to the same bowler.
The two Silsden boys had shown what was possible and reticence was dispersed. James Pickard of Settle combined well with Wilsden's Jacob Jagger and soon the score reached respectable proportions if still short of the rate to trouble the Aire-Wharfe total. Jagger settled well and scored freely but lost Pickard along the way for 16. The 100-mark was passed and Jagger continued to impress with help from Charlie Hall of Cullingworth who became our third lbw victim for 12. Skipper Ben Sugden 8no saw out the match with Jacob on 33no and the UAJCA tally at 144-7.
Team Manager Liam Dyson was fulsome in his praise for our batsmen as they all retained their quality in the face of such adversity. Liam said "I'm very pleased with the effort of our batters who didn't compromise their techniques in building their innings especially Jacob Jagger who looked very assured". The AJCL total of 210-1 was a record for our meetings and the Dracup innings by far the highest of our 10-match series, which now stand at 5-3 in favour of our opponents. But the lasting impression was of a a small blond-haired lad called Josh who thrilled everyone with his assured century. Liam will now consider what if any changes are to be made for the next 'Test' with Bradford JCA. Certainly illness-victims Tom Addison and Max Orviss along with District trialist Tom Mawer will come into contention as will the two Wharfedale boys Matthew Jackson and Matt Daggett.
The UAJCA u12s team at Oxenhope, resplendent in their new UAJCA kit
HIGH NOTE FINISH
Our fifth and last u12s match of 2010 was at Addingham with rain threatening but which never arrived. the home side, the Airedale JCL (Aire-Wharfe) were our opponents as we sought our first win of the year.
Electing to bat, our new opening pairing Ben Weatherall and Callum Holmes were straight into action against some quality left-arm swing bowling from H Mohammed and J Woodward. After the drubbing on Sunday caution was a good watchword and both lads wisely played themselves in before expansive strokes were attempted. After the opening bowlers had a couple of 'Chinese' cuts just miss the stumps our lads emerged stronger for their caution which took our tally to 17-0.
The partnership blossomed with Callum particularly mixing solid defence with aggressive strokes to anything with width. Ben too soon found his feet and the runs began to flow. The long boundaries were found several times as the pair's confidence grew. After 11 overs they were still together and our total was a satisfying 55-0. The introduction of T Colley and his turning ball did the trick and Ben was bowled for 23 to end our best opening stand of the year. Callum greeted Jake Greenbank but only 3 were added before the big Oxenhope lad danced at the turn, missed it and was stumped for 30. 58-2. It was a much better position for skipper Lewis Hopkinson than had greeted him in the last two matches. But only another 3 runs again and Lewis (0) was also out bowled by Fisher. 55-0 had become 62-3 and the Airedale JCL bowlers visibly lifted their fielding efforts. Our number five was Morgan Davies and he joined Jake with a re-vamp needed. The big lad settled almost immediately and the stand developed. At 78 in the 18th over Morgan on 9 took one on the pads from the confident young twirler only to see it slide onto his stumps to give Colley his third UAJCL victim in less than five overs. Jake was resolute, intent on remaining the anchor for Oliver Whyte to build upon. But his drive to the covers was snapped up by a prowling Quaife to give Colley his fourth of the innings. Jake had made 13 and left the field at 85-5 in the 20th over.
With Harry Andrews having shown excellent form last Sunday before a direct hit run out we had high hopes he could help Oliver add another 50 in the last 10 overs which would take us to 135. The pair worked well with Oliver stroking to all parts whilst Harry began to muscle without losing his technique or form. It was good to watch and the 100 was passed in the 24th over. Boundaries began to fly and the AJCL attack was rotated in a bid to separate the partners. It finally happened after 52 had been added with the wicket of Oliver for 17 but our score was now at 137-6 in the 28th over. The half-century stand had come up in only 9 overs to push us potentially onto over 150.So it proved as Will Rankin backed up Harry to add another 14 from the last 2 overs. Harry ended as top-scorer on 31no with Will on 3 and our tally at 151-6. For AJCL Colley returned a magnificent effort of 6-1-23-4, a valuable input in the context of our innings.
After an appetising tea in the Addingham pavilion our boys re-took the field hoping our major strength, the bowling, could again deliver. Openers Fisher and Mullins were faced with typical frugality from Dan Scott and Matt Wear and they were able to eek few runs from their accurate opening salvoes. By the sixth over AJCL had but 12 runs and by the 12th over it had moved on to just 27 albeit it with no wickets down. Mullins in particular was becalmed and had offered just 2 scoring shots. Fisher by contrast had looked dangerous although generally contained. The next six overs were some of our best of the summer as Morgan Davies and Will Rankin transformed the game. It was the Embsay lad who first found a fuller length and with the turn on offer three wickets tumbled all with the timbers struck. Mullins was first to go in the 14th over for just 5 to be soon followed by his partner Fisher who had battled to 24 and number four Naylor for a duck. Will joined in the fun and Quaife too was back in the pavilion for 7 clean bowled. And after 4 overs without scoring Woodward was Morgan's fourth victim at 49-5!
With 13 overs left an improbable 103 were required and a new more productive phase was required from the AJCL boys. Morgan concluded his spell with 6-1-18-4 with an even broader grin than his usual! Kellett and Woodley were faced with an uphill task without doubt but they set about it well. In five overs 29 runs flowed as Woodley found the whitewash repeatedly. His partner Kellet had occupied the crease well but made just 9 before a marvellously spectacular diving catch from keeper Hopkinson off Will Rankin ended his stay. 78-6 in the 22nd over required the remaining batsmen to proceed at over nine per over. Mohammed was next to join Woodley, who was now in free-flow. His boundary count grew and so did the AJCL total. In 3 overs another 20 were added before Mohammed (5) was smartly stumped by Lewis for Will's second scalp. The next ball was like a TV replay as the same ball from Will brought the same response from Lewis and the disbelieving Dewhirst was also on the long march back at 99-8. Five overs remained for AJCL to reach 152, another 53 required. The young Ingrow bowler picked up his fourth wicket in his next over to remove number 10 Colley for 2 at 113-9.
Attention switched to whether Woodley who had accumulated well could make it to his looming fifty. Five were added in the 28th over and with the last ball he managed a single to retain the strike needing 1 for a deserved half-century with 2 overs in which to do it. Whether confused by calls from his team-mates and spectators Woodley took a suicidal single and was run out a gleeful Will Rankin to end the AJCL innings at 118.
For Will there was the satisfaction of 5.1-0-24-4 to his name to sit alongside Morgan as chief destroyers whilst Dan Scott never made his second spell in the light of their succes had 3-1-4-0 to savour. Woodley's knock was a great effort and his 49 stood head and shoulders above the rest with only opener Fisher who could also take some acclaim.
For our boys it was a welcome win to end a first ever five-match campaign that had started so well and then plunged the depths against Nidderdale. We may well have claimed a win against Bradford at Skipton had it not rained but this was the real McCoy.
LOST IN THE FOREST
Glorious sunshine and a wonderfully idyllic setting at Knaresborough Forest CC greeted our band of under-12s and parents and supporters. Our match at Ingrow a few weeks back had a 30-run margin for the Nidderdale League and this was our chance to even the score. It wouldn't be easy as our hosts again included Yorkshire player Eddie Barnes in their line up.
Nidderdale opted to bat first and Barnes and B Bond took guard. Dan Scott and Matt Wear kept excellent control for six overs and Nidderdale posted just 18 runs in that period. There the easy passage ended. The next six overs brought 47 runs as the two batsmen cut loose with Barnes leading the charge. Dan, Tom Addison and Will Rankin bore the brunt of the assault as the lightening fast wide outfield sped the ball to 2s and 3s galore. The next six overs provided no respite either as the two openers piled on the agony at around six per over. The score had passed the three-figure mark and stood at 110-0 as Barnes and Bond accelerated with aplomb. It was the introduction of debutant Will Pullen (Silsden) that pushed the innings into a different phase. He was unlucky to have a catch dropped and showed that a better length might bring results. Barnes was well passed his fifty and heading towards a possible century. The re-introduction of Matt Wear did the trick and he edged through to Lewis Hopkinson behind the stumps and the skipper made no mistake. The classy batsman had made 85 from the 144 on the board and included 7 fours and a six and a host of threes in his 64 balls faced.
There were 8 overs still to bowl and the wicket visibly lifted our boys as it had followed a decent 3-over spell for just 16 runs from young Pullen. Number 3 Harry Stanford took a liking to the pace from Dan Scott and his figures took a battering. He was soon after clean bowled by Matt for 14 of the 24 stand with Bond. 168-2 in the 26th over was still a hefty score-line but the run flow wasn't stemmed. Dan Scott got a measure of revenge for the battering with the wicket of of Davies for 18 at 189-3. Left hander Bond reached his fifty but at 193 was bowled by Tom Addison for 57 to bring a little more spring back to our bowlers' step. Amazingly Tom repeated the dose twice more having Cutts and Bentley out for ducks.
The final tally against was 198-7 including a run out of Roberts for 2. Battered and bruised the bowlers retreated to the pavilion for Hot Dogs, Burgers and chocolate, not necessarily in that order! Tom Addison finished with 5-0-31-3 and Matt Wear with 6-1-27-2 and some pride alongside Will Pullen. The off-spin of Morgan Davies didn't click and 3 overs from Callum Holmes couldn't stop the rot either.
With a serious uphill task our two Earby openers Kieron Mara and Jake Greenbank were first up to try and haul in the mammoth total. Sadly Jake's stay was brief bowled by Williams for just 1 in only the second over. Up the order Harry Andrews (Bradley) proved a more resolute partner helping Kieron get into gear and the pair got the innings properly under way. They carried us albeit steadily to 28 before a quick single didn't prove quick enough as a direct throw from the covers sent Harry back for 7. The 11th over was a complete disaster as first skipper Lewis Hopkinson was bowled for 4 flicking to leg by an impressive Roberts. Two balls later Kieron on 15 was caught by Barnes at an ominous 36-4.
The very next over Grange persuaded not-yet off the mark, Morgan Davies to flick to leg and the lofted lob was acrobatically caught by Stanford. At 38-5 the innings was in tatters and the prayers for a partnership of substance were only partially answered as Dan Scott and Callum Holmes tried to re-group. They added 11 before Callum was caught off the bowling of Cutts for 4 at 49-6. Nidderdale now sought to close out the match and the introduction of Barnes did just that. He clean bowled Dan Scott for 10, Matt Wear for 0 and Will Pullen for 0 all in his one over. We ended o 56 all out, well beaten and a little demoralised.
It had been a sorry collapse albeit in the face of some top notch bowling. Our earlier near miss vs Ribblesdale and the hold up by the weather v Bradford had faded away and our defeat at Ingrow seemed a decent performance in retrospect. Only Kieron and Dan had reached double figures whilst Harry Andrews was unfortunate with the direct hit. Will Rankin finished 6 not out. Hopefully the boys can get back on track at Addingham on Wednesday with an improved batting display in support of our hard-working bowlers. The real positives were that we took seven wickets and that our bowlers eventually made the Nidderdale batting look somewhat top heavy in final appearance.
FLOW FAST & SLOW
Our first meeting with the Nidderdale proved a really enjoyable experience on a warm sunny afternoon at the hospitality of Ingrow CC.
Skipper Lewis Hopkinson lost the toss and Nidderdale elected to bat. We again turned to regular opening bowlers Dan Scott (Ingrow) and Matt Wear (Denholme) to strive for an early break-through. It came with Matt's first ball, a beauty to castle a young lad with an an illustrious grand-father called Botham for a duck at 5 for 1. As planned the two bowlers stood down after 3 overs each, Matt with 1-5 and Dan 0-12 when Nidderdale had reached 20-1. The caution from the visitors was matched by the excellent fielding and bowling from our boys in a cat-and-mouse match with both sides looking for openings. Leg-spin from John Davidson (Settle) and medium pace from Will Rankin also proved a fine combination and Will picked up the wickets of Stanford for 19 and Bond for 4, the latter via stunning catch from club-mate Ben Weatherall. The score was then 32-3 after under 10 overs. Yorkshire player Barnes though looked solid and he was joined by Hopkinson to try and restore some momentum for Nidderdale.
The Settle lad returned 0-7 from his 3 whilst Will had 2 for 13 to add to his success last week against the Bradford JCL. Tom Addison (Oxenhope) and Jake Greenbank (Earby) joined the fray with the Earby lad hit for two 4s in his first over. Tom by contrast opened with a maiden and then captured the wicket of Hopkinson for 9 at 52-4. Barnes continued resolutely looking for a long term partner. It came in the guise of Bentley. Tom's three brought 1-10 whilst Jake shipped 19 in his stint. At teh 18th over Nidderdale had 71-4 and they were looking to accelerate from the 4 per over. Bentley was aggressive and Barnes too struck the ball hard to many parts. Lewis opted to try John Davidson's spin again but he was taken for 13 in two overs. Matty Wear started his second spell and once again he did the trick engineering a run-out for Bentley on 22 at 89-5.
With around 9 overs left the scales were tilting slightly towards the visitors after the 37 run stand. Will Rankin replaced the luckless Davidson but his spell was wayward and ultimately expensive as Barnes and Davies continued to spin the tins. Matty bowled out with 6-1-18-2, another fine performance which included the wicket of Davies for 12 at 106-6. Will's figures were bludgeoned somewhat and he finished with 6-0-33-2. Tom Addison rejoined the attack in the 26th over at 111-6.
The young Oxenhope bowler stopped the assault with a wicket in each over, first of all claiming Lawson for 5, smartly stumped by Lewis at 116-7. 16 runs later in the 28th over he finally got through Barnes' defence at 132-8. The Nidderdale lad had batted with some intelligence and made 43 (7 fours). It was time for Dan to comer back and he pickedup the no 9 Grange for 7 at 138-9 to leave the hugely impressive Addison to bowl Hebblethwaite for 0 and bring the innings to a close at 139 all out.
Tom Addison ranked with Barnes as the innings start with his 5.3-1-21-4 and his contribution ensured our batsmen had a reasonable target to aim for.
After a superb tea, generously donated by the Ingrow club, the UAJCL innings got under way with Ben Weatherall on his home ground and Jake Greenbank from Earby. The Nidderdale opening bowlers Lawson and Hebblethwaite showed remarkable pace for such youngsters and looked very fine prospects. But our boys got through their initial phase carrying our score to 27-0. The introduction of Williams winkled out Ben caught for 7 as Jake had assumed the major role. Bowler Bentley too kept things quiet as Dan Scott settled in to replace his club-mate. The new pair added another 11 before the first ball from young Botham bowled Jake for an aggressive 28. At 43-2 after 10 overs the introduction of Captain Lewis Hopkinson would hopefully continue the satisfactory run-rate. It wasn't to be as Lewis chased a wide one from Botham and spooned it up to Stanford at point. He made just 2. Eddie Jackson came out to start a little re-build with Dan at 55-3 in the 13th over.
The introduction of 4th change spinner Bond was a masterstroke and he gained an lbw decision to send Dan back to the pavilion for 12 at 55-4. John Davidson came in at no 6 but only 4 runs later Eddie (0) too departed to Bond's wiles, caught by Barnes. 60-5 was not where we wanted to be as a very nervous Tom Bradley took gaurd to sadly depart bowled first ball to the cock-a-hoop Bond, who then had 3 for 3 in 11 balls. 60-6 was now very much a likely rear-guard action although the remaining UAJCL players could all bat well.
Will Rankin made his batting debut and with the diminutive Davidson another 13 were gleaned from the impressive Nidderdale attack. Barnes joined the bowling and his second over brought the wicket of Will for 3 at 73-7. Bradley batter harry Andrews had opted to bat low down the order and there wss the prospect this could be a blessing we were looking for. He struck a couple of well-timed fours and Davidson nurdled to good effect. It was 8th bowler Grange who bowled John for a sterling 14 at 96-8 in the 22nd over. The unlikely target was 44 runs in 8 overs but with just 2 wickets with which to get them. It did prove unlikely as Matty Wear added 2 and Tom Addison 0, both falling to Botham's second spell. Harry Andrews remained 11 not out.
The Nidderdale bowlers proved either pacy or tricky wherever you looked and Botham's pedigree was there to see with 4 for 8. Bond too was a handful returning 3 for 5. The UAJCL final tally was 102 all out, 37 short of the Nidderdale posting.
But new friends were made and a return with the Harrogate-based side is eagerly anticipated.
Skipton CC was the venue for the Bradford JCL 2010 visit to UAJCL and they would bat first with storm clouds gathering all around the district. Openers D Hussain and C Tiffany coped well with the occasional low bounce but found run-scoring at a premium. UAJCL bowlers Dan Scott (Ingrow) and Matt Wear (Denholme) had things under control but the impressive Hussain took a couple of boundaries from Matt to relieve the early pressure. Dan came up with an immediate response with the wicket of Tiffany, cleaned bowled for 4 at 18-1 in the fifth over. The opening bowlers had done a grand job of containment Scott conceding just 7 (inc 2 wides) from his 3 overs, whilst Matt shipped 12. After six overs Bradford JCL stood at 21-0 with Tom Addison (Oxenhope) and Morgan Davies (Embsay) the double change to try and build on the good start.
Under-11 Addison was as frugal as hoped and whilst Morgan too gave 'em nowt. But there was a special moment as debutant Will Rankin (Ingrow) picked out the stumps with a direct hit from backward point to run-out Bradford no 3 J Norcliffe for 9 at 33-2. The two bowlers conceded just the one boundary between them as Hussain remained resolute in defence. After 12 overs the gleaming electronic scoreboard showed 43-2 with M Sharp now the Pudsey lad's partner.
The second double bowling change introduced Rankin and dales lad Oliver Whyte and Will's third ball proved too good to pull and Hussain's vigil was at an end. His 21 from 37 balls had been vital to the Bradford innings. It was 43-3 in the 13th over and our boys sensed a key moment. Again our two bowlers kept the lid on Sharp and no 5 J Dixon for a while. Will Rankin had two maidens in his locker with 3-2-5-1 to add to his spectacular run out. The previously watchful Sharp though took a liking to Oliver's third over and he conceded 12 runs to take Bradford to 65-3 after 18 overs.
Skipper Lewis didn't hesitate to turn to his opening bowlers again and Dan Scott brought the partnership to an end with his first ball. It came via a tremendous tumbling, diving catch from his Ingrow team-mate and fielding-sub Tom Bradley. It was Dixon who departed for 5 at 65-4 and our tails were now well and truly upwardly mobile. 10 balls later Matt Wear added to the Bradford problems as Oliver Whyte took another good catch to give the Denholme bowler a just reward for his tight bowling. Sharp was the victim for 17 from 25 balls.
Clearly in some difficulty J Wood and S Gatenby dug themselves in as the UAJCL boys closed in for a potential vital phase. The two bowlers completed their six overs without any further boundaries as the UAJCL stranglehold tightened. The fifth wicket had fallen at 70 and after 24 overs the score was 75-5. And then steady drizzle became steady rain and the Umpires brought the boys from the field.
An excellent early tea was taken whilst the Skipton covers kept the strip dry. The bar takings also increased somewhat. The weather had closed right in and a re-start looked doubtful
But it did relent a little and play resumed around 5;30pm. Tom Addison and Will Rankin (pictured right) were to resume the push to clear up the last five wickets whilst the Bradford batsmen found scoring increasingly difficult. Addison conceded 2 as did his partner. Tom claimed his first victim clean bowling B Pearson for 1 at 80-6. William too got in on the act and the resilient Wood was bowled for 10 from 24 very watchful balls. It was now 81-7 but the rain had returned. Will's over was to be the last of the afternoon as the game was abandoned.
For UAJCL the bowlers had been magnificent with Ingrow pair Scott 6-0-15-2 and Rankin 5-2-8-2 the top performers. Youngster Addison was also well to the fore with 5-1-13-1 and Matt Wear was much more consistent this time around with 6-1-14-1. the fielding was excellent and the boys commitment to their task was of the highest level.
The next match is scheduled for next Sunday 20th June at Ingrow against new opponents the Nidderdale JCL.
raiders take the win
As the fighter planes and bombers circled overhead at the Haworth '40s weekend, our first ever 'War of the Roses' meeting with the Ribblesdale League began in bright Oxenhope sunshine on a fast bouncy batting track.
Ribblesdale won the toss, asking UAJCL to bat first. So our first two lads to face a Lancastrian District, Ben Weatherall (Ingrow) and Kieron Mara (ironically from Earby in Pendle) took guard. The opening bowlers were Joseph Ryland (of Pendle Forest) and A Nixson and both began well but the field conceded early extras. Both settled in well and after 5 overs had 18 on the board. The fifth ball from Nixson was chipped by Kieron to the waiting Ryland to claim a first scalp for the visitors. He made 8 and gave way to no 3 Tom Bradley of Ingrow who joined his club-mate at 23-1. The second bowling pair was L Wright (Lancashire county player) and J Beach and buoyed by the wicket they continued the Red Rose grip on the run-rate. Eight runs and 15 balls later Tom chipped a caught & bowled back to the classy Wright for just 2, despite his usual sound defence. This had followed a spilled chance from Weatherall, who had looked in no danger, settling in well. The warning signs were there that the Ribblesdale attack was clearly a good match and that the game would be a tough one. It was time for a skipper's innings and home lad Lewis Hopkinson strode out with the match poised tantalisingly at 31-2.
If there was any doubt about the quality of the visitors attack it dissipated in the 11th over when Ben did depart for 12 also caught and bowled by Wright, whose tidy figures were then 2-7 in his third over. The new partner for Lewis was Oliver Whyte (Wharfedale) and some consolidation was required. They faced third bowling pair H Phelan and L Scothern and the scoring rate visibly lifted as a stand developed. By the half-way mark UAJCL had advanced to 58-3 with obvious promise of more. Oliver smashed a six off Scothern to signal an attacking intent. Lewis too picked up singles and 2s a plenty at his start but eventually began to find the whitewash. The two stayed togther until the 18th over when bowler M Pepper got a straight low one through Oliver's defence after initial difficulty with wides. It was 71-4 with almost 12 overs to push on. Oliver made an aggressive 17, an excellent contribution for UAJCL.
A second Oxenhoper Callum Holmes joined the Captain, who began to take charge of the innings. Lewis opened up well with a full array of shots and the tins were moving apace. After 20 overs UAJCL had 99-4 as the aggression from Oliver, Lewis and Callum began to tell. In over 22 at 103 Callum was bowled by H Rashid amid a spate of boundaries for 11 in a superb partnership of 32 with Lewis.
There were now 8 overs for the 'big lad' from Embsay, Morgan Davies, to help take the tally towards the 150 mark, if he and Lewis could quickly gel. Lewis fully took centre stage whist surprisingly Morgan picked up the singles and rotated the strike a-la 20-20. It worked a treat for 5 overs later Lewis took the plaudits for a stunning half-century which included six fours and a six. The very next ball at 147 he pulled straight to Beach from the ever-persistent Wright who now had 3-13. Hopkinson received the acclaim he deserved from the watching parents and supporters.
The last four overs brought another 15 runs for the loss of Matthew Wear (2), a fourth victim for the very impressive Wright. Morgan stroked most of the added runs, surviving two skied chances to finish on 23 not out. Wright came off sporting 4-17 against his name after a quality showing. One outcome of the fast track was a substantial extras tally of 34 for UAJCL who had made 128 from their bats. The team had tallied 162-7 but on the superb Oxenhope strip it would be very interesting to see if it was enough. Once again the excellent teas went down well at the newly extended Oxenhope pavilion.
It was Wright and Nixson who again opened for Ribbledale facing Dan Scott (Ingrow) and Matthew Wear (Denholme). It was our boys turn to keep the lid on things and the two quickies did just that, conceding just 13 between them in the opening six overs. The batsmen were playing them selves in nicely at the expense of the run-rate. Tom Addison and the leg-spin of Morgan Davies continued to keep things tidy with boundaries a rarity. After 12 overs the Ribblesdale tally stood at 36 with UAJCL seemingly in control. The principal scorer had been the excellent Wright but 3rd change Oliver Whyte induced a catch to Morgan and he was first out for 23 at 38-1 in the 13th over. Joseph Ryland, aPendle Forest cricketer, had declined the UAJCL invitation but opted to play with his Pendle mates and at no 3 he immediately picked up the scoring with the previously missing boundaries. After 15 overs the score was 52-1 but another five overs on it had reached 88-1 and Ryland had engineered a visible acceleration, sparking Nixson into more expansive mode. Nevertheless the Red Rose still required 75 to win from the final 10 overs.
Lewis brought back Matt Wear but the ploy failed as Ryland continued to dominate. He also took a toll on Whyte, Reece Webb-Foster and Callum Holmes. No 2 Nixson was caught by Holmes for a staunch 34 (3 fours) at 146-2. The runs had flowed heavily and with 4 overs to go team manager Danny Kegg bravely withdrew Ryland for a magnificent unbeaten 80 (13 fours and 2 sixes) still requiring 5 runs to win. Boldly they sent in J Henderson to join H Phelan. With two new batsmen at the wicket UAJCL sensed an opportunity to prevent the likely Red Rose win. Opening bowler Dan Scott put in a determined maiden claiming the wicket of Henderson (2) courtesy of a catch from sub Eddie Jackson. Four runs were still needed with Tom Addison with the cherry. Phelan tucked away a four to settle any Ribblesdale nerves and posted a cracking victory for our visitors.
Scott had admirable control conceding just 16 in his six overs whilst home lad Addison shipped only 20 in 5.1. But the day belonged to Ryland with a majestic knock, the highest ever in any of our u-12 matches in five years.
UAJCL and Ribblesdale, well matched it would seem, will now try to find a date for a return in Lancashire this season. If not then next year.