sponsored by the Keighley Cup Committee


Malcolm Birks, the UAJCA manager for the return to the Joe Lumb Cup, has selected the following squad to represent UAJCA:

Harvey Green - Settle

Joe Birks - Skipton

Joe Horton - Skipton

Noah Kennedy - Skipton

Moheed Shafiq - Skipton

Adam Harding - Skipton

Mohammed Ibrahim - B & B

Noah Thirkill - B & B

Hamza Saeed - Great Horton

Mohammed Hasan - B & B

Abdullah Hussain - B & B

Mustapha Hussain - Great Horton

Ali Hussain - Sutton

Jack Caton - Settle

Aaron Macrae - Steeton

UAJCA is advised by East Yorkshire Manager Richard Robinson that very regrettably they are unable to raise a team to play UAJCA on Sunday 11th and therefore the match is conceded to UAJCA.
UAJCA played its second match in the 2021 Cup at the picturesque Esholt CC grounds against the Aire-Wharfe League. Batting first UAJCA tallied 147 with no-one  scaling the heights and too much respect given to the spin-bowler. The match was settled by a huge six over the club-house when the scores were level. Saqif Ali bowled exceptionally well claiming a five-for. Pace-man Mohammed Yusuf and Captain Jack Luxton held them in check before spinners Subhaan Ahmed and Saqif kept up the good work but had insufficient runs to defend.
Saqif Ali [GHC] was a UAJCA hero smashing 124 no against the Heavy Woollen District. He had great help from skipper Jack Luxton [Steeton] [41], Jack Whitaker [Sutton] [22] and Subhaan Ahmed [Oakworth] 18. Our 251-9 proved far too many for HWD as 6 wickets fell go spi, 2 each to Saqif, Charlie Raby [Oakworth] and Subhaan. Toby Meynell [Bradley] also picked up a brace as HWD replied with 173 all out.
UAJCA have been advised by the Yorkshire Festival Committee that Barnsley District have withdrawn from all competitions in 2021 due to lack of support.

Accordingly the scheduled fixture on 27th June is now CANCELLED


The UAJCA big lads will have to wait a little longer to take on  the prestigious senior XL40 Club. The match scheduled for Bank Holiday Sunday 30th May at Giggleswick School has now fallen victim to the atrocious weather.

The good news is that UAJCA and XL are actively trying to find a suitable rearrangement option for later in the summer.

The 2021 Team manager will be Adnaan Shafique [Gt Horton Ch] who has moved up from the UAJCA u15s. He replaces Neil Bishop [Haworth] to whom UAJCA is extremely grateful for his invaluable input to the team in recent years.

The 2021 fixtures are now released and shown in the panel opposite........



UAJCA Joe Lumb Squad trial

30th June Doncaster   UAJCA   1:00pm
14th July UAJCA   Halifax   1:00pm
21st July UAJCA   York   1:00pm


Mr Malcolm Birks      07792-992870       malcolmbirks@gmail.com



UAJCA Joe Lumb Squad trial

30th May UAJCA u-19   XL Club   Abandoned - weather
13th June UAJCA


H Woollen

173 a o

Won by 78 runs
20th June Aire-Wharfe



147 a o

Lost by 3 wkts
11th July UAJCA   East Yorkshire   East Yorks concede
1st August         Joe Lumb semi-final
22nd Aug         Joe Lumb Cup Final


Mr Adnaan Shafique      07950-625921 adnaan1110@gmail.om


 28th April Joe Lumb Squad trial [1:30-3:30pm] 1:00pm Oxenhope Nets
  9th June UAJCA 107 a o Aire-Wharfe 234-8 Lost by 127 runs
  7th July Doncaster 196 a o UAJCA   235 a o Won by 39 runs
 21st July UAJCA   Wetherby   Wetherby conceded
 28th July Hambleton   UAJCA   Rain


Mr Steve Powell     07967-583740 spowell144@googlemail.com
Mr Neil Bishop      07771-756486 neil@bishoplandscapes.co.uk


 24th June UAJCA 185-6 Halifax   184 a o Won by 4 wickets
 08th July Nidderdale 264-8 UAJCA   243-9 Lost by 21 runs
 15th July UAJCA   Hambleton   Hambleton Conceded
 22nd July Halifax 255-3 UAJCA    253 Lost by 7 wkts
Knaresborough CC Sunday 8th July 2018
Nidderdale Junior Cricket Association
J Keal ct Ed Washington Jo Holderness 8
C Eddleston ct Tom Starkey Ben Southern 26
O Horberry ct Adil Modak Ben Southern 40
C Halliday ct Ben Southern 22
C Holtham ct Bradley Gardner James Robinson 45
D Howard ct Ed Washington Jo Holderness 61
J Stanley run out Will Smith   20
J Lever not out   3
J Proctor b Jo Holderness 8
G Beeley dnb    
O Fryer      
Extras 2b, 8lb, 15w  


Total [50 overs]    


Jo Holderness 13-4-35-3, Tom Starkey 7-0-28-0, Ben Southern 7-1-34-3, Lewis Gardner 3-0-24-0, James Robinson 13-1-70-1, Bradley Gardner 3-0-16-0, Adil Modak 6-0-32-0
Upper Airedale Junior Cricket Association
James Robinson b O Fryer 78
Shiv Bhatoa ct J Lever D Howard 0
Jo Holderness ct O Horberry O Fryer 89
Tom Starkey ct C Halliday O Fryer 4
Ben Southern ct C Holtham O Fryer 1
Adil Modak ct O Horberry J Proctor 13
Bradley Gardner ct J Lever C Eddleston 24
Ed Washington run out J Stanley   5
Lewis Gardner ct J Proctor D Howard 3
Will Smith not out   1
Extras 2b, 8lb, 15w   25
Total [48.3 overs]    


O Fryer 9-0-55-3, D Howard 8.3-3-23-3, C Halliday 6-0-39-0, C Holtham 5-1-20-0, C Eddleston 9-1-35-1, J Lever 2-0-17-0, J Proctor 7-0-26-1, G Beeley 2-0-18-0


7th July Oxenhope Straw Race day when seven UAJCA teams took to the field, was a lovely hot day and our boys picked up some good wins on the day. Pride of place goes to the Joe Lumb team who recovered from 143-9 to 235 all out thanks to a last wicket stand of 92 from Ollie Bishop [Bradford & Bingley] and Usman Riaz [Great Horton Church]. The aggressor proved to be swing bowler Ollie who turned his bat to the cause amassing a match-winning 60. Usman played his part rotating the strike with 15 not out. This came after late order contributions from Oakworth's Lucas Keslinke [26] and Earby's Nathan Hodge [25]. The bowlers finished the job in style, bowling out Doncaster for 196. There was 3 wickets each for Tom Starkey [Olicanians] and skipper Harris Rowlett [Steeton].
Manager Neil Bishop announces his team to face Aire-Wharfe on 9th June now switched to Sutton in Craven CC [11:00am].
Harris Rowlett [Captain, Steeton], Lucas Keslinke [WK, Oakworth], Jo Holderness [Skipton], Oliver Bishop [Bradford & Bingley], Usman Riaz [GHC], Saqif Ali [GHC], Nathan Hodge [Earby], Harry Hollingsworth [Oakworth], Bradley Powell ]Oakworth], Lewis Gardner [Skipton], Shiv Bhatoa [Oakworth].


Ben Holderness has stood down from managing the Joe Lumb Squad due to work commitments with the County set-up. We wish Ben all the best in his important roles.

Neil Bishop [Haworth] and Steve Powell [Oakworth] will assume the duties for 2019. An outdoor selection trial is to be held at Oxenhope CC outdoor nets on Sunday 28th April [1:15pm] to determine the squad make up and prepare for the first match which is on Sunday 9th June at home [Steeton CC] to neighbours Aire-Wharfe.


Manager Ben Holderness reports a narrow defeat to Nidderdale in our second Joe Lumb Cup competition match. Skipton duo Jo Holderness [89] and James Robinson [78] were supported by Bradley Gardner with 24 and tallied 243-9. Earlier Nidderdale rattled up 264-8 [D Howard 61, C Holtham 45, O Horberry 40] Held in check by 3-35 and 3-34 by Jo and Ben Southern. The points situation remains to be known......yet


Manager Ben Holderness is proud to submit the scorecard for a UAJCA Joe Lumb Cup win over neighbours Halifax. A 184 score-line from Halifax proved insufficient to overcome UAJCA, who passed that total with 4 wickets in hand. UAJCA was indebted to Shiv Bhatoa [Oxenhope] for his fabulous 79 not out and the late order 49 from Usman Akhtar who retired hurt. GHC club-mate Saad Shafique helped finish the job with 12 not out. The earlier bowling honours went to Adil Modak [Steeton] 3-20.  Scorecard

Now to tackle Nidderdale at Knaresborough on 8th July.


The UAJCA Joe Lumb Cup Squad for our 2018 return to the premier competition in the county has been selected by manager Ben Holderness. The 12-man squad is:

James Robinson [Skipton, Capt], Joe Holderness [Skipton], Tom Starkey [Skipton], Adil Modak [Steeton], Harris Rowlett [Steeton], Ben Southern [Skipton], Elliot Wilson [Steeton], Shiv Bhatoa [Oxenhope], Joe Bairstow [Oxenhope, w/k], Edson Richmond [Bradley], Bradley Gardner [Skipton], Tom Meakin [Steeton].



Thirty-two under 16 & u17 players  have been invited to a trial on Sunday 15th April at 10:00am at South Craven School Sports Hall to allow Joe Lumb Manager Ben Holderness to assess current strengths and select a squad for our first tilt at the Cup for 3 years. Good luck to all trialists.

Our first fixture will be at Oxenhope CC vs the Halifax League on Sunday 24th June.


After persuasion from team manager Ben Holderness, UAJCA representatives agreed to support a return to the Joe Lumb Cup for our under-17 players in 2018.

The trial is to be held at South Craven School on Sunday 15th April at 10:00am [90 mins] with manager Ben Holderness.

Our first fixture will be at Oxenhope CC vs the Halifax League on Sunday 24th June.

Trip to Ackworth CC

Lewis Hopkinson [100 & 3 wkts] and Matthew Wear [50 & 4 wkts] grab first 2015 win for UAJCA Joe Lumb squad at Oxenhope CC.

Joe Lumb Squad

With a huge bunch of 16 and 15 year old boys to select from UAJCA opted for an indoor net trial at South Craven School Cricket Centre on 24th April. 18 prospective players attended the trial with a further 5 unable to attend the trial but available to play. A 14-man squad has been selected with 3 others on standby to cover absences, exams, injuries etc. The squad [2014 squad pictured] which includes 3 new caps is made up of nine 16-year-olds, four 15 year-olds and one 14 year old.

The squad is: Lewis Hopkinson [Capt, w/k, Oxenhope], Hamzah Iqbal & Martin Walker [both Bradford & Bingley], Nick Firth, Ben Sugden & Will Pullen [all Silsden], Jake Greenbank [Earby] Dan Scott & Tom Mawer [both Oxenhope], Matthew Wear [Denholme], Ben Jagger [Wilsden], John Davidson [Settle], Elliot Stockton & Tom Robinson [both Embsay].

The three standby-reserves are Matt Daggett & Archie Hancock [both U Wharfedale] and Simon Tarbox [Settle].

The first match is on 31st May away at Ackworth CC v Pontefract District.

71 run loss in closing match

The UAJCA Joe Lumb squad ended its 2014 campaign with a third defeat. The trip to Pickering CC for a dead rubber meant there was pride only to play for. Regulare keeper Lewis Hopkinson had to drop out due to injury.

Scarborough JCA batted first and an early wicket with the score on 13 gave UAJCA a boost. A rapid Ben Howell was the bowler, Callum Holmes the catcher and  Walmsley the batsmen who made 5. At 28 the same bowler had the wicket of the other opener Donald with a catch from Oakworth team-mate and stand-in keeper Sam Nettleton. There was to be another 78 runs added before the third Scarborough wicket fell bowled by Dan Scott. It was M Butler who had accelerated their innings with 41 of the partnership with J Reed. Another 37 runs on it was 113-4 as M Southwell gave Dan his second scalp. UAJCA were well in the match but Scarborough no 4 J Reed was a resolute opponent. With J Till another 59 was added to begin to swing the pendulum eastwards. Till was bowled for 29 by Ben Howell, his third victim of the match. After just 12 more runs Reed was finally winkled out by Isaac Murray for 62, a second catch for Sam Nettleton. The score stood at 184 for 6 with neither side dominant. The Scarborough lower order though knuckled down to the job and added a further 54 runs whilst UAJCA had only the wicket of J Hills for 9 another Nettleton snap up, this time for Isaac. the final tally for Scarborough had risen to 238 for 7. Howell was the pick of our bowlers with 3 for 30 in 14 tidy overs.

Daniel Marshall made a bright start but was caught by keeper Reed for Bowes for just 7 at 9 for 1. Then a disastrous second early wicket followed as Isaac was also on his way caught behind for 1 off Milner. At 10 for 2, a target of 239 looked a long way off. But left-hander Martin Walker and Dan Scott dug in and put together our best stand with 72 runs. Dan was adjudged lbw by Donald for a sterling 31. 82 for 3 was much better with late call up Jordan Powell joining the fray. He chipped in 11 in a stand of 14 before departing bowled by Donald. Toby Priestley also scored 11 caught behind also off Donald. At 112-5 UAJCA was definitely on the back foot but opener Martin walker remained strong picking up plenty of boundaries along the way. Ben Howell struck 2 fours in his 13 before his timbers were rattled by Walmsley at 141 for 7 with 98 still required. Earby's Jake Greenbank made another similar contribution of 12 to take us on to 163 for 8. the innings finally collapsed with the fall of Martin for a cracking 69 caught for Walmsley. We ended at 167 all out with Walmsley taking five of our wickets whilst shipping 75 runs off his 87 balls.

So the 2014 campaign came to a close without an on-field victory.

Change of venue

Please note the final Joe Lumb Cup match against Scarborough JCA will now be played at Pickering CC. Postcode is YO18 8DJ

Collapse brings 2nd defeat

Visitors Doncaster came to Skipton to take on Upper Airedale and batted first in glorious sunshine. UAJCA struck an early blow with just 2 byes on the board with dismissal of opener Josh Budd for 0, clean bowled by Oxenhope's Dan Scott. With just 1 more added the other opener Will Hollins followed for a second duck with a smart catch behind from Lewis Hopkinson [Oxenhope] for skipper Isaac Murray [Denholme]. At 3 for 2 Doncaster was in some trouble and it was soon to get worse. No 3 George Thompson had made 6 of the 12-2 total and he hit Isaac into the air to be snapped up by the waiting John Davidson [Settle]. 12 for 3 was a fantastic start for UAJCA and it soon became 13 for 4 as Oundesley gave Callum Holmes [Oxenhope] a catch off club team-mate Dan Scott. Number 5 Tom Bradley was joined by Jack Zuurbier as two new batsmen at the crease.The wheel of fortune spun southwards as the pairing began to settle and score freely. UAJCA brought spinner John Davidson and Matthew Wear [Denholme] into the attack but to no instant avail. It was Bradley who fell next with the Doncaster tally at 61 for a smart 33. He was Callum's second catch, this time for the effervescent Matthew. No 7 Ryan Pearson added only 2 given out lbw again for Matthew, who was now fizzing well. The score-board read 63 for 6 and UAJCA were in the box seat.

The early UAJCA dominance was countered by Zuurbier and Sulliman Ahmed who pushed tehir team back into the sunshine. Zuurbier passed 50 and Ahmed to looked set for a solid score. They added 80 defiant runs before Ahmed was caught by Lewis off the returning Isaac. He had contributed 32 to the stand including the only six of the innings. 10 runs on at 153 John Davidson's twirlers finally found a way through the Zuurbier defence for a magnificent 59, which included 11 boundaries. Isaac then took out Z Ahmed via a third snap-up from Callum to take his personal haul to 4 wickets. At 153 for 9 it seemed UAJCA had done its job but they maybe reckoned without the last pair Abbass and Colley who put bat to ball picking off 5 boundaries to add another 35 for the last wicket. 188 for 9 was a long way from 63 for 6 but nevertheless a gettable target. Isaac returned a cracking 4 for 37 with Matthew 2 for 19 perhaps under-bowled. Dan Scott kept the runs down with 2 for 45 from 14 overs.

Oakworth skipper Ben Howell paired with Davidson to start the reply and what a start it was. The pair blended well matching each others contribution. 65 runs were gleaned from the Doncaster attack before Ben was bowled for 35 by Oundesley who had taken some punishment hitherto. Skipper Isaac joined John and another 23 was added before Colley induced the catch for Z Ahmed from Isaac who had chipped in 15 to the UAJCA cause. Still in the driving seat at 88 for 2, UAJCA needed 101 with 8 wickets remaining. That position soon deteriorated as our batsmen had trouble with the bowling of Colley who removed John for masterful 48 soon after Ahmed had had Lewis caught for a duck by Hollins. 106 for 4 was now revealed a more even contest as Colley continued to cause problems. The next four wickets added only 12 runs as our challenge faded big style. Jake Greenbank scored 8, bowled by Ahmed and Josh Ferguson 6 as Colley's third victim. Toby Priestley [Denholme] and Charlie Shimmin [Wilsden] both collected zeroes in the collapse. Dan Scott paired with both Callum Holmes and Matthew Wear to try and eek out towards the target but his 13no was our last real effort. Callum copped our fourth and Matthew our fifth duck of the innings, which close at 132 all out, 56 runs light.

That lad Colley returned 6 for 28 as UAJCA chief executioner, but it could have been oh so different at 88 for 1.

Comeback fails to avoid defeat

Super Sunday was headlined by the Joe Lumb Cup match at Sowerby Bridge CI CC. Batting first there was an early blow with the loss of form man Lewis Hopkinson for a duck bowled by an impressive Toby Thorpe. Martin Walker and Isaac Murrray consolidated well adding 49 before aggressor Isaac was bowled by Baldwin for 35 in 70 balls. Martin was resolute in defence but becalmed in scoring and he fell 1 run later for very steady 9 [68 balls]. Settle's John Davidson settled well along with Toby Priestley [Denholme]. Toby was caught for 6 off Hosher to end their partnership at 65-4. Sam Nettleton followed for 5 at 89-5 with the Ribblesdale all-rounder beginning to show excellent batting form. He needed a partner and found him in late call-up Josh Ferguson [Oxenhope]. Their stand together was carried past 50. It was Davidson whose wicket ended the burgeoning duet at 141-6. He had made a sterling 51 [69 balls] including 5 fours and 3 sixes and  given our team a sporting chance. Jack Keighley departed for 2 at 153-7 and 9 runs later Josh Ferguson too was bowled for a superb 38 at a run a ball. Oxenhoep pair Dan Scott and Callum Holmes saw out the innings to 169 for 8 after the 50 overs. Halifax opening bowler Toby Thorpe returned 4 for 45 as the home side's attacking kingpin.

UAJCA too had an impressive opening bowler in Dan Scott whose 11 overs brought him 3 for 40. The early wicket of George Hampshire paved the way for  a 99-run partnership between Toby Thorpe [60] and Jake Finch [53] which posed a distinct threat to our chances of defending our total. The two half-centurions had departed with the  score at 132-3, thanks to the dynamic duo from Denholme, Thorpe run out by Toby Priestley and Finch bowled by Matty Wear. Dan Scott the got to work on the middle order and dismissed 3 batsmen. The score however had moved on to 160-6 before nos 7 and 8 Baldwin [4] and Talbot [7] closed out the victory in the 36th over.

On the day Halifax proved the better team but our 2014 team can and will progress after encouraging performances from Murray, Davidson, Ferguson and Scott. The next fixture is on 22nd June vs Doncaster at Skipton CC. This is a crunch match for defeat will almost certainly mean elimination. Victory will take us to a show-down meeting with Scarborough JCA at distant Malton

Team to play Halifax

UAJCA Team Manager Simon Howell announces the team to play Halifax JCL on Super Su7nday 8th June [1:00pm]. the match is at Sowerby Bridge Church Institute CC. POST CODE HX6 2UB The team is:Isaac Murray, Toby Priestley & Matthew Wear [all Denholme], John Davidson {Settle], Sam Nettleton & Jack Keighley [both Oakworth], Dan Scott, Callum Holmes & Lewis Hopkinson [all Oxenhope], Martin Walker [Bfd & Bingley] & Charlie Shimmin [Wilsden].

The first match vs Wetherby was conceded to UAJCA

Wetherby District concede

UAJCA Team Manager Simon Howell was advised by the Wetherby Ditrsict that they were unable to raise a competitive team for our Joe Lumb Cup match at Settle CC on Sunday 18th May. The points are awarded to UAJCA but it is a huge disappointment for UAJCA players and the Settle club not to have the fixture.

The next match is on Sunday 8th June [Super Sunday] at Sowerby Bridge Church Institute CC, post code HX6 2UB against the Halifax District.

2014 squad selected

UAJCA Team Manager Simon Howell has selected 12 players to represent UAJCA in the Joe Lumb Cup. A number of players are also on a standby list. Letter of invitation will be sent out by the end of March 2014. The first match is at Settle CC on Sunday 18th May.

The provisional squad, subject to confirmation of availability, is: Isaac Murray & Matthew Wear [both Denholme], Lewis Hopkinson & Dan Scott [both Oxenhope], Ben Howell, Sam Nettleton & Jack Keighley [all Oakworth], Joshua Waind [Silsden], Charlie Shimmin [Wilsden], John Davidson [Settle], Jake Greenbank [Earby] & Daniel Marshall [Bingley Congs]. Standby reserves are; Morgan Davies [Embsay] & Callum Holmes [Oxenhope].

Leeds smashed by Callum' ton

UAJCA took first knock on a sweltering hot day at Whitkirk CC, starting with Ben Howell [Oakworth] and new boy Charlie Slater [U Wharfedale]. At 19-1 Ben was caught for 14 off the bowling of D Goor and no sooner had skipper Callum Lockett [U Wharfedale] come to the wicket Charlie too was on his way back for 4 bowled by Jenkinson. Kyran Clarke [U Wharfedale] couldn't really get going and he departed for 1 at 31-3, a parlous position. Isaac Murray [Denholme] helped Callum stop the rot and the pair added 46 for the 4th wicket. Isaac was caught off Barnaghan for an aggressive 18 including 2 fours and a six. Jack Roberts [Silsden] opted for a definite support role for Callum who was getting into his stride. Jack scored just six but with his skipper in full flow the score had reached 126-5 when Jack departed stumped off Clegg. James Lee [Oakworth] next partnered Callum and a super 63 run stand ensued. James was the junior partner helping Callum move towards three figures. James was bowled by Jenkinson for 12 at 189-6. His club colleague Sam Nettleton was at the crease when Callum passed the 100 mark, heading for a great personal innings of 126 in one of his last as a junior. Sam was bowled by Nuttall for 11 and keeper Jack Baker [Glusburn] was run out in the push for 16. The final UAJCA score of 246 was a far cry from the misery at Gargrave and the feature of course a magnificent milestone for skipper Callum. But the job wasn't yet done. Leeds had used 6 bowlers, the best D Goor whose 3 wickets cost 34 runs in 7 overs.

A very early strike from Kyran Clarke to remove opener D Walker for a duck without o run on the board was an early fillip for UAJCA. Jeavons and Wright though dug in and added 36 before Wright was caught for 23 by Isaac for Callum at 36-2. Richardson and Jeavons continued to consolidate but at 50 Jeavons was dismissed for a very patient 13 by keeper Baker for James Lee. From 50-3 Leeds added runs through Richardson and Nuttall until James again struck to add to his haul at Gargarve. Nuttall made 9 but disastrously for Leeds immediately after Richardson too was removed from the action by Jack Roberts left-armers courtesy of Jake Parkinson [U Wharfedale]. At 73-5 Leeds were star8ng down a barrel James Lee showed it was still loaded and Clegg went for 1 at 80-6 again bowled by the Oakworth Captain. Number 6 Barrington was the Leeds last hope it seemed as he continued to frustrate UAJCA bowlers. No 8 Jenkinson went for 1 at 101-7 and then 16 runs later the killer blow was delivered by Isaac to dismiss Barrington for 30 at 117-8. Callum picked up 2 more wickets and James a fourth to have the Leeds boys all out in the 43rd over for 142.

It had been a wonderful all-round performance by UAJCA with James again the lead bowler with 7.2-0-29-4 backed by the ever reliable skipper with 14-5-31-3. UAJCA whilst delighted with their performance were left to rue their collapse against Pontefract which has probably cost them a semi-final place.

Crushed by the Heavies

A bright sunny day at Gargrave did not provide the result UAJCA were seeking to restore their fine start against Doncaster. Renowned opponents Heavy Woollen batted first were soon in a spot of trouble at 16-2. Kyran Clarke had removed opener Wolfenden for a duck and soon after also had no 3 Simpson ct by u-15 Keeper Lewis Hopkinson. It was just the start we needed but there the high ended. Wayward bowling down the leg side with too many short "gimme-balls" enabled the Heavies batsmen to settle into a high-scoring rhythm. Nick Kaye and Matthew Waite flayed UAJCA bowlers to all parts despite the long outfield grass. Their titanic partnership took the Heavy Woollen score to 257 before they were parted. Waite was the victim for James Lee [Oakworth] with a catch from George Sutcliffe with a knock of 114. the wicket of Kaye at 274-4 gave UAJCA a lift although the resolute opener had done a fine job having also passed the 3-figure mark. He was also a victim for James, caught by Ben Whitfield for 125. The returning skipper Callum Lockett joined the action and he and James removed the middle and lower order for just another 45 runs. James was a revelation with 5 for 48 in just under 7 overs. Callum ended with 2 for 44 after a better second spell. But the damage had been done and the 319 score-line reflected our inadequate bowling after such a fine start.

With the bat George Sutcliffe continued his poor run and went for just 2again caught off the bowling of Donnelly. A stand of 31 from Ben Whitfield and Callum Lockett was broken when the latter went the same way for 18having hit 3 crisp boundaries. 10 runs later Ben too was on his way back to the pavilion also for 18 also caught for bowler Holliday. Something of a fight-back was engineered by Kyran Clarke and Denholme's Isaac Murray. Kyran smote a couple of sixes in his 33 again caught for bowler Kaye. He departed at 79-4 with our hopes fading that we could match the tall target. Bowling hero Jame Lee joined Isaac and the pair continued to pick up runs at a decent pace but below that really required. The breakthrough for the Heavy Woollen side came with the introduction of M Waite who firstly bowled Isaac for a sterling 33 after sharing a 42 stand with James. The score was 121-5. James Raper next fell to Waite for 2 and Jake Parkinson failed to trouble the scorers on the same score of 131 for 7. Some tail-wagging from James 19 and keeper Lewis Hopkinson 25 carried us to a final tally of 172 all out after 41 overs. The express aggressive pace from Waite snuffed out any real prospect of challenging, his 5 for 15 in 7 overs transforming fortunes.

So there is to be no glory in this competition in 2013 and we surely play for pride at Whitkirk CC against Leeds on 7th July.

Ponte bowlers on top

Isaac Murray proved a real trump card at 3rd change, taking 4-24 to take out most of the Pontefract middle order. James Raper and James Lee had removed the openers and at 92-7 the visitors to Skipton were looking down a barrel. Opening bowler Raees Ishtiaq [Wilsden] was a classy asset and he ended with 3-36. The late recovery from Pontefract came from Parson and Bowering taking them on to 142 all out.

The dream of a second successive win soon dissipated with the top five each scoring only single figures. the damage was done by C Harvey and despite sterling efforts from Upper Wharfedale pair Jake Parkinson 14 and 12 from Kyran Clrke and some tail-wagging, UAJCA reached only 75 all out. The tail was demolished by M Heritage with 4-11.

Heavy Woollen is a must-win, but hopefully skipper Callum Lockett will be back in harness along with Doncaster scourge Tyler McGladdery.

4 wicket win

UAJCA Joe Lumb squad did us all proud with a 4-wicket win against Doncaster. The match was played at West Bretton CC near Barnsley.

The scores were Doncaster 118 all out, UAJCA 119-6

From the early overs when Kyran Clarke bowled Doncaster opener Charlie Allen, UAJCA was in the ascendancy. Callum Lockett added the scalp of no 3 Pearson and Doncaster were 10 for 2. Opener Corey Deere held things together but after a burst of scoring number 4 Ounsley [23] was skittled by James Raper at 37 for 3. Then it was the Tyler McGladdery show with 10.1 overs bringing him 5 wickets for 32 as the Doncaster middle-order fell apart. Deere was lbw for 28 and at 82-9 the South Yorkshire-men looked out for a very low count. But a 10th wicket stand of 36 by Sheldon and Dobson held up the UAJCA victory charge.

A similar early loss of opener George Sutcliffe for a duck was blow to UAJCA as was the subsequent fall of McGladdery for just 10 at 10 for 2. A fifty-nine run stand between skipper Callum Lockett and Ben Whitfield settled any nerves until Ben was caught for 28. Seven runs later came the 'wobble' and 3 wickets fell on 86. Firstly Callum went for a solid 38 to be followed after 5 balls by Sam Nettleton. And when Jake Parkinson fell first ball they returned with a vengance. But there the collapse halted as Isaac Murray 23 and Kyran Clarke 8 saw off the attack with an unbeaten 33 stand to take the points.

Match abandoned

Due to the incessant rain, the 3rd under-17 match in the Joe Lumb Competition vs Barnsley at Skipton is ABANDONED

Much improved

UAJCA Joe Lumb team acquitted themselves well but lost their match against Aire-Wharfe at Silsden by 20 runs. The opposition made 255 for 9 wickets with their innings built around opener Ben Morley who made a classy 102 before Ben Addison [Oxenhope] had him stumped. He had shared an 87-run 3rd wicket partnership with George Gill. There was a brace of wickets for Izaak Beck [Skipton] and Kyran Clarke [U Wharfedale] whilst Callum Lockett [U Wharfedale] picked up three.

The early loss of Isaac Murray [Denholme] for 1 was overcome by a magnificent 112-run stand from Andy Wear [Denholme] and Callum Lockett. Each made 54 but there were more runs from Izaak Beck and Ben Whitfield [Wilsden] with 35 and 36 respectively. At 200-4 UAJCA were well placed to take the win but 4 more wickets arrested our progress at 203-8. 3 of the wickets fell to opener Damon Reeve who had combined with centurion Morley's 4-69 to wrest the initiative for Aire-Wharfe JCA. Number 8 Chris Wademan [Glusburn] proved a thorn in the Aire-Wharfe side but he finished on 20 not out with last man Callum Gerrard [Denholme] on 2 not out.

It had been a see-saw match which could have been won. Team Manager Simon Bailey will now have the thinking-cap on as he has now seen most of his squad. The next match is at Skipton CC on 8th July against Barnsley JCA.

Heavy defeat first match

UAJCA under-17 team were second best at Studley Royal CC against the Nidderdale JCA on Sunday 27th May. The opposition batsmen progressed to 199 all out despite a competent dispaly by the UAJCA bowlers. Callum Lockett of Upper Wharfedale claimed 3 for 38 in his 11 overs and fellow opening bowler Chris Wademan 2 for 47. In reply UAJCA had only Chris Wademan in good form with 30 no and our innings subsided to 101 all out after a middle-order collapse engineered by Nidderdale's Cameron Pitt who took 4 for 4 in 7 excellent overs.

The next match is on Sunday 10th June at Silsden CC versus the Aire-Wharfe JCA. The team will be announced shortly.


Leeds not good enough to beat UAJCA

Silsden was the venue for UAJCA to take on the might of Leeds JCA and the result was another resounding win for our boys.

Ryan Sumner (Bradley) back in the side, teamed up with Andrew Wear as openers and as they say "didn't they do well". Andrew, our Association's leading player, takes that pressure well and with Ryan also in fine form they forged a telling partnership. Ryan was caught on 37 and was replaced by Oxenhope's Tom Marshall. And Tom continued where his predecessor had left off to keep our score ticking well above 4 per over. Leeds used six bowlers to try and break the burgeoning partnership which had taken the score-line well beyond 150. It was the seventh bowler D Coates who teased out both batsmen. But not before Andy (pictured) had made a magnificent 108 to add to his 71 against East Yorkshire. Tom too was terrific, making 48 on his first outing this year for the side.

The remaining batsmen pushed hard to build the score yet further and naturally wickets were sacrificed. Our total reached 248-7 at the 50 over conclusion.

Part one complete it was over to the bowlers and Josh Fleetwood gave us an excellent start with the early wicket of L Rudd for just 1, caught by Matty Lee (Oakworth). Partner Alex Wilson received some punishment from D Wilbur and N Firn who began to recover the innings. The introduction of leg-spin from Jack Davidon (Oakworth) did the trick with Firn lbw for 35. No 4 B Firn was also a spin victim for 7 but this time from the irrepressible Andrew Wear. Soon afterwards 15 year-old left-armer Jack Roberts (Glusburn) made his mark getting the ball through to keeper Sumner and the opener was gone for 53. He later took out Quirke for 10 with his stumps rattled. A run out for L Brown signalled the inevitable and the reply began to fade away

Chris Wademan returned and he clean bowled two of the Leeds lower order whilst Andrew took out a dangerous looking Doherty for 21 and the last wicket Ogden again courtesy of Ryan's timber guarding.

After 45.3 overs the Leeds innings was over with 187 on the board, 61 in arrears of our first knock. The dust settled on our second terrific win with Andrew having 3-25, young Jack 2-20 and Wademan 2-37.

Its the first time in years that our Area has won two matches at Joe Lumb level and with one more match against Huddersfield we may yet reach a Final. Whether our first match loss to Pontefract will be regretted remains to be seen. And in only our first season as a united Association!!

UAJCA boys take first Joe Lumb win

The long journey to Beverley was switched to an even longer one to Hull CC. It was again made without Amjid Hussain who was a late withdrawal and he was replaced by emerging u-15 Ben Whitfield of Wilsden. UAJCA batted first with Andy Wear (Denholme) forging a new partnership with Keighley's Jack Beetham. Jack was the East Yorkshire first victim for a solid 22 whilst Andrew enjoyed the opening role to the full when joined by his skipper Jonny Wilkinson. They made hay. Both passed the fifty mark with Andy unlucky to be adjudged lbw for a stirring 71. Josh Fleetwood went soon for 10 but Pontefract hero Lewis Wrathall again showed his power adding 39 to the tally, whilst Jonny was winkled out for 69.

Scoring was way over 5 per over in the sun and a late 30 not out from Chris Wademan pushed UAJCA on to a challenging 279-6, a far cry from the disappointing last match 155.

As with UAJCA the East Yorkshire innings opened brightly with openers Butterworth and Beales each making fifties. Both our opening quickies Joe Stead and Alex Wilson did well though wicketless, conceding just 33 runs in 12overs. The planned double-leggie attack was introduced and Andy Wear parted the openers with c & b and with Jonny Wilkinson in scintillating form behind the stumps the wickets began to tumble. Andy claimed 3 from his 15 overs whilst Oakworth's Jack Davison also had 3 from his 13. Jonny picked up 3 stumpings and Lewis Wrathall had a couple of good catches. The East Yorkshire innings had a mini-revival but Jack Davison nipped that in the bud after Andrew Wear had scuppered the top order. They ended at 227-9, 52 adrift.

It proved a fine team performance with everyone contributing and significantly six wickets falling to our two contrasting spinners.

The next match is our first at Home next Sunday at picturesque Bolton Abbey against Nidderdale JCA.

First match defeat

The selected UAJCA Joe Lumb team was hit by a number of late withdrawals due to injury, examinations and senior Cup matches. Replacements Ryan Sumner (Bradley), Matthew Lee (Oakworth) and Alex Wilson (Bradley) came into the team.

Pontefract proved too strong for Upper Airedale despite a magnificent innings from Lewis Wrathall of Oakworth. The match at Glasshoughton CC produced a 97-run win for the Home JCA. Pontefract made 252-5 with Upper Airedale replying with 155.

Solid Pontefract batting kept UAJCA under pressure all through their innings which featured half-centuries for L Hopton and T Wragg. The introduction of third change Jack Beetham (Bradley) broke the opening partnership and Oakworth's Jack Davison winkled out 2 more as the Pontefract score headed north of 200. The 252-5 score-line was soon out of reach as the UAJCA top order of Beetham, Ryan Sumner (Bradley), skipper Jonny Wilkinson (Keighley), Chris Wademan (Glusburn) and Matty Lee (Oakworth) soon fell principally to J Wells who finished the match with 4 for 33. It was left to no 6 Lewis Wrathall (Oakworth) to post a competitive response and his 76 not out, was well crafted with help from Chris Mitchell (Wilsden) and 15 year-old Jack Roberts (Glusburn). Our final tally was 155, a disappointing first experience for UAJCA.