THE WILLIAM SPENCER MEMORIAL CUP

ROLL OF HONOUR

SPENCER CUP ADDED TO BRADFORD & BINGLEY 2023 HAUL

The long awaited William Spencer Memorial Cup, the UAJCA finale for the season, unfolded ar Harden CC on Sunday 10th September. Oakworth won the toss and invited the Bees to bat first. That may have been a mistake as the Waggon Lane side posted a 77-run opening partnership from Lachlan Dodge and James Swallow. The latter was smartly run out by Oakworth skipper Charlie Raby for 24 to even things up a little. Lachlan had dominated the partnership and soon afterwards he retire for a well crafted 52 from just 36 balls. The score progressed on to 107-2 when Jack Sharp was also back in the pavilion for 15 well caught by Akeel Umar for left-armer Jake Holroyd. Immediately Noah Thirkill provided Akeel with a wicket caught chasing a wid-ish ball for Jacob Stephens to snap up. at 108-3. Four runs later later Archie Barraclough too was snapped up by Jake Keslinke by the keeper for 4 and at 11-4 the match was back nearer equilibrium after the terrific start from the League Champions. Former Oakworth junior Lewis Brown was a third victims for Stephens again for Akeel. At 116-5 the match was definitely back in the balance with the Cup holders back in the driving seat. But the match was to take a dramatic turn as the Gokhale brothers Sam and Oliver took centre stage. 46 runs were added sharpishly as the Bingley club wrested back the initiative. Sam was out for 12 caught Keslinke bowled James Powell, but Oliver found another willing partner in Mo Shahzad and by the innings close another 238 runs brought the B & B total to exactly 200-6.

In 2022 Oakworth had chased own a decent Gt Horton Church total of 180 and an even more impressive chase was now required. The same two openers Charlie Raby and Jacob Stephens stepped up to start the assault. It didn't last long as Jacob watched in horror as the second ball of the innings trickled on to his stumps for an unfortunate duck. Lachlan Doidge was the beneficiary and two balls later number-3 James Powell left a ball outside off stump only to see the same bowler drag it back to skittle his poles. At 0-2 the original chase now looked mountainous for the Worth Valley boys. They then lost their captain for 4 at 12-3. His brother Tom [1] followed very soon after and at 20-4 the match was turning into a disaster for Oakworth. But hold the back page a moment as Jake Keslinke and Akeel Ukar found their range and began to push the score onwards. And their fight-back came at a lick to place doubt in the minds of the leaders. And the stand was halted by none other than Oliver Gokhale who had earlier helped set the daunting target. It was Akeel who fell for 27 from 24 balls at 91-5 but the contest was still alive. Keslinke had scored a mammoth 126no te previous day for Oakworth but his contribution today had to end at 51 with his retirement. His half-century had come from 37 balls to match that of Doidge. Jacob Davies briefly defied his lack of appearances in 2023 and Joe Powell shone briefly with two boundaries in his 9 but the resistance had ended and the Oakworth score petered out 108 all out in the 25th over. Bradford & Bingley had achieved the 'double' in fine style as handed over the Cup to their victors. Oliver Gokhale received the Player-of-the-match award for his 48 and 3-12 ahead of Keslinke's 51 and 1-16.

2022 CLASSIC SPENCER UP FINAL OAKWORTH vs GREAT HORTON CHURCH AT HARDEN CC

Despite weather forecasts of doom, the William Spencer Memorial Cup Final for 2022 went ahead as scheduled at sunny Harden Cricket Club with Great Horton Church and Oakworth under-18 teams lined up to re-test which was the better team in 2022. GHC had overcome Oakworth twice during the T20-T00 League campaign and were seeking a hat-trick of victories. Great Horton Church batted first with Subhaan Ahmed, ironically an Oakworth senior, in tandem with Huzayfa Azam. Huzayfa did not last long, caught behind by Jacob Stephens for left-armer Jake Holroyd at 5-1. Skipper Muhammed Yusuf joined Subhaan for a long stay. 72 runs in fact were added as the GHC innings developed. Yusuf was out bowled by his opposite skipper Charlie Raby for an excellent 40. With Ayaan Khokhar a further 17 were added before Subhaan fell to the off-spin of Elis Jones for a superb 44 [8 fours]. So at 89-3 GHC were well placed for a 150 plus score.  This soon became 90-4 as Muhammad Taahaa copped a 3-ball duck, smartly run out by Akeel Umar. Ayan and Raheeb Akhtar boosted the tally by a further 12 and at 102-5 the game was potentially at a tipping-point. Ifzan Shafique was superbly stumped by Jacob Stephens, back behind the timbers in the absence of Max Hibbert. 118-6 and it seemed the pendulum was swinging towards Oakworth. But the advent of Razi Ullah Raiz soon stopped thoughts of a low total as another 30 runs were posted before Ayaan was caught by Elis Jones for a first wicket for Jake Keslinke. Ayaan made 24 from 31 balls at 148-7. Kaif Malik again supported Razi in adding another 18 runs before Razi was skittled by Keslinke's second wicket at 166-8. His 31 came from just 18 deliveries and really boosted the GHC total and hopes for victory. A further 14 came from the tail whilst Jake Keslinke picked up another two wickets, to lave GHC on an excellent 180 all out. Oakworth had used six bowlers with the clear pick being Jake Keslinke with 4-17 in 28 balls. Off-spinner Elis Jones added 3-28 to his catch to claim a stake of the bowling honours.

A terrific lunch prepared the lads by the Harden club heralded the second innings with Jacob Stephens joining his skipper Charlie Raby as openers. It prov180 to take teh Cup and an even more impressive hase was now required.ed a wise selection by stand-in manager [and first team Captain] Robert Hollingsworth as the pair posted a terrific 61 run stand to establish the fine balance in the contest. Charlie's share was 15 from 37 balls as he rotated the strike to allow the inform Jacob to take the majority of the strike but who was first out a for a sterling 38 from 34 balls. After Charlie fell at 67-2, number 3 James Powell and number 4 Jake Keslinke combined as on many occasions at all levels including County Their mutual understanding began to plunder the GHC bowling. James reached a stylish retirement of 50 from just 44 balls as the GHC attack wilted. The loss of Elis Jones for a 3-ball duck didn't hinder the Oakworth run-a-ball reply as Jake too went on to retire on 53. He and James had 15 fours and two sixes [from James] to savour in their 105 run stand. Akeel Umar and Jacob Davies saw the innings out to 181-3 in 27.1 overs [run rate 6. 6 per over]. 

It had proved an enthralling contest from the very best two teams in UAJCA and likely beyond] and entertained a pretty good crowd enormously.  Taahaa, Shafique and Akhtar each picked up a wicket for GHC as their fielders did a superb job in trying to limit the Oakworth progress, but it proved too little. Oakworth had lived down their two league defeats to share the silverware with GHV for 2022. The player of the match was awarded by the umpires to Jake Keslinke for his 4 wickets and 53 runs despite his dropping of a 'dolly'!

Year venue winners photo runners up photo detail
2022 Harden Gt Horton Church 180 all out, Oakworth 181-3
2019 Skipton picture not available Bradford & Bingley 92 all out, Oakworth 96-8
2018 Skipton Steeton 106-9, Skipton 108-3
2017 Skipton Skipton 163-6, Silsden 91 all out
2016 Denholme Oxenhope u17s 93-9, Wilsden u17s 99-2
2015 Skipton picture not available Bradford & Bingley u17 128 all out, Oxenhope u17 129-1
2014 Skipton Gargrave 67 all out, Silsden 68-4
2013 Haworth

picture not available Wilsden u17 149-9, Oxenhope u17 112 all out
2012 Skipton picture not available Oakworth u17 205-3, Skipton u17 71 all out
2011 Cullingworth picture not available Denholme u17 138-9, Glusburn u17 141-7
2010 Silsden Embsay u17 187-7, Sutton u17 150-9
2009 Ingrow Embsay u17 161-7, Skipton u17 154 all out
2008 Oakworth Haworth WE u17 76 all out, Bolton Abbey u17 77-1
2007 Skipton Thornton-in-Craven u17 , Bolton Abbey u17
2006 Skipton

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Airedale u17 216-6, Oxenhope u17 75 all out
2005 Skipton picture not available picture not available Oxenhope u17 254-2, Airedale u17 145 all out
2004 Oakworth picture not available picture not available Skipton u17 99 all out, Haworth u17 101-1