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The 20th Annual UAJCA Festival on 16th June [mixed]. Following the pre-season meeting the under-9 and under-11 sections were over-subscribed. Accordingly the Secretaries carried out a lottery to determine the final 10 teams in each category. At under-9, 10 teams sought 8 places whilst at under-11, 9 teams sought the 7 places remaining. The Festival will feature a record 39 teams playing on 8 pitches [4 hardball, 4 softball]

Thee applicants that did not get through the lottery process were Sutton u11 [1st res], Embay u11 [2nd res], Airedale u9 [1st res] and Crossflatts u9 [2nd res]. These clubs will be guaranteed places in 2025.

Age-Group 2024 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Skipton [Hosts] Steeton [holders], Oakworth, Settle, Earby, U Wharfdale, Sutton, Crossflatts, Embsay & Airedale 10 0
u11 Skipton [Hosts] Addingham [holders], Barnoldswick, Bingly Congs, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Earby, Settle, U Wharfedale & Haworth  [1st Res Sutton, 2nd Res Embsay] 10 0
u9 Skipton [Hosts] Gt Horton Church [holders], Bingley Congs, Barnoldswick, Harden, Settle, Cullingworth, Oakworth, Earby & Sutton.  [1st Res Airedale, 2nd res Crossflatts] 10 0
u12 Girls Crossflatts, Gt Horton Ch, Oakworth, Skipton, Settle 5 0
u10 Girls Crossflatts, Gt Horton Ch, Skipton, Settle 4 0
12 weeks after the Under-13 Festival was curtailed in horrendously heavy rain, the Harden club staged the un-played semi-finals and the Final to complete the UAJCA prestigious event. In the first semi-final, a Worth Valley derby, Haworth posted an excellent 34 score thanks to boundaries from Max Wareing. The Oakworth bowlers had failed to dislodge the young all-rounder and with fielding lapses had helped the Haworth boys into pole position. The Oakworth batting line-up looked strong enough to chase down the total but a lack-lustre approach with too many ot balls and poor running filed to inspire and Haworth deservedly reached the final by a 3-run margin. Alwoodley batting too was somewhat restricted partly by good Steeton bowling, particularly from Finlay Hampson,  and a similar inability to turn ones into twos and to strike the boundary. The 29 total was though shy of the first semi-final and the Steeton side would find their passage to the final surprisingly easier.

In the Final Haworth [pictured right] again batted first and once more young Wareing was the mainstay of the attack but he had plenty of help and with 14 runs from the fourth over, a highest yet total of 37 was posted.  Steeton would now face much more pressure to take the Trophy. That pressure was increased by the loss of a wicket in the first over, which left them requiring 35 runs in the remaining four overs. But the target proved within their reach with Archie Cox showing superb batting skills scoring sufficient boundaries to propel Steeton [above] to the win with four balls to spare.

The progress of the Festival though was again interrupted by heavy rain but after heroic efforts form the Harden ground-staff with assistance form the participants, the final match was played. Huge thanks are due to the Harden club for its magnificent efforts with thee entire day for a substantial crowd of onlookers.


A lovely warm and sunny day on Father's day 18th June attracted around 6-700 people to the vast Sandylands grounds for the 2023 Black Rat Infestival. A record 25 teams were to take part with a five-team group of under-11 girls having their own competition for a new trophy.

The under-9s mixed softball competition organised as usual in two groups showcased the youngest recruits to UAJCA in a real 'boom' year for young people's cricket. The Trent Bridge group provided Oakworth with four comfortable victories to top that table whilst Settle concluded with a 3-1 return to take the 2nd spot ahead of Wharfedale, Bingley Congs and Crossflatts, all of whom were eliminated from the competition. The Edgbaston ground followed a similar path with Gt Horton Church also recording a 4-0 outcome on their return to the Festival. Surprise runners-up Barnoldswick really showed their mettle with a 3-1 outcome defeating holders Skipton, Cullingworth and NWCL compatriots Earby. So the semi-final line up was Gt Horton Church vs Settle and Oakworth vs Barnoldswick. Settle were comfortably defeated by Gt Horton Church whilst Oakworth fell 5 runs short of the 37 runs posted by the Barlick team. So it was to be a first Final for Barnoldwick whilst Gt Horton Church were returning to the competition after a few years absence. But first the 3rd-4th place play-off provided Oakworth with a second win against Settle. The 2nd match between the finalists went the same way as their earlier group fixture but proved a close encounter before the Bradford side ran out winners 48-1 vs 43-1 to take the trophy for a second time, the previous occasion nine years ago in 2013.

The inaugural Girls Festival Group brought together the four girls teams from 2022 along with 2023 addition Oakworth, who had settled well into their league campaign. Skipton and Crossflatts battled to avoid the wooden spoon but which fell to Crossflatts after their loss to Skipton. The Great Horton Church team provided the section's highest scores and reversed their two recent league defeats to Oakworh, who were otherwise unbeaten. The 3rd-4th place game between Skipton and Settle went the way of the hosts with a 17-run margin. The Oakworth vs Gt Horton Church Final was a clear cut win for the Allerton Road girls, who posted 45-1 which proved too many for the Worth Valley girls who reponded with 25-1. So GHC picked up their second trophy for their day's work whilst first year team Oakworth could feel very proud to have reached the Final.

Holders of the under-11 trophy, Alwoodley found the 2023 competition again to their liking but did lose to a strong Oakworth team on the Headingley pitch. Oakworth too lost their match up with debutants Addingham. To raise the tempo yet higher Alwoodley lowered their Aire-Wharfe fellow members colours to leave a 3 way bowl off to determine who would progress and into which semi-final slot. The bowl off eliminated Alwoodley with Addingham winning the group, Oakworth would face the winners of the Old Trafford section. That group was headed by Settle on the way to elimination for Crossflatts, Bingley Congs and Wharfedale. Settle would therefore face Oakworth in the semi-final. At this point the rains arrived and the competiion was foreshortened to a bowl-off basis as the weather looked fierce and likely long-lasting. It was not of course the ideal manner to determine finalists and ultimate winners but one that would allow the competition to conclude. Unbeaten Settle succumbed to the accuracy of the Oakworth bowlers who hit the timbers three times, whilst Addingham edged out Old Trafford runners-up Skipton by 2-1. The 3rd-4th play-off match was scrapped and then Addingham kept the trophy in Aire-Wharfe hands by defeating Oakworth 2-0.

Finally the eagerly awaited under-13 competition began with a posting of intent from Haworth with 92-2 against Crossflatts. Their progress was halted a little with a stunning Tied match of 71 runs each with Harden but a second win against Settle would ensure their place in the semi-finals. Tantalisingly three teams finished on 2 wins & 2 defeats to generate a 2nd place Play-off. Holders Alwoodley were the only ones to find the timber and they qualified ahead of Settle and Crossflatts. The bowl off though was conducted in torrential rain as the competition was destined to be curtailed. The Oval pitch competition concluded with Steeton remaining unbeaten ahead of 3-1 tallied Oakworth. Earby, Skipton and Addingham failing to make the semi-finals.

The semi-final line will be Oakworth vs Haworth and Steeton vs Alwoodley on a day to be agreed in an anticipated 2-semi-finals anf final mini-competition, potentially at Skipton CC.


The 19th Annual UAJCA Black Rat Festival on 18th June 2023 will see a record participation with 35 teams taking part. The addition of the Girls Group of five will see seven groupings on seven pitches. The u13s and u11s Sections remain as hardball standard matches with the u9s and Girls Group using the softball standard format. The schedule will include the following teams:

Age-Group 2023 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Alwoodley [holders] Oakworth,  Haworth, Settle, Skipton, Crossflatts, Earby, Steeton, Addingham, Harden 10 0
u11 Alwoodley [holders] Oakworth, Settle, Haworth, Bingley Congs, Skipton, Addingham, Crossflatts, Wharfedale, Earby 10 1 reserve
u9 Skipton [holders] Barnoldswick, Oakworth, Settle, Bingley Congs, GHC, Crossflatts, Cullingworth, Wharfedale, Earby 10 1 reserve
Girls Oakworth, Settle, Skipton, GHC, Crossflatts 5 Full
 Total   35 0
UAJCA members have voted to increase the level of girls' representation in the Black Rat Festival for 2023. Last season Skipton Girls played selected boys teams and were fast-tracked to a 3-team Final. This year all five softball clubs will participate, playing each other once to determine the overall group winners.

The highly-popular mid-season Cricket Picnic is to be held at Sandylands, as usual, on Sunday 18th June and again will be an all day festival with each 6-player team playing a minimum four games.  The sponsors will again be Black Rat, the on-line cricket clothing & equipment specialist.

Member clubs have been invited to submit their entries at under-9, under-11, under-13 and together with the girls group will bring the total participation to 35 teams, a new record. A crowd of upwards of 500 is expected with hopefully weather on a par with 2022.

After the 2-year absence due to the Pandemic, the Black Rat Festival resumed its place in the UAJCA programme of events. It was a great tournament but not entirely plain sailing! We had a lady fall on entry and gash her head, the Treasurer rang in sick, one team turned up with just 5 players, the computer crashed mid-morning and in the afternoon we had a Wifi drop-out. But it was all about 43 matches, 31 teams - the cricket, the ultimate winner

The under-13s section started with two wickets for the host side, Skipton in the first two balls, but they still won the match! The 'senior' section included one amazing innings from Skipton's Noah Kennedy of 70 runs in a staggering team total of 102-0. The Lord's pitch hosted Skipton, Sutton, Oakworth, Oxenhope & Haworth 'B'. Skipton ran out winners of all 4 matches end reached the semi-final having scored 286 runs in their 4 matches. The runners-up spot was decided by a bowl-off after three teams finished with two wins each. Only 1 lad hit the stumps and he was from Sutton, who would play the winner of the Oval pitch group. On the Oval pitch it was the first match for guest club Alwoodley against Earby that determined the outcome of places with the Leeds team winning all four of their matches ahead of Earby with three wins against Steeton, Haworth & Crossflatts.

So the semi-final line up was Skipton vs Earby and Alwoodley vs Sutton. The winners were Earby and Alwoodley, who went on to win the trophy against the Ribblesdale team. Alwoodley posted a daunting 84-2 in their five overs, the second highest score of the day. Earby battled hard to not lose a wicket whilst totalling 53-0 in a quality final.

The under-11 section also featured guest club Alwoodley on the Headingley pitch along with Barnoldswick, Earby, Settle and Skipton. The front runners were again Alwoodley and Settle and their pivotal match was a cracker, won by Alwoodley with 43-2 just ahead of Settle 39-1. Across at the Old Trafford arena Upper Wharfedale set the early pace but were defeated by Oakworth and Steeton who both finished at the head of the group. Oakworth with 45-0 won the encounter with Steeton 44-1. Oakworth remarkably never lost a wicket in their four group games.

The semi-finals were Oakworth vs Settle and Alwoodley vs Steeton. This time Oakworth lost 1 wicket but scored just 33 in the face of top bowling from Settle, who edged out the Craven League side with 34-1. Alwoodley won more comfortably against Steeton who tallied 24-5 in response to the guests' 47-4. The Final was to be an amazing match between Settle and Alwoodley, who had won their earlier group encounter. Alwoodley posted 51-3 and Settle matched it with 51-2 in a scintillating tied match that was decided by a bowl-out which supplied Alwoodley with their second trophy of the day.

The under-9 section playing on the Rugby field, aka Trent Bridge and Edgbaston ovals. Two boys teams from each group would also play against Skipton Girls, as a first introduction to 6-aside cricket for the new Girls' league leaders. At Trent Bridge the Skipton boys proved top dogs winning all for of their matches against debutants Bingley Congs and Barnoldswick along with Earby and Cullingworth, to go directly into the 3-team round-robin final alongside the fast-tracked girls. The Edgbaston group produced four wins for Crossflatts who topped the pile ahead of Settle, Oakworth & Cullingworth, each of whom had 2-2 records. In the round robin the girls lost both matches but performed well losing by just 7 runs to their boys team and by 15 runs to Crossflatts. The decider was won by Skipton who contained a strong Crossflatts team to 25-5 and made 27-2 to take the Cup

UAJCA is as always extremely grateful to Skipton CC and its hard-working team of volunteers, and who this year brought in their sponsors Keelham Farm with free fruit for all the participants. The principal sponsor Black Rat Cricket remain one of our valued supporters who now sell cricket equipment and clothing on line.


Skipton Cricket Club are pleased to announce that one of our proud sponsors, Keelham Farm Shop are donating fruit to all players participating in the tournament. Fruit will available from the clubhouse and the refreshment stalls.

Not only does this help promote healthy living, it is a great way to support the community.

We hope everyone has a great day and thank you to Keelham Farm Shop


UAJCA has been advised that Steeton are unable to take up their u-9 place in the 2022 Festival due to players being unavailable. The vacant place is filled by a 2nd team entry from Cullingworth CC.

Age-Group 2022 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Oakworth,  Oxenhope, Earby, Steeton, Skipton, Haworth, Sutton, Crossflatts, Haworth 'B' & Alwoodley 10 0
u11 Skipton, Earby, Steeton,  Embsay,  Oakworth,  Crossflatts, Settle, U Wharfedale, Barnoldswick  & Alwoodley 10 0
u9 Earby, Skipton, Barnoldswick, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Settle, Haworth, Cullingworth A & B, Bingley Congs & Skipton Girls 11 0
 Total   31 0


UAJCA has released the draw for the 2020 Black Rat Infestival on 19th June. This year UAJCA teams are joined by two from Alwoodley CC [Aire-Wharfe] and a first ever inclusion of a girls team, Skipton u11 girls. The draw can be viewed on Play-Cricket for the first time.

Age-Group 2022 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Oakworth,  Oxenhope, Earby, Steeton, Skipton, Haworth, Sutton, Crossflatts, Haworth 'B' & Alwoodley 10 0
u11 Skipton, Earby, Steeton,  Embsay,  Oakworth,  Crossflatts, Settle, U Wharfedale, Barnoldswick  & Alwoodley 10 0
u9 Earby, Skipton, Barnoldswick, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Settle, Haworth, U Wharfedale, Steeton , Cullingworth & Skipton Girls 11 0
 Total   31 0


Harden CC are unable to take up their two places in the 2022 Festival and therefore there is a vacancy at under-11 and a vacancy at under-13 available. If your club is interested in entering please contact the Secretary as soon as possible.

Age-Group 2022 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Oakworth,  Oxenhope, Earby, Steeton, Skipton, Haworth, Sutton, Crossflatts & Haworth 'B' 9 1
u11 Skipton, Earby, Steeton,  Embsay,  Oakworth,  Crossflatts, Settle, U Wharfedale & Barnoldswick  9 1
u9 Earby, Skipton, Barnoldswick, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Settle, Haworth, U Wharfedale, Steeton , Cullingworth & Skipton Girls 11 0
 Total   29 2


Skipton Girls under-9s will feature in this year's Festival playing four of the boy's teams and also taking part in the three team round-robin with the two boys section winners in competition for the under-9 Trophy. Its hoped to include more girls teams in the Festival in future years.


The 2022 competition will go ahead as planned on Sunday 19th June [from 9:30am] . As can be seen below, the Competition is now fully booked.

THE BLACK RAT INFESTIVAL FOR 2022 [as at 20th March 2022]

Age-Group 2022 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Oakworth,  Oxenhope, Earby, Steeton, Skipton, Harden, Haworth, Sutton, Crossflatts & Haworth 'B' 10 0
u11 Skipton, Earby, Steeton,  Embsay, Harden, Oakworth,  Crossflatts, Settle, U Wharfedale & Barnoldswick  10 0
u9 Earby, Skipton, Barnoldswick, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Settle, Haworth, U Wharfedale, Steeton & Cullingworth 10 0
 Total   30 0



The Committee of the Skipton Cricket Club have today 15th June determined that the scheduled 2021 event can not go ahead. Despite Government relaxation of lockdown [indoor weddings] the planned safety precautions,  hygiene regulations and social-distancing protocols are not viewed as sufficient to prevent infection in the light of rising numbers of cases of the Delta Variant.  UAJCA respects the prerogative of the Skipton Cricket Club and confirms policy expressing sympathetic response to the need for clubs to exercise their own protocols during the Pandemic.


Age-Group 2021 Teams Total
u13 Oakworth [Holders],  Oxenhope, Earby, Steeton, U Wharfedale, Skipton, Embsay, Harden, Barnoldswick, Sutton, Crossflatts & Bilton [Full] 12
u11 Skipton [Holders], Earby, Steeton, U Wharfedale, Embsay, Harden, , Oakworth, Haworth, Sutton, Crossflatts, Settle  [1 vacancy] 11
u9 Earby [Holders], U Wharfedale, Skipton, Barnoldswick, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Settle, Haworth & Steeton  [1 vacancy] 9
 Total   32


Now Bradley CC under-11s have withdrawn today 14th June. A replacement team is being sought.


Further Harden CC under-9s have withdrawn today 14th June. A replacement team is being sought.


Sadly our friend Arran Brindle has confirmed that due to a combination of Regional team demands, family illnesses and unavailability, First Cricket will not be able to take up their allocated under-13 place in the 2021 Festival .  The replacement team will be Bilton CC from the Aire-Wharfe League.


Planning for the 2021 Black Rat Infestival is complete following easing of Lockdown arrangements on 17th May. We really look forward to welcoming you all to THE BLACK RAT INFESTIVAL at Sandylands on Sunday 20th June.  POSTCODE BD23 2AZ

There  will be changes to format and additional social-distancing measures in place as below:

All players and parents should ensure they do not attend if displaying any symptoms of covid-19.
  • All players should ensure they arrive ready changed for matches [normal anyway].
  • Track & Trace should be completed by QR bar code on entry or alternatively a hand-written record will be collected.
  • All age-groups will be allocated a pitch, at which they will remain all day until the Finals. There will be a maximum 6 teams at each pitch.
  • Teams must be limited to a maximum of 7 players and with supporters will be allocated a defined segment around their allocated pitch. Do not spread further to avoid groupings of more than 30.
  • Each team's supporter group must appoint a Marshall to ensure social-distancing is maintained
  • Visits to the pavilion for refreshments or toilet facility will be allowed, provided numbers inside do not group into more than six people.
  • Stalls, burger vans and/or ice cream stands will be allowed but should not allow queues beyond 6 [not usually a problem]
  • All current on-field restrictions remain in place and team managers must bring their own sanitisation supplies. Sanitisation of hands etc should take place after each innings [max 5 overs]. If equipment is shared, a team sanitisation routine must be adopted.
  • Masks need not be worn, but remains optional.

The Festival draw will include first time entrants Barnoldswick CC as part of a record entry for 34 teams. This has necessitated significant changes to the format. The under-13 and under-11 competitions will each have 12 team entries with each team having a guaranteed five matches. Also to accommodate the increased number of matches [73] a slightly earlier start of 9:00am and finish at 5:00pm is planned. However, this has been mitigated by enabling teams from furthest distance to arrive a little later at either 9:30 or 10:00am [to be outlined on the draw sheet]. The enlarged competition is based on an average match duration of 30 minutes and so movement between pitches will not be necessary as teams will remain on their initial pitch allocation.


2020 INFESTIVAL  THE Government response to the Covid-19 pandemic has sadly meant the cancellation of this year's event.


THE UAJCA AGM revealed an amazing surge in interest in the 2020 Black Rat Festival with an excess of entries.  Following the Pre-season meeting the confirmed entry is shown below:

Age-Group 2020 Teams Total
u13 Oakworth [Holders], First Cricket, Skipton, Steeton, Earby, Barnoldswick, Harden, Oxenhope, Bradley, Sutton, Crossflatts & Embsay 12
u11 Skipton [Holders], Steeton, Earby, Oakworth, Barnoldswick, Harden, Oxenhope, Bradley, Sutton, Crossflatts, U Wharfedale & Embsay 12
u9 Earby [Holders], Steeton, Skipton, Oakworth, Barnoldswick, Harden, Crossflatts, U Wharfedale, Settle & UAJCA Girls 10
 Total   34

A revised format will apply at u13 & u11 which allows 12 teams in each, for the first time. A slightly earlier start is also required [09:00am]


The 2019 iteration of the UAJCA festival turned out to be one of the best yet. Saturday weather had been horrendous with many expecting cancellation. The weather on Sunday morning and right through the day was fantastic.  The under-9  competition had 10 teams [2 groups of 10] for only the second time in 14 years. The Trent Bridge group saw 1st round wins for Earby, Bilton and Oakworth. Earby defeated Bilton next and Oakworth took a second win. A high-scoring match had Earby winners over Oakworth by 54-51 before they completed a clean sweep with victory over Wharfedale. Group runners-up were Oakworth with 3 wins. At the Edgbaston pitch Lowerhouse stole an early lead with 2 wins whilst Steeton also took a win. Then Skipton muscled into the scene with a couple of victories whilst Crossflatts and Oakworth B slipped out of contention. Lowerhouse completed their 4 out of 4 to join Earby in the Final. Runners-up were Skipton with 3 wins. The 3rd-4th Play-off match between Oakworth and Skipton was a win for the hill-top side. The Final proved a fantastically close encounter with Earby hitting a four off the last ball to take the trophy for their first time at this age-group.

Headingley pitch hosted two early wins each for Wharfedale and Bilton. Their meeting went the way of Wharfedale who overcame the 38 by the Aire-Wharfe side. Earby demolished Oakworth to knock the Worth Valley side out of contention. Wharfedale added the scalp of Earby in a low-scoring affair to remain unbeaten group winners. A Tied match between Steeton and Oakworth added excitement, before the Summerhill boys picked off Earby. Bilton's win over Oakworth propelled them to the 3rd-4th play-off.  Over on Old Trafford, Lowerhouse looked the team to beat with a brace of wins, over Bradley and Oxenhope. Skipton too were on song with wins at the expense of Crossflatts and Bradley. The crunch match was a comprehensive win for the host team Skipton by 32 runs.  A win for Skipton over Oxenhope sealed a clean sweep to reach the final with Wharfedale. Lowerhouse took a final win over Crossflatts to join Bilton in the 3rd-4th Play-Off.  The Aire-Wharfe side flew the white rose flag to take 3rd place. The Final saw Skipton impose themselves with sufficient boundaries to tally 36. Wharfedale stated well but the Skipton attack compressed their scoring which finally ended at 24 and Skipton annexed their first trophy at under-11 age-group.

The Lords pitch was home to Skipton who claimed wins over Bradley and Oxenhope to set the early pace. First Cricket then saw off a spirited challenge from Embsay and Bradley before a potential group crunch with Skipton. The First Cricket batting uncharacteristically failed chasing a modest Skipton 29-3. Their score ended at 28-4 to hand Skipton the advantage. the local derby Skipton-Embsay went the way fo the home side who reached the Final unbeaten. First Cricket completed their remaining two wins to reach the 3rd-4th Play-off. The Oval group acquired the title "The group of death".  Earby easily defeated Lowerhouse as did holders Oakworth with Bilton. Earby also were comfortable against Bilton whilst Oakworth ran up the highest score of the day with 72-0 against Steeton. Again Earby emulated that victory. The final match of the group brought the league's top two into opposition and it was a cracker. Earby blasted 56-1  in the first knock but Oakworth weren't phased reaching their target without losing a wicket.  Earby took on First Cricket in a 'sort of' local derby and the Lincolnshire side emerged winners in 3rd place. The final had Oakworth batting first and recording their lowest score of the day with 42, the Skipton bowlers bowling superbly. But the Oakworth bowlers too were on top form and they contained Skipton at 28, to to become the first to retain the u-13 trophy in its 14 year history, and winners for the third time in four years. 

Age-Group Winners Runners Up 3rd 4th
under-9 Earby Lowerhouse Oakworth Skipton
under-11 Skipton Wharfedale Bilton Lowerhouse
under-13 Oakworth Skipton First Cricket Earby

For the fifth year in a row Skipton have hosted what has become the 'must-go' tournament for many clubs and the good weather was matched superbly by the amazing Skipton organisation. Many thanks guys.


UAJCA is delighted to announce that entries for the 2019 UAJCA Festival on 16th June are now closed. All max 30 places are now filled. So all three age-groups will have two groups of 5 and a group programme of 4 matches each, with group winners progressing to the final.
Age-Group Teams Total
u13 Oakworth [Holders], First Cricket, Lowerhouse, Bilton, Embsay, Oxenhope, Steeton, Skipton, Earby, Bradley 10
u11 Lowerhouse, Bilton, Skipton, Earby, Steeton, Crossflatts, Oxenhope,  Oakworth, Wharfedale, Bradley 10
u9 Oakworth [Holders], Lowerhouse, Bilton, Skipton, Steeton, Earby, Harden, Crossflatts, Wharfedale, Oakworth B, 10
Total   30


This  BLACK RAT INFESTIVAL for 2018 was greeted with cloudy, cool overcast conditions but which warmed up later and then cooled again but thankfully with no rain. The under-13s competition embodied a new format for 7 teams, playing each other once, so six fixtures each brought a punishing schedule!! At under-11 the format was as in previous years of two groups of 5 teams [4 fixtures each] with group winners contesting a final. Finally at under-9 we had again two groups but each of 4 teams.


The Trent Bridge pitch featured Thde two Worth Valley teams from Oakworth and Oxenhope along with Skipton and Lowerhouse. The first three each claimed 2 wins with Lowerhouse losing all 3 fixtures. A thee-way bowl proved exciting for players and spectators with Oxenhope claiming overall 1st place in the group. Oakworth took second place thanks to a strike from Phoebe Raby. On the Edgbaston pitch Earby, Steeton & Wharfedale were joined by last year's winners Bilton. Clear winners were again Bilton with Earby in second place. So the semi-final line up proved to be Oxenhope vs Earby and Oakworth vs Bilton. Both Worth Valley teams came through to meet in the Final. Oakworth had defeated Oxenhope in their group match and so started favourites and so it proved with some lusty hitting from openers Joe Powell and Ollie Thompson providing a hurdle Oxenhope couldn't overturn. So Oakworth took their 2nd under-9s Cup, having won their first in 2014.




The Headingley pitch hosted locals Earby Wharfedale & Steeton as well as guests Lowerhouse & Bilton. With 4 fixtures we found 3 teams ended with 1 defeat and 3 wins so a second bowl-out was required. Steeton were the first to be eliminated with a real ding-dong stump-hitting spell from both visitors. Bilton emerged the winners to go into the Final. Over at Old Trafford First time entrants Riddlesden were listed with Skipton, Embsay, Oakworth and our Lincolnshire friends First Cricket. First Cricket looked to be heading for a Final place with 3 consecutive wins, whilst Embsay picked up their s3econd with victory over Riddlesden. If Embsay could defeat First Cricket, the same two teams would also require a bowl-off to determine the Finalists. And so amazingly that's how it worked out!! Their bowl off was also tension-packed and went to First Cricket, who reached their second Festival Final in 3 years. First Cricket met Bilton in the Final and went on to claim their first Festival Cup at the third attempt




The new format of 6 matches proved a hit with the destination of the Cup decided bybthe last match. The early pace-setters were Oakworth and Lowerhouse with Steeton and Earby snapping at their heels. A surprise supset for hosts Skipton came from Oakworth 'B' but Oakworth 'A' encountered strong resistance from Steeton, who edged a 1-run win to dent the Worth Valley hopes. Lowerhouse continued serenely to 5-0 record with Oakworth standing 4-1. The pair met in a final pulsating group match. If Oakworth could win they would force a fourth bowl-off for the day, otherwise Lowerhosue would be unbeaten winners. What a final match! Lowerhouse scored 46 in their five overs, possibly under-par in the face of excellent bowling from Oakworth. Oakworth batsmen punished some wayward bowling and raced to victory with an over to spare. The bowl out was as scintillating as could be expected. Several bowlers missed by fractions but Lowerhouse took the early lead only to be clawed back By Oakworth on two occasions. The sudden-death format sorted the winners which proved to be Oakworth with a fifth strike in the event from Charlie Jackson. So Oakworth competed a double with skipper Charlie Raby lifting the Cup, to leave a disappointed Lowerhouse runners-up for a second successive year.

UAJCA is delighted to welcome local cricket sports company BLACK RAT CRICKET as its new sponsor for the UAJCA Festival - now officially the INFESTIVAL. BLACK RAT CRICKET and UAJCA are delighted to announce the new partnership between ourselves. BLACK RAT CRICKET will now be the main sponsors for the UAJCA 6 a side tournament, the INFESTIVAL!! Black Rat Cricket says "It's an absolute pleasure to be involved with the league and this event, and shows our commitment to the grass root game we all love". Look out for the infestation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Riddlesden u-11s are the latest to join the Festival, entries confirmed for the UAJCA Festival on 17th June 2018 are as below.
Age-Group Teams Total
u13 Steeton [Holders], Earby, Skipton, U Wharfedale, Oakworth, Oakworth 'B', Lowerhouse 7
u11 Skipton, First Cricket, Bilton, Embsay, Earby, Steeton, Lowerhouse, U Wharfedale, Oakworth, Riddlesden 10
u9 Bilton [Holders], Skipton, Oakworth, Earby, Oxenhope, U Wharfedale, Lowerhouse, Steeton 8
Total   25


UAJCA is pleased to report that guest sides First Cricket [Louth], Lowerhouse and Bilton [Aire-Wharfe] will again be competing in the Viking Bats Festival. It will be the third visit from the Lincolnshire poachers whilst Bilton and Lowerhouse will return in numbers.


What an amazing warm, fantastic, quality Festival we had today. 2 drop-outs early morning didnt phase us and play continued seamlessly. Congratulations to winners Bilton CC [u9], Cullingworth CC [u11] & Steeton CC [u13]. UAJCA cannot say enough about the brilliant organisation from Skipton CC #abfab. To the new entrants Lowerhouse and Bilton who joined First Cricket many thanks for enhancing our Festival. And finally to the parents, helpers, managers who ran the day. Well done, and what about the lads & lasses who played so much cricket in those temperatures? #heroesall Finally to Jeff Wilson from Viking Bats, very many thanks for your invaluable support and all the hand-shaking today. #bestofbritish




The UAJCA 'Viking Bats' 2017 Festival is set to go on 18th June. There are 10 places available at each of the 3 age-groups. This year again we will have guests, from Clitheroe CC from the Lancashire League, Bilton CC from the Aire-Wharfe League and once again from Lincolnshire First Cricket with Arran Brindle. The Festival entry is almost full with 29 teams, 1 vacancy at under-9. Please enter as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

Age-Group Teams Total
u13 Oakworth [Holders], Earby, Earby B, Skipton, Sutton, Steeton, Wharfedale, Cullingworth, Cononley and Lowerhouse 10
u11 Skipton, First Cricket, Embsay, Earby, Oakworth, Oxenhope, Gt Horton Church, U Wharfedale and Cullingworth 9
u9 Skipton [Holders], Oakworth, Steeton, Earby, Oxenhope, Gt Horton Church, UAJCA Girls, Bilton & Skipton B 9
Total   28

20th April 2017

PM rain dampens another great Festival

The 28 teams were initially greeted with sunshine, which became cloud and later rain. Thankfully all matches were completed without mishap. The under-9s competition had 8 teams with 2 groups and play off for all 8 places. The 'Trent Bridge' Flicx pitch hosted Steeton, Bradford & Bingley, Oakworth and Earby B with Bradford & Bingley coming pout on top with 3 wins ahead of Oakworth with 2. The adjacent 'Edgbaston' pitch had Wharfedale, Earby, First Cricket and Skipton. Our visitors from Lincolnshire performed well winning their 3 matches ahead of Skipton [2]. The semi-finals resulted in wins for the two 'Edgbaston' teams, who would meet again in the Final. This time Skipton had the upper hand, overturning their group result to take the Trophy for a second time having won it in 2011. For First Cricket it was a successful 'return' to UAJCA for Arran Brindle, herself a Hargreaves Cup winner in 1995. The 3rd-4th play-off was won by Bradford & Bingley over Oakworth. 5th was Earby, 6th Steeton, 7th Wharfedale, 8th Earby B.

At 'Headingley' and 'Old Trafford' the under-11s groups camped for combat. At 'Headingley' Oakworth B played with smiling faces despite not winning a group match and 4th place went to Cullingworth with 1 win. Embsay were third with Steeton runners-up, losing only to unbeaten Earby, who qualified directly for the Final. The 'Old Trafford' grouping was headed by holders Oakworth who also won their 4 matches, edging out Skipton. 3rd came Wharfedale, 4th was Bradford & Bingley with winless Oxenhope in 5th. The Final was won comfortably by Earby who added a first u11 Cup to the u13 Cup won in 2009.


At 'Lords' Oakworth under-13s proved irresistible winning all their games in fine style. Runners-up were Bradford & Bingley followed by Earby, Sutton and Wharfedale. The 'Oval' pitch proved a tough group. Cullingworth won their first 3 matches whilst Steeton finished with 3 wins and 1 defeat. The final group match was Skipton vs Cullingworth and if the latter proved winners, they would qualify for the Final with Oakworth. However, if Skipton came out on top a 3-way tie would require a 'Bowl Out'. And so it worked out, with the bowl-out determined on the fifth round by Jacob Terry's strike for Cullingworth. No-one else hit the stumps so Cullingworth progressed to the final. The final proved an excellent match with Cullingworth posting 52, led by Kyle Welsh and featuring 2 wickets for Oakworth skipper Bradley Powell. Oakworth started in fine style but lost three wickets on the way to the last over when 11 runs were still needed to take the u13 Cup. This became 9 off 3 before a hook from Bradley Powell went for six to completely change the equation. The next ball the Oakworth Captain hit a four to win the Final with 1 ball to spare. Joe Powell stood in for Ellis Marshall, who had left. Can you spot him?

The raffle for Yorkshire Cancer Research featured 27 prizes [4 unclaimed] which raised 200 for the Charity.

Yorkshire Cancer Research

UAJCA is to assist Yorkshire Cancer Research on the day of the UAJCA Festival. Yorkshire Cancer Research is running an advisory sun awareness campaign in conjunction with Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The following link provides more informat
Sophie Bunker, their Community Engagement Officer will attend the Festival with a gazebo/stall to provide a range of advice and information on sun awareness to everyone attending. The Charity will be raising funds on the day through sale of raffle tickets [to be drawn on the day]. With our support it is hoped a substantial amount can be raised for the Charity. If clubs or individuals wish to donate directly, please use the link above.

2016 FESTIVAL - 19th June

Applications for inclusion in UAJCA Festival 2016 on 19th June are coming thick and fast. This year we will have a guest team from Lincolnshire, First Cricket; managed by former England Ladies player Arran Brindle. We now have a welcome first ever entry from Sutton CC at under-13 and at all age groups from Bradford & Bingley CC. The Festival now has 27 entries:

Age-Group Teams Total
u13 Skipton [Holders], Bradford & Bingley, Embsay, Earby, Oakworth, Oxenhope, Cullingworth, Sutton, Steeton, Wharfedale 10
u11 Oakworth [Holders], Oakworth B, Skipton, Embsay, Bradford & Bingley, Steeton, Earby, Oxenhope, Cullingworth & U Wharfedale 10
u9 Skipton, Bradford & Bingley, Oakworth, Steeton, Earby, Earby B, First Cricket, Wharfedale 8
Total   28

11th June 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Rains fails to dampen Festival
The 2014 Festival was the first to start with rain falling as the weather forecasters  got it completely wrong. But the early morning rain fizzled out by 9:30am and the Festival assumed its usual course.
The draw for the u-13 competition showed Group A very strong and soon enthralling quality cricket ensued. Malsis School team proved one of their weaker year groups and surprisingly failed to win a group match. Upper Wharfedale by contrast were early leaders defeating Great Horton Church and Skipton as well as the School. Skipton also upset Cullingworth and the prospect of a 3-way bowl-out loomed. Cullingworth needed to defeat Upper Wharfedale to set that up but they failed as the Dales boys passed their 42-2 tally. In group B, Steeton were off to a flier and a Tied match between Wilsden and Oakworth promised an intriguing calculation. The final group match between Earby and Steeton would decide the finalists and Steeton accomplished that by limiting Earby to 18 and winning with 1 wicket down. Oakworth and Oxenhope finished joint third with Wilsden on 4 points after a second Tie with Oxenhope. So the Final was to be Upper Wharfedale vs Steeton. A posting of 58 from the Dales boys was the highest on the main pitch and their bowlers proved far too restrictive for Steeton who managed just 20 in reply. Upper Wharfedale were very worthy winners.
The under-11 Cup commenced with first up wins for Cullingworth and Wilsden. Whilst the former continued to flourish the latter found the going much harder. Cullingworth headed their group without losing a game with Steeton as runners-up whilst clear losers by 19 runs to Cullingworth. The Group B leaders proved to be Oakworth who also remained unbeaten. The Final was to be a repeat of the 2013 Final but this year Cullingworth ran out winners after an aggressive finish from Kyle Welsh brought them the silverware with just 3 balls to spare.
On the Tennis Court the u-9s groupings went to the wire with Oakworth heavy scoring winners of their 3 matches. Lewis Brown was a revelation scoring 45 and 53 in his first two innings. Earby proved best of the rest and qualified to meet winners of Group A. That group proved topsy-turvey and 3 teams Cullingworth, Malsis and Great Horton all finished on 6 points. A 3-way bowl off brought group winning to Malsis School whilst the sudden death went to Great Horton Church. Oakworth again in high-scoring mode posted 50 runs which was 15 too many for the Great Horton boys. The 32 from the Malsis School was surpassed by Earby with Adam Hodge again showing fine batsman-ship. So the Final was to be Oakworth vs Earby, both from Group B. Oakworth posted 45-3 with Lewis Brown again featuring prominently with 20. Adam Hodge opened for Earby with a first ball boundary and with 4 byes from the next ball their challenge was posted. A remarkable catch from Ben Hawkes proved a pivotal moment as his victim was the free-scoring Hodge. The next over saw 3 wickets fall as Oakworth asserted their ascendancy. The Earby innings petered out to 26 and the Cup went to Oakworth.

2014 Festival New

Entries for the 2014 Festival were sought at the UAJCA AGM and defending winners from 2013, Cullingworth [u13], Oakworth [u11] and Gt Horton Church [u9] are all in the entry list [see below] fallowing the AGM. The competition line-up is now complete.

under-13 under-11 under-9
Malsis School Malsis School Malsis School
Gt Horton Church Oakworth B Gt Horton Church
Earby Earby Earby
Oakworth Oakworth Oakworth
Skipton Skipton Skipton
Wilsden Wilsden Wilsden
Cullingworth Cullingworth Cullingworth
Oxenhope Oxenhope Oxenhope
Steeton Steeton  
Wharfedale Wharfedale  
complete complete complete
A cracking day at the Festival
under-13 under-11 under-9
Cullingworth CC Oakworth CC Great Horton Church CC

Whilst the 2013 weather wasn't as forecast, the rain stayed away, the temperatures rose whilst the cloud hung around. The Competitions were again fully booked and all arrived on time and maintained due diligence in keeping to the time-table. In the under-13 competition the two groups were equally strong and Cullingworth and Silsden seemed likely qualifiers from the Yellow Group. The final group game settled things as Silsden' 24-4 proved insufficient to overcome Cullingworth. An earlier Tie between U Wharfedale and Silsden had opened up numerous possible combinations. In the blue group Oakworth ran Malsis School close in the first match, losing by just 6 runs. Oxenhope lost to Wilsden, who in turn lost to the School team. Skipton were unable to register a win but all their matches were close. Oxenhope out-gunned Oakworth and then took on Malsis. It was a cracking match. If Oxenhope had won, there was a strong possibility of a three-way bowl off with Wilsden. However their exciting encounter ended in a Tie at 42 runs each. So Malsis School qualified outright with 3 wins and the Tie. The Group positions were:

Under-13 Competition Group standings

Team w t l Team w t l
Cullingworth 4 0 0 Malsis School 3 1 0
Silsden 2 1 1 Wilsden 3 0 1
U Wharfedale 1 1 2 Oxenhope 2 1 1
Steeton 1 0 3 Oakworth 1 0 3
Earby 1 0 3 Skipton 0 0 4

The Final was an intriguing affair and settled by the better bowling side. the overall strength of the Cullingworth attack proved more able to restrict than did that of the School. The Cullingworth total of 46 was only marginally above par but their bowlers contained the School lads to 32 and took the Trophy for the first time.

The under-11 competition also provided some entertaining cricket with the two Oakworth teams prominent in both groups. Their A team chased down a good score of 46 by Skipton. The Aire Valley Angels struggled to cope with energetic new format and found scoring difficult. Cullingworth emerged as the team to beat but they still had the Oakworth B team encounter and they had 3 wins to their credit. Meanwhile in the Pink group The Aire Valley Angels battled hard but found the new format difficult and were unable to break their duck. Cullingworth proved strong candidates to qualify whilst Oakworth B also won their first 3 matches to challenge the Bingley area side. Cullingworth took that match and qualified for the final against the Oakworth A team. It was watched by a large contingent from both clubs who witnessed some high quality cricket. Oakworth batted first and scored a solid 41 thanks to some lusty blows from Matt Corkindale and Corey Green.  Both sides had adopted a policy of fielders on the boundary and it remained to be seen who could cross the whitewash the most often. For Cullingworth Joe Hall had huge expectation and he did hit one six but he and his team mates were well marshalled by accurate bowling and top-notch fielding and a direct run-out with Joel Oxford excelling in the deep. Cullingworth soon fell behind the rate and finally tallied 31 to leave Oakworth winners of the u-11 competition for the first time.

A well supported under-9 competition again had 2 groups with each team having 3 fixtures, the top two in each qualifying for semi-finals. In the Red Group Oakworth were unbeaten with Steeon as runners-up. The Orange Group had a similar finish with Great Horton emerging unbeaten and Malsis School the runners-up. In the first semi-final Malsis School got off to a real flyer with opener Tom Bailey racking up 37 on his own. Their 58 score was to prove beyond Oakworth's efforts in reaching 39-2. The second semi-final had Steeton in deep trouble against the GHC bowlers. They scored just 12-5 and the Bradford side knocked them off with 1 wicket down. So the Orange group provided both finalists and the GHC team repeated their group win over the School. Malsis School tallied 30-5 with Great Horton Church making 34-1. So in their first ever entry the league new boys came away with silverware.

2013 Festival

The 2013 Malsis Festival will unfold a week earlier than usual , on Sunday 16th June. The format reverts to one which includes playing of age-group finals on the age-group pitches rather than all on the main pitch, which led to extended delays in 2011. After the 2012 wash-out the School and UAJCA are looking forward to a return to the excellent sunshine enjoyed in 2010-2011.

The competition is again open to 10 teams at under-13, 10 teams at under-11 and 8 at under-9. Team entries were offered at the AGM in January 2013 and currently stand as below: FULLY BOOKED

under-13 [10 entries] under-11 [10 entries] Under-9 [8 entries]
Malsis School Malsis Shool [2011 winners] Malsis School
Skipton Skipton Skipton [2011 winners]
Steeton Steeton Steeton
Oxenhope Oxenhope Oxenhope
Upper Wharfedale [2011 winners] Upper Wharfedale Upper Wharfedale
Oakworth Oakworth Oakworth
Silsden Oakworth B Wilsden
Cullingworth Cullingworth Gt Horton Church
Earby Earby
Wilsden Aire Valley Angels

2012 Festival CANCELLE The weather has finally got the better of the Malsis School pitches and sadly this year's Festival is now CANCELLED

The 2012 Malsis Festival will unfold a week earlier than usual in 2012, on Sunday 17th June. The format will revert to one which includes playing of age-group finals on the age-group pitches rather than all on the main pitch, which led to extended delays in 2011.

Provisional entries are currently 9 teams at under-13 (1 vacancy), 7 teams at under-11 (3 vacancies whilst the under-9 competition is complete with 8 entries. All three 2011 winners will be defending their hard-won trophies whilst new club Great Horton Church have entered the day-long under-13 competition. Wilsden u-11 too are first time entrants as are Haworth in the u-9 tournament.

The provisional entries are: Under-13: Upper Wharfedale (2011 winners), Malsis School, Silsden, Skipton, Steeton, Cullingworth, Earby, Great Horton Church & Oxenhope. The under-11 competition entrants are: Malsis School (2011 winners), Skipton, Earby, Steeton, Wiulsden, Cullingworth & Oxenhope. the 8 teams at under-9 are Skipton (2011 winners), Malsis School, Earby, Steeton, Cullingworth, Oxenhope, Haworth, Wilsden.

Any club wishing to take up any of the declared vacancies, please contact teh Competitions Secretary

The draw will be announced in May.

The forecast mini heat-wave duly arrived and the cricket at Malsis matched the wonderful weather. After weeks of rain intervals, the pitches produced slow, low bounce and made big hitting difficult for the batsmen. The under-11s groupings in particular had a series of low scores and under-13 scores were well down on previous years.

The under-11 contests found scoring difficult and the highest score of the day was just 31. In group A three teams Malsis School, Earby and Silsden finished their group with 3 wins so a three-way bowl out was invoked. After six balls each, Earby dropped out with no hits whilst Malsis and Silsden went into a sudden-death bowl-off. It was the School's Waseem Qureshi who made the breakthrough, following up his first 'hit' with a second to claim a place in the Final. Group B saw Oxenhope complete an unbeaten four games ahead of Oakworth who lost just the once. So Oxenhope progressed to the Final with holders, Malsis School.

The first Final was for the u-11s Cup and the Final went to the last over and Oxenhope needing a tall order 14 to win. They scored nine to take their total to 27, five less than the jubilant Malsis School team, who took the Cup for a second year.


The competition for under-13s was as tense as ever with Group A Malsis School, the holders, showing excellent form. The other teams continued to beat each other and the School progressed to their successive Final. In Group B competition was as keen as ever and Upper Wharfedale, Ingrow and Earby were the pace-setters. The Dales side went through the group unbeaten, their first match victory over Ingrow proving vital.

The under-13s Final proved as attractive as ever. The cricket was high quality with boundaries in copious amounts. Holders Malsis School on this occasion finished second best and the Upper Wharfedale team took the Cup back to Grassington

The 8-team under-9s competition wasn't of course affected on the all-weather surface and a well-contested competition unfolded from the two groups. Group A boiled down to a deciding match between Steeton and Oxenhope with the Worth Valley side emerging victorious. Oakworth B team were very competitive in the group which also included Earby. The Group B produced an unbeaten record for Oakworth with Skipton taking the runners-up spot after a win over Wharfedale. Malsis School, in their first entry at under-9 level, found the going tough and failed to win a match. The semi-final line up was Oakworth vs Steeton and Oxenhope vs Skipton. Naturally the two unbeaten teams Oakworth and Oxenhope anticipated an all-Worth Valley final but Skipton had other ideas and spoiled the party with a win whilst Oakworth did overcome Steeton. The Final would be a Group B affair with Oakworth starting favourites in view of their group win.

Finally Oakworth and Skipton contested a superb final bearing in mind the tender years of the participants. Oakworth contained Skipton to 32 runs and began their innings with some confidence since they had defeated Skipton in the earlier Group stage. Indeed opener Harry Hollingsworth could look back on a 47 score in one match. But the Final proved a different ball game and Skipton were able to turn the tables with top notch bowling and fielding as the Oakworth openers whilst retaining their wickets could not score fast enough, ending on 22. So the Cup went for a first time to Skipton

Once again UAJCA are indebted to the School for its unwavering support of local Festival cricket. Clearly the Association will have to look again at the structure as the increased attendance was at the expense of a very late finish after 6:30pm, over an hour later than expected. The crowd enjoyed the best weather of the year to date and some 'champagne ' cricket, spoiled only by one incident in the under-13 competition.


Malsis School will for the first time enter the under-9s Malsis Cup competition at this year's Festival. They will join Steeton (holders), Oakworth, Upper Wharfedale, Skipton and Earby in pursuit of the silverware.


Oxenhope u11, defending CartaSort League Champions for the last 3 years, will complete the line-up for the 2011 Malsis Festival. All age-groups are now full for 2011.


At the UAJCL AGM, provisional entries were received for the 2011 Festival, now in its 6th year. The Festival in 2011 will be held on 26th June. This season the School will be defending two age group trophies, won in 2010. Steeton CC will be hoping to hang on to their u-9 title, picked up last year. The Festival 'picnic' is a s popular as ever and Clubs were very keen to get their entries in and the u-13 and u-9 competitions were 'fully booked' on 20th January. There currently remains one place in the under-11 tournament.

The under-13 competition will once again feature ten teams, organised into 2 groups of 5. The teams are Malsis School (holders), Upper Wharfedale, Skipton, Oakworth, Steeton, Silsden, Cullingworth, Ingrow, Settle and Earby. At under-11 the current entrants are Malsis School (holders), Upper Wharfedale, Skipton, Oakworth, Steeton, Cullingworth, Silsden, Earby and Cowling. The youngsters at under-9 will be Steeton (holders), Oakworth, Upper Wharfedale, Skipton and Earby. There is a possibility that the School may also enter for the first time.

Entrants will be circulated with the organisation and playing rules nearer the date.


On a day when the temperature touched 26 degrees, the Malsis Festival was magnificently supported by 24 of our teams. England were playing Australia at Old Trafford and oh I think there was a football match on the Telly. But our clubs and boys, their parents and friends all turned out with gazebos, tents, camping chairs and all manner of out-door gear. The crowd was estimated as our highest yet at around 600 with the School completely selling out of canned drinks and sweets! The cricket matched the weather, it was glorious! The Malsis School u-13s kicked the tournament off in impressive style with an 86 score against Silsden including 55 for Will Greenwood.

The u13 competition

was disrupted slightly by the Friday withdrawal of Steeton and the Malsis, Oakworth, Earby, Silsden group was a tough one to come through. Malsis and Oakworth emerged un scathed and their semi-final was keenly contested with pupils playing for Oakworth and vive-versa. The School's 56 was marginally above par and despite an early wicket loss Jack Keighley kept them in the hunt. They made 40 after the School fielding excelled to support their accurate bowling.

The Malsis opponents from the other group were decided only after the last match with Oxenhope defeating Skipton and thus a three-way tie and bowl off was avoided. The qualifier was Gargarve who had defeated Glusburn in their match to progress. The Final had Malsis rattling up 61 with on-form Will Greenwood and James Cutter prominent. The Gargrave reply was always behind the required rate in the face of top notch Malsis outfield cricket. Gargarve finished on 35 and the School reclaimed the Cup they won in the inaugural event. It was also the first time any club or school had won two of the three competition

The under-11 competition

was also a tense affair with Malsis again clear, unbeaten winners of their group. Oakworth and Silsden Eagles were joint second with 3 wins ahead of Skipton and Wharfedale Rams. The other group had sharp competition from Cullingworth, Settle and Earby with the Cobras in their Festival debut the group winners with 3 wins, having lost only to Wharfedale Stags.

The Final was a close affair with Cullingworth making 35 in response to a Malsis 41 posting. The School had now won both it's 2010 competition Finals and are contemplating an under-9 entry in 2011. The Malsis team received their mementoes and Cup during the u-13 Final interval to give their senior colleagues a boost in their quest. 


The under-9 competition

for the first time had six teams, two coming from Oakworth. The group, organised in one round-robin group, was dominated by the Steeton team who comfortably won all five of their matches to signal a challenge for the forthcoming UAJCL Summer Tournament. The runners-up were Skipton with 3 wins.

The round-robin format did not require a Final and the Steeton boys received their Trophy during the u-13 Final interval with much obvious delight.




The Festival is now firmly cemented as part of UAJCL and the School calendar and will take place again in 2011 around the mid-end of June time.

2010 Festival Draw (amended 11/6/10)

The 2010 Malsis Festival is scheduled for 09:30am on Sunday 27th June 2010 at Malsis School Glusburn. The day will showcase 10 under-13 teams, 8 under-11 teams and 6 under-9 teams drawn from across UAJCL and the School. Current holders of the under-13 title are Earby whilst Oxenhope hold the u-11 trophy. U-9 winners were Upper Wharfedale.

under-9 under-11 under-13
Skipton Malsis School Oakworth
Oakworth A Silsden Eagles Earby
Oakworth B Wharfedale Stags Steeton
U Wharfedale Skipton Oxenhope
Earby Earby Skipton
Steeton Oakworth Silsden
  Cullingworth Glusburn
  Settle Malsis School
  Wharfedale Rams Ingrow
  Silsden Hawks Gargrave

The 2009 event featured 22 teams on a wonderfully sunny afternoon and was a real entertaining feast of six-a-side cricket from UAJCL and the school's teams. This year's Festival is again very well supported by 24 UAJCL teams and will be organised on a similar basis for u-13, u-11 and u-9s. All teams will play initial matches in round robin format. The groups will be u-13 Group 1 Glusburn, Skipton, Ingrow, Oxenhope & Gargrave; u-13 Group 2 Steeton, Malsis School, Silsden, Oakworth & Earby. The winners of each group will progress to the Final.  At under-11 the two groups will be u-11 Group 1 U Wharfedale Rams, Silsden Eagles, Malsis School, Oakworth & Skipton; u-11 Group 2 Earby, Cullingworth, Wharfedale Stags, Silsden Hawks & Settle. The top two teams in each group will qualify for semi-finals. The under-9 group will play each other once and the top two will contest a Final.

If teams finish level a bowl-out competition will take place.

For each match won, teams will receive 3 points, each match tied 2 points and each match lost 0 points. Un-played matches (for any reason) will be awarded 1 point each. Normal cricket playing and scoring rules will apply; ie wides & no-balls.Teams may bring as many players (& supporters) as they wish. However only 6 may play in each match. Five players will bowl one over each. The wicket-keeper may not bowl, changes will not be allowed unless for injury. There are no retirements for batsmen.

Further playing rules and round-robin details and full draw will be published shortly. The initial five matches will be:

Top Fields        09:30am    Glusburn u13 vs Skipton u13;             Steeton u13 vs Malsis School u13;

Approach Road   09:30am    Wharfedale Rams u11 vs Silsden Eagles u11;    Earby u11 vs Cullingworth u11;

Artificial pitch   09:30am    Steeton u9 vs Skipton u9

UAJCL Fixture Secretary Terry Thompson said "This the third time Malsis School have hosted the full Festival event and once will put in magnificent effort into organising this day for us. We sincerely hope last year's good weather repeats so that all the young players and their families can enjoy the giant picnic atmosphere at a wonderful setting. The exciting spectacle of six-a-side cricket for all three age groups has proved to be most enjoyable in recent years and we expect UAJCL competing clubs and the Malsis School boys will again do so."

2010 Festival set for 27 June 2010

The hugely popular Malsis 6-a-side cricket Festival will be held this year on 27th June. The School and UAJCL will continue their now five year association in presenting the giant cricketing extravaganza and picnic. In 2009 an estimated 400 plus people attended and enjoyed some terrific cricket including a first ever bowl out.

The under-9 competition is fully booked with five teams contesting the trophy won last year by Upper Wharfedale, who will be defending their win. Also contesting will be Skipton, Steeton, Oakworth and Earby.

This year the under-13 entries will be Earby (winners in 2009), Oxenhope, Skipton, Glusburn, Ingrow, Silsden, Oakworth, Gargrave, Steeton and of course the School (runners-up 2009).

The under-11 competition now has 8 entrants with room for two more. Taking part will be the School, Wharfedale, Silsden, Skipton, Earby, Oakworth, Cullingworth and now Settle.


Sun, glorious sun and cricket in 2009!

The sun shone and shone, the crowds turned up and a wonderful second tournament was enjoyed by over 150 young cricketers and their families and supporters. The magnificent Malsis School building and grounds were resplendent for our mid-season fun-break. After having a withdrawal from Settle u13 on Wednesday and Denholme u11s on the day, our organisational abilities were tested to the full. The under-13 had none teams and a two-tier arrangement of three groups of three was instituted and worked a treat. The under-11s had seven teams and instead of the planned two sub-groups, one group of 7 produced a non-stop programme of 21 matches each team having six fixtures. That too worked well but what a finish.

The under-9 competition unfolded entirely as planned with Oakworth and Steeton finding the five team competition tough. Steeton won their encounter with Oakworth to register a sole victory. Both these teams succumbed to Earby, who lost to both Upper Wharfedale and Silsden to leave the last round-robin between two unbeaten teams.

Silsden took the honours in a low scoring affair but both teams knew they had qualified already for the Final. The Wharfedale line up was shuffled and Freddy Binns took 32 from the Silsden attack and a daunting 61-0 target was posted. The Silsden lads grouped around Louis Horsfield who plenty of boundaries but couldn't match the Dales boys rate. His side finished on 35-5 in an entertaining final to a great days work out for our youngest players.


The intricate under-13 arrangement was soon understood and the initial round robin had Earby, Malsis School and Glusburn all unbeaten and they formed the next grouping. The 3 teams which finished in second place were Oakworth, Haworth WE and Skipton to form another new grouping and finally Gargrave, Embsay and Silsden made up the final trio. It soon became apparent that the teams to beat were Earby and Malsis School and when Oakworth and Skipton tied on 48 runs each, the expected final was assured. The Final was a classic with the round-robin form guide having gone to Earby. The Earby side batted first and a 39 total was below par on earlier scoring. The well-matched sides produced tension-packed cricket and the School concluded their innings on 36 just 3 runs adrift. Earby have been supporters of the Festival for all 4 years and it was their first Trophy win.
The 21-match under-11 League kept an enormous gathering cheering and shouting all day with again two sides showing outstanding form; Malsis School and newcomers Oxenhope. The School had won the Trophy in 2008 and were defending it well until their fourth match against Skipton which again was low scoring with the Marketeers snatching the points. The schedule had deemed the School would face Oxenhope in their last match and as the latter remained unbeaten it would decide the winners .. or would it? There was a second tied game between Haworth West End and Earby to keep their supporters in vocal mode whilst a poor start from Oakworth was partially turned round in their fourth round. The awaited Oxenhope-Malsis match had the School knocking up 61 as a massive challenge to the still unbeaten Worth Valley boys. They managed 48 and both teams had now 15 points and the destination of the trophy was to be decided by a first ever bowl-off. Each teams five bowlers would bowl at the stumps and if level on hits would then go to a sudden death knock-out. First up Tom Addison hit the timber for an early blow for Oxenhope but a second round equaliser from Harry Phillipson made it 1-1. The lead swung back to Oxenhope when Callum Holmes found the woodwork. The final round had all the pressure on Rory Garnett but amazingly he did the biz and it was tied at 2-2. So sudden death it was to be. Three more scoreless rounds heightened the tension and pressure substantially but that lad Callum Holmes did it again to win the Trophy for Oxenhope as his strike went unanswered. Phew !!


The 2009 Malsis Festival is scheduled for 09:30am on Sunday 21st June 2009 at Malsis School Glusburn. The day will showcase 10 under-13 teams, 8 under-11 teams and 5 under-9 teams drawn from across UAJCL. Current holders of the under-13 title are Oakworth whilst Malsis School hold the u-11 trophy. U-9 Summer Tournament winners Silsden also won the under-9 Malsis Cup.

under-9 under-11 under-13
Silsden Malsis School Oakworth
Oakworth Silsden Earby
Steeton Denholme Settle
U Wharfedale Skipton Embsay
Earby Earby Skipton
  Oakworth Silsden
  Haworth WE Glusburn
  Oxenhope Malsis School
    Haworth WE

All teams will play matches in round robin format. For each match won, teams will receive 3 points, each match tied 2 points and each match lost 0 points. Un-played matches (for any reason) will be awarded 1 point each. Normal cricket playing and scoring rules will apply. ie wides & no-balls. Teams may bring as many players (& supporters) as they wish. However only 6 will play in each match. Five players will bowl one over each. The wicket-keeper may not bowl, changes will not be allowed unless for injury. There are no retirements for batsmen.

Further playing rules and round-robin details and full draw will be published shortly. The initial five matches will be:

Top Fields        09:30am    Gargrave u13 vs Malsis School u13;     Embsay u13 vs Skipton u13;

Approach Road   10:10am    Silsden u11 vs Denholme u11;             Earby u11 vs Oakworth u11;

Artificial pitch   09:30am    Steeton u9 vs U Wharfedale u9

Last year's inaugural event featured 25 teams on a wonderfully sunny, if windy afternoon and was a real feast of entertaining six-a-side cricket from the Area's UAJCL and the school's teams. This year's Festival is again very well supported by UAJCL clubs and will be organised on a similar basis for u-13, u-11 and u-9s.

UAJCL Fixture Secretary Terry Thompson said "Malsis School once again are putting a superb effort into organising this day for us. We pray for good weather so that all the young players and their families can enjoy a giant picnic at a wonderful setting. The exciting spectacle of six-a-side cricket for all three age groups has proved to be most enjoyable in recent years and we expect UAJCL competing clubs and the Malsis School boys will again do so."