14 April Observation day       Skipton CC
22 July UAJCA   Bradford   Barnoldswick CC
23 July UAJCA   Aire-Wharfe   Settle CC
25 July Heavy Woollen   UAJCA    
16th Apr UAJCA Trials 12:30pm Skipton CC Nets
21st May Nidderdale 179 all out UAJCA 183-3 UAJCA won by 7 wkts
9th July UAJCA 120 all out Nidderdale 101-8 Abandoned
24th July Bradford   UAJCA   11:00am Lightcliffe CC
25th July UAJCA   Leeds-Wetherby   11:00am Harden
27th July UAJCA   Aire-Wharfe   11:00am Steeton
28th July     SEMI-FINAL  

11:00am Settle

TBC UAJCA   Halifax   u12 Cup
Alex Howarth
26 June UAJCA 136-8 Huddersfield 162-4 Lost by 26 runs
17 July UAJCA 70 all out Cumbria 107-6 lost by 37 runs
24 July Cumbria 38-3 UAJCA 59 ao abandoned
31 July UAJCA   Heavy Woollen   abandoned
18 Aug UAJCA 86-5 Leeds/Wetherby 112-4 Lost by 26 runs
Andy Galley
30th May UAJCA        104 all out Nidderdale 97-9 Won by 7 runs
2nd June UAJCA 152-7 Huddersfield 148-6 Won by 3 wkts
13th June H Woollen 154-8 UAJCA 113 ao Lost by 41 runs
11th July Cumbria 120-9 UAJCA 76 ao Lost by 44 runs
18th July Nidderdale 130 all out UAJCA 106 ao Lost by 24 runs
22nd Aug UAJCA   Cumbria   abandoned
29th Aug Nidderdale 97-4 UAJCA 94 ao Lost by 6 wkts
Mark Stoneman
Tony Fordham

UAJCA under-12 manager for the 2021 season will be Mark Stoneman [Sutton CC]. There will be assistance from Tony Fordham [Oxenhope CC]. Further to last Sunday's trials at Bradford & Bingley Nets, Mark and Tony announce the following selections for 2021..

Alex Hall [Earby], Archie Brooksbank [Crossflatts], Armaan Mahmood [GHC], Ben Jolly [Earby], Charlie Price [Skipton], Eddie Fordham [Oxenhope], Freddie Ward [Earby], Noah Kennedy [Skipton], Ryan Lee [Skipton], Sam Stoneman [Sutton], Thomas Mountain [Embsay], Sam Walker [Settle], Mohammed Hassan Khan GHC] and Tobias O’Shaughnessy [Crossflatts].

Congratulations to all players. Selected players should now obtain UAJCA kit from Dobson & Robinson of The Grove, Ilkley. Please remember social-distancing and masks should be worn.


At a sunny Bingley Congs UAJCA u12s took on Nidderdale and batted first. Number 3 Armaan Mahmood [GHC] picked up the cudgels after loss of our openers at 22-2. With steady support from most batsmen he stroked five boundaries on his way to 28 before being bowled late in the innings. On a difficult weekend for batters our 104 all out total was a decent achievement, to which 39 extras contributed nicely following 22 illegal deliveries from the visitor's attack. For Nidderdale Potter 2-8 and Nicol 2-7 took the plaudits with a frugal Stalker returning 1-8 from 6 overs.

In similar vein Nidderdale struggled to advance the run-rate with opener Reilly consuming 52 balls to make his 14. No 5 Weightman proved their top willow-wielder but his 30 included only 2 boundaries from his 83 balls faced.  No 8 Say added a late order 22 to bring his 10-man team back into contention. The visitor progress was held up considerably by the bowling of Sam Walker [Settle] whose 4-8 in 5 overs stood out. There was Terrific back up from Armaan with 2 for 3 and a wicket each for Earby duo Ben Jolly and Freddie Ward as we emerged on top when the visitors closed at 97-9, 7 runs short of our tally.

Wednesday 2nd June will see the boys back in action again, this time in the LS Cup against Huddersfield at Sutton-in-Craven [11:00am].



Chris Cummings announces the following players selected for the 2nd Observation Day [14 April]

Aahil Gulzar [GHC], Alfred Walker [Settle], Ammaar Muhammad [GHC], Charlie Chew [Barnoldswick], Charlie Holgate [Barnoldswick], Fredie Wilkinson [Haworth], Harry Newhouse [Skipton], Jack Smith [Settle], Joe Hodgson [Settle], John North [Settle], Josgua Greene [U Wharfedale], Max Wareing [Haworth], M Riyan Farooq [GHC], Sam Charmbury [Oakworth], Seb Oliver [Skipton].

Andy Galley finally got his u12 team back on the greensward at Haworth CC on Sunday 26th June [2pm] vs Huddersfield in the 1st round of the Leeds Cup. Bowling first our lads contained Huddersfield to 162-4 in their 30 overs. Always in the game our total in turn was restricted to 136-8 by the opposition to evict us from the Cup.

Early wickets for Sam Galley were just reward for good bowling and his 2-25 [5 overs] was the standout performance. Will Oaken took a wicket and there was a catch and a run out for live-wire keeper Subhaan Ghaffar. But the telling innings came from Huddersfield opener Mason Knight who compiled 61 from 84 balls to help his team post its 162-4. No 4 M Davison also proved a thorn in the side with 37no from just 25 balls. Skipper Archie Cox kept things tight as did Ayaan Munaar but the 5.4 per over was to prove just out of our reach.  The skipper did his bit with the bat top-scoring with 36 whilst Callum Hardy [31] and Will Oakden [30] were both major contributors and kept us in the hunt. Huddersfield used 8 bowlers with Brough [2-9] and Choma [2-14] the leading lights.  Despite the defeat it was a promising start and augurs well for the forthcoming matches.


Sun, sun , sun was the order of the day at Royd Hill Sutton as Huddersfield u12s took first knock against UAJCA u12s in the new under-12s LS Cup competition. Opening bowlers Sam Walker [Settle] and Eddie Fordham [Oxenhope] started in fine style and early wickets came their way. Sam bowled tight lines and a perfect length to take out a dangerous looking Kaye for 17 and then topped it with the clean bowling of their skipper Grimes for 4. Eddie too helped engineer a run out of opener Van der Merwe for 2 and then grabbed the scalp of Gash [6] before retiring injured after a hit on his recently broken arm. At 36-4 Huddersfield were under the cosh but a 52-run stand by Stokes and Gwynne took them to 88-5. But Noah Kennedy [Skipton] bowled a superb accurate spell and removed Gwynne [17] and Stokes [25] to have the visitors tottering at 93-6. Sullivan and Rothery rebuilt and with the help of 40 extras dragged their total up to 148-6. The bowling picks were Kennedy 6-2-10-2 and Walker 6-0-22-2 whilst Henry Vernon also shone in his two overs.

The batting had been a concern in recent times, particularly at the top of the order. Those concerns were blown away by skipper Archie [Ward] Brooksbank [Crossflatts] and Armaan Mahmood [GHC] with a mature display of mixed attack and solid defence. Armaan was the aggressor in chief with a wonderful 11 boundaries in his 67 from 70 balls. Archie was winkled out for a brilliant 43 [7 fours] .Their partnership was an amazing 120. But then the wheels came of somewhat as Huddersfield struck back with left-armer Ben Gash leading the way with a cracking 5-0-17-6 spell. UAJCA went from 120-0 to 142-7 and the collywobbles were evident. But Sam Walker and Eddie Fordham batted sensibly to take us over the line at 152-7 in the 33rd over.


The 2019 season for UAJCA under-12s came to a very satisfying close with a 34-run victory against Cumbria. Ji Mukherjee's team brought the curtain down with a team score of 148-5, which featured 50s for Joe Birks [Skipton] and Hamza Saeed [GHC]. With the ball Jack Caton [Bradley] was the pick with 2 for 4 but Louisa Hutchinson [Steeton] deserves special praise for opening the bowling with 5-0-15-1. Cumbria were held to 114-9...  Scorecard............


UAJCA under-12 s defended their hard won [in 2018] T20 Festival trophy at the prestigious Harrogate Cricket Club on Sunday 25th August. [picture courtesy of Ronnie Wiseman] The tournament featured Nidderdale, Cleveland and Scarborough teams all vying to get their hands on our trophy. The tournament startsed at 11:30am [players meet 10:30]. The first match had UAJCA against Cleveland and the opposition sneaked into the  final with 11 balls of the semi-final match remaining. Skipper Archie Phillipson led the way with 32 with good back up from Moeed Shafiq [18] and 10 from debutant Matthew Hutchinson [Steeton].  Hamza Saeed was the pick of our bowlers with 2-16. In the 3rd-4th place play-off we faced Scarborough and tallied 95-5 in our 20 overs. Archie again led from the front with 30no and shared a cracking partnership with Mustapha Hussain [25]. Moeed added another 11no. Owais Mahmood led the bowlers with 2-22 but the match went to the final over. On the last ball our opponents edged ahead at 96-5.

Not as successful as 2018 but again a very competitive T20 and invaluable experience for the boys, who will face Cumbria in a couple of weeks.


Amidst Festival week, UAJCA u12s took on the might of the Heavy Woollen District at sunny [mostly] Skipton and produced a real nail-biter. Bowling first UAJCA picked up an early wicket  but in the  absence of our regular keeper handed too many extras to the visitors. Nevertheless the bowlers performed well taking 9 of the Heavy Woollen wickets in a concerted attack. Heavy Woollen county players Thompson and Goodlad were prominent with 19 and 38 but both their wickets were taken.  Shahzaib Sayeed also added a good 27. Hamza Saeed [GHC] claimed 2-9, Leighton 2-13 and Archie Phillipson 2-15 to lead the attack.

With the bat our county opener Archie Phillipson held things together and the middle order did wondrously well helping him step up the rate when the time came. Max Williams [Oxenhope] 15, Will Lampkin [Bradley] 22, Leighton Meeking 13 [Embsay] and Arran MacRae [Skipton] 22 all did their bit to carry us through to the last over, needing 12 to win. 8 runs came from the first 4 balls and now it was 4 needed from 2. What a finish. A single came from the  5th ball and in the push for 2 off the last ball, Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] was run out going for the second run. We had lost by 1 run but we certainly shared the plaudits in a very entertaining high quality match. Archie was stumped by county keeper Thompson for a brilliant 67 and the team 149 was their highest score of the year. The bowling was penetrative and the middle order batsmen found their scoring form despite an uncharacteristic duck for Hamza. #thefutureisbrightindeed 



The under-12s took on the might of Cumbria at the picturesque Dales venue of Ingleton CC and emerged the victors by 3 runs after recovering from 13-2. Withe two debutants Nathan Joseph [Steeton] and Finley Petrucci [Bradley], batting first, skipper Hamza Saeed [GHC] led from the front with 38 not out with Leighton Meeking [Embsay] 17 not out, a telling factor at number 8. The total of 125-7 looked vulnerable and Cumbria number 3 Akshay Ram-Dharmarean set their tone with 30 before Will Lampkin [Bradley] rattled his stumps. At 88-7 Cumbria seemed unlikely winners but the tail wagged well and UAJCA was just 3 ahead when Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] took their final wicket. Close exciting game and its possible we may have re-match further South later this summer. Scorecard

UAJCA selected team: Will Lampkin [Bradley], Mustapha Hussain [GHC], Adam Harding [Embsay], Hamza Saeed [GHC], Jack Caton [Bradley], Moeed Shafiq [Skipton], Luke Lovell [Embsay], Harry Atherton [Steeton],  Owais Mahmood [GHC], Max Williams [Oxenhope], Leighton Meeking [Embsay].


The last-minute visa problems didn't do the New Delhi u12s any favours as Sachin finally got his lads top Bradford, albeit tired from their journey.

Archie Phillipson was on top form and made 25 no and Moheed Shafiq on 14no.

New lads Leighton Meeking [Embsay] and Nathan Joseph [Steeton] fitted in well as UAJCA showed top bowling and fielding form to leave New Delhi at 59 all out. 


The development match with Nidderdale on 9th June turned into a real tension-packed encounter between two well-matches teams. Batting first the loss of both openers for ducks didn't augur well but Hamza Saeed [38] and no 7 Jack Caton [20] pulled the innings out of gthe fire and together with wayward bowling from the home side a creditable 122 all out was posted with 9 balls left.

Our bowlers were exemplary giving away only 5 extras and 10 byes. The Nidderdale knock owed much to no 3 Duncombe who bashed 51 including six 4s. He had support of 18 from no 5 Short who had earlier claimed 3-6. No 6 Harwood added 11. With Duncombe still at the crease batting with no 11 Montague, Nidderdale had every chance but as the overs ran out, UAJCA took 3 wickets in the last over and their score ended at 121-9 and the narrowest of wins for UAJCA.  Manager Ji used 9 bowlers and all endured the pressure well, the pick of the attack were Harry Atherton 2-7, Hamza 2-9 and Will Lampkin 1-6.  scorecard

The team was: Arron Macrae [Skipton] Will Lampkin [Bradley]  Moeed Shafiq [Skipton] Adam Harding [Embsay] Luke Lovell [Embsay] Owais Mahmood [GHC] Jack Caton [Bradley] Mustapha Hussain [GHC] Hamza Saeed [GHC] Max Williams [Oxenhope] and Harry Atherton [Steeton].


After the T20 competition was cancelled, UAJCA took on Suffolk at Giggleswick School Papes Field. UAJCA led by Hamza Saeed [GHC} tallied 114 all out with the captain making a fine 34. Later Hamza took 2-16 and with backing from Owais Mahmood [also GHC] Suffolk were pushed to overhaul our total.

Manager Ji Mukherjee reports that several UAJCA batsmen got good starts but Suffolk proved much tighter in the field. The match was a good run out against a county side and hopefully gives our boys the incentive to improve the areas that are needed for the match at Sutton on 9th June vs Nidderdale.  
Thanks to John Hughes [Cumbria] for Umpiring and also to Giggleswick School for hosting the match.


Again on Home territory at a tropically hot Oakworth CC, UAJCA won the toss and opted to bat. The very first ball had impact as Parth Sunil hit it straight back to bowler F Sealby. The next over Elis Jones followed him back to the pavilion at 3 for 2. James Powell and Henry Meynell set about the rebuild the score began to rise. James was the major partner whilst Cup-Final hero for Oakworth once again rotated the strike well. At 75-3 Henry was caught off R Scott for a valuable 28. James was joined by Jacob Stephens who helped him reach a deserved 50. Another catch had Jacob out for 9 but James had ploughed on imperiously to tally a cracking 72 before he too was caught. UAJCA tallied 121 for 6.

The Cumbria innings had an early wicket for Ed Whitlam who threw down the stumps of opener R Wishart for 2. But that blow soon dissipated as Allison and Bates began to find the boundary with some regularity. Skipper Allison had made 22no at Netherfield CC but this innings he was more of an aggressor and he passed his fifty in double-quick time. Partner Bates emulated Henry's rotation tactic and soon the match had swung significantly the way of the visitors. 7th change Charlie Jackson winkled him out for 64 as his team's total approached the three-figure mark. Charlie's leggies also accounted for Bates for 23, courtesy of keeper Stephens. The arrival of Winter ensured a rapid finish after 22 overs with a quick-fire 19. Cumbria 124-3 [Charlie Jackson 2-5].

So our run of success against the Cumbrians came to an end in a really enjoyable match, which provided manager Richard Powell with much food for thought for next year's Yorkshire Festival tilt.


Back on Home territory at sunny Ingrow CC, UAJCA u12s brought in the spin of Elis Jones [Oakworth] to tackle the Nidderdale side.


The batsmen looked solid throughout, reaching 149-7 in 30 overs. Oakworth pair Parth Sunil [16] and Jake Keslinke [15] gave us a steady 21-run start and then James Powell [also Oakworth] combined with Parth to add another 35 before he fell to M Sowray at 56-2. Henry Meynell [Bradley] was caught for a duck , also off Sowray at 56-3. Charlie Jackson combined well with team-mate James [21] before the later gave Sowray his 3rd wicket at 71-4. With Ben Hall [Earby] now at the wicket the runs began to flow  and another 41 runs were added to take UAJCA to 112-5 at the loss of Ben for a fine 18. Former Cullingworth compatriots Charlie fell 2 runs later for a cracking 27 at 114-6 to leave the match in the balance. But that changed markedly when Jacob Stephens took centre stage. Despite a contribution of just 2 from Leo Garner [Earby] the two wicket-keepers added 26 runs. Finally Elis Jones added 6no and with Jacob remaining unbowed on 27no, a decent total of 149-7 was posted.

Nidderdale openers Burrell and Eckard had a great start making 26 and 30 respectively. Both were caught for Jake Keslinke. No 3 Horberry continued their good work with 21 before being clean bowled by Callum Eggleton [Upper Wharfedale]. But from that point UAJCA bowletrs got on top with 2 wickets for Henry and a further 2 for Jake. Jake returned a terrific 4-19 from his 5 overs to claim the major hours but Henry's 2-30 from 6 was also a telling factor. James 3 overs cost just 1 run, a wide , whilst Ben Hall's 3 overs cost just 7 runs and the four from Parth just 9. Callum's 1-19 from 3 overs was a pleasing first contribution to the team.

Nidderale reached 112-8 which included a run out and a catch and a stumping for Jacob. This team has now gone 6 matches without defeat over 2 seasons and goes from strength to strength.


Richard Powell's boys made the trip up the A65 well worth it to a glorious Netherfield CC to face Cumbria u-12s. The home side batted first and found UAJCA well able to contain. But Declan Harrison [Earby] also showed our penetration capability with the wicket of D Tyson for a duck at 6-1. At 33-1 in the 14th over, a run-out for opener B Wishart ended his scratchy innings of 9. It was Charlie Jackson [Oakworth] turn to hit the stumps with the scalp of no 3 S Bates for 21 to bring to an end a growing partnership with X Vasey. The latter and B Allison rebuilt and stopped the rot but were unable to raise the run-rate beyond 4 per over. The Cumbrians tallied 118-3 with Vasey racking up 46no with Allison on 22no.

UAJCA also lost an opener for a duck as this time Ben Hall [Earby] missed out caught & bowled by S Hutchings. His partner Parth Sunil was joined by his Oakworth team-mate and captain James Powell and the runs began to flow. Parth was eventually bowled by LD [?] for 31 whilst skipper James ploughed on before being caught by Tyson for a cracking 59 from the  bowling of LD. Sadly Charlie Jackson couldn't add to his wicket as he too fell for a duck, bowled by Davey. Jacob Davies [Oakworth] and Leo Garner [Earby] saw us over the line with 5 balls to spare after a nervy finish. Result Cumbria 118-3 UAJCA 119-5.

 7th April UAJCA trial   12:30pm South Craven
26th May UAJCA 114 ao Suffolk 118-6 lost by 4 wkts
26th May UAJCA   Cumbria   weather
 9th June Nidderdale 121-9 UAJCA 122 ao won by 1 run
19th June UAJCA 123-5 New Delhi 59 ao won by 64 runs
23rd June UAJCA 85-6 Bradford 86-4 lost by 6 wkts
 7th July Cumbria 122 ao UAJCA 125-7 won by 3 runs
21st July UAJCA 122-2 Nidderdale 119-6 lost by 8 wkts
07th August UAJCA 149-7 Heavy Woollen 150-9 lost by 1 run
25th August UAJCA [T20] 100-7 Cleveland 101-4 lost by 6 wkts
25th August UAJCA [T20] 95-5 Scarborough 96-5 lost by 5 wkts
08 September UAJCA 148-5 Cumbria 114-9 Won - 34 runs


Ji Mukherjee   07845-416301

08th April UAJCA trial   2:00pm S Craven
03rd June CUMBRIA 118-4 UAJCA 119-5 Won by 5 wkts
10th June UAJCA 149-7 Nidderdale 112-7 Won by 37 runs
24th June Nidderdale T20   UAJCA   Won by UAJCA
08th July UAJCA 121-6 CUMBRIA 124-3 Lost by 7 wkts


Richard Powell   07989-560206

Stuart Jackson 07454-693507
Sunday 8th July 2018, Oakworth CC

Upper Airedale JCA under-12s

Parth Sunil ct & b F Sealby 0
Elis Jones ct B Johnston 0
James Powell ct A High 72
Henry Meynell ct R Scott 28
Jacob Stephens ct F Lawton 9
Charlie Jackson ct A High 3
Jacob Davies not out   2
Ben Hall not out   1
Leo Garner dnb    
Callum Eggleton dnb    
Stan Lloyd dnb    
Ed Whitlam dnb   
Declan Harrison dnb
Extras 8b, 2w, 1nb


Total [30 overs]  


F Sealby 3.4-0-18-1, B Johnston R 3-0-5-1, B Allison 0.2-0-1-0, C High 6-0-17-2,J Brown 4-0-19-0, F Lawton 6-0-21-1, R Scott 4-0-23-1, D Tyson 3-0-16-1

Cumbria u12

R Wishart run out [E Whitlam]   2
B Allison b Charlie Jackson   64
S Bates ct Jacob Stephens b Jackson 23
S Winter not out   19
X Vasey not out   1
F Sealby dnb    
R Scott dnb    
C High dnb    
F Lawton dnb    
D Tyson dnb    
B Johnston dnb
J Brown dnb  
Extras 4b, 1lb, 9w, 1nb


Total [22.0 overs]                            



Stan Lloyd 3-0-13-0, Declan Harrison 2.1-0-5-0, Jacob Davies 2.5-0-16-0, Ed Whitlam 3-0-14-0, Parth Sunil 1-0-12-0, Henry Meynell 3-0-14-0, Elis Jones 3-0-15-0, Callum Eggleton 2-0-7-0, Charlie Jackson 2-0-5-2, Ben Hall 1-0-14-0

Glorious sunshine and a wonderfully idyllic setting at Knaresborough Forest CC greeted our band of under-12s and parents and supporters. Our match at Ingrow a few weeks back had a 30-run margin for the Nidderdale League and this was our chance to even the score. It wouldn't be easy as our hosts again included Yorkshire player Eddie Barnes in their line up.

Nidderdale opted to bat first and Barnes and B Bond took guard. Dan Scott and Matt Wear kept excellent control for six overs and Nidderdale posted just 18 runs in that period. There the easy passage ended. The next six overs brought 47 runs as the two batsmen cut loose with Barnes leading the charge. Dan, Tom Addison and Will Rankin bore the brunt of the assault as the lightening fast wide outfield sped the ball to 2s and 3s galore. The next six overs provided no respite either as the two openers piled on the agony at around six per over. The score had passed the three-figure mark and stood at 110-0 as Barnes and Bond accelerated with aplomb. It was the introduction of debutant Will Pullen (Silsden) that pushed the innings into a different phase. He was unlucky to have a catch dropped and showed that a better length might bring results. Barnes was well passed his fifty and heading towards a possible century. The re-introduction of Matt Wear did the trick and he edged through to Lewis Hopkinson behind the stumps and the skipper made no mistake. The classy batsman had made 85 from the 144 on the board and included 7 fours and a six and a host of threes in his 64 balls faced. There were 8 overs still to bowl and the wicket visibly lifted our boys as it had followed a decent 3-over spell for just 16 runs from young Pullen. Number 3 Harry Stanford took a liking to the pace from Dan Scott and his figures took a battering. He was soon after clean bowled by Matt for 14 of the 24 stand with Bond. 168-2 in the 26th over was still a hefty score-line but the run flow wasn't stemmed. Dan Scott got a measure of revenge for the battering with the wicket of of Davies for 18 at 189-3. Left hander Bond reached his fifty but at 193 was bowled by Tom Addison for 57 to bring a little more spring back to our bowlers' step. Amazingly Tom repeated the dose twice more having Cutts and Bentley out for ducks.

The final tally against was 198-7 including a run out of Roberts for 2. Battered and bruised the bowlers retreated to the pavilion for Hot Dogs, Burgers and chocolate, not necessarily in that order! Tom Addison finished with 5-0-31-3 and Matt Wear with 6-1-27-2 and some pride alongside Will Pullen. The off-spin of Morgan Davies didn't click and 3 overs from Callum Holmes couldn't stop the rot either. With a serious uphill task our two Earby openers Kieron Mara and Jake Greenbank were first up to try and haul in the mammoth total. Sadly Jake's stay was brief bowled by Williams for just 1 in only the second over. Up the order Harry Andrews (Bradley) proved a more resolute partner helping Kieron get into gear and the pair got the innings properly under way. They carried us albeit steadily to 28 before a quick single didn't prove quick enough as a direct throw from the covers sent Harry back for 7. The 11th over was a complete disaster as first skipper Lewis Hopkinson was bowled for 4 flicking to leg by an impressive Roberts. Two balls later Kieron on 15 was caught by Barnes at an ominous 36-4.  The very next over Grange persuaded not-yet off the mark, Morgan Davies to flick to leg and the lofted lob was acrobatically caught by Stanford. At 38-5 the innings was in tatters and the prayers for a partnership of substance were only partially answered as Dan Scott and Callum Holmes tried to re-group. They added 11 before Callum was caught off the bowling of Cutts for 4 at 49-6. Nidderdale now sought to close out the match and the introduction of Barnes did just that. He clean bowled Dan Scott for 10, Matt Wear for 0 and Will Pullen for 0 all in his one over. We ended o 56 all out, well beaten and a little demoralised.

It had been a sorry collapse albeit in the face of some top notch bowling. Our earlier near miss vs Ribblesdale and the hold up by the weather v Bradford had faded away and our defeat at Ingrow seemed a decent performance in retrospect. Only Kieron and Dan had reached double figures whilst Harry Andrews was unfortunate with the direct hit. Will Rankin finished 6 not out. Hopefully the boys can get back on track at Addingham on Wednesday with an improved batting display in support of our hard-working bowlers. The real positives were that we took seven wickets and that our bowlers eventually made the Nidderdale batting look somewhat top heavy in final appearance.

 The Nidderdale Junior Cricket League

E Barnes ct L Hopkinson M Wear 85
B Bond bowled T Addison 57
H Stanford bowled M Wear 14
G Davies ct L Hopkinson D Scott 18
D Lawson not out   2
B Cutts bowled T Addison 0
G Bentley ct J Greenbank T Addison 0
C Roberts run out   2
T Lawson not out   0
J Grange dnb  
T Williams bowled T Addison 0
    Ext (7nb, 6w, 5b, 2lb) 20
    Total 198-7
D Scott 6-0-38-1, M Wear 6-1-27-2, T Addison 5-0-31-3, M Davies 4-0-33-0, W Rankin 3-0-24-0, C Holmes 3-0-22-0, W Pullen 3-0-16-0

The Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League

K Mara ct E Barnes C Roberts 15
J Greenbank bowled T Williams 1
H Andrews run out   7
L Hopkinson bowled C Roberts 4
C Holmes ct B Cutts 4
M Davies ct H Stanford J Grange 0
D Scott bowled E Barnes 10
W Rankin not out   6
M Wear bowled E Barnes 0
T Addison bowled E Barnes 0
W Pullen bowled B Bond 0
    Ext (2nb, 5w, 2b) 9
    Total 56 all out
T Lawson 4-0-15-0, T Williams 4-0-13-1, C Roberts 3-1-4-2, J Grange 3-1-4-1, G Bentley 3-0-13-0, B Cutts 3-2-4-1, E Barnes 1-1-0-3, B Bond 0.2-0-1-1



Our first meeting with the Nidderdale proved a really enjoyable experience on a warm sunny afternoon at the hospitality of Ingrow CC.

Skipper Lewis Hopkinson lost the toss and Nidderdale elected to bat. We again turned to regular opening bowlers Dan Scott (Ingrow) and Matt Wear (Denholme) to strive for an early break-through. It came with Matt's first ball, a beauty to castle a young lad with an an illustrious grand-father called Botham for a duck at 5 for 1. As planned the two bowlers stood down after 3 overs each, Matt with 1-5 and Dan 0-12 when Nidderdale had reached 20-1. The caution from the visitors was matched by the excellent fielding and bowling from our boys in a cat-and-mouse match with both sides looking for openings. Leg-spin from John Davidson (Settle) and medium pace from Will Rankin also proved a fine combination and Will picked up the wickets of Stanford for 19 and Bond for 4, the latter via stunning catch from club-mate Ben Weatherall. The score was then 32-3 after under 10 overs. Yorkshire player Barnes though looked solid and he was joined by Hopkinson to try and restore some momentum for Nidderdale.

The Settle lad returned 0-7 from his 3 whilst Will had 2 for 13 to add to his success last week against the Bradford JCL. Tom Addison (Oxenhope) and Jake Greenbank (Earby) joined the fray with the Earby lad hit for two 4s in his first over. Tom by contrast opened with a maiden and then captured the wicket of Hopkinson for 9 at 52-4. Barnes continued resolutely looking for a long term partner. It came in the guise of Bentley. Tom's three brought 1-10 whilst Jake shipped 19 in his stint. At teh 18th over Nidderdale had 71-4 and they were looking to accelerate from the 4 per over. Bentley was aggressive and Barnes too struck the ball hard to many parts. Lewis opted to try John Davidson's spin again but he was taken for 13 in two overs. Matty Wear started his second spell and once again he did the trick engineering a run-out for Bentley on 22 at 89-5.

With around 9 overs left the scales were tilting slightly towards the visitors after the 37 run stand. Will Rankin replaced the luckless Davidson but his spell was wayward and ultimately expensive as Barnes and Davies continued to spin the tins. Matty bowled out with 6-1-18-2, another fine performance which included the wicket of Davies for 12 at 106-6. Will's figures were bludgeoned somewhat and he finished with 6-0-33-2. Tom Addison rejoined the attack in the 26th over at 111-6. The young Oxenhope bowler stopped the assault with a wicket in each over, first of all claiming Lawson for 5, smartly stumped by Lewis at 116-7. 16 runs later in the 28th over he finally got through Barnes' defence at 132-8. The Nidderdale lad had batted with some intelligence and made 43 (7 fours). It was time for Dan to comer back and he pickedup the no 9 Grange for 7 at 138-9 to leave the hugely impressive Addison to bowl Hebblethwaite for 0 and bring the innings to a close at 139 all out. Tom Addison ranked with Barnes as the innings start with his 5.3-1-21-4 and his contribution ensured our batsmen had a reasonable target to aim for.

After a superb tea, generously donated by the Ingrow club, the UAJCL innings got under way with Ben Weatherall on his home ground and Jake Greenbank from Earby. The Nidderdale opening bowlers Lawson and Hebblethwaite showed remarkable pace for such youngsters and looked very fine prospects. But our boys got through their initial phase carrying our score to 27-0. The introduction of Williams winkled out Ben caught for 7 as Jake had assumed the major role.  Bowler Bentley too kept things quiet as Dan Scott settled in to replace his club-mate. The new pair added another 11 before the first ball from young Botham bowled Jake for an aggressive 28. At 43-2 after 10 overs the introduction of Captain Lewis Hopkinson would hopefully continue the satisfactory run-rate. It wasn't to be as Lewis chased a wide one from Botham and spooned it up to Stanford at point. He made just 2. Eddie Jackson came out to start a little re-build with Dan at 55-3 in the 13th over. The introduction of 4th change spinner Bond was a masterstroke and he gained an lbw decision to send Dan back to the pavilion for 12 at 55-4. John Davidson came in at no 6 but only 4 runs later Eddie (0) too departed to Bond's wiles, caught by Barnes. 60-5 was not where we wanted to be as a very nervous Tom Bradley took gaurd to sadly depart bowled first ball to the cock-a-hoop Bond, who then had 3 for 3 in 11 balls. 60-6 was now very much a likely rear-guard action although the remaining UAJCL players could all bat well. 

Will Rankin made his batting debut and with the diminutive Davidson another 13 were gleaned from the impressive Nidderdale attack. Barnes joined the bowling and his second over brought the wicket of Will for 3 at 73-7. Bradley batter harry Andrews had opted to bat low down the order and there wss the prospect this could be a blessing we were looking for. He struck a couple of well-timed fours and Davidson nurdled to good effect. It was 8th bowler Grange who bowled John for a sterling 14 at 96-8 in the 22nd over. The unlikely target was 44 runs in 8 overs but with just 2 wickets with which to get them. It did prove unlikely as Matty Wear added 2 and Tom Addison 0, both falling to Botham's second spell. Harry Andrews remained 11 not out.

The Nidderdale bowlers proved either pacy or tricky wherever you looked and Botham's pedigree was there to see with 4 for 8. Bond too was a handful returning 3 for 5. The UAJCL final tally was 102 all out, 37 short of the Nidderdale posting.

But new friends were made and a return with the Harrogate-based side is eagerly anticipated.

 The Nidderdale Junior Cricket League

J Botham ct J Davidson M Wear 0
H Stanford bowled W Rankin 19
E Barnes bowled T Addison 43
B Bond ct Weatherall W Rankin 4
H Hopkinson ct Weatherall T Addison 9
O Bentley run out   22
G Davies bowled M Wear 12
T Lawson st L Hopkinson T Addison 5
J Grange ct T Bradley D Scott 7
T Williams not out 2
O Hebblethwaite bowled T Addison 0
    Ext (8w, 5b, 3lb) 16
    Total 139 all out
D Scott 4-0-20-1, M Wear 6-1-18-2, T Addison 5.3-1-21-4, J Davidson 5-0-20-0, W Rankin 6-0-33-2, J Greenbank 3-0-19-0

The Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League

B Weatherall ct H Stanford T Williams 7
J Greenbank bowled J Botham 28
D Scott lbw B Bond 12
L Hopkinson ct H Stanford J Botham 2
E Jackson ct E Barnes B Bond 0
J Davidson bowled J Grange 14
T Bradley bowled B Bond 0
W Rankin ct G Davies E Barnes 3
H Andrews not out   11
M Wear ct T Lawson J Botham 2
T Addison bowled J Botham 0
    Ext (6w, 15b, 2lb) 23
    Total 102 all out

Skipton CC was the venue for the Bradford JCL 2010 visit to UAJCL and they would bat first with storm clouds gathering all around the district. Openers D Hussain and C Tiffany coped well with the occasional low bounce but found run-scoring at a premium. UAJCL bowlers Dan Scott (Ingrow) and Matt Wear (Denholme) had things under control but the impressive Hussain took a couple of boundaries from Matt to relieve the early pressure. Dan came up with an immediate response with the wicket of Tiffany, cleaned bowled for 4 at 18-1 in the fifth over. The opening bowlers had done a grand job of containment Scott conceding just 7 (inc 2 wides) from his 3 overs, whilst Matt shipped 12. After six overs Bradford JCL stood at 21-0 with Tom Addison (Oxenhope) and Morgan Davies (Embsay) the double change to try and build on the good start.

Under-11 Addison was as frugal as hoped and whilst Morgan too gave 'em nowt. But there was a special moment as debutant Will Rankin (Ingrow) picked out the stumps with a direct hit from backward point to run-out Bradford no 3 J Norcliffe for 9 at 33-2. The two bowlers conceded just the one boundary between them as Hussain remained resolute in defence. After 12 overs the gleaming electronic scoreboard showed 43-2 with M Sharp now the Pudsey lad's partner.

The second double bowling change introduced Rankin and dales lad Oliver Whyte and Will's third ball proved too good to pull and Hussain's vigil was at an end. His 21 from 37 balls had been vital to the Bradford innings. It was 43-3 in the 13th over and our boys sensed a key moment.  Again our two bowlers kept the lid on Sharp and no 5 J Dixon for a while. Will Rankin had two maidens in his locker with 3-2-5-1 to add to his spectacular run out. The previously watchful Sharp though took a liking to Oliver's third over and he conceded 12 runs to take Bradford to 65-3 after 18 overs.

Skipper Lewis didn't hesitate to turn to his opening bowlers again and Dan Scott brought the partnership to an end with his first ball. It came via a tremendous tumbling, diving catch from his Ingrow team-mate and fielding-sub Tom Bradley. It was Dixon who departed for 5 at 65-4 and our tails were now well and truly upwardly mobile. 10 balls later Matt Wear added to the Bradford problems as Oliver Whyte took another good catch to give the Denholme bowler a just reward for his tight bowling. Sharp was the victim for 17 from 25 balls.

Clearly in some difficulty J Wood and S Gatenby dug themselves in as the UAJCL boys closed in for a potential vital phase. The two bowlers completed their six overs without any further boundaries as the UAJCL stranglehold tightened. The fifth wicket had fallen at 70 and after 24 overs the score was 75-5. And then steady drizzle became steady rain and the Umpires brought the boys from the field. An excellent early tea was taken whilst the Skipton covers kept the strip dry. The bar takings also increased somewhat. The weather had closed right in and a re-start looked doubtfulBut it did relent a little and play resumed around 5;30pm. Tom Addison and Will Rankin (pictured right) were to resume the push to clear up the last five wickets whilst the Bradford batsmen found scoring increasingly difficult. Addison conceded 2 as did his partner. Tom claimed his first victim clean bowling B Pearson for 1 at 80-6. William too got in on the act and the resilient Wood was bowled for 10 from 24 very watchful balls. It was now 81-7 but the rain had returned. Will's over was to be the last of the afternoon as the game was abandoned.

For UAJCL the bowlers had been magnificent with Ingrow pair Scott 6-0-15-2 and Rankin 5-2-8-2 the top performers. Youngster Addison was also well to the fore with 5-1-13-1 and Matt Wear was much more consistent this time around with 6-1-14-1. the fielding was excellent and the boys commitment to their task was of the highest level.

The next match is scheduled for next Sunday 20th June at Ingrow against new opponents the Nidderdale JCL.

 The Bradford Junior Cricket League

D Hussain bowled W Rankin 21
C Tiffany bowled D Scott 4
J Norcliffe run out (Rankin)   9
M Sharp ct O Whyte M Wear 17
J Dixon ct sub (Bradley) D Scott 5
J Wood bowled W Rankin 10
S Gatenby not out   2
B Pearson bowled T Addison 1
T Green not out 0
    Ext (6w, 1nb, 3lb) 9
    Total 81-7
D Scott 6-0-15-2, M Wear 6-0-14-1, T Addison 5-1-13-1, M Davies 3-0-11-0, W Rankin 5-2-8-2, O Whyte 3-0-17-0

The Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League

B Weatherall dnb    
K Mara dnb    
D Scott dnb    
L Hopkinson dnb    
O Whyte dnb    
M Davies dnb    
E Jackson dnb    
W Rankin dnb    
H Andrews dnb    
T Addison dnb    
M Wear dnb    

Red Rose raiders take the win

As the fighter planes and bombers circled overhead at the Haworth '40s weekend, our first ever 'War of the Roses' meeting with the Ribblesdale League began in bright Oxenhope sunshine on a fast bouncy batting track.

Ribblesdale won the toss, asking UAJCL to bat first. So our first two lads to face a Lancastrian District, Ben Weatherall (Ingrow) and Kieron Mara (ironically from Earby in Pendle) took guard. The opening bowlers were Joseph Ryland (of Pendle Forest) and A Nixson and both began well but the field conceded early extras. Both settled in well and after 5 overs had 18 on the board. The fifth ball from Nixson was chipped by Kieron to the waiting Ryland to claim a first scalp for the visitors. He made 8 and gave way to no 3 Tom Bradley of Ingrow who joined his club-mate at 23-1. The second bowling pair was L Wright (Lancashire county player) and J Beach and buoyed by the wicket they continued the Red Rose grip on the run-rate. Eight runs and 15 balls later Tom chipped a caught & bowled back to the classy Wright for just 2, despite his usual sound defence. This had followed a spilled chance from Weatherall, who had looked in no danger, settling in well. The warning signs were there that the Ribblesdale attack was clearly a good match and that the game would be a tough one. It was time for a skipper's innings and home lad Lewis Hopkinson strode out with the match poised tantalisingly at 31-2.

If there was any doubt about the quality of the visitors attack it dissipated in the 11th over when Ben did depart for 12 also caught and bowled by Wright, whose tidy figures were then 2-7 in his third over. The new partner for Lewis was Oliver Whyte (Wharfedale) and some consolidation was required. They faced third bowling pair H Phelan and L Scothern and the scoring rate visibly lifted as a stand developed. By the half-way mark UAJCL had advanced to 58-3 with obvious promise of more. Oliver smashed a six off Scothern to signal an attacking intent. Lewis too picked up singles and 2s a plenty at his start but eventually began to find the whitewash. The two stayed togther until the 18th over when bowler M Pepper got a straight low one through Oliver's defence after initial difficulty with wides. It was 71-4 with almost 12 overs to push on. Oliver made an aggressive 17, an excellent contribution for UAJCL.

A second Oxenhoper Callum Holmes joined the Captain, who began to take charge of the innings. Lewis opened up well with a full array of shots and the tins were moving apace. After 20 overs UAJCL had 99-4 as the aggression from Oliver, Lewis and Callum began to tell. In over 22 at 103 Callum was bowled by H Rashid amid a spate of boundaries for 11 in a superb partnership of 32 with Lewis. There were now 8 overs for the 'big lad' from Embsay, Morgan Davies, to help take the tally towards the 150 mark, if he and Lewis could quickly gel. Lewis fully took centre stage whist surprisingly Morgan picked up the singles and rotated the strike a-la 20-20. It worked a treat for 5 overs later Lewis took the plaudits for a stunning half-century which included six fours and a six. The very next ball at 147 he pulled straight to Beach from the ever-persistent Wright who now had 3-13. Hopkinson received the acclaim he deserved from the watching parents and supporters. The last four overs brought another 15 runs for the loss of Matthew Wear (2), a fourth victim for the very impressive Wright. Morgan stroked most of the added runs, surviving two skied chances to finish on 23 not out. Wright came off sporting 4-17 against his name after a quality showing. One outcome of the fast track was a substantial extras tally of 34 for UAJCL who had made 128 from their bats. The team had tallied 162-7 but on the superb Oxenhope strip it would be very interesting to see if it was enough. Once again the excellent teas went down well at the newly extended Oxenhope pavilion.

It was Wright and Nixson who again opened for Ribbledale facing Dan Scott (Ingrow) and Matthew Wear (Denholme). It was our boys turn to keep the lid on things and the two quickies did just that, conceding just 13 between them in the opening six overs. The batsmen were playing them selves in nicely at the expense of the run-rate. Tom Addison and the leg-spin of Morgan Davies continued to keep things tidy with boundaries a rarity. After 12 overs the Ribblesdale tally stood at 36 with UAJCL seemingly in control. The principal scorer had been the excellent Wright but 3rd change Oliver Whyte induced a catch to Morgan and he was first out for 23 at 38-1 in the 13th over. Joseph Ryland, aPendle Forest cricketer, had declined the UAJCL invitation but opted to play with his Pendle mates and at no 3 he immediately picked up the scoring with the previously missing boundaries. After 15 overs the score was 52-1 but another five overs on it had reached 88-1 and Ryland had engineered a visible acceleration, sparking Nixson into more expansive mode. Nevertheless the Red Rose still required 75 to win from the final 10 overs.  Lewis brought back Matt Wear but the ploy failed as Ryland continued to dominate. He also took a toll on Whyte, Reece Webb-Foster and Callum Holmes. No 2 Nixson was caught by Holmes for a staunch 34 (3 fours) at 146-2. The runs had flowed heavily and with 4 overs to go team manager Danny Kegg bravely withdrew Ryland for a magnificent unbeaten 80 (13 fours and 2 sixes) still requiring 5 runs to win. Boldly they sent in J Henderson to join H Phelan. With two new batsmen at the wicket UAJCL sensed an opportunity to prevent the likely Red Rose win. Opening bowler Dan Scott put in a determined maiden claiming the wicket of Henderson (2) courtesy of a catch from sub Eddie Jackson. Four runs were still needed with Tom Addison with the cherry. Phelan tucked away a four to settle any Ribblesdale nerves and posted a cracking victory for our visitors.

Scott had admirable control conceding just 16 in his six overs whilst home lad Addison shipped only 20 in 5.1. But the day belonged to Ryland with a majestic knock, the highest ever in any of our u-12 matches in five years.

UAJCL and Ribblesdale, well matched it would seem, will now try to find a date for a return in Lancashire this season. If not then next year.

 The Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League

Ben Weatherall ct & b L Wright 12
Kieron Mara ct J Ryland A Nixson 8
Tom Bradley ct & b L Wright 2
Lewis Hopkinson ct J Beach L Wright 52
Oliver Whyte b M Pepper 17
Callum Holmes b H Rashid 11
Morgan Davies not out   23
Matthew Wear ct J Ryland L Wright 2
Reece Webb-Foster not out 1
Dan Scott dnb
Tom Addison dnb
    Ext (10w, 2nb, 17b, 5lb) 34
    Total 162-7
J Ryland 5-0-17-0, A Nixson 5-1-26-1, L Wright 5-0-17-4, J Beach 4-0-12-0, H Phelan 4-1-13-0, L Scothern 2-0-16-0, M Pepper 2-0-19-0, H Rashid 2-0-17-1, J Yates 1-0-1-0

The Ribblesdale Junior Cricket League (Pendle)

L Wright ct M Davies O Whyte 23
A Nixson ct C Holmes T Addison 34
J Ryland retired   80
H Phelan not out   6
J Henderson ct sub D Scott 2
J Yates not out   0
L Scothern dnb    
J Beach dnb    
H Rashid dnb    
B Parker dnb    
M Pepper dnb    
    Ext (2nb, 15w, 1lb) 18
    Total 163-3
Dan Scott 6-1-16-1, Matthew Wear 6-0-37-0, Tom Addison 5.1-0-20-1, Morgan Davies 3-0-11-0, Oliver Whyte 4-0-34-1, Reece Webb-Foster 3-0-22-0, Callum Holmes 2-0-22-0