Under 15 News    23-04-17

Young u-15s Squad

The 2017 under-15s will effectively be an under-14s team to face the might of UAJCA. The team is to be captained by Ellis Marshall who will lead Lucas Keslinke, Bilaal Khan, Uwais Khan. Bradley Powell, Henry Booth, Subhaan Ahmed, Ellis Brown, Rohaan Jahangir, Kalem Ogden & Amrit Sharma.

Back in UAJCA

Oaks under-15s missed the 2016 season but will be back with a bang in 2017. The all-conquering 2016 u13s will form the backbone of the team and they will no doubt cause a few upsets before tilting at the Championship in 2018.


Festival squad for Hamzah

Oaks talented all-rounder Hamzah Khan has made a leap forward after impressing UAJCA coach Dominic Bennett at the recent UAJCA trials at South Craven. He has been rewarded by selection for the 2015 under-15 squad to contest the Yorkshire Junior Cricket Festival [formerly Taverners]. Well done Hamzah, do us proud.


Promotion possibilities

The 2015 under-15 team boasts 3 of the league's best in Joel Fothergill, Dhanyaal Ahmed and Hamzah Khan. Joel has proved a star at all levels and last season claimed 12 wickets and 200 runs in his first year with the larger ball. He also claimed top honours with the Third Xi taking 25 wickets at a stunning 9.08. In the junior team even he was outshone with the ball by Hamzah [18 wickets] and Dhanyaal [16]. With the bat Dhanyaal added 163 runs [23.29] and Hamzah a slightly disappointing 71. The rest of the squad is very inexperienced with Michael Coffey, Tom Daniel, Ryan Gibson, Reece Butler and Taine Lightfoot yet to make a real mark. The support from the under-13s will to some degree compensate for this with Harry Hollingsworth, Matthew Corkindale and Owen West likely to be frequent picks and and no doubt prominent with bat and ball. Chester Williams too is now well versed in the vagaries of cricket and he could be a surprise package. Harry and Owen have been busy refining their game at the UAJCA Elite Academy and look good for plenty of runs and wickets. A crop of excellent youngster from the under-11s has come into the reckoning and Bradley Powell, Joel Oxford, Olver Bishop and Lucas Keslinke look most likely to impress.


Pro Coach Summer Camp

Junior Association Sponsors Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket are again hosting a Summer Camp at Oakworth Cricket Club in 2014. The dates are 28th to 30th July. Contact 01132-033609 to book your place.

Pro Coach Summer Camp at Oakworth CC 28th-30th July 2014 [10:00am-3:00pm]

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Club 2013 Prize Winners

Jordan Powell 2013 Batting Prize Matthew Hardy 2013 Bowing Prize Jack Brown 2013 Fielding Prize Jordan Powell 2013 All-Rounder

Pro Coach Summer Camp at Oakworth CC 29th-31st July 2013 [10:00am-3:00pm]

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Down to earth

After the crushing win against Skipton the team came down to earth with a mauling at Earby. The team was missing all-rounder Matthew Hardy [sadly injured at Football] Josh Milner and so the batting line-up was weakened. The Earby side are likely title challengers and their openers Jake Greenbank and Kieron Mara both reached stylish retirements. Their back up batsmen also proved effective and the Earby team total of 112 came without a wicket being claimed. Our bowling economy of 7 per over was poor but there were bright spots from Jordan Powell, skipper Jack and Matthew Watson. The batting got off to a really slow start with only 16 runs from the first 11 overs. Defences were reasonably sound and skipper Jack Brown decided the best way to react was to go on the offensive which he did in style. He was run out for 25 after a hesitation. We ended at 53-4, well short but the 37 runs in 5 overs showed what could be possible. Matthew Storton proved an effective keeper and his brief innings of 3 no also promised much.


Belting start

For a team that went two seasons with barely a win, this year's Oaks stunned Skipton and themselves with a cracking 129-2. The top five really put bat to ball, striking 17 boundaries. Leading the way was Jordan Powell whose first 4 scoring shots were sixes and he ended on 33no. Josh Milner carried on where he left off last season with another 30no with 3 fours and a six. There were runs for Skipper Jack Brown [21no], Callum Hey [19] and Joel Fothergill [14]. The team total in only 16 overs  could have equalled the third highest ever had they maintained the scoring rate. The fielding and bowling was 'mixed' with the skipper on excellent form with 2 for 9 in 3 overs, without wides it would have been 2 for 4. Joel Fothergill [0-8] and Matthew Hardy [0-15] also shone with ball. The fielding was energetic but a little spoiled by a few mis-fields. The field settings allowed Skipton singles but with only two boundaries it was inevitable they would fall well short, which they did on 89-2. Oaks pride was well deserved and they now look forward to the trip to Earby next week with much confidence.


New season, new team

When our current bunch of under-15s came together, there wasn't much experience and their development in the last 3 years has been remarkable from the low base. Back in harness Jordan Powell should be able to re-capture his explosive run-scoring and pacy bowling. Jack Brown, Josh Milner and Callum Hey all reached retirement scores as under-13s and have shown tremendous progress. Steady if unspectacular enhancement of skills has come from Matthew Hardy, Matthew Storton and Nathan Town so the new league will thoroughly test their potential for Senior cricket. We will look to further improvement from Josh Vickers, Matthew Watson and new lad Taine Lightfoot. One lad from whom a lot might be expected is under-13 Joel Fothergill [pictured] whose meteoric rise has more than matched his two older brothers. Dhanyaal Ahmed too is making great strides and should also be putting pressure on the older lads. It would be foolish to expect the side to match the 2012 Champions but we can have every confidence that they will comfortably retain our top Division status and with a kind Cup Draw maybe cause a few shocks.


Job Done

With successive wins against closest challengers Oxenhope and Gargrave, Oakworth came through with flying colours to re-claim the under-15 UAJCA Championship with two matches still to play. Oxenhope were bowled out for 68 and Gargrave restricted to even less with 62-5. The bowlers were magnificent and the batsmen finished the job in style. Ben Howell led from the front as Captain with 4 for 2 and 37no against the 'Flatts boys and 0-8 and 12 against the Cup winners Gargrave. Sam Nettleton stayed the course with 27 against Gargrave and happily is now back in regular bowling action. The top five have been as solid as any ever seen at Wide Lane with the only regret that the lower order have been starved of batting action. 'Big' Jack Keighley may have struggled a little with his bowling of late but his batting is going to new heights. On holiday in Greece, Ollie Huck can look back on his part in the campaign with pride as his reputation as a left-handed all-rounder grows. 2012 has seen the emergence of Nick Sharples as a genuine middle-order finisher with a string of match-winning innings. He has also taken over the wicket-keeping duties and has shown an aptitude for that skill. The bowling has been enhanced by the efforts of Nick Staton, who was a major factor in the low-scoring defeat of Bradford & Bingley. Nick has good pace and continues to improve his line and length consistency and complements the slower bowlers in the side. Thomas Fothergill just goes on and on taking wickets with a true 'golden arm' with line, length and swing his tools of his trade. Younger brother Joel Fothergill has come into the side with a glowing reputation as a top under-13 and his wicket taking has complemented that of his brother. Their partnership at Marley against Bradford & Bingley won us the match. Mr Enigma is Ben Wedge who is as keen as mustard and a terrific out-fielder but has yet to make a telling break-through with bat or ball. Lack of opportunity in such a good side is the main factor and it must remain a challenge to bring Ben through to the same standard as the aforementioned. Similarly with Jordan O'Dwyer whilst not as experienced as Ben, he too suffers from lack of time at the crease. One lad who also struggles is Bradley Scrutton and he has yet to establish a permanent role, perhaps spin-bowling might be his answer. When required under-13s have come into the side and all have contributed well and in particular Jack Btown, Josh Milner, Adam Zafar and Matthew Hardy must be mentioned.


2nd Championship looms

With 3 matches to play Oakworth under-15s are 4 points clear of the field. We require 3 points from the 3 remaining matches to clinch our 2nd u-15 Championship in 3 seasons. A major hurdle against 2nd place Oxenhope was negotiated in some style by 8 wkts with a magnificent all-round individual performance from skipper Ben Howell. His 37no and 4 for 2 was fundamental to our win. The 3 remaining matches are vs Gargrave [H 20 July], Skipton [A to re-arrange] and Bradford & Bingley [H 25 July].


Maintaining form

The u-15 side for 2012 is essentially the u13 of 2010, which won their Championship. So expectations may well be high that the squad can maintain that form line, but under-15 cricket is a much tougher prospect. This year the massive run-scoring from James Lee [in 2011] will not be available and the squad will face high quality opposition from Upper Wharfedale, Glusburn, Oxenhope and Skipton in particular. For Jack Keighley, Oliver Huck and Sam Nettleton, their Third XI experience should shine forth as the 'leaders' of the team. It is also great that Ben Howell has returned from his unsettled stint at Settle. The team will look to yet further improvement from Ben Wedge, Thomas Fothergill, Nick Sharples, Nick Staton and Brad Scrutton. To back these nine experienced players the under-13s will probably supply 2 or 3 most weeks and Oliver Leeming, Adam Zafar, Jack Brown, Dhanyaal Ahmed and Joel Fothergill could be in pole position for 'doubling up'.

The squad looks good and there's no doubt they'll be amongst the front runners.

Record-breaker James

14 years ago in 1997 the Chairman's eldest son, Adam Fradley set a new total runs in-a-season record for an under-15 (in his final year). He scored 459 runs in his 18 innings for an average of 45.90. That record lasted until last year 2010 when three of our current players all exceeded that record. Ben Fothergill knocked up an impressive 515, Lewis Wrathall 492 and Matty Lee 473.

Well the record has gone again this season to James Lee who has pushed the tally up to 572 runs in 25 innings. James' average is 47.67. Amazing!

 

 

Junior Presentation Night

Oakworth CC committee have decided that this year to help accommodate everyone with more comfort, the Presentation Night will be split by age groups as follows:

Fri Sept 23rd : under 9 & under 11 players

Fri Sept 30th : under 13, under 15 & under 17

The night will commence at 7:30pm so be there for 7:0pm to get a seat.


Perfect answer

After last week's debacle at Skipton, Oaks came up with the perfect answer at home to Gargrave. Tom Fothergill with 2 maidens, Sam Nettleton 3-16 and James Lee 2-4 led a frugal bowling attack which captured 9 wickets in 16 overs and left Gargrave on 59. James Lee and Ollie Huck rightly started cautiously but by the 10th over the match looked over. Oaks ended at 60-0 with James retired on 35no. Well done lads. Bring on Skipton!


Oops

The trip to Skipton on 4th May proved disastrous as Oaks hopefuls were sent packing by the Marketeers. Fresh from invitation to Yorkshire trial Izaak Beck flayed a quality 36 and bowled with pace and accuracy. The Skipton total of 128-3 was substantial in only 16 overs as George Sutcliffe added 35 and big lad Josh Mullinder bludgeoned another 26. Jack Keighley took two wickets in two balls at the close of the Skipton innings. What followed was horrendous as at least eight batsmen got themselves out with half-hearted wishy-washy shots. The team imploded and ended all out 15. Skipton wicket-keeper turned to his rarely used leg-spin and came up with 4 for 4 in 8 balls.

It was our lowest ever score at under-15 level in 32 years competition. the previous lowest was as far back as 1990 when Eldwick & Gilstead skittled us for 22 in the now defunct West Bradford Junior League. Our previous lowest in UAJCA came on 11th May 1994 with 37-8 at Steeton. The margin of 113 runs is only exceeded by the 1990 game which saw a 143 deficit as E & G posted 165.


2011 Line up

The 2011 under-15s squad is emerging from its winter slumber and those definitely appearing will be: James Lee (Capt), Danny King, George Ingham, Oliver Huck, Jack Keighley, Sam Nettleton, Thomas Fothergill, Ben Wedge, Bradley Scrutton, Nick Sharples and Nick Staton. Other possibles are Martin Long and Jordan O'Dwyer. Ben Howell will be turning out for Settle this year as midweek travel from Giggleswick School to Oakworth would have proved too difficult. Danny Aspinall may not be appearing.

The squad looks good enough to compete well in defence of our 2010 Championship. The season starts with a home match against promoted Glusburn. The Hargreaves Cup draw has pitched us against Embsay, here at Wide Lane.

James Lee and Oliver Huck have been selected for the initial 26-man squad for the UAJCA u15 Taverners. The 26 will be whittled down to 15 after a trial at Oakworth CC on Sunday afternoon (3:00pm) 22nd May.


Oakworth get hands on elusive Trophy

Oakworth's most successful under-15s team ever received their accolade and mementoes along with the Pro Coach Academy Championship Trophy at the UAJCL Presentation Night at the Rendezvous, Skipton on 15th October. Pictured are Jack Davison, Lewis Wrathall, Ben Fothergill, Matty Lee and Frazer Atkinson.

Under-15 cricket started for Oakworth in 1979 in the West Bradford Junior League. Since that time Oaks have at various times been in the Bradford Junior League as well as The Upper Airedale Junior Cricket League. In all that time the under-15 Championship has eluded Oaks. There have been Division Two Championships and even Cup wins but the big one has always escaped our grasp. Until now!!

The 2010 Under-15s took the UAJCL Pro Coach Academy League Championship  after downpours prevented Oaks and their title rivals (Stags and Embsay) from adding to their points tally. The net result is that with 30 points Oakworth cannot now be caught by either of these clubs. It has been a fabulous unbeaten season, spoilt only by our absence from the Cup competition.

The batting line up has been particularly strong with Ben Fothergill, Lewis Wrathall and Jack Davison prominent. There has though also been support in bucket-loads from the Lee brothers, Matty and James. With the ball Jack's wobblies have contributed but the continued development from Jordan Bates has been a revelation. Fantastic news after the upsets and Cup Final loss of last year!!

PRESENTATION NIGHT

Once again the clubhouse was packed to overflow for the 2010 Junior Presentation Night. The under-15 season was summarised by Team Manager Michael Davison. As with the under-13s, the year started with the highest of expectations, which proved well justified as they romped through their programme without defeat. The Pro Coach Academy Championship Trophy will be received on Friday 15th October at the UAJCL Presentation Night at the Malham Suite, Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton (7:30pm).

 Michael announced the batting award winner as Ben Fothergill, who had a magnificent season finishing with an average over 100. The bowling prize went to the speedy spin of First Team leggie Jack Davison with 13 wickets at 9.30 apiece. The fielding prize was not for the first time also won by Jack, whose on-field enthusiasm is a real asset. The All-rounder Prize  was a deserved award for First-teamer Lewis Wrathall with 294 runs and 11 wickets.

For 2011 most of the boys will move up to the under-17s when we again expect them to mount a serious challenge despite their younger ages.

The best performance from an u-15 was attributed to all-rounder Lewis Wrathall for his 39 and 3 for 9 in the win against Skipton. His innings contained six magnificent sixes. The overall winner of the SA Labels Cup was determined as under-17 Ben Fothergill's 24 & 4 for 6 against ultimate double winners Embsay in their only defeat, to Oakworth.

Title contenders?

Promotion last season was well earned after a 3 month battle with Oxenhope and Earby, who were finally the ones to miss out. Our batting last year was high class with a club record number of runs scored. The squad will lose Marshall, James and Harry to the KC2000 League but the core strength is still there to mount a serious challenge in 2010. Jack Davison, Ben Fothergill, Lewis Wrathall and Matt Lee are as strong a top four as can be found with Jack and Lewis showing all-round ability as winner and runner-up in the Cricketer-of-the-Year awards. Add the developing talents of Jordan Bates, the promise of Jackson Rouse and Luke Chapman and a useful combo emerges. Last year's u-13 Cup Finalists will also provide James Lee and George Ingham in addition to those still eligible at u-13.

As at under-17 our Cup ambitions may be scuppered by suspensions but the League Championship quite clearly is within our ambition.


Winter Nets

As the cricket season fast approaches (only 15 weeks to go !!), the club announces the arrangements for Winter Nets. They will again be held at Oakbank School on Sunday afternoons. For the younger age groups u-9, u-11, u-13 & u-15 Nets will commence at 5:00pm till 6:00pm. The Nets will commence Sunday February 21st for a period of 6 weeks. The weekly cost will be 3.00 per player.


2009 Presentation Night

The Annual Junior Presentation Night took place as scheduled on Friday 2nd October at the club house. Team Manager Michael Davison was unable to attend but Club President Wilfrid Scarborough took the reins. The under-15s had been the only one of our teams to gain League honours with their targetted Division win to gain promotion to Division One for 2010. The inexpliquable Hargreaves Cup Final loss to Pendle Forest was a sad finale for the team in more ways than one. Nevertheless the on-field performances were of the highest order with just two defeats, to rivals Earby and Oxenhope, who also gained promotion. The under 15 awards for 2009 were announced as follows:

The batting prize was a well-contested affair and the winner was Lewis Wrathall in a highly productive year for him. Captain Jack Davison continued to ply his fast-tweakers and picked up the wickets and the bowling award. His energetic fielding also caught the eye of the Umpires to gain his second trophy of the night. The all-rounder prize was fiercely contested by Lewis, Jack, Ben Fothergill and Matty Lee with the Trophy going to Jack Davison to add to his winter polishing duties!

Later, the highlight of the evening was as always the award of the SA Labels Cup for the best performance of the year. A difficult coaches verdict was that James Lee's Under 15 Cup Semi-Final 27 and 2 wickets vs Upper Wharfedale was the most deserving match-winning performance in a major event.


Day of Disaster

The 19th July will go down as 'Black Sunday' for Oakworth CC as all four fixtures planned for that day were lost, sadly including two Cup Finals. After a fantastic high-scoring season of almost 1,300 runs our big day at the Cup Final was an anti-climax when we didn't perform as we had done most of the year.

A 79 all out score was way below our par and though we took 3 Pendle Forest wickets we couldn't sop them taking the Cup for the first time. Jordan Bates was the one to maintain a form line as everyone else seemed off-colour.

The good news on Wednesday was that our surprisingly easy win over Denholme Dragons has brought us a straight back promotion to the top Division.


Airedale u15s have withdrawn from the Pro Coach Academy League. Accordingly fixtures are changed . Please note there is now a fixture on 20th May (away vs Bingley Congs) PLEASE CHECK on This site.


The target for this year's under-15s is to get the club back to Division One, from which we were relegated last season. The squad is quite capable of this in a 12-match programme in the Pro-Coach Academy League Division Two of 11 teams. James Heslop, Harry Hurren and Marshall Pedder are joined by Jack Davison, Jackson Rouse, Lewis Wrathall, Ben Fothergill, Matty Lee, Ryan Taylor, Jordan Bates, Frazer Atkinson, Josh Lister and George Knight. The main challengers would seem to be Denholme, Earby and Pendle Forest.

In the Hargreaves Cup Oaks will travel to Skipton in Round One.


The Annual Junior Presentation Night took place as scheduled on Friday 19th September, 7:30pm at the club house. Changes to team management for 2009 were announced in that Michael Davison will manage the under 15s and Simon Howell the under 13s . It is also a possibility that the club may enter two teams in the under 17s league in 2009.

The five under 15 awards for 2008 were announced as follows:

In a year which brought relegation to Division Two the outstanding feature was the enjoyment gained by the squad and finally the winning of the last two matches against rivals Oxenhope and Haworth west End ensured a high note on which to finish. They also enjoyed hugely the crushing win over Ingrow in the Hargreaves Cup, a side containing a fair number of ex-Oakworth players.

Most of the lads will move up to The Keighley Cup2000 under 17 League in 2009 and will form the nucleus of our 'second' team.

The batting prize went to under 13 Jack Davison in a highly productive year for him at a number of age-group levels.  Captain Luke Chapman benefitted enormously from experience in the 2nd and 3rd XIs and was a worthy winner of the bowling award ahead of Greig Hudson.  Leading catcher and fielder was Jack Davison and he also added the all-rounder prize to his massive 2008 haul of trophies. Finally the Most Improved player award went to Jack Atkinson, another to benefit from run outs with the Third XI.

The highlight of the evening was as always the award of the SA Labels Cup for the best performance of the year. A difficult coaches verdict was that skipper Jack Davison's Hindle Cup Final 56 vs Earby was a stupendous match-winning performance in a major event.


 

Want to watch the fabulous cricket at Oakworth AND earn some dosh? Oaks are looking for regular First, Second and Third Team scorers for 2008. The pay is 10 per match and a free tea!! Contact any of the committee for more details.


UAJCL Cup Draws have produced some fascinating ties in 2008. Not least amongst them is Oakworth u-15s home pairing with guess who? Yes it's Ingrow!! It's a chance for Ingrow's Joe Hoyle, Jason Roberts, Matt Courtman and one or two others to show Oaks what they've learned in their years at Oakworth and similarly our lads will of course want to ensure they don't get carried away! The match at Cure Hill has to be played by May 16th.


Last year's super under-15s squad have now almost all moved up to the KC2000 League (u-17s). So this year a virtually new under 15s will chase the Johnson & Johnson League title so narrowly missed last year.  Vast experience comes from Luke Chapman, Captain of the 2006 Brook Taverner side, Greig Hudson, and Tom Hudson. Added to these guys we have Tom Steele and Jack Atkinson from 2007, Moving up from the under-13s will be James Heslop, Jack Darnborough, Marshall Pedder and Joe Healey. Back up will come from the under-13s in the likely form of Jack Davison, Ben Fothergill, Lewis Wrathall, Jackson Rouse and Matt Lee.

It'll be a tough year and a hard act to follow.


Our u-15s squad has had a tremendous season in the Johnson & Johnson League losing only twice; to Upper Wharfedale and Steeton. The batting is the best in the age group with Luke T, Jack and Brannan amongst the age group best, in fact in the top five run-scorers. All three have made the League List as has Michael Clegg in the bowling. Ricky Linden and James Longbottom have also bowled well (10 wickets each) with young Greig Hudson chipping in regularly with ball or bat. Well done lads! The loss to Upper Wharfedale proved crucial as Steeton lost just the one match to us at Cure Hill. Danny Aspinall, Jack Atkinson and Tom Steel as inexperienced players have progressed well, the Third XI obviously helping them enormously. Luke Chapman and Tom Hudson have had steady years but will be to the fore in 2008.

Oakworth u-15s have never won the First Division so the second placing is as good as we have ever done!!

2008 will see a major exodus upwards to the under-17s with Luke C, Tom H, Jack A, Greig and Tom S still eligible for u-15 cricket. They will be joined by Joe Hoyle, Jason Roberts, Matt Courtman, Ben Pursey, Jack Darnborough, Marshall Pedder and Joe Healey in a relatively new look u-15 line up, charged at the very least with preserving our cherished Division One status.

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