Second XI Oakworth Cricket Club 2019

The 2018 Division Three season had been relatively successful with a 10-2-10 finish technically in 7th place but downgraded to 9th due to CDCL penalties for failing to field a Third Xl.

The 2019 squad had a familiar look about it with Jack Cawood swapping places with Lucas Keslinke behind the stumps. Jordan Powell and Ellis Marshall retained their places in the First Xl so the younger players would continue to pick up experience under the weathered eyes of skipper Michael Scarborough, Steve Powell, Sajjad Razak and Niall Saynor. There would be one 'new boy' in former Harden player Scott Dyson who would hopefully boost both batting and bowling after some years out of the sport.  So for Bilaal Khan, Uwais Khan, Charlie Raby, Subhaan Ahmed, Jake Keslinke, James Powell and Charlie Jackson alongside Nick Staton plenty of opportunities to impress would be available.

There was no play on the first Saturday at Home to Glusburn due to poor weather. 0-1-0. The second week brought Bingley Congs lls to Wide Lane. A 55-run opening stand didn't augur well but at 74-3 the innings seemed evenly poised. But that reckoned without veteran Chris Hemsley who bashed 80 with 6 fours and 2 sixes in the Congs cause and with 52no from Charlie Raistrick they put together a 138 run unbeaten partnership to reach 217-4. Left arm spin from Uwais Khan was our only real success and he took a promising 3-34 and the prize wicket of Hemsley fell to Jon Crossley. Uwais' cousin Bilaal Khan carried on where he left off with a delightful 59 at no 3 sharing a 71 stand with Niall Saynor [23] and a further 54 stand with Jon [30]. The bowlers didn't dominate but our scoring rate couldn't match the Congs and we reached a creditable 153-6.  0-1-1

Week 3 brought a trip to Sandylands to play Skipton CI First Xl. We batted first and started well with a belligerent 46 from Bradley Powell [6 fours and 1 six] and distant cousin James Powell built nicely to record 33 including two sixes. Steady scoring down the line-up more or less emulated the previous week with 147-9 our posting. The CI bowling was spearheaded by Rob Cockell with 4-41. Solid scoring from CI was the reply and Rob Cockell again shone with 37 to pave the way for 43no from Will Shuttleworth. The Skipton boys reached 150-3 in 26 overs to record our second defeat. 0-1-2. Next up Foulridge lls came to Oakworth and batted first. Initially things went very well as their first 6 batsmen tallied only 46 in the wake of a cracking opening spell from James Powell [3-35 in 10 overs]. James Lee too got in on the act bowling the full 12 overs for 2-52. But Tamoor Munir [47] Faraz Ahmad and Humza Jutt halted our train with 57 and 105no respectively blasted away on a good strip to post incredibly 287-8 . Topping that would be a tall order and five early wickets added to that notion. Niall Saynor remained resolute and carried his bat for an unbeaten 48. Jon Crossley looked in fine fettle with 24 before suffering injury and Steve Powell did his best to galvanise the tail adding 39. But it was too little by far and we ended at 140-9 in the 41st over. Taimoor Mushtaq grabbed 4-25 for Foulridge. 0-1-3 was our position and we needed a win.

At Bradley we faced their first team which included semi-retired Neil Andrews. This week Bradley Powell was on fire with the ball in hand and he nicked out 4-30 and continued to strain for a fifth wicket. Andrews as expected remained calm picking off the bad balls. Jon Crossley joined the 3-man attack but it was Jake Keslinke who clean bowled Andrews for 27 at 78-5 and our hopes rose markedly. Wickets fell steadily thereafter and Jake finished his 5 overs with a smashing 3-8. Jon picked up a couple of wickets and a final run out left Bradley at a precarious 115 all out. But could we capitalise? Bradley Powell again got us off to a flying start with 27 but 4 ducks pushed us back on our haunches at 48-6. Steve Powell was still at the crease and looking good and was joined by skipper Michael Scarborough and the senior pair added a precious 53 runs before Michael fell for 36 to former Oak John Duffey in his second spell. Our score stood at 101-7 with 15 needed to win. Steve seemed well in control on 32 but within sight at 112 he holed out going for the boundary and the finish was going to be tense. Steve made 32 but 4 more were still required. No 10 Keith Gilert scraped a couple before being caught off Duffey at 114-9. Steve Cox was joined by last man Uwais Khan and the fielders crowded in like bees round a honey pot. Steve had resisted stoically for 15 balls without scoring but bowler Vince Grant gave him just enough room to cut his first ball of his 10th over through the field and it zoomed to the boundary for the Oakworth win. It was a great win for the side against a First Xl including a wily campaigner such as Andrews. 1-1-3 looked a lot better. On the Sunday it was Cowling Cup [20-20] day and our opponents at Wide Lane would be Denholme lls. Adam Taylor [28] and Chris Dennison [13] opened up with 31 for the visitors but cock-a-hoop from the Saturday win, both were removed by old stager Michael Davison making a rare outing. And co-spinner Subhaan Ahmed enjoyed the middle order taking 3-2 in 3 devastating overs. Wickets fell like nine-pins to end at 76-9 in the 20 overs. The tail was cleaned up by Jake Keslinke with 2-6. The lads needed just 9.2 overs to overhaul the Denholme score with 42no going to Bradley Powell and 26 to Lucas Keslinke. 78-2 was emphatic progress to Round 2.

At home to Thornton First Xl the visitors went first and only Mark Laycock showed real form with just 40. Their 133-9 looked distinctly vulnerable thanks to 3-24 from Subhaan Ahmed and two each from Jake Keslinke and Charlie Raby. An opening 27 from Niall Saynor promised much but a succession of wickets tumbled to the flighted deliveries from Mark Laycock. Michael Scarborough added 21 but no-one got to grips with the bowling. Laycock ended with 6 for 9 as we crashed to 82 all out.  1-1-4.  The next match at Haworth was a victim of the poor weather, so 1-2-4. At Silsden we had the same outcome but Silsden did get to the crease making 100-2, Jack Lister looking good on 44 no before the torrent. 1-3-4. So it was time to entertain Hepworth and Idle at Wide Lane. Uwais Khan was used as an opening bowler and he responded with two early wickets to have the visiting side at 36-2. But 202 runs later the wickets column continued to show just 2. Joe Allatt blasted 117 [9 fours & 4 sixes] and Nigel Poustie 86 as the game swung completely round at 234-3. What happened next was Charlie Raby snatching 4-46 as the Hepworth boys tried to build on their already fine total. James Powell also added another 2 wickets and amazingly Hepworth reached only 253-8, adding just 19-6 following the fall of Allatt. In contrast our start wasn't great at 58-3 although Charlie added 17 runs to his day's work. But from 94-4 Michael Scarborough [64] and Steve Powell add a further 99 and we advanced towards the total. But the wicket of Michael at 193-5 curtailed things slightly and we could add only a further 24 runs before stumps. But the 217-5 was our best effort to date. 1-3-5 was our position as performances remained inconsistent.

The Wynn Cup Second Round had Oakworth lls visiting the vast acres at Gargrave and we batted first. Bradley Powell once again launched into his innings with power and took a toll on the home side bowling. He whalloped 59 with 10 fours and 2 sixes, only 7 runs were run! With 21 from James Lee and 33 from Michael Scarborough the total sped upwards to 133 with 6 down in our 20 overs. Number 7 Thomas Vernon tried to hold the Gargrave innings together but our bowlers did their job well with 3-33 for Dave Picton, 2-13 for James lee and 2-17 for Bradley Powell. Gargrave expired at 93-9. Maybe this win would galvanise the league form? The trip was to Grange Road and a clash with the Riddlesden First Xl. The portents were good as we posted our best opening stand of 75 with another 51 for Bradley Powell and 41 for back-in-harness Jon Crossley. Then a couple of wickets levelled things up somewhat at 84-3.  Skipper Michael Scarborough chipped in 19 but it was the eighth wicket which provided the impetus with 30 runs from Jack Cawood [22] and Subhaan Ahmed [15] at 166-8 and a final tally of 186 all out. A good first stanza. Jake Keslinke struck early and a second from James Lee had Riddlesden at 30-2. Steve Kernan [32] was a barrier and he set up a partnership with Mohammed Chowdhory [39] to begin to turn the tide their way. But the wicket of Kernan from a Bradley Powell peach pegged them back to 72-4 and then 78-5 with the key wicket lbw of Gulnawaz from Bradley. At 112-8 Riddlesden were looking down the barrel but with Javed Iqbal at the crease. He teamed up with Bilal Bashir  to add another 30 before Jon Crossley took the catch to get him out for 15 at 142-9. 4 runs later it was over with Uwais Khan removing the last wicket at 153. Bradley recorded 4-30 with 2 each for Scott Dyson and James Lee.  Another win and also against a First Xl 2-3-5 and a glimmer of hope shone through. The scheduled Cup-tie with Ingrow lls was a subject of dispute over new regulations but was ultimately awarded to Ingrow.

So our next match was to be at Home to Embsay lls, who were also not enjoying their best season. And what a match it proved! For Embsay, under-12 county player Archie Phillipson was given his debut as opening partner with the experienced Alan Pickles.  What occurred next was the stuff of fairy tales. The pairing posted a stand of 148 before Alan misjudged one and was lbw by Subhaan Ahmed for a terrific 101. Junior partner Archie stayed resolute and partnered Dominic Kay before he too fell for 41 at 194-2, also lbw to Bradley Powell. After a wobble Embsay hauled themselves up to a stiff 243-6 with youngster Phillipson still unbeaten on 72. He was applauded from the pitch by everyone. His performance slightly outshone that of Bradley Powell whose tenacious bowling brought him 4-57. The chase was going to be difficult with experienced Simon Holt in the Embsay bowling line up. But we got another great start from Bradley and Niall Saynor. Niall  was lbw to Holt for 29 but Subhaan Ahmed carried on where he left off. He scored 15 before being bowled.  But 16 year-old Bradley was really taking the attack to Embsay and when joined by skipper Michael Scarborough, the pair combined well. Something of an understatement as Bradley Powell went on to three figures and eventually added 120 to his 4 wickets before being bowled by you've guessed it young Phillipson! But what a knock... he had set up arguably a most unlikely win and sure enough the skipper's 62no carried us to 245-3 in the 40th over. Remarkable! The two young players, so different in style and approach had lit-up the Wide Lane ground as both teams left the field. It was cruel on Embsay but that is sport. We now edged up the table a place out of the bottom two with 3-3-5 at the half-way mark.

Glusburn away next and expectations were beginning to rise as they too languished at the foot of the ladder. Batting first the home team lost an early wicket to Jake Keslinke but then settled to build a decent total. Their skipper Steve Brown posted 64 and Mark Desgranges hung about long enough to chip in 28. To follow there was 29 for Peter Schofield and 38 to James Tillotson. Fortunately the tail didn't wag and our bowlers removed 9 of their batsmen before the 45 overs was up with Glusburn on 211-9. Bradley Powell had 3-35, Jake Keslinke 3-40  and Charlie Raby 2-56 in a dogged effort to halt the run flow. But the total was only marginally above par on the small Glusburn ground. Could we chase down 200+ again?  The form of Bradley Powell was becoming legendary and this week he hit 48 of the first 55 runs before offering a catch for Dominic Mortimer. But four wickets fell with few runs added to put us in a parlous position. Charlie Raby and Jack Cawood flickered briefly but the fire was out and we quickly subsided to 122 all out with almost 14 overs in hand. Bryan Hollis 4-32 and Mortimer 4-34 proved too difficult to handle. Not our best day 3-3-6. The following Saturday we went South to Beckfoot to tackle the Congs, looking to get back on track. Congs top six all scored well, the best Ben Nattrass with 42 and opener Jamie Teal with 41. In response Nick Staton was having a good day for Oakworth and he ended with 4-47. Jake, Sajj and Charlie each took a couple and the 196 from the Congs somewhat flattered them. Maybe our batters sensed that and went too hard but we had lost 4 wickets in next to no time. But Bradley Powell, inevitably, was still there. He needed a partner and found one in the shape of Sajjad Razak.  They made merry dragging our total nearer and nearer. Within sight Bradley misjudged one from Asher Nutting and was lbw for a great 82, having whacked four sixes from Michael Baines earlier in his knock. But Sajj wasn't finished.  he nursed the tail along until the last over was reached with Oakworth requiring 11 to win. Uwais Khan hit a boundary to make the equation more manageable. The last ball was reached with 5 required to win or 4 to Tie. But only 1 came from it and we closed at 193-9 having lost by 3 runs to the team second in the table!. Sajjad had almost worked a miracle and strode off quite tired on 48 no. What an effort. Draining but we were now 3-3-7.

The next fixture with Skipton CI was a victim of the deteriorating weather. 3-4-7. At Foulridge we batted first on a difficult track sodden at the start and with drizzle forecast. Three quick wickets left us on the back foot but Sajjad [22] and Steve Powell [17] dug in to halt the Foulridge assault. The skipper Michael Scarborough dug in to finish with 26 no whilst late runs from Nick Staton and Charlie Jackson took us to a very modest 113-7 from our 45 overs. Following the tea break the rain started immediately and an on-off innings began as everyone got wet. Tamoor Munir had scored 32 between the showers but he fell clean bowled by James Powell. But then the problems really began. James slipped and hurt his side and could not finish his over. His replacement Nick Staton also found difficulty in keeping his feet sand the Umpires abandoned the match as the pitch was too dangerous.  Foulridge were on 50-4 so that the match was evenly poised and the resultant 1 point each proved a fair outcome. 3-5-7 with just 7 matches remaining. Yet another rain-off at Home to Bradley ensued and we were becoming desperate for a win. 3-6-7.

The trip to play Thornton First Xl was eagerly anticipated and the opposition opted to bat first. Old timers Kevin Pollard and John Roughton calmly set about their business as our opening bowlers struggled. Pollard strode steadily on to 50, having been sportingly reprieved by Oaks skipper after an error from the Umpire. Roughton was a victim of the leg-spin from Bilaal Khan and his tumble took two more with him as Bilaal claimed 3-35 in his 8 overs. Pollard's reprieve wasn't that costly as he went on exactly 50 superbly caught by Nick Staton for left-arm spinner Uwais Khan.  The score was 82-4 and evenly poised. But another veteran, Mark Paxton now stood in our way. He made 33 and the 26 from Jamie Halstead enabled the 10-man Thornton total to finally settle at 153-9. Bradley Powell had returned to claim a vital 3-17. In 2018 it was the dobbers from Mark Laycock which undid our batsmen but this time he wasn't in the line up. Nevertheless this year their skipper Ian Holden filled the breach and took 5-25 in 12 overs. Sajjad Razak held out doggedly making 26 and skipper Michael Scarborough shepherded the tail well for 24 no but all in vain as the 3-15 from Paxton had combined to skittle us for a total of just 80 in 35.1 overs. 3-6-8 and only five to go.

The Home Worth Valley derby was next up and visitors Haworth lls batted first.  At 48-4 oaks were in control with 13 year old Jacob Stephens [Oaks junior] at the crease with Darren Ellerton. They carried the total to 81-5 before Jacob departed for 17. Jacob had dug in for 81 balls resisting all his [junior] team-mates could conjure. It was Charlie Jackson who had him caught by skipper Michael and Charlie went on to pick up 3-28 in 10 tidy overs. Ellerton and Dan Peel added 28 before Ellerton was lbw to Nick Staton. Peel ensured a further 28 was added for Haworth to end on 137-7.  The Haworth bowling was shared equally between Danny Spencer, Gary Binns, Ellerton and Rollins. Nick Staton opened with 19 and Michael Scarborough proved a real obstacle making 48. Bowling hero Charlie Jackson made 17 before unfortunately being run out but the inexperienced tail failed to wag and Oakworth finished 12 short on 125-9. 3-6-9 and a little depression was setting in. The next match was also at wide Lane against league-leaders Silsden.

After an early Niall Saynor super catch dismissed Robert Jones, the going got distinctly more difficult as Jack Roberts and Ben Sugden made a little hay. They took the Silsden score from 22-1 to 110-2 when Sugden was lbw to Charlie Raby for 36. At that point the innings slowed considerably as Raby's leg-spin posed lots of problems. James Powell got into the act with a pacy 2-39 from 10 overs but it was Raby who really took the fight to the visitors. He ended his 10 overs with 5-49 with Silsden on 159-8.  Jack Lister had held the innings together with an excellent 63. Bradley and Sajjad went cheaply and at 12-2 the match was swinging back into the balance. Both Niall Saynor and Scott Dyson made 16 to pave the way for James Powell to show his undoubted batting skills. At 46-5 the loss of skipper Michael was a hefty blow by Will Pullen. Joseph Sugden switched ends and caused mayhem with a second high-speed stint. He wrapped up  our knock with a hat-trick at 103 all out, before departing for the Royal navy!! He said goodbye to Silsden CC with 6-40 in 12 overs. But Oakworth had played their part and none more than James Powell who was the last man to go for a wonderful 45. But the team stood in deep trouble at 3-6-10. Down the valley at Hepworth & Idle was another chance to add to our win column. Batting first we  again lost early wickets at 32-2 but a brave stand of 50 from Scott Dyson and Sajjad Razak on a pitch of variable bounce was a great effort. Both made solid 38s. But from 82-3 Oakworth slumped to 91-5 and then 102-6. the middle order completely failed adding only 11 off the bat to the earlier stand. two run outs didn't help either. At 111-8  juniors Charlie Raby and Jake Keslinke improved that situation substantially with another 26 runs, 17no going to Charlie. Jack Ellis removed Pedder early doors but his opening partner Mike Newell hung around with some luck and advanced towards a high score. Michael Scarborough brought himself on to bowl and halted the Hepworth rate with 4-45 in 10 overs. James Powell grabbed another brace with 2-25. At 87-6 it was game on and the crucial wicket of Newell fell for 88 at 119-7 to a cracker from James. Definitely game on!  Owen Price and under-13 Harry Pinkney nudged and nurdled well resisting all our efforts but then at 135, Price was superbly caught by Steve Powell for James's second scalp. 3 runs were needed for Hepworth to win with just 2 wickets left. New batsman Don Wooller looked most likely to be the scorer but with the field in tight, young Pinkney pilled a good ball from Jack Ellis to the boundary to win the match for his team. Oh dear 3-6-11 and Division Four [theoretically] was beckoning.

Riddlesden at Home was a make or break match and the visitors elected to bat, but at 55-4 may have had some regrets as James Powell had 2 early wickets and soon that translated into 74-7 with Oaks smelling blood. The introduction of Sajjad Razak was a masterstroke and he returned 4-15 in 8 excellent overs. Then a stand of 30 from Mahboob Aslam [10] and Bilal Bashir stalled our charge. Bashiir and Zain Naeem [13] added another 22 and at 126-9 we were almost there. But again the last pair Bashir and Danny Kernan added yet another 22 to reach 138 all out.  James went in for tea with 3-33  and loanee Martin Walker 2-26 with mixed feelings that Riddlesden had got away from us at the end thanks to Bilal Bashir's 38no. Oakworth had a disastrous start as Habib Aslam generated extreme pace to rip out our top order. At 5-4 for many would have crumbled to a low score but Sajjad again stepped up to partner Michael Scarborough and they fashioned a 97-run partnership to drag us back into the match at 102-5 when Sajj was out. But there was work still to do and Stevie Powell filled the need with 21no to take us over the line alongside Michael's magnificent 77no. 149-6 was incredible after that start but the 3 points gave us a chance of avoiding the drop.  4-6-11. The final showdown was to be at Shires Lane with either Embsay lls or ourselves going down to Division Four. Embsay opted to bat and were soon in their stride until George Maloney [16] was athletically caught by Niall Saynor at 20-1. 12 runs later it was 32-2 with Tom Robinson also back in the shed. A first ball back-foot defensive proved a miss and Dom Kay had joined them, lbw to straight-bowling Michael Scarborough. Duncan Ratcliffe also failed to trouble the scorers and at 32-4 Embsay were struggling to escape the vice-like grip  of Oakworth's disciplined bowlers. Casper Bean joined young opener Archie Phillipson and they carried the fight back with 40 runs but at a snail's pace of less than 2 per over. Michael had taken 3 wickets in one over and the shell-shocked homesters continued to struggle. At 72-5 it was Phillipson who was run out by an alert Nick Staton for 29. Embsay skipper Robin Youngman coped a duck bowled by Charlie Raby and coming after the catch by the same Charlie had dismissed Casper Bean for 28 the writing was on the wall at 88-7. Bradley Powell had picked up 3 wickets with pace but the rate of scoring was dilatory as the score became 94-8, to conclude at 98-9 after 45 overs. Bradley picked up the final wicket and ended with 4-13 from 10 quality overs and the skipper's 3-10  from 12 overs had shackled the Embsay effort. Sajjad whilst wicket-less gave nothing away to claim 0-25 from 12 overs. The batting response would be arduous if the bowling was tight. Niall was lost at 13-1 but Bradley Powell [31] and Steve Smith or should I say Charlie Raby backed up superbly with 25 to allow us to reach 61-3 and then Charlie Raby was out lbw at 74-4. Embsay bowlers were learning that full-ish and straight was the  way forward and the introduction of Simon Holt demonstrated that to the full. At 88-5 Michael Scarborough went the same way for 9 this time to Caspar Bean. 11 runs were needed and suddenly Holt made that 90-6 with a fourth lbw of Jake Keslinke [4]. Enter 12 years-old loanee Mohammed Abbas, barely bigger than the stumps and taking a leg-stick guard. He defended with aplomb and with Sajjad Razak the runs were eeked out to reach 99-6 after 29.5 overs of tantalising cricket. Mohammed finished with a vital 2no, reminiscent of Jack Leach at Headingley whilst Sajjad hit 8 including the winning run. It was the victory we needed to conclude at 5-6-11, 21 points and security. For Embsay their bowling effort was too little and too late following their slow scoring in the wake of the tremendous bowling form our boys.

Team Performance

The 11 home league matches brought only 2 wins, 3 draws and 6 defeats; whilst on our travels we picked up 3 wins, 3 draws and 5 defeats . 10th place was the final placing.

At Wide Lane we scored 1,214 [down 171] runs for the loss of 60 wickets [down 7] in the 8 matches in which we batted. An average score of 152 and batting form of 20.2 was down 2.5 on 2018. Our opponents scored 1,577 runs, losing 60 wickets [6 more than in 2018]. The visitors average score from 10 innings on the Wide Lane strip was 175 with scoring at a reduced 26.3 [down 3.6] per wicket. Our visitors continued to find the productive Wide Lane strips to their liking as we captured 60 wickets, 7.5 wickets per match, at 26.3 per wicket. Visiting bowlers matched our young lads, also taking 60 wickets but at a lower cost of 20.2 runs for each scalp.

Away from Oakworth the story was: 1,196 runs scored in 8 innings for loss of 78 wickets. An average away score of 150 continues our upward trend. Our average score was 150 at 15.3 per wicket, still with room for improvement.  Our hosts scored 1,365 runs and lost 75 wickets so our bowlers can claim their share of the progress striking more often and reducing opposition run-scoring from 24.3 in 2018 to 18.2 this time around.

Wins 2 3 5 6 5 11
No times batted 8 8 16 9 8 17
Runs Scored 1,214 1,196 2,410 1,577 1,365 2,942
Wickets lost 60 78 138 60 73 133
Average score 152 150 151 175 171 173
Wickets lost / match 7.5 9.8 8.6 6.7 9.1 8.1
Scoring rate 20.2 15.3 17.4 26..3 18.7 21. 8
Runs / wicket taken 26.3 18.7 21.8 20.2 15.8 17.4

Appearances and batting

Stalwart Stevie Powell appeared in 17 matches batting 16 times and scoring 239 runs at 18.38. His highest score was 57no. Captain Michael Scarborough appeared and batted 16 times racking up 412 runs at 37.45 and a masterful best of 77no. Niall Saynor opened the batting 14 times and accumulated 192 runs at 14.77, his best when he carried his bat was 48no. Emerging all-rounder Charlie Raby took guard 11 times in his 14 appearances, scoring 107 runs and his best of 25 came, 'Steve Smith' style in the last match at Embsay. 13 year-old Jake Keslinke tallied 13 appearances [12 inns] for 39 runs whilst his principal contributions came as a bowler. Bradley Powell was called up to the First Xl a number of times but made 11 appearances for the Second Xl picking off the leading run haul of 424 runs at 38.55. His half-cousin James Powell made an impact from his 10 appearances [9 inns] with 121 runs at 13.44, best 45 vs Riddlesden. Uwais Khan [9] along with Subhaan Ahmed, Sajjad Razak [173 runs] and Bilaal Khan each turned out 8 times with 7 for Jon Crossley [102 runs] and Jack Cawood. Nick Staton [6], Charlie Jackson [5], Scott Dyson [4], James Lee [4] and Steve Cox [4], Keith Gilert [3], Paul Carter [2] and Connor Gallagher [2] were all at various time part of the team throughout the year. All in all the Second Xl used 37 players, 15 of them just for the one match, including 6 players from the loan scheme.

Topping the run-scoring in 2019 was rapidly developing Bradley Powell with 424 runs including a majestic 120 vs Embsay,  in only 11 knocks at 38.55, just ahead of  the skipper Michael Scarborough's 412 at 37.45 with his best of 77 against Riddlesden. Stevie Powell scored 239 runs at 18.38 and claimed a best of 57. Opener Niall Saynor tallied 192 runs at 14.77 providing the experienced foil for Bradley at the top of the order. The indomitable Sajjad Razak, nursing a dodgy knee following surgery, managed 8 appearance but still racked up 173 vital runs at 34.60. Sixth highest run-scorer was our current county player James Powell whose 121 runs embraced a number of top knocks, particularly against Riddlesden. His average was 13.44. Now adopting a 'Steve Smith' approach to batting Charlie Raby proved it works with 25 in the vital last match win at Embsay on his way to a season's haul of 107. Finally Jon Crossley topped the ton with 102 runs with another vital innings of 41 in the win at Bradley in May.

The other batsmen to chip in of course of the year were Bilaal Khan [85], Scott Dyson [63] and Subhaan Ahmed Carter [53] as the most prominent.


The bowling attack employed 17 bowlers in 2019, taking 133 wickets. The most overs came from the leg-spin of Charlie Raby with 109.2 which brought him 19 wickets at 26.68 apiece. His best was a cracking 5-49 against ultimate Division Champions Silsden. For a leggie his economy rate was very good at 4.64 and with improvement to his strike rate, he will prove a real handful in years to come. Another junior debutant James Powell bowled 83.4 generally pacy overs to claim 18 wickets at a very useful 16.67 runs for each one [best 3-33] despite being limited to 5 over spells. Opening quickie Bradley Powell put in 81.3 overs, 15 of them maidens to finish top wicket-taker with 23, a fabulous strike rate of a wicket every 21 balls. His average of 11.61, complimenting his terrific batting, marks him out as a future top-line all-rounder. His best was 4-33. Fourth most used bowler was Jake Keslinke, yet another terrific home-grown junior. His 77 overs brought him 13 wickets at 24.69 with his speciality the in-ducker. He too will improve his strike rate [35.5] and his average will tumble, but his match-by-match contribution was always valued highly. The enigmatic Uwais Khan continued with his left-arm spin and his economy rate of 4.33 was on track and with a strike rate of 28.67  his resultant average of 20.67 was an extremely useful option when spin dominated with 9 wickets in 43 overs.

The run-in success coincided very closely with the more regular introduction of Michael Scarborough into the attack, despite his creaky ankle he produced an economy rate of just 2.2. His 8 wickets for 70 [av 8.75] came at crucial times in crucial matches and contributed far more than the statistics. Another to bowl at critical moments was Sajjad Razak, albeit only 32 overs in total but at a highly valuable economy of just 2.88 and a tidy average of 13.14 for his 7 wickets. Pace-men James Lee [44 overs] and Nick Staton [40 overs] collected 5 and 6 wickets respectively, for both bowlers their value came in control of economy. Finally leg-spinner Bilaal Khan was called on for only 17 overs and took 6 wickets at 17.50 apiece, striking at one every 17 balls.

This year a wicket came every 31 balls [35 at home, 27 away] and on average cost just over 22 runs [26 at Home, 19 away], reflective of the excellent batting conditions at Wide Lane.


Nick Staton managed 6 fielding victims [5 ct, 1 ro] . Jack Cawood achieved 5 keeping victims.

Next year

In 2019 the team has continued to settle well in Division Three, although 11 losses is a deterioration since 2019, but there were however a number of close results which might have gone Oakworth' way. Narrow losses at Bingley Congs [3 runs], Hepworth & Idle [2 wkts] and Haworth [12 runs] were compounded by abandoned matches with Bradley, Glusburn and Skipton CI which might well have been winnable. 

The batting has been boosted by the huge strides taken by Bradley Powell, and in James Powell and Charlie Raby we have two more who will blossom pretty soon. Most support came from the older players Michael, Steve, Niall and Sajjad. The bowling too is moving in the right direction with James and Jake Keslinke getting amongst the wickets, alongside Charlie Raby. The frequent unavailability of Uwais, Bilaal and Subhaan hasn't helped stability and has possibly set back their development path a little. The new boy Scott Dyson has been a great acquisition with his enthusiasm rubbing off on the younger players. 2020 should see his contributions flourish now that he understands the club ethos. This year Charlie Jackson and Elis Jones have both made senior debuts and their promise will increase the pressure for places and hopefully help generate yet further strides forward.  For the senior players there must be massive thanks offered for their guidance and encouragement of the newer players and indeed their still considerable personal contributions. The junior section continues to amaze us all, this year picking up no less that six trophies [2 Championships, and four Cups]. The club's coaches are doing a grand job in bringing through youngsters from beginner to prospective senior, and must take a lot of credit from helping the rebuild. The re-build at Oakworth is without doubt very much on track... the future is bright, the future is two-tone blue!

average of 13.14