LEAGUE HONOURS FOR OAKWORTH PLAYERS
The club is so proud of these three guys as Craven & District Cricket League
prize winners for Oakworth CC in the 2019
won the Mewies League Fielding Trophy for his
phenomenal catching for the First Xl in his best ever
season. Secondly his cousin
awarded the Harold Blackburn Trophy [Donated in 1986 by
the Blackburn family to be awarded to the most
outstanding player under the age of 18 at the end of the
season] and finally
received the Mark Batty Memorial Trophy [Donated in
2011 by Julie Batty in memory of her husband,
awarded for the most catches taken by an outfielder,
under the age of 18 at the end of the season. They all received their awards at the CDCL dinner on 18th
CRAVEN LEAGUE DINNER - 18th OCTOBER
Secretary Michael Davison advises the Craven League
dinner will be on Friday 18th October, as in recent
years, at the Rolls Royce Club in Barnoldswick. He is
hopeful we may have one or two prize-winners and it
would be great to have a decent turn-out in support. The
cost is £25 per head.
FIRSTS FOUR ON BOUNCE & SECONDS AVOID DROP
Skipper Joel Gallagher spent time in hospital with a
chipped finger bone, but his team turned over Ingrow to
take their fourth consecutive win. Sixth place on
29 points was consolidated after a fine run in. Ingrow's
topsy-turvy line up was limited to 173 with fine bowling
[2-24]. Tom Tetley and Dan Scott each scored 40 for the
visitors. With the bat
capped a really fine all-round season with 51.
too added in 37 in typical style and
also maintained his best season ever with 24no. We had
14 overs to spare in meeting the target, whilst skipper
was at teh hospital getting a chipped/broken finger
To add to the delight, the Second Xl claimed a
"six-pointer" and double over Embsay lls by 4 wickets at
Shires Lane. A superb controlled bowling and fielding
display strangled the Embsay batsmen with only
diminutive opener Archie Phillipson and Caspar Bean
showing consistency with 29 and 28. The bowlers stuck to
their plans with
4-13 and skipper
3-10 picking up the lion's share. Top catches from
were also significant. Chasing the target of 99 we got
off the ground well with
adding another 31 to his impressive tally.
his 'Steve Smith' look-alike style to great effect with
25. Loan player
was a revelation for one
so young and his 2 runs belied a vital defensive display
hit the winning runs after almost 30 overs.
So relegation was avoided with Embsay [and Haworth] taking the 'drop'
SKIPPER TRUMPS RIDDLESDEN
Skipper Michael Scarborough racked up his highest score
of the season, 77no against a very competitive
Riddlesden side. Habib Aslam Had Oaks in all sorts of
trouble at 4-4 in a fiery, pacy opening spell. Michael
and Sajjad Razak led the fight-back with a terrific 98
run partnership. With a late 21no from Steve Powell, the
points were gleaned with 2 overs in hand. Earlier Sajjad
had picked up 4-15 to help restrict the visitors to 148.
He backed up the opening spell from James Powell who
opened with 3-33 to show his growing reputation is no
The First Xl made it a double day with a
successive win at Embsay and are now safe from
relegation threats. 38 from Rob Hollingsworth, 37 from
Joe Copperwaite and 26 from Harry Hollingsworth combined
to help Oaks build 176-9 despite 5-60 from Arsalan
Hussain. Embsay replied with a sterling effort at 156
led by 44 from Jack Kitching but the 4-34 from Jack
Davison and 3-34 from Harry all proved too much.
FIRSTS 6-POINTER v SUTTON
At very competent team bowling effort at Sutton was just
what was needed to set up Oaks victory in our battle
against relegation. James Lee picked up the crucial wick
of Dave Snowden, and Harry Hollingsworth grabbed 2-25
from 7 tidy overs. Tom Fothergill nipped out his
contribution 2-24  and Ellis Marshall as usual gave
nothing away with 1-13. The tail wasn't able to wag as
Rick Cavender ended the innings at 129 with 3-17. Job
now half done, the skipper Joel Gallagher again led from
the front with 53 no and with help from Joe, Harry and
Jordan, the pints were in the bag inside 24 overs. We
now have 21 points, 4 points above the drop-zone places.
The 2nd Xl gave their best display since the narrow loss
at Congs with an excellent fielding and bowling
performance against table-toppers Silsden. The team was
well balanced for once and the enthusiasm and energy
from everyone was inescapable. The bowling honours went
to Charlie Raby's leggies with 5-49, and to skipper
bowling 10 tidy overs for the first time in a long time.
Charlie Jackson started well, James Powell [2-39] found
swing and wickets and Nick Staton was frugal. The only
blemish was an injury to Bradley Powell. To keep the
Silsden batsmen shackled was a great filip and their 159
tally was just reward. With the bat James Powell stood
head and shoulders above the rest with a well crafted
45, and it took a brilliant hat-trick from Joseph Sugden
who ended our resistance on 103 all out with 6-40 in his
last match before joining the Navy.
DERBY DAY GLOOM
At 9-3 the start at Haworth wasn't the best but a
skipper's innings from Joel proved to be the glue which
held the innings together. His 71 [7 x fours 2 x sixes]
was much needed and was backed by a string of low order
double figure contributions, to reach 135-8. Ollie
Bishop took 4-48 against his former club. Fifties for
Jamie Rowell and Dan Trowers put paid to any defence of
the total and Haworth romped home off just 24 overs.
Across at Wide Lane, Haworth ll were contained at 137-7
after their middle order resisted our young bowlers.
Charlie Jackson led the way with 3-28, James Powell
picking up a brace. Oaks junior Jacob Stephens chipped
in 17 to the Haworth total. Nick Staton opened with 19
and young Charlie added 17 to the skipper
Michael's 36 but Darren Ellerton's 4-29 in turn held our
lower order in check. They youngsters battle hard but
finished 12 runs shy on 125 all out.
YOUNG GUNS HARRY, TOM & BRADLEY IMPRESS
Foulridge took the
points at Wide Lane, but two Oaks young players grabbed
a share of the headlines. Firstly Harry Hollingsworth
grabbed a terrific 5-40 [11.4 overs] in the Red Rose
innings. Harry had great backing from "Offie" Tom
Fothergill with 3-32 [12 overs] in restricting Foulridge
to 190 all out. In the chase 16 year-old Bradley Powell
batted at number 3 and ended top-scorer with a very
satisfying 54 including 5 fours and 2 sixes. That Oaks
fell short by 48 runs was largely due to the bowling of
Abrar Sarwar [4-52] and Chris Brooker-Carey [3-17], who
also pitched in 57 not out in the Foulridge 190.
DENHOLME EDGE OAKS
returns from Joe Copperwaite [4-48] and Harry
Hollingsworth [4-48] created plenty of problems for
visitors Denholme, though Ben Burkill did manage 40 and
Toby Priestley 34. Denholme posted 177.
A poor start left
us at 58-5 but a 59 stand from Harry and Jordan pulled
us up to 126-7 before both fell to Priestley. But Oaks
hadn't expired yet as new boy Scott Dyson found form and his
40 whilst shepherding the tail dragged us towards the
total. He remained not out as we fell 16 short at 161
LEADERS CONGS GIVEN SCARE
Oakworth Second Xl
had a great game at Division leaders Bingley Congs. The
Congs solid batting line-up tallied a decent 196 with no
batter reaching 50, Ben Nattrass the best with 42.
OCC bowlers stuck at the task on a good wicket with Nick
Staton showing fine pace rewarded with 4-47. Jake
Keslinke again bowled well with 2-19 and with 2-20 from
Sajaad Razzak and 2-31 from Charlie Raby, the attack did
a grand job.
With the bat,
in-form Bradley Powell again grabbed the nettle and
rocketed to 50 in no time, being severe on Michael
Baines. He fell lbw for a cracking 82 but the middle
order failed to capitalise. But in only his third match
back from injury, Sajaad dug in with the lower order and
his knock carried us to the last over. His knock of 48no
was priceless but a single from the last ball was not
enough and we ended at 193-9. A great effort.
CUP DREAM GONE
The progress in
rebuilding our First Xl has gone well but hopes of a
Wynn Cup Final foundered on World Cup Final Sunday. The
Cup's 20-20 format generated 27 boundaries for visitors
Crossflatts, the league leaders. Mo Shannawaz began the
blitz with 63 from 33 balls in a 100-run opening stand
with Josh Brooksbank. The damaging innings came from Joe
Greenwood, striking at over 200, with 56 from 25 balls
in a 75-run partnership with Dom Bennett to reach a
daunting 199-5, having been 124-4.
But Oakworth opener
Joe Copperwaite hadn't given in and he got our chase off
to a great start with 68 from 35 balls. But when he fell
at 96-5 our chase looked doomed. But teenager Harry
Hollingsworth  and skipper Joel Gallagher  gave
brief hope in a 40-run stand, but after Joel was caught,
the chase fizzled out at 153-8. A good score but not
enough to overall the target.
MOVE OVER JORDAN
Embsay lls felt the
growing power and expertise from attacking opening
batsman Bradley Powell. The 16-year old rattled up 120
in the Second Xl successful chase of 243 set by the
Shires Lane boys. It was a much needed contribution
after Embsay's Alan Pickles turned back the clock with
101, aided and abetted by the debut of a new star in the
making, Archie Phillipson. The 12 year-old County squad
player showed patience and maturity well beyond his
years to receive equal plaudits on leaving the field.
The future is bright.
June was highlighted with 39 for Jordan v Haworth
Road in a hi-scoring loss. With the second Xl, Dad Steve
stroked 57no whilst nephew James added 24. Then younger
son Bradley got in on the act with 59 to eject Gargrave
from the Cowling Cup on Sunday. But Sunday also gave a
stage to master-blaster Jordan with 54 to overwhelm
Cononley in 16 balls [7 sixes & 2 fours].
JORDAN BLASTS OAKS TO QF
Having lost the
league match by 48 runs at Cowling on Saturday, Oakworth
bounced back in the Wynn Cup 20-20 with a blast from
41-4 Jordan's 9 sixes and a four carried us to 120-5
with 34 balls in hand after Cowling's 116-8!! Earlier
had excelled with
the ball taking 3-8 in 4 very tidy overs. A further
surprise came when learning that the next opponents
would be Division Two Cononley, who defeated Embsay.
YOUNG GUNS CUP PROGRESS
bowled out for just 76 in the Cowling Cup.
leggies stood out with 3 for 1 and there was a couple
26 guided us to 78-2 in only 9.2 overs. Roll on
BILLY's FORM NOT QUITE ENOUGH
added another 82 runs to his 99 of last week in a decent
Oaks total of 214. This week
 found form and
featured. With the ball
was again frugal with 1-32 from his 12 overs and
was excellent with 3-30 from his 12. When the pressure
was on Jack
found the timbers, but in combination we struggled to
evict Mohammed Adil, whose 56 proved the match-winning
effort for Congs at 218-8 with just 9 balls remaining.
SECONDS EDGE BRADLEY IN THRILLER
The "Coxy Cut"
gained notoriety as the scores were level in the
Bradley vs Oakworth 2nds Fixture, with Oakworth's last
pair at the wicket. With fielders clustered around him
cut the ball through the field to claim the points for
Oakworth in a ding-dong low-scoring match on a pitch of
very variable bounce. Oaks attack had shone with 4
and a terrific 3-8 [5 overs] from
pitched in with a brace and despite 27 from veteran Neil
Andrews, Bradley were all out for 115. Any thoughts of
an easy victory after Bradley Powell's opening 27, were
soon dispelled with rapid blasts from Vince Grant [4-39]
and George Bell [2-10] which left Oaks at 48-6. Skipper
 carried the tally on to 101-7. When Steve fell at
112-8, 4 were still needed. A vital 2 from
brought Oaks nearer but he was out to a stunning catch
to leave Oaks at 115-9. The rest is history!
RECORD SCORE SMASHES LEADERS
The boys are
getting their act together, the result at Crossflatts a
forgotten distant memory. The Skipper
was robbed of a maiden century with an lbw decision but
his 99 led the most spirited match result for many a
long year, He was backed by a superb 97 from form man
before the salt was fully rubbed in to league leaders
, 16 year-old Lucas [53no] and
. the result a club record league score of 407-7.
The job was finished off by 15 year-old
FIRST BREAK DUCK WITH WIN OVER CHAMPS
A cracking score
of 259-7 from Oaks featured a typically imperious knock
including 12 sixes and just four 4s, backed up by 58no
smashed 3 sixes to rack up 27no at the end. Aziz Iqbal
and Imran Akhtar both made half-centuries but
3-26 [12 overs] and
4-60 held them to 242, 17 short of Oaks tally.
The 2nd Xl
posted 147-9 at Skipton CI with youngsters
46 and James
leading the way, but held in check by Rob Cockell 4-41.
Cockell and Martin Cisnall carried CI to victory with
just 3 wickets down,
CRUSHED AT THE 'FLATTS
As the only
match to go ahead on a day of mixed weather, Oakworth's
visit to Crossflatts provided a tough entree for 2019.
The line-up included four juniors; Ellis, Harry, Lucas
and Bradley. Batting first, wickets tumbled as
many found poor shots were heavily punished,
particularly by Alex Bradbury who grabbed 6-21. Harry
Hollingsworth top-scored with 8 in Oaks fourth-worst
team tally of just 42. The Flatts needed just 33 balls
to knock off the runs with Joe Greenwood on 30.
JEFF's INNINGS COMES TO AN END
Oakworth CC is
sad to report the death of one of its most prolific
who had suffered from bowel cancer. Jeff was Oakworth' top-rated bowler of the 1976-1991 period,
who passed away today. The club sends its condolences to his
family. The funeral will be held at Oakworth Crematorium
on Friday 5th April at 11:30am, and afterwards at The
record at OCC
29 March 2019
HOW WE DID
LAST TIME OUT
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CLUB REVIEWS 2019
WHO ARE WE ?
Oakworth C.C. have been members of the Craven & District League
since 1979 and have been continuous members of Division One since 1982
In addition to 3 senior Saturday sides we run
four junior teams
at u-9, u-11, u-13 & u-17 age levels
We have a 2-lane off-field all-weather practice facility
available 7 days/week, a central-heated clubhouse, bar
facilities & TV
GET IN TOUCH E-MAIL to
Tel 07738 535132 - Clubhouse Tel 01535
WHERE ARE WE ?
of Oakworth is situated on the soiuth-facing slope of the famous Worth Valley
in West Yorkshire, on the outskirts of the township of Keighley.
The First & Second XI ground, at an altitude of 900 feet above
sea-level, is located on the edge of the village in Wide Lane
The Third XI play atop Haworth Moor, Penistone
Hill at the former Haworth West End ground.
sourced a sparkling
for the 2018 season
and fully sponsored
by The Snooty Fox
and Whitaker Animal
courtesy of Joe Copperwaite]
All senior and
junior players are
shirt and sweater so
we can all truly
represent our club.
adult size clothing can get 1 shirt and 1 jumper
at the Junior prices, additional kit will be
Junior sizes available:
age 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 or
Sleeveless jumper £20
same sizes though quite a
Sample sizes are
available to try on the Junior Sign on night
Orders can be made
to either Chairman
or to your junior
team manager. Don't
first to get one!
OAKWORTH WINNERS AT UAJCA BIG NIGHT
go to the following seven Oakworth junior players who all received awards at
the recent UAJCA Presentation Night:
[u17 Keeping], Jake Keslinke
[u13 Batting], Jacob Stephens
[u13 Keeping], James Powell
[u13 Yorkshire Festival Batting],
[u13 Yorkshire Festival Bowling],
[u9 Batting] and Haroon Nazam
And finally to top all-rounder
as u13 Cricketer-of-the-Year [pictured above].
It was evidence of yet another
fantastic year of achievement for the junior section, a year in which six
Team Trophies were gained.. The Championships at u-13 and u-9 and Cup wins
at u-17, u-13 and u-9 following the u-13 success at the Black Rat Festival.
UAJCA PRESENTATION NIGHT 2019
Oakworth's amazing junior section
picked up a host of team and individual prizes at this year's UAJCA
Presentation Night at the fabulous Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel in
To view superb photos of all the
CRICKET OLYMPICS & PRESENTATION
For under-9s and under-11s and
families, Sunday 22nd September is the date from 1:30pm ... All welcome. Bar
open, Raffle and barbecue!!
UAJCA PRESENTATION NIGHT - FRIDAY
Annual get-together at the magnificent Malham Suite in the
Rendezvous Hotel to acclaim all winners, both team and individual
is set to go ahead on Friday 20th September at 7:30pm with a planned
duration of 90 minutes.
Oakworth CC will be represented,
having won six of the UAJCA trophies this year.
There is plenty of room at the Malham Suite, which can seat up
to 500 people, and there is ample parking spaces at the Hotel. The bar will
The winners of the six Cricketer-of-the-Year awards will be
announced on the night.
currently awaits confirmation of attendance from our invited
Come along and help
celebrate all our prize winners.
CHAMPION UNDER-9s TAKE SIXTH TROPHY IN 2019
A convincing 82-run
win against Crossflatts u9s, enabled our Sharks to
leap-frog Earby at the top of the u9 Championship and
take the title for the first time since 2012. The
Championship trophy will be handed to the team at the
UAJCA Presentation Night on 20th September [7:30pm] at
the fabulous Malham Suite in the Rendezvous Hotel at
Skipton. Harry Robinson and Haroon Nazam will also each
receive the batting and bowling skill awards.
TOP LADS HARRY AND JOE FOR REGIONAL TEAMS
YCB West under-9s
took on YCB North at Scarborough with Sharks Harry
Robinson [East] in opposition to Joe Powell [North].
Harry was reported by the YCB as copping a duck whilst Joe scored 10
Richard tells us he picked up the man-of-the-match award
was in fact the West top scorer with 13.
The Regional management had mixed up their two openers
named Harry. Neither bowled. The North side won by 3 wickets.
This is the incorrect
be made to the YCB. Keep up the good
UNDER-13s CLAIM 2019 TREBLE
under-13 have completed the Treble of Championship,
Hindle Cup and Festival Cup. Their final match of the
season produced a season' high score of 154-2 to take a
win against league newcomers Harden. They
concluded the year with a league record of P11,
W9, D1, L1. The Hindle Cup was gained in the Final
against Great Horton Church at Skipton, as indeed
was the Festival Cup against Skipton, both in June.
The team has
fielded 14 players this year and all will receive a
winners medal from UAJCA at the Annual Presentation
Night on Friday 13th September. The squad is Jake
Keslinke [Capt], James Powell, Charlie Jackson, Elis
Jones, Jacob Davies, Jacob Stephens, Stan Lloyd, Parth
Sunil, Waleed Raja, Haroon Raja, Ella Throupe, Tom Raby,
Asim Khan and Cameron Hunter.
ensured our boys pipped Earby on run-rate as the West
Craven side also finished on 28 points.
The team has
emulated the 2008 team, which also won the Treble. Their
record was P14, w11, D2, L1, losing to Oxenhope in their
last match after the Championship had been won by 10
points ahead of Pendle Forest. The core of that team was
Jack Davison [Capt], Ben Fothergill, Lewis Wrathall,
Matty Lee, Jackson Rouse, James Lee, Frazer Atkinson,
Joe Wilmore, George Ingham and Jordan Bates
WHITE ROSE JAMES
Oakworth CC is very
proud to see another one of its junior players has been
selected for the County squad.
top performances for and against Regional sides and
Durham County, James has finally been welcomed into the
White Rose under-13s set-up.
This weekend he
rattled off 98 not out for West Yorkshire against South
Yorkshire. Amazing James!
Steeton u-9s, Great
Horton Church u-13s and Bradford & Bingley u17s all
played and succumbed to Oakworth equivalents at the
second Grand Finals day at Skipton CC. Our three teams
had all reached the Finals and all three emerged winners
on 30th June.
First up, the under-9s Final had Steeton
posting 231-13, a real score of 96-13 as their batsmen
picked up the runs at the expense of their wickets. Our
batsmen were more circumspect and lost just 4 wickets
and picked up 243-4 [real 63-4] to capture the Pairs Cup
for their first time by 12 runs. Man-of-the-match was
Haroon Nazam who took 4 of the Steeton wickets.
Final was eagerly awaited and again we batted second.
Great Horton Church were limited to 72 all out by our
excellent bowling from Stan Lloyd and Elis Jones, who
each picked up 3 scalps. All 6 bowlers used picked up at
least 1 wicket. Top batsman for the Bradford
side was UAJCA Taverner's u12 captain Hamza Saeed with
28. Joint men of the match were
 and James
& Bingley were contained again by our bowlers at 92 all
out. Ellis Marshall was the pick of the Oakworth attack
with 3-7 from 5 overs. We reached 50-1 and looked to be
cruising towards a third victory but the Bees still had
a sting in their tail and they hot back to get us at
78-8. The Bingley attack found its range and Reece
Cockshott's 6-31 led them closer. We did though run out winners at 93-8
thanks to late order runs from
Ahmed, to achieve
the historic treble, ie the first club to win 3 Cup
Finals in the same year.
Cockshott was a
deserved winner of the Man-of-the-match.
SHARKS MAKE IT A TRIPLE CUP DAY!
have reached the three Skipton Cup Finals on
the 2nd UAJCA Grand Finals Day on Sunday 30th June.
Our Festival-winning under-13s have reached
their Final [12noon] with a semi-final win over Embsay,
and then the under-17s comfortably overcame Great Horton
Church to also claim their place on the day. The triple
was completed by the under-9 semi-final with Sutton and
our boys & girl came out the winners by 46 runs make it a triple day. #herewecomeskipton
U13s SHARKS IN SEMI-FINAL
Having lost their
unbeaten record in the league to Earby, the Sharks again
travelled to the Applegarth to take on the home side in
the Hindle Cup QF. Leo Garner held the Earby innings
together with 25 no and some tail-wagging from no 8
Niall Sagar 19 no carried Earby to 78-6 after their 20
overs. Jacob Davies
showed his undoubted class and picked off 3-9 in his 3
overs. In the chase, opener James
Powell retired on 28 no and with 12 from
Charlie Jackson and a
satisfying 18 no from Elis Jones,
the Sharks bit the bullet and ran out winners by 6
wickets with 11 balls to spare. In the semi-final on
17th June we will travel to Embsay to compete for a
place in the Final on 30th June.