Statement on Increased Covid Activity

Dear friends, the statement on Covid activity over the past 24 hours regarding Bradford and Pendle has once again thrown the league into a state of unrest. This morning (Friday) I have been in contact with both Bradford and Pendle authorities, while the situation in Pendle is pretty much the same, it’s still on a rising tide of infection and the Bradford authority are advising that all car sharing be stopped unless for emergency purposes, they also advise staying indoors unless it’s unavoidable and travel only if necessary. This is on top of meeting friends and family in enclosed spaces, being stopped.

The Craven and District Cricket League has a duty of care to all it’s member clubs and players, it’s the leagues general directive to provide organised cricket in a safe, practical and enjoyable environment. With an ever-increasing risk of Covid infection coming from both ends of the leagues extended reach, this is proving extremely difficult to the point of being impossible to implement. The league has already lost one of our own to this dreadful virus, we can’t allow this to be repeated.

It has to be said that the E.C.B. has not altered their stance on cricket in our region and indeed the Bradford League intend to carry on. To be clear, this statement is relevant to the CDCL and no other cricket league in the area. I believe the duty of care the Executive Committee of the Craven League hold, is, in my opinion, paramount and we should use our best judgement to act on it.  

The risk of having clubs and players from areas of high risk travelling to all our grounds in the league is too high to contemplate and to that end, a proposition I put to the Executive this morning was returned with a majority of 10-1 in favour of suspending the league with immediate effect for two weeks, followed by a review going forward before play re-commences. “A person unaware and not displaying symptoms can still infect those around him”.

I truly understand what this means to most of you, please try and understand that this was done with your safety and that of your family and friends’ safety in mind.

I would personally like to thank each and every one of you who have contributed to providing a safe environment at your club during this pandemic and hope we can still yet finish off the season. Time will tell.

My very best regards to you all.

Peter Foster, Hon. Sec. C.D.C.L.

31st July 2020


Oakworth really hit their straps and the headlines this week with three wins for their teams. Having comfortably seen off the Haworth challenge, Ingrow played their first match at Wide Lane and tumbled to just 35 all out.  Oaks bowlers were in fine fettle with James Lee again prominent with 3-13.He was matched by speedy left-armer Ellis Marshall with 3-7. Jack Davison 2-3 and Harry Hollingsworth 2-12 provided a potent four-man attack. Bradley Powell [20] and Lucas Keslinke [15] completed the demolition in just 31 balls.

The Second Xl were at Bradley and batted first. Niall Saynor showed fine form, having missed last weeks opener, with 32 and new boy Liam Humphreys made a pleasing debut with 10 runs on a very difficult wicket. 13 year-old James Powell added 13 before skipper Michael Scarborough added 17. Bowler Zain Naeem had picked up 4-33 as the only real potent threat from Bradley and then Josh Kiteley again enjoyed his input of a further 17 no for Oaks to tally 127-9.

The Bradley innings was rocked back on its heels with a first ball dismissal of Phil Binner by young James Powell. It got worse, much worse and at 28-5 with 3 wickets for young Powell and 2 for Josh Kiteley, Bradley were under serious pressure. .James completed a superb five-for conceding just 14 runs in his 6 overs. Josh returned 2-23 before opening the way for leg-spinner Charlie Raby to enter the fray. His 3-12 sealed the victory with Bradley all out for 56, of which 36no came from a resilient Chris Kimberley.

The match at Penistone Hill proved a fascinating encounter with Oaks bowlers producing a performance of note.  A smart run out of experienced Andy Copping for 6 by debutant Amin Khan set the tone and from 9-1 the innings failed to make its mark. Opening bowler Jacob Davies pitched in 2-8 in 5 overs and Jake Keslinke added 2-16 from his 4. Veteran Dave Picton proved the perfect foil for the youngsters and his 4 for 3 completed the rout for a Congs 39 all out. The opportunity was there for a rare Oaks llls win but the bowling of Copping was to prove a major hurdle. His 9 overs produced figures of 5 for 2 and partner Simon Webster backed up well with 2-14. Despite 9 from keeper Steve Cox at 16-8 the Thirds were reeling but 13 year old Jake Keslinke was solid and his more mature partner Jim Staton proved an admirable foil. The odd couple combined to each finish 9 not out with the total reaching 40-8 and a much welcomed win to make it 3 out of 3 for Oaks this weekend.


Across the burn, West Lane provided many happy returns for the  First Xi with a resounding win over Haworth. Batting first openers Joel Gallagher and Bradley Powell proved difficult to dislodge and their restart brought 79 runs before Bradley fell to Jamie Rowell for a fine 39. Harry Hollingsworth continue to take the  fight to the Bronte boys despite losing Joel also for 39 runs at 81-2. A flurry of wickets set us back a little  but Harry went on to tally 30. Skipper Rob Holly added 12 as our total progressed to 147 all out. Haworth stalwart Jamie Rowell grabbed 5-27 and Neil Rollins 3-22 but former Oaks junior Ollie Bishop had a barren day with 0-33 from 6 overs. But he did snaffle 3 catches along the way. Harry removed opener Gower cheaply and Ellis Marshall had Nick Trowers out for a duck whilst Rowell [32], Dan Trowers [24] and Damian Rowell [22] advanced the Haworth cause well. But despite a late 23 from Danny Spencer, Oaks trump cards were a stunning catch for Jack Davison and the 4-11 from 8 overs from James Lee to contain and dismiss the home side for 116 in the 30th over. There were ducks for young 'Bish' and George Ingham, both former Oakworth players.

The Second Xi had a humdinger of a battle with Skipton Church Institute who had opening bowler Azhar Iqbal swinging the ball both ways and picking up 4-12 in 9 speedy overs. Openers Warren Allitt [22] and Charlie Raby [10] contributed 29 for the 1st wicket but new boy Josh Kiteley was beaten for pace by Iqbal. At 75-5 Oaks score could have gone either way but skipper Michael and Steve Powell ensure it was upwards. They added 72 before Steve was bowled for 37 by Danny Iqbal when the push was on. The Captain remained unbowed with 44 and our total was posted as 147-7. An early wicket for Sajjad Razak boosted Oaks still further and then the wicket of Henderson [30] at 39-2 gave Charlie Raby the first of his four wickets. Martin Chisnall found scoring difficult but kept his wicket intact. Charlie added three more scalps with two catches in the slips by Michael and a smart stumping from Jack Cawood behind the timbers. Chisnall proved the value of his early caution and began to capitalise whilst Martin Seward added 23 and Sam Smith bludgeoned 20 to take SCI on to 108-7. Chisnall and skipper Paul Mason upped the ante and carried the innings on towards the target in a nail-biter finish. Chisnall finally fell for 42, clean bowled by Michael Scarborough at 142-8. Number 9 Alex Horsfield and no 10 Danny Iqbal found themselves pinned back by the accuracy from Michael and Sajj and with 2 balls remaining still required 4 to win. Iqbal settle the matter with a pull though mid-wicket for the needed boundary. It was a great match and a very  creditable performance against the first of 5 First Xls to be faced in this truncated season. Charlie's leggies proved as effective as ever with 4-37 whilst new lad Josh picked up his first scalp for Oakworth with 1-24 from his first 6 overs, mainly bowled in tandem with Charlie, an Oaks Warne-McGrath pairing! Michael's late order 2-26 almost clinched the match.

Up at Penistone Hill 10-man Thirds were soon in trouble against Sutton lls at 19-3. Skipper Keith Gilert remained resolute and took toll on his opposite number Mark Stoneman with 6-4-6 blast to contribute a fine 29. The 62 all out final tally sadly didn't find any further double-figure scorers. Sutton though took 23.1 overs to reach their target with just 2 wickets down. But analysis shows some fine bowling performances for Oaks young guns with Jake Keslinke 5-2-7-0, Jacob Davies 5-1-8-1 and Elis Jones 4-0-5-1 as excellent starts for the bowling attack. Keith's blast may well make the Thirds Hall of Fame!


The revised CDCL fixture plan into Covid-19 Groups sees Oakworth start the season on Saturday 19th July at neighbouring friends Haworth CC. The Second XI will be at Wide Lane taking on Skipton CI. Up at West End the mighty Thirds will contest with Sutton 2nds.


Recreational cricket in England and Wales was recently done a significant disservice as a result of the Prime Minister giving an answer in the House of Commons, in which he spoke about the cricket ball being the “natural vector”. Quite frankly he was talking about something on which he had not been briefed and as a result gave an answer that set back the attempts being made at all levels to get recreational cricket underway. Thankfully last Friday [3 July] the PM deferred to Professor Chris Whitty and cricket received the ‘green light’ to plan for a return to playing.

Despite the PM’s inadvertent near rail-roading of a return to cricket, strenuous efforts were being made from everybody involved in the recreational game, including the Secretaries of the Craven & District Cricket League and Upper Airedale Junior Cricket Association, and following Professor Whitty’ words on Friday, it now seems that guidance setting out the basis on which Covid-19 adapted cricket will be able to take place will be received imminently.

You can rest assured that your Committee are doing everything they can to ensure that when the guidance is received, your club will be ready and cricket will be played at Oakworth as soon as the guidance allows.

Michael Davison – Secretary – 6 July

  1. The ECB today 2nd July issued further briefing about how recreational Cricket may be able to move forward in STEP 4. ECB confirms the date for resumption remains as EARLY JULY.  It is a large document and requires careful study.

    UAJCA clubs and Administrators should continue to prepare plans for restoring Cricket in STEP 4 which includes the following:

    What will the game look like when it returns?

    ECB Guidance on playing cricket at Step 4 will be released when Step 4 activity is permitted by Government. The core differences to normal play are yet to be confirmed but are likely to be:

    1.Social distancing should be maintained where possible both on and off the field.

    2.Regular cleaning of the ball and of players’ hands in hygiene breaks during play.

    3.People should be using outdoor space as much as possible.

    4.No use of changing rooms arrive ready to play. This means there are changes that need to be made to help run games and manage people using the facility on & off the field of play.

    The document goes on to embrace:

    • Preparing the Grounds
    • People Management & Communication
    • PPE & First Aid

    For full document CLICK HERE

  1. Do not enter the ground more than five minutes before your allocated booking is scheduled to start.
  2. Enter the ground via the top (Frank Woodward) gate.
  3. Do not approach the net area, until the previous booking have left.
  4. Register with the OCC representative on site.
  5. We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
  6. At the end of your session, finish practice immediately and wipe the practice stumps down, with anti-bacterial wipes provided.
  7. Leave the net area and exit the ground via the gate in the top wall immediately.
  8. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  9. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
  10. Toilet Facilities and the Clubhouse will be CLOSED.
  11. Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.

Oakworth CC is pleased to announce the re-opening of its practice nets as a stage in restoration of cricket within the Government Covid-19 regulations.

How to Book the Practice Net

  1. Only one Net will be available and will only be in operation at the times specified. The net is not to be used when “Closed” and the net will be blocked off
  2. In line with the ECB/Government guidelines, each booking will be restricted to members of the same household or a maximum of two people from different households.
  3. There will be a “view only” spreadsheet which you will access via the link provided, which shows you the available slots to book. 
  4. As we have to have 10 minutes between bookings, available slots have been allocated in 20 minute sessions, however, you are entitled to book two consecutive sessions which will provide 50 minutes of practice. 
  5. Only one booking per day is allowed.
  6. In order to book, a request should be made on the Oakworth CC Net Booking Whatsapp group, by providing:  (if you are not on this group please email mjs8271@btinternet.com to request adding)
    1. The date required
    2. The time required
    3. The names of ALL those who will be in attendance
  7. Bookings will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 
  8. Once a request is made, the spreadsheet will be updated accordingly and the booking will be in place.
  9. If for any reason a booking cannot be taken up, please contact Oakworth CC Net Booking Whatsapp group, in order that the booking can be released and made available for others.
  10. Once a request is made, the spreadsheet will be updated accordingly and the booking will be in place.

Rules of operation of the practice facility

  1. Do not enter the ground more than five minutes before your allocated booking is scheduled to start.
  2. Enter the ground via the top (Frank Woodward) gate.
  3. Do not approach the net area, until the previous booking have left.
  4. Register with the OCC representative on site.
  5. We recommend using your own equipment if possible. If equipment is being shared, please follow UK Government’s guidance on the sharing of equipment.
  6. At the end of your session, finish practice immediately and wipe the practice stumps down, with anti-bacterial wipes provided.
  7. Leave the net area and exit the ground via the gate in the top wall immediately.
  8. No saliva or sweat should come into contact with the ball at any time.
  9. Wash hands at home before and after using the outdoor facilities. Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible.
  10. Toilet Facilities and the Clubhouse will be CLOSED.
  11. Only one-to-one coaching is permitted per session.
  12. Abide by social distancing measures at all times.

It is hoped with the Prime Minister’s announcement of a phased plan for the reopening of some businesses, the first possibilities of some normality of life might be returning in the coming weeks. For those of our members that are able to and are considering where to buy your goods and services, please have a thought for those individuals and businesses who have supported our club over many years. Many of these businesses will have been closed. Or if not closed, impacted through the lockdown phase of the pandemic. Therefore, now is the time to show, where you can, your appreciation of the support given to our club by the following:

  • ABV Wholesalers

  • Andrew Pickles (Plasterer)

  • B.C. Sunderland Driver, Accountants

  • Chris Ellis (Tiling)

  • David Brunskill Windows

  • Dualtec (Electrical Engineers)

  • Dyson Doors

  • E. Dobson & Co (Gaskets)

  • Hansons Furnishers

  • Highfield Auto’s Oakworth

  • Jackson’s of Silsden

  • Jack Ellis (Central Heating)

  • L Wood & Co, Insurance Brokers

  • Matt’s Headroom

  • One Stop Shop – Fell Lane

  • Oxford Tyre & Battery

  • Parkinsons Printers

  • Snooty Fox

  • Steve Keighley, Painter & Decorator

  • Tim Brunskill, Electrician

  • Whittaker Animal Feeds

  • William Mitchell (Dairyman)

  • Workout Health


The ECB have today 15th May issued an eleven page document providing guidelines for how some cricket activities can resume. These guidelines are being reviewed, with a view to ensuring that any action the club takes to restart cricket, a) has as its overriding priority the safety of the clubs' members and visitors to the ground and b) is fully compliant with the guidelines. Further updates to be provided.


In light of the recommendation from the ECB [see below], all training organised in the name of OCC is cancelled with immediate effect.


Dear all,


Following the Government’s latest advice around social distancing, it is with sadness and reluctance that we recommend that all forms of recreational cricket are for now suspended.


This extends to training, pre-season friendlies and any associated cricket activity.


Sport plays an absolutely vital role in the nation’s mental and physical wellbeing, and it helps people find meaning where there is fear and uncertainty, so one of our goals in the coming weeks will be to explore ways that we can support some levels of physical activity in communities - particularly at junior levels.


Using our cricket community to support others could be one of the most important services we can offer during the difficult next few months.


It will be critical that any decisions we do make are medically-led. And we will continue to work with Government and their advisors to ensure we are informed by science in our decision making.


Over the coming weeks we will work with the game to understand what support is required across the cricket community, particularly local clubs and leagues.


We understand that countless hours of work from thousands of volunteers have already gone into getting ready for the 2020 season and we know how disappointing this will be. We are thankful for the huge role that volunteers play in local cricket, to ensure the game remains at the heart of communities.


We know that you and your clubs can play an important role in bringing your community together once we get past this period of time.

Unfortunately tomorrow’s AGM is being postponed in view of the uncertainty over whether the cricket season will be starting on time and the potential impact this may have on some of the decisions to be made at the AGM, for example membership prices. Rearranged date to be advised when known.

Committee will be meeting a week tomorrow at the club at 7pm (hopefully) to look at the potential impact on the club on the lines of expenditure (and income), on the working assumption that the Craven League (and UAJCA) season will not be starting as planned.

As soon as we can provide further updates, we will.

Michael Scarborough


Sunday 1 March 2020 from ECB

ECB are undertaking a number of steps to prepare for potential outcomes that an ongoing situation with Covid-19 might bring for the cricket community here in England and Wales.

In conjunction with our partners across the network, we are building contingency plans across a number of possible eventualities.

Our main priorities are to ensure we scope out the landscape for financial, logistical and scheduling implications.

It is difficult for us to be sure of what outcomes the game might be expected to deal with. Therefore, we will continue to plan for the expectation that the season proceeds as normal, but in parallel prepare for a range of scenarios. These could include the possibility of playing matches behind closed doors, or potentially postponing or cancelling elements of the season.

We continue to enjoy constructive dialogue with DCMS and also our commercial and broadcast partners – who match our ambitions to see the game of cricket thrive in 2020 and beyond. We are certain that jointly, we will all come to solutions that best protect those who love cricket, and the game itself.

please remember that the most recent advice is that if a person feels unwell, with symptoms such as a new and continuous cough, they should self-isolate at home for seven days.

Read carefully the advice which can be found here

please remember that the most recent advice is that if a person feels unwell, with symptoms such as a new and continuous cough, they should self-isolate at home for seven days.


As we head towards the 2020 season and after a fantastic indoor non-stop multi ball event last Thursday, next Tuesday 17 March sees the club AGM being held in the club house, starting at 7.30pm.
This is a great opportunity to hear about the past 12 months in the life of the club and the plans for the coming 12 months. It is also an opportunity to get involved in the running of the club and helping to shape the direction that we take going forward.

The bar will be open and it would be great to see as many old and new members as possible.


The attached documents relate to the forthcoming AGM on 17th March. Please CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE to read in advance of the meeting. The documents are the rules and code of conduct that the membership will be asked to vote on at the AGM.


Oakworth Cricket Club is sad to hear that our former player Mark Price has passed away at his home in Calahonde, Spain, where he lived with his parents.

Mark was a former professional footballer with Scarborough Town and a popular local cricketer who had played with Ingrow and Ingrow St Johns as well as at Wide Lane. 

Mark was a member of the 2001 Oakworth Treble-winning team that captured the Craven League Championship, The Keighley Cup and the Wynn Cup that year. He made 97 appearances for Oakworth CC between 2000 and 2004.


Our thoughts are with his family at this saddest of times



Oakworth First Xl start the 2020 season with an away match at Sutton, the Second Xl will be at Home to Skipton CI Firsts. The Third Xl have the first of 3 Home matches in a row against Glusburn 2nds. All matches are on Saturday April 18th. See Team pages.


Oakworth have been drawn Away vs Haworth Road on 10th May in the Wynn Cup. By coincidence our Second team will also play Haworth Road lls at home the following week 17th May in the Cowling Cup. See First Xl or Second Xi for full draws.

Our First Xl will be away at Denholme on 30th June in the new 20-20 Manorlands Plate competition.


Club senior players will start pre-season training at Bradford & Bingley indoor nets on Wednesday 4th March 7:00-8:00pm.


The Oakworth Club is very sad to hear of the passing, after a recent illness, at Oakworth Manor on Wednesday 4th December, of former player, captain, grounds-man and umpire, David Greenwood, aged 78.

David had been a Life Member at Oakworth CC since 1995.

Our thoughts are with his wife Sylvia and their family at this saddest of times.

The Funeral at Christ Church, Oakworth was standing room only on Monday December 23rd and afterwards at the  Oakworth Social Club, for a man who was a true village character.

David sits in the highest esteem at Oakworth Cricket Club and lies fifth on the all-time appearances list with 467 for the club between 1957-1982, and 6th all-time wicket-taker with 414 victims, a truly titanic life-time achievement.

For a short resume of David's playing career at his only club Oakworth CLICK HERE


Saturday 2nd November was the day the club bonfire went up in flames. The traditional bonfire project was a huge success with 100s attending from around the district. The bar staff were run off their feet, the pie & peas all consumed and the firework display was excellent. Just got to clean up now!! [picture courtesy Roger Laird].

The club held a Prize Presentation Night with fabulous musical entertainment from Adare [Adele and Renato]. First Team awards went to  Jordan Powell [Batting], Harry Hollingsworth [Bowling] and Scott Dyson [Fielding]. Bradley Powell dominated the Second Xl awards taking a clean sweep of all the trophies; Batting, Bowling and Fielding. Phenomenal!! The Third Xl winners were Batting - Michael Clayton, Bowling - Elis Jones and Fielding - Dave Picton.

The evening also featured the key Trophy awards with the Frank Woodward Trophy going to Bradley Powell for his match-winning 120 and 4-13 vs Embsay lls at Wide Lane. The Junior Clubman award, the Simon Beetham Memorial Trophy was given to under-17s Captain Lucas Keslinke. The SA Labels Cup was won jointly by Ella Throup [4-19 vs Settle] and Stan Lloyd [3-7 vs GHC in Cup Final] . The Senior award as Clubman of the Year, The William Adams Trophy  was deservedly won for a second time by Andrew Keslinke for his work with the juniors and stupendous kitchen contributions. Congratulations to all our winners.


The club is so proud of these three guys as Craven & District Cricket League prize winners for Oakworth CC in the 2019 season. Firstly Robert Hollingsworth won the Mewies League Fielding Trophy for his phenomenal catching for the First Xl in his best ever season. Secondly his cousin Harry Hollingsworth was awarded the Harold Blackburn Trophy [Donated in 1986 by the Blackburn family to be awarded to the the most outstanding player under the age of 18 and finally Bradley Powell 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 October.


First Xl 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 from Jack Davison [3-15] and Joe Copperwaite [2-24]. Tom Tetley and Dan Scott each scored 40 for the visitors. With the bat Harry Hollingsworth capped a really fine all-round season with 51. Jordan Powell too added in 37 in typical style and Robert Hollingsworth also maintained his best season ever with 24no. We had 14 overs to spare in meeting the target, whilst skipper Joel Gallagher was at teh hospital getting a chipped/broken finger sorted.

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 Bradley 4-13 and skipper Michael 3-10 picking up the lion's share. Top catches from Niall, Charlie and Steve were also significant. Chasing the target of 99 we got off the ground well with Bradley adding another 31 to his impressive tally. Charlie Raby showed his 'Steve Smith' look-alike style to great effect with 25. Loan player Muhammed Abbas was a revelation for one so young and his 2 runs belied a vital defensive display before Sajjad hit the winning runs after almost 30 overs. So relegation was avoided with Embsay [and Haworth] taking the 'drop' instead.


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.


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.


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.


The boys are getting their act together, the result at Crossflatts a forgotten distant memory. The Skipper Joe Gallagher 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 Rob Hollingsworth before the salt was fully rubbed in to league leaders Foulridge by Jordan [58], 16 year-old Lucas [53no] and Jack D [42]. the result a club record league score of 407-7. The job was finished off by 15 year-old Ellis Marshall with 5-76. #Therollbegins



YCB has announced the go-ahead to run some CAG cricket this year. A programme has been put together that is felt realistic to run in the limited time-frame available. The County U-10 age group is to play four games over the course of the next five weeks against as yet unconfirmed opposition. These games are for squads of no more than 26 players to comply with the need to adhere to a "bio-bubble" of no more than 30 including staff. 

UAJCA is delighted to learn that cool guy above, Oakworth'sd own Joe Powell has been invited to participate. Best of luck Joe.


The match programme is:

When Where Opposition
Thurs 6th Aug Church Fenton CC  
Mon 10th Aug East Bierley CC  
Mon 17th Aug Walton CC  
Tues 1st Sept Sherrif Hutton Bridge CC  


Social-distancing guidelines will be in force and so changing rooms will not be open, so boys will need to be appropriately dressed to play and bring their own hand sanitiser to each game.


Oakworth U-11s batted first at a grey-skied Oxenhope and ran in to on-form Eddie Fordham who captured 4-6 in his 3 overs. With Oliver Bija also picking up 2-13 our batsmen struggled to get beyond the 200 start score. Skipper Joe Powell added some normality with a 15 score but he too was out twice to the rampant Fordham. The 195-8 tally looked distinctly vulnerable.


Oakworth U-11s batted first at a grey-skied Oxenhope and ran in to on-form Eddie Fordham who captured 4-6 in his 3 overs. With Oliver Bija also picking up 2-13 our batsmen struggled to get beyond the 200 start score. Skipper Joe Powell added some normality with a 15 score but he too was out twice to the rampant Fordham. The 195-8 tally looked distinctly vulnerable.

But picking up where we left off in 2019, the bowlers and fielders really took the fight to the home side. Freddie Greathead got us off to a cracking start with 1-2 and then dead-eye Phoebe Raby clean bowled two in one over to drag the Oxenhope score downwards. Oxenhope found themselves over 35 runs in arrears but Fordham played straight and his 16 runs helped steady their ship. But the home batsmen then ran into terrific fielding from Freddie Greathead with 2 smart run outs and then Haroon Nazam took a wicket with his first ball to post 2-22, Archie Dobson 1-6 and Logan Scarborough with 1-3 as last pair Bija and Sergent hit out to pull their final score to 183-9.

New Lads Zak Wajid and James Gilibrand made excellent debuts. Overall it was a great from-behind win but more importantly got cricket back on the field.


Oakworth U-13s were the first of the club's junior teams to restart cricket after the Covid-19 lockdown. Whilst not a victorious trip to a strong Crossflatts side, it was a useful first work out for the inexperienced team. Mohammed Saad was a top-scorer with 7 runs and there was a pleasing debut for Riley Collier in our tally of 42-6. With the ball Asim Khan and Tom Raby shone with 2 wickets apiece and there were single scalps for Rayden Smith and Haroon Raja in the face of a strong Crossflatts batting line up including three Taverner-level players.

It was good to get a start and the next match will be at Steeton next Sunday 26th July.


Oakworth CC is very Happy to announce our Non Stop Cricket Event last week raised just over £1,000 a Brilliant effort by all the kids getting sponsored. This will fund Hoodies for all the kids in u9s u11s & u13s teams, which will be ready by start of the season. We are in the process of contacting the lucky prize winners. Huge thanks go to all involved and to the Company's who donated prizes.
                           JACKSON'S OF SILSDEN
                              M's CUSTOM CLEAN
                               BROOK TAVERNER

A Massive Thank You to All involved in our Non Stop Cricket tonight [5th March]. We are currently adding up the sponsorship forms and going through the Guesses for our Winners. We will announce them as soon as we can.
I can say that the Kids scored a FANTASTIC 1,563 runs in hour. Well Done.


Junior Training starts this week at Holy Family.
u11s-u13s Thurs 5:30- 6:30pm.
u9s Fri 5-6pm.
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New players more than welcome!!


News from the recent Pathways trials continues to trickle in, and we now hear that elder brother James Powell has again been awarded a place on Pathways. James is building on his career which last year saw him reach Silver Standard in the Pathways process.




Joe Powell also from Oakworth CC has been offered a place on the 2020 Pathways Coaching Programme,  following his recent 6-week trials at York.

Joe's team-mate Harry Robinson has also been successful at the Headingley Centre.

The total UAJCA players gaining places now stands at 13 [up 5 from 2018]




Oakworth CC is delighted to learn that Elis Jones [pictured left with Harry Brook of YCCC]  has been offered a place on the 2020 Pathways Coaching Programme,  following the recent 6-week trials at South Craven. Elis is one of 8 UAJCA players to be offered places.

Well done Elis, the hard work starts now!


Congratulations go to the following seven Oakworth junior players who all received awards at the recent UAJCA Presentation Night: Lucas Keslinke [u17 Keeping], Jake Keslinke [u13 Batting], Jacob Stephens [u13 Keeping], James Powell [u13 Yorkshire Festival Batting], Charlie Jackson [u13 Yorkshire Festival Bowling], Harry Robinson [u9 Batting] and Haroon Nazam [u9 Bowling].

And finally to top all-rounder Charlie Jackson 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.

Brilliant. To view superb photos of all the winners CLICK HERE


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.


Oakworth's 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.

The points 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


Oakworth CC is very proud to see another one of its junior players has been selected for the County squad.

Long overdue, its James Powell after 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.

The under-13s 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 Jake Keslinke [25] and James Powell [21no].

Finally Bradford & 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 Harry Hollingsworth and Subhaan 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.