SILVERWARE CAPTURE CONTINUES
The 2021 Craven & District League
Annual Dinner and Awards Night is now looming and Oakworth Seniors
have added to the trio of Team Cups, The Wynn, The Cowling and
Manorlands Plate with our younger team members backing up the Chairman
Michael. Information available confirms the following individual
First Division batting -
First Division Fielding -
Third Division batting -
Harold Blackburn Trophy -
Don Green Memorial Trophy -
Norman Smith Merit
Trophy - Harry Hollingsworth
F.S. Trueman Ball -
the First XI having captured the Wynn Cup and Manorlands Plate, all eyes
now switched to the T20 Cowling Cup Finals Day at Airedale CC. Oakworth
2nd Xl took their semi-final place and would face Hepworth & Idle lls
in the first match, before Embsay would overhaul the 179-7 posted by Riddlesden in the first semi-final.
Final vs Embay lls
Oakworth took on impressive second semi-final
winners Embsay and on winning the toss inserted the Division Three high
flyers. This time a caught & bowled for Ellis
Marshall removed the dangerous Dom Kay  at 9-1. Two runs later
the equally dangerous Jonno Coward was also out caught by
Steve Powell for the impressive
Tom Raby. Then came the fight-back from
Josh Robinson and Caspar Bean with a 30-run stand but that was broken by
the leg-spin of Bilaal Khan with s mart
catch by keeper-Captain Jack Cawood to
dismiss Bean for 11 at 41-3. But that brought in Ben Davy who with
Robinson changed the complexion. 66 more runs were added before Davy was
out for 29, caught by Jake Keslinke and bowled by
Charlie Raby. Robinson was 52 not out but added only 5 more as he
a victim for Akeel Umar courtesy of the
hands of Tom Raby. Jake Keslinke mopped up
the tail to finish with 3-12 but the entire bowling attack had been
fantastic in restraining Embsay to 126-8.
The loss of Charlie Raby  at 4-1 didnt phase
our batting line up as Bilaal Khan ,
Jake Keslinke , the in-form Matty Lee
[34no] and Ellis Marshall  belied their tender years and with
Steve Powell also on 9 no the target was
reached with 13 balls to spare and just 4 wickets down. It was our
fourth Cowling Cup win, to add to 2006, 2008 & 2015. Superb team work.
Jake Keslinke was adjudged
Man-of-the-Match for his 23 and 3-12.
Semi-Final vs Hepworth & Idle
The 6-man Oakworth bowling attack were arguably
one of the youngest ever fielded with the eldest Ellis Marshall at 18
and the youngest Tom Raby at 13. But they were not in any way overawed
as they tore into the H & I batsmen. And It was the youngest
Tom Raby who started the ball rolling with
the dismissal of Bentley  at 14-1. Bentley's opening partner Davies
 was then smartly run out by Rob Gumbley
at 24-2. The spinners then got into the action with success for
Charlie Raby who cleaned bowled
Bedford at 28-3. Not to be outdone fellow leggie
Subhaan Ahmed joined the fray with a couple of run outs [Haigh -
0 and key man Newell for 20]. Kami-kazee running and desperation had set
in and two more run outs [Dunne 21] for Rob
Gumbley and a third for Subhaan [Mathews 6] left the Hepworth
innings in tatters at 82-7. Only 1 run was added as Dave Mathews was
caught by Ellis for Akeel Umar's wicket and
yet another run out by Rob Gumbley [Moore 0] and Hepworth were all out
for 84 as no 11 Pinkney did not bat. The fielding had been electrifying
with 5 run outs.
The batting chase began badly with Charlie, Jake
and Bilaal all back in the hutch with only 17 on the board.
Matty Lee and Ellis
Marshall stopped the rot at 47-4 when Matty was bowled by Pinkney
for 20 to be followed by a Golden Duck for veteran Steve Powell to leave
the match in the balance at 47-5. When Akeel was bowled by young
Pinkney the alarm bells began to ring [49-6]. But the calm head of Rob
Gumbley [16no] and Ellis Marshall [37no] in a partnership of 35 won the
place in the Final for our boys with 2 overs in hand.
MANORLANDS ADDED TO TROPHY SHELF
Denholme CC were Oakworth opponents in the
final of the 2021 Manorlands Plate T20 competition. Thanks to
Harry Hollingsworth the 'Frogboilers' found
themselves at 43-6 as Harry's 4 overs eventually brought him a
magnificent 5-20 including the wicket of key batsman Toby Priestley. Then no 7 Adam Vaux  combined with Chris Dennison
to add another 50 for their 7th wicket partnership to give their side a
chance of a decent total. That reached 126 after a further 33 came from
Dennison [20no] and Neil Spencer [29no]. Charlie
Shimmin and Tom Fothergill added
wickets to Harry's haul. The Oakworth batsmen chased steadily with
Joel Gallagher ,
Jack Davison , Harry Hollingsworth
 and skipper Rob Hollingsworth [34no]
all pushing the total along. The target was reached with 6 down and 11
balls to spare. Adam Taylor proved the Denholme top bowler with
Earlier Denholme had overcome Division Two
leaders and rivals Gargrave by just 2 wickets. Neil Spencer starred with
3-14 alongside Adrian Shires 2-16 whilst Dieter Kayley led the North
Craven side batting with 29. The Denholme side had an early shock with a
golden duck for danger-man Toby Priestley but the Gargrave 101-8 always
looked vulnerable and Denholme cleared that hurdle with 102-4 with 7
balls in hand. Earlier still hosts Oakworth took on Skipton CI whose top
three made 91 between them in around 16 overs but the pace fell away
slightly to conclude at a still decent 126-5. Jack
Davison grabbed 2-21 whilst young James
Powell again shone with 1-18. With the bat consistently
quick scoring, 43 before a wicket fell, carried Oakworth to 80-4 before
Jordan Powell rediscovered 2018-19 form to
blast 46no from just 10 balls including six 6s and 2 fours. The target
was reached after 76 balls at 132-4. Oakworth would face Denholme in the
COWLING PEGGED BACK BY OAKS
Anything Oakworth CC Second Xi could do was the
wish for the First Xi andbatting first our boys made a challenging 176-9
in their 40 overs. Junior James Powell was
the pivot around which the total was built as his 45 from 88 balls
allowed Harry Hollingsworth to bat freely
and rattle up 56 from 59 balls. Throw in 21no from
Jack Davison and 20 from Mr Reliable Joel
Gallagher with only star bowler Zahid Hussain 5-45 causing
ripples. But at 95-4 after good knocks from was Hussain  and
Martyn Dalby  the Cowling boys were in with more than a chance of
the points. When no 6 Naqi Hassan swung the bat the pendulum swiung
toward the Pinnacle boys. But the breakthrough again came from
James Powell with the key wicket of Hassan
and as Tom Fothergill returned yet another
five-fer [5-41] the Cowling tail was blown away at 154 all out. It was a
sweet reversal of fortune for Oakworth who dented the Cowling
Sadly teh Second Xi and 3rd Xl were both
defeated at Riddlesden and by Skipton CI respectively.
2NDS CRUSH COWLING AMIDST RAIN
Oakworth CC Second Xi continued its recent fine
form when its bowlers wiped out Cowling lls for just 67 all out in under
22 overs. From the moment u13 Captain Tom Raby
and U15 Captain Jake Keslinke opened with
0-8 and 2-4 in their respective 5 over stints, the visitors were under
the cosh. New lad Alec Scott chipped in
2-13 from just 18 balls of which 9 were wides, and then
Matty Lee and Noman
Hassan cleaned up the tail with 3-7 and 2-11 to limit Cowling to
47 from the bat with the 'bonus' of 20 extras.
Batting openers Jake  and
Bilaal Khan  had all but wiped out the
deficit at 50-2 to leave Noman and Rob Gumbley
to finish the job at 69-2 in just 13 overs.
At West End the Third XI were well on top
against Glusburn lls when the match was halted by the rain. But the play
had allowed a fabulous all-round performance for
Sultan Khan who bashed 94 runs and then took 4-33 to leave
Glusburn teetering at 138-5 still needing an unlikely 100 from 13.4
overs to take the points. This was chasing our impressive 237 all out.
Oaks batting had provided excellent support to opener Sultan with
fast-prospering Subhaan Ahmed making 30 and
all-rounder Elis Jones a sterling 55 from
just 54 balls. The side remain just 2 points behind Bradley lls
with 2 matches left to overhaul them.
The First XI did not make a start on potentially
their last ever visit to Shires Lane.
MANORLANDS PLATE FINALS DAY
Oakworth CC is again proud to host the
Manorlands Plate T20 Finals Day on behalf of the Craven & District
League. Proceeds from the day are to be donated to the Manorlands
Hospice at Oxenhope.
The Annual event takes place on Sunday 29th
August, commencing 10:00am with the first semi-final, which features
Oakworth CC versus Skipton CI CC. The Second semi-final between Gargrave
CC and Denholme CC is scheduled for a 1:00pm start, with the Final to be
held at 4:00pm
The club announces the following information for
all prospective spectators and participants:
Gates open from 9:00am. Entry only by main
Games 10:00am, 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
EntryFee: Adult £2 includes raffle tickets,
Breakfasts available from 9:00am to 12
BBQ from 12:00 noon onwards.
Tea, coffee available. Cakes on sale in the afternoon.
Bar open lunchtime onwards
Raffle and tombola
TROPHY HOLDERS AGAIN
Boosted by a triple-win Saturday and having
waited for a semi-final replay and then a week's weather delay, our
First Team boys lined up against Barrowford for the 2021 Wynn Cup Final
at Bingley Congs CC.
The Red Rose side won the toss and chose to bat
but were soon in trouble with the loss of Freddie Bailey  nipped out
by the pace of James Powell and the safe
hands of Lucas Keslinke behind the timbers
at 8-1. Shuja Rashid and Hamid Bushy added another 13 before Rashid was
smartly run out by Jordan Powell to make it
21-2. Bushy wasn't yet off the mark and it was no 4 Aziz Iqbal who
kick-started the Barrowford innings again. The pair carried the knock
passed the 50 but at 51 Bushy was a first scalp for
Harry Hollingsworth courtesy of more safe
hands from Jake Keslinke. Jahangir Babar came
and went at 53-4. and then Aziz' resistance ended with his score on 25
from 27 balls faced. It was Charlie Shimmin
who had his stumps awry at 59-5. In tandem with
Thomas Fothergill, their contrasting pace and off-spin proved too
good for the Lancastrians who crumbled to 63-6, 65-7, 69-8 and 70-9
before the coup-de-grace came from Charlie with an lbw for 10th man
Abdul Mannan . There was a couple of catches for
Bradley Powell and one for the skipper
Rob Hollingsworth. With only 7 extras
allowed by our lads the Barrowford total of 76 all out was 58 down on
their score in the previous day's league encounter. Charlie proved
irresistible with 4-15 from 34 balls whilst Thomas delivered 3-10 from
his 6 overs to end the opposition innings in just 148 balls.
But the match wasn't won yet and a golden duck
for hitherto prolific Bradley, caught behind off Rashid, sent out that
early warning at 1-1. But fear not as Mr Reliable
Joel Gallagher knuckled down to his job along with fast-emerging
Jake Keslinke, the pair adding 30 runs before Joel was lbw to Bailey for
20. Jake ploughed on in company with Harry to add another 19 before Jake
was caught for 17 off 54 balls off Rashid. At 50-3 our boys were well on
course but a 6-ball duck for Jordan, also bowled by Rashid, once again
brought any premature thoughts of an easy win to a halt. But that was to
be the last hiccough as the usually solid Jack
Davison [10no] combined with Harry [22no] to carry us safely over
the line after 28.5 overs. Shuja Rashid had been a real thorn in
our side with 3-11 in 10 overs but the Barrowford back-up wasn't able to
It was a great win by 6 wickets and Skipper
Robert Hollingsworth gratefully received the Trophy in his first year as
Captain, our first Wynn Cup silverware since 2014.
NOT A WICKET FELL
The sublime batting form of
Joel Gallagher and
so evident last week, continued unabated on the last day of July.
Potential Cup Final opponents Haworth Road came to Wide Lane and copped
a real hammering. Quickie
Harry Hollingsworth was a
real menace picking up 5-19 in his 10 overs. James Powell 2-27 and Jack
Davison 2-26 backed his demolition of the Shipley-based side who
recovered mid-innings from 30-6 to 125-7 thanks to Fahrim Khan  and
Andy Gudgeon . But a total of 159 all out was brushed aside in just
110 balls by Joel and Bradley who steamrollered their attack. Joel added
89no to his maiden ton of last week whilst Bradley picked up another 68
from 43 balls to add to his growing reputation. The 160-0 sent a signal
to both the tied semi-finalists.
At Denholme, the 2nd Xl inserted
the 10-man home side and soon had them in difficulty at 11-3. A wicket
each for left-armers Tom
was followed by a smart run-out by
to have them wobbling. Loanee from Long Lee Tom Butterfield rode his
luck, being dropped twice but continued to run out of partners.
3-13 and Charlie Raby
2-32 finished them off with Butterfield last man out for 69,
stumped by Jack Cawood.
But the Denholme total had climbed to just 88 thanks to their loan
player. Charlie played second fiddle to the symphony from Bilaal who
rattled 51 no from 45 balls. Charlie's unbeaten 24 ensured that the
Second Xl also won by 10 wickets with 5 fours and 3 sixes. The record
books are being scoured to see if this is a First.
Confirmed as First Ever.
The closest to a similar event was on 18th August 2018 when the First Xl
defeated neighbours Haworth by 10 wickets and the 2nd Xl defeated their
2nd by 9 wickets. A similar close call came way back in 1927 with a 10 &
9 wicket pair of wins against Braithwaite in the long defunct Keighley &
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES
Yes 24 little hours after
Oakworth were humbled at West Lane, Haworth, the boys returned to the
same ground and smashed 326-6 to dominate the semi-final and reach the
Wynn Cup Final. The amazing turn-round in fortunes was engineered by
openers Joel Gallagher
The pair's opening stand of 168 came in just 137 balls. Bradley fell
with his contribution on 96 given out lbw to Hudson. His knock came at
rapid rate from just 66 balls and included 13 fours an 5 sixes. With a
solid 30 [13 balls] from Bradley's brother
the onslaught continued. At 242-5 the score-line looked pretty good but
a further 61 came from Joel with
 and yet another stand of 23 with
 to post a titanic 326-6. A first ever century was a
marvellous accolade for 33 year-old Joel Gallagher, whose 138no with 26
fours and 1 six out-stripped his unfortunate lbw on 99 two years ago.
His knock sits 17th on the Oakworth all-time high innings list, and
third highest for Oakworth in the Wynn Cup.
All the Haworth bowlers shipped
heavy punishment, the best was former Oakworth junior Ollie Bishop with
2-44 from his 10 overs. Even renowned cricketers Jamie & Damian Rowell
went for 75 runs from their combined 10-4 overs. But the job was not
complete as Haworth strode out to bat. But with Jamie Rowell back in the
hutch at 5-1 caught by Jack Davison for
it was a lot nearer completion than 6 balls earlier. 61 came from James
Roper and Dan Trowers but skipper
halted their partnership with a smart run out. But at 101-6 when Damian
Rowell was neatly caught by keeper
for 14, the challenge looked impossible with 10 per over already
required. If Joel has set up the looming victory it was
who hammered home the final nails. His 6-68 was a testament to his
self-taught off-spinning skills. The Haworth tail wagged and kept the
large crowd entertained until last man Neil Rollins was caught by
for 32 at 214 all out.
The previous day The First Xl
has managed just 104 all out, with no 9
rescuing sever blushes with 40 of the meagre total in the 168th derby.
Damian Rowell returned 4-17 with 2 each for Ollie Bishop and Neil
Rollins. There were also run outs for Bradley and James Powell. The
bowlers did a great job trying to defend with pace-men
& Charlie Shimmin
conceding just 49 from a combined 17 overs.
nipped out 3-30 but Dan Trowers
stayed resolute making 30no to steer the home side to 107-5.
2NDS BEAT HAWORTH TO STAY IN HUNT
A patient 78-ball 38 from
was the cornerstone of Oakworth innings. He was fourth out at 67-4 after
the Haworth bowling had been on top with Thomas Rowell in fine nick with
Charlie Jackson. The introduction of himself by skipper Stuart Jackson
maintained the pressure, unluckily denied a catch from Ellis Marshall,
who was out lbw shortly afterwards. His 1-17 was countered by skipper
, Liam Humphreys
 and the Oakworth total climbed to 140-8. Thomas Rowell was the
Haworth star performer picking up 10-4-23-4 with a fine 2-38 from Danny
Spencer also prominent. A wicket-keeping injury kept Paul Stephens
subdued and so the entry of Stuart Jackson at 28-2 to join Danny Spencer
was a vital point in the Haworth reply. Stuart played himself in but his
8th ball from James Lee was reminiscent of the famous 'Gatting Ball'
stunning everyone as the ball pitched well outside off stump and jagged
bag as Jacko seemingly correctly shouldered arms, only to hear the death
rattle. From 29-3 the Oakworth bowlers were well on top, none more so
than the tireless James Lee
who bagged 5-19 from 10 overs.
had 2-6 and Charlie Raby
wrapped things up with 2-7 and Haworth subsided to 57 all out.
FIRST WIN FOR THIRDS
A disastrous start at
picturesque Airedale Oval had Oakworth 3rds at 19-4. Juniors Subhaan
Ahmed and Elis Jones
combined to rebuild and did a grand job taking the total to 66 when Elis
was caught for a sterling 19 with three 4s. A third junior
Asim Khan was next in the
firing line and he partnered Subhaan to another 57 runs on the tally.
Asim patiently scored 22 from 59 balls on the way to 123-6. The innings
ended at 126-8 with Subhaan
Ahmed unbowed still on 64
not out [81 balls], graced with 6 fours and a six. Skipper
described it as a 'coming of age' knock. Saqib Javaid did most to hold
us up with 3-21. Saqib also proved Airedale second highest scorer with
13 following opener Akram Javed's 22. From 52-3 Airedale fell apart as
[3-24] and Amin Khan
[2-16] took control. Guess who finished the job? Yes it was Subhaan
Ahmed with 4 maidens and 2 wickets!! Airedale were all out for 79 in
34.4 overs and Oakworth had its first win of the 2021 season.
WORTH VALLEY DERBY DAY
Oakworth's First Division
campaign remains on song with the match vs Sutton to be replayed, and this week's
fare is THE 168th WORTH VALLEY
DERBY day on Saturday 24th July. The First Xl will skip across
the burn whilst the 2nd Xl will host Haworth 2nd Xl at Wide Lane. Rob's
lads will have their hands full with James Roper, Jamie Rowell and Oaks
junior Jacob Stephens, whilst Michael's lads will be challenged by Stu
Jackson, Paul Stephens and former Oaks junior Thomas Rowell.
What a great day for local
COVID KNOCKS OUT SUTTON FIXTURE
Oakworth's First Division CDCL
match vs Sutton-in-Craven scheduled for Saturday 17th July is now
POSTPONED due to the impact of the Pandemic.
COWLING CUP START NOW 12:00 NOON
Oakworth's Cowling Cup tie with
Skipton CI will now be brought forward to 12:00 noon on Sunday 18th
July, as agreed with CDCL. This is to enable the rain & covid-delayed
Raleigh Hargreaves Memorial Cup Final for under-15s to be stage that
afternoon at 3pm also at Oakworth. That match will feature Oakworth
against Great Horton Church
WORTH VALLEY SEMI FOR FIRSTS
in the year the Bingley Congs league fixture had been lost to the
weather but the Wynn Cup Final was set to make up for it. The team was
depleted with the loss of Bradley and Steve [holiday] and 2nd teamers
Charlie Raby, Akeel Umar and Michael Scarborough were drafted in to face
the former table-toppers. At 19-3 the Congs needed to dig in but only
found the hole getting deeper.
1-27 continued their fine weekend
form before the highest stand of the innings  came from Neil Copping
 and Jamie Teals . But then
Tommy 'The Tweak'
his aces and with 5-11 the Congs were routed for 62 all out, no 7 Matty
Roberts stranded on 9no. As on Saturday batting wasnt easy and Harry
Greenhalgh 2-12 and Neil Copping 3-12 exploited the pitch well. 17 runs
from Jake Keslinke,
11 from Harry and a welcome 19 from
Jordan Powell was enough to
lead us to 63-5 in the 18th over. Our reward is an away semi-final
across the burn with Haworth for a place in the Final. Tasty...
DOUBLE OVER HEPWORTH
roller-coaster of the First Xl season took another turn upwards vs
Hepworth & Idle but it was yet again in the balance of a tense finish. A
first innings tally of 117 all out was going to be a severe challenge
against a team which defeated our boys at Wide Lane back in May. The
meagre total owed much to 15 year-old
who brilliantly held up the Hepworth attack for 71 balls, top-scoring
with 39. He shared a 53 run stand with Skipper
Earlier opener Bradley
Powell pummelled 27 before 7
wickets fell for single scores. Hepworth youngster Harvey Matthews did
the damage with 5-22 in 31 balls. And then our young bowlers got to work
with James Powell
2-13 and Harry Hollingsworth
4-23 leading the way. At 40-5 we were well in control but that lad
Matthews pillaged 29 in a s many balls and the score shot up to 86-7
when he was out. But no10 Mark Harland really cranked up the tension
with 14 runs after debut boy
nicked his first scalp at 95-9. A run out by Harry sealed the Hepworth
fate at 109.
The Second Xl were alos
seeking to reverse the earlier result.
and James Lee
both struck early and then
and Sajjad Razak
got in on the act to have the visitors at 69-5 after Jacob got the prize
scalp of McEvoy. But the fall of Mike Newell, run out by debutant
was a killer blow and their innings subsided to 107 all out.
Cracking bowling from Jacob 2-16 and Akeel Umar 2-12 were notable. The
Grimm, sorry Lee
opened up but Matty was soon back in the hutch. James went on to make 25
and at 29-3 a close game was on the cards. A solid stand of 37 by
Charlie and skipper Michael
Scarborough got us back on
track at 66-4. The Hepworth spin twins of Harry Pinkney and Mohammed
Abdullah then turned the screw and even Michael's assault was stymied
for a while. He eventually fell for 39 at 98-6 and then a by-then
settled-in Noman blasted 20 no to seal a 4 wicket win with over 10 overs
drubbing of Foulridge paled into the past as the Firsts threw away a
match that should have been won twice over. With the ball the two
ripped out the top order and ere long had Wilsden at 44-7. Enter Hasnat
and Khawar Bukhari who took advantage of our bowing changes, adding 62
for the 8th wicket. The good work from the openers Powell [3-20] & Lee
[2-21].and from spinner Tom
Fothergill [3-39] was
over-shadowed. Nevertheless the Wilsden tally of 139 all out should not
have presented any problems. At 37-3 there was still no reason to fret
and even at 102-6 the alarm bells were only just warming up.
had top scored with 28 and
Jordan Powell had regained a
little form with 19. With 2nd teamers
and Jake Keslinke,
relatively fresh from a 200 stand, the win was still more likely for our
boys. Matty copped a duck but Jake and Tom proceeded calmly adding 23
with just 3 runs needed for victory. Tom was caught for 16 leaving Jake
on 19 no with last man Jimmy Lee. The pair added just 1 before Jimmy was
caught for a duck and unbelievably we had lost by 1 run! Chris Longley
[4-45] and Khawar Bukhari [3-40] had stuck at their task and trumped our
earlier good bowling work. Top Hepworth bowler was opener Jenkins 2-15
and Pinkney 2-42.
BACK IN THE HUNT
strong form-line continued against basement club Foulridge at Wide Lane.
An opening stand of 117 from
 and Joel Gallagher
 came up in rapid time and the pressure was maintained by
 and James Powell
[52no]. Foulridge used six bowlers but couldn't halt our juggernaut
which carried us to 329-5. Our bowlers revelled in the cushion of so
many runs and seven turned their arm in rotation. Harry was the pick
with 3-21 whilst Joel finished off the Lancastrian's reply with 2-2 in
10 balls. Ellis Marshall
tried out his bowling after his injury break and took 1-7 in 3 overs.
James again impressed with 1-6 in 12 whilst
the 'Tweak' Fothergill
was again as solid as ever conceding just 26 in 10 overs. The team, now
moves up to third place and following the defeat of Congs by Haworth are
now again part of the title shakedown. Next up Wilsden at Home.
The Second Xi enjoyed their
day off but the Thirds cam a cropper at Gargarve, losing by a massive
190 runs. Gargrave owed everything to Tony Spensley who bashed 10 fours
and 10 sixes in his titanic 140.
Sultan Khan plugged away to
take 3 wickets but like all our bowlers conceded plenty. Their tally of
268-6 was out of reach and we crumpled to 78 all out although it was
again pleasing to see back-in-harness
as top-scorer with 21, just ahead of
trip across the valley to Ingrow proved a 3-pointer for our boys but a
poor day for Ingrow. Batting
first, two early wickets for Mohammed Arshad set us back before Bradley
Powell  and Harry
Hollingsworth  restored
some solidity. Another good 17 from
in probably his best position at no 5 augured well and
continued his finer form with another 41.
matched co-junior James with 17 and despite little tail-wagging we
tallied 161 all out. All the Ingrow bowlers took wickets with Arshad
impressive with 3-22 from 10 overs. But then the Ingrow wheels came
completely off with 4 ducks at the top of the order and 5 at the bottom.
Only Tom Tetley  and Wayne Exley  troubled the scorer. The
collapse resulted in 29 all out as our two bowlers made hay.
picked up an amazing 6 for 8 in 34 balls whilst young
took the others for 19 runs in 5 overs in the 132 run win.
No such outcome for the
Second Xl though as Thornton opener, returnee Rob Foster blasted
10 fours and 5 sixes in his titanic 98. He shared a 134 run stand with
David Holt  and with backing from Jonny Martin and Mark Laycock we
faced a 223 total for the second time. Leggie
again underlined his value to the team with 5-50 whilst his impressive
younger brother Tom
claimed 2 for 42 opening the bowling. But the irrepressible Laycock
dobbed in 5-14 from his 10 over stint. With Ian Holden also frugal with
3-10 in his 10 we could only scrape 111-8. The skipper
was again not out on 39.
At Sandy Lane the Congs
Thirds were under the cosh from 'offie'
[4-21] and Taz Khan
[2-21] and skipper Keith Gilert smelled a first win of the season. Congs
ended at 111 thanks primarily to Andrew Greenwood's 48 before Amin Khan
[3-29] cleaned up the tail.
Sultan Khan kicked us off
with 15 and with solid contributions from
 and Elis Jones
 we were very much in the hunt. Andrew Copping usually takes wickets
but this week it was only 3 as we zeroed in on the win. But the loss of
middle order put the tail under pressure and they responded well with 13
from Amin Khan
and 9 from last man, keeper
Steve Cox with 9. But we
fell shy by 9 runs. We'll never know if the first-ball Mankadding of
young junior  Mohammed
Saad by the Home Captain
Simon Webster had been withdrawn whether we might have edged over the
YOUNG GUNS OUST 'FORD FROM CUP
Oakworth's bowlers [all juniors] produced a scintillating performance in
Round 2 of the Cowling Cup. Barrowford were held at 86-9 with top gun
Jacob Davies bagging 3-12. He had great back up from Akeel Umar [2-19],
Tom Raby [2-22] and Ellis Marshall [1-17] . The runs were knocked off
with 8 balls in hand. Top scorers were Bilaal Khan 23, Matty Lee 23no
and Jake Keslinke 12.
WYNN CUP WIN OVER DENHOLME
Burkill led the Denholme batters to 142 all out. Their total was
limited by Jack Davison
with 7--1-24-4 who had strong support from youngsters
2-4 and James Powell
2-33. The Denholme knock was all over in the 32nd over. Our openers
 and Bradley Powell
 gave us another good
start with 56 for the first wicket. It was the skipper
who picked up their momentum with 31 no and the target was reached in
29.5 overs with 5 wickets down.
TWO HUNDRED PLUS FOR 1STS & 2NDS
latest and last fixture at Wide Lane between Oakworth and Embsay
unfolded with a terrific 97 from teenager
His blistering knock with 13 fours and 4 sixes took Oakworth from 21-1
to 171-2. His
who moved up the order to pick up a 57 [7 fours, 2 sixes] score. But
only Jack Davison
from the rest with 19no offered any further push to the innings which
nevertheless concluded on 217-9. Arslam Hussain 4-21 and Ben Davy 3-52
did most of the damage. Embay opener Joe Holt put in 55 to their cause
along w1th Mohsin Saghir 34, to take the visitors on to 107-2. The top 3
were all removed by promoted Charlie
Shimmin who returned 3-30 from his 10 overs.
Number 6 Jack Kitching held the reply together and kept his team in the
hunt but Jack Davison
and the Powell
claimed the scalps to limit and end their challenge at 195 all out. Jack
finished with 3-24, James 2-23 and Bradley 2-47.
Over at Cowling the bright
sunny weather suited Matthew
as they shared a 201 stand for the second wicket.
had gone for 10 but the chanceless innings of the pair was joyous to
behold. Matty claimed his second career century of 110no whilst Jake,
despite some scoring confusion pocketed 97no on the way to a massive
241-1. A dispirited Cowling batting line up failed to fire and subsided
to 122 all out. Attack leader was
with 4-for, backed up by wickets for Bilaal ,
 Jake  & Elis Jones
. Their efforts were
supported in exemplary style by keeper
who smartly took home 3 stumpings in his quality display. A whopping 119
run win boosted or run-rate and pushed us back up to 3rd place in the
Sadly, by contrast the Third
Xl had a tough day at the office, facing Glusburn lls. A 39 all out had
no-one in double figures as the four-man Glusburn attack picked up
wickets regularly throughout the innings of 24.4 overs. 8.2 overs
later the South Craven side were on their way home with the points, not
having lost a wicket.
The trip to Barrowford provided our
first defeat of the season. At 120-8 the home side looked on the ropes
but Farooq and Mudassar pushed their total on to 170. Skipper Rob used 7
bowlers with Harry and Bradley each nabbing a brace. Bradley was also
joint top-scorer with Lucas on 25. With a number of players absent
elsewhere Jake, Bilaal and Stevie were drafted in to help but we
finished well short on 107 all out, Rashid taking 4 for 6
At Home the 2nds entertained Division leaders
Embsay 2nds. Michael lost the toss and we were inserted on a damp deck.
Gareth Marshall made his first appearance
for 5 years to hopefully bat with his son Ellis
on his 18th birthday. It didn't happen. But Ellis celebrated a top
score of 31 in a disappointing knock of 107-8. 17 Year old Henry Ellison
picked up a five-for. Former Oakworth player Gareth Wooler found it hard
to score but partner Caspar Bean got into the 30s. But the telling knock
came from Dom Kay who rapped three sixes in an over to propel the
Skipton side to victory by 7 wickets.
The Third Xl faced Keighley llls at West End. It too proved unsuccessful. A poor batting display was
brightened only by the return of
who made 10 and the debut for
57 all out was unlikely to disturb Keighley but Subhaan did nip in with
a wicket before the visitors cruised to the win in 12 overs.
2NDS STUN GLUSBURN FIRSTS
No dressing rooms, no drinks, no
snacks were on the menu at sunny Glusburn, but our 2nds devoured the
points in a cracking match at Park Field. Batting first regular openers
 and Charlie Raby
 gave us a steady platform of 51 for the first wicket. A fifty run
partnership for Michael
 took the tally passed 150, the skipper finishing on 59no. 156-6
was posted despite tight bowling from Irfan Khaliq with 10-4-14-1.
Glusburn newbie Zaheer Abbas chipped in 10-2-35-2.
Dangerman Matt Lloyd opened
and was in form. He was also dropped twice on the way to 60 before
induced a catch to Michael at gully. Lloyd had though consumed 74
balls. At the 30-over mark, Glusburn required 42 to win, with 4 wickets
down and strong favourites to take the points. But our bowlers and
fielders responded superbly, giving absolutely nothing away. There were
huge contributions from Jake
Keslinke conceding just 30
from his 10 overs and Sajjad with 29 from his 9. Leggie
had gained the breakthrough wicket of Iain Beattie and posted 2-22 from
his 5 overs. But it was
Charlie Shimmin [1-35] and
[1-22] along with Jake that kept Glusburn under the cosh. Desgranges &
Parkin were penned back tallying just 21 from their combined 76 balls as
the pendulum swung our way. The penultimate over was reached with the
Home side still needing 22 to win. Charlie Shimmin snuffed out any hope
conceding just 1 run and Josh finished the job in style. The
enthusiastic out-fielding produced two excellent run outs, the only
blemish was the catching as four chances were spilled. The team now move
up to second place in the Division.
may have scored 24 against Sutton but he and his team-mates would not
have realised it was Joel's 250th First Xl league appearance for
Oakworth. Joel has made a total of 326 appearances in all competitions
for Oakworth First Xl, scoring 5,231 runs since his debut in 2004. Its a
fantastic achievement which places him 8th on the all-time First Xl
appearances list. His tally is just 5 fewer than 7th placed Steve
CHAIRMAN's MESSAGE RE SUBSCRIPTIONS
JAMES, TOM, LIAM & HARRY SEE OFF SUTTON
Great to see a lot of
you back at the club and cricket being played or training
A number of you have
already been keen to pay your subs and asking for details so
thank you for this.
We as a committee are
keen to improve our existing facilities and have projects in the
pipeline to do this and membership supports these improvements.
Subscriptions are as
Full playing member
Junior aged 5 or
under at 1st May 2021 - free
Junior aged 6 or 7
at 1st May 2021 - £5 includes 1 x parent social member
Junior up to school
year 7 - £20 includes one social membership, any additional
adult family members to pay social membership of £5
Junior school year 8
and above - £25 includes one social membership, any
additional family members to pay social membership of £5
Student full time
higher education - £25
Social - £5
OAP (65 and over) -
Match Fees are also
payable as follows and will be collected on each match day.
Your support in paying
subs is appreciated so we can continue to reap the benefits from
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can identify the member. Thank you in anticipation.
Young opening bowler James
Powell removed both Sutton openers at 43-2. He went on to pick up a
third scalp in a good day with the ball with 3-19 in 8 overs. He also
grabbed a run out at 103-7. Tom Fothergill continued his fine run taking
out the Sutton middle order and his 10-1-35-3 broke the back of their
innings. Harry Hollingsworth finished the first half job job with 2-36.
Sutton had posted 139 all out in the 37th over. With Bradley Powell out
at 31-1 and Joel Gallagher at 49-2 it was game on. But it didn't prove
that way as an unbeaten 93 run stand from now finding his feet Liam
Humphreys  and all-rounder Harry Hollingsworth  comfortably took
the points with 64 balls in hand. Three out of three with next week's
Worth Valley derby looming is a great start.
The Second Xl lost an early
wicket but the immense potential of Bilaal Khan and Jake Keslinke shone
through in a 4 per over partnership of 124. Jake was first to fall for a
stylish 48 [8 fours] off 69 balls. Two balls later, Bilaal who had
ridden his luck with three dropped catches from Sutton also went with 67
from 82 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes. At 128-3 a decent score was a
distinct possibility and Charlie Shimmin  and Captain Michael
Scarborough  added 90 more without further loss to post 218-3.
It was time for 13 year old Tom Raby to make his senior debut and what a
debut it was. His pace, line and length were exemplary and his 1st
senior wicket [Wallace] was well deserved in his 8-5-14-1. Only George
Blackwell troubled Oakworth five bowlers with a sterling 65 in an
otherwise average batting display from Sutton at 129-9. The four other
Oaks bowlers: both Charlies, Elis and Matty each bagged a brace.
The view from Golden View at the
break may have been looked on as a little Tarnished, facing a chase of
250 after Long Lee lls were led by Steve Tempest  and Phil Atkinson
. But the positives taken were the tidy bowling from youngsters
Mohammed Saad [0-38] and Asim Khan [0-41] in the face of the onslaught.
But our gallant Thirds batsmen gave it a go, superbly marshalled by
Captain Gilert with an amazing 15 fours and 2 sixes in his 82 no.
Mohammed opened the batting and chipped in a very encouraging 34 [7
fours] to the eventual 163-2 reply. A defeat but lots to be pleased
about and a successive score in excess of 150.
JACK & LUCAS EDGE FIRSTS HOME
Another excellent performance
with the ball had visitors Hepworth & Idle all out for 124 at a sunny
Wide Lane. Bowlers James Lee 3-27 and Tom Fothergill 3-27 set the
stage for Jack Davison to clean up the tail with 4-10 in just 4 overs of
his leggies. Only H & I keeper Luke Harland with 33 troubled the attack.
But a disastrous start with the bat had our tally at 51-7. Enter Lucas
Keslinke to partner form-man Jack and a 64 run stand bridged the gap to
115-8 before Jack was out for 32 [five 4s and a six]. Lucas had 8
boundaries in his eventual 42no with James on 3no as we got over the
line with 2 wickets in hand in the 31st over.
The Second Xl had the shackles
on H & I 2nds for much of their innings. At 62-6 with a man also retired
hurt a sub-3 figure score was on the cards but 17 year old Harvey
Matthews chipped in a run-a-ball 42no and with his dad Dave  added
41 for the 8th wicket. Josh Kiteley found a good line and had a great 10
over spell taking 4-15 but an injury to Jake Keslinke after just 3 overs
didn't help but Charlie Shimmin did get back into action with 2-37. The
H & I 137 was still within reach but at 33-4 the pendulum had swung
towards the Home side. Charlie  dug in for 54 balls and a late
effort from Jake with an excellent 21 and some tail-wagging from Elis
and Jack could take us only to 111 all out and a 26 run loss. Dave
Matthews 4-16 was telling and 3-37 for young 'offie' Harry Pinkney
sealed the loss.
The Third Xl were the first
league visitors for H & I new Third Xl. The H & I top order carried
themselves to 140-4 and a large score looked on the cards. Matt Davies
 and Dan Moore  did most damage. But opening bowler Dave Picton
stuck at it and grabbed 4-49 to halt their progress, backed by a
brace from Amin Khan. Nevertheless the 175-7 was a stiff target. But a
good knock of 28 from skipper Keith Gilert set the tone and Keighley
loanee Zahid Bashir live up to his name with 47 in 49 balls to pave the
way for a cracking 34 from Steve Cox. This all added up to a game
riposte that came to an end at 158 all out with 9 balls left. It was a
really entertaining match that just might have produced a win, but the
bowling of Azami 3-8 and Moore 3-38 made the difference.
DOUBLE WIN START 17th April
The First Xl demolished the
Wilsden bowling attack with a dominant batting display. The tone was set
by opener Bradley Powell with 72. The huge total of 289-7 was boosted by
an unbeaten stand of 88 between Jack Davison  and Lucas Keslinke
. The batsmen's top work was backed up with 5-22 from Tom Fothergill
and a brace of wickets each for Harry Hollingsworth and James Powell.
Wilsden were all out 94. It is now 15 matches since the First Xl lost a
match on 24th August 2019.
The Second Xl also started with
a win after restricting Wilsden ll to 129-5 with 3 wickets for 13 from
Charlie Raby. A steady innings of 32 from back-in-harness Bilaal Khan
was brought to fruition by skipper Michael Scarborough who ended on 49
no. Oakworth reached 130-4 in 37 overs.
CHAIRMAN's PRE-SEASON NEWSLETTER
Chairman Michael Scarborough
again welcomes all friends old and new to Oakworth Cricket Club in 2021.
His pre-season welcome and comments are attached ...
CRAVEN LEAGUE CUP DATES CHANGED
The Craven & District League have switched the Cowling Cup Semi-Finals
and Final to Sunday 22nd August to allow Airedale CC more duty
personnel. Accordingly the Manorlands Plate Finals day will now be held
at Oakworth CC on Sunday 29th August.
2021 FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
The Craven & District League have announced a 'back to normal' programme
of 2021 fixtures.
fixtures are now available on this website and on
Play-Cricket. Oakworth First Xl will start the season on
17th April with a trip to Wilsden CC, whilst the Second
Xl will also play Wilsden at Wide Lane. The Third Xl
have no fixture on that date.
confirmation from Cowling that they have conceded
Saturday's fixture at Wide Lane, and advice that
Bingley Congs would not be fulfilling their final
fixture with Oakworth [following a positive Covid-19
test for one of its members], OAKWORTH CC are now
winners of the 'B' Group.
great achievement for Captain Robert Hollingsworth' and
his young team in his first year at the helm of the