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CONGRATULATIONS JOEL 1st May

Former Captain Joel Gallagher 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 Hartley.

Congratulations Joel.


JAMES, TOM, LIAM & HARRY SEE OFF SUTTON 1st May

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 [47] and all-rounder Harry Hollingsworth [50] 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 [51] and Captain Michael Scarborough  [35] 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 [94] and Phil Atkinson [77]. 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 24th April

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 [15] 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 [15] 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 [50] and Dan Moore [40] 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 [65] and Lucas Keslinke [39]. 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 ... NEWSLETTER


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.


SENIOR 2021 FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

The Craven & District League have announced a 'back to normal' programme of 2021 fixtures.

The 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.


COVID-B CHAMPIONS

Following 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.

Its a great achievement for Captain Robert Hollingsworth' and his young team in his first year at the helm of the senior side.

FLATTS EDGED OUT

16 years-old batsman Bradley Powell led from the front for Oakworth 1sts to a competitive total of 144-9 with a cracking 74 which included six 4s and six 6s. He had great support from Jack Davison [20] and Harry Hollingsworth [21]. Mo Shannawaz picked up 3-23 for the visitors. Josh Brooksbank turned out Flatts top scorer on 29 with 21 for Vijay Amirtharaj. But their chase was held in check [just] by Harry with 5-36 and Tom Fothergill 4-37 to win by just 3 runs.

The following day at wide Lane for a change Oakworth 3rds played Keighley llls and it was little brother [14] Jake Keslinke's turn to hit the heights with his first fifty [52] in senior cricket. New lad Akeel Umar also put bat to ball with 27 no and helped carry our boys to 112-8. But Keighley's 2nd Xl skipper boosted his team with 50no and they reached the target with 7 overs in hand and 4 wickets down; 2 of them to fast progressing Elis Jones [2-22]. Mohammed Saad also took his first wicket for Oakworth.


151 NOT OUT FOR LUCAS

Oakworth's 17 year-old wicket-keeper-Batsman Lucas Keslinke [pictured with YCCC Chief Exec Mark Arthur] completely dominated the scorecard for the Third Xl against Denholme 2nds with an amazing 151 not out from a team total of 160-3 in 25 overs before the rains came in earnest on Saturday.

His 94-ball innings included 19 sixes and 6 fours to all corners of the West End ground, at a stunning strike rate of 160. His younger brother Jake was second highest scorer with 5.

Had the weather not intervened and put paid to the match its likely that Lucas would have gone to overtake the Third Xl highest innings of 163 by Ben Fothergill in 2011 vs Pendle Forest llls.

Lucas' previous highest score was 57 back in 2017 but his 151 at 94.4% of the total is far and away the most dominant innings ever played in Oakworth colours and had echoes of the league's highest ever score of 264 also at West End by Jason Lockley of Oakworth back in 1996.


JAMES SETTLES DERBY LOW SCORE THRILLER

Neighbours Haworth batted first at a shower-plagued Wide Lane and the early dismissal of their talisman batsman Jamie Rowell for just 4 runs set them on the back foot. Oaks trump bowling card proved to be Tommy "the Tweak" Fothergill who came away with an amazing 6-10 in 27 balls!! The Haworth progress was dilatory as a spongy wicket ruled the roost. Their total of just 60 all out looked woefully inadequate. But cricket remains "a funny old game" as Oakworth found themselves at 12 for 4 and also struggling to get the ball off the square. Home skipper Robert Hollingsworth calmly settled things down but it was 14 year-old 1st Xl debutant James Powell who grabbed the innings and game by the scruff mixing solid defence with well placed scoring shots. Yorkshire squad-member James rattled off 6 fours to post 29 no and with his captain Robert [20no] the pair carried Oakworth to victory with an unbeaten 51 stand at 63-4 in 20.5 overs.

#The future is bright


CONGS BRUSHED ASIDE AS 2nds EDGED OUT

Charlie Raistrick [35no] and Jamie Teale [26] proved the major obstacles to Oakworth' run of wins, but their efforts were far too little to come close. Harry 2-21 and Tom 2-25 with Jimmy, Bradley and Jack D bowled far too economically as Congs made 117-5. Oakworth openers Joel [36 no] and Bradley [17] posted a partnership of 45 to set up what turned out an easy victory, despite the loss of Harry. Jordan finished the job inside 19 overs with 41 which included 5 sixes and 2 fours and a 118-4 response. Steve Broughton picked up three of our wickets but was despatched for 50 runs in his 9 overs.

Meanwhile at Wide Lane the 2nds founds scoring difficult in the face of tight bowling on a difficult wicket from Thornton's Ian Holden [1-15], David Wolfe [2-8], Liam Walker [4-25] before accuracy from Mark Laycock [2-39] kept our final tally to 90-9 thanks primarily to a sterling knock of 41 from skipper Michael. James Powell was the only other batsman in double figures and both he and the captain were caught trying to accelerate from the sluggish start. And it was Laycock who proved the thorn in our side with 36no having shared a vital 38 partnership with Walker. Loan player Ollie Bishop proved an inspired choice as opening bowler with 2-11 in 7 overs whilst leggie Charlie picked up 2-20 to add to his growing tally of 2020 CDCL wickets. New lad Akeel Umar fitted in nicely as the bowling attack bowled well with a slippery ball due to the copious sanitizer. Thornton reached their target with 4 down after 28.4 overs.

The Third Xl conceded the mis-match with a strong First Xl Glusburn as an unfair fixture.


30 WICKETS FOR OAKS FOR ONLY 130 RUNS

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.


RESTART MADE

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.


REST IN PEACE PRICEY

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


DAVID GREENWOOD

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


CLUB BONFIRE SUCCESS

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].

 

CLUB PRIZE WINNERS 2019
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.


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 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.
JUNIOR CLUB NEWS
COMING UP SOON...

10th May  under-15 away to Bradford & Bingley [Cup]

10th May  under-11 home to Long Lee [Cup] 6:30pm

12th May  under-15 away at Earby, 6:30pm

13th May  under-11 away at Steeton, 6:30pm

14th May  under-13 home to Harden, 6:30pm

16th May  under-9 away at Harden, 10:00am


UNDER-9s v SETTLE POSTPONED

The under-9s match v Settle scheduled for 9th May is postponed due to a waterlogged ground.


MATCH REPORTS.

A much improved batting display from Oakworth under-13s at Steeton resulted in a sterling posting of 100-5. Ollie Thompson [26] hit top form with strong contributions from Jack Judson [21no] and Logan Scarborough [16]. The bowling didn't quite match the batting phase as a strong Steeton top four passed our total without loss. Nevertheless there were frugal spells from Jack and Danny Snowden.


OPENING MATCHES.

Oakworth under-13s visited Crossflatts and copped a 36-run defeat. The home side posted 108-1 with our boys tallying 72-9. Tom Raby proved the best on show with 25no and he had backing from Logan Scarborough with 13.

The under-15s though found their feet with a thumping win against neighbours Oxenhope, who posted 88-2. Jake Keslinke 38 and Jacob Stephens 37 helped knock them off in just over 9 overs at 89-0.



MAGNIFICENT SEVEN OAKWORTH LADS IN REGIONAL SQUADS

Oakworth CC is delighted to have learned from YCB that Joe Powell has again been selected by North Yorkshire for their under-11 squad.  Harry Robinson again makes the West Yorkshire under-11 squad and this year is joined by Haroon Nazam. James Powell, Jacob Stephens & Waleed Raja have also been selected for the under-15s squad [sadly no picture].

Tom Raby's left-arm bowing has impressed the coaches and he too has made the under-13 squad.

Well done boys, the hard work is underway, no room for slacking now!!


JUNIOR 2021 FIXTURES RELEASED

UAJCA fixtures have now been released and are available on this site and on Play-Cricket.

The under-18s team is to play four fixtures using the HUNDRED format, followed by six matches using the T20 format, which will also apply in the William Spencer Cup competition.

The Under-15 league will operate in one Conference of 12 teams, providing 11 fixtures each. The team will be a hybrid of Oakworth and Harden players with 3 matches at each venue. First up are Oxenhope at Wide Lane.

At under-13 the usual two-conferences [North & South] will apply with 10 fixtures each. The opening match will be on Sunday 2nd May against Crossflatts at Ryshworth Park.

Pairs cricket begins with the under-11s at Home to Crossflatts on Thursday 6th May. The younger brigade, the under-9s will draw stumps against on the following Sunday [9th] against Settle.

The popular UAJCA Festival will again be staged on Sunday 20th June for u9, u11 & u13 teams in new format with more teams.

UAJCA TRIALS MOVED OUTDOORS

Following the announcement that indoor training will not be permitted until 17th May, UAJCA has switched the venue for its annual trials from South Craven School to the excellent outdoor Nets facility at Bradford & Bingley CC. on 18th April.

Invitations to trial will be emailed to prospective UAJCA representative squad members  within the next 10 days

Time Age-Group Selectors
09:00-10:30 under-10 Alex Haworth & Chris Cummings
10:30-12:00 under-11 Andy Galley & Chris Cummings
12:30-14:00 under-12 Mark Stoneman & Tony Fordham
14:00-15:30 under-13 Robin Youngman & Malcolm Birks
15:30-17:00 under-15 Ji Mukherjee, Andy Keslinke & Jim Lampkin

UAJCA SEES INCREASED NUMBERS IN 2021

Oakworth CC like all other Cricket clubs is anxiously waiting to see how successful the current Lockdown arrangements turn out, in the hope that a reasonably normal cricket season can follow. Oakworth remain optimistic and have provisionally entered all age-groups in UAJCA, who report a possible 61 teams for 2021. UAJCA will include new club Long Lee at u-9 & u-11 bringing Association membership to 17 clubs.

At the recent UAJCA Annual General meeting all last year's there was indication of  a return with increased numbers of teams at most clubs. #Getthebuzzback

11 February 2021


HAT-TRICK FOR HAROON

Oakworth' Haroon Nazam again added to his growing UAJCA bowling reputation in the under-11s Cup tie at neighbouring Haworth. This time the young bowler picked up a hat-trick, dismissing three Haworth batsmen in a row, firstly with a smart caught & bowled followed by a couple more clean bowled.

Last season he made a real mark taking four wickets in the Pairs Cup Final against Steeton to help the Sharks lift the Cup and complete a league & cup double. Of course he went on to also take the under-9s League bowling prize as well!

Well done again Haroon..... follow that!!

20 August 2020


UNDER-13s EDGED OUT OF CUP BY STEETON

 

Mohammed Saad and Tom Raby took guard first at  a gloomy Steeton and posted 22 runs, 12 to Tom, bowled by Hutchinson. At 31-2 Harron Raja was also out bowled by Pothecary for 5. Asim proved solid and steady, anchoring the innings. But at 43-3 Muhammed was run out for 14. Jack Judson and Asim found the going tough as the Steeton bowlers found their lengths. Asim found his form and five boundaries were added to his cautious start and he retired on 26. Jack ended with 9no with Rayden also not out with 2 in team total of 85-3.

 

Nathan Joseph took 12 from Jake's over and kick-started their innings, adding 50 with Harry Atherton who copied the Asim approach. Joseph retired on 26 from 27 balls but soon Atherton departed for 18 bowled by Saad. Then no 3 Gledhill was out for 1 caught by Tom for Zach Albone at 56-2. Steeton needed 30 to win and our lads smelled a small chance. But Smith [11no] and Hutchinson [19no] combined to clinch the win with 23 balls to spare at 87-2. They will progress to face GHC whilst our lads will take on Sutton at Royd Hill next Sunday in the Plate.


UNDER-9s TOO STRONG FOR YOUNG BARLICK

 

Our fast developing under-9s travelled over to West Craven's Victory Park and bowled first in the Post-Lockdown Cup 1st round. The Home side very a very young and inexperienced team and found our accurate bowling difficult to contain. They did manage a total of 19 runs but lost 10 wickets including 3 run -outs. Opening bowler Arthur Moses proved most penetrative with 2-2 with wicket each for Jack, Jess, Leo, Jacob and Zak. Barnoldswick posted 169-10.

 

Our batting also took full toll on the Barlick bowlers who stuck at their task admirably.  Openers Leo [11] and Jacob [10] set the tone in style to be followed by Zak [4] in tandem with Charlie [8]. Arthur [2] and Jess [5] also kept their wickets intact. Final experienced pairing Jack [20] and Sam [10] really made hay to carry our score onto 285-0 and progress into the semi-final round, where we will play Upper Wharfedale at Home next Sunday [23rd]. Scorecard


HAT-TRICK vs HARDEN BOOSTS SHARKS

 

On Friday 7th August the under-11s took on Harden at Cuckoo Park and came a way with a resounding win. It was to be the first of three against the Cuckoos as both u-9s and u-13s gained victories on Sunday morning.  The great start featured a cracking 33 runs from last pair Joe 19 [out once] and Logan 14. The girls Lauren and Phoebe teamed up and each scored 8. Haroon and Freddie kept their wickets intact adding 9 runs. Archie and James struggled a little for 3 runs and 5 wickets lost whilst Ollie continued his form of last week with 8 runs, with Leo bumping it up to 10. The net result was  220-9 tally from a cracking 92 runs scored. The bowlers were so frugal allowing Harden just 45 runs in reply with top gun this week Archie with 2 wickets.

 

On Sunday morning also at Harden the under-9s took 4 wickets and restricted the home team to just 48 runs [Nett 228-4]. Albie was the pick of the bowlers with 2-2. But it was the batting that was a revelation. Opening pair Leo and Jessica smashed 27 runs for no loss and then 2nd pair Jacob and Arthur added another 9, also with no loss. New lad Tyler backed up Charlie [18] well and then Albie[12], Sam [13]  and skipper Jack [12] piled on the runs to rack up 107-2 [Nett 297-2] 

 

Meanwhile at Wide lane our u-13 bowlers really put the Harden batsmen under pressure such that their opener took 52 balls to score what was a good 22 before he was bowled by new boy Riley.  All the bowlers kept things really tight despite some indifferent fielding. Our top gun was a stylish Jack Judson who clean bowled Mahmood [4] and Harrison [0]. Freddie Padgett helped restore some momentum but it was to prove too little. The Harden side was to be supplemented by Sharks u11 Logan Scarborough but he suffered an attack of pad-rash!! The Harden score of 59-3 looked particularly vulnerable. Logan was asked to open the Harden bowling at Tom Raby and the very first ball brought a miscalculation from no 2 Saad and he was sadly run out without facing. But that was our last disappointment as Tom [25] and Haroon Raja [23] completed the comfortable win after 14.1 overs at 60-1.


UNDER-11s SCORE 82 v STRONG CROSSFLATTS

 

Crossflatts belatedly came to Oakworth and our under-11s batted first  with openers Harry and Freddie picking up 5 for one lost wicket. Second pair Haroon and Zakariya returned a similar outcome. Archie and Leo were a little retrained with 1 run for 1 out. Ollie Thompson returned to the fray and partnered James. Ollie was out on 10 but went on to rack up 21 with James chipping in another 2. Final pair skipper Joe and Logan each added 10 but lost two wickets. Our tally was 82 scored for the loss of 6 wickets and a 234-6 Nett score.

 

The Flatts bowlers were led by Ingle and Brooksbank each with a pair of scalps. With the bat they had three heavy scorers in O'Shaughnessy [12], Brooksbank [22] and Ingle [16] whilst our usually potent bowlers were slightly below par with just a wicket for Freddie and run-out from Haroon. The Flatts realised 94-2 and a 279-2 Nett.


UNDER-9s OUTSCORE GREAT HORTON

 

Oakworth's under-9s travelled to the vast Park Avenue stadium in Bradford to take on a team that is always amongst the best. Our team gave them a real run for their money, outscoring them by 61 to 53. Unfortunately we lost 7 wickets to their 4 and so lost the 'net score' by 7 runs. But what a great effort from our team! Bowling plaudits went to Charlie Lee and Sam Charmbury who each took 2 for 1 whilst all other bowlers kept the Bradford side's run-scoring in check. Openers Tyler Smith and Leo Moules got a steady start and then second pair Jacob Wilkinson [6] and Arthur Moses [9] picked up our scoring to allow Albie Ellis [15], Charlie Lee [5], Jack Godden [6] and Sam Charmbury [6] to propel us into the lead. The defeat came with 2 late wickets in a tense exciting match. Well done Oaks...

#the future is bright

 


COUNTY AGE GROUP TO PLAY AGAIN

 

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.

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.


THIRTEENS LEAD RE-START

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.


PLUS BROTHER JAMES....

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.

 

 


AND TO JOE & HARRY TOO

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]

 

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO ELIS

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!


OAKWORTH WINNERS AT UAJCA BIG NIGHT

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


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.


UNDER-13s CLAIM 2019 TREBLE

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


WHITE ROSE JAMES

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!



HISTORIC TREBLE

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].

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