GOOD LUCK MATT 
At the end of the 2014 season Oaks top bowler Matt House announced he was to have a last season with his old club Olicanians, where his dad is President. It was a shock for Oakworth and their fans as Matt had been the club's principal strike bowler for the last 4 years. Matt who lives and works in Oakworth will be sorely missed although there'll no doubt be plenty of contact as the lads will still need a cheap haircut!
Alongside opening partner Steve Filkin, Matt provided the attack with pace, an unusual action and wickets galore. In league matches Matt racked up 143 scalps at a terrific average cost of just 14.45 for each one. A great strike rate of 28 and fabulous economy of just 51 mark Matt out as one of the best bowlers ever to play for Oakworth. Add to those statistics another 27 wickets in Wynn Cup matches at the unbelievable average of 7.70 and strike rate of 19 it's no wonder Oakworth had reached the last four Cup Finals.
Having finally succumbed to the pleas to come and play at his 'home' village Matt finally made his debut on a chilly 16th April 2011 against Bradley at Wide Lane. 6 top quality overs brought him 3 for 13 as his first return for his new club. It wasn't long [7th May] that his first 'five-for' came along as 15.5 overs at Bingley Congs brought his reward with 6 for 55 although Oakworth didn't provide the support he deserved by losing the match. The following week he repeated the feat with 5 for 24 at home to Crossflatts, this time in a winning match. We knew now we had a star in our midst and by the season's end four more 'five-fors' were claimed. That year produced a Championship for Oakworth as the team lost just 4 matches to pick up the Roundell Trophy again, 1 point ahead of Cullingworth. Matt had tallied 65 wickets in the year, 53 in the league. His average of 10.25 swept him to the Craven & District League Bowling Prize. His best performance figures were 6 for 29 against Cononley although his 5 for 9 against Haworth Road in the Wynn Cup Quarter-Final is a stand out. That season Oaks also reached the Wynn Cup Final but came unstuck against underdogs Foulridge. Significantly Matt was not in the line up [holiday] after taking 11 wickets in the earlier rounds.
Oakworth saw less of Matt in 2012 as he suffered injury, something his athletic frame seemed to attract to excess. Nevertheless his 7 league appearances still brought him 13 wickets, 5 against Thornton-in-Craven. But you can't keep a good man down and in 2013 Oakworth again captured the Championship with Matt again playing his part with the ball. His tally was 35 wickets at 18.77 [SR 35, Eco 53]. Not quite back to his best but still a marvellous contribution to our second title in 3 years. His only 'five-for' was at home to Ingrow St Johns with 6 for 38. The Cup Final was again lost, this year with Matt in the line-up against Haworth Road.
2014 the year destined it seems to be his last [maybe?] but he upped his return to 42 wickets at 15.12 [SR 26 Eco 57] and four league 'five-fors'. It was a year in which we missed retention of the Championship by losing two of our last 3 fixtures to Ingrow St Johns and Foulridge to finish second. The Wynn Cup though did find its way to the Oakworth sideboard with a crushing defeat of Thornton-in-Craven at Wide Lane. This time Matt was on song and came away with 5 for 27 and with speed-twin Steve Filkin the pair saw off the opposition in style. So Matt did pick up a Wynn Cup winners medal to add to his two Championship medals. Matt [pictured with the Wynn Cup and son Bobbi] can take them along to Olicanians and proudly show off his successes in the Craven & District League.
All the best Matt, have a good year at Olicanians, we'll be watching the results!! Come back and see us any time.
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But what about Matt with the bat? Generally batting at 9, 10 or Jack he didn't have much opportunity but on 12th May 2012 he racked up 57 as an opener against Bradley on their midden!! What had we been missing? His best innings though was arguably his last when he did his best to rescue the Championship with 29 from no 10 in the defeat by Foulridge.
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