Oakworth Cricket Club Player Profile

 

Steve Hartley

First XI 1988 to 2009

Second Xl 2000 to 2012

After an early career with Haworth West End and then with Bradford League Keighley, the stylish left-handed batting of Steve Hartley came to Oakworth Cricket Club. He made his First Xl debut on 7th May 1988, aged 28. It wasn't an immediate impact as he made just 1, batting no 4 and was caught off the bowling of Duncan Manville. A 45 score in the Keighley Cup against Oxenhope signalled his arrival. His 11 innings brought him a steady start with just 66 league runs but the quality if a little rusty, of his left-handed batting was there to see.

1989 proved an excellent full season and in his 16th innings he reached his first fifty against Long Lee at Golden View. He ended the year with a very welcome 404 runs at average 23.77 with the team in second place behind Champions Pendle Forest.

Steve proved a solid scorer and a great foil for other more flamboyant batsmen, Michael Scarborough in particular. Steve settled into the no 3 slot for most of his career with Oaks. On 11th August 1990 he did hit the main headline with a terrific 113no against Airedale at Wide Lane in that long hot summer. That year of high scoring for most batsmen saw Steve tally 475 runs at 31.67, Oaks having a great year but still missing out on silverware. 326 of those runs came at Wide Lane a figure then exceeded by only Barry Sayer and Wilf Scarborough.

1991 and 1992 run returns were not surprisingly lower but Steve still picked up 286 and 288 respectively, but as with every other batsman not enough to capture any of the pots.

Three years on Steve's dogged 87 with 9 fours and 2 sixes backed up a rapid-fire 149 from Michael as the pair really made hay in the sun with a then club record partnership of 232 against Upper Wharfedale, which ended when Steve was stumped! Steve relished the big games and Oaks pairing with Aire-Wharfe high flyers Steeton in the Keighley Cup of 1994 was one when his second century came his way with 107 no [14 fours] to see us into the semi-final.

1994 was indeed a big year for Oakworth under Captain Lee Hollingsworth who led the team to its first Championship since 1915. Steve's duck in the last match of '94 made no difference as an Oaks win and an Embsay loss at Haworth West End gave Oakworth the Roundell Trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That year Steve played a big part with cracking form scoring 408 runs at an amazing 45.33 average.

Steve's form dipped a little in 1995 with 295 runs but nevertheless he was a vital part of the team's Wynn Cup run which culminated in our first win in that competition, defeating Pendle Forest in the Final at Victory Park, Barnoldswick. So within just 7 years Steve had a Championship and a Wynn Cup winners medal.

His gong collection didn't end there. The 1996 League Championship again came to Wide Lane as Oaks began the climb to almost perennial contention for the silverware. Steve's 15 innings produced 323 runs towards the award [although he is not present on the official photo - right].

Steve made just 6 appearances for the First Xl in 1997 but he returned in 1998 to make 356 runs as Oakworth finished 2nd behind Embsay; as they did in 1999. In 2000 Steve played just a handful of matches for the Second Xl.

There was to be 2 more Championship winners' medals for Steve in 2001 and 2006. The 2001 Championship was of course accompanied by wins in both the Wynn Cup and Keighley Cup.

Aged 42 Steve showed he was still a force with 383 runs in 2002 and in 2006 he was with Michael Scarborough in the Wynn Cup match at Embsay, setting a highest still 198 runs partnership with his highest ever Wynn Cup innings of 71. But his amazing swansong came in 2007 with 397 runs at average over 30. Against Thornton he reached 93 but was run out on his way to what would have been his third Oaks century, and at the age of 47! He was also run out the following day in the Wynn Cup and the following Saturday as well!! Steve's final appearance for the First Xl came at no 5 on 2nd May 2009, sadly a duck against Embsay, bowled by John Metcalfe.

 

YEAR First Xl appeared innings no runs 4s 6s highest
1988 Steve Hartley 12 11 0 66 7 0 17
1989 Steve Hartley 20 18 1 404 50 7 58
1990 Steve Hartley 16 16 1 475 56 1 113
1991 Steve Hartley 16 15 2 286 35 0 73
1992 Steve Hartley 14 14 4 288 35 0 58
1993 Steve Hartley 14 14 0 344 34 2 87
1994 Steve Hartley 15 15 6 408 37 2 74
1995 Steve Hartley 14 14 1 295 29 2 73
1996 Steve Hartley 15 15 2 323 43 0 44
1997 Steve Hartley 6 6 3 92 10 2 29
1998 Steve Hartley 15 14 4 356 33 6 51
1999 Steve Hartley 15 15 0 247 29 0 37
2001 Steve Hartley 12 11 2 126 18 0 39
2002 Steve Hartley 17 17 3 383 46 0 74
2003 Steve Hartley 14 13 3 203 17 0 39
2004 Steve Hartley 3 3 1 81 10 0 47
2005 Steve Hartley 5 5 3 73 5 0 46
2006 Steve Hartley 16 16 4 291 29 1 92
2007 Steve Hartley 16 16 3 397 47 3 93
2008 Steve Hartley 6 6 0 85 1 0 38
2009 Steve Hartley 3 1 0 0 0 0 0

 

 

But that wasn't the end of Steve's commitment to the club as having made a few appearances for the Second Xl since 2000 he continued through to 2012 turning out for them when the batting needed bolstering.

So Steve played 21 seasons for the First Xl racking up 6.739 runs in all competitions. A tally exceeded by only 4 other Oakworth batsmen. His 264 league appearances in the CDCL is headed by only Michael Scarborough and Jeff Inman. The enduring contribution from Steve Hartley was in his ability to create partnerships in tandem with fluent batsmen. With Michael Scarborough at no 4 he shared 113 stands, the pair accumulating 4,392 runs at an amazing average of 42.6. 31 of those stand were of 50 or more, 7 of them beyond 99. The two batsmen actually opened the innings just once in 1996 against Long Lee and the result was a 96 stand!!

When the Stats are tallied Steve will almost certainly be in the top 10 of most lists but one list he wouldn't wish to be at the top is run outs. He had 23 in his career, over double the second highest. But he did have a lot of innings!!

As a fielder Steve grabbed 86 catches in the CDCL for Oaks, exceeded only by Michael and Jeff.

But it's his batting he'll probably be remembered for, as a partnership builder extra-ordinaire and a solid contributor. They'll certainly remember him at Upper Wharfedale, Thornton and Long Lee as he scored over 400 runs against their bowlers!

 

1st Xl vs

first last appeared innings no runs 4s 6s hiscore average
Bradley 1988 2009 27 26 3 358 36 2 44 15.57
Embsay 1988 2009 26 26 2 344 36 0 44 14.33
Thornton-in-C 1988 2008 25 24 3 456 42 3 93 21.71
Pendle Forest 1989 2002 19 17 4 341 32 0 34 26.23
Upper Wharfedale 1988 1999 18 17 3 461 49 3 87 32.93
Barrowford 1989 2006 18 16 1 306 34 2 55 20.40
Cowling 1989 2008 17 17 4 338 25 3 74 26.00
Long Lee 1988 2004 16 16 2 415 56 6 59 29.64
Foulridge 1988 2002 13 13 3 330 45 0 56 33.00
Skipton CI 1988 2003 13 13 3 178 24 0 44 17.80
Haworth Meths 1988 2007 12 12 3 334 36 0 74 37.11
Cononley 1990 2009 7 6 0 228 28 0 73 38.00
Carleton 1994 1999 7 7 1 184 15 2 63 30.67
Gargrave 1989 1998 7 6 3 102 9 3 29 34.00
Sutton 1996 2007 7 7 2 96 14 0 24 19.20
Haworth West End 1993 2004 6 6 3 149 19 0 47 49.67
Cullingworth 2002 2007 6 6 0 115 13 0 29 19.17
Airedale 1989 1990 4 4 1 183 28 1 113 61.00
Bingley Congs 2005 2008 4 4 1 54 7 0 26 18.00
Glusburn 2006 2008 3 3 1 113 11 1 92 56.50
Sandy Lane 2006 2008 3 3 0 65 3 0 38 21.67
Ingrow 2006 2006 2 2 0 3 0 0 2 1.50
Crossflatts 2007 2007 1 1 0 42 8 0 42 42.00
Denholme 2003 2003 1 1 0 20 0 0 20 20.00
Chatburn 1992 1992 1 1 0 8 1 0 8 8.00
Riddlesden 1988 1988 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

 

1st Xl appearances first last innings no Runs 100s 50s Highest 4s 6s Average
Home 129 1988 2009 124 27 2834 1 11 113 309 15 29.22
Away 135 1988 2009 131 16 2389 0 8 87 262 11 20.77
CDCL 264 1988 2009 255 43 5223 1 19 113 571 26 24.64
Wynn Cup 41 1988 2007 40 9 830 0 6 71 96 2 26.77
Keighley Cup 23 1988 2006 23 3 605 1 2 107 71 2 30.25
YCT 3 2202 2007 3 1 81 0 1 50 10 0 40.50
Overall 331 1988 2009 321 56 6739 2 28 113 748 30 25.43
2nd Xl appearances first last innings no Runs 100s 50s Highest 4s 6s Average
Home 25 2000 2012 24 2 570 0 5 68 64 0 25.91
Away 29 2000 2012 28 7 559 0 2 60 66 1 26.62
CDCL 54 2000 2012 52 9 1129 0 7 68 130 1 26.26
Cowling Cup 10 2000 2011 10 3 138 0 0 31 15   19.71
Overall 64 2000 2012 62 12 1267 0 7 68 145 1 25.34