SOFTBALL TEAM NEWS         12-03-24

Oakworth CC's continuing development saw three girls make their Softball debuts vs Crossflatts. Edie, Lily & Maisie all joined Lucy-Jo in a quartet of girls with four boys, William., Harvey, Charlie & Zac. Together they scored 247-4 and then restricted Crossflatts to 215-6. Our debutants were contributors as Maisie top-scored with 9 whilst Lily took her first wicket, to add to one for Lucy-Jo. The boys too bowled well with wickets for Harvey, Charlie and William.

It was a nice warm, sunny morning and our very inexperienced team and the similarly inexperienced Crossflatts teams performed really well, overcoming early nerves but ending in smiles all-round. The Oakworth winners [pictured] had added a second win to the previous week's win against neighbours Haworth. What a start to 2023.

Next Sunday [14th May] we have our first away match and it will be a tough one at the Great Horton Church ground in Allerton Road, Bradford

OAKWORTH 2023  1st February 2023

Winter 'taster' sessions and indoor coaching are progressing extremely well with the Softball groups expanding considerably. Eight new boys have attended along with a very welcome nine girls.  Coaches Graham, John, Steve, Terry, Rob and Amy have been impresed with the commitment level and the not inconsiderable promise shown by youngsters aged 6 to 11.

The junior cricket Association [UAJCA] will determine the precise format of play for 2023 at their March 16th meeting. However it seems likely that it will be something like the following for Oakworth CC:

Development Stage Day[s] Format
Mixed Softball Sunday mornings 8-aside Pairs
Girls Softball Development Sunday mornings 8-aside Pairs
Girls Softball Championship Wednesday evenings 8-aside Pairs
Hardball Pairs Thursday evenings 10-aside Pairs
Hardball Youth Tuesday evenings 11-aside Youth Hardball
Hardball Standard Wednesday evenings 11-aside standard Hardball
Pink Ball Cricket Thursday evenings 11-aside T100 & T20 Pink Ball

OAKWORTH 2022 TEAM        21st June 2022

Some of the 2022 Oakworth under 9s players: Noah, Jude, Rose, Cody, Oliver, Eli, William & Evie

 OAKWORTH PRIZES FROM UAJCA        1st October 2021

Nine Oakworth players maintained club tradition and brought back 12 individual prizes along with the under-18s Championship Trophy from Friday's UAJCA Awards.

The new UAJCA Development Programme had 18 awards on offer and Oakworth CC picked up three with a Gold for Eli Kent and a Silver for Jess Buxton in the 'Progress' categories whilst first year player Neve Garbutt was awarded a Bronze 'Newcomer' Medal.



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 7 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


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.


Well done to Archie, Phoebe, Harry, Leo, Freddie, Jack, Joe and Haroon... and not forgetting coaches Richard and John and vital scorer Glynis.


2019 Winers

Richard Powell's young Sharks team have  joined a long list of winners in UAJCA this year.










Above from l to r Haroon Nazam [man-of-the-match], Phoebe Raby, Harry Robinson [wk], Leo Moules , Archie Dobson, Freddie Greathead, Joe Powell [Capt], Leo DeMatteis , Jack Godden & Sam Charmbury  - Winners of the 2019 UAJCA Pairs Cup..........And a very proud Archie Dobson shows off his winners memento


The BLACK RAT INFESTIVAL for 2018 was greeted with cloudy, cool overcast conditions but which warmed up later and then cooled again but thankfully with no rain. The under-13s competition embodied a new format for 7 teams, playing each other once, so six fixtures each brought a





punishing schedule!! At under-11 the format was as in previous years of two groups of 5 teams [4 fixtures each] with group winners contesting a final. Finally at under-9 we had again two groups but each of 4 teams.

The Oakworth club completed a double win at under-9 and under-13, only the second time in 14 years that this has happened [previous Malsis School in 2010].




2017 Squad

Tom Raby, George Kitson, Joe Powell, Oliver Thompson, Charlie Dickinson, Phoebe Raby, Dan Snowden, Noah Towler, Zach Day & Archie Dobson, are all from 2016 plus a whole new raft of youngsters signing up with OCC this year. Managers will again be Richard Powell & Paul Spragg.

2016 New Boys and girls

Here they are the new boys [and girls] - the 2016 under-9s on a shivering cold May 1st vs Great Horton. Learn well boys its the best game in the world !!!

Very unlucky to lose on last ball of match. Well done lads and lasses

 Jake's u-11 League Batting Prize
Jake with the 2015 SA Labels Trophy
Jake and the UAJCA u-10s Bowling Prize

The Club Members Night featured presentations to Senior players and supporters but the SA Labels Cup for the Best Junior Performance of the Year was also on the agenda. The committee considered several candidates and narrowed it down to two performances in the same match. Under 9s Jake Keslinke and James Powell each had a night to remember against Skipton B at Oakworth. James first set up the win with an incredible 3 overs bringing him 6 for 1. Jake added a further 3 for 3 before attempting to score 30 runs when the Oakworth boys batted. He needed those runs to overhaul rival Elliot Robinson to take the UAJCA under-9 batting prize, which he duly did in his four overs, actually scoring 33. The two performances were both fantastic and difficult to separate but the Committee determined that the award should go Jake Keslinke. The top junior award from the club came hot on the heels of Jake's two prizes at the recent UAJCA awards night. Jake received the above mentioned under-9s batting award and also the Bowling Award for the UAJCA u-10s decided by u-10s Manager Ji Mukherjee. Both were received from UAJCA guest Richard Pyrah of Yorkshire CCC.


UAJCA under-10s proved far too strong for opponents Wetherby in the Final of the Cricket Asylum Plate. At sunny Carlton [Wakefield] UAJCA bowled out their opponents for only 39 after they elected to bat on winning the toss. Jake Keslinke set the tone along with opening bowling partner Wilf Roberts who clean bowled danger-man Julian Cane, with each going on to collect a brace. And the wickets kept coming. Wilf returned 3-0-4-2 with Jake having 3-1-11-2.

James Powell and Lucas Robinson were the next pair into the attack and James continued his recent club form taking 2 for 3 whilst Lucas was a little wayward. Khunas Zaman too proved a handful for the Wetherby lower order and his 3-2-1-2 was another great contribution. Max Harrison completed our bowling attack and 2 maidens brought him 1 for 0. Wetherby were all out after just 17 overs on a helpful wicket with the tea ladies panicking at prospects of an early finish. Only Wetherby no 9 Joe Young made any impression with 11 from our superb attack.

With the score on 13 skipper Lewis Brown unleashed an uncharacteristic slog across the line and paid the penalty for 5. 11 runs later Elliot Robinson was given out caught behind when many thought he had hit the ground. He made just 4. Tom Slater was stumped after a wild shot for 1 but that was the end of our 'wobble' as Max Harrison 17no and Luke Spragg 2no carried us over the line at 40-3 in 12 overs.

But the memory  of the fine team bowling performance will linger longer than the batting. Yorkshire u10 manager Steve Holliday was fulsome in his praise for UAJCA and actively sought a match with his Heavy Woollen side which had won the K3 Dental Cup the previous day. He went on to nominate James Powell as the pick of the bowlers and Man-of-the-Match and gave specific mention of the quality of the wicket-keeping from Ethan Wilson.














Jake tops the lot

Rising young star Jake Keslinke has tallied 153 runs for Oakworth u9s and has captured the league prize ahead of rival Elliot Robinson [149]. Both boys smashed the previous record of 123 set by Will Luxton [Steeton] in 2011. The last match against Settle provided Jake with the stage to blast 7 fours in a stunning 33 score to overhaul Elliot's total. Team mate James Powell has also finished runner-up in the league bowling award with 16 wickets, just 2 behind Robinson. Both boys will be part of the UAJCA u10s team to meet Wetherby in the Cricket Asylum Plate Final at Carlton Towers CC at 11:30am Thursday 27th August.

Jake stars vs Doncaster

He's at it again!! Jake Keslinke took out 3 of the top 4 Doncaster batsmen as UAJCA u-10s crushed the home side by 64 runs. Jake returned 3 for 5 from his 3 overs. Coach Ji Mukherjee praised his bowling saying 'the swing control was stupendous!'. Jake finished off the job his club-mate and UAJCa skipper Lewis Brown had started with his match-set up with 44 not out.


Oaks under-9 Jake Keslinke made his debut for UAJCA under-10s on Sunday 10th May at Haworth CC. The opposition was Halifax JCA. Jake bowled 3 overs taking 1 for 9. with the bat he went in at no 9 to team up with Luke Spragg of Steeton. Jake made a fine 8no before being retired. UAJCA had Halifax at 63-7 after their 30 overs. The target was passed inside 20 overs so UAJCA batted on to reach 94-5. A great start and well done Jake. James Powell was on holiday and missed the match.

Jake and James join Lewis

UAJCA team managers Ji Mukherjee and Ben Holderness were sufficiently impressed with Jake Keslinke and James Powell to include them both in the UAJCA under-10 Development team alongside 'veteran' Lewis Brown. Congratulations to all three boys as they embark on the Representative level journey. Later in the summer all 3 will be invited to the new YCB 7-week assessment course to determine if they have progressed far enough to be considered for the County Age Group 'Pathways to Excellence' training in January 2016. Alternatively they may enrol on the UAJCA winter Elite Academy to strengthen their claims for the following year. Congratulations to all three boys!!

2015 Squad

The Oakworth under-9 squads continue to be amongst the best in 2015. These boys can go just as far as their pre-decssors: Jake Keslinke, James Powell, Jacob Davies, Thomas Rowell, Matt Spragg, Hrishikesh Jones, Ella Throup and Harry Taylor...............

Under-9s and Earby get the ball rolling at Oakbank Sports Hall

Neil, Andy & Spraggy welcomed Matt Garner and his Earby charges for a pre-season  indoor tournament, each club fielding two teams of under-9s. Earby 'A' ran out the winners but the fast frenetic brand of cricket from all the teams kept the parents and supporters happy on a very pleasant evening.
















On the Tennis Court the u-9s groupings went to the wire with Oakworth heavy scoring winners of their 3 matches. Lewis Brown was a revelation scoring 45 and 53 in his first two innings. Earby proved best of the rest and qualified to meet winners of Group A. That group proved topsy-turvey and 3 teams Cullingworth, Malsis and Great Horton all finished on 6 points. A 3-way bowl off brought group winning to Malsis School whilst the sudden death went to Great Horton Church. Oakworth again in high-scoring mode posted 50 runs which was 15 too many for the Great Horton boys. The 32 from the Malsis School was surpassed by Earby with Adam Hodge again showing fine batsman-ship. So the Final was to be Oakworth vs Earby, both from Group B. Oakworth posted 45-3 with Lewis Brown again featuring prominently with 20. Adam Hodge opened for Earby with a first ball boundary and with 4 byes from the next ball their challenge was posted. A remarkable catch from Ben Hawkes proved a pivotal moment as his victim was the free-scoring Hodge. The next over saw 3 wickets fall as Oakworth asserted their ascendancy. The Earby innings petered out to 26 and the Cup went to Oakworth.


Lewis Brown Subhaan Ahmed
Kalem Ogden Thomas Rowell


Subhaan the tops


Young Oakworth u-9s all-rounder Subhaan Ahmed captured the  UAJCA batting prize with 96 runs in the 9 fixtures. He was also 2nd in the UAJCA u-9 bowling list, just one wicket behind the eventual winner, Imran Abbass of Great Horton Church. Subhaan received his prize from Pro Coach Director of Coaching Mark Lawson at the UAJCA Presentation Night at the Rendezvous on 6th September. Earlier this year he had a trial for the under-11s Festival and although not successful that time he has another opportunity in 2014.

Next season he will compete for a place in the under-11s along with successful under-10s Owen West, Joel Oxford and Bradley Powell.




Fantastic 3rd season in a row for young Oaks

Subhaan Ahmed has led Oakworth' under-9s to a cracking second place in the Summer League. The last 3 seasons have brought Oakworth 2nd, 1st and 2nd places. What a club. His personal tally of 96 runs and 15 wickets has brought him the UAJCA u-9 Batting Prize and he has finished second in the Bowling Awards. Subhaan has had another first class team alongside him with Lewis Brown proving another real trump card.  Lewis finished with 69 runs and 10 wickets. There have been top notch seasons from Klarke Williams, Kalem Ogden, James Powell and 6-year old Thomas Rowell. Throw in immense progress from Jake Keslinke, Ben Hawkes and Charlie Raby the quality shines through in every pairing. New boys Joe Snowden, Ellis Brown and Tyler Hedges have shown glimpses of fine form and 2014 looks pretty healthy despite the impending loss of Sughaan, Klarke and Kalem. All this has been possible thanks to coaches Neil Bishop and Andrew Keslinke and many other helpers including Khal Ahmed, our ace scorer.

Subhaan will collect his Batting Award from Mark Lawson, the Pro Coach Academy Director of Coaching at the Rendezvous Hotel Malham Suite in Skipton next Friday, 6th September. Lets get plenty of supporting noise for Subhaan with a huge turn-out

West Yorkshire call-up

Oakworth youngsters Subhaan Ahmed and Klarke Williams have been called into the West Yorkshire West squad as under-9s with a view to trial for the new 2014 Yorkshire under-10s

2013 Summer League underway

Early results in the u-9 Sunmmer League have brought 4 wins and just one defeat in defence of our hard-won unbeaten Championship in 2012. The defeat came by just 3 runs at home to Steeton. There remain four more fixtures before the end of August. Lewis Brown and Subhaan Ahmed have been our highest contributors so far, with Kalem Ogden, Charlie Raby, Ellis Brown and diminutive Thomas Rowell not far behind. Keeper Ben Hawkes has also looked assured behind the timbers

2012 Summer League Champions [unbeaten]










Here they are, our latest batch of winners. Oakworth under-9s had clinched the 2012 Summer League Championship in emphatic unbeaten style. They picked up their trophy at the UAJCA Presentation Night at the Malham Suite in the  Rendezvous Hotel.


Oakworth also supplied the batting prize winner in Bradley Powell.






Two-time winners

Oakworth's under-9 heroes have done it again. They again met Bradford & Bingley in the Gordon Bowers Cup Final at Undercliffe. Our opponents made 256-6 and after reaching 250-0 Oakworth's youngsters showed a few nerves and by the time the final ball came the scores were level. In an echo of Oaks earlier victory over Settle, Captain Bradley Powell and partner Subhaan Ahmed sneaked the single required to retain the Cup. Owen West received praise for his telling 3 overs for just one run. Follow that Bradford League!

Oakworth under-9s [2012] Winners of the Gordon Bowers Cup

Final again

Undercliffe from the Bradford League held no terrors for Oakworth's under-9s. The semi-final of the Bowers Cup was won at a canter by our boys by 65 runs. The Undercliffe innings concluded at 185-9 whilst Oaks rattled on to 250-1. Owen West with 17 and Bradley Powell with 11 led the  batsmen in style to our second successive Final. We understand that our opponents in the Final will be either Bradford & Bingley or Idle. But as defending Champions we have no one to fear and it is for the opposition to worry about us. The Final is on Sunday 16th September, probably at Undercliffe CC [to be confirmed].

The roll goes on

In 2011 Oakworth under-9s entered the BJCL Gordon Bowers Cup for under-9s and won the trophy in the Final at Undercliffe CC against Bradford & Bingley at the first attempt. This year in a much larger competition we have again reached the semi-finals having won 7 from 8 group games and then defeated Clayton in a quarter-final. We will face Undercliffe at Oakworth on Friday 31st August for a place in the Final for a second year. Keep that flag flying

Club Presentation Night

The club announces that the under-9s, under-11s & under-13s will share a Presentation Night at the clubhouse on Friday 14th September 2012. Prizes will be awarded for the usual best batting, bowling, fielding and all-rounder. The Presentation Night will be start at 8:00pm prompt and players, parents and supporters should be in seats by 7:30pm. A Pizza supper will be provided by the club.

The Upper Airedale Junior Cricket association Grand Presentation Night will be held on Friday 12th October; 7:30pm in the wonderful Malham Suite at the Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton. The under-9s team will receive the UAJCA Summer League Championship Trophy from Sponsor David Cooper from

Summer Champions !!!!!

A comprehensive victory over Skipton on Friday night preceeded Bradley unable to field a side in our last fixture, so the amazing under-9s have won all nine fixtures, and have taken the club's first ever UAJCA under-9 Championship.

 The exploits of the 2011 team were remarkable but the 2012 boys look like exceeding even their success. Wherever we look in the team someone is performing well. The batting and bowling has been led by Bradley Powell, Owen West, Joel Oxford, Lucas Keslinke, Oliver Bishop and Subhaan Ahmed. The bowling has even more depth with Lewis Brown and Klarke Williams chipping in wickets regularly. Connor Illingworth, Joseph Royston and and Paige Scarborough have now sound defences and just need to add more scoring to their repertoire. New boys Klarke Williams, Charlie Raby, Ben Hales and Jake Keslinke have fitted in well and are showing high levels of skill already.

The one run win at Settle was an amazing match but may well be the title clincher. the coolness under pressure from Subhaan and Bradley in taking the last crucial single was stunning to watch.

To add to their excellent season the defence of the Gordon Bowers Championship, won in 2011, is still on track as we have qualified as top of our section. In the Quarter-Finals we will be at home to Clayton CC.

Great start

The 2012 under-9s squad has set off determined to match the exploits of the 2011 squad. In the Bradford JCL Gordon Bowers Cup, the boys have taken five victories out of six [lost to Bradford & Bingley] and look sure to qualify for the knock-out stages. In the UAJCA Summer League they also remain unbeaten having defeated Cullingworth and Oxenhope, traditionally two of the stronger teams.

[The 2011 team won the Bowers Cup and finished 2nd in the UAJCA Summer League]

Oakworth Gala 2012

Once Oakworth CC juniors joined all the village organisations in support of the Oakworth Gala. Neil Bishop again 'loaned' his truck to carry the cricketers and equipment to the 'reserve' venue in Oakworth Primary School.

Bowers Cup defence

Oaks 2012 under-9s will again be entering the Gordon Bowers Cup. they will seek to hang on to the prestigious Cup they won in 2011. Skipper Bradley Powell will lead out the youngsters no doubt against a plethora of Bradford League side, which held no terrors in 2011. Come on boys hang on to that Cup!!

2012 new squad

Last season proved momentous for Oakworth u9s [see below] but we move on and a new squad will take to the field in both UAJCA league competition and the Bowers Cup defence. This year diminutive keeper-batsman Bradley Powell will captain Oliver Bishop, Subhaan Ahmed, Joel Oxford, Lewis Brown, Lucas Keslinke, Jamie Coffey, Henry Bailey, Ben Hawe, Connor Illingworth, Jospeh Royston, Marcus Thornton, Josh Tonner, Paige Scarborough and Owen West and all will try and match the 2011 team


Oaks magnificent under-9s duly claimed the Gordon Bowers Cup at Undercliffe. Batting first our boys posted a typically solid 258-2 and a spirited reply from Bradford & Bingley was contained at 235-10.

Oakworth are the first team from UAJCA to enter the competition and have won the Trophy only 24 hours after the club's First and Second Xls confirmed their Championships. The boys are Harry Hollingsworth (Capt), Bradley Powell (wk), Corey Green, Subhaan Ahmed, Matty Corkindale, Chester Williams, Lucas Keslinke & Joel Oxford, Oliver Bishop was reserve.

Oaks reach Bower Cup Final

Steve & Neil's magnificent eight under-9s team have reached the Final of the Gordon Bowers Cup at the first time of asking. The Final, at Undercliffe CC, is to be held on Sunday 4th September (10:00am).

After a clean sweep of matches in their group, Oaks young stars saw off Pudsey St Lawrence in the quarter-finals and then evicted Buttershaw St Pauls in the semi-finals last Sunday. Opponents in the Final will be Bradford & Bingley, who were beaten twice by Oaks in the group stage.

The eight-man team will probably be selected from: Harry Hollingsworth (Capt), Corey Green, Bradley Powell (w-k), Matthew Corkindale, Chester Williams, Oliver Bishop, Jake Best, Owen West, Subhaan Ahmed, Lewis Brown & Joel Oxford.

Good luck boys and bring home the Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Six wins out of six vs top Bradford League opposition is an unbelievable out-turn for our terrific under-9s team. Bradford & Bingley, Baildon and Saltaire all failed to trouble our fine bunch of  young cricketers.

Harry Hollingsworth and the lads are sweeping all before them. We now await the next round draw to see how far we have to travel.. Come on you mini-Sharks!! [pictures courtesy of Neil Bishop]

The squad of lads that have done so well are Harry Hollingsworth, Corey Green, Matthew Corkindale, Bradley Powell, Chester Williams, Josh Tonner, Marcus Thornton, Lucas Keslinke, Henry Bailey, Paige Scarborough, Joel Oxford, Jamie Coffey.

In addition to progress in the Bowers Cup the squad finished runners-up in recent 2011 Malsis Festival. They lost to Skipton in the Final having beaten them at Group stage. Well done lads.


Two wins from two matches have raised expectations that Oaks youngsters can progress in the county wide Bowers Cup competition.  Firstly Oaks saw off Bradford & Bingley with some style with 244-3 in response to the B & B 216-10.

The second match aws even ,more convincing with Baildon scoring just 23 from the bat and 14 extras. Thier five wickets lost reduced the Baildon score to 212-5. Oaks had just the one wicket loss and a massive 67 runs scored (59 from the bat) and a 267-1 score-line. Captain Harry Hollingsworth stroked 25 with 3 boundaries and Matt Corkindale chipped in 11 with 10 from pint-sized Bradley Powell.

Gordon Bower Cup

Under-9s from Oakworth will compete in the county-wide Gordon Bower Cup in 2011. Initially Oakworth are grouped with Bradford & Bingley, Baildon and Saltaire. Each will play each other at home and away with the top two going forward to a knock-out stage. The group stage matches have to be concluded by 26th July. Manager Steve Powell will keep parents aware of agreed dates

u 9s enter additional competition

Under 9s Manager Steve Powell has applied for entry to the Gordon Bowers County-wide competition.  Our developing team will still contest the UAJCL Summer Tournament and the Malsis Cup, making a pretty full schedule for 2011. This year will be the 30th of the Gordon Bowers 8-a-side Cricket Competition and the fourth where it has been organised at the Under 9 Age Group. The Competition disregards geographical boundaries or League the Clubs play in.  All are welcome to join and has Representatives from such as the Bradford. Junior, Halifax, Central Yorkshire, Dales Council Leagues. 


Clubs are divided into Groups of 4 Teams arranged as much geographically as possible. There are no fixed dates (Apart from the Final) and Clubs in each Group arrange their Fixtures between themselves. In the Group stage  all Clubs should play 6 matches. Playing details etc. are sent out in around the 2nd week in April. The Group games are requested to be completed by the end of the 3rd week in July and then the top two Clubs in each Group go into an open Cup Draw and this is on a Knock-out basis with the Final being towards the end of August.

2010 Club Presentation Night

The 2010 Junior Presentation Night took place earlier than usual on Friday 17th September with another tremendous turn out for the event at the club house. The under 9s season as always had proved a learning experience for players and managers alike. Lee and Steve did a grand job as the boys and girl won three of their nine matches, against Settle, Bradley and Skipton.

The three under 9 awards for 2010 were announced as follows:

Team Managers Lee Spragg and Steve Powell spoke affectionately about their enjoyment of the year and that the players also seemed to have a lot of fun. There had been once again praise for the tremendous help from parents and supporters throughout the short season. All the players received a medal for their participation throughout the year. The ones who stood out and claimed the Prizes were Corey Green who was the top batsman whilst Matthew Corkindale was a deserved winner of the bowling award and the first ever fielding prize was picked up by Bradley Powell.

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