CYCL Holds Its Final Dinner And Presentation Night.

The All Rounder Central Yorkshire Cricket League enjoyed its final annual dinner on Friday 13th November at the newly re-furbished Norman Hunter Banqueting Suite at Elland Road,Leeds.

Guests of Honour included David Young and Alan Birkinshaw from the JCT Bradford League, and Yorkshire CCC One Day captain Alex Lees, who presented the trophies to the various winners. The guest speaker was former pilot and air traffic controler David Gunson, who gave an entertaining speech that was well received.

There was a minutes silence in memory of all those connected to the league who have died in the past 12 months, in particular Andy Bolt from Mirfield CC who sadly passed away just days before the event.

Highlights of the presentation ceremony included Methley receiving the "double" of the Ken Kingsbury Premier Division cup and the Jack Hampshire Cup. Wakefield Thornes came away with no less than 9 trophies - the Bradley Cup, Clegg Cup, All Rounder 20/20 Cup, Premier Division Ground Maintenance, A team Premier Division Junior batting and all rounder (Josh Hudson-Evans), Tom Senior Cup for leading First Team Wicket Keeper (Tom Froggett), A and G Boothroyd Trophy for most catches by a non Wicket Keeper (David Toft) and Geoff Bradby Cup for most promising under 21 (James Wolfenden).

It was a good night too for Great Preston, who took home 8 trophies - Victory Cup (Division One Champions), the Worthington Cup (Division One A  Team Champions), Championship/Division One Ground Maintenance, the Division One batting and all rounder awards (Australian Matt King), the Division One bowling award (Andrew Clark) plus the Division One A team bowling (Adrian Sharp) and all rounder (Richard White) trophies.

Wrenthorpes South African Darryl Hendricks won both the Eric Lodge Trophy for Premier Division batting and the LGB Services and Sales award for being the leading CYCL run scorer. It was a good night too for Townvilles Jack Hughes who collected the Premier Division bowling and all rounder awards, and the Blades Hairdressing award for for being the CYCL leading wicket taker. Wrenthorpes James Glynn picked up the the Don Nicholson award for the outstanding individual performance for taking 9-11 in a league match.

There was some notable performances from junior cricketers in the league as well. Altofts Elliot Carter won the Hanging Heaton trophy for being the leading A team Wicket Keeper whilst his clubmate Jonathan Donnelly swept the board in the Premier Division Junior awards, winning the batting, bowling and all rounder trophies. James Norcliffe of Northowram Fields won the Championship junior bowling and all rounder awards.

It was a special night for Adwaltons Bennett family with dad Paul winning the Division One A team batting award and son Josh winning that divisions junior batting trophy.

Gildersomes Phoebe Austin went into the record books by becoming the CYCLs first (and now only) female individual award winner by winning the Division One A team junior bowling award.

The Simon Sterling Cup for most 6s in a season was shared by Ian Lay (Hopton Mills), Ash Mackereth (Hopton Mills), Farukh Alam (Carlton) and Chris Metcalf (Northowram Fields). Martin Stubbs received the Malcolm Tate Umpires award and there was a special presentation to Batley CC on their recent achievement of becoming joint winners of the National Asian Club of the Year.

The final trophy to be presented was to League Chairman Mark Heald who collected the Dewsbury CC Services to Cricket award for his unstinting efforts in helping to create the new merged league between the Bradford League and the CYCL.

Andy Bolt

It is with deep sadness that the CYCL have learned of the news of the death of Mirfield club stalwart Andy Bolt, suddenly on Sunday, following a long illness.

Andy was a popular and well respected figure around the league and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Details of Andy's funeral have yet to be confirmed.

Merged League Structure Announced.

The Divisional structures for 2016 for the merged Bradford and Central Yorkshire Cricket League have been announced and will be as follows:

First X1s

Premier Division

Bradford and Bingley, Cleckheaton, East Bierley, Farsley, Hanging Heaton, Lightcliffe, Morley, New Farnley, Pudsey Congs, Pudsey St Lawrence, Scholes, Woodlands.

Championship A

Baildon, Batley, Birstall, Hunslet Nelson, Idle, Keighley, Liversedge, Ossett, Saltaire, Undercliffe, Windhill, Yeadon.

Championship B

Altofts, Bankfoot, Bowling Old Lane, Brighouse, Carlton, Gomersal, Hartshead Moor, Hopton Mills, Methley, Spen Victoria, Townville, Wrenthorpe.


Adwalton, Azaad, Buttershaw St Pauls, Crossbank Methodists, East Ardsley, East Leeds, Gildersome, Great Preston, Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, Northowram Fields, Oulton, Rodley, Wakefield St Michaels.

Second X1s

Premier Division

East Bierley, Farsley, Hanging Heaton, Lightcliffe, Morley, New Farnley, Pudsey Congs, Pudsey St Lawrence, Saltaire, Undercliffe, Woodlands, Yeadon.

Championship A

Baildon, Bankfoot, Birstall, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford and Bingley, Brighouse, Cleckheaton, Idle, Keighley, Ossett, Scholes, Windhill.

Championship B

Altofts, Azaad, Batley, Carlton, East Ardsley, Gomersal, Hartshead Moor, Hopton Mills, Methley, Spen Victoria, Wakefield St Michaels, Wrenthorpe.


Adwalton, Buttershaw St Pauls, Crossbank Methodists, East Leeds, Gildersome, Great Preston, Heckmondwike and Carlinghow, Hunslet Nelson, Liversedge, Northowram Fields, Oulton, Rodley, Townville.

Presentation Night and League Dinner

The CYCL Presentation Night and Dinner will take place on Friday 13th November at the Norman Hunter Banqueting Suite,at Leeds United's ground, Elland Road, Leeds.

Time will be 19.15 for 19.45. As a goodwill gesture the League have capped the ticket prices at £30 per head. There will be a guest speaker, who will be confirmed in the near future.

Vacancies In Heavy Woollen Cup.

An opportunity has arisen for clubs to apply to join Englands oldest cricket cup competition, the Heavy Woollen Cup.

Any clubs interested should contact the competition Secretary by September 30th 2015.

Premier Division Review - Week 22

Methley won the last ever CYCL Premier Division title with an emphatic win over Birstall in a match reduced to 42 overs a side due to heavy rain all morning.

Methley batted first and the reigning champions set about their task purposely with Richard Foster (76) and Marcus Walmsley (104*) putting on 157 for the first wicket. Ed Walmsleys 34* kept the scoreboard ticking until Methley declared at 231-1 after 34 overs. With Wakefield Thornes having already won their game against Hunslet Nelson, it was tense for Methley as they worked to dismiss their opponents. With the light fading fast and stubborn resistance being offered by Birstalls Australian Robert Pearl (38) and captain Craig Wood (31) there was certainly a lot of nervousness around the ground. With just 9 wickets needed due to an injury suffered by one of the Birstall players whilst fielding, the Methley attack kept plugging away. Mustafa Bashir (3-23), Marcus Walmsley (2-27), Josh Sullivan (2-27) and Ed Walmsley (1-23) gradually worked their way through the Birstall line up. At 7.20 the last wicket fell and an excellent Methley side could celebrate being the final CYCL Champions and complete the double having picked up the Jack Hampshire Cup already this season.

Hard work, good management, a talented pool of players, a willingness to give youth a chance and a determination to get games played no matter what the weather has proved a winning combination for Methley and should see them continue to be a powerful presence in the new merged league. Congratulations on a terrific season.

Earlier in the day, Wakefield Thornes had done all in their power to keep the title race going by taking 6 points from their 8 wicket win over Hunslet Nelson. Will Stiff (34) and Robert Barker (26) batted well for Nelson, but the Thornes attack was on fire and dismissed them for 107. The wickets were shared out between Faisal Irfan (3-11), Matt Varley (3-42), Rav Palliyguruge ((2-25) and Mahmood Rasool (2-21).  In reply, Thornes batsmen James Wolfenden (35*), David Toft (34) and Joe Cook (28*) led their side home to a comfortable win. A superb effort from Thornes then to push Methley all the way and best wishes to them in their new adventure in the Yorkshire South Premier set up.

Townville confirmed third place with a winning draw over Wrenthorpe. James Glynn (62) and Neil Bourke (42) were the top scorers in Wrenthorpes total of 160-8, with Jack Hughes finishing the season with another excellent haul of 4-39 for Townville. The Townville reply was wobbling a little at 78-4, but an unbeaten 5th wicket partnership of 88 from Nick Bresnan (51*) and Connor Harvey (36*) saw their side home.

Thre was an interesting "game within a game" going on as well to see who would finish as the leagues highest scorer. Wrenthorpes South African Darryl Hendricks led Townvilles Chris Holliday by just 21 runs going into the game. When Hendricks was out for just 8 it looked like giving a great opportunity to Holliday to take the lead. However, after such a prolific season he failed to score, and the top scorer trophy goes to Hendricks. Both players, however, had already passed the 1,000 run milestone. Hendricks scoring 1063 at an average of 75.93 and Holliday 1034 at 73.86. Brilliant figures by both players!

The games between Batley and Mirfield Parish, Altofts and Ossett and Carlton and Buttershaw St Pauls were all abandoned with no play possible. Buttershaw St Pauls finished bottom.