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League Terminate Caribbeans Membership.

The CYCL Management Committee have terminated Caribbean CC's membership of the league, effective immediately.

The decision was taken following a series of administrative and disciplinary issues within the club in recent seasons.

This season Caribbean finished bottom of the Championship without a win, and, due to points deductions will finish with a minus points total.

Pyramid Structure For 2016 - Statement From League Chairman.

The formation of a divisional structure for season 2016 has taken significant time and effort. I understand the frustration this must have caused, however it was obviously important that we were happy with the resulting structure.

Although we still have some work to do the final structure is within reach and I am able to reveal some of it to you now together with some explanation for why and how we have got to where we are.


The Premier Division for 2016 will consist of twelve teams - all of which will be current Bradford League teams.

Teams will be placed in the following divisions which will both contain ten teams - these teams will play each other twice - home and away plus four interdivisional games which will be "seeded" i.e. the top four in one division will play the top four in the other division.

One team from each Championship will be promoted into the Premier division at the end of season 2016.

The format of the Championship divisions has been constructed with consideration of playing strengths and with an element of regionalisation. In the end we decided it was unhealthy to have one division consisting of current Bradford League clubs and one division of CYCL clubs - the current format we feel gives a better opportunity for promotion for the better clubs.

There will be one place for the Champion of the current CYCL Championship - which will be either Hopton Mills CC or Liversedge CC. The second placed club in that division will not be promoted.

This will mean that as a result of the re-structuring four current CYCL Premier Division clubs will be placed in the Conference 1 for season 2016.

The two Conference divisions will consist of those four clubs plus the remaining CYCL clubs - Great Preston as the Champion of CYCL Division 1 will be promoted into Conference Division 1. The second placed club in the CYCL Division 1 will not be promoted.

Two existing CYCL clubs had applied for release into the Drakes Huddersfield League. We have decided that the right thing to do is to release Mirfield CC and Mirfield Parish at the end of the current season.

I can also confirm that it is our intention that no league games are played on either a Sunday or a Bank Holiday.

A second team structure is being formed alongside this structure - if at all possible it is our intention that second teams are played at an appropriate level for their playing ability and not simply mirror the division of their first team. If, due to fixture issues, this is not possible then the second team structure will mirror the first team structure.

Conference division clubs will be permitted to register an overseas cricketer for season 2016. They will not however be permitted to register a Tier 5 First Class overseas cricketer  - other visa type entrants are permitted.

There remains much work to be done before the start of season 2016, however I remain positive and excited by what we have before us and feel we are working towards the forming the best structure for cricket in West Yorkshire.

Mark Heald

CYCL Chairman.

Second Team Review - Week 21

Congratulations to Ossett who won the Second X1 Premier Division after a 3 wicket win at closest rivals Batley. The Ossett bowling attack dismissed Batley for 88, with good contributions from Nohman Hussain (4-25), Younis Hussain (3-29) and Dale Winterbottom (2-3) whilst Mohmed Tarik Patel top scored for Batley with 19. With David Sadler getting the Ossett reply off to a good start with a score of 25, a straight forward win looked on the cards. However, Saqib Talib (4-34) and Awais Munir (3-26) took the game back to Ossett and the innings went from 72-3 to 84-7. Solly Abbas (31*) kept a cool head though and steered Ossett home to victory, and the title.

Wakefield Thornes moved into second place and did all they could to take the title race to the last week as they defeated Mirfield Parish by 10 wickets. Robert Stephenson (5-11), Edward Fowles (3-16) and Andy Holmes (2-12) did the damage as Parish were brushed aside for for just 53, Richard Firth scoring 19. Juniors Josh Hudson-Evans (34*) and Mathew Hawes (6*) then chased down the total in an unbroken opening stand.

Wakefield St Michaels batsmen Martin Bramley (46*), Lee Stevenson (42) and Lawrence Morton (41) led the way to their sides winning draw with Methley, for whom Richard Smart scored 62*. After Richard Sidle (77) and Lee Peters (50) struck a  first wicket partnership of 130 for Birstall, things fell away a little, but they still posted a challenging 216. Carlton were up to the challenge though as Gary Close (94*) and Richard Sykes (45*) put on 125 in an unbeaten third wicket partnership to secure an eight wicket win. Richard Smith, with 7-45 led the way for Wrenthorpe as they dismissed Altofts for 109. Tom Chesters 54* and Paul Burns 34 saw Wrenthorpe to a comfortable 9 wicket win. East Ardsley junior Patrick Green took 4-23 as Buttershaw St Pauls were bowled out for 165, with Umar Dawood scoring 55. Daniel Bolland then took 3-33 for Saints, but Mathew Redgwick (54*) and Green (24) ensured a 6 wicket win for Ardsley.

Congratulations to Azaad who opened up a 15 point gap to secure the Second X1 Championship title. Zahoor Hussain (62) and Riffat Kiani (53) built the platform for the Azaad total of 205 against Liversedge, for whom James Lunn took 3-35. Apart from 23 from Arshad Ali, the Liversedge reply never really got going and they were all out for 99, with Mohammed Akram taking 3-19 as Azaad secured the trophy after a dominant season in this division.

Hopton Mills slim chances of catching Azaad disappeared as they went down by 5 wickets to Northowram Fields, for whom Kamlesh Patel (4-22) and Paul Bottomley (52*) played key roles. Townvilles late season revival continues, this time with a win over Oulton by 27 runs. Steve Walton scored an excellent 108* and Tom Mellor took 3-47 for Townville, whilst Alan Winn top scored for Oulton with 57.

Congratulations to Great Preston as they completed a memorable day for the club by securing the Second X1 Division 1 title with a 9 wicket win over Gildersome, who's 9 players were dismissed for 82. Richard White took 4-19 for Great Preston, for whom Callum Hepworth-Smith scored 56* in their reply. It was no doubt a lively night at Berry Lane on Saturday!

Whilst there was joy for Great Preston, it was heartbreak for East Leeds, who's  title challenge finished with an agonising 3 run defeat to Caribbean. Abid Hussain scored 81 as Caribbean posted 155 all out. East Leeds bowlers Michael Shelton, Dan Bradley and Martin Kent took 3 wickets each. With Saad Shaik (26) and Jacob McLelland edging East Leeds closer and closer, it was Caribbean bowlers Vakar Ali (4-31) and Mohammed Bashir (3-35) who grabbed a dramatic win for their team and ended the title race. 

There was all sorts going on in Rodleys innings of 77, with number 10 David Clutterbuck top scoring with 19, and Adwaltons Simon Bagnall returning the remarkable figures of 5-1. Ben Garner (35) ensured Adwalton eased home by 6 wickets. Paul Newton (57) was the mainstay of Mirfields total of 138, Simon Copland taking 3-26 for Crossbank Methodists. Louis Bentley looked to have given Crossbank a chance when he scored 48, but there wasn't enough support for him as Mirfield bowlers Robert Haigh (4-20) and Emma Bolt (3-25) dismissed Crossbank for 113 to win by 25 runs.

Division One Review - Week 21

Congratulations to Great Preston who stormed to the Division One title with an emphatic 10 wicket win over Gildersome. Its been a superb first season in the league for the Castleford based side and they go into the final week with an unassailable 9 point lead over nearest rivals East Leeds.

Great Preston beat Gildersome by 10 wickets.

Haseeb Hashmi contributed 86 towards Gildersome's useful looking total of 175 all out. Andy Clark was in prolific form again, taking 5-57, whilst Lee Russell supported with 3-30. An unbroken first wicket stand of 176 delivered the required 6 points to crown Great Preston champions. Australian Matt King has lit up Division One with his batting performances this season and his 68* here leaves him just 7 runs short of the 1,000 run milestone. Just for once, though, he was overshadowed as his partner Danusha Ranasinghe scored 90* in an impressive performance.

East Leeds valiant season long chase of Great Preston finally ended, despite a convincing victory over Rodley. Alan Olbison (5-33) and Kirti Tandel (3-24) shot Rodley out for 57, with Mark Hobson top scoring with 20. The reply got off to a shaky start but Shamoon Mushtaq (39) steadied things down as his side eased home with 3 wickets down. The Pontefract Lane side have made a huge contribution to an exciting title battle this season which should give them every confidence for next season.

Adwalton beat Crossbank Methodists by 88 runs.

Adwalton moved into third place following this win over bottom side Crossbank. Mathew Donohoe continued his excellent form with 83 out of Adwaltons 248-9. James Abbott was the top wicket taker with 4-70. There was a superb start to the Crossbank Methodists reply with Alan Firth (43) and junior Christian Duncan (47) putting on 97 for the first wicket. The innings fell away after their departure however, with Chris Priestley (6-31) and Steve Laycock (3-20) leading the way as Crossbank were dismissed for 160.

Championship Review - Week 21

With Hopton Mills and Liversedge both losing, the race for the Championship title goes to the final day of the season, with just 1 point separating these two sides.

Oulton beat Hopton Mills by 4 wickets.

Mills lost the chance to wrap up the title after going down to a spirited Oulton side. After dismissing their opponents for 168, Oulton knocked off runs for the loss of 6 wickets. No further details are available as, at the time of writing, no scorecard has been received.

Northowram Fields Winning Draw against Liversedge.

Liversedge lost for the third time this season against their bogey team, Northowram Fields. Batting first, Liversedge posted what looked a very competitive 222-5 with Alan Sumner scoring 75 and Jonny Trevitt, promoted to the First X1 after a prolific second team season, chipping in with 36. Wickets were hard to come by for Northowram, but Jason Smith turned in figures of 3-45. The reply didn't get off to an ideal start, Fields being 29-2 at one stage, but a 4th wicket partnership of 124 by Chris Metcalfe (101*) and Majid Jahangar (51) turned the game on its head and lead to a excellent win for Northowram Fields. Simon Kay continued his fine form this season for Liversedge, taking 2-40.

East Ardsley Winning Draw against Azaad.

Ardsley moved up to third place following this dramatic victory. Imran Mahboob was in the runs again for Azaad as they scored 154-9, with Ash Pearson taking 3-45. Mahboob was in form with the ball too, with figures of 4-40, and supported by Razah Hussain (3-29) reduced East Ardsley to 92-8, before the Pearson brothers Ash (33) and Adam (30*) put on 52 to take their side to within 11 runs of victory, before Ash Pearson was finally dismissed. Adam and last man Josh Daniels (4*) kept edging Ardsley closer and closer though before grabbing the win off the last ball of the game.

Wakefield St Michaels beat Caribbean by 6 wickets.

Caribbean's 9 players were looking down the barrel of a huge defeat as Michael Halloran (4-47) and his fellow St. Michaels bowlers reduced them to 28-6. Some tail end defiance, with Sylvester Firth scoring 23, enabled the final total to be a much more respectable 108 all out. There was also a spirited performance in the field from the depleted Caribbean side, with junior Naveen Piran taking 3-26, but with Ryan Wilby top scoring with 31*, St. Michaels eventually eased home with 6 wickets to spare.

Hopton Mills now have it in their own hands with a home game this week against Wakefield St. Michaels. Meanwhile, Liversedge, just one point behind Mills, entertain bottom side Caribbean. It should be a nail biting finish to what has been a highly entertaining season in the Championship.