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.