PINK BALL CRICKET NEWS                 02-02-23


Winter indoor coaching sessions are now underway and progressing extremely well with the Softball groups expanding considerably.

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 and T20 Pink Ball


Despite weather forecasts of doom, the William Spencer Memorial Cup Final for 2022 went ahead as scheduled at sunny Harden Cricket Club with Great Horton Church and Oakworth under-18 teams lined up to re-test which was the better team in 2022. GHC had overcome Oakworth twice during the T20-T00 League campaign and were seeking a hat-trick of victories. Great Horton Church batted first with Subhaan Ahmed, ironically an Oakworth senior, in tandem with Huzayfa Azam. Huzayfa did not last long, caught behind by Jacob Stephens for left-armer Jake Holroyd at 5-1. Skipper Muhammed Yusuf joined Subhaan for a long stay. 72 runs in fact were added as the GHC innings developed. Yusuf was out bowled by his opposite skipper Charlie Raby for an excellent 40. With Ayaan Khokhar a further 17 were added before Subhaan fell to the off-spin of Elis Jones for a superb 44 [8 fours]. So at 89-3 GHC were well placed for a 150 plus score.  This soon became 90-4 as Muhammad Taahaa copped a 3-ball duck, smartly run out by Akeel Umar. Ayan and Raheeb Akhtar boosted the tally by a further 12 and at 102-5 the game was potentially at a tipping-point. Ifzan Shafique was superbly stumped by Jacob Stephens, back behind the timbers in the absence of Max Hibbert. 118-6 and it seemed the pendulum was swinging towards Oakworth. But the advent of Razi Ullah Raiz soon stopped thoughts of a low total as another 30 runs were posted before Ayaan was caught by Elis Jones for a first wicket for Jake Keslinke. Ayaan made 24 from 31 balls at 148-7. Kaif Malik again supported Razi in adding another 18 runs before Razi was skittled by Keslinke's second wicket at 166-8. His 31 came from just 18 deliveries and really boosted the GHC total and hopes for victory. A further 14 came from the tail whilst Jake Keslinke picked up another two wickets, to lave GHC on an excellent 180 all out. Oakworth had used six bowlers with the clear pick being Jake Keslinke with 4-17 in 28 balls. Off-spinner Elis Jones added 3-28 to his catch to claim a stake of the bowling honours.

A terrific lunch prepared the lads by the Harden club heralded the second innings with Jacob Stephens joining his skipper Charlie Raby as openers. It proved a wise selection by stand-in manager [and first team Captain] Robert Hollingsworth as the pair posted a terrific 61 run stand to establish the fine balance in the contest. Charlie's share was 15 from 37 balls as he rotated the strike to allow the inform Jacob to take the majority of the strike but who was first out a for a sterling 38 from 34 balls. After Charlie fell at 67-2, number 3 James Powell and number 4 Jake Keslinke combined as on many occasions at all levels including County Their mutual understanding began to plunder the GHC bowling. James reached a stylish retirement of 50 from just 44 balls as the GHC attack wilted. The loss of Elis Jones for a 3-ball duck didn't hinder the Oakworth run-a-ball reply as Jake too went on to retire on 53. He and James had 15 fours and two sixes [from James] to savour in their 105 run stand. Akeel Umar and Jacob Davies saw the innings out to 181-3 in 27.1 overs [run rate 6. 6 per over]. 

It had proved an enthralling contest from the very best two teams in UAJCA and likely beyond] and entertained a pretty good crowd enormously.  Taahaa, Shafique and Akhtar each picked up a wicket for GHC as their fielders did a superb job in trying to limit the Oakworth progress, but it proved too little. Oakworth had lived down their two league defeats to share the silverware with GHV for 2022. The player of the match was awarded by the umpires to Jake Keslinke for his 4 wickets and 53 runs despite his dropping of a 'dolly'!

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. Pride of place this year goes to Ellis Marshall who picked up the u18 Cricketer-of-the-Year Award to add to his Bowling award.


Third Spencer Cup win

Oakworth return to under-17 cricket received a real boost with a third win in the 2019 William Spencer Memorial Cup Final at Skipton against Bradford & Bingley. But was in no way a cake-walk as the 2-wicket margin reflects. A really good bowling performance was headed by Ellis Marshall with 3 for 7 from 5 very tidy overs of left arm bowling. Bradford & Bingley ended at 92 all out. With the bat our boys looked to be cruising to a comfortable win at 50-1, But then Reece Cockshott took a hand for the Bees. He ultimately conclude his spell with 6-31 and we found ourselves at 78-8 and the nerves were twitching. But the controlled aggression from Harry Hollingsworth and calm defence from Subhaan Ahmed carried us over the line. Harry's six was monumental but the man-of-the-match went to Cockshott.

No team

Sadly 2016 will not see an under-17s team at Oakworth CC for the first time since 1991.

Opportunity knocks

2015 and 2016 will give the young team a chance to show the club that despite their overall record they can continue their much improved form. The 2015 under-15s side really started to make a few sit up and take notice and were slightly unlucky not to gain promotion to Division One. The positives came thick and fast with Matthew Hardy perhaps the pick of the improvers. He showed he had recovered well from his broken arm with a fine season's return of 14 wickets at average 19.29. His performances with the Third Xl also caught the eye and he seems set for yet more outings at Bronte Fields etc. Jack Brown wasn't far behind with 136 runs at 22.67 and a fabulous knock at Riddlesden lls to look back on for the Thirds. The real surprise performer was Nathan Town who put bat to ball in aggressive style and shocked many a bowler, tallying 138 runs at 15.33. Josh Milner outscored both Jack and Nathan with 140 runs at 14.00 but was less prominent and he failed to consolidate in the Third Xl. Its his opportunity to rectify that in 2015 and show that he can push on and then hack it at senior level.

Under-15s Joel Fothergill, Dhanyaal Ahmed and Hamzah Khan are pressuring for places and all will feature in 2015 but the iunder-16 contingent should now step up and show all that they can match their younger compatriots. For Nathan Sharpe, Callum Hey and Josh Vickers its also a chance to help the team accumulate better totals and pressure the top order. The only final year boy is the enigmatic Jordan Powell who picked up 92 runs in a much stronger line up in 2014. He should look to dominate and with a little more thought he could top the 200 run mark.

Joe Lumb picks

Ben Howell, Sam Nettleton and Jack Keighley have been selected for the UAJCA 2014 under-17 Joe Lumb Cup squad. 12 players make up teh squad which will play its first match at Settle CC on 18th May [1:00pm].

Pro Coach Summer Camp

Junior Association Sponsors Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket are again hosting a Summer Camp at Oakworth Cricket Club in 2014. The dates are 28th to 30th July. Contact 01132-033609 to book your place.

Ben follows Ben

Ben Howell has captured the  2013 UAJCA Batting Prize from under the nose of favourite Callum Lockett [and school-mate]. His average of 103.50 brings the Prize to Oakworth for a second successive season as Ben Fothergill was the winner in 2012. Ben received the accolade on 6th September at the Rendezvous Hotel in the Malham Suite at 7:30pm.

The 2nd picture is supplied by Skipton Cricket Club from the Joe Lumb fixture where Ben was a little less successful, bowled for 7 vs Pontefract ! Its a funny old game !

Spencer Cup lost

A tough Spencer Cup draw at Oxenhope beckoned for our boys and we batted first in the cold. A close game was played hard, but in excellent spirit , a credit to both sides. Batting first Oaks got off to a brisk start with Sam Nettleton dominating the innings with an excellent 43. Skipper James Lee (21) partnered him at the top of the order as Oakworth took charge. A bowling change however brought in Eddie Jackson whose slow bowling put the brakes on , whilst at the other end Josh Ferguson recovered from conceding 13 in his first over to bowl a maiden. Tight bowling and excellent fielding restricted us to 110 in the 20 overs . Oxenhope also started slowly with Josh Ferguson (17) and Liam Humphreys struggling to to score off Lee & a now consistent Nick Staton. Jack Keighley came on to bowl and produced a fine spell taking 2 for 25 off five overs as Oxenhope lost 3 quick wickets to leave them behind the rate with 5 overs to go. Lewis Hopkinson joined Humphreys who went on to make a fine 50 before retiring as Oakworth spilled a number of catches,. Oakworth looked favourites with the home side needing 17 off the last two overs. Lewis hit a huge six over the pavilion in the 19th over from Jack and a second to the trees at the bottom of the ground off Oliver Huck in the last to snatch the Cup win with 4 balls to spare.

Skipton seen off again

On the coldest of nights Oaks travelled to the scene of the Spencer Cup win10 months ago and faced the same home side. The early wicket of George Sutcliffe clean bowled by a beaut from James Lee set the tone and the Skipton innings ground on at snail pace. Josh Mullinder was intent on only playing straight balls leaving anything on or outside off stump. Nick Staton was a great foil for James and he was rewarded with a wicket in a best yet 1 for 9 in 4 overs. Three wickets fell and Mullinder began to accelerate towards the end with huge wallops. He was eventually run out for 45 as Skipton closed on 76-3. Oakworth opened with James and in-form Sam Nettleton and the pair also progressed very steadily in face of prodigious turn from left-arm spinner Joseph Beck. The Skipton bowling didn't seem to hold terrors and their fielding was abysmal. There were dropped catches and balls through legs to enjoy. Our pair eventually decided that the run-rate at 6 per over was getting too high and the boundaries soon flowed. The last over was reached with the  scores level.  First James was run out for 32 despite a desperate dive and throw of the bat. Next Sam was dropped off a dolly and then the winning runs came from a miss-field. Sam closed on 41 no with Jack Keighley also at the crease. Essentially it was an easy win but we made heavy weather of it, almost seeming as though neither side wanted to win. But another 3 points and top of the league will do for starters.

Cowling defeated

An early season cold windy night at Cowling produced some interesting cricket although the match proved a little one-sided. Batting first Matt Bygrave induced some surprising lift off a full length and had Jack Keighley caught by the keeper for a duck. This shock led to Captain James Lee and Sam Nettleton proceeding with caution on a surface not conducive to batting. The soft ground took the pace of the  ball and made timing difficult to judge. Nevertheless the pair progressed well taking the score into the  sixties before Sam played a pushed-drive to mid-off to be caught by George Blackwell for 29. James was joined by Ollie Huck who helped step up the pace and carry us to 86 before he skied one to give keeper James Mellin his second catch of the match. The opening Cowling bowlers Bygrave & Blackwell had done a good job slowing up the Oaks batsmen and each returned 4-0-16-1. The Cowling side comprise e a mixture of under-17s and some under-13, under-12 and two under-11 players. Oakworth's opening bowlers Jack Keighley and James Lee proved difficult to get bat on and James soon had his first scalp with a skittling of Bygrave for 0. Number 3 John Armstrong didn't last too much longer and Jack to had a 1 in the W column. There was as great throw from Nick Staton to run-out James Mellin to leave Cowling at not many for 3. George Blackwell also fell for a duck, bowled by James. Ollie Huck brought left-arm drift into the game and David Bell was his first and the fourth not to trouble the scorers. A ball from Jack Keighley kept very low and the Cowling talisman Sam Solley, 2012 Cricketer-of-the-Year was gone for 5. As a contest the game was over with Cowling on 12 for 6. Alfie Brear stuck around though and looked to be settling well. Ollie took out Loui Kerrigan courtesy of a back-peddling catch from debutant Phoebe Robb and then Sam Nettleton' dive had Sammy Brear on his way back to the [warm] pavilion for a Tom Fothergill wicket. Finally George Ingham leg-spin accounted for the brave Alfie Brear [5] and the match closed with Cowling on 20-9. Fielding points went to James Lee, Phoebe Robb [0.5] and Sam Nettleton 0.5].

2013 prospects

The 2012 season has to be one of our best ever. Runners-up in an 11-fixture League Championship and emphatic Cup winners over bogey-team Skipton on their own ground. Follow that 2013-ers!

It'll be a tough call but the squad has an excellent pedigree; 2012 under-15 Champions and 2010 under-13 Champions. So most pundits reckon we'll be again competitive. New manager Simon Howell will have to determine who will be Captain but whoever that is, the whole squad has quality throughout.  We expect to have the all-round talents of James Lee with George Ingham and Danny King also from last year's team. Add in Jack Keighley, Sam Nettleton, Ben Howell and Ollie Huck [all Taverners] and some insight into our strength becomes evident. The bowling attack will also feature the pace of  Nick Staton and Nick Sharples wll probably add teh keeping role to his dynamic batting. Ben Wedge should continue his progress. Brad Scrutton will hopefully get more opportunities this and next season. Now starting to develop Jordan Powell, Jack Brown, Josh Milner, Matthew Hardy and Matthew Storton from the under-15s should now expect a few outings at under-17 level.


Sunday 1st July 2012. Oakworth' 2012 under-17s captured the William Spencer Cup with a most emphatic win over Skipton in the Final at Sandylands. Oakworth tallied a daunting 205-3 with 52 runs for both skipper Jack Davison and Lewis Wrathall. Jack Keighley rattled a stunning five 6s in his 30 not out. The bowlers fared even better with Ollie Huck getting maximum reward for his left-arm floaters and 4 for 18. Skipper Davison also got in on the act with a late hat-trick to scupper Skipton at 71 all out. He was made man of the match by the Umpires. For Oaks James Lee was absent in Barcelona with Silsden FC and so the full team was: Jack Davison [capt], Matty Lee [w/k], Lewis Wrathall, Ben Fothergill, Jack Keighley, Frazer Atkinson, Liam Baker, George Ingham, Oliver Huck, Danny King and Sam Nettleton. For a match report please see:

It's Oaks second win of the most prestigious UAJCA trophy, following on the success by our 1998 squad, led by Gareth Wooler.


The 2012 under-17s squad is arguably the strongest we have ever produced. This year Jack Davison, Lewis Wrathall, Ben Fothergill and Matty Lee all play their final UAJCA season. Their junior pedigree has progressed superbly with all gaining representative honours along the way. Liam Baker and Frazer Atkinson provide hard-hitting back-up to the above four leading lights. We also have returnees Jackson Rouse and Ryan Taylor back in the fold.

Add in under-16s James Lee (top-scoring UAJCA u-15 batsman and 2011 Cricketer-of-the-Year), George Ingham, Martin Long and Danny King and the credentials of the squad look awesome.

In 2011 the squad performed superbly after a horrible start but ended that season strongly defeating the two teams which finished above them; Skipton and Oxenhope. So expectations for 2012 remain high with anticipation of a strong challenge for our first under-17 Championship since 1998 and the days of Gareth Wooler, Andy Dawson and Mark Beckett.

If required the under-17 squad will also be able to call on some highly talented under-15s in Jack Keighley, Sam Nettleton. Oliver Huck and hopefully Ben Howell.

Good luck boys and lets get ff to a better start than 2011

Junior Presentation Night

Oakworth CC committee have decided that this year to help accommodate everyone with more comfort, the Presentation Night will be split by age groups as follows:

Fri Sept 23rd : under 9 & under 11 players

Fri Sept 30th : under 13, under 15 & under 17

The night will commence at 7:30pm so be there for 7:0pm to get a seat.


The 2011 under-17s have largely graduated from the under-15s, where their Championship credentials shone through in 2010. The KC2000 Under-17s Championship Trophy hasn't graced Wide Lane since 1998. We came close in 2009 (2nd) but its fully 13 years since we were winners. The 2010 squad will definitely include Jack Davison, Lewis Wrathall ([pictured), Matty Lee, Ben Fothergill, James Heslop and Frazer Atkinson. Jordan Bates and Marshall Pedder have not yet declared. Under-15s James Lee, Danny King, Martin Long, Jack Keighley, George Ingham and Sam Nettleton will probably be regulars although any of the talented u15 squad might turn out.

Jack Davison, Lewis Wrathall, Ben Fothergill and Matty Lee are all selected for the initial 26-man Joe Lumb squad by Manager Simon Bailey. The squad will be whittled down to 15 after a trial on 8th May at Keighley CC. James Lee and Oliver Huck are selected for the u15s Lords' Taverner initial squad.


Once again the clubhouse was packed to overflow for the 2010 Junior Presentation Night. The under-17 season was summarised by Team Manager Chris Ellis The expectations for 2010 were not the highest with retention of Division One status the principal priority. The out-turn was much better with 7 victories taking us to fifth place.

 Chris announced the batting award as a first that he had presented to someone smaller than he was! It went to popular winner Matty Lee who had a magnificent season finishing with 281 league runs in the year. The bowling prize went to under-15 batting winner Ben Fothergill and he doesn't like bowling!. The fielding prize was won by absent skipper Greig Hudson. The All-rounder Prize  was another deserved award for First-teamer Lewis Wrathall with 198 runs and 11 wickets.

For 2011 the 2010 under-15 boys will continue in the KC2000 League and another serious challenge could ensue despite their younger ages.

The overall winner of the SA Labels Cup was determined as under-17 Ben Fothergill's 24 & 4 for 6 against ultimate double winners Embsay in their only defeat, to Oakworth. Ben had an urgent appointment with a Bradford Comedy club and was not at the clubhouse to receive the award so sister and scorer Lucy Fothergill proudly took possession.

The 2010 Oakworth Junior Presentation Night will beheld on Friday 17th September (7:30pm) start so arrive early!! There will be prizes for batting, bowling, fielding and all-round skill. In addition the prestigious SA Labels Cup will be awarded for the best performance of the year.

2010 Prospects

After our near miss of the KC2000 League Championship last year, our sights this year might be less elevated. The u-17 side will retain Greig Hudson, Jack Atkinson and Tom Hudson, if fit following his season-halting injury. They will be joined by Marshall Pedder, James Heslop and Harry Hurren. The remainder will be under-15s probably in the guise of Jack Davison, Lewis Wrathall, Ben Fothergill, Matt & James Lee, George Ingham and Jordan Bates. the bowling strength looks good but significant batting development will be required for a tough First Division.

The primary objective must be to retain top Division status since due to suspensions our Cup prospects will be severely curtailed.

2009 Presentation Night

The Annual Junior Presentation Night took place on scheduled on Friday 2nd October at the club house. Team Manager Chris Ellis could not be here but a written resume was given by Terry. Chris praised the support he had received from Steve Hartley over the last five years and paid tribute to the support of parents and in particular the grounds-man for superb wickets. Steve will be standing down in 2010.

The under 17 awards for 2009 were announced as follows:

In a year which produced top-notch cricket and a second placing in the very tough UAJCL KC2000 League, the side performed to expectation.  An 8-run loss to Champions Sutton at Wide Lane was crucial in the title outcome in the light of a later 2-run win at Sutton. Mid-season losses to bogey-side Skipton and Cup winners Embsay were also significant in the title destination. In 2010 most of the side will be senior players but Greig Hudson, Tom Hudson, Marshal Pedder, James Heslop and Harry Hurren will be supported by a strong under-15 section.

The batting prize went to Jack Hainsworth who very much lived up to all our hopes, emerging as one of the best players in the League. He represented the Area at Joe Lumb level, just missing out on selection for the District side. The bowling award went to hitherto nearly-man Michael Clegg after finishing high in the league lists with his 'floaters'.  Michael added the Fielding prize as well to demonstrate the huge strides forward he has made in 2009 as a regular member of the Second XI. The all-rounder Prize was taken, not for the first time by Luke Taylor, who as expected was unable to receive his prize in person.

Later, the highlight of the evening was as always the award of the SA Labels Cup for the best performance of the year. A difficult coaches verdict was that James Lee's Under 15 Cup Semi-Final 27 and 2 wickets vs Upper Wharfedale was the most deserving match-winning performance in a major event.

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