SENIOR CLUB NEWS

JUNIOR CLUB NEWS

AMAZING TURN-ROUND FOR 2ND PLACE THIRDS
The Sunday afternoon at Queensbury didn't augur well for the Sunday Team as at 36-7 as Queensbury bowlers Ashraf, Darlinga and Reppion ripped our batting apart. What was needed was an experienced hand and it was Sajjad that stepped up. His 29 runs held things together and Ayaan [15] and  unsung Tim Harington [12 no]  with13 ball resistance from no 11 Logan dragged our total to 84 all out in the 31st over. A chance to keep he roll going was there. Could we take it? Jummy's boys knuckled down and the wickets began to tumble. Emerging u18 Dawud led the riposte with 4-20 and he tweakers from Liam Brookes brought him 3-0 in 15 balls. Old hand Sajjad added to his batting efforts with 2-4 and the skipper picked up 1-19 as Queensbury collapsed to 45 all out in 18.3 overs. Yet another 20 points to the total and we lie in 2nd place chasing Stainland [again]. 
GIRLS FINAL WASHED OUT
The 2024 u12s Girls Cup Final scheduled for Sunday 14th July was yet another victim of the so-called British Summer. The match between Oakworth and Gt Horton Church will be rearranged as soon as a mutually agreeable date can be found.
DECENT 2NDS SCORE NOT ENOUGH
A 51-3 start for the 2nds at Outlane could go either way and for Joe P it signalled a return to batting form with 41 as he anchored the rest of the innings. Joe and Akeel [45 no] combined youthfully and together 76 runs were added. Our total progressed to a decent 183-9 after the 45 overs despite the restriction applied by Home bowler Davis [5-40]. But it was to be opener Read that proved the real difficulty. Our hitherto productive attack couldn't shift him and after 117 balls he had a maiden 100 to his name. Shaw [45] and Brook [7 no] gave him strong support and with over 6 overs to go Outlane had reached their target and 12 points. Only Liam B managed a wicket even though Michael used 8 different bowlers. A hefty blow but we fell just one place in the Table.
  DUCKWORTH-LEWIS AIDS WIN OVER OUTLANE
With wet weather around yet again, fingers were crossed for the 1st team clash with Outlane. It went ahead but was rain affected and required the application of Duckworth-Lewis for the first time in our history to resolve the match.  Rob won the toss and asked the long-distance visitors to bat. It proved a good decision as Outlane fell to 47-4 with Jake Keslinke removing the top three in his 3-10 return from 7 overs. Enter a decent partnership from Stokes and Westwood which was halted by Bradley, after adding 52 to the Outlane cause. At 105-6 the prospects were good for Oakworth and when Jack Davison joined the attack it was only a fiurther21 runs that were added as Jack added 3-51 to Bradley's 3-37. The 127 target was subjected to the Duckworth-Lewis calculations and a revised target of 96 in 29 overs was set for our innings. At 22-2 and 42-3 we hadnt made the best of starts but the rate was good and Jake K went on to secure the full points with 46 no from 38 balls alongside Dan P with 17 no.
BLACK RAT FESTIVAL 28th JULY
UAJCA has confirmed that the Black Rat Festival is to be rearranged for Sunday 28th July, as usual at the Sandylands Sports Fields under the auspices of Skipton CC and Skipton CI CC.  Clubs have been consulted and the Festival, whilst reduced in size as expected, will feature 19 teams . The under-13 section will feature 6 teams, as will the under-11 section. The Under-9s grouping will embrace 7 teams.

The two 6-team hardball groups will commence at 10:30 whilst the larger under-9 group will be required to start at 09:30. The good news is that they will all have more fixtures. Each Section will also feature the top two teams in a Final for the 'Malsis' Cups. Sadly though there will be no separate girls section. The team entries are

Age-Group 2024 Team Entries Entries Vacancies
u13 Skipton [Hosts] , Oakworth, Earby,, Sutton, Airedale6, Skipton Girls 6  
u11 Skipton [Hosts] , Bingley Congs, Oakworth, Crossflatts, Earby, Settle, 6  
u9 Skipton [Hosts] Gt Horton Church [holders], Bingley Congs, Settle, Oakworth, Earby & Skipton Girls 7  

The draw will be issued to clubs shortly. Further entries may be possible if clubs consider a late entry.

GOLD STARS ARE CHAMPIONS
In the first of three meetings with Gt Horton Church girls, the winner of the 2024 u12 Girls Championship would emerge. Our Gold Star Girls had a commanding 39 point lead, having played more games, but GHC could overhaul us if they were to win their matches in hand.
We lost the toss and were asked to bat. Lily and Ava opened cautiously against GHC experienced Aaliyah and Umaima and began with 14 for one out. Maisie and Esmae were next in and Maisie was out twice in the first over, but how she made up for it whacking some great boundaries to hit 23 runs with 6 from Esmae a great Pair total. Evie and Daisy kept the hit and run going well and they put in 22 runs with 1 wicket loss each. Rose and Myah were to end our innings adding 5 and 19 respectively for one out by Rose. The total was 100-6 [270-6] and perhaps should have been more but for some resilient bowling and catching from GHC.
After the Play-Cricket seized up the match was scored on paper [remember that?] and we were immediately under pressure from Aaliyah and Ipshita who belted 27 with one wicket from Lily who had struggled with the left-handers. Summayah & Umaima kept up the pressure and another 25 runs were again pegged back, both by Maisie. The GHC were ahead of the rate and the match was becoming a classic. Third Pair Aminah and Maymoonah produced no let up with 21 runs coming when our fielding became ragged and the tension heightened. The lead was around 20 with 4 overs to go. Our bowlers were Rose and Myah who took on Sabah and Emaan [2023 Cricketer of the Year]. What a match-up!! Were we to lose our first match for 2024? .
Unbelievably the fortunes swung as the GHC batters went aerial to try and get the runs and it proved their downfall. Our catchers found their hands and Rose grabbed 3 wickets for just 10 runs whilst Myah added another 2 for 10. We had held the GHC charge at the eleventh hour to win by 25 runs, a result that was very much in doubt 24 balls earlier!
The two sides shook hands with genuine warmth after a highly emotive match conducted in great spirit. The GHC management congratulated our girls as the best team on their performance and the amazing outcome earning the Gold Stars the LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP.

WALK CANCEL

SPONSORED WALK CANCELLED SPONSORED WALK CANCELLED
Due to the inability of the club to fully secure a Crowdfunding Account for donations, the planned sponsored walk scheduled for 7th July is now CANCELLED. It is anticipated the walk will be resurrected in 2025 in order to help fund purchase of a new gang-mower for the grounds maintenance improvements. Many thanks to all those who had agreed to assist with marshalling, leading and feeding; and those that had planned to make the trek. Please accept my apology for any inconvenience. Personally I will be undertaking the walk for myself as planned at 10:00am weather permitting, and if anyone is interested in coming along, I would welcome the company. Terry T
OH NO IT IS ISN'T - THE WEATHER WINS AGAI OH NO IT IS ISN'T - THE WEATHER WINS AGAIN
Due to the continuing horrendous weather the pitches at Skipton are under water with no prospect of play on 16th June. Therefore the Festival is cancelled. The Executive are reviewing whether an alternative date might be possible.
ITS TIME TO TAKE ON THE RATS
Yes folks its time for the annual UAJCA 6-aside Festival on Sunday 16th June, also known as the Cricket Picnic. Once again the event is to beheld at the extensive Sandylands Sports Grounds under the direction of UAJCA, Skipton CC and Skipton Church Institiute CC. The monster event will have 35 teams playing on 8 pitches for groups of under-13,under-11, under-9 and Girls.

Despite some last minute withdrawals, the centre-piece of our season is again to be sponsored by BLKRAT-GIRAFF Sportswear of Gargrave, so many thanks to them for their generosity.

The event startts promptly [please] at 09:30am and should be complete around 4pm. Each team has a minimum of four matches with the lucky under-9s having five, as their groups include 2 uner-10 girls teams.

This year we are again out in force and represented by five teams in all categories. See the individual age-group pages for fixture details and timings.

FLATTS FALL TO JIM's BOYS
Our Sunday team took the short journey down to Crossflatts for a first meeting in the new league. Skipper James led from the front and was clearly enjoying his new role. He contributed 47 [7 fours and a six] with the bat and later nabbed 4-29 with the ball. But it wasn't a one-man show as there were handy knocks from Paul [35], Amin [20], Sully [14]  and Noman [10] and a last man blast from Asim [11 from 8 balls]. Our 168-9 was a decent posting from 40 overs as our only concern was the late 3 wickets from player-coach Scott Kershaw. Juniors Rhys Mazey and Archie Brooksbank each picked up a couple of wickets for the Flatts. With the ball the home side were soon in trouble at 33-4 with Asim, Dawud and Ollie getting in early with victims. Number 6 Liam Brookes blasted 29 from 17 balls but his fall to James ended serious resistance as we had the final wicket in the 29th over and Flatts all out for 99. Logan's twirlers brought him a pleasing 2-19 with the final wicket falling to yet another junior, ace fielder Ayaan's 4 balls. Another 20 points in the bag and we continue to lead the Table on 48 points, 3 points ahead of Stainland, our nearest challengers.
FIRST & SECOND TEAMS CLIMB TABLE
A ten-man Leymoor team arrived at Wide Lane with hopes of lifting themselves from the Division bottom whilst our bpys were after continuing to repair the slip up at  home to Mount with a second win having demolished Queensbury last week. Man-of-the-match last week Tom Raby was again in superb form with the ball and the first five wickets fell to him to leave Leymoor hopes in tatters at 35-5. High pace and the left-arm mode undermined the visitors before Jack D picked off a couple and there was 1 for James but Tom did it again with another 7-for [7-39] in just 11 overs. The final total was helped on its way to 116-9 with around five dropped catches to show next weeks training objective. For the visitors Walkden and Sharp each scored 31 in their 41.2 overs innings. Joel and Dan put together a pleasing 71 stand before Joel nicked one and walked despite no response from the umpire. He made a solid as ever 36 from 82 balls. But a Golden Duck for James set us back at 77-2. Prompted by the erring Play-Cricket system, most thought Dan had reached a first fifty but he fell for 49 with 7 fours and a six with our score on 95-3 and just 22 needed to win. We got them in the 37th over with the losses of Jake [6] and Robert [3] on the way. Jack  [9 no] and Ellis [10 no] carried us over the line to a full 12 points whilst Leymoor's bowlers gained a deserved single bowling point. We now lie in 3rd place 2 points behind relegated Southowram and 16 adrift of leaders Sowebry St Peters, next weeks opponents.

The Second XI made the reverse trek to Leymoor and this time it was Ricky who had the home side on the back foot. His superb pacy spell of 12 overs concluded with 3-15 to build nicely on last weeks similar return. Akeel failed to take a scalp but his 7 overs cost just 17 runs to leave Leymoor struggling for runs. There was little respite as Akeel gave way to skipper Michael who nabbed a five-for [5-21] despite a handy 24 from no 8 Hagerty. Sajjad picked up another as 10-man Leymoor subsided to 71-9 after only 32.5 overs. Another building on last week's strong performance was Matty with another 40 from just 29 balls [4 fours and 3 sixes] to put an easy victory in our grasp. Saad copped a 10-ball duck [lbw] Whilst Louis was caught at point for 5. But Wajid and Stevie took us to the points in the 14th over.  The team climbed up to 4th spot in the Division on 32 points, 7 [points behind top team Stainland, followed by Southowram and Oxenhope.

FIRST DOUBLE HEADER
Sunday 12th May was the date we hosted two concurrent UAJCA league matches in the morning on split-pitches as a precursor to the afternoon Crossley Shield match for the 2nd XI.
On the Newsholme side of the ground our u12 Gold Star girls sought to build on their amazing win on Friday. Their opponents were an unfortunately weakened Skipton Storm who had just 6 players. Our girls Ruby and Holly Gaunt stepped into the breach to help them out.
Batting first the visitors struggled to cope with the accuracy of our bowling. Lily was first with a scalp, that of their top-scorer Ruby Drake for 6 runs. Maggie soon joined the party. Ruby kept her mates at bay but Holly was winkled out by Maisie, before Esmae cleaned up both the final pairing. The Storm concluded with 205-6 [true score 35-6].
Once again our batters were all on song. Captain Cool-hand Rose led the charge in style with 21 runs alongside partner Lily with 7, a great first pair tally of 28 in 4 overs! Another 18 from Maggie and Evie kept up the assault as strike-rotation came more and more naturally. Edie and Maisie each took 6 for another dozen on to the total. The final duo Lucie and Esmae bashed 19 in a continued scintillating batting display against the young inexperienced Skipton side. With 22 rextras our total had reached 99-2 [nett 289-2]. Our loanees to Skipton, the Gaunt sisters had a wicket [Evie] to celebrate too.
The 99 runs from 4 pairs at 24.75 per pair actually out-guns Fridays 121 from 5 pairs [24.2 per pair]. Amay.......zing!
The under-9 Development team had yet another of our girls, Daisy in their side against Harden on the top pitch. The boys tallied 237-5 [true 62-5] from 4 pairs. Skipper Harvey was again to the fore with 11 whilst Daisy held up the girls flag with 9 just ahead of Jack with 8. Debutants Jude and Finnley U both got off the mark. A stronger Harden batting line up were well matched by our bowlers as Jack led the way with 2 for 5. Finley M and Felix also picked off victims. The extras conceded by both teams were virtually identical but the significant and telling factor was that they lost just 4 wickets and a final 237-4, an apparently Tied match. However it seems the computer system did not record the final 3 overs of the Harden innings and they almost certainly won the match. The Harden run-rate was ahead of our boys, but who nevertheless with 2 debutants, gave them a good run for their money.
SUNDAY TEAM TOP LEAGUE
Jimmy  Lee's Sunday boys helped him start his Captaincy career in style with a thumping 9-wicket win over Golcar. The bowlers set up the win by skittling the Wide Lane visitors for just 51 runs in only 20 overs. The ball was set rolling by youngsters Asim Khan [2-5] and Dawud Shahzad [1-8]. having Golcar at `13-3. The Golcar middle order succumbed to the impressive Ayaan Basharat [3-10] with one for t' skipper [1-15]. Tim Harrington [2-6] and Logan Scarborough [1-6] finished their job brilliantly. Solid as ever Paul Carter kicked in 19 and co-opener Mo Saad an unbeaten 17 to put any doubts well out of sight, each striking a six and a four. Sultan Khan joined Mo to carry us to 52-1 in 16.5 overs.

Whilst its certain there'll be stiffer challenges to come, for the moment we can enjoy looking down on all the other teams from our position at the top with 28 points. There's no match next week but the week after its the short trip to old foes Crossflatts

SEVEN RUN LOSS TO START
Mount CC started their first ever innings at Wide Lane with a 72 run partnership from Rawat and Patel. A short spell from Brannan halted that stand and soon after Tom F had Rawat [47] following his mate. From 104-2 our spin twins Tom F and Jack D had the visitors under the cosh as 6 wickets fell for just 10 runs. From 114-8 the tail wagged a little for Mount to close at 134 with the last wicket falling to Jack on the last ball to give us maximum bowling points. Tom F picked up 5-32 and Jack D 4-28. Whist the twirlers grabbed the wickets, pace-men Tom R and Jake opened superbly conceding just 32 runs in their combined 14 overs. With bat Joel proved a stubborn rock making 31 on a difficult strip. 16 each for James and Jake carried us forward well but when Jake fell at 85-5 the game was in the balance. 2nd change bowler Mayat proved tricky to master and his 5-36 kept Mount in the hunt. But steady resistance from Jack D [24 no] and a late boundary from last man Tom R set us 9 to win from the last over with the last pair at the crease. But only 1 was added when Tom was run out and our total ended at 127 all out, 7 shy of the visitors. Mount 12 points, Oakworth 4 points.
TWO POSTPONED. NEXT MATCH v MOUNT? JUNIOR MATCHES REARRANGED?
Oakworth Cricket Club first two fixtures v Bridgeholme and Outlane have as expected been abandoned by the HCL.  The pitch is slowly recovering from the deluge and efforts are in progress regarding some of the junior matches during the coming weeks. The home u18 match vs Sutton has been postponed whist teh u1s match at Steeton was washed out by tea-time weather. The away u11s match at GHC was also off last Thursday. Next Saturday v Mount may be our first of the season. Watch this space.
SPONSORS SUPPORT OCC GIRLS

Oakworth Cricket Club is proud to announce that local businesses Lee Knox [Plumbing] and Lee Kelly [Glazing] along with a very generous donation from a spectator fan will combine with existing junior sponsors Hargreaves Garden Spaces and Fenetic Wellbeing. These businesses together with Reflex Labels provide a substantial support package for all our juniors including the two girls teams [Gold Stars & Diamonds] and if you are able please give them the support when you need their services.

OAKWORTH CC 2024 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The 2024 AGM will be held on Friday 15th March at the clubhouse from 7:00pm. After the agenda business is completed, a quiz for all attending will be held. The meeting is open to anyone, the bar will be open and the first Friday "Sesh" will be underway!
2024 FIXTURES & CUP DRAWS PUBLISHED
The Halifax League has now published its fixtures for 2024. Additionally the draws for the principal Cup competitions have been made. Oakworth will face Warley & Elland CC away from Home in the Parish Cup whilst the Second XI will entertain Outlane CC in the Crossley Shield. Both fixtures will take place on Sunday 12th May.

In the League, opening day is Saturday 20th April with our First XI at Home to Bridgeholme CC whilst the Second Xi will be away at Augustinians CC. The Sunday League team will visit Greetland CC the following day Sunday 21st April.

The T20 competition will take place on Sunday 23rd June and will feature Queensbury, Oakworth & Outlane.

PLAYER REGISTRATION CHANGES

SENIOR PLAYER REGISTRATION

Oakworth CC is trying to get all our Senior players 'properly' signed up as club members. The majority of players are fully signed-up but a few are only signed up as temporary members [created by the club] and need now to be converted to full members. This will help to bring the club into compliance with both General Data Processing Regulations [GDPR] and meet ECB and HCL targets for full membership.

To this end, those players still recorded as 'Temporary' should receive an email directly from the Play-Cricket system asking you to complete certain elements. Please complete them and that as far as we are aware should be the end of the switch. Please note this will not affect your registration with the league[s]. Additionally some members have been registered without an email address and are also designated as 'Temporary'. In these cases Terry Thompson from the General Committee will contact you to complete the dataset. In all cases players will also be required to fully sign up via the Play-Cricket system

JUNIOR PLAYER REGISTRATION

During 2023 all Oakworth CC junior players under the age of 13 were signed up as 'Temporary' members attached to their parents membership. However, there are a number of players over the age of 13 who also are recorded as 'Temporary' members [created by the club rather than the parent]. These players are now age-eligible [ie over 13] to be converted to full membership in their own right. This will help to bring the club into compliance with both General Data Processing Regulations [GDPR] and meet ECB targets for full membership. In the early weeks of the 2024 season parents will be contacted to appraise them of the requirement to have their young player fully registered and advise them about the process through which the young player can obtain his/her own secure club registration.

HARDBALL PRE-SEASON TRAINING
The 2024 cricket season may seem a long way off just now, but when the festive season is over, we will all be back at the game we love. The arrangements for our Senior and all junior hardball players spring into being on Saturday February 3rd at 10:00am till 11:00am every Saturday from then on at South Craven School Sports Hall.   All sessions are for all players from 2023 and any newcomers wishing to join the fun.
SOFTBALL PRE-SEASON TRAINING
The 2024 cricket season may seem a long way off just now, but when the festive season is over, we will all be back at the game we love. The arrangements for our softball players spring into being on Wednesday January 24th at 5:30pm till 6:45pm every Wednesday from then on. All under-9 soft-ballers are asked to attend each week, cost £3 per week. A second session specifically for girls will also be held on Fridays at 4:45pm till 6:00pm commencing Friday 26th January 2024. Both sessions will as in previous years be held at Holy Family School Sports Hall.  All sessions are for all players from 2023 and any newcomers wishing to join the fun. Watch this site for further information...
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD FOR OAKWORTH

At the 2023 Halifax Cricket League dinner at the huge Arches Restaurant on 24th November,  the contingent from Oakworth CC were expecting Chairman Michael Scarborough to receive the Ernest Clay Trophy. That award had been announced in advance, it was for the most points gained in the final six fixtures of the season.

At the dinner we were billeted to share a table with Queensbury CC, ironically our opponents including Oliver Challis who scored that amazing 163 against us in the last fixture of the season, all of whom were very complimentary about our First XI. The HCL speeches made mention of our welcome presence in the league before the entertainment by former England Captain Mike Gatting.

A delighted Michael was indeed handed the trophy, but later in the evening there was one more award that the club had not been expecting...... It was a memorable surprise ....... as it was The Roy Smith Trophy for Sportsmanship. Michael and the others were of course hugely humbled and grateful, but when we realised it had been awarded to Oakworth by a vote of all the clubs, the evening was complete. It is a great honour for the club and testament to the spirit all have workd so hard to maintain, especially the Captains and all the players.

OAKWORTH PRESENTATION NIGHT

THE WILLIAM ADAMS TROPHY

CLUB-PERSON OF THE YEAR

THE SIMON BEETHAM CUP

JUNIOR CLUB-PERSON OF THE YEAR

AMY HEAD LOGAN SCARBOROUGH

THE FRANK WOODWARD TROPHY

PERFORMANCE BY AN U21 PLAYER IN A SENIOR TEAM

THE SA LABELS CUP

BEST JUNIOR PERFORMANCE

JAKE KESLINKE & JOE POWELL

OLIVER THOMPSON

2023 HAT-TRICKS [2] - TOM RABY 2023 HAT-TRICK - SAJJAD RAZAQ

FIRST TEAM FIELDING - JACK CAWOOD FIRST TEAM BOWLING - JAKE KESLINKE

FIRST TEAM BATTING - BRADLEY POWELL

SECOND TEAM FIELDING - WAJID HUSSAIN

SECOND TEAM BOWLING - SAJJAD RAZAQ SECOND TEAM BATTING - MICHAEL SCARBOROUGH

THIRD TEAM FIELDING - STUART TOWER THIRD TEAM BOWLING - LOGAN SCARBOROUGH

THIRD TEAM BATTING - SULTAN KHAN HCL DIVISION TWO FIELDING AWARD - WAJID HUSSAIN

THE 2023 ERNEST CLAY TROPHY [MOST POINTS IN LAST SIX MATCHES] - OAKWORTH SECOND TEAM

UNDER 18s FIELDING - DANIYAL MOHAMMED UNDER 18s BOWLING - JAKE KESLINKE & AKEEL UMAR

UNDER 18s BATTING - JAMES POWELL UNDER 15s FIELDING - DANIYAL MOHAMMED

UNDER 15s BOWLING - DANIEL SNOWDEN & OLLIE THOMPSON UNDER 15s BATTING - OLIVER THOMPSON

UNDER 15s MANAGER'S PICK - CODY MORPHET
JAKE's STRONG 2023 FINISH

With two matches remaining in our inaugural season in the Halifax League, we had an outside chance of promotion. Both matches would need to be won. The first at Home to Outlane CC and the finale away at Queensbury.

Batting first we soon found ourselves at 15-2 when no 4 Jake Keslinke joined opener Joe Gallagher. They added 48 runs before Joel fell for 23, Jake was on 28 not out. The fall of James [8], Jack [1] and Charlie Shimmin [1] left us under the cosh a little at 98-6 with Jake now just having reached a deserved 50. Jake hadn't finished. With skipper Ron another 60 were gleaned when Rob was caught for 20, Jake was now 86 not out. Jake still hadn't finished. When Charlie Raby fell [6] at 176-8 Jake was on 95 not out. He still hadn't finished. He scored all the final 31 runs to push us on to a final 207-8. On the was he became Oakworth First XI youngest ever centurion at the age of just 17.6 years, 6 months younger than previous youngest Ben Howell [2015]. Jake's remarkable innings of 126 not out came off 128 balls and included 16 fours and 4 sixes, dominating the scorecard with over 60% of the runs [very rare]. Oakworth went on to win the match by 61 runs with the help of another remarkable contribution from Tom Fothergill's off-spin which brought him a 7-53 return.

The following week we trekked up the mountain and batted first again. This time Bradley and Joel gave us a great start with 74 for the first wicket. Jake came in at a much healthier 96-2 and combined immediately with Joel. He made a sterling 78 [12 fours & 2 sixes]. Jake was on 23 not out. He was 47 not out when James fell for 22 [23 balls] and went on to be the last man to fall at a score of 255-8 when he was just 4 runs short of a consecutive century. His 96 included 12 fours an 3 sixes and came off just 76 balls. Unfortunately the match was not won as the Queensbury no 4 Oliver Challis was also in top form and rattled off a titanic 163 not from 103 balls to carry his team to the major points. But Jake still hadn't finished as comi ng on third change he grabbed 4-26 to try and get the win. It didn't matter as results didn't go our way and a second season in this Division will follow in 2024.

Jake's cricket career is heading stellar, ranging form a highly successful junior at County level and well used to picking up accolades and trophies.

 
UNDER-11 & UNDER-13 PRESENTATIONS
CLUB SOFTBALL PRESENTATIONS
THIRD XI PROMOTED IN SUNDAY LEAGUES
The atrocious storm on Sunday 10th September curtailed the completion of the Third XI final Sunday League match. Visitors Greetland had racked up 201 all out. A great start by our bowlers had Greetland tottering at 16-3. Off-spinner Saad grabbed a pair and Waj another. The Greetland lower order rectified the start with Nazir [52], Hussain [56] and Ali [30] leading the charge. Junior bowlers Ollie Thompson [2-18] and Logan Scarborough [2-22] enjoyed good spells and with luck might have been even better. Back in action after concentration on Exams, Dawud Shahzad also knicked off a couple but shipped 53 runs in his 7 overs, shedding off the rust. Waj also concluded his rare bowling stint with 2 wickets.

But the storm was severe and the Oakworth lads got just one over at the crease before the washout. The Sunday League rules award each team with 9 points in such circumstances and this was sufficient to hand promotion to Oakworth and deny such to Greetland. Oakworth will accompany Stainland to Division Three in 2024 when hopefully more fixtures will be provided.

AUGUSTINIANS END PROMOTION HOPES

Four wins in a row had given OCC much optimism that promotion at the first time of asking was a distinct possibility. All that was needed was to win our final three matches including the one against Augustinians the then league leaders. Our bowlers got us off to a tremendous start and had the leaders at 36-4.  Bradley was the real tormentor with the early wickets and his 14-over stint cost just 17 runs in exchange for his 3 wickets. Jake too was in fine form with 1-20 from 7 overs. At 76-5 there remained still an even-steven chance. But Nasir Awan dug in for a 106-ball knock racking up 69 runs. The no 7 and 8 also added runs to reach a par 165-5. Charlie Raby had grabbed the fifth wicket but it was the last.

Our start with the bat couldn't have been worse. At 2-3 the barrel was loaded and we were right in the Augustinian sights. James and opener Joel began the rescue bid. Joel made a cautious 13 from 38 balls but fell at 42-4. James and on-from Charlie Shimmin added 28 for the fifth wicket before James was a third lbw victim for 42 at 70-5. A fourth duck for Jack D virtually signalled the end of resistance but Charlie and Brannan settled again adding a further 38 runs. But Charlie was bowled for 26 at 108-7 leaving a further 58 to be made with just 3 wickets left. Skipper Rob added only 3 before Tom and Charlie Raby both copped ducks and with 11 overs left we were all out for 114. Brannan was stranded on 21no. The damage had principally come from Mohammed Majid with 6-31 from 8.5 overs, inducing no less than 6 ducks, 3 of them "Goldies". The match had seen 6 lbws amongst the 15 wickets to fall.

So Augustinians had clinched promotion as we headed home to Wide Lane. With two matches remaining Augustinians have 196 points, Upper Hopton have 186 and Cullingworth 168. Our boys have 160 but can make only a maximum of 24 more. With doubts about Augustinians ability to meet Division One requirements, Third place may be lucky so lets win our last two matches and see where we finish.

WHAT A FINALE FOR OUR SOFTBALL GIRLS
Not many betting people thought we would get the Girls Softball Festival Cup underway on Sunday 6th August. But despite the week-long rain, Gary Owens and his team were able to get the tournament underway more-or-less on time. The first two matches were Oakworth v Gt Horton Church and Settle vs Skipton. A wicket off the last ball for Oakworth set them up for a 5 -run win, whilst Skipton overtook a modest 202-6 from Settle. Oakworth consolidated their start with a convincing win against Skipton by 33 runs but the GHC vs Settle match proved a humdinger ending in a Tied game at 218 runs each. The points now stood at Oakworth 6, Skipton 3, Settle 2 and GHC 2.

The final round-robin fixtures unfolded after a wonderful lunch provided by the Skipton hosts and Settle's 213-2 was not enough to challenge the terrific start from Oakworth, who posted 231-2 to finish with 9 points to claim a semi-final place against whoever the fourth placed team proved to be. The Skipton v GHC match also proved a nail-biter with GHC getting over the line by 2runs with 220-3. So the semi-final line up was ironically a repeat of the last two matches with GHc vs Skipton and Oakworth vs Settle.

GHC managed to replicate their victory over Skipton to reach the Final with an opportunity to retain the Cup they won in 2022. But who would be their opponents? Oakworth' previous victory over Settle by 18 runs proved to be a catalyst to the Settle girls and their running between the wickets improved considerably so that they could post a much more daunting total of 235. Some wicket-falling got the Oakworth contingent nervous but some lusty hitting from Lucy-Jo Colgan got them back on track. Unbelievably the Oakworth score ended on 235 and another Tied game! This required a bowl-off to determine the finalists. After 6 misses from each team it fell to Lily Gaunt to hit the stumps to pressure Settle to match it. But it wasn't to be and Oakworth by the skin of their teeth reached the final which had looked a foregone conclusion earlier in the day.

And if that wasn't enough excitement, the GHC girls, particularly Ipshita and Emaan took their cue from Settle and ran the singles and twos to once again put the Oakworth batters under pressure. By this time the betting men had all gone home but the second innings proved just as nail-biting as the earlier episodes. A wicket for GHC looked as though it could be the decisive blow. But by the fifth ball of the final over Oakworth had scrambled to a 1 run lead. The final ball brought a further single when many might have defended and so Oakworth took the Cup from a very game GHC by just 2 runs.

The competition exceeded everyone's expectations and thanks must go to Skipton CC for their superb hosting. Thanks also went to Ruby and Holly Gaunt who as reserves both ended up playing for Settle and GHC as both had a girl missing due to illness. Also mention must be made of the young scorers who coped with paper-based scoring after the Play-Cricket failur scrambled their electronic efforts.

RICK RETURNS
For those with longish memories, you may recall Ricky Linden from about 10 years back. Well he's back in harness with the second Xl and getting amongst the wickets again. Welcome back Ricky and good luck....and welcome to new boy, step-son Zack too!!
LEE KELLY GLAZING JOINS SPONSOR SUPPORT
Oakworth CC is pleased to announce that Lee Kelly Glazing have joined the local partners group in sponsoring junior cricket at Oakworth. Lee specifically targets his support towards he growing girls squad. On behalf of the club committee and almost 100 children playing cricket, many thanks Lee.
  GHC PROVE TOO STRONG IN CUP FINAL

Battered by strong winds Gt Horton Church were first at the crease in the John Hindle Memorial Cup Final against Oakworth under-13s.  Gt Horton Church had dominated this competition over the last three years and arrived to try and make it four in a row. Their openers Ayaan Munawar & Abdullah Akhtar gave them a rousing start with a stand of 77, Ayaan the first to go, [29] superbly caught by Albie Ellis for Sufyaan Hussain. The GHCCC middle order all contributed well and a rate at around six per over. Our bowlers were under pressure after retirements Akhtar [32] and Ayan Ahsan [31] but stuck at the task well. Five of them [Joe, Sufyyaan, Harry, Albie and Haroon] each took a wicket but couldn't dominate at any stage. The final GHCCC tally was an above par 184-6 at terrific first stanza in defence of their Trophy.

A sumptuous Crossflatts tea was consumed with some fervour before the Oakworth chase began. In contrast our first wicket fell at 4-1 with Husnain Ahmed inducing a catch from Harry Wilkinson [0].  Opener Haroon Nazam and skipper Joe Powell remained resolute and carried the total on to 60 when Joe retired for a well crafted 30 from 41 balls [6 fours]. Haroon remained defiant but was fourth out at 79-4 for 18 [43 balls]. No-one else made double figures [Sufyaan 9] and despite a Par score of 116-9 our tally was well short of the impressive GHCCC target. Hashim Hussain was their lead bowler with 2-12 but the umpires awarded the player-of-the-match award Zaid Khan for his classy leg-spin and batting contributions

RECORD BREAKER JOE

Oakworth's Joe Powell is now building his senior career with Oakworth 2nd XI and he hasn't wasted much time in setting records.

His debut came on 29th April, aged 12.95 years versus Leymoor lls. He didn't bat but took 1-23 from his 9 overs of leg-spin. His wicket was that of Geoff Nuttall, lbw for 6. .

On 3rd June in his 5th match he scored 58 runs and shared a 102-run 9th wicket partnership with 17 years-old Akeel Umar on the way to a 233 winning score for the team against Luddendenfoot lls . His fifty is the youngest for the Second Xl. The previous record was set by Lucas Keslinke in 2017 at age 14.1

One week later at Home to Augustinians he turned their innings upside down with 5 wickets for 32 runs in 8.1 overs of his bamboozling leg-spin to help deliver a 100-run margin of victory for the 2nd XI. Joe's Five-For is the youngest by an Oakworth player in any senior team. The previous 2nd Xl youngest was by Darren Shields in 1987 aged 14.0 years.

So within just 6 matches he has captured two significant 'youngest' awards

HISTORIC GIRLS LEAGUE MATCH

On Thursday [11th May] "Old hand" Evie Moses made her hardball debut with the under-11 mixed-gender team and whilst not called on to bat, despite looking resplendent in her helmet, pads and gloves, she though did bowl her two overs of straight accurate balls and claimed two excellent wickets whilst conceding only 3 runs!

But the major event for the newcomer Oakworth Girls was their collective first girls development game on Sunday 14th May against Settle Girls. The team included seven Oakworth Primary School girls in Ruby Gaunt, Daisy Phillips and Annie Hardman all playing their first ever games, with Edie, Lily and Maisie adding to their earlier match. Captain for the match was 2022 debutant Maggie Head, whose Mum Amy managed the team. These magnificent seven were ably aided and abetted by Lucy-Jo who attends Stanbury school. The girls were terrific in putting their new found skills into operation to actually win the game against a young Settle Girls team. Everyone contributed with top batting accolade going to Edie Wilkinson whilst the bowling plaudits went to Daisy Phillips and Maisie Kemp.

Whilst the girls were doing their thing, Oakworth mixed gender team were across in Bradford playing a strong Gt Horton Church team. Year 2 Oakworth Primary pupil Felix Schofield  made an excellent debut alongside experienced club members and far exceeded expectations.   Jude Nelson proved the lead batter whilst Oliver Wilkinson, William Hargreaves and Harvey Hollingsworth supported top bowler Jack Newiss, alongside cousins Evie Moses and Rose Felton.

WHAT LINKS OAKWORTH CC AND DAWID MALAN?
Did you know that there is a strong link between Oakworth Cricket Club and England International Dawid Malan?

Dawid [left] who is ranked 8th in the top T20 batsmen in the World shares something with Oakworth Cricket Club...what is it?

Click on the picture to get the answer

 

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

The excitement for the new venture into the Halifax Cricket League is starting to build. There's a lot happening at Oakworth CC.

The HCL Cup draws have given Oakworth a Home tie against reigning Premier League Champions Copley CC in the Parish Cup. It'll be a tough baptism for Oaks on 6th May but our young guns will certainly be up for it. The League fixtures are now also to hand and the Firsts will travel to arguably the furthest distance at Upper Hopton CC on the first Saturday 15th April. The Second Xl will host their seconds at Wide Lane.

Already Oakworth have two new signings for 2023. Firstly batter Brannan Lawn from Crossflatts CC will be returning to his junior & senior roots at Wide Lane, where he had a terrific record in the CDCL. He will be joined by incomer to the village Dan Pummell who had been playing his cricket at Great Horton Park Chapel in the HCL. So he brings experience of the new League having spent his earlier career at Southowram CC.

There will be new team kit available soon from our own on-line shop. New over-arching sponsors CTM will feature on the shirt fronts with Oxford Tyres, also new partners, on the back.

The Tuesday Club will again engage in getting the ground ready, starting on Tuesday 7th March

GIRLS ARE GO FOR 2023
The club's winter  recruitment drive seems to be paying off as the Softball group has seen 8 new boys and 9 new girls attend the Friday taster sessions. The number of girls now potentially on the books will require at least one team to be formed, and quite probably two. A further 4 or 5 girls from school years 4 and 3 would make that a certainty

The Mixed Softball Development team has 8 boys from 2022 and will likely have a further eight recruits this year.

The junior playing strength is nearing the 100 mark and 2023 promises to be an exciting season.

GLOBAL PARTNER for OAKWORTH                                       7th December

 

 

Corporate Travel Management (CTM), an award-winning global travel management company, is delighted to announce their support and partnership with Oakworth Cricket Club. 

The partnership aims to assist Oakworth Cricket Club with the development of their playing facilities and supporting the aspirations of its player and supporter memberships.  

 

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FENETIC WELLBEING SUPPORT U-11s                          7th December

 

Oakworth CC is delighted to welcome supporting partners FENETIC WELLBEING of Keighley to assist the development and growth of the under-11 section.

About Fenetic

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Since 2009 we’ve collected awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year, and Independent Trader of the Year at the Keighley Business Awards.

 

Commitment to our Customers Since 2009

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