Which is the most iconic pavilion in Yorkshire cricket? Now there’s a topic for debate, but aficionados in the Bradford Premier League would probably vote for Lightcliffe. It was therefore an emotional morning on a Saturday in March when the iconic 101-year-old red and white structure was demolished to make way for a more spacious […]
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How on earth do leagues find more umpires for next season?
NEWSPAPERS, who tend to have skeleton staffs these days due to drastically reduced income from just about all of their traditional financial streams (about the only growth area these days is from the internet), have taken to re-printing pages from days gone by. Some would say that was a benefit to older readers, despite the […]
Charlotte Boulton: Bradford League wickets & women’s captaincy
Crossflatts Cricket Club’s Charlotte Boulton has quite the CV; which she dives into between sips of her cappuccino. One of the reasons for the interview is led by the fact that Charlotte finished the 2022 Bradford Premier League season as the second-highest wicket-taker, across all divisions. (Stats note: That’s just league cricket with Zafar Mahmood […]
Woodlands’ Tom Clee talks teeing off and titles
Bill Marshall talks to Tom Clee, of Woodlands Cricket Club in the Bradford Premier League, about switching clubs, the Woodlands way and how his game has progressed this season. Tom Clee is used to making big decisions. For example, when the Woodlands all-rounder was an under-12 he chose to move from Northowram Fields (literally over […]
Around the Leagues: Title, promotion or relegation?
It is ‘do or die’ time for those eyeing championship glory or promotion, or seeking to avoid relegation, as Yorkshire’s 2022 club cricket season enters its final weeks. We start our review with the county’s four ECB-rated Premier Leagues. With two games to play, Woodlands (343pts) are on course to retain the Bradford Premier Cricket […]
Could this be New Farnley’s year in the Bradford League?
New Farnley Cricket Club President Steve Dalby discusses their evolution as they look ahead to major matches that will help define their season. Following all the hard work over several years and the hosting of a very successful ECB Bradford League T20 Final in 2021, along with winning the Tom Mathers Ground of the Year, […]
Priestley Cup: Fizzing sixes and spectator catches at Keighley
Despite it saying ‘Keighley’ on my birth certificate, I have only a tenuous connection with the town. My folks, from Sheffield, relocated to Keighley in the early Sixties when Dad was offered a post in its NatWest branch. The babes-in-arms Gallons (I have a twin sister) came along in 1965. By 1970, however, the family […]
Half Way in 2022: Yorkshire League Cricket RoundUp
Heading into the second half of 2022, the standings in Yorkshire’s club cricket leagues are starting to indicate who the season’s winners and losers might be. Let’s start at the top of the pyramid, with the four ECB Premier League, Premier Divisions. In the Bradford Premier League, New Farnley, Priestley Cup winners last year and […]
A nod and a munch to the best cricket teas in Yorkshire
This article on the cricket teas of Yorkshire; a specialist subject of mine was originally published in November 2019 Those of you who are regular readers of Cricket Yorkshire will know that I flag up the quality of the cricket teas around the county during my adventures. Purely for academic purposes and nothing whatsoever to […]
Six of the Best: Leagues, cups and ambitions across Yorkshire
With the 2022 season about a third complete, the standings across Yorkshire’s recreational cricket leagues are taking shape and cup competitions approaching their climactic phase. We take a close look at six appealing matches over the June 11-12 weekend: three league fixtures on the Saturday and a trio of cup ties the following afternoon. Saturday, […]