Scholes Cricket Club: My Site News

Thursday, June 14
ELLAND AND 'SWAINE STEAL A MARCH

Being on the edge of the Huddersfield league catchment area certainly paid dividends for Elland and Hoyland swaine last Saturday, as they both cashed in for 6 point wins and are looking strong in the battle for the Premiership. Truth is that well as Elland have recruited, if Hoylandswaine avoid falling out and play to their potential they should win the Premiership easily, for a team with Alan Mynett batting at 9 or 10 has incredible batting depth, and they have plenty of bowling too.



Monday, June 11
ELLAND ON TOP

Elland made 199 all out in Sundays Paddock Shield Quarter Final and Scholes had shuttered to 69 for 4 before the rains came.

To be continued tonight



Wednesday, May 9
IT'S ANOTHER KILLER DRAW FOR UNLUCKY SCHOLES

Sykes Cup    Delph v Scholes

Paddock Shield    Kirkheaton v Scholes

Do I need to say more??



Friday, April 20
HUDDERSFIELD LEAGUE GOES IT OWN WAY.....WHY?
It's the Friday afternoon before the new season starts. The rain is bouncing off my living room window, as yet another hefty shower slowly drifts down the Holme Valley. It rained for two days non stop until this morning. Groundsmen haven't been able to get anywhere near their wickets all week to do vital preparation. The forecast for Saturday is for yet more heavy and slow moving showers. The Heavy Woollen and Crowther cup ties for Sunday have already been postponed. All Bradford and Central Yorkshire League matches are off on Saturday. And yet apparently grounds in Huddersfield will be fit to play tomorrow....my arse. So we'll have to sit around for hours, pay umpires £30 each for doing 'nout, teas will not be sold and much needed bar receipts will be lost, not to be replaced by a re-arranged fixture later in the season. I may be proved wrong, but at the moment it looks like a very poor decision to put it mildly.....

Tuesday, April 17
PREMIERSHIP LOOKS VERY STRONG AS MANY STRENGTHEN
 The Premiership should be a mighty battle royale in 2012 as many teams look to have strengthened. Honley will still be strong and have signed a promising young spinner from Holmfirth Max Morley, Jeez Archie remains the canniest operator in the business. On paper Shepley may have the strongest squad, perhaps rivalled by Hoylandswaine, but can the big spenders avoid self destructing once more? One thing for sure, the loud and brusson Mynett will strengthen them considerably and upset a whole load of batters. `Burton will be strong again, Delph have been suspiciously quiet, and Shelley look to have made some good signings. Word is Elland have just signed a top class West Indian who won the Bradford League batting last year, and then there's Scholes. If Wasim hits 2000 runs, France enjoys running down the Scholes hill and all rounder Liam Fletcher fufills his undoubted promise then you never know. We may be a good spinner short however.

Tuesday, April 17
SO LONG SHAZ AND IBBY

Mohammed Shahnawaz and Ibrar Latif have left Scholes for Hall Bower. We wish them all the luck in the world and look forward to facing up to the canny pace variations of Shaz and the blazing blade of Ibrar here at Chapelgate and over at the `Bower.

Both men played major roles in our winning the Premiership so unexpectedly in 2009  when we returned from the Conferences, when Ibby played some match winning knocks and Shaz took 12 wickets in two games against the champions Honley, after they labelled him "the worst bowler in the League"

2010 saw us winning the Yorkshire Champions Trophy in a tumultuous final against the mighty York at Treeton, as the deadly combination of Caught Holmes Bowled Shahnawaz destroyed unbeaten giants of Yorkshire cricket and bought the mighty Scholes contingent rushing onto the pitch in delerious celebration. Such priceless memories will still be talked about at the club in a 100 years time - we wish you well Shaz and Ibby. Rest assured Hall Bower you have two fine cricketers.



Tuesday, December 20
WASIM'S BACK!!

The great Wasim Jaffer has re-joined Scholes CC, the club he calls his "second home". Wasim won two Premiership titles with Scholes in 2000 and 2001, set league batting records for fun, and in total played six great years for the club. He has scored two test double centuries and of course in 2010 broke all batting records playing for Skelmanthorpe.

Wasim has had a slow start to the Indian season, making only 104 runs in his first five innings, but made 110* in his last innings, and is now only about 90 runs off beating the all time Ranji trophy record( see this report from cricinfo on website link above ), and he has played 199 Ranji matches, also a record. The man is a genius and it will be great to see him plying his trade at his spiritual English cricketing home at Chapelgate in 2012.

Scholes have also signed the talented all rounder Adam France from Broad Oak, and Huddersfield League newcomer Liam Fletcher from the Leicestershire Leagues, a batsman.



Tuesday, December 20
TREVOR TRIUMPHS AS BITTERNESS FOLLOWS

Hearty congratulations are due to Trevor Atkinson who won the battle of the Three Amigos and is now Chairman of the Huddersfield League. The mild mannered and likeable Atkinson comfortably saw off the challenges of Paul Whiteley and Ron Tindall. I say comfortably but nobody really knows as the shroud of secrecy over many Politburo activities has ensured the exact voting figures were not produced. However well sourced rumour has it that Whiteley secured some votes, but "Big" Ron was rather less successful, and is probably less than happy.

There's lots more to say but I am a respectable old man these days and am forbidden to get in trouble by those who I respect so it ends there folks



Tuesday, December 20
BOOTHY GOES FOR IT
Sources at the venerable Huddersfield Examiner have vehemently denied using unethical phone tapping to uncover the story of the legendary Holme Valley Viking's unique matchday diet. At a recent town game he devoured two pork pies for breakfast, enjoyed two pork pies with peas for lunch and then scoffed a cornish pastie at half time.........way to go Melvyn! He may or may not have also enjoyed double figures in pints afterwards

Saturday, October 15
THREE AMIGO'S GO HEAD TO HEAD FOR CHAIRMANSHIP
Now then folks. Nominations need to be in by the end of October as the “three amigo’s” go head to head in the battle of succession to Roger France’s throne as Chairman of the Huddersfield District League. Personally, I always had a lot of time for Roger, who has a well developed sense of humour and has done his bit and more in sometimes turbulent times for local cricket. So who will replace the genial perma-tanned one?The three candidates could hardly be more contrasting in their munificence.Trevor Atkinson is apparently an amiable good natured chap who would be seen as a safe pair of hands.Ron Tindall (formerly known as “Big Ron” until he shed loads of weight impressively in the last couple of years) is the umpiring Tsar and always a figure of controversy…..the match in the rain at Golcar that ultimately secured the great Honley yet another Premiership this year is the most talked about game of the year.. . but I wasn’t there so couldn’t possibly comment.And last and coming up on the rails from about a furlong out with excessive use of the whip is Paul Whiteley. A man I once spent far too long battling with about censorship and words and freedom of speech and a chronic lack of a sense of humour. I nearly got chucked out of my beloved Scholes CC for heaven’s sake. I hear that Paul is running as a kind of anti-umpiring domination candidate – I know nothing else.Scholes CC have not nominated any of the candidates as far as I am aware, and I honestly have no idea who would do the best job.My only thought is that they all must be barmy to want to take on such a thankless task

Thursday, July 28
SUMMER CRICKET CAMP AT SCHOLES CC

SUMMER CRICKET CAMP AT SCHOLES CC

WEDS 1OTH, THURSDAY 11TH, FRIDAY 12TH AUGUST    10AM - 3PM

£30 FOR THREE DAYS OF COACHING

AGES  6  TO  15

RUN BY ECB QUALIFIED COACHES FROM SCHOLES CC

EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE CAMP AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BUY REFRESHMENTS AT THE CLUB.   PLEASE PROVIDE PACKED LUNCHES

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT TOM LOVE ON 07880657171



Wednesday, March 30
SCHOLES COUGARS WOMENS TEAM LAUNCHES

Rachel on 07917698286 is the lady to contact should you wish to enroll on the all new Scholes Cougars Ladies Cricket team - what a great idea and the club will give them all the support we can.

Will post news on practice nights etc asap



Tuesday, February 15
JARROD LEE OF HAWKESBURY HEADING TO CHAPELGATE

Scholes have secured the signing of Hawkesbury all rounder Jarrod Lee. Primarily a swing bowler who can certainly bat he currently opens the bowling for Hawkesbury with ex Scholeser Shane Mott, and is enjoying a successful summer in Oz. With similar stats to Shane withh both bat and ball, he should slot in perfectly and give the First XI the same sort of balance and strength in depth that saw Scholes win the Huddersfield League in 2009.

Jarrod is 28 and a qualified coach who will help with the Juniors in addition to his playing duties. Welcome to the mighty Scholes Jarrod, we are all looking forward to meeting you, and boy are you in for a culture shock......Marsden away first game........



Tuesday, November 30
T'RUMOUR MILL

I had a big list of all these completely unsubstantiated rumours but I have of course lost it. So this is from my creaking memory.

Lee Baxter to Golcar

Greg Buckley leaving Elland

Ryan Robinson back to Kirkburton

Bubbles to York in straight swap as "Grovesy" comes to Scholes

Craddock maybe to Hoylandswaine who will allegedly pay him 5 grand more than anyone else

Nick Sharp leaving Clayton West for Elland

Harlon Haye leaving Honley

Richie Howarth retiring

James Thornton retired

Charlie Roebuck back to Broad Oak?

Jack Hargreaves available for Broad Oak

John Shires and Harry Grayson to open batting for Scholes next season

Craig Glover to Shepley who will be hard to beat in 2011

Ashton and the Morris brothers have left Hoylandswaine

Sloppy to Shelley?????  Who knows.  As always it may all be a complete load of cobblers, however there may be the odd nuggets of truth buried in there.

 



Tuesday, November 30
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR NEW OVERSEAS

It appears that Scholes' first target for the 2011 season has had a better offer - not surprising as it seems that untried Aussies are being offered big money to come and play cricket next summer - never mind come and paly as an amateur in the Huddersfield League. You only have to look at what a certain antipodean all rounder made over in Ireland last summer for playing a handful of mediocre games of cricket on artificial wickets.

So the search will go on - it's good to see that the dynamic Luke Bird seems to have re-discovered his bowling mojo back in Newcastle - 2 weeks ago he sent down 29 overs and conceded only 46 runs and he is opening the bowling again for University again - well done Luke.



Tuesday, November 30
CLIFFORD ALIVE AND KICKING AT 97

It's grand to know that Scholes' legendary oldest ex player and supporter Clifford Oldroyd is in excellent form as his 98th winter approaches. A certain small but perfectly formed barmaid sees a lot of Clifford, and she called around at 10-30am the other day. Clifford was apparently in great form and already on his second gin and tonic of the day....

So that's his secret...maybe I'll live a bit longer me'sen then.



Wednesday, September 1
UNDER 17'S WIN OLDFIELD CUP AT UPPERTHONG AGAINST KIRKBURTON
Manager Richard Pearson is well chuffed with his charges as Scholes Under 17’s completed the League and Cup double on Monday as Kirkburton were beaten in the final of the Oldfield Cup in front of a healthy crowd at Upperthong.  This 40 over game was well hosted at this picturesque ground and was a credit to junior cricket.Scholes made 153 for 7 batting first, as Louis Sykes led the way with his fine 51 (retired), easily the top score of the day.Tommy Boorman made 12, Moorhouse 15 and Guy Pearson (29) helped Sykes add a crucial 60 for the third wicket, and with the diminutive Saville making a quick 13* at the close, Scholes posted a challenging 153 for 7, as the implausibly enormous Rollins took 4 for 46 in his 12 overs.Kirkburton had two First teamers in their ranks in the shape of Burgess and Smith, and much rested on their shoulders.  However the latter was nicely caught at slip by Moorhouse of Clayton for only 10, and when the previously immaculate Burgess (24) hit a flighted Sykes delivery to Eden Pearson at mid on Scholes were strong favourites.Bartram was run out smartly by George Brook, and more excellent fielding form Scholes resulted in two more run outs as Turner (19), Taylor (14) and Rollins (16) battled in vain to turn the tide.Kirkburton were all out in the last over for 130 as Clayton secured a fine 3 for 38, Moorhouse took 1 for 32 and Saville an economical 1 for 28.Sykes confirmed his man of the match award with his 2 for 28, and Tommy Boorman became the first Scholeser to lift the Under 17 cup since Nicky and Daryl Brook inspired Scholes to victory 33 years ago in 1977. 

Sunday, August 8
RASHID AND WASIM SEE SHAT HOME IN LAST OVER

Quaiser Rashid (118*) and Wasim Jaffer (115*) with unbroken stand of 220ish took Shat to a last over win in front of a great crowd at Honley today in the Sykes Cup final.

Delph had amassed an impressive 239 for 5 with Khiljee making 89 and Norvall 48* at the end. Shat lost Sykes and Sarfraz very early but Rashid was awesome and Jaffer sheer class as Wasim hit the winning 4 in the last over.

Well done Shat.........but it should've been us and that semi-final will still hurt in 20 years.

Well done too to the great Wasim who gets his third ton in 3 finals and finally gets a winners medal!



Monday, July 12
KIRKBURTON SIGN HERSCHELLE GIBBS TO REPLACE WOODY???
This is the rumour flying around the Huddersfield League grapevine like wildfire - Wood is on holiday for a few weeks and has arranged for Gibbs to replace him - God I hope so - how fantastic would it be to see the awesome Gibbs playing at Chapelgate this Saturday - but it ain't gonna happen is it?????

Monday, July 12
SCHOLES V SCARBOROUGH TIE ARRANGED
Scholes will play the mighty Scarborough at Chapelgate on Sunday 25th July in the semi-final of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions trophy

Monday, June 21
SEMI-FINAL DRAWS MADE AT GOLCAR

Made at Golcar tonight the draws are as follows

Sykes Cup  Semi-finals   Sunday 4th July    SKELMANTHORPE  V  SCHOLES

                                     Sunday 11th July    ELLAND  V  DELPH & DOBCROSS   BUT     I DON'T KNOW WHO IS AT HOME  -  SORRY

Paddock Shield Semi-final

                                     Sunday 11th July   SCHOLES  V  GOLCAR



Thursday, April 22
BLACK SHEEP TIE ARRANGED
Scholes will play Woodhouse Grange, champions of the York Senior League in the quarter final of the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions trophy at Chapelgate on Sunday 9th May

Tuesday, April 20
SHEPLEY V DELPH - IT'S ALL OUT WAR!!

All you need to do is go to Shepley's website and read the briliantly scathing report on their win at Delph on Saturday - apparently in response to the programme calling Shepley.

Hats off to Ian - just like the stuff I used to write until the Politburo silenced me............



Tuesday, April 20
You Tube for Scholes CC clips
Just put Scholes CC in on You Tube n there will be various short clips from this season - am still wrestling with technology but will get better

Tuesday, April 13
After the Lord mayor's show??

At long last the new season is almost upon us, and groundsman everywhere must be grateful for the spell of dry and fine weather we are currently enjoying. Long periods of outfields being covered in snow in the bleak midwinter will have many outfields looking a little threadbare however until the grass begins to recover.

It promises to be an fascinating 2010, as many Premiership sides have strengthened considerably, possibly inspired by Scholes' remarkable and unexpected 2009 triumph, which showed that wise recruitment and a team united can overcome other sides with more high profile players.

So what will happen in 2010?  Skelmanthorpe, runners up last year, have pulled off the signing of the decade in bringing back Wasim Jaffer to the Huddersfield league. Although Max Joice and Scott Dyson have left, Wasim and Sarfraz will plunder enough runs to make Skelmanthorpe real contenders. Dunno about Shepley - if Tom Denton plays more and they have the same overseas and RP Singh they will be close again. As for big spending Delph, word is that they've signed a Zimbabwean test player to compliment the undoubted quality of Khiljee - if they can unite as a team they will of course be right up there.

Elland have a young team who can only get better, and there's the dangerous Honley. As ever Archie has recruited wisely over the winter, bringing in three high quality players in the shape of leg spinned Tom Craddock; all rounder Jonny Butterfield and the explosive batting talent that Max Joice can bring to a side. No doubt about it folks - Honley will come close yet again. Poor old Barkisland have lost Winrow and Scholefield and a season of mediocrity at best seems likely. Slaithwaite should have enough to stay up, and Golcar with a new Aussie and the talented Eddie Wilson brought in should finish mid table. As for Broad Oak and Holmfirth - I fear a long relegation battle beckons as both have lost key players.

New boys Kirkburton and Hylandswaine will be just fine. The former have secure and certain runs guaranteed by Matthew Wood, and if Yorkshire's Charlie Roebuck plays much they will be in good shape. As for the ambitious Hoylandswaine, a raft of new signings including the Morris brothers and Yorkshire's Joe Sayers (although how he will play more than a few games is not clear) added to an already strong XI should see them able to mount a title challenge in their first ever year in the Premiership. They could even do a Scholes!

As for my beloved Scholes, I have to admit to being underwhelmed by our seriously lacsadaisical pre-season preparation. A succession of weddings, stag nights and holidays has seen us seriously undercooked in my view, as James Noble seems content to wallow in the incredible success of least season. But that's the way it is with the ever popular "Keith", who remains as daft as a brush, and ever optimistic. And who am I to doubt possibly the youngest man to ever captain a side to the Huddersfield Premiership title. Luke Bird arrives from Australia tomorrow after a successful season with the bat in Newcastle First Grade cricket, but his bowling looks to have fallen away a little in the second half of the Aussie summer. It will be fascinating to see how he adjusts to our low and slow wickets.

And lastly of course much will depend on our trio of seasoned Asian cricketers. If Scholes get more out of the blistering blade of Latif, and Iqbal Khan manages one more great season before possible retirement - well you never know. Personally, I'd settle for mid table mediocrity and our second Sykes Cup win - now that would be nice.



Tuesday, April 13
2009 season by Matt Hufford

 

Scholes 155, Clayton West 154

 Well what a shock the 2009 season became, after the promotion to the top division in 2008, the 2009 season was expected to be a year of consolidation. Although Scholes had strengthened in pre season the title charge that became apparent from the very early stages was both a shock to the system and to all the teams around them. As it finished Scholes became champions for the first time since 2002 holding off tough competition from Skelmenthorpe as the Chaplegate faithful saw some of the best cricket since a certain Mr Jaffer was at the crease. Inspirational performances from Iqbal Khan, Richard Holmes, Andy Alsop and the captain James Noble cemented the league championship as well as many others within the side as Scholes seemed to dominate from very early on. In fact with their magnificent season the boys overtook Honleys point scoring record, an amazing achievement when you realise that it was only 24 months since Scholes were relegated from the same division. Since then it has been a gradual climb to the top of the pedestal of Huddersfield cricket and didn’t it feel all the sweeter for the difficulties the team faced along the way. The game against Clayton West on the last day of the season secured Scholes 15th 6 point victory of the season and showcased why the boys were the champions of the top division. The game seemed a fair reflection of how the season had shaped up with Andy Alsop on the top of his game with some mesmerising bowling. The player who picked up the league bowling prize took the first three of Clayton’s wickets in an inspired 11 over period which made the game extremely winnable. Complemented by Iqbal Khan’s mopping up off the tail the attacking bowling on this day was truly magnificent. Clayton West were limited to 154 runs with the majority of the score coming from Johnny Butterfield (54), Gibson (27) and Firth (21). Then for the final time it was the turn of the league champions batting to take centre stage and show why they had dominated a top class division in such a shocking if not surprising way. Iqbal Khan may not have reached anything near his average for the club but a 38 was extremely vital in the circumstances as at one stage the home team were in a less convincing state at 53 for 3. However the highest scorer of the day went to the Australian Shane Mott, who probably knew at the time that this was going to be his last game for the club in which he had performed admirably for such a pronounced spell. Mott scored an unbeaten 53 on the day which included 6 fours and one maximum in what was a impressive knock. In the end Scholes reached the target with something to spare as the day ended, just like the season on an incredible high as the crowd saluted their Huddersfield league heroes. For the first time since 2002 Scholes were top of the pile and didn’t it feel sweet, but will the success go through into 2010 or was this magnificent season just a flash in the pan, lets hopes it the former.



Tuesday, April 13
2008 season by Matt Hufford

 

 The 2008 season was about redemption for the Scholes boys, after relegation from the top flight of Huddersfield cricket only a season earlier the Chaplegate side won the Cedar court conference in style with an astonishing 18 victories out of a possible 22 with only 2 loses and 2 abandoned games. Whereas 2007 had been the winter of discontent, 2008 seemed more like a winter of relaxation and looking forward to the future after what was a marvellous campaign under the watchful eye of Captain James Noble who was quickly progressing into a marvellous skipper. Although it could be said that Scholes cricket club, champions only 5 years before should never have been in the lower echelons of district cricket the way the team bounced back from adversity was indeed something to marvel at and enjoy, which the loyal faithful well and truly did. Many drinks were sunk and many dreams were had as to what the next 12months could bring. Scholes final game that season and the one I will be focusing on was against a Kirkburton side who were no strangers to the Premier division themselves but were languishing in a thoroughly disappointing mid table birth. After the presentation of the trophy was given prior to the game there was a felling of elation in the Scholes camp and that showed in what can only be described as a deserved victory. With the Hinchcilffe trophy in the background, Kirkburton decided to bat and were looking good on that decision after some memorable knocks from Hinchcliffe (player not trophy) who scored a sweet 44, Swift 33 and Seri 29, which lifted the Riley Laners to a decent if not impossible target of 151. Then it was the Scholes boys time to shine, after the plaudits had been given, the applause had died down, it was time to show the home fans why they were the name on the trophy and why they would be returning to the top flight after just a single seasons break away from it. However things are not always that simple, Scholes started sloppily and at one stage were faltering on 91 for 8 with the majority of those runs coming from a consistent Shoaib Khan who was Scholes best player on the day by far. Although the opening of the session hadn’t been littered with runs and was full of fallen wickets, the closing was dominated by two men who could be described as the usual suspects. Captain and Vice Captain James Noble and Andy Alsop had seen out a successful season with inspiration decisions and saw out victory on a September afternoon with an inspired 32 and 39 with an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 65 which was vital if Scholes wanted to keep their championship winning momentum going on through the autumn. Little did the side know that it wasn’t to be their final league championship bearing in mind the quite magnificent league prize the following year, but 2008 still has to be remembered as a fantastic year with many highs and not too many lows



Tuesday, April 13
Mmmmmmm... bit embarassing this but here goes

 

Throughout my time, at Scholes Cricket club which due to the weather, university commitments and rather frustratingly sat nav malfunction has been more sporadic than I would like there has been one man responsible for the articles I have produced. Although this is not a kiss ass thank you like it may sound, Scholes cricket club has been made easy for me by a Lancastrian fellow Manchester United fan. As I was at the club last Tuesday the mighty United, or not so mighty as 3 defeats suggest, there was only one fellow disappointed face as Olic scored what was to turn out a vital goal and Wayne Rooney limped off with only seconds to go, with an injury that would rule him out of the most important game of the season. Paul has introduced me to some legends of the club including the two Booths lord and Mel, Paul Wharton as well a current day hero Richard Bubbles Holmes. As well as this I have been kept up to date with the events of such a magnificent Cricket club, and it is a magnificent club. It has been a pleasure to bring you the stories from the clubhouse and hopefully in the little time that i have left the practice nets. Unfortunately I will stop writing my articles before the start of the season, which is a shame but thanks to the passion that has been portrayed to me since the start of my placement in November I will keep a keen interest in the goings on in the club and I intend if invited to watch a few games. A game catches my imagination for the season is Wasim Jaffers return to Chaplegate as part of a Skeltmenthorpe team who because of the Indians inclusion must be regarded as one of the favourites for the Championship crown. The man who many who I have interviewed regard as the best player to ever play for Scholes has created such a big impression on me despite the fact that I have never seen him play. Well let me tell you that will change next year as I will be at the clubhouse to see the great man shine, hopefully on the losing side. I will be also interested to in the Yorkshire Champions Cup next which is the perfect reward for Scholes achievement over the last 12 months. Reading some of Paul’s articles about the previous Champions Cup campaigns I have nothing but intrigue for a competition that Yorkshire regards so highly. As a boy growing up in Darlington I must admit that cricket was not my number one sport, as football, as some of you may realise by my constant referrals in articles is my life and always will be but I have to say I have a new found respect for the game after my time at the club. The club as a whole has done a lot for me especially Paul, but I hope in return I have done a little bit for the club.



Tuesday, April 13
Scholes First XI best ever win??

Scholes V Sheffield Collegiate by Matt Hufford

A match between champions is always something special to behold, a battle of wits between two teams that are proven entities and masters of all around them. These types of occasions don’t come around all that often but when they do, excitement is high as well as the tensions between the two clubs involved. As I am writing this, possibly the biggest competition on the world scene that involves champions playing champions is in full swing. The Champions league which showcases such precocious talents as Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto has reached it’s quarter final stage with teams from Russia, France, Italy, Spain and England all involved and all creating a certain amount of drama. But let’s go back a decade to the year 2000 and turn our attentions to our beloved Scholes, who had just been crowned champions of the Yorkshire league thanks to some wonderful performances from a certain Indian magician, Wasim Jaffer and a ground that so many teams struggled to get to grips with. The prize for winning the league that year, as accustomed in the Yorkshire leagues was a place in the Yorkshire Champions Cup of 2001, a tournament in which Scholes were considered underdogs in a competition that saw teams of precocious skill and bundles of talent. In the second round of the competition that year Scholes came up against a Sheffield out in Sheffield Collegiate who were generally regarded as among the best in the competition and therefore one of the favourites to lift to competition. The illustrious opposition had enjoyed a bundle of trophies in the years previous including a prestigious double in 2000 of the Yorkshire league and the ECB National Championship which involved a whole host of teams from England. Collegiate were skippered by Paul Mckenna , thankfully not the world famous hypnotist and magician, and showcased the talents of Nigel Priestley, a liberal democrat MP, Nick Gaywood , Max Wall and Kenneth Clarke as well as a rather interestingly named Kettleborough at number 4, well at least we know who made the brews before and after the game. Scholes team consisted of Steve Whitwam, Dave Weston, Wasim Jaffer, Nick Bisby, Ian Bray, Algernon Caldwell, Tom Weston, Ashley Pamment, Kristian Whittaker, Simon Parkinson, Andy Hutchinson, Glenn Swindell, Paul Wharton and finally Clifford Oldroyd in what can only be described as the best cricketing side in Huddersfield. At that point the Chaplegate side had managed 14 victories in the defence of their Huddersfield championship and lost only 4. Things were looking rosy in the garden of eden but could a team slightly reliant on a Mumbai Magician dig out the biggest victory of the clubs history and erase all the pain of previous trophy less campaigns and beat one of the best teams outside of the country championships. As members of the club you will have a greater knowledge of that fateful day than a jumped up little student whose birthplace resides over 100 miles away from Scholes but I am told that day is one of Scholes finest and although I would like to travel back in time to tell the complete story you will have to trust me on a few things. Wasim as ever was at his sublime best, as was pretty much every other member of the team and Sheffield Collegiate just didn’t know what hit them, they had faced far greater teams the previous year but perhaps none with more heart than Scholes, who aided by their minuscule pitch dumbfounded a perceived greater opposition



Tuesday, April 13
Paul Wharton chats with Matt Hufford

 

Being a captain of a cricket team there is always going to difficult decisions to make. Be it dropping an underperforming player or changing the style of play after a run of defeats. However in 1993 Scholes captain Paul Wharton had possibly one of the most difficult decisions in the clubs history. Teams around the Huddersfield area had introduced foreign signings to their clubs as a way of gaining victories and recognition within the league and is Scholes were to be as successful they surely had to follow suit. “In the winter I held a meeting at the Butchers arms, everyone was there from the first team and the second team as well, I put it to them that if they wanted to get promoted we will have to have a good overseas player.” Little did the skipper know what transformations were about to occur to the little village cricket team and because of his decision making what majestic players Scholes would incorporate into their team in the near future. Names like Sharma, Waseem Jaffer and Iqbal Khan, later to become legends of the club may not have signed for Scholes if that meeting had not took place and for that reason alone Scholes cricket club holds a debt of gratitude to its former skipper. But it isn’t just for the foreign legion that Wharton should be remembered, he was also one of the most successful captains in the clubs history, missing out on the league and cup double by only a couple of point in 1996, after being relegation favourites only a couple of years previously. In fact the skipper remembers the very reason why Scholes may have slipped up on glory that year. “The year we won the Sykes cup I must admit if we hadn’t got so blind pissed we may have added the league championship as well. The cup final started on a Sunday and it rained and rained the point where we couldn’t get the match finished until the Tuesday evening. That night there were amazing scenes down here and we all got absolutely bladdered. But what was Wharton like as a captain, a disciplinarian, a transformer or just a leader in the drinking shenanigans, the answer probably is all three. During his spell as skipper Wharton oversaw success which was the result of a more professional attitude and a so called removal of the clicks that existed in the club. His successful introduction of Indian test players was the final piece of the jigsaw in his 4 year stint before offloading a team oozing with talent to Dave Weston. But in that 4 years Wharton’s love for the game was there for all to see. “God it was absolutely the highlighted of my week, without any question, but not just for me for a lot of people. We were successful we were winning competitions. We eventually got to play in the Yorkshire champions of champions so it was two games most weekends, we played hard and we definitely celebrated hard” But over a decade after leaving his post as a hero to the chaplegate faithful, it seems like Wharton is itching to play again and demonstrate the skill that made him one of Scholes greatest players and not just captains. “I am desperate for the season to start and I am desperate to go and watch some cricket. I do see myself watching a hell of a lot more cricket as I get older, especially as my children are getting older now. So there you have it Paul Wharton, family man, skipper, transformer, revolutionary, and most importantly one amazing cricketer.



Tuesday, April 13
Mel Booth talks to Matt Hufford

 

As Chairman’s go Mel Booth is possibly one of the more relaxed in the sporting world. A resident at chaplegate since 1974 Booth regularly mixes business with pleasure at the clubhouse that he calls home. As sports editor at the Huddersfield Examiner Booth is obviously a busy man, but still finds time to sink a few pints at the bar while watching another embarrassing English defeat in the Champions league. But what do Booth’s dealings with the club consist of, when asked the answer was typically straight to the point. “Absolutely nothing, I am just a figurehead, come and have a few beers and just try and sort of keep it all together, generally just making sure that people are kept happy. The committee are very hard working so there isn’t a great deal to do to be honest” Booth’s laid back attitude to life as chairman can be forgiven when you realise just what this man has done for the club. Captain on several occasions he oversaw some tremendous weekends and some momentous victories which have gone down in the history of the club and the memory of its followers. A particular game that stands out in the mind of the chairman is a Sykes cup victory against higher opposition where the underdog prevailed with typical Scholes grit and determination. “One particular memory that stands out was a game against Honley in the Sykes cup when we were still in the central league. I was captain that year and that was particularly sweet they had a very good team, including a guy called Mike Picarra who was a Huddersfield league sort of legend really.” Games such as the victory over Honley have cemented Booths legendary status at the club but if anything determines this great man from all the others is the passion that runs in his blood, here is a man that is in love with a cricket team and it is a love that will never die. Listing the great names of Scholes cricket resembles a teenage boy reeling off the names of his favourite football team and detailing the magic that each of those players provided. Replace Cantona, Beckham and Giggs with Daryl Brook, Wasim Jaffer and Andy Caldwell and you have some idea of who means the most to Booth. “Andy Caldwell is possibly one of the best locally produced players that we have had and Simon Parkinson was a really quality league bowler, lots of league clubs wanted him but he stayed with us for quite a few years and helped us win the Sykes cup with a man of the match performance.” With so much success in the past winning the league title in 2009 was yet another reason to smile for the clubs chairman. The return of the Huddersfield Championship pleased everyone at the club and player like Andy Alsop and Iqbal Khan shone throughout the season, but Booth made it clear that one player should not be forgotten. “Richard Holmes was fantastic the best wicket keeper in the league for my money. It’s a big help for you bowlers with him standing there doing a good job, absolutely priceless. For him not to get the wicket keeping prize at the end of the year was a real shock. I thought he was certainly a big player for us last year, he was terrific did a marvellous job, as did the rest of the side.” But what of the future plans for the chairman, with the team mounting a challenge on the Yorkshire Champions Cup is there any retirement plans for the clubs chairman determined to leave on a high. “Not a chance, they will get rid of me sooner or later, but I am not bothered about that, I will be part of the club until I take my last breath, it’s my club I love the club, they will have to carry me out of here feet first probably.” And I for one would not like to be the person in charge of that particular job. With so much friction from those dragged heals there will probably be no carpet left. Mel Booth I salute you.



Tuesday, April 13
2010 predictions by Matt Hufford

 

As the new season gets under way this weekend Scholes have learnt of the path that could take them to their second championship in two years as they try to emulate the success of last year. Possibly one of the biggest rivals for the championship is Skelmanthorpe who have recruited and invested wisely over the winter months, most notable with the acquisition of Wasim Jaffer, a long time hero at Chaplegate who is set to rip the league apart as he did at Scholes in two league victories. Scholes are set to play Skelmanthorpe on the 22nd May in a contest that could create an early claim for the league prize and it will be a first chance to see Jaffer on an opposition team rather as one of their own. However before they get to grips with Skelmanthorpe, Scholes have a tricky opening month with games against Marsden and Kirkburton on the 17th and 24th as well as first games in the Heavy Woolen and Sykes Cup on the 18th and 25th of April, which Scholes have aspiration for in both as a decent cup run could bring the success needed for another championship charge which the faithful have been treated too for the last 2 years, and as a old proverb says good and bad look does come in threes. Hopefully for the sake of the Scholes boys it is the former and not the latter. Another stand out tie fixture is scheduled for the 5th June as Scholes take on old rivals Elland for the first time, a team that could also contribute to the championship shake up and will be looking for a victory against last year’s champions. On Tuesday the 8th of June Scholes get a shot at the 20 20 prize as the Huddersfield elite go for glory in the shortest version of the game. Be sure of one thing with Scoring at an all time high Iqbal Khan should get his hands on a few decent scores and hopefully maybe even a 100, which would be very nice for all to see. With vital games occurring every weekend, the season should be both dramatic and exciting to watch and with any luck the month of October could be one of the most important in Scholes history. The finals of the Sykes Cup and the 20-20 championships as well as the final, possibly crucial games against Delph and Dobcross could all determine a charge for an unprecedented treble. It is going to be hard going but we can only dream that greatness is in Scholes grasp. Who knows we could also be crowing Scholes as Yorkshire champions in 2010. Whatever happens it is certainly going to be a blast, so hold on the roller coaster is about to start.



Saturday, March 20
2005 season by Matt Hufford
The 2005 season was definitely one of missed chances. Scholes were the long time chasers of leaders Honley and at some stages of the season looked like overturning their rival’s advantage. In fact the boys from Chaplegate went into the final game of the season with a realistic chance of winning the title in a dramatic last day. However the final day was to be anything but dramatic and exciting with a damp squib being the buzz word as Scholes final game against Elland was called off because of the weather leaving the championship in Honley’s hands. Although it was a frustrating way to finish the season the damage was probably done in the game against Lascelles hall a fortnight before as Scholes suffered from championship nerves as sloppy batting and loose bowling accumulated in a defeat that really should have been a convincing win. Even though it could have ended so differently the campaign must have been seen as a success as once again, for a second season in a row, Scholes improved on their league position from the year before, the team had now emerged from relegation battlers to championship chargers which meant many matches were blessed with some sublime cricket. One particular game which showcased the talents of the Scholes boys was the early season victory of Barkisland, or what can otherwise be described as a demolition job. Barkisland were bowled out convincingly for 176 after Scholes had ripped and stroked their way to 276 for 2. The 100 runs victory was well deserved thanks to some truly inspirational batting. The main culprit for the whitewash was the sublime Wasim Jaffer. Now in his second season of his second spell in the Scholes team the Indian was beginning to look unplayable. Against Barkisland he notched up a total of 161 runs unbeaten, well over half of the Scholes runs that day. And amazingly he hit his last 100 balls in just 37 deliveries, which if you do the maths is nearly a four every ball, truly the form of an Indian international I think you will agree. Jaffer was supported against Barkisland by an in form Dave Weston, the skipper for the 2005 season who racked up an impressive 92 against his old team, a total which must have tasted very sweet. With the two batters in the form that they were it was inevitable that Scholes were going to rack up a big score, one which Barkisland had the improbable, neigh on impossible task of repeating. A repeat it they didn’t as they crumbled to a modest total of 176 all out despite the efforts of their new signing Arjune who was by far their best player on the day as he made 63 on his long awaited debut for the club. Arjune actual dismissal had a comedy element to it as the stumps were hit after a combination of a Joe Hinchcliffe bowl, to batters glove, helmet and small of his back before finally falling victim to a Bubbles stumping. Things may have been very different if the opposition were able to play their big hitter Paul Winrow who was injured for the game at Chaplegate, probably to Scholes great relief as the wickets were wrapped up with relative ease after some precise bowling, with Khan being the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 32. With performances like this, it was no surprise that Scholes finished where they did, their form all season was unrecognisable to that of only a couple of seasons before where the boys seeming performed with a huge monkey on their back. But could the 2006 season bring the trophy back to where it belonged.

Saturday, March 20
2004 season by Matt Hufford

2004 season –

After two seasons in the Huddersfield league Wilderness, 2004 saw the return to form for Scholes cricket club. The early season saw the recouping of Waseem Jaffer and from the word go the Mumbai magician put some sparkle back into a disgruntled team and the championship charge was officially on. A nice change after a relegation battle last year. Although the title run in was in the end a disappointment, it could only be step forward for a growing side. Another revelation had come in the form of Andy Alsop, still a regular in the team in 2010, who in 2004 had constantly been the highest achieving bowler at the club and another reason for the steady progression into the top half and beyond. Scholes biggest victory in 2004 came in the shape of a demolition job against Delph and Dobcross over the border in the Lancastrian sun. Delph had previously been a bogey team for Scholes so the tie was looked at with some trepidation for the Chaplegate side. However this particular May afternoon put to bed any control the opposition had. The victory was nothing short of an avalanche for the Scholes boys who triumphed by a margin of 245 for 5 to a measly 76 all out, a winning total of 171 runs. What was astonishing was this victory wasn’t against a so called run of the mill team but instead against the previous year’s league champions, all be it a stuttering bunch struggling to find anywhere near the form of 2003. Scholes hadn’t actually beaten the side from the other side of the border for 6 years and that looked like becoming 7 after a slow start which was more in the style of the underachieving Scholes of times gone by and not of a side blessed with a true legend in Jaffer. Scholes had lost early wickets from their future captain James Noble (4) and Holmes and Pamment. However with the Indian international the Yorkshire team always had a little bit more class. A century of runs was the highlight of the day as Waseem showed why he was the missing link for a club that had missed his presence and authority. His stroke play was majestic and boundaries were followed by more boundaries. Another highlight of a successful batting session was the rejuvenation of Welshman Ian Bray, who was partaking in only his second game for the side after an early season dogged by a serious medical condition. Bray hit Delph for 5 sixes in an impressive 52 which had helped Scholes reach an unbelievable target, one which ultimately couldn’t be sniffed at by the home team. Part of the reason for that was the bowling of Andy ‘sloppy’ Allsopp who in his first full season for the club was becoming a feature of the clubs success. Against Delph he was ravenous in attack and bowled out the major threat to the victory in Nash, who had dominated the batting figures in the previous year. Nash was bowled out when enticed to edge a drive which was caught by a grateful Walker behind the stumps. After that dismissal the point were wrapped up with relative ease thanks in equal parts to impressive bowling and a crumbling batting order. Allsopp actually managed an impressive 7 for 38, possibly a sign of things to come with the Scholes team. On that day he really was the king of swing ripping through everything that came before him, if Graeme Smith had been in the Delph team that day he may have been in trouble. So with this famous victory Scholes title ambitions were well and truly confirmed, if Jaffer and Allsopp could recreate it on a regular basis every team in the league would be in trouble.



Saturday, March 20
2003 season by Matt Hufford

The 2003 season

Although it had only been two years since the back to back championships of 2000 and 2001 the year 2003 was rather sparse for Scholes cricket club. World class players had been and gone along with the confidence that had exhilarated the club for those previous years. Rather than push for a championship crown the side had barely got in their stride in 2003 and were facing relegation to the lower echelons of Huddersfield cricket before the last game against Shepley on the 6th September that year. Nerves were jangling, heart beats were pulsating and crisis beckoned within the team but something from somewhere saved the club from relegation and a broken hearted return home that night. With such a disastrous campaign the victory away at Shepley was by far and away the highlight of a jilted campaign and makes the list for the clubs greatest games on desperation alone. Scholes were doomed if they lost and needed a confident victory to salvage a little bit of pride before going into the winter of discontent. It isn’t in the clubs nature to go down without a fight and against Shepley nothing could have rang more true. However it could have been so much different. With 15 over’s left the home side were coasting at 136 for 1 thanks to combination of majestic batting and familiar sloppy bowling from the Chaplegate side. Shepley were on the offensive and didn’t look like retreating until controversy struck. Dale Skelly one of the opponents leading lights had been run out for an impressive 48 in contentious style after a badly judged umpire call which affected the destination of the all important league points. The way the flow of the game was going it looked certain the Scholes were going to lose their game as well as their place in the league where they had enjoyed so such success. However because of the unforeseen circumstances Shepley literally folded under the weight of expectation as their leading line succumbed to the increased intensity of the Scholes bowling, followed very quickly by the tail end. From a position of dominance at 136 for 1 Shepley finished at 187 for 6 after the allotted over’s leaving victory in the hands of a very grateful Scholes team Although that season the team were blighted with untaken chances it was not to happen again as the boys had reached the target set with relative ease with their opening innings of 223 for 3 after some inspiration batting from Whitwam, Adnan as well as Kris Whittaker who relished a rare opportunity to come in at number 5 and record a respectable score of 28. Despite the joy and relief of a final day victory the day was also tinged with sadness as Dave Weston, an integral part of the title winning side playing his last game for the club, leaving the scene with a magnificent score of 55 finishing undefeated, a feeling that Scholes hadn’t felt for 18 months or more. Although the season had been saved thanks to a last ditch effort the emphasis was that the future did indeed look bleak not bright. It was reported at the time that serious measures had to be implemented. “So Scholes have escaped the spector of relegation to the dreaded conference by the skin of their teeth – but with the nucleus of the great team that won back to back Premierships in 2000 and 2001 well and truly disetrigrating, it will be interesting to see how the club rebuilds over the winter and replaces some of the very fine players that brought the little Holme valley club to the upper echelons of Yorkshire cricket”.



Tuesday, March 2
BLACK SHEEP DRAW MADE AT LAST!
Its Woodhouse Grange of the York Senior League at home in the first round. As there are now only 8 teams in the competition, this is effectively the quarter final, and the winners have the very big incentive of having another home tie in the next round, against the mighty Scarborough or York.

Tuesday, March 2
SHAT SIGN THE BRILLIANT WASIM JAFFER

WOW! We didn't see that one coming did we folks. All I can say is Max Joice must have been on a lot of dosh! What a fantastic signing for Shat and the League as a whole. Wasim Jaffer will play for Shat from early May, and they are immediately serious contenders for the Premiership, for the sublimely skilled Wasim will guarantee them at least 1500 runs and probably 30 wickets with his off-spin.

Wasim played for Scholes for 5 seasons accumulating over 7000 runs at an average of nearly 80, and won many individual awards as well as the Premiership title in 2000 and 2001 with his beloved Scholes, where he still has many friends and which he calls his second home.

Wasim is a lovely quiet fellah who should fit in well at a well run family club like Shat, just as he did at Scholes. They are getting the Captain of Mumbai, and a man who has two test double centuries under his belt amongst his myriad of cricketing achievements. We welcome Wasim back to Huddersfield League cricket and congratulate Shat on their audacious signing.



Tuesday, March 2
'SWAINE MAKE A BIG MOVE WITH NEW SIGNINGS
Ex Scholeser Scott Marsh has given us the definitive word on Hoylandswaine's new signings for the 2010 season. They have procured the services of Yorkshire's Joe Sayers and Zach Morris, and have signed an Aussie bowler Anthony Marr. Quite how often the prolific young Sayers will play must however be in some doubt - but it's great to see how most teams in the Premiership have strengthened over the winter months with some very exciting new signings.

Tuesday, March 2
FAMOUS OLD SCHOLES GAMES BY MATT HUFFORD

 September 2002

 Scholes v Linthwaite Over the past years since Scholes matches have been posted on the website there have been over a century of games, most of which have captured the excitement of the local cricketing fans. Scholes Cricket club have been involved in some hum – dingers of games in the Huddersfield league and it is my job to scurry through the wheat and get to the chaff, to pick the cream of the crop from the archives and deliver some of the best matches which truly deserve to be highlighted again. I have decided to do this one year at a time starting in the year 2002 and concluding with the title winning procession that was the 2009 campaign. The year 2002 was varied for a cricketing fan, the national consensus was on the nations other sport as the Football World Cup dominated the national scenery, But as Ronaldo’s and Beckham’s performances were making the headlines cricket was still being played on the nations fields and Scholes was no different. After the success of the last couple of seasons, thanks in a huge part to a certain Mr Jaffer, Scholes finished a slightly disappointing 6th in what was a season to forget for the title hungry members. However the final game of the season away against Linthwaite on the 14th September provided the fans with the prospect of a possible return to the top in 2003 campaign. In hindsight those dreams were a little ill conceived but back in Sept 2002 Scholes cricket was buzzing with anticipation thanks to a convincing away victory. One of the highlights that came from the victory was the performance of James Noble, who 7 years later would lift the trophy as the victorious club captain but in 2002 was still in his teenage years ripping through the defence with a whole catalogue of shots in an ever increasing locker. Of course Noble had been involved with the club since being a young boy but the early part of the decade had seen the youngster, under the tuition of a few experienced players, propel himself into the spotlight and maintain a regular starting place for his local club. Noble was joined in the attack by Kris Whittaker who was also described at the time as talent among the Scholes crop. Both youngsters were doing their best to show the crowd that there was life after Wasim Jaffer and that although the media coverage that had followed the team after their big breakfast appearance had subsided that there was plenty to talk about in the Scholes ranks. After the success of Jaffer in the previous year’s Scholes had also recruited a overseas player for the 2002 season. Sameer Dighe was inspirational in a less than inspirational team and at the time it was considered that the young star was unfortunately holding the club up from slipping into the relegation places, which after the highs of the previous year would be the ultimate low. Against Linthwaite Dighe was in imperious form and scored a magnificent 62 runs to accumulate his season total to 1400, an impressive feat considering the climate that surrounded him. His average (which neared 60 runs) was sublime and although his legacy does not eclipse his fellow Mumbai team mate it was said at the time that “Sameer has been a massively positive influence both on and off the field, magnificent with the juniors, and he returns to Mumbai this week having made many friends at the club” On the day there were also runs from Noble (36), Bisby (50), Weston (25) and a debut score of 8 from Harry Bryson which propelled Scholes to a worthy score of 234 which was unbeaten despite a 82 from the home sides opening batsman Dave Ellis and a cultured four sixes from Ullah. Scholes had won their final game of an average season, but Linthwaite away could only have been seen as a stepping stone onto greater things. The team used the victory as valuable experience before the next seasons wheels started to flutter into motion and if nothing else the game provided a swan song for Dighe before his Indian Summer. It would be another 6 years before the championship returned to Chaplegate but hopes were high,



Tuesday, March 2
WASIM JAFFER BY MATT HUFFORD
As a relative newcomer to the Scholes Cricket Club lifestyle it is always interesting hearing about the past. After all this club has been going for generations, before I was even thought about, before my parents were even thought about, god even before my grandparents were thought about. A scary thought indeed but Scholes cricketers have been entertaining and frustrating the locals for a number of decades and has showcased stars of village cricket and internationals alike. However no other star has graced Scholes the way that Wasim Jaffer did in the late nineties into the turn of the new millennium. With his prowess and knowledge of the game he has become legendary in this part of the world. In previous articles club members such as Lord Booth and Bubbles have championed the Indian superstar so I felt it only right to showcase a true legend both locally and Internationally. Manchester United has Wayne Rooney, the Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan and for a short period of time Scholes Cricket club had Wasim Jaffer. In the year 2009 when it became clear that the Indian Premier league were, despite not being able to play the competition in India, going to try and sign the very best in the world of cricket to play a series of games Harlem Globetrotter style. Entertainment was the buzz word, sixes were the main aim and superstars were a necessity. Players like Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen were drafted to teams on the other side of the world to join the heroes of Indian cricket. One such hero was the figure of Wasim Jaffer, who by 2009 has graced local cricket for over 10 years. His performances for the Bangalore Royal Challenges made headlines all over the world and he was pitting his wits against the world’s best. Several years earlier the scene was very different. Rather than running out at the Centurion against the Rajasthan Royals ,Jaffer was in Huddersfield plying his trade for a local cricket team with a big future. Having signed for the club after a successful junior career, in one of his early games a 15 year old Jaffer scored 400 not out in one innings, the opportunity arose for the young man to gain some experience playing at Scholes. However one can only imagine the immense lifestyle change coming from a country where the weather was so hot and in the pitches so dry. The difference between Mumbai and Yorkshire are too big to comprehend. Whereas rain is seen as a blessing in his native land it is seen as an irritation in this country. One only has to look at the early months of 2010 to know what challenges arose when Jaffer entered this soggy land. In a previous Interview, while still playing for the club Jaffer expressed his irritation of the weather conditions on British shores. “Of course I have been longing for the sun on my back and some hard wickets to bat on. It is July and the weather has been absolutely terrible and the wickets not particularly easy to bat on.” Despite obvious disadvantages Jaffer time in Huddersfield can only be described as the stuff of legend. Everyone who played with the Indian or witnessed his capability are in ore of a true cricketing hero and I for one see myself as unlucky not to have witnessed the man at work. In recent years only Iqbal Khan has come close to the batting averages achieved in the season that Jaffer played and with the run rate becoming higher and higher this season, just as it was 10 years ago success has followed. Jaffer can be seen as one of the major reason why Scholes won the league championship in the early 00’s and the memorabilia around the cricket club house is testament to the legacy that the man from Mumbai has achieved. International stars have come and gone in HD9 but none with more success than an Indian with a sublime shot and magic hands. An Indian Test Superstar, a 20-20 genius with 20-20 vision and quite possibly Scholes greatest player. Long live the King and one can only hope that he comes back on these shores so I can bear witness to ultimate greatness.

Tuesday, March 2
ENGLAND V BANGLADESH BY MATT HUFFORD
England v Bangladesh 2010 As Scholes cricket club gear up for the start of their 2010 campaign, excitement is in the air and anticipation is in the atmosphere. New players will be bedded in as well as a new overseas star in Luke Bird. The club will find it difficult to improve on such a glorious season last year where the form book went out the window and a surprise package took centre stage in Huddersfield finest cricketing showcase. While the champions of Huddersfield put the hours in on the training field, the same can be said of a set of players on a very different level. A team that were also a surprise package in the year 2009, beating arch enemies along the way. Whereas Scholes cricket club saw great satisfaction in beating Elland, The English national team were overjoyed to beat the Australians in a nerve jangling test series, a series which illuminated the nation. After success on home soil, England also impressed drawing a potentially tricky away test in South Africa against a team littered with special cricketers including Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis. The Nations cricketing team grew in front of our very eyes last year and 2010 is expected to be the next stage of potential world domination. England’s first challenge this year comes in the shape of Bangladesh, who in recent years have been the whipping boys of test cricket. National pride will surely be restored despite the loss of the successful national captain Andrew Strauss, who despite not being injured has decided not to travel with the team to Asia. The opening batsman stated exhaustion as the main reason for his decision after an 18 month spell which has seen test after test after test. Fellow opener Alistair Cook steps into the famous shoes of a role which has been filled by David Gower, Ian Botham, Mike Atherton and Andrew Filntoff in the past But who are Bangladesh, and do they have the potential to cause a shock, just as Scholes did so magnificently last year. Recent form suggest possibly, Bangladesh are playing New Zealand at the moment and despite being the rank outsiders in a series that every excepted them to be whitewashed they are holding their own. Lead by Mahmudullah, who claimed his maiden century on the 17th February Bangladesh are in a significant position to upset the apple cart of an experienced test nation. New Zealand expected to coast the series and after a 553 first innings no one could possibly argue. However Bangladesh fought back and at the time of writing are still with a chance of winning after posting an impressive 1st innings score of 408. However despite some potential the rest of the series against New Zealand has been particularly drab. Dominated in the one day series 3:0 and before the final test at Seddon Park in Hamilton Bangladesh were again being whitewashed. Other names to look out for when England come to town are the captain, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim his understudy and Aftab Ahmed who is possibly the most experienced bowler in a team where inexperience still is a major factor. If England fail to win the series question will inevitable be asked as to why Strauss as well as one of the country’s leading bowlers James Anderson were not involved. The remaining team under Cook do have enough talent to compete at the highest level, but there is no question that captain fantastic will be sorely missed. The time is now for Alistair Cook and the recently disappointing Kevin Peitersen to come to the fray and play like they should, but one thing is for sure, if our Scholes boys can do it, England surely must.

Saturday, February 13
MATT HUFFORD INTERVIEWS LORD BOOTH
Steve Booth Interview Steve Booth has been involved with his beloved Scholes cricket club for more years than even he cares to remember. First introduced to the club by his grandfather, Boothy made his debut as a 20 year old in the heady days of the mid 70’s when the rumble in the jungle was the talk of the sporting globe and ABBA’s Waterloo stormed the pop charts. Of course a lot has happened since then Muhammad Ali has been replaced by David Hay and ABBA has made way for such acts as Lady Gaga and Girls Aloud. However 35 years later Booth is still one of the most popular faces at the cricket club. “Admittedly I don’ t do as much as I used too, I mainly help out in the day to day running of the club, things like sorting out bar staff and recruiting players when needs be, as the years pass I will do less and less but my heart is with the club.” During Booths tenure at the club, success has come, gone and of course last year come again and no one has seen it better than the clubs former captain. He was in the team when a young Waseem Jaffer arrived from India and brought a bucket load of honours and focus to the club. “Waseem was sublime, world class, the shots he could play, the drives well they were a joy to behold really. He was the captain of Bombay and the captain of Mumbai and for him to come to Scholes was absolutely fantastic, he won Indian player of the year last year so his talent is unquestioned.” Following the Success of such a likeable overseas player Booth became involved in bringing further International standard players to West Yorkshire from all corners of the world. Names like Sharma, Retief Patel and more recently Shane Mott and Iqbal Khan have all been swayed to Scholes by Booth and for that reason alone the club owes a great amount of gratitude to Huddersfield’s finest. However Boothy is not just remembered for his ambassadorial role at the club, as a player he was among the best. Asked whether he can remember his first game the memories come flooding back. “I just about remember my first game, I was supposed to be a fast bowler when I started and my first game I think I opened the batting with a guy called Raymond Allis, it would have been 1974 and was before I went to university and went travelling”. Another abiding memory came in a season where Scholes won promotion form the then central league in a game against Armatidge Bridge ??. “The best game I ever played, and possibly one of the best games in which the whole team played was against Armatidge when we scored a then record number of runs for the club with something like a score of 318, that year we were fantastic and deserved everything that we achieved.” After the years in the wilderness as a tax dodging student Boothy became one of the most successful captains when he was given the honour in 1986, but what does he think of the current crop under skipper James Noble. “I must admit under James leadership I was not completely shocked that we won the league last year. I had an inkling because of the three Asian players that we acquired, as well as the Australian Shane Mott, I thought to myself we have got a good team on our hands here and so it proved when we won the championship we were on the top of our game, and if the new recruit Luke Bird is as good as or better than Mott then we could see the same again next year.” Steve Booth may not be tearing up the crease at Scholes anymore, but he can certainly recruit numerous players who can, a true legend

Saturday, February 13
MEL QUIZ OFF N CODDY QUIZ ON
Sorry folks for the late notice -Mel Booth can't do the quiz on Saturday 13th February, but Coddy has kindly offered to do one on Saturday 20th February from about 8-30pm - we hope to do food and have music as well. PLEASE try to attend  - we need to keep generating funds in these long winter months.

Tuesday, January 26
HEAVY WOOLLEN DRAW

It's Barnsley at home in the Heavy Woollen Cup round one on Sunday April 18th, -1pm start - snow permitting. Reverse fixture in the Crowther Cup for the Seconds.

The Yorkshire League giants will be very strong of course but home advantage and the knowledge of how to play on our lovely little ground wil even things up a bit. After all the mighty Sheffield Collegiate were beaten only a few years ago in a famous Scholes win. Skipper James Noble of course says "bring it on!" Still daft as a brush after all these years.....



Wednesday, January 20
T' RUMOUR MILL

According to a well known bi-sexual local cricketer, this is FACT, not rumour. Honley (meaning Archie of course) have spent all the dosh they were lavishing on Matthew Wood (who has gone to 'Burton as if you didn't know) on three significant new signings.

Tom Craddock has travelled down the Valley from Holmfirth and should do very well with his attacking leg spin on Honley's broad pastures - this exciting young prospect has some more trial matches lined up in County second team cricket for the summer.

Johnny Butterfield has joined from Clayton West - he is good enough to open the bowling and batting and would grace any side in local cricket - this flame haired youmgster oozes both talent and attitude in abundance

 And the big one - I am reliably informed that the diminutive pocket battleship from Shat Max Joice has also signed - he wanted to give up keeping and stay on the same money at Shat which they weren't having, so the ever aware master of the quick signing Archie was in like a shot for the supremely talented and beligerently bellicose Max. Let's face it - Once again Honley will be right up there in 2010 folks. 



Wednesday, January 20
WINTER NETS AT HONLEY HIGH
Yes folks - Keith has finally got round to booking winter nets which will take place at Honley High School from February 14th more or less right up to the start of the season - they will be running from 11-30am to 1-00pm every week.

Monday, January 11
WELCOME TO SCHOLES CC LUKE BIRD

There was me thinking "Boot" would give me a right bollocking if I disclosed any details of new signing Luke Bird on the website....and then next minute the Holme Valley Viking Melvynetta Booth, soon to be qualified to play for South Africa due to his spending more feckin time in Cape Town than sunny Huddersfield, has splashed it all over the Examiner.

Luke is playing First Grade cricket for University in the Newcastle District Cricket Association, which I am told is over 200 miles away from Sydney. His brother Aaron plays first class cricket for New South Wales. Luke is 24 year old  left arm opening bowler and has batted from 3 to 7 for University this season with some success - and University currently lead the First Grade table and have just won the Newcastle 20/20 tournament with Luke playing a prominent role with both bat and ball. So he appears to be a player very much in the mould of Shane Mott - here's to hoping he enjoys his six months in England next summer as much as Shane did, and plays a big role in ensuring Scholes enjoy another successful season. I've posted a photo of Luke bowling in Albums - which are in a bit of a mess due to factors out of my control at the moment but hopefully you'll be able to find it.

 



Monday, January 11
MATT HUFFORD INTERVIEWS JAMES NOBLE AND "TRAMP" BOORMAN AND TALKS ABOUT NUDE CRICKET

Captain Fantastic

As Captains go, skipper James Noble come across as one of the best, tremendously proud of his team and his own personal achievements, Noble had the dream season in 2009. The Championship crown, secured against all odds has proved the talent in the Scholes ranks and after nearly a decade in the team James remains a pivotal piece in the jigsaw. When Scholes won the Second Tier Championship in 2008, little was expected for the following season, with consolidation being the key phrase, even mid table mediocrity would have been seen a tremendous success. “Because we had been promoted the year before our main aim was basically to survive, a realistic aim was a top 6 finish and that would be considered a good season, to actually win the league was completely unexpected, we didn’t actually expect anything at all, but it was a brilliant feeling to win the league.”

2009 marked the second time, Noble had won the league with Scholes, and he still remains the only surviving member of the Championship winning side earlier in the decade. As a talented teenager he joined the ranks and played with legendary Scholes players such as the Inspirational Indian Waseem Jaffer. However although that season saw a relatively inexperienced cricketer in the first team, Nobles contribution had already been embedded in the club for a number of years with the youth set up and school cricket. “I played my first game for when I was 6 but I can’t remember how I played, all I can remember is that there were short one day and asked me if I wanted to play, it was against YMCA and I must not have done badly because they kept asking me to play. Getting a chance at an early age also seemed to influence the skippers captaining style, when asked about his favourite memories of such a successful season he refers again and again to the upcoming stars who were discovered within the 2009 season. Players like Tom Brook and 15 year old sensation Lewis Sykes are not far from the captain’s mind as he plans for the season ahead as well as the next decade at the helm. But how long does James see himself as captain to such a successful team? “ To be honest I see myself playing until my body tells me to stop because I love the game too much, I can see myself doing a job for 10 maybe 15 years, basically until either my body collapses or I don’t do enough to warrant getting into the team.”

One thing is for sure however and that is that next season looks just as promising as the last, despite the loss of Australian Shane Mott the team remains virtually the same and with another Aussie Luke Bird added to the ranks as well as established Scholes veterans such as Bubbles, a man that Noble has a tremendous amount of respect for, who is to say that the Scholes captain won’t be lifting the trophy for the second season in succession.

Cockiness however is not something on the mind of Scholes finest, who prefers a more refrained approach to the pros and cons of a season as the reigning champions. “Although I am feeling confident and I do believe that we do have as good a team as last year there, are teams that are spending a lot of money and will probably be there or there about at the end of the season, Oyle and Swain for example have come up and spent a lot of money.” To add to this the captain sees a good cup run as an aim for 2010, after all Scholes despite the prestigious talents of Jaffer and Iqbal Khan have not won the cup since 1996, so with fingers crossed the team can wipe out the memory of 14 years of hurt and truly establish themselves as the Manchester United of Huddersfield Cricket.

 

Matthew Boorman

Matthew Boorman comes across as a character that every cricket club needs. A showman both on and off the field the 21 year old certainly tells a good story. His talent has seen him come up through the ranks at his beloved Scholes and he certainly knows how to talk a good game. A regular in the Scholes B team Boorman seems to enjoy cricket more than anything else. After all he has been playing the game since he was 4 years old and he wouldn’t want to anything else with his weekends. Asked whether any other sport comes close Matthew is very definite in his answer. “Nothing comes close, I enjoy playing football, but I would choose cricket every time.” And why shouldn’t it be for a talented cricketer who confesses his favourite feeling is smashing a ball for 6. In a game where at times defence is key, no one seems to have told Boorman. One particular memory from last season comes in the form of a quarter final match in what was eventually a successful cup campaign. Boorman who started down the batting order came on to the field with 3 balls to go. Whereas consolidation should have been the name of the game Scholes found their answer to Kevin Pietersen in the shape of the 21 year old. “We had scored a hell of a lot of runs even before I had come on, when I did come on there was only 3 balls to go, I hit the first ball for 4 which was a slog against the line, the second ball was a mi*** but I managed to get it away for 6 and the third I just smashed for 6 and walked off.” An amazing 16 runs from 3 balls was definitely an astonishing achievement but it was not the only highlight of the season for Boorman and the Scholes B team. He describes his favourite match as the cup final against Marsden in which 15 year old Lewis Sykes proved the difference between the two teams and Boorman has nothing but respect for a player 6 years his junior. “Lewis showed some serious determination that game, at such a young age to get 40 odd was unbelievable, that day he was better than players who have reputations in the game.

Although Sykes took the plaudits in the final Matthew was pivotal in such a successful campaign. His biggest innings of the season came in what was at that point a top of the table clash against Skelmanthorpe. When he took to the field Scholes were struggling at 20 for 5 and in desperate need for some inspiration. His scintillating 57 set Scholes on their way to a desired 260 before he was caught out by a spinner and replaced by a man that he has a tremendous amount of respect for - Coddy.

But for injury Boormans career could have been so very different. Up until the age of 19 he was a wicket keeper, a position he unfortunately had to give up because of back injury which he is still bitterly disappointed about. “It is upsetting to have to give up wicket keeping; to have a back injury at 19 is stupid, it is no age.” However his experience as keeper has put him in good stead for the rest of his career. He now prides himself as a good catcher of the ball and will more often than not back himself to keep hold of a catch, even if he confesses to dropping it on a few occasions. Even with the occasional butter fingers the future looks bright for Scholes’s eccentric star.

 

The Big Breakfast and Nude Cricketing

When the Big Breakfast opens its doors in 1992 it was seen as cutting edge in a newly formed world of morning television. With big name presenters such as Chris Evans, Gabby Roslin, Denise Van Outen and Johnny Vaughan the programme was revolutionary and entertained millions. But even for the Big Breakfast team who were used to random and off the wall stories the story of Nude cricketers from Scholes Cricket Club in Huddersfield must have seemed a little odd. Cricket at that time, without the invention of 20-20 must have seemed to the neutral a little dour. Reserved gentlemen playing a gentleman’s game on a summer’s day is what most people would have expected with a cricketing story. But the story involving the Scholes Boys was going to be a completely different kettle of fish. On the wave of numerous media highlights, which included a page 3 spread in the sun, a radio four interview and numerous local press coverage the team was invited to London to show their skills in a re-enactment of that fateful early morning training session which just happened to include copious amounts of alcohol and a serious lack of clothes. However rather than be fully exposed to the nation at 8:37 in the morning the team was asked to wear a jock strap to reserve their modesty and to keep the stomachs settled of the millions watching at home. While Vaughan interviewed, it must be said with a hint of sarcasm, four members of the famous Scholes CC strolled merrily onto the playing field behind. A playing field that had star after star after star.

At the time Scholes cricket club had been established for over 124 years, most of this time being only recognised by locals to Huddersfield and to opponents travelling to the village. However this interview came when Scholes was becoming more and more renowned. Of course Wasim Jaffer an International star with India was at the time playing for the club and further Internationals were to follow. With the Interview came interest, and with a club like Scholes no press was bad press. What started as a joke between friends had put the team in the national limelight and of course is still talked about today. Recent you tube videos show nude beach cricket in India as well as numerous videos in England and unsurprisingly Australia, but the original and surely the best has to come from the boys at Scholes who in the heady days of 2000 shared the stage with the celebrity elite. The success on the screen also was reflected in the clubs fortunes on the cricketing field. On the same ground were the club had upset the neighbours only a year before the team inspired by Jaffer won the league championship in 2001 which goes to show that the club was talented both at and away from the crease



Saturday, December 26
SCHOLES MOVE QUICKLY AND GET THEIR MAN
Following such a successful first season in England playing as an amateur, Shane Mott was bound to attract some attention from some of the many monied clubs throughout the land - and indeed the likeable Sydneyside all rounder has been made a very good offer to play in Ireland - which we have no way of matching. No hard feelings to Shane and Elyce. The chance to get paid good money to play cricket in a fantastic country is one nobody could refuse. Scholes have wasted no time in signing a replacement - lets just say he is another high quality Antipodean all rounder who should fill Shane's boots admirably. I will give out more information in the near future...........

Monday, December 7
SCHOLES GET THEIR VERY OWN SPORTS STUDENT!!

It was about half ten on a Sunday night and I was as usual happily semi-pickled on a combination of a few superb pints of Golden Warrior early doors at the cricket club, nicely followed up by a bottle of Chilean red afterwards at home. The phone rang and I expertly concealed my astonishment (and inebriation) as Dr Peter Davies from Hudds University askd me if we wanted (as Byrom Shield champions) our own student. He would have to do around 25 500 word pieces on the club as part of his sports journalism course, and was I interested in helping out. I could of course post them all on the website - how could I lose?

So here is Matt Hufford's first piece - the first of hopefully many interviews with First Team players as we try to explain just how the hell did we win that lovely old trophy?

Richard “Bubbles” Holmes

2009 was possibly the most successful year in Richard Bubbles Holmes cricketing career, not only did he win a league championship with his beloved Scholes, but he was also successful in other aspects of the team.

His grounds keeping, recognised for years by everyone at the club, was given the seal of approval by the league as he won grounds man of the year and Chaplegate was also named ground of the year.

As Scholes wicket keeper, following in the footsteps of his father who played county cricket for Somerset and a mainstay in the team for over 6 seasons, Bubbles is a popular character within the club, as well as one of its veterans, and was vital in the success of the club in its Championship winning year. ]

Perhaps the most memorable game of his 2009 season came against Elland in a do or die match that went someway to determining where the championship would go. In a tense game he and fellow Batsman Iqbal Khan survived a last wicket onslaught by the Elland Bowlers to create a partnership of 58 runs taking the teams total to 154. Although Bubbles only registered 13 runs that day his dogged batting allowed Scholes to reach a reasonable target and one that ultimately couldn’t be beaten. However despite the victory the game itself was so tense that he lost his usual cool in the dressing room, a usually calm and quiet Richard Holmes became an inspirational leader. “ I was quite annoyed with my team mates because we had batted really poor that day, and I’m quite sort of laid back, but I came into the changing rooms that time, and it was a big game we were only five games from the end of the season, within touching distance to winning this big trophy, obviously I’m not renowned for it but I got my hair off, I was getting quite angry with all my team mates, swearing and going a bit ballistic, I was saying if I can bat last man, why can’t everyone else, let’s go and win this game .“

Although only playing for the 1st team for 6 seasons, Bubbles has been involved with local cricket for most of his life and in that time has seen many talented cricketers walk through club house doors, none more exciting than Wasim Jaffer and Iqbal Khan. He describes Jaffer as poetry in motion and a batter who scored runs for fun and Khan as a big part of the current team in both bowling and batting and has only respect for a man who the best batting average in the whole of the Huddersfield league.

Despite Khan’s presence there was a general consensus within the team that winning the league was simply not an option last year, mid table safety was in some parts seen as a reasonable target and Holmes too believed the Championship that surprisingly followed was a complete shock to all involved. “ We were promoted the season before and I suppose it was a case of the unknown, we had relatively young players and some older ones, including myself, to be honest we would have been happy with a top half finish.” With such limited expectation, a league championship became a fantastic achievement for the entire club, Scholes had not won the league since the turn of the millennium and 2009 was set up for consistency and consolidation rather than celebration.

But what are the expectations for next year after the shocks of last year, Bubbles remains quietly confident. “I’d like to think after what we did last year, if we keep the same balance in the team, I think we will be there or there abouts” Obvious challenges will come from old foes such as Elland and Honley, as well as some new competition with money to spend, but with any luck there will be more success for Scholes favourite forty something.



Thursday, December 3
SYKES CUP N PADDOCK SHIELD DRAWS

It's Linthwaite away in the Sykes Cup

Holmfirth at home in the Paddock Shield

And Marsden away and at home on the first day of the season......That'll be 2 points apiece then....



Tuesday, December 1
TAXI DRIVER STUNS HONLEY'S TIM HIRST
 I ran into Honley scorer and general good egg Tim Hirst at the Evening League Dinner the other week. Mark Ilott was the speaker and very good and honest and engaging he was after a nervous start. Anyway Tim told me the following tale. In the middle of Leeds a few weeks back he had jumped into a taxi and was somewhat surprised when the driver soon began giggling to himself and seemed quite delighted to see Tim.  "I know you" he chortled away in an Asian-ish accent. "You Honley scorer - I bowled your champions team out twice last year - 14 wickets I got against Honley in 2 games!" Yes folks, the fickle hand of fate had ensured that the mighty Mohammed Shahnawaz was Tim's driver that day and boy did it make Shaz's day.

Thursday, November 12
BARKISLAND LOSE CRUCIAL PLAYERS

The very kind (and very flattering about the website) HUGEMAN from Barkisland has provided the following kosha information

Paul Winrow has left to take charge on Milnrow of the Lancashire League? Simon Wheelright is their new skipper, and he has also lost the services of all rounder Alex Scholefield, who has gone to where they know not. As Dave Weston intimated to several of his old Scholes mates last season that it may be his last, it looks like the Bark Islander's have some re-building to do. Good luck to 'em. We always like going over there to play on their lovely ground with it's excellent facilities. And I'm glad theere are no hard feelings about the unfortunate Panganyara farce last summer.



Wednesday, October 7
IQQY AND SLOPPY WIN THE BIG PRIZES!!
Hot news from the League meeting just attended by Mel Booth that Iqbal Khan with a batting average over 80 and 1000 runs and Andy Alsop with 60 plus wickets at an average just below 13 have won the main league prizes for 2009. Yet more fantastic news in a great season for the club. Well done you two!

Thursday, October 1
Shane stars as Hawkesbury beat Paramatta in opener
Scholes' adopted Aussie Shane Mott took 3 for 19 as his Syney Grade One side Hawkesbury opened the season with a bang, easily beating Paramatta. We'll all be watching this winter to see how Shane and his mates go on in the tough Sydney League. Good luck mate

Thursday, October 1
Hoylandswaine set to be real threat in 2010
If the rumours are true and Hoylandswaine are to strengthen massively for their first season in the Premiership, then they could be in with a great chance of emulating Scholes and winning back to back Conference and Premiership titles. Word is they are close to signing Yorkshire's Simon Guy, wicket keeper and fine batsman:Alex Wharf, pace bowler and mighty hitter;and the legendarily fast Lesroy Weekes, ex Thongsbridge West Indian destroyer. If true they will be as strong as anyone in the Premiership. Fact.

Thursday, October 1
FIRST EVER FANZINE TO BE PUBLISHED GRADUALLY ON WEBSITE
The first ever fanzine by Chas Ponsford was of course far funnier than any of the ten or so I produced - and I have a copy. So I'll put it on the website gradually over the winter so there's always sumit new for visitors to peruse. Watch this space.

Wednesday, September 9
AWARDS NIGHT AND DINNER AT HUNTSMAN - arrangements

Friday night 9th October at the Huntsman above Holmfirth

7 for 7-30pm

We have booked a coach for about 50 people which will leave the clubhouse at about 7pm, which will be open at 6pm. The cost of this is £5 per head, and the coach will return at about 1 am. A list is up in the clubhouse - first come first booked

There are 3 starters and 3 main courses to choose from - the list is in the clubhouse and you all need to get your names and meals booked asap.

The cost is £20 per head, which includes the cost of a DJ and an extension until 1am.

We have moved away from the clubhouse this year reluctantly, but had to be realistic. We anticipate over 100 folks coming and simply cannot cater for that many on home ground.



Monday, August 24
STEALTHY SHAT STEAL ANOTHER POINT
Gordon Bennet! We were counting on four times champions Honley to do for Skelmanthorpe at home on Saturday, and yet the lively Lidget Laner's only went and got all 6 points, to narrow the gap to 9 points with 5 games left. With a double header weekend coming up, and Shat playing Clayton West on Sunday after Delph on Saturday, the gap could have narrowed further by Sunday night. There again this fine Scholes team might well find the resolve to win difficult games against Elland and Golcar and maintain their lead. I have no idea what may happen to be honest, and holidays, football and the Giants playing in London may well be factors to take into account. It may well go down to the wire folks, and on the last day both teams are at home - Scholes to Clayton West and Shat to Elland. I can feel my blood presure rising already. And all that is ignoring Delph, Shepley and Elland - and Delph have by far the easiest run in. All said and done the best team will win the Premiership - despite what Archie thinks (see QOW)

Sunday, August 9
GOLCAR CLINCH HISTORIC FIRST SYKES CUP WIN
I wasn't there but am reliably informed a huge crowd saw Golcar post a formidable 239 thanks to 81 from the ageless Jack Horner and 60 from the classy Cobba. Sounds like Elland were never really in the chase despite Lee Baxter's 70 odd and they closed on about 205 all out.  A popular win then for Ash Pamment's men, who lift the famous old cup for the first time ever in their long history. Congratulations chaps from all at Scholes CC

Monday, August 3
ANDY ALSOP GETS TWO MATCH BAN
"Sloppy" will miss the crucial next two games against Honley and Delph and Dobcross, after being reported for swearing and being somewhat uncomplimentary about Umpire Ron Tindall after being given out lbw in a recent match. If that is what happened then I have no complaints whatsoever. I do not understand however how he would get the same suspension (ie 2 games) as players from another Premiership club, whose abuse of an umpire (after he gave a player not out in a Sykes Cup match) was so extreme that said umpire has since given up.  

Thursday, July 23
KIRKBURTON BEATEN BY ONE RUN IN 2020 SEMI-FINAL

Alas I am in Anglesey on a family holiday so was not there this evening when Scholes beat 'Burton in what must have been a thrilling semi finale. However the Jungle drums informed me that Scholes recovered from about 20 for 4 to 120 ish -and then the visitors fell one agonising run short. I have also been reliably texted that Scholes will host the final - which I think means that their run rate must have been higher than the winners of the other semi - so they must have been two low scoring semi's. So the final is at Scholes apparently on Sunday August 2nd, against Hoylandswaine or Elland I believe. And I will say one thing. Thank gawd it's not at Hullen Edge - there could not be a worse place to play a 2020 final. On the other hand Scholes could just be about the perfect venue - loads of 6's - that's what the punters want to see.  That's all I know folks.

STOP PRESS - I HAVE DETAILS VIA BUBBLES

SCHOLES 124 FOR 8

KIRKBURTON 123 FOR 7

ELLAND 99 ALLOUT

HOYLANDSWAINE 100 FOR 2 IN 19.4 OVERS



Thursday, July 23
IT'S DEJA VUE AS HONLEY GATHER MOMENTUM
Could Honley be gathering their forces for another famous last minute push for the Premiership title? You bet they are. On the 7th July last year Golcar were nine points clear, but they began to lose momentum thereafter, and heartbreakingly lost to Micklehurst on the last day while Honley beat Barkisland to win their fourth successive Byrom Shield, when both had started the day on the same points. Scholes are 15 points clear of Honley and 14 clear of Delph - and those two rivals play each other this weekend - while Scholes play Meltham. It sounds so promising and yet everybody at Scholes is aware that there is absolutely no easy game left and that points aplenty will be dropped before the middle of September - the hope is that all their other rivals will keep losing the odd game as well - including the amazing Honley. One thing's for sure - you won't get this specky lancastrian forecasting anything else but a nail biting end to this most enjoyable of seasons.

Wednesday, July 1
PANGANYARA FOLLY COSTS BARKISLAND 6 POINTS AND SENDS SCHOLES 12 CLEAR

The League Executive has tonight docked Barkisland the 5 points they won against Scholes on Sunday and awarded all 6 points to Scholes - leaving us 12 points clear at the top of the Premiership. There will of course be lots of grumbling and cursing about Scholes' good luck - but this was such a clear case of a player being ineligible to play, that as Scholes lost to a Paul Winrow inspired Barkisland on Sunday many Scholes players and supporters were already very confident that the result would be overturned once the truth came out. The talented Panganyara had played two games the previous weekend and had played  the day before Sunday's fixture for West Indian Cavaliers in the Nottingham Premier League, taking 0 for 25 and scoring 8 runs. Once he played in a different League on the same day Barkisland had a Huddersfield League game his registration was cancelled - it's as plain as can be in the League handbook. And this is not just a technicality - if this rule didn't exist anybody could bring in three or four professionals for a crunch game regardless of whether they had ever played in the Huddersfield League before - which would be patently absurd. And don't forget Panganyara was Barkisland's best bowler and made an important 25* as the nerves were janglng at the end of this game. So has justice been done? Yes. Are Scholes lucky? Yes - but it would have been a very close contest had Tineshi not played.



Saturday, June 20
BIG CHARITY MATCH AT SCHOLES CC NEXT FRIDAY 26TH JUNE

Don't forget to come up to Scholes next Friday for the charity match   Town footballers  v  Police.  There will be lots of Town players including John Stead - Andy Booth - Nathan Clarke in this game aimng to raise a shed load of money for bowel cancer

BBQ  -  RAFFLE - AUCTION    GAME TAKES PLACE 6 - 9 PM



Saturday, June 20
BEST WISHES TO CHRIS THOMPSON
Everybody at Scholes CC and the cricketing community as a whole are united in sending Chris Thompson, Clayton West's Aussie bowler, our best wishes for speedy recovery following the horrific attack on him in Leeds last weekend. Attacked with a brick by some cowardly bastard he has serious head injuries - but thankfully the latest rumours say things are looking a little bit brighter and he is hopefully out of danger.

Monday, June 1
Reward for fab win at Delph in Sykes Cup.......

Once we'd pulled off that remarkable win against Delph in the Sykes Cup second round with only 10 men we were all united in our pessimism for the quarter-finals draw - Scholes have had no luck in draws for an age. There are some very average teams left in this years Sykes Cup. Yet we all knew - confidently predicted - and would have bet our houses on getting the toughest draw of all - Elland away. And of course so it came to pass - at odds of 14 to 1 - we're off to Elland in two weeks time. But this team seems to thrive on a challenge, as two fabulous wins at Delph have shown. So there's nothing to fear boys -this could be our year - Elland have a fine tem but are beatable - bring it on!!!

Oh yeah - good luck to Ash's Golcar against Rastrick...........



Monday, May 4
New season provides plenty of shocks

It's been an interesting start to the new season. Those perennial slow starters Honley have excelled themselves by losing their first two league fixtures - but it was a tough start at Elland and then taking on Delph n Dobcross. Looks like they got back on course in the Sykes Cup with an impressive ten wicket win at Shelley on Saturday - and lets face it - everyone knows that they wil probably win their fifth Premiership in a row with the side they're putting out this season despite their rocky start.

Barkisland have disappointed thus far - and they were surprisingly stuffed at Golcar on Saturday - meekly surrendering their hard won Sykes cup. It was surprising because Golcar don't look anywhere near as strong as last year, with Cobber mis-firing so far and their new Aussie not looking to be up to the high standards of the outstanding Welsford.

Shat have begun brilliantly - winning every game and outstandingly beating the brusson Townville in the Heavy Woollen cup thanks to a scintillating century by Max Joice.

As for Scholes - well we're doing just fine. All the new players are of excellent quality, and although we've played some of the weaker sides thus far it promises to be an interesting season.

Congrats to Hall Bower on a fine win on Saturday against a stronger that usual Broad Oak, whose returning Yorkshire Academy players surprisingly flopped to a poor 70 run loss.



Monday, April 20
Heavy Woollen and Crowther Cup draws

To be played Sun May 10th

 

First XI (A)  Shepley

Second XI (H)  Morley or Barnsley

 

Could have been worse folks



Monday, April 13
SHANE MOTT (AND MRS) HAVE SAFELY ARRIVED

Our new Aussie amateur Shane Mott made it through customs this afternoon at Manchester airport, and will be ready to face Holmfirth on Saturday in the first fixture of the seaon. Shane (and his partner) are taking a year out to come over here, see the Ashes, travel, play a bit of cricket (Shane that is, unless his Mrs is really useful) and hopefully make a lot of friends at the greatest little cricket club in the world.

Welcome to England......Sorry it's a bit feckin' cold



Monday, April 13
IQBAL AND SHAZ STAR IN EASY WIN

New Vice Captain Iqbal Khan displayed his undoubted class and cricketing pedigree with a fine undefeated 90 at Golcar as the "massive" were easily defeated in a gentle friendly. Matt Smith made a quick 50 and Mohammed Shahnawaz smashed a rapid 34 at the end -  two gigantic straight 6's to the bottom end broke the guttering and then bedroom window of one house in the firing line. Ibrar Latif was unluckily run ut backing up by the crafty Jack Horner, as Scholes made 194 form their 35 overs. All bowled well for the visitors including James Love and a fairly rapid Tom Brook as Golcar were dismissed for a lowly 76 in reply.



Monday, March 30
Four Winners Drawn From 150 Sponsorship Tickets

The grand draw took place in the clubhouse for our new sponsorship competition on Sunday 29th March at 5pm. About 150 tickets were sold and the winners were as follows

1.  First Team sponsors with their logo on the player's shirts  GINGER'S HAIR SALON

2. Second team sponsors with their logo on the player's shirts  MICRA TRUCK BODIES

3. A free advertising board on the ground  THE WROUGHT IRON WORKSHOP

4. As above   ELLIS TRANSPORT

Every ticket purchaser will be featured on a board in the clubhouse and will sponsor a match ball during the season - with their name featured prominently on a scrolling electronic message sign in the clubhouse on their matchday.

Many thanks to all who participated from Scholes CC



Tuesday, February 10
SYDNEY GRADE ONE ALL ROUNDER SIGNS FOR SCHOLES
Scholes have secured the signing of one of the best young talents playing Grade One cricket in Sydney at present. Although "he who must be obeyed" Lord Booth had ordered me not to put his name in this piece I can give you some titillating information about the young Aussie. He is a pace bowling all rounder, who bowls medium quick swing from a height of 6'6, who can put in long spells, specialises in getting top men out such as Phil Jacques and Shane Lee, and he has taken over 100 wickets opening the bowling in the past three seasons. In addition he is a big hitter, and is fast developing his batting prowess having made nearly 800 runs in the same period. He is a qualified coach, and will be a fantastic addition to the club both on and off the field. Welcome to Scholes CC big fellah.

Tuesday, February 10
Thomas "Shack" Love signs for Scholes
Tom Love, aka "Shack" has also decided to join the best little cricket club in the world, and is already looking mightily impressive in the nets at Newsome on Sundays. He bowls at a fair lick and can certainly crunch a cricket ball, and with a cricketing pedigree like his (Dad Jim played for Yorkshire and England) he could well be the final piece in a cricketing jigsaw that should see Scholes putting out a First XI that will compete with just about any side next season) Welcome to the club Shack.

Thursday, December 18
CONFERENCES TO GO AND GOOD RIDDANCE

If there was one thing we learnt last year it was that the two Conference system just didn't work. Far too many meaningless and speedy victories made for some poor Saturday afternoons against teams who thought they'd lost before a game started. By the way - what in God's name Shelley are doing shelling out all that money next season to win a Conference they could have walked with one hand tied behind their backs is quite beyond me - but that's a seperate issue.

So good old Armitage Bridge have led the revolution and there will be three divisions with the bottom two of eight teams each who will play each other three timesfrom 2010. This will ensure clubs find the right level and hopefully have competitive and meaningful cricket to play almost every week. Well done everyone in this fruitful exercise of common sense.



Thursday, December 18
Pip Hill Sunk

I suppose it was inevitable  - and the vote went against Pip Hill and it looks like they will soon be replaced by Central League Hoylandswaine. Actually I have it on very good authority that Bruce Heath was nothing but relieved in the end - having made all that effort down the years to keep the club going he'd had enough.

Never having been to Hoylandswaine and not having a clue where it is I look forward to visiting a new ground - one where I have been told you can be caught at cover after playing the perfect cover drive due to a two tier wicket system - sounds interesting.....



Thursday, December 18
Scholes sign Mirfield Parish Cavaliers trio

Scholes have secured an exciting triumvirate of quality cricketers who have played with success in the Central Yorkshire League for the past couple of seasons. The most experienced is Iqbal Khan, who coached the great Wasim Jaffer back in India and has broken many batting records in the Central Yorkshire League. A cricket fanatic, he will be doing some coaching as well as playing, and made nearly 1400 runs for MPC in the past two seasons. Then there is Ibrar Latif, a dashing right hand middle order strokeplayer who made over 2,600 runs in the past three years, with a highest score of 177. Last but not least is Mohammed Shahnawaz, a medium quick opening bowler who took 96 wickets at just over 20 in the past two years, All are English qualified of course, and we offer a hearty Scholes welcome to our new friends.

The fact that our new signings are English qualified still leaves us with the option of signing an overseas player, and negotiations are under way with several Antipodean amateurs - with priority going to a bowler who can hopefully bat a little.

It promises to be an interesting season back in our rightful place with the big boys - can't wait.......



Thursday, September 18
SCHOLES SECURE EXCITING NEW SIGNINGS
Despite waltzing to the Cedar Court title in the last five months we always knew we would have to strengthen considerably to be competitive in the Premiership next year - and three excellent new signings are a very good start to our winter recruiting. We have signed an opening bowler who took 56 wickets in one of Yorkshire's best Leagues in 2008, and two batters. The first is a cricketer of calibre who has made thousands of runs down the years in the same league and is a coach of some repute who coached Wasim Jaffer - and the other is a destructive number three or four who made nearly 1300 runs a couple of years ago in a very competitive Yorkshire league. Can't wait to see them plying their skills at Chapelgate next season. More signings will be made over the winter - watch this space folks!

Thursday, September 18
SUPERB HONLEY SECURE HISTORIC DOUBLE

Magnificent Honley won their fouth successive Huddersfield League Premiership title on a nail biting last Saturday after poor old Golcar - top for the whole of the season - lost at home to Micklehurst and Honley comfortably beat Barkisland at home. I was at both games briefly and saw Golcar stumble up to 152 for 9 after being 79 for 0. Their lack of depth after Cobber, Jack Horner and the excellent Welsford told in the end I'm afraid, as Elland steamed up on the outside to clinch second place and Ash Pamment's men finished in third. Incredibly, I heard that Honley clubhouse was shut by 10pm on Saturday night....amazing. Well done to a fine side well lead by Archie.

On Sunday they faced the mighty York in the Black Sheep final at their own ground and how they made home knowledge pay. A huge crowd saw Honley scramble up to 156 on a damp and slow track - and York were humbled out for 72 - with the brilliant Harlon Hayes taking three wickets and an outstanding catch - and the simply amazing Richie Howarth 4 for 17 off 10 with his little dibbly dobblers. Hope you had a few more beers on Sunday night chaps.

On Sunday I also caught the end of the Conference play off which Broad oak deservedly won at a soggy Hemplow against Marsden - thanks to 6 wickets from De Araugo and a nerve calming knock by the old head of Hurlbaat at the end of a tense and low scoring game.



Thursday, September 4
SOGGY WEATHER MIGHT WELL CLINCH IT FOR GOLCAR

I had been firmly of the opinion that Honley would steal up on the outside and clinch their fourth successive Premiership title after watching some of their demolition of Golcar a couple of weeks ago. However, following last Sunday's washout, Ash Pamment's men remain top, level on points but ahead courtesy (I presume) of winning more 6 point victories. There is no way there will be any cricket at Meltham and Delph this Saturday if the forecast is anywhere near right, and that will leave only one game left. Golcar will take on Micklehurst and Honley play Barkisland - with both at home. It couldn't be closer or harder to call - although I reckon this godforsaken summer will probably have it's last laugh on us and Golcar may well clinch the Premiership without getting on the field. I hope not. I reckon Golcar might just cling on and end Honley's monopoly of the Premiership.



Monday, August 11
TOLD YOU SO FOLKS!!
After tipping them on this site since the second round, the unimaginable happened and I got it right, as Barkisland won the Sykes Cup at Honley. 229 was always likely to be a winning score on such a massive field (Tim Hirst informed me soon after tea that Delph would only be the third team to chase that many at Honley EVER in 100 years if they succeeded), so Paul Winrow's superb 138 and Matt Steers splendid 6 for 48 did for big spending Delph. Bruce Cruse did his best with 92, but Khiljee's failure with the bat did for Delph, and the truth is that a team won this match rather than a very expensively assembled collection of individuals. Well done Barkisland - third time lucky next year Delph??

Wednesday, July 23
Barkisland reach first sykes cup final
Paul Winrow's Barkisalnd battlers beat Elland on Sunday to defy my kiss of death by tipping them thoughout to reach the Sykes Cup final. Elland were on top for most of the match in restricting Barky to 175 for 9 (Dave Weston top score with 40 - well done spaghetti ) and were 110 for 1 in reply. But pressure and a massive crowd got to them and they needed 12 off the last over - and only got 8 thanks to Schofield's brilliant dive off the last ball of the game to stop a 4 which would have tied the match. Love Ablish had 6 for 43 to secure a result to delight every nuetral in the crowd.   Well done Barky boys!!!

Wednesday, July 16
HORROR WEEKEND FOR GOLCAR
It all went tits up for Golcar at the weekend as they slumped to a poor loss at Shepley on Saturday - and then lost a low scoring game at Delph in the Sykes Cup semi-final on Sunday. Shepley made 178 for 6 on Saturday and blew Golcar away for 162 all out. Kyle Hogg and his expensively assembled colleagues finally produced on Sunday as Golcar were all out 106 - but Delph struggled to win by three wickets as Hogg top scored with 35 to follow up his 3 for 20. Will it be Barkisland or Elland to play them - I'm still backing Barkisland - although that will probably be the kiss of death

Monday, July 7
ANOTHER FINE WEEKEND FOR GOLCAR

It was another cracking Saturday for Ash Pamment's Golcar as they moved 9 points clear at the top of the Premiership. They beat Shelley reasonably comfortably, and must have been well chuffed to hear that Honley had lost a low scoring affair to Delph, as Mirza took another 5 wickets with his big turners. Barkisland (still my tip for the Sykes Cup) have stealthily moved into outright second place after beating Meltham, and are showing that going down to the Conferences isn't always a big disaster - take a note Scholes.............



Wednesday, July 2
A MEMORABLE OCCASION - BY CHAS PONSFORD

They might not have been the most successful team in Scholes C.Cs recent illustrious past but the class of ’88 know how to deliver entertaining cricket. Melvyn ‘melly’ Booth, the club chairman and Chas ‘ginner’ Ponsford, an exiled Sheffield based ex Scholes slogger captained a core of ’88 players in a match on Sunday 29 th June to celebrate 50th birthdays and 20 years of Huddersfield League cricket. The occasion got off to a predictable start. It wasn’t just 'ossing to slart; the heavens opened. This allowed an hour’s alcohol and nostalgia fuelled banter and abuse before a ball was bowled. Old scorebooks were perused misty eyed and photo albums displaying hairstyles and moustaches best reserved for cheap Adult films, brought the cricketing memories flooding back. Then the sun shone over Chapelgate’s famous panoramic vistas and the cricketing carnage commenced.  A scattering of titanic sixes, a juggling of hilarious dropped catches, and a controversial tense 25 0ver drama of Shakespearean proportions unfolded in front of a baying capacity Chapelgate audience who came to feed on nostalgia. And laugh. And of course drink. Donald ‘Catweazle ‘Ellis, Ian ‘Blue tongued Skink’ Wood, the legendary Johnny ‘ Hotdog’ Roberts, Terry ‘Dactyl’ Johnson, Dave’ the Paris Cat’ Booth, Dennis ‘Hamster’ and Nicky ‘Buster’ Brook and a whole cast of overweight, balding, injured veterans rolled back the years with the flashes of genius and utter ineptitude that characterised their heyday in 1988. Ex ‘promising’ juniors now into the deep vale of their thirties Mark ‘Dumb’un’ Turner and the legendary Anthony ‘Coddy’ Coldwell settled old childhood grievances, while Baron Steve ‘boot’ Booth, the founding influence behind the ‘new’ Scholes was characteristically stressed throughout the whole affair as it reached a controversial climax; the ginger skipper allowing the present 1st team skipper, Keith (a junior in ’88) to enter the fray with 2 overs to go and 11 runs required and to smite the winning 6.  Gamesmanship out of the Trevor Chappell gutter bleated the ungracious losers. But as with all Scholes occasions the memorable event ended in a sunset over the Pennines and a liquid celebration of all that is great about this club and cricket. Compelling sport, comradeship, tradition, loyalty, laughter. Scholes C.C, more than a club, a way of life. Don’t put it past us to do it all again in another 20 years.

CHECK OUT ALBUMS FOR PHOTO OF THIS FAMOUS OCCASION

 

 


Wednesday, July 2
GOLCAR STEAL A MARCH ON RIVALS

It was an enormous weekend for the "massive boys" from Golcar, as two narrow and nerve racking wins saw them open up a 7 point gap at the top of the Premiership. On Saturday Delph reduced them to 122 for 8 chasing 170 to win, before our very own Ash Pamment led from the front with a battling 23* in support of Ruscoe's undefeated 51 to see his men home. It seems that the Delphiniums are yet again self destructing in their desperate search for their first Premiership title. On Sunday Golcar beat Micklehurst by just three runs in another titanic battle, as Honley and Delph were rained off. It's looking more and more like a two horse race between Golcar and Honley, who are of course going for their fourth consecutive title. A seven point gap is significant but not insurmountable - and watch out for Honley. The redoubtable Tim Hirst pointed out to me the other day that Honley's last 6 games are all against struggling teams - so don't write the champs off just yet folks.



Wednesday, June 4
Golcar stay top
Ash Pamment's Golcar remain firm favourites after 8 games in the Premiership, nursing a nice little 5 point lead. Delph are second after stuffing the very disappointing Elland (languishing in a sorry mid table 8th place). Honley will doubtless challenge despite a slow start - and I still think Barkisland will win the Sykes Cup. Micklehurst are the surprise package in 5th - and Shat are in a bit of a slump in 6th. At the bottom it will between Emley, Lascelles hall, Holmfirth and Meltham. Shelley should escape. But as always what do I know?

Wednesday, June 4
Time for change?
I've outlined the basic argument against the Conference set up in this week's report - but it's not working is it? Nowhere near enough competitive games. Time for a rethink...methinks..............

Tuesday, May 27
Joe Lumbers shine in howling gale
Despite the ridiculously strong and cold wind that saw 100 plus in the clubhouse and three "mad dogs" outside, the Joe Lumb win over Barnsley was a great success. There was some superb cricket especially from Braod Oak's Hargreaves and the ancient Umpire Darlington was very entertaining to the end, withover 500 runs scored on a fine "bubbles" track.

Tuesday, May 27
Seeding introduced for Sykes Cup Draw....

Well you'd think so seeing how it turned out wouldn't you? The big wigs must have been delighted with the third round draw as follows

Delph  v  Shepley

Golcar  v  Lascelles Hall

Kirkheaton  v  Barkisland

Micklehurst  v  Elland

However,  Shepley recently beat the Delphiniums and Micklehurst are up to fourth in the Premiership so the semi's could yet take on a surprising shape. My moneys still on Barkisland......



Tuesday, May 20
Big boys all win in Sykes Cup 2
Kirkheaton are the rank outsiders left in the Sykes Cup round 3 as the likes of Golcar, Delph, Elland and Barkisland all safely progressed to the third round. Also through are Shepley and Lascelles Hall. Could Barkisland be in line for their first ever Sykes Cup win?

Tuesday, May 20
Scholes hosts Joe Lumb fixture
This Sunday 25th May Huddersfield play Barnsley in the Joe Lumb competition at Scholes - wickets pitched at 1pm. Come and see some of the finest young players in Yorkshire at one of it's most scenic grounds.

Wednesday, May 14
Confusion reigns over Heavy Woollen & Crowther Cup Round 2
The First team may or may not be playing Lascelles Hall or Yeadon ot home on Sunday in the second round of the Heavy Woollen cup - those two may be playing a 20/20 game at the Hall on Thursday night to decide..... And the second team may be away at Spen Victoria in the second round of the Crowther cup on Sunday - but they've got a charity do on so who knows? Watch this space folks..............

Wednesday, May 14
Golcar looking good early doors
Ash Pamment's Golcar are looking strong in the early stages of the season. Skelmanthorpe were easilly defeated by 8 wickets on Saturday, and with Honley losing horribly to Shepley it looks like Delph and Barkisland could be the main challengers to the Colne Valleyer's - although I'm definitely not writing Honley or Elland off just yet folks. In the Conferences it looks like Scholes and Slaithwaite could be strong favourites to make a quick return to the Premiership - but there's a long way to go.

Tuesday, May 6
Dibby just keeps a going on & on & on & on & on

Word is that the extraordinary Peter Dibb, well into his 70's, opened the batting last week for Hall Bower II's, and batted 48 overs for 19. Simply amazing.

Sorry there's not much on the site this week, my mother (who was even older than Dibby) has passed away and I have other priorities to deal with. Normal service will be resumed from next week



Sunday, April 27
MELTHAM WATERLOGGING LEAVES DELPHINIUMS FUMING
We'd heard Meltham were in trouble through the groundsman's grapevine - word was their groundsman was desperately asking round for advice early last week with Mean lane absolutely saoking and showing no signs of drying out. And so it came to pass - Saturday's game against the perennially unlucky Delph was called off as Meltham couldn't cut a wicket it was so wet. There is very little justice in this as Meltham probably gain 2 more points than they would have if a game had taken place - through there own incompetence. Moral - if you do bugger all to your own ground all through the winter - there will be consequences. Fact.

Wednesday, April 23
Heavy Woollen and Sykes Cup clash looms
Not sure what's going on really - but it seems the second rounds of the Heavy Woollen and Crowther Cup are now on the 18th May - and that would be the some Sunday as the second round of the Sykes Cup and Paddock Shield...oooooooooops. What's going on? Cue chaos folks...

Sunday, April 20
How do you think we'll do in 2008

Saturday, April 19
OPENING WEEKEND CANCELLED!!
Well it is bloody freezing ain't it? The ridiculous weather, which saw three inches of snow lying on the pitch early on Thursday morning, has resulted in the postponement of the first set of 2008 fixtures. I'm sure most people will welcome this correct decision, as it wouldn't have been any fun playing or watching cricket in 8 degrees and on pitches that are just not growing because of the daft weather. The Bradford League and Heavy Woollen Cup has done the same - well done the Politburo I say!! There are plenty of free dates later in the summer to get these fixtures in.

Tuesday, April 15
A new season and a new challenge
A horribly cold and damp last weekend saw both friendlies against Holmfirth and Golcar called off - much to the perpetually troubled Bubbles mighty relief. Here is the pre-season report that I have just sent to the Express - it's gone quite late so may not get to print. As I write the long range forecast for Saturday (the first day of the new cricket season) is giving a wholly uninviting 9 degrees and heavy rain – very much the tradition for the season’s opener for Scholes CC and much of Yorkshire. Goodness knows what Scholes new overseas signing Shoaib Khan will make of it. Actually the Pakistani all rounder is a seasoned pro who has played for several years with good success in the Bradford League, so he will probably be expecting to be wearing three sweaters and his long johns on Saturday afternoon. Scholes are in the Cedar Court Conference following last season’s ignominious exit from the Premiership, alongside the likes of Kirkheaton, Broad Oak, Linthwaite, Rastrick, Paddock, Armitage Bridge and Kexborough. On paper this looks like the slightly easier of the two Conferences, and it may be that their Inter- Conference games against Slaithwaite, Hall Bower and Marsden will play a crucial role in determining whether the Chapelgater’s can make a swift return to the Premiership. The club has done well to retain the nucleus of last season’s First XI plus Shoaib Khan, thus giving a talented bunch of players the chance to make up for the disappointment of under achieving so badly last year. Absolutely nothing will be taken for granted by Keith Noble’s side however, for the Conferences are littered with fairly big clubs who once relegated have never quite managed to clamber back up to the lofty heights of the Premiership. A lot will depend on the all round skills of Shoaib Khan, the canny seam up of a re-juvenated Andy Alsop, and the explosive skills of the popular Asim Khan, together with the emerging young talent of Tom and Josh Brook and Jamie Clayton. The Second XI, led by that Scholes legend Nicky Brook will as always be fine, and hopefully find the happy balance between youth and experience that nearly always sees them challenging for trophies season after season. Whatever happens on the field of play, at least all at the club can bask in the happy glow of their superb new clubhouse and award for the best ground of the season in 2007. Indeed many new seats have been erected around the ground during the winter – only time will tell how many are filled for the glamour ties coming up against the likes of Pip Hill and Paddock. It promises to be a rich and rewarding season as the club returns to some famous old grounds it hasn’t visited for over a decade – and it all begins at Chaplegate on Saturday as Kirkheaton visit Scholes for their first ever Conference game, and the Seconds are away at Meltham…weather permitting of course.

Sunday, March 30
painting party required
Bubbles and Chimp politely request that anyone with a spare few hours turns up at the changing rooms next Saturday morning April 5th at 9am. There will be painting and general tidying up to do to make this area at least inhabitable for human beings. Of course it's your area chaps so I'm sure there will be loads of players turning up to help.......

Saturday, March 22
TITANIC BATTLE AT WINDSWEPT SCHOLES FC

There are some familiar names in this somewaht tongue in cheek report

Scholes 3rds 0  Meltham 4ths 0   Second Round Kick n Rush Cup Meltham 4ths won 5-4 on penalties after extra time

 

Last weekend spawned a veritable plethora of cup shocks, as Pompei beat United, Cardiff dismissed Boro and of course Barnsley did for the Chelsea zillionaires at a delirious Oakwell in the FA cup. In Scholes however, all that mattered on a rain sodden and suitably mud splattered Saturday afternoon, was the titanic clash between Scholes 3rd’s and Meltham 4th’s in the second round of the Kick and Rush Cup. This battle to the death was true grass roots football, played on a sloping pitch, in a howling gale and with driving rain blinding the players for most of the second half. A healthy crowd of 42 had gathered for the wholly edifying spectacle of 22 largely unfit, mostly elderly, and somewhat limited local footballers give their all in a gripping match of wholehearted honest endeavour. The attractions of Rooney and Ronaldo live on the TV meant I had missed the first half, but the burly efforts of Scholes’ front two of Heavens and Haigh were to prove just as entertaining, albeit in a slightly different way. James Noble, sporting a hideous “Berbatov” hair band in goals for Scholes, quickly informed me he’d kept Meltham at bay single-handedly in the first half, giving special mention to one “world class” save, and Scholes were indeed mightily pleased to be playing down wind and downhill with the score at 0-0. Heavens unleashed a couple of long range shots as the half progressed, and Meltham’s right full back neared total exhaustion as the youthful exuberance of Josh Brook demanded his constant attention. Meltham’s keeper insisted on hoofing the ball high into the air at every opportunity, only to see the tempest howling down from Totties depositing the ball back at his feet ten seconds later – but Scholes still couldn’t score. With five minutes left, Boorman the younger assaulted the same keeper with a fearful lunge that would have had Sepp Blatter calling for a life ban – but this was proper football and a wet sponge soon sorted him out, and he was in any case to take his revenge about 35 minutes later. As extra time loomed, and there was more cramp on the pitch than the North West face of the Eiger, a long ball saw Heavens through with Brook alongside him, but the big man shoved his colleague aside only to screw the ball well wide, to condemn both exhausted sides to another 30 minutes of toil, that already seemed destined to end in the dreaded penalty shoot out. Much bluster and bravado followed, as the experienced Hertzberg and granite like John Field kept Meltham at bay, but there were no real chances in extra time. To both team’s great credit, the standard of penalties was high as Heavens, Hertzberg, Haigh and Field scored for Scholes, and only Brook’s missed, grazing the bar to his anguish. Meltham had found the corner of the net with effortless ease, and it was left to their wounded keeper to take the decisive fifth penalty, which he slotted past the statuesque Noble with aplomb, to secure a just about deserved victory for the visitors.


Saturday, March 22
Executive Secretary Paul Whiteley resigns
In my new role as ambassador for Scholes CC and persona non-controversial, I have refrained from commenting on the demise of Paul Whiteley until now. In my previous guise of "agent provocateur", it is true that I dared to oft question what the hell was going on in the upper ranks of Huddersfield League cricket, and was amazed at how seriously Paul took any humourous attempts at satirising his lofty role. Many were the threats against me and the club because of some banal piss take on the website. Throughout all this nonsense I maintained a friendly relationship with the venerable Roger France, who often seemed bemused by all the shenanigins, and I have a healthy respect for Roger. Whiteley has resigned after what sounds like a storm in a tea cup affair over a mis-placed trophy with Roger. All I can say is that there is a certain amount of irony that after all my battles with Whitely he has finally gone over such a trivial issue. I'll buy you a pint if you grace one of our Conference matches this year Roger.........

Saturday, March 22
CHAPELGATE GOES ALL SEATER
Due to the indefatigible efforts throughout the winter of the doughty Bubbles and Chimp, Scholes CC can now seat a crowd of well over 100. Loads of fallen tree trunks from Crosland Heath golf course have been converted into attractive four seater benches, spread all around the ground. We should fill 'em up for the home fixtures agin' Paddock and Pip Hill methinks........  Great effort as always chaps.

Saturday, March 22
ASIM'S COMING BACK!!
Despite the best efforts of Meltham to prise him away from Scholes, it appears that Asim Khan will spearhead the Chapelgater's efforts to return to the Premiership. This ultra competitive cricketer will surely be a key factor in the Conference, bowling at a lively pace and the likeable Asim is always likely to blast a quick 30 or 40 in the blink of an eye. Had Scholes lost this most determined of cricketers, it may well have been a very dfficult task to clamber back into the top echelons of local cricket. If he has definitely re-signed - promotion could be a realistic but in no way certain possibility for Scholes in 2008.

Saturday, March 22
BAND REVIEWS

Lights Out played the club in February and were top value. Driven by their dynamic drummer (hello Waddy) they played excellent and accurate versions of many rock classics. Their vocalist is powerful and they have a very talented 15 year old guitarist. All in all a very entertaining night ad they are coming back very soon - Saturday May 3rd to be exact.

 

Helter Skelter played at the club in March and on a grim winter's night royally entertained about 80 people. They have a very powerful system and are consumate musicians - meaning that their excellent choice of covers guaranteed a brilliant night. They are coming back at the start of August to hopefully play in a marquee - it will be a great night not to be missed.



Thursday, February 7
GILCHRIST FOR SCHOLES

In a sensational development, Scholes CC, bankrolled by prominent local millionaire and chip shop entrepreneur Charlie Batter, have signed Adam Gilchrist from under the noses of the newly founded Indian Premier League........ Oh sorry folks I was just daydreaming for a moment - and I got your attention didn't I?

Anyway our exclusive insider down under "Digger" has reliably informed me that Harbajhan actually muttered the following words to Andrew Symonds - "teri maa ki" - which the Aussies construed as "big monkey".

It loosely translates as "Your mother's ***".................

 Remember folks - the clubhouse is open every Friday night henceforth for beer and Super League.

Events is updated too.



Thursday, February 7
INDOOR NETS AND FRIENDLIES SET UP

Indoor nets begin on Thursday nights 8pm to 9pm at Newsome High School from February 21st.

There are two friendlies set up (weather and Bubbles permitting) for the weekend prior to the season starting

Saturday April 12th  v  Holmfirth

Sunday April 13th  v  Golcar



Tuesday, January 22
WASIM IN OZ BY "DIGGER"

The website's exclusive roaming reporter in Australia - "The digger" has been spending some time with Wasim Jaffer in Perth. They are of course old team mates and key members of the superb Scholes team that won back to back premiership titles in 2000 and 2001. "The Digger" has become a resident of Perth since, got married and apparently has a bit of an Aussie drawl already. He had dinner with Wasim and his gorgeous wife Ayesha on the Monday of the third test. He reports that Wasim was still pretty buoyant going into the test, but was pretty disappointed getting out after making a start in the first innings. He will have been doubly disappointed after doing exactly the same in the second innings - and will almost certainly sit out the last match of this tempestuous series. However "The digger" and Wasim himself remain confident that he'll be back for the forthcoming series against the Windies and Boks.

"The digger" also reports showing the Indian players around Perth for a couple of hours after their famous win - he says Wasim seemed a bit down - he'll be back we hope. Sadly it appears "The digger" failed to ask the "Turbinator" what really happened.....



Tuesday, January 8
LEHMAN FOR ELLAND???

Cor blimey - could it really be true? Reliable (and it has to be said diminutive) sources are putting it about that that burly and beligerent Aussie Darren Lehman will play 15 weeks of the summer at 'Ullen Edge. Looks like Richard Blakey is pulling in his old mates from Yorkshire, as we also hear that will also have ex Yorkshire and England all rounder Craig White signed on in 2008. As for the svelt Lehman - he will cost 30 grand....shurely shome mishtake me lord? I thought Elland were perennially skint....

In contrast to the above rumour the following two snippets are probably based on good credible information.

The mighty (and wealthy) Delphiniums have signed Emley's Bhilil Khiljil for the 2008 season. For £9,500 they know what they are getting - 50 plus wickets and probably a thousand runs. Where his departure will leave Emley is a moot question as we hear Matthew Wood won't be available next season either..could Emley swap places with my beloved Scholes in 2009?

Clayton West are making plans to leave their pleasant (but very narrow) ground as there are problems with the leaseholder? who wants to build more houses the greedy git. A site has been identified close to the Woodman pub lower down the hill. I have no idea how iminent this move is? Hope the West lads sort this in fine fashion as I have a lot of time the club.  



Sunday, January 6
2008 FIXTURES PUBLISHED

These are the first few fixtures of the 2008 season - it seems very strange to be playing in the Cedar Court Conference doesn't it? I will put all fixtures on the site before the season starts - but you can go to drakes-huddersfieldcricketleague.co.uk and see them all now if you so wish.

Sat April 19th  1st XI (H)  v  Kirkheaton

                         2nd XI (A)  v Meltham

Sat April 26th  1st XI (A)  v Linthwaite

                         2nd XI (H)  v  Kirkburton

Sat May 3rd     1st XI  (A)  v  Broad Oak

                          2nd XI  (H)  v Broad Oak

 Sat May 10th   1st XI  (H)  v  Rastrick

                          2nd XI  (A)  v  Micklehurst



Sunday, January 6
BAND ON AT CLUB ON FRIDAY NIGHT
Local band 'Lights Out' play at Scholes CC on Friday night 11th January - don't miss Waddy and his lads strutting their stuff......

Sunday, January 6
WASIM STRUGGLES AGAINST WORLD CHAMPS
Just as all was looking so rosy for Wasim Jaffer following a great series against Pakistan - along comes the fiersome Brett Lee. He has absolutely sorted a hesitant Wasim, dismissing him for 4, 15, 3, 0 in his four innings. Poor old Wasim hasn't been helped in my view by "The Wall" Dravid, his opening partner, who has barely attempted to hit the ball off the square, and cut out any kind of risky shots. This in turn has put a lot of pressure on Wasim to get the scoring going, and Lee has got his number I'm afraid. It would be a surprise if India didn't give Sehwag a chance to open in the next test at Perth. By the way - anybody else a bit sickened to see the Australian bullies benefit from some very weak and poor umpiring to win a test they didn't deserve to win - Australian dominance will kill off test cricket at this rate - as if they need the sort of help from Umpires that they are getting in this series.......

Friday, December 7
SYKES CUP AND PADDOCK SHIELD DRAW 2008

Scholes First XI have drawn fellow Conferencer's Broad Oak away in the first round of the Sykes cup on Sunday 4th May. The Second XI also have a tough tie - at home to Slaithwaite.

The best of the other ties includes Barkisland v Honley, Shat v Slawit, Meltham v Holmfirth and Micklehurst v Shelley

Rules changes

All games back to 50 overs a side including Conference Second XI's

Tea intervals from 20 mins to 30 mins - hoorah!

No limit on number of overs bowled by one bowler in League cricket - boo!

Umpire's fees up to £29 - hooray

Rules changed to make it much harder to get replacement overseas if things go wrong - semi-boo



Monday, December 3
SORRY THOMAS!!!

Profuse apologies are due to Tom Weston. Amazingly he must have checked out the website hours after I finally updated it after a moribund couple of months, when I failed to find the motivation to put anything new on. I blame S.A.D. Or maybe it was just S.W.W.D Errr that would be "*** we went down"But anyway I will update the site through the winter now I have my "mojo" back.

Anyway, sorry Tom, no you have not said you are not available next year, we erroneously assumed you would still want to play with brother Dave, and it seems to me you could play a key middle order role in getting us back to the Premiership in 2008.

But I don't really know what is going through the head of First team skipper Keith Noble (who the hell does?) - please talk to each other chaps.......

 



Sunday, December 2
SHOAIB KHAN SIGNS FOR SCHOLES
Pakistani all rounder Shoaib Khan has signed for Scholes for the 2008 season. He plays First class cricket in Pakistan for the Water and Power Development board (I think), and is from Peshawar in the North West) He averages 36 in first class cricket and has a highest score of 300*. More relevant to Scholes perhaps is that Shoaib has done the rounds in the ultra competitive Bradford League, and last year was instrumental in keeping Bowling Old Lane in the top section. He made around 600 runs and took 34 wickets - stats that were up with any pro's figures in the Bradford league lasy year. We look forward to him settling in quickly at Chapelgate and leading us to a quick return to the Premiership in 2008. 

Sunday, December 2
THREE LEAVE SCHOLES IN BLOW FOR NEXT SEASON

Dave and Tom Weston have confirmed that they have left the club once more (they went to Barkisland a couple of years ago but the lure of Chapelgate proved too much and they returned after one season). Time has moved on - they both have young families - and they live over Halifax way. I paid tribute when they last left, and Paul Wharton did a great job too at this year's Annual Dinner. Suffice to say they were two great servants to the club and instrumental in getting us to the top of local cricket. All the best and keep in touch chaps. 

South African all-rounder Dave Smythe has signed for a club down Derby way. He may well be English qualified by next summer, and we were hoping he'd stay with Scholes. But it wasn't to be. He had a poor summer in 2007 but was always realistic about his own abilities - we picked him up from the Central League when in desperate straights in 2006 - Dave might have been more honest about the nature of his departure but I wish him well and hope he finds success in the Midlands. Truth is his departure leaves Scholes on the look out for another quality batter for the 2008 season - watch this space..... 



Sunday, December 2
WASIM COMPILES SECOND TEST MATCH DOUBLE HUNDRED

Wasim Jaffer has just made 202 in the second test match at Kolkata against India. He stroked 36 boundaries in the one innings, and after virtually every 4 the cameras zoomed in on his gorgeous wife (surely she must be in some way related to Shilpa Shetty) His place as cricketing god, and therefore virtual omnipotent being to everybody in India is secured. Life couldn't be any better for this quiet, unassuming gentleman, who quite incredibly played for Scholes for five and a bit seasons, before the Indian selectors came to their senses and recognised what I had been writing and we'd all been saying year after year - this guy is a genius - if he'd been English he'd have been opening for England for years - and so on. How lucky we were to watch his silky skills for so long at Chapelgate. Wasim's come a long way - it's only a few years ago he was batting against Bevis Moynan in the depths of Linthwaite on a freezing May afternoon - now he's smashing Shoaib Akhtar all round the ground in front of his glamorous wife and 70000 adoring fans at Calcutta and countless millions on TV - what a journey - let's hope it carries on successfully for the next few years at least.



Sunday, December 2
"BIG RON" GETS THE BLUES!!
I was surprised and somewhat taken aback at the recent Evening League dinner at YMCA when the legendary Ron Tindall - leading Huddersfield League Umpire - was given the bird when introduced to a lively crowd of 150 somewhat inebriated "pop and crisps" cricketers. Quite how he had blagged a place on the top table next to guest speaker Duncan Mckenzie (very funny and full of humility but a bit pricey at a grand for half an hours work methinks) will remain a mystery - but the room resounded with a cacophony of boos whan his name was mentioned. I was shocked and shall be boycotting next years dinner as a message of support for my mate Ron.

Monday, September 17
CLAYTON WEST BACK IN PREMIERSHIP
Clayton West beat Broad Oak in the Conference Play off final on Sunday to get back in the Premiership after a two year absence. I haven;t got an Examiner and they ain't updated their website so have no details sorry - but I trust that excellent cricketer Paul Van Der Berg played a prominent role and was well supported by a good set of lads I've always had time for. Well done the West.

Tuesday, August 14
Honley Beaten as Shat extract revenge in Sykes Cup final
Skelmanthorpe strolled to a comfortable 7 wicket win over Honley in the Sykes Cup final at Elland on Sunday. Honley were limited to 211 for 7 as Aussie Matthew Cox starred with a fine undefeated 104. However skipper Adam Dollive led his men home superbly anchoring Shat home with a gritty 74*, and his was the perfect foil to Dani and Joice blazing their way to run a ball half centuries and joy for the Skelmanthorpe ranks as they cantered to a seven wicket win.

Wednesday, August 1
WASIM JAFFER STILL FOLLOWING SCHOLES' FORTUNES
Harry Bryson renewed his friendship with former Scholes batting legend Wasim Jaffer at Trent Bridge during the last test match. Since leaving Scholes two years ago Wasim has firmly established himself as India's opening batsman, and confirmed what we all knew, that we were lucky enough to be watching a world class cricketer week in week out at Chapelgate for six fantastic seasons.  After a day's play Wasim arranged for Harry to be met at a door by two security staff who whisked him up to Wasim's plush hotel room, where Harry met his gorgeous wife to be. The future Mrs Jaffer confirmed that Wasim was still closely following the escapades of all his good friends at Scholes via this website - Hi Wasim - get a ton in the last test - but it would only be fair if unlucky England secured a win to level the series methinks. And if you get any time pop over to Scholes before you go home - we'd love to see you and show you the new clubhouse.

Wednesday, August 1
Paddock Shield Final at Scholes
Sorry I was late in updating site this week - my son broke phone connection and didn't get it sorted until Tuesday late

Scholes won the toss at last night's League Meeting and this year's Paddock Shield final will once again be hosted by Scholes on Sunday August 19th, when the Second XI take on Meltham. 


Wednesday, August 1
Report is posted -fotos of 2020 will follow
Scholes win 2020 cup - amazing eh Mr Lockwood????????

Thursday, July 5
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAt last were 'back after technical problems with e-ieamz
After nearly 2 weeks have finally gained access to site, No it wasn't a fit of pique at our disastrous seaon - it's only a game and we'll have a fine time in the Conference next year after all - the web site hostss had a massive upgrade and it didn't work for a week and then my little boy btroke a connection and it would'n work either - will post all usual stuff Friday night - promise

Sunday, June 3
GRAPEVINE LETS ME DOWN AGIN
Sorry for stressing you out needlesly Slawiters but I was reliably informed by whom I do not know that you were in a bit of bovver over your new signing. But truth is you got all the needy paperwork in on time and it was a miniscule cock up by the Politburo - so your excellent (as the Honley boys reported yesterday) new Pakistani spinner was indeed registered in time and you will not be losing the points from your very fine win at Elland.
Bad luck indeed that he's had to go back home for trials for Pakistan.. have you got anybody else lined up Payney??


Monday, May 21
SLAWIT IN BOTHER ACCORDING TO GRAPEVINE
The word is that Slaithwaite will lose all 6 points from their wholly unexpected trouncing of Elland last weekend at a hooligan effected Hullen Edge. Apparently they hadn't properly registered their new overseas player, Pragyan Ojhar. If true they will drop an enormous seven places in the Premiership and be back in the midst of the relegation battle - along with us. Bad luck as I don't think he did much in the game.

Thursday, April 19
SOME PISS POOR PREDICTIONS FOR 2007
So what will happen in 2007? First of all of course Scholes. Loads of bowling - promising Juniors - but a brittle batting line up may cost us. Should Smith and Noble have exeptional seasons, the Weston's contribute heavily, Sloppy be fully restored to his best and Dave Smythe make 800 runs and take 60 wickets then we'll be up with favourites Honley, Delph, Shelley and Elland. But if we get off to a bad start, it could conceivably be a bit of a struggle with three going down. I'd settle for mid table mediocrity to be honest and a good cup run. Can Honley win it again? Probably not - you'd have to think big spenders Delph will get it right one of these years. If Blakey plays a lot for Elland they'll be up there - but word is he won't due to business commitments. As for the deaded drop - sorry but look no further than Hall Bower, Emley and maybe Meltham. But I don't really have a clue. Maybe Micklehurst will struggle too? We'll see, can't wait.

Thursday, April 19
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR JUST YET

One and a half days to go and we're nearly there. The carpet has been mostly laid - we have tables and chairs (only temporary ones as I'm sure you'll appreciate when you see them - it's back to school folks!) - th'electric and plumbing is I think finished mostly - and most of all we have beer - the bar is operational. We also have a license from 10 am 'til midnight. Personally I am quite knackered - so gawd knows how the real troopers must feel. I forgot to take my camera again so will try to remember tomorrow and post some photos. Remember - if you've any time try to pop up THERE'S STILL LOADS TO DO.



Wednesday, April 18
TEAMS
SAT 21-4-07
FIRST XI Elland (H) 1-30pm         2ND XI (A) v Elland
Weston D                                  Brook D
Noble                                       Wimpenny M
Alsop                                        Sykes J
Weston T                                  Hinchliffe Joe
Sharp                                       Marsh
Brown                                      Bryson H
Holmes                                     Clayton
Smythe                                     Graham
Khan                                        Boorman
Hutchison                                  Brook 
Smith                                        Brook T
12th man Sykes J                     Eastwood/Swindell

Sun Townville (A)  1pm             Gomersal (H)
Sykes L for Weston D                Buster 4 Hinch
Rushworth 4 Weston T 
T Duczenko 4 Hutchison 
Booth M 4 Khan                  
              


Wednesday, April 18
Nearly there.........but so much left to do
The new clubhouse is resplendent - magnificent - a testimony to the building skills of the Brook brothers - and all of those friends of the club who have laboured long and hard in their own time to ensure we are nearly ready for the first game of the summer on Saturday. You know who you are - but I salute you valiant chaps, who have put in untold and unimaginable hours in the building of this structure that will still be there when we are all long gone.
The roll of honour is as follows and I will miss some but here goes
Nicky Brook - Daryl Brook - Dave Booth - Craig Marsh - Graeme Dodgson - Richard Holmes - Robert Dearnley - Steve Cooper - John Andrews - Tony Marsh - Laurence Heap - the Brook clan Juniors theres loads more but I can't think of you just now - thanks to you all.
But there's still loads to do - please come to the club this week or next week at any time - there will be things for you to do!
Yours truly has been up there quite a lot too and therefore hasn't had the chance to update the site as he would like - but I have at least posted the teams for the weekend.
See you all at the weekend - Ibbo


Monday, April 2
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
SATURDAY 14TH APRIL 1-30PM 40 OVERS SPEN VICTORIA (AWAY) 1ST XI ISH
SUNDAY 15TH APRIL   1-30PM 40 OVERS GOLCAR (AWAY) YOUNG 1ST XI & 2ND XI ISH


Sunday, April 1
SHEPLEY OUTRAGE.............
Somebody posted me this extract taken from Shepley's website last summer. Seems a bit harsh to me - you can't please all the people all the time after all.......

FIXTURES CHANGES FOR BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND (040806)
The League Management Committee has, in its infinite wisdom, decided that we are primarily a Rugby League supporters’ club, not a cricket club. Accordingly they have b*gg*red around with the fixtures for the August Bank Holiday weekend. The new fixtures are currently as follows:

Saturday 26 August - 1st XI v Elland (Home), 2nd XI – Elland (Away)
Sunday 27 August - 1st XI v Barkisland (Away), 2nd XI v Barkisland (Home)

Comments about not being able to organise a celebration in a beer production unit should be addressed to Messrs France, Whiteley etc., care of the Home for the Bewildered. Apologies to all players, supporters and sponsors affected by these changes, but we simply were not consulted. We have since made an approach to Elland to have the 2nd XI game at Hullen Edge switched to the Saturday from the Monday originally decreed by the League; thankfully they agreed, meaning the Walker Cup Final will not be affected.


Monday, April 2
SO LONG PAZ
As he was so memorably christened by the always memorable "Bridger", Count Otto Van Hertzberg, otherwise known as Paz, aka Paul Hertzberg has left Scholes for Armitage Bridge. The languid left hander was doubtless lured by the prospect of First XI cricket, and will easily be the youngest member of said XI (only joking, I am a reformed character) and I'm sorry to hear he still harbours some ill feelings from last season. Paz was a loyal servant to the club and made a lot of runs in his own uniquely dogged fashion - he had a method and most of the time it worked. He didn't really speak to me for a while after I used a picture somewhat unkindly in a fanzine from the late 90's showing his wickets being spreadeagled in glorious technicolour - but hey whatever - good luck at the Bridge Paz - it's a great club in a superb setting - watch out for dem midges though.
NEW SIGNINGS - Don't ask me - the hot youngster still ain't signed the dotted lines and apparently the jury is still out on a couple of English Asians who have been netting. Glen Swindell is making a comeback though so don't worry folks.........


Monday, April 2
SO CLOSE BUT PLENTY MORE HARD WORK AHEAD
As you can see in Albums on this site the new clubhouse is looking superb - however there remains absolutely tons to to do - as you can see from the internal photos. We still need all hands on deck - especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings when if we get a good turn out we can get loads done. Please turn up - we are running out of time folks. We have also run out of money. A lottery grant application has been turned down - which leaves us needing to raise another ten grand minimum to get this project finished. So if you haven't contributed yet please dig deep. And try to support the following events.
Sunday 15th April - about noon from the cricket field - Sponsored Walk - 10 or 4 mile walk in our beautiful countryside and incorporating 5 pubs if you so wish! Please get your sponsorship forms filled in - this can raise a surprising amount of money for Junior cricket and the new clubhouse.
Thursday 3rd May at Scholes Working Men's Club - A Sporting Evening with Speakers Roy Ellam - Geoff Hutt - Philip Ackroyd and Quiz by the legendary Mel Booth. Tickets £10  All proceeds to Scholes CC 


Sunday, March 4
NEW CLUBHOUSE AND PLAYERS LEAVING LATEST NEWS
As you can see in Albums the new clubhouse has the roof on and windows in and looks simply fantastic. The doors are coming this week, the plasterer starts this week and the plumber begins next week. The site looks a lot tidier after a team of volunteers worked hard this weekend - well done folks.
On the field of play we have lost Gareth Wakefield, last year's successful Second team skipper, to Shelley. Old squarehead arrived about 7? years ago and was one of the most wholehearted cricketers I've ever seen - and always one of the most nervous. He played a major role in the success of the Second XI and supped plenty of "mill" over the years. I hope he gets into the First XI at Shelley and proves what a good cricketer he is. Cheers for staying so long and putting in all that effort Gareth.
Another Gareth is also leaving, young Master Myers. A talented all rounder, his batting really blossomed last season and I for one think he could really make it as a middle order nurdler who also bowls a bit. He is off back to Thongsbridge where I presume the lure of First XI cricket was too hard to resist. Good luck "Mad Dog"!
Indoor nets have started at Newsome High School and word is there were three Asian players present last week, and a very high class Junior who we are still flirting with and would very much like to sign - we'll see....


Tuesday, February 20
SO LONG ASH - AND THANKS FOR ALL THE ASH........
Ashley Pamment has left the club after a decade of First team cricket, which saw him skipper Scholes to the Premiership title and playing a major role in getting us to a strong position in local cricket. Always a team player, "Wood" in his heyday was a supeb fielder, he never dropped a catch at slip until recently and won the club catching trophy with embarrassing regularity - if he was under a skier you just knew it was out - in fact and I've never yet seen him drop a steepler. When we were invincible and won back to back Premiership's with a geat team we had the interchangable Coddy and Ash at 7 and 8 - and how many games did they win for us with late and brutal onslaughts - 200's were transformed into 270's and with the Scholes Cop braying we really were invincible for while. He could bowl - I missed his incredible 8 for not much a few years ago at Meltham - and I think he won the averages that year - his bowling was probably under utilised in the past few years.
So Ash has left - realistically it's up to his colleagues on the pitch to eulogise his contribution to the mighty SCC much more effectively then I ever could - trust we'll still see you for that last pint every Saturday next season mate..................


Tuesday, February 20
NICK SHARP JOINS FROM CLAYTON WEST
Nick Sharp has signed for Scholes form Clayton West. The 18 year old son of former Yorkshire stalwart Kevin Sharp is a very decent batter and bowls at a briskish pace, and is a White Rose regular for ther Huddersfield League. So what I am am stating is the bleeding obvious - we have been lucky enough to sign for the 2007 season one of the very best young all rounders in Huddersfield cricket - welcome Kevin

Sunday, February 4
NICK SHARP SIGNS AND ASHLEY PAMMENT LEAVES

Highly promising youngster Nick Sharp has signed for the 2007 season. I'll post some info about him in the week

Ashley Pamment, Scholes stalwart and highly successful former club Captain is to leave after a surprise offer to take over the reins at Golcar. He will join his buddy Steve Whitwam at the Colne Valley outfit. Good luck Ash. Will post more about this later in the week



Monday, January 29
INDOOR NETS

Indoor pre-season nets begin on Thursday 1st March at Newsome High School from 7-15pm to 8-30pm.  All welcome.  Even pop 'n crispers



Thursday, January 18
ALL THE LATEST SCHOLES CC NEWS FOR 2007

There's a lot to tell you, as the site has been dormant for a while as I assessed whether or not I had the will power to carry on with it. But encouragement from people who are working very hard this winter to get the new clubhouse up and raising pots of money at the same time is all I needed.  So from now on this will be the official site for the club. I'll do my very best to stay out of bother. I've heard a rumour about another website coming soon that will reflect the more 'ribald' side of cricketing humour and opinion - if anybody finds it's address we'll put a link to it somewhere - but who knows it may never happen.

CONGRATULATIONS to the legendary Holme Valley Viking Mel Booth, for being awarded the Drake's League Lady Sykes Candlesticks, for "outstanding service to their club and the game of cricket". He'll be collecting them alongside Golcar's David Law, another well deserving stalwart, this Friday at the League dinner. 30 years at Scholes and Melly doesn't look a day older.... Guess that's what three holidays a year to the other side of the world and no screaming kids does for you. Well done Mel from everyone at the club.

FIXTURES FOR 2007
Saturday 21st April  First XI  (H)  v  Elland  Second XI (A) v Elland
Sunday 22nd April  Heavy Woollen Cup 1  Townville v Scholes
   ''              ''         Crowther Cup 1          Scholes v Gomersal
Struth - couldn't be a much tougher start to the season could it?

Sunday  6th May    First XI (H)  v  Thongsbridge  Sykes Cup
                           Second XI (A)  v   Delph & Dobcross  Paddock Shield

THE NEW CLUBHOUSE is going up fast and you can check it's progress in albums on this site.
ENORMOUS THANKS to Jan Bryson and the Juniors who raised a ton of money packing bags at Sainsbury's and the Co-op over Xmas
Talking about money we are already a bit over budget on the new build and more donations, pledges and support with fund raising efforts in the next few months is the only way we will get it built in time. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS MADE A DONATION THUS FAR

AGM will take place at Scholes Working Men's Club on Thursday 15th March at 8-30pm

ANNUAL SPONSORED WALK will take place just before the new season - sponsorship forms will be sent out to every club member in March

And finally for the moment, Richard Pearson has decided to step down from the post of Treasurer after 12 years hard work, to concentrate on his work with the Juniors at Scholes. Thanks a million Piers for all the hard work and dedication, and let's hope you can watch a bit more cricket henceforth. His replacement may well be the venerable "warthog" - Paul Wharton



Sunday, May 14
ANOTHER WASHOUT SATURDAY & SCHOLES II'S LOSE AT SHELLEY IN CROWTHER CUP
13-05-06 Elland v Scholes No Play Rain Pissed down all day Unbelievable

14-05-06 Shelley II's (176 for 3) beat Scholes II's (172 for 9) by 7 wickets Crowther Cup 2
Yet another horribly depressing Saturday downpour left the whole of Huddersfield without any cricket for the second successive set of District League matches last weekend. After the long winter it’s just so flaming depressing to sit and watch the rain relentlessly spoiling your Saturday afternoon’s entertainment – especially after the beautiful midweek weather. At least the lack of First team action gives me the opportunity to concentrate on that most noble and distinguished of institutions – Second Team cricket. Scholes Seconds took on Shelley in the second round of the Crowther Cup on Sunday, and before I am yet again threatened with litigation from all corners I should make it clear that I was only present for the last ten overs of a one sided game due to work commitments. So most of this report will be composed of hearsay, opinion, unsubstantiated rumour and sheer unadulterated gossip. Not that much different than a normal report then.
This is an important season for Scholes cricket club. The post Wasim Jaffer and Bob Pell era sees the club developing it’s facilities off the field of play – as a new artificial wicket has been laid, new practice wickets are well on the way at the bottom end of the ground and there ambitious plans afoot to build a new clubhouse next winter. On the field a thriving Junior set up is beginning to produce some highly promising young cricketers, and during the winter the difficult and contentious decision was made for the Second XI to field six juniors in each match. For a Second team that has enjoyed almost annual success for over a decade, based on a vastly experienced and nuggety troop of talented cricketers with the odd junior occasionally added to the mix, this was quite a radical decision. The older heads in the team knew that this would mean that they wouldn’t be an automatic selection, and that it would be difficult and probably impossible to maintain that winning habit. But it was a decision reached based on improving the club’s future prospects. To keep promising juniors playing the game they have to have the opportunity to play a meaningful role in adult cricket, and after all too many drift out of the game after they finish with junior cricket. So a decision was made. I was one of those supporting it. As was the Second Team Captain and the whole Committee.
But of course the recriminations have begun. I arrived at Shelley on Sunday to hear that **** was retiring, **** was going to Armitage Bridge, **** just couldn’t be bothered any more and **** is injured and may never play again. Actually this was just the sort of gossip you get at every second team game. And as for the First team…..well let’s not go there. It’s definitely all their fault though. “How many of them are up here supporting us?” asked one irate player. Actually I thought that a turn out of two of “the chosen ones” was quite good on a godawful dank, dismal, dreary and above all perishing supposed early spring afternoon in Shelley.
Scholes had batted first, against a very strong looking Shelley side. Wimpenny (27) and Joe Sykes (18) made 40 for the first wicket, but their dismissals set a pattern, as nobody managed to go on and make a big score. Boorman and Josh Brook both made 25, but the home side held on to their catches, and Wright with 3 for 33 and Goodwin 2 for 31 proved mightily effective. Would Scholes have done better with the experienced and dogged Hertzberg?, about whom I was once supposed to have written “Trying to get a ball past him is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster” - or Big Ervin Clarke? “Big, brash and subtle as colonic irrigation”. We’ll never know – but as it happens neither Scholes legend was available. And brothers Nicky and Daryl Brook were watching on the sidelines too.
I think they would have made a difference – but Scholes would probably still have lost to a very good Shelley outfit on the day.
The story of the Shelley innings was dropped catches – and excellent batting. Particularly by the left hander Chris Dimbelow. His undefeated 93 saw the home side safely home in the 36th over with only three wickets down. He was however dropped when on 17, and the unfortunate Tom Graham had two chances spilled in the deep in the same over as Scholes fingers were apparently numbed in the chill conditions. Eastwood made 19, Owen 26 and Wright 28, as the resurgent Shelley continued their fine start to the new season in both First and Second team cricket.
Next weekend sees Scholes First XI entertain near neighbours Shepley at Chapelgate on Saturday, and on Sunday the Second XI play host to Delph & Dobcross in the second round of the Paddock Shield.


Sunday, May 7
EASY WIN AT RILEY LANE LIFTS THE SPIRITS
Alan Hansen once famously said “Ye canna win anything with kids” when referring to Fergie’s fledglings at Man United in the mid 90’s. They of course went on to win rather a lot of silverware in the following ten years. I wonder what will happen at Kirkburton. The Riley Laner’s fielded an XI eligible for the White Rose team on Saturday apart from skipper Max Freeland and the evergreen Rob Kettlewell. This youthful ensemble was full of blusterly bravado on Saturday, following their surprisingly good start to the new season, and they have some very promising cricketers without doubt. The likes of Hughston, Hannon-Dalby, Nuttall and Burkinshaw should be good enough to keep Kirkburton up this season. Good luck to them.
Scholes too are doing their best to bring through the increasingly promising crop of youngsters emerging from a thriving Junior set up at Chapelgate. Six juniors are expected to be selected for each second team game, and White Rose selection Harry Bryson and the highly promising 15 year old Joe Sykes are beginning to make an impact in the First team. But Scholes still rely on the rich vein of experience running through the team from the Weston brothers, “Bubbles” Holmes and the likes of Andy’s Alsop and Hutchison. Pitch in new signings Matthew Smith and Abijit Kale, and you can see why Scholes cantered to an easy win at Riley Lane on Saturday even without injured opening bowlers Khan and Alsop. Experience counts for so much in cricket. The home side were bowled out in the 44th over for a disappointing 164 all out. A fragile and callow middle order had seen Kirkburton plummet to 90 for 7 before skipper Freeland (61*) and the valiant Kettlewell (12) made 64 for the eigth wicket. Freeland smashed five 6’s in a defiant knock, and earlier Nuttall (38) hit the ball cleanly before being castled by Tom Weston, the first of three wickets for the rejuvenated left arm spinner. Indeed he had 3 for 10 from ten overs before Freeland took the long handle to his last four overs, but the “loop” is back for the younger Weston sibling. Hutchison secured three more important victims and Smith picked up 3 for 56 from his 15 overs.
Although Scholes lost Smith (1) early on, caught at slip by Hughston off the beanpole Hannon-Dalby, Noble and Dave Weston took it on to 54 before the former fell to the wily Kettlewell for 26. Noble had looked in prime form in creaming five boundaries, and will doubtless learn from this slightly daft dismissal. That brought in Kale, and Scholes’ diminutive new Indian soon looked at home on the bouncy and generally true Riley Lane track. With the in form Weston at the other end ruthlessly punishing every bad ball, Kale finally found his feet and looked the quality batsman his first class average of 56 proves him to be. Dancing down the track at every opportunity Kale (64*) finally finished the game with a big straight 6 off Kettlewell in the 39th over, and Weston had stroked 15 boundaries in his undefeated 74, as Scholes cantered to an 8 wicket victory and a much needed 6 point win that propelled them five places up the Premiership table.
Over at Chapelgate Scholes II's were well beaten by a very vocal Clayton West Second XI. The visitors rattled up an imposing 259 for 4, with Lockwood and McDermott making half centuries and Fisher displaying a good eye in biffing a rapid undefeated 69. Only youngsters Tom Graham and Josh Brook were able to exert any control as Scholes just had a bad day in the field with catches aplenty tumbling to the ground. When the home side lost three men with the score on a lowly 35 it became clear that this wasn't going to be their day, as they were unable to cope with an excellent 12 over spell from Ben Daniels who both swung and seamed the ball to pick up three victims for a paltry 14 runs. James was also a handful in collecting 2 for 29. It was left to Juniors Gareth Myers (43) and Tom Brook (39*) to at least give the score a veneer of respectability as they made 84 for the 8th wicket as Scholes finished on 162 for 7. Clayton West certainly won't be winning any sporting behaviour competitions after their conduct throughout this match, the constant abuse from behind the wicket was the worse ever seen in second team cricket at Chapelgate, and even such a phlegmatic and seasoned cricketer as Daryl Brook was almost provoked into reacting to the ridiculous "sledging" that went on throughout the Scholes innings. And that's not "sour grapes" - the best team won on the day. But sad to say their unneccessary behaviour on the field cast a cloud over this particular victory.      


Sunday, April 30
Scholes garrotted by Golcar but manage to beat Linfit in Sykes Cup
Saturday 29-04-06  Scholes (110 all out) lost to Golcar (116 for 1) by 9 wickets
In the words of that great song from the 90’s by Yazz, for Scholes First XI, it really is already a case of “The only way is up” as they prop up the Premiership with only three points from three games played. Saturday’s woeful defeat to Golcar was, in the words of one septuagenarian Scholes supporter “One of the worst days cricket I’ve ever seen at Chapelgate”. For once I had to agree with some of the club’s older and often pessimistic fans, this was a shocking day which Dave Weston’s men need to get out of their system quickly. Luckily redemption may have been just around the corner on the very next day, as they entertained Linthwaite in the Sykes Cup first round, But more of that later.
There were some mitigating circumstances to take into account on Saturday. Fate had deprived Scholes of both opening bowlers, with Alsop and Khan injured. The insanely long football season had robbed them of Richard Holmes’ wealth of experience, and they quickly lost their best two batters to harsh lbw adjudications. Smith (0) may have been a little unlucky but Kale (2) was given out after getting a big stride in and being hit over the knee role to the left arm over seam of Brown. How any umpire knows for certain that such a ball would have hit the stumps is hard to fathom. I’ve said it before that umpiring is a hard, arduous and thankless task that would be way beyond my own very limited powers of observation or concentration. But if there is any element of doubt surely an appeal should be declined. Folks come to see runs scored and exciting chases. Not a desultory one sided affair like Saturday’s debacle.
None of which should take away from a ruthless Golcar performance. Brown (4 for 21) was always a handful, crucially castling Noble (20) with one that kept a little low and also accounting for Dave Weston for a solitary single. The 15 year old Joe Sykes (11) was poised and promising until edging Haider to Robinson, and Tom Weston looked in good order in making 27 towards the end. Whitwam had 3 for 29 and Haider 2 for 15 as Scholes slumped to a sorry 110 all out.
The game was over absurdly early at 5-34pm as Whitwam (44*) and Illingworth (42) battered a depleted Scholes attack. Brown (26*) finished the game in a rush in the 22nd over with two 4’s and two 6’s for a nine wicket win for the visitors.
After such a devastating defeat Scholes weren’t exactly brimful of confidence as Linthwaite arrived at Chapelgate on Sunday. The antics of the brilliant Vikram Rathour in the past two weeks had set the Chapelgate nerves jangling. He’d made a mere 80 odd on the day before, but had flayed 234 against Clayton West the previous weekend, smashing an incredible twenty nine 6’s on another small ground. So when Scholes posted a respectable 247 for 8 batting first, the general feeling was abroad that if the prolific Rathour made less than a ton Scholes would be safe. Dave Weston had made a determined and very important 108 after the early loss of Smith and Noble, and Kale’s 42 was a classy effort. Bray made a belligerent 31, and the pick of the limited Linthwaite attack was ex Scholeser Joe Hinchliffe with 4 for 59 from his 15 overs.
Could the depleted Scholes attack contain the menacing Rathour? The former Indian one day player soon lost Haigh and Brownson cheaply to Hutchison, the latter unluckily adjudged lbw after a big snick on to his pads. Rathour had moved smoothly on to 23 when the wholehearted Wakefield came up with his “cunning plan”. A half tracker saw Rathour wind up and prepare to deliver a weapon of mass destruction into Hepworth across the valley. But this was Scholes in April and the ball never rose above knee height. As it thudded into Rathour’s pads Wakefield’s anguished expletive instantly changed into a triumphant appeal which was approved instantly and “Gruber” will dine out on this wicket for the rest of the season. Thereafter only “Chopper” Holroyd who made 19 before being well caught by Bryson off Tom Weston, and Abdeen with an undefeated 20 shaped up for the visitors as they subsided to a disappointing 111 all out in 36 overs.Tom Weston cashed in for his best ever Scholes analysis of 4 for 23, and Hutchison came up with the goods when required with 3 for 22.
Scholes II’s continued their fine start to the new season with another win at Kexborough. Richard Wimpenny, Daryl Brook and Tom Graham secured a brace of victims each as the home side stuttered up to 155 for 7 from their 50 overs. Scholes left it late, finally crossing the winning line with only three balls left, with Craig Marsh’s undefeated 38 proving instrumental after the Chapelgater’s fell away following Jamie Clayton (30) and Mark Wimpenny’s (52) excellent opening stand of 82.
It’s a double header at Chapelgate this weekend with the Second XI taking on Clayton West on Saturday and the First XI entertaining Barkisland on Sunday. And glory be the word is that it’s going to be a warm weekend at last.
   


Sunday, April 23
SHELLEY IMPRESS WITH FINE WIN AT SCHOLES
Saturday 22-04-06 (Scholes 186 for 6) lost to Shelley (227 for 7) by 41 runs

My good friend Robert, a noted and devoted Scholes CC fanatic, has remarkably gone on holiday during the cricket season, thus missing Saturday’s fixture at Chapelgate against Shepley. I had my orders though. “You can text me with the score every half hour – it only costs you 12p - even to Tenerife” I enjoyed sending the first message “Sunny and warm here – Shelley 39 for 0 off 17 – slow going” I enjoyed his reply even more “Cloudy here” I didn’t however tell him that the excellent Asim Khan had just broken down with a worrying looking side strain after sending down 8.2 overs for only 17 runs. He will be sorely missed in the next few weeks. Khan’s demise saw Scholes drift into an lacklustre 15 over spell which the always excellent Lockwood and Pushpakumara were good enough to take full advantage of. The runs flowed, and I of course forgot to text my friend. When I finally remembered it was to tell him “Shelley 180 for 2 in 39 overs – we’re in trouble” His reply was abusive and unprintable but assertively suggested that at 12p a text I could afford to text him more often. The way things were going for Scholes I figured he wouldn’t want to hear the increasingly bad news so I decided to ignore him, and didn’t contact him until tea. “Shelley 227 for 7 – good last ten over effort but a very good score this early in season” Once Lockwood (86) and Pushpakumara (51) had perished in the hunt for quick runs, having added a match winning 112 for the third wicket, Shelley failed to capitalise fully and go on to make the truly daunting 250 plus they looked to be on for. Truth is this wasn’t an easy wicket to score quickly on, as their late order discovered in the light of some crafty seam up stuff from the reliable Hutchison and Alsop. The former picked up 4 for 41 from his nine overs and tha latter had 2 for 50 from 17, as they worked in tandem in a valiant effort to get Scholes back in this game. However we all knew this was a very competitive score on a typical low and slow early season Chapelgate track.
So I was fully expecting an attritional battle should Scholes manage to get anywhere near Shelley’s excellent effort in their reply.
What do I know? Matthew Smith and Keith Noble soon slipped into a lovely rhythm and made it look very easy against the Shelley attack. My first text was hopeful “Scholes 91 for 0 off 25 overs and on target” Noble in particular was back to his fluent best, on the front foot on this docile pitch and murdering any bad deliveries. Smith sailed on to a composed and classy 50, but surprisingly had a wild swipe to Pushpakumara’s very next ball and was stumped by Jones with score on 143. The Sri Lankan spinner was proving hard to get away and the Scholes batters were becoming increasingly anxious as the asking rate began to rise. Then Noble effortlessly stroked the competitive and bristling Hurlbaat for 4 and 6 in successive deliveries, only to get a leading edge and be caught off the next ball for a very fine 83 with ten 4’s and three maximums. You sensed there was a lot of cricket left in this match. “Scholes 163 for 2 with 9 overs left – nip and tuck” Harbijit Kale, Scholes’ new pro, fresh off the plane from India, could hardly have faced a tougher task with his new team mates needing 65 from 8 overs with the wily Hurlbaat and skilful Pushpakumara in the ascendancy on a tricky track. He failed valiantly, trying to smash the six so desperately needed, as did skipper Dave Weston. Thereafter Scholes subsided meekly, scoring a paltry 16 runs in the last 8 overs and losing 5 wickets in the process. My last text was simple “ Scholes 186 for 6 in 50 overs” I could have added in another text “Hurlbaat (2 for 66) and Pushpakumara ( 4 for 55) too good on this track, and we gave away too many cheap runs after Asim injured” but hey Robert 12p is a lot of money to me. Shelley look to have recruited well over the winter and should be a top six team this year at the very least. As for Scholes – they desperately need a winning double headed weekend as Golcar’s visit on Saturday is followed by Linthwaite on Sunday in the Sykes Cup First Round, with the latter’s Vikram Rathour fresh from pummelling an almighty 234 at Clayton West last Saturday.
Scholes II’s won at Shelley in the reverse fixture. The home side rattled up 205, and must have been confident with Scholes stuttering on 120 for 6. But Nicky Brook was lurking in the undergrowth at number 8, and his 47* was the perfect foil to Wakefield’s well judged unbeaten half century as Scholes won by 4 wickets. The legendary “Buster” had already had the pleasure of seeing his older son Josh taking a catch off younger sibling Tom, and with 15 year old Joe Sykes opening and making a superb 50 it’s plain to see that the Schole’s conveyor line of young home produced talent promises much for the future of the Chapelgate club.      


Thursday, April 20
A SHORT PROFILE OF ABHIJIT KALE
Scholes' new pro Abhijit Kale should have arrived in the country yesterday and be well ensconced by now at the luxury pad known as "Coldwell Towers". Wasim Jaffer's replacement certainly has an act to follow, but the word is that he is a very good player indeed. I suppose you have to be averaging over 56 in first class cricket in India, as he has done over the past decade. He plays for Maharashtra, having moved there after realising his way to the top was blocked at his home town of Mumbai by their star studded team. He started as an opener but now bats in the middle order, and is 32. In 2001 he top scored for Indian A against England and was close to the test squad, and had a very good tour with India to the West Indies in 2003. Soon after he was selected for the Tri Nation tournament with South Africa and Bangladesh but only got one game making 10. His career took a nose dive soon after when two selectors accused him of trying to bribe them to select him for the national team - allegations never proven by the way.
In January 2006 he made his 25th first class ton in the Ranji trophy with a brilliant 111* - but he has had a very modest season in India by his own standards. He last played in England for Hanging Heaton a few years ago when he apparently did well for them before going home a bit earlier than expected. Good luck Abhijit and welcome to Scholes


Monday, April 17
MATCH REPORT
Saturday 15th April Lascelles Hall (80 for 4) Scholes (156 for 8) Bad Light Stopped Play

The new cricket season arrived for Scholes CC supporters with the First XI away at historic Lascelles Hall on Saturday. It was great to see all the usual suspects who follow the team around the four corners of Kirklees huddled up close together for warmth, or under the Hall’s top wall for shelter from the keen wind whipping across the Huddersfield League’s oldest ground. Some things never change…. Another cast iron certainty for Scholes’ first game is that their overseas player will not have arrived, and of course Wasim Jaffer’s replacement Harbijit Kale was nowhere to be seen - thanks to the gross inefficiency, intransigience and downright arrogance of a home office official who has needlessly delayed his arrival until later this week. Sadly the Huddersfield League themselves also lived up to some of our lower expectations, by bizarrely decreeing wickets would be pitched at the usual time of 1-30pm. This meant that if the game took it’s normal course and both sides batted for three hours with a half hour break – we were supposed to finish at 8-00 pm. On Saturday at 8 o’clock it was dark, and we had already been home for an hour, as this game was abandoned in dismal light with absolutely no prospect of a finish before 7pm. So there were some angry players who had given up playing in important local football matches, or were just fed up they’d given there all in a game that had little chance of finishing. Drakes officials must put the start time forward next year – or even better start and finish a week later. Ahh, there’s nothing like starting the new season with a bit of controversy.
So Scholes batted first on a wicket at the very top end of the Hall square, a mystifyingly short boundary for a Premiership game given the size of their square. Perhaps Craig Horner’s men had a cunning plan. Their Aussie Tim Cox, always a particularly painful thorn in the Scholes side bowled aggressively and well, soon trapping Noble lbw for a hapless duck, and he went on to take 4 for 34 in 16 overs. Scholes newby Matthew Smith went on to make a fine impression in his first knock for last season’s runners up. Concise, compact correct and classy he anchored in fine style, finally falling in the last over for a quality 57 with seven 4’s and a 6. He watched skipper Dave Weston make 29 and the youthful but beefy Bryson also contribute a highly promising 29, but only the even more youthful Myers (8*) managed to hang around thereafter as Scholes manfully struggled up to 156 for 8 on a difficult wicket.
In reply the Hall had reached 80 for 4 in the 30th over in the almost cataclysmic gloom when the common sense decision was taken to abandon play, as there simply wasn’t enough time left to finish this game. Booth was left undefeated on 30 but Scholes were probably marginal favourites had the game finished.
Back up at Chapelgate the Second XI secured a fine win over Slaithwaite. Rob Load’s men posted a competitive 210 for 8 thanks to the experience and craft of Wimpenny (53) Hertzberg (52) Marsh (34) and Wakefield (32). Slaithwaite were cruising towards victory thanks to the flashing blade of Maguire (77) on 110 for 1 but once he went they fell away to a disappointing 193 for 7, as the evergreen Clarke excelled with three wickets in an excellent team effort.
Sunday saw Scholes’ youngest ever First XI featuring six teenagers travelling over to Leeds to take on New Farnley in the Heavy Woollen Cup. And what a fine effort they put in under the tutorship of Grandaddy Richard Holmes. On a truly treacherous wicket composed mainly of compacted mud, the home side were simply clueless in slumping to 94 all out. Their Aussie pro clumped Tom Graham into the woods for one 6 but was castled next ball by the superb left arm spinner, who was turning the ball appreciably. Graham’s “doosra” may have accounted for his next four victims, they appeared baffled enough to me, and he took 5 for 27 in ten excellent overs. Alsop also enjoyed this particular strip snaring three wickets, and Josh Brook also bowled beautifully and without a semblance of luck.
We weren’t complacent at tea however. Should Smith, Noble and Bryson fail, we knew we’d be in a spot of bother with such a callow XI out there. And so on Easter Sunday it came to pass. Noble, after a weekend of facing 44 balls and scoring three runs, has revised his ambitions for the season. Last week he was going to score 200 this weekend. Now he’ll “be pleased with 200 for the season”. The normally belligerent Bryson made 4 off 40 balls. Smith made 19, Grandad Holmes took 27 balls to get off the mark and in doing so received the biggest around of applause of the day. Farnley’s Will Smith turned it freakishly and in a horrible kind of slow motion Scholes slumped to 38 for 7. This really was the worst wicket encountered since Scholes’ Central League days. So full marks to youngsters Myers (10*) and Josh Brook and Tom Graham who hung in to the end against a typically brusson and bellicose Central Yorkshire outfit who had their First XI attack out there against a Scholes experimental XI, who were eventually all out for 74.   
   


Wednesday, March 8
WASIM FINALLY HITS THE BIG TIME
Every cricket lover in Huddersfield will already know that Wasim Jaffer made 81 in the first innings and a maiden ton, exactly 100, in the second innings of the first test at Nagpur against England. As I followed his progress on Sky and on the radio at work, it wasn't really with mixed feelings, surprisingly enough. I just wanted him to get shed loads of runs, and prove what I'd been saying for six years - this bloke is absolute class - and if he was English he'd have played 50 tests by now. I didn't want England to lose of course, but what a pleasure to see Wasim's trademark flick off the hips flying to the boundary off Harmison. I heard the curmudgeonly Boycott saying "That's the first cover drive he's played and he got 58 runs" - well I saw him play a sumptuous off drive off Freddie Flintoff Sir Geoffrey. The opinionated one also reckoned he'd struggle in England "Cos he's tall (eh?) and doesn't really get forward and leaves a gap between bat and pad and if the ball moves about he'll struggle"  Well who doesn't mate. And if he can deal with a Chapelgate stinker in April he'll cope with 'out. No, I prefer to read the papers who were uniformly impressed with the man from Mumbai, who played with "great distinction throughout" (Guardian)  Good job he got the ton though as I see they've dropped poor old Kaif after a very good 90 in the first innings. Wasim still needs to make plenty of runs in the rest of the series to finally cement his place in the Indian squad. But he's more than half way there surely. And that will mean financial security and fame and fortune in India. All the very best to Wasim - a very nice gentle man who I sometimes doubted had the force of personality and character to make it in hard boiled test match cricket. Glad you proved me wrong mate. He averaged well over a hundred in his five seasons for Scholes - I must get round to doing his stats one day - and was always a pleasure to watch. So how the hell do we replace the great Wasim? God knows. Matthew Smith is an excellent signing - but the Asian player we are after - there's at least 12 to choose from I'm led to believe - is gonna have to be a beauty to replace the luverly Wasim Jaffer

Thursday, February 23
WASIM TO PLAY IN FIRST TEST?
Looks like Wasim will play in the first test against England in a weeks time. He's in the 15 man squad and apart from Sehwag I can't see another opener. Wasim made a classy 48 against England today and had no problem in dealing with Harmison, Hoggard and Flintoff. He did manage to get out to Ian Blackwell off the last ball of the day, but it looks like they're finally going to give him another shot at the big time. Good luck Wasim. Thia all leaves Scholes in limbo 'cos if it goes disastrously wrong he could still be available for the 2006 Huddersfield season. We have a cunning plan though. (See next news item...)

Thursday, February 23
SCHOLES LINE UP WASIM REPLACEMENT
Well I believe that he is a test match all rounder. He is a slow bowler with a good domestic record and has a double hundred in first class cricket. He has also played one day international cricket. He is in his mid twenties. If he comes to Chapelgate you would think Dave Weston would be looking to him to do the same sort of that Rajesh Powar did for Honley last year. I know his name but would be shot before dawn by a firing squad lead by Paul Wharton if I put it up here. Will probably tell you when it all falls through...

Thursday, February 23
MATTHEW SMITH SIGNS FOR SCHOLES
This bloke can play you know. He's always looked good against Scholes down the years, quietly accumulating runs in an unassuming way. And he's a more than useful off spinner. He made nearly 800 runs last year for a struggling Skelmanthorpe and took 25 wickets. I presume he'll be opening the batting. He's a great signing for the club and well done to all involved in getting him to Chapelgate. Cheered me up no end in the midst of my midwiner blues.

Thursday, February 23
INDOOR NETS
Indoor nets start on Tuesday 7th March from 6-30pm. At ?Newsome High School? I'm guessing on that one. Anybody out there know?

Thursday, February 23
OLDHAM STREETFIGHTER HEADS FOR HOLMFIRTH
Interestingly that very likeable ex Delphinium and ex Oldham streetfighter Paul Jewitt is join Holmfirth as skipper next season. Paul is a tremendous character and if anyone can pull this famous old club out of the doldrums then it's Paul. good luck to him and Holmfirth in 2006

Thursday, February 23
FORTHCOMING EVENTS AT CHAPELGATE
AGM will be mid to late March - will announce soon

MELLY BOOTH QUIZ - In clubhouse Saturday 25th March 8-30pm

SPONSORED WALK from clubhouse SUNDAY 2nd April Time and route and sponsorship forms will be sent out to all club members in next week along with Newsletter
PRIZE FOR TOP SPONSORSHIP COLLECTOR


SURPRISE AS WASIM TAKES GANGULY'S PLACE FOR LAST TEST
On the very day that th'Examiner declared "Scholes joy as Jaffer returns" those men of mystery the Indian selectors decided that maybe it was time to give Wasim Jaffer one last chance to prove his metal as a test match batsman - and to everybodies surprise they selected him for the squad for the last test match of the current series against Sri Lanka. Wasim said "I'm quite surprised to have been selected to replace Sourav Ganguly...........I'm not going to be looking forward to the Pakistan tour, just want to be able to perform in this test. I'll try and fufill whatever roles are handed out to me". Wasim's weight of runs (including 267 for Mumbai this season)  and West Zone have done the trick. Hopefully Greg Chappel has watched him and recognised his absolute quality. When Wasim only scored 7 and 0 in a game last year a National Daily headlined with "Jaffer fails...at last". Of course us Scholeser's know Wasim pretty well after five magnificent seasons for us, and I wasn't surprised to hear that it was only a few days ago he sat in the stands unobtrusively and just watched the Indian squad warm up for the 5th One Dayer against the Boks at Mumbai. Wasim is so nice and so shy I've long held that it's only his laid back personality that has stopped him being a test star for the past five or so years. Get that forward defensive working Wasim and you'll do yourself justice. So where does this leave Scholes? Probably scuppered for a good overseas pro. Unless he has an absolute nightmare in this one test he'll play against Pakistan, and then probably England. That series ends at the end of March - but then they're off to the Windies for four test matches which finish in mid July. Scholes will need two very good players to replace Wasim Jaffer if they need to. Despite my Scholes credentials I hope Wasim makes the most of this opportunity and I'm sure the rest of the club joins me. 


WASIM OFF AND RUNNING IN PAKISTAN

Wasim Jaffer celebrated his recall to the Indian squad by making 162 in his last innings in domestic cricket for Mumbai. He was 12th man for the final test match versus Sri Lanka in India, and is now in Pakistan for the forthcoming series. He made 58 in his first innings in the warm up match - outscoring his rival for the test match opening slot Ghambhir by 5 runs. According to Cricinfo Wasim was progressing serenely unfurling some "sublime cover drives" until the daft bugger tried to play one of those reverse dabs down to fine leg and was caught. I reckonthat unless Ghambli does really well in the second innings and Wasim fails totally they'll give our man a chance in the first test. Good luck Wasim. 



SYKES CUP ROUND ONE 2006

Sykes Cup Round One  April 30th 2006
Birchencliffe  v  Honley
Cawthorne  v  Delph & Dobcross
Shepley  v  Kirkburton
Golcar  v  Elland
Kirkheaton  v  Shelley
Micklehurst  v  Holmfirth
Barkisland  v  Emily Clarice
Slaithwaite  v  Broad Oak
Almondbury  v  Lepton Highlanders
Scholes  v  Linthwaite
Sorry I've lost my paper and these are all that's mentioned on Examiner website
Paddock Shield
Primrose Hill  v  Scholes 



 



HEAVY WOOLLEN CUP DRAW 2006

Heavy Woollen Cup 2006  To be played on Easter Sunday April 16  (Which is bloody ridiculous by the way - not only will it be snowing everybody will be on holiday)
New Farnley  v  Scholes
Kirkheaton  v  Meltham
Birstall  v  Micklehurst
Manningham Mills  v  Clayton West
Shelley  v  Morley
Townville  v  Skelmanthorpe
Slaithwaite  v  Idle
Doncaster Town  v  Golcar
Holmfirth  v  Wakefield City
Great Horton  v  Barkisland
Lascelles Hall  v  Bankfoot
Byes:  Delph & Dobcross  Shepley



BARKISLAND'S NEW SIGNINGS INCLUDE PAUL WINROW
My totally reliable source of information from good old Bark Island has provided the following interesting information.
That superb all rounder Paul Winrow has done his business with Woodlands in the Bradford League for one season, helping them to win the Bradford League in 2005, and now returns to his spiritual home for 2006. You'd have to say that he will single handedly keep Gary Coleman's men well out of any potential relegation scrap. When you also take into account they've signed an Aussie all rounder from Bankstown C.C. in Sydney called Brad Roworth, opening bat (the excellently named) Max Power from Milnrow CC and the CLL XI, and wicket keeper batsman Gareth Standeven from Sowerby CC and Halifax League XI - you'd have to say they could well be in contention for honours next season. Impressive off season recruiting fellahs.


2005 - A SEASON TO REMEMBER
Struth - I've finally got round to it after three weeks of prevarication! No two ways about it this was a marvellous season for Scholes C.C. How do we do it? First XI runners up in the Premiership (should have won it but we'll get to that later). Second XI Premiership Champions and reached the Crowther Cup final. All three Junior Teams had fine seasons and Scholes Thirds, my very own Chapelgater's won the Emmerson Cup (with absolutely no contribution whatsoever from yours truly by the way) As always it went far too quickly and Chimp and me'sen are already well into our long winter cricketless depression. The only low point of the cricketing year has been towards the end as Bob Pell's reign as Chairman sadly came to a somewhat acrimonious end - something nobody wanted, we wish we could have avoided, and Bob didn't deserve after ten years sterling and unstinting service to the cause. We value everything you've done for the club Bob and hope you play an important role in the future.
So the First's finished runners-up. Amazing really when none of us expected 'out above 4th or 5th when the season started. Elland were favourites, Delph looked strong, Honley ambitious, and we were looking to consolidate. But then Sarfraz persuaded his mate Asim Khan to roll up for a trial and suddenly we had a strike bowler to back up the perennially excellent Sloppy and Hutch. Even more unexpected was Wasim suddenly deciding that he could in fact bowl. His off spin was accurate, had variety and often spun sharply. 38 wickets at 20 were a huge bonus. Especially as he made a mere 1705 runs at a ridiculous and record breaking average of 121. What a cricketer and what a fine man - hope to see you next season Wasim. With Dave Weston, Noble and Ahmed all making over 500 runs in support, we were inevitably in contention. The Spring Bank double header against the eventual champions Honley was of course pivotal. Sloppy's 50 won it for us by 2 wickets at Chapelgate after we looked dead and buried. We were top of the League after that for 2 days, but then the tables were reversed at Far End Lane as we lost by 2 runs. 192 for 6 with Wasim making superb 118* was disappointing, but Honley needed 5 off the last two balls with Coddy steaming in - and Charles Hall smashed it over the old pavilion to put Honley back on top - a lead they never relinquished. Honley looked invincible for a good while, and in the end we stopped believing we could hunt them down. It should be a lesson we all never forget. Losing at Shepley by two runs was acceptable against a good attack on a poor track after everybody was deflated after learning that Wasim was home thereafter. But losing at Lascelles Hall by 4 runs was plain rubbish. They'd lost their last 6 games, had a poor attack apart from Stone, and even without us having Wasim were there for the taking. We blew it - stopped believing we could still win the Premiership - and there will always be some regret. Had we won that game - we'd have won the Championship. If it hadn't rained on that fateful last Saturday we'd have beat Elland and a fast disintegrating Honley would've lost at Kirkburton - but that's the way it goes - Honley deserved their success and are a bunch of good lads at a well run club - we're looking for you next year boys........
Rob Load's Second played a lot of great cricket to win the League and reach the final of the Crowther Cup. The latter was probably a game too far as they were soundly beaten by a very good Gomersal side. Buster almost single handedly propelled them into the final, making 482 runs in five innings with three great tons including a memorable 139 against a sorry and sullen Hanging Heaton. Wimp's had a fine seasom making 750 runs and Paz averaged well over 40 as they made their experience tell. Dennis Brook was again effective with the willow and Marshy played some crucial runs. Gareth Wakefield made over 400 runs and took 25 wickets and youngsters Bryson and Boorman are improving fast. Swervin' Ervin Clarke bounced back to win the bowling averages and was chased all the way by the excellent John Hinchliffe and the old warhorse Load. Josh Brook's 25 wickets were a fine effort for a 16 year old learning his craft. With loads of excellent Juniors emerging some difficult decisions will have to be made next year as we look to be blooding lots of youngsters in Second Team cricket. I suppose we may not win as many matches but the future of the club sure looks rosy   


YAR GARY'S ON THE MOVE AGAIN AS WINTER MERRY GO ROUND BEGINS
We have it on fairly good authority that the much travelled Gary Jakeman will be the new skipper at Elland next year. Yar Gary's had more clubs than Ian Woosnam at the Open, but Elland had to move quickly following a probable mass exodous of players after such a disappointing season. We are also assured that Ryan Robinson and Rizwan Haider are on their way back to Kirkburton after under achieving so badly at Hullen Edge. With Stuart Fletcher also retiring and Steve Butters going back to Meltham Yar Gary certainly has a lot of recruiting to do methinks.
Other moves include Louis Aspelling to Broad Oak and Vikram Rathour (ex Broad Oak) to Linthwaite. We have also learnt that Darren Hinchliffe may be on his way back to the Premiership after two seasons at Birchencliffe, possibly to Shelley or Meltham.


KIRKHEATON BACK IN PREMIERSHIP AFTER CONFERENCE PLAY OFF VICTORY
Kirkheaton won a tense play off battle at Almondbury on Saturday, beating Marsden by three wickets. Marsden batted first on a typical Almondbury low and slow wicket and struggled up to 158 for 7 off their 50 overs. Zaffino's 77 must have been a fine effort. Kirkheaton soon slumped to 21 for 3 with key man Iqbal gone, but Gary Hodgson always looked confident, and finally found a stout partner in the shape of John Beaumont, who joined him with the score on a parlous 98 for 7. These two veterans took Kirkheaton home with Hodgson making a match winning 69* and Beaumont a very worthy undefeated 34.

Grrrrrrrrrttttttthhhhhhhhh predicts a riot on tour in Oz
I Predict a Riot!!!!!!!!



For all of you who fancy the Ashes in December and January 2006/2007, I am organising a trip. The basis of the trip is to see the Boxing day test at the MCG(Melbourne) and then move onto the New Years day test at the SCG(Sydney).
We may even get some golf in with Glenn if he answers my email. I am looking at running trips of 2,3 to 4 Weeks.

I have done a bit of research and found that the flights around December the 17th to 19th are between £800 (economy) or to you like Boot £2600(business). In addition to this accommodation will need to be booked for however long you want to be there. Ranging from £5 a night backpackers (I will be here) to hotels from £30 - £150 whatever your preference.

At this stage I just want some names and numbers of you that are interested, detailing how long you would like to go for and which tests, you can then leave the rest to me and I will come back to you with a final cost at the beginning of January, when we can book the flights Etc…. I anticipate a drop in the flight prices as I will be able to get the cheaper seats if I book in January.


Anybody who wants to know some more, you can call or email me on the numbers below.

Mobile 077888 10740
Email: gareth.wakefield@fmgsupport.com or gcwakefield@hotmail.co.uk


Hope you all want to come


Gareth

Also for those of you who fancy or can afford I am off to the world cup in St Lucia in April and will do the same

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GARETH FLATHEAD PREDICTS ANOTHER RIOTOUS TOUR IN WEST INDIES
I predict another riot


   

For those of you haven’t had enough after the Ashes in Australia or would prefer to go to the West Indies I am organising a 2 week trip to St Lucia for England’s three qualifying games against New Zealand, Canada and Kenya in the 2007 cricket world cup.

As I write this I can only give a guide price of around £1500 for flights and accommodation and will give a correct cost when I know how many people are interested and want to go.

If you want to know any details please either give me a call on 077888 10740 or email me on gareth.wakefield@fmgsupport.com or gcwakefield@hotmail.co.uk

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Details of the games are below

March 16th ENG v NZ
March 18th ENG v CAN
March 24th ENG v KEN


AMAZING WEEKEND SEES GAP NARROW TO TWO POINTS

Arrrrgh I can't take it any more... After a horrible and traumatic loss at Lascelles Hall made all the worse by the knowledge that Honley were getting stuffed at Meltham, I'd almost given up hope of Scholes winning the Premiership. But as I travelled down to Wales for a family holiday on Sunday my mobile was running hot as first I learned that Honley were going to lose all 6 again to Golcar - Scholes had took all 6 at Kexborough - and then I heard even tho' they'd lost a high scoring match at Chapelgate the Seconds had won the Premiership as Barkisland had also lost - so the legendary Holme Valley Viking Mel Booth had played his last game for his beloved Scholes and gone out in style. So roll on next Saturday - Scholes at home to Elland and Honley away to Kirkburton. Archies boys are two points ahead - so it's gonna be a nerve racking last Saturday folks - please God don't let it rain.....
Will post match reports Tuesday night.



OH NOOOO - NOT AGAIN!
Talk about 'deja vue'. Once again Scholes are set to lose the great Wasim Jaffer for the crucial last three games of the season. Wasim is completely gutted and has been desperately making phone calls all day to try to delay his return, to play for his employers Indian Oil, who have lost their first two games of the new season. The competition they are playing in is not particularly auspicious, but these people are Wasim's employers, Wasim is contracted to them, and if they wanted to stop him coming back to England to play cricket....they could. Scholes are making one last effort tomorrow to stall his return...but it doesn't look good.
One small consolation to Scholes is that the brilliant Rajesh Pawar of Honley is in exactly the same boat, and on exactly the same plane home on Monday morning. The plot thickens methinks...........


CHAPELGATER'S WIN EMMERSON CUP AT GOLCAR
21-8-05  Scholes Chapelgater's (120 for 7) beat Walker's Arms (65 all out) by 55 runs    EMMERSON CUP FINAL
Beautiful day. Big crowd. And we won. Will post full report tomorrow. Suffice to say Walker's bowled and fielded very well to restrict us to 120 off 15 eight ball overs.
Then Boot flummoxed the early order and Guzzler cleaned 'em up with a superb 6 for 19 as Walker's disintegrated to 65 all out.
Some cracking photos will be posted tomorrow


KENNERS' MELTHAM WIN PADDOCK SHIELD AT BARKISLAND

Simon Kenworthy's Meltham Second XI overcame a late collapse batting second in front of a large crowd at Barkisland to win the Paddock Shield on Sunday. Jamie Colman top scored for the home side with 67, and received good support from Holroyd (31) and Pollitt (26), but 201 for 9 wasn't the most formidable score ever posted at the fast scoring Scammendon Road ground. Tom Holroyd was the pick of the attack with an excellent 3 for 39. Meltham were coasting to victory on 190 for 2 before five wickets fell for 9 runs and the Mean Laners finally stumbled over the line by three wickets with four balls to spare. The vast experience of Palmer (32) Shaw (33) and Collier (44) proved important, but it was the youthful promise of Jonathon Peaker with a man of the match winning 61 that proved crucial. Letven with 2 for 36 was easily the best of the home attack.



MICKLEHURST PROMOTED IN FIRST SEASON & HONLEY MOVE 8 POINTS CLEAR
I'm looking forward to the long trip over to Mossley next year to see Micklehurst in their first year in the Premiership, following their winning the Frank Platt Conference on Saturday at a soggy Primrose Hill. S'pose there are more glamorous places and indeed stylish ways to win a Division but that's not the excellent Micky Licker's fault and hearty congratulations to the Newbies. With only three games left they are 22 points clear of Marsden - and that folks is end of story. It will be interesting to see if they make such an instant impact as the Delphiniums have done in the Premiership - they don't look to be quite as strong but only time will tell....
Honley strengthened their grip on the Premiership when they beat a plucky Clayton West by 98 runs at a remarkably dry Far End Lane. This was the only game to survive the lunchtime deluge which left every other ground waterlogged. So Archie's chaps move 8 points clear of the luckless Scholes. Drat. Blast. Hmmmmmmmmmm. I was all for the rule change saying that if you got the game on you get your points irrespective of how many teams finish. But now it looks like Honley might win the Premiership because they have a ground that seem impervious to large amounts of rain. That sounds harsh but Scholes and Honley have both only lost two games all season - and yet look at the table. Oh who knows what'll happen? It's all swings and roundabouts, at the moment the "force" and fortune is with Honley - and I'll say this - they are a credit to the Huddersfield League - a good set of lads and if Scholes don't win it Honley deserve everything they get.


HONLEY THRASH DISMAL DELPH IN SYKES CUP FINAL
A very large crowd saw Honley destroy Delph & Dobcross in the Sykes Cup final at Hullen Edge on Sunday. None of Delph's County mercenaries were available and they were never in the hunt for a first Sykes Cup win against a confident and committed Honley. The Holme Valley side powered their way to a substantial 251 for 6 batting first, with Howard (35) and Crook (50) backing up a superb 95 from Richard Jakeman. That is a huge score at Hullen Edge in any game - never mind a Cup Final - and once Hague (20), Cruce (9) and Grant Jones (21) all fell to Richie "Rivers" Howarth early doors this game was over. Delph slumped to a sorry 76 for 7 before Maqsood slogged his way to 54* at the end - but he only prolongued Delph's agony - as "Rivers" took 4 for 47, Crook 2 for 51, Pawar 2 for 41 and Martin Green 2 for 15 and Delph subsided to 155 all out in the 46th over - and Honley secured their second Sykes Cup victory in their long history.

DELPH REACH FIRST SYKES CUP FINAL AFTER SUPERB SEMI-FINAL WIN

Struth! Fielding their strongest side of the season, with Kyle Hogg, Usman Afzaal and the very quick Maqsood all available, Delph murdered Lee Baxter's Elland at their Huddersfield Road ground in the second Sykes Cup semi-final. Elland posted a respectable 263 for 5 with John Greaves making 117, but Delph knocked 'em off with only one down in the 35th over, as Bruce Cruce (85*) calmly watched as Ian Hague (104) and Northamptonshire's Afzaal (67*) took Elland apart. Hague smashed seven 6's and eleven boundaries, and Afzaal finished the massacre off in style with five successive 6's off the unfortunate Baxter.



BARKISLAND PITCH INVASION - THE FULL STORY
Barkisland is a thriving club and credit to the Huddersfield League. It is the focal point of the community with close links to the school and mother and toddler groups using the clubhouse. They have up to 80 kids practicing on a Friday night with the parents supping in a busy bar. This is the way forward for cricket. A well run dynamic village club with locals enjoying spending time at the club - doesn't matter of they're not all into cricket as long as they feel comfortable at the club. Not unlike Scholes come to think of it. The owner of the ground - who used to own Barkisland Mill - disagrees with the club moving on and bringing paid players and outsiders into the club - and believes it is no longer a village club. So he refuses to give the club a new lease of 25 years - which they need to gain Sporting Grants etc to keep improving facilities. He refuses to accept their offer of paying a bigger rent. So he drove onto the pitch on Saturday in a one man protest - and let's face it - made a fool of himself. What did it achieve? Anyway - these are the opinions of this website and have 'nout to do with Barkisland C.C. - who we all fervently hope can come to an amicable agreement with the difficult Mr Maude and get on with winning their battle against relegation.

BARKISLAND CONTROVERSY AS GAME STOPPED BY LAND OWNER

i don't have any details but word is that in a long running feud between the owner of the land and the leasees Barkisland CC came to a head on Saturday, as the owner of a cricket ground that gives countless pleasure to so many people drove his gas guzzling jeep on to the square at tea, and held up play for an hour. Will try to get the full story asap.  Hang in there Barky Boys 



SOME THINGS ARE JUST MEANT TO HAPPEN..................

Sometimes things just happen by accident - you know - it was just meant to be - that old fate thing - Liverpool winning the European Cup - Emily Clarice reaching the Sykes Cup semi-final - Linthwaite beating Micklehurst on Saturday - and Honley signing Rajesh Pawar. He was their third choice overseas pick for 2005, unheard of and unheralded, a little off spinning all rounder who wouldn't pull up any trees etc etc. Well what an impact he's making. He made 58 in yesterday's win at Emily Clarice in the SC semi and then took 7 for 24 as the home side were bowled out for 156 chasing 246. On Saturday (When Honley had neither Crooky or Woody) he took 8 for 43 as they racked up another 6 point win at Shat. If Honley do indeed do the double - as they are now strong favourites to pull off - the signing of the diminutive dervish from India will surely be seen as the catalyst to this big club finally winning the big 'uns they have long been craving.



HOLMFIRTH COULD BE IN BOTHER AFTER FARCE AT RASTRICK
What on earth are the Politburo going to make of the goings on at Rastrick on Saturday. The scoreboard reads Rastrick (201 for 7)  Holmfirth (28 for 0)  Match abandoned  2 points each. No Round Hill didn't suffer a mysterious unexplained highly localised cloudburst, word is that Holmfirth didn't have a scorer for the Rastrick innings until Bruce Jakeman arrived over tea. It appears the home side were wise to the new rule that states both teams must have a scorer before the game commences, and I hear on the grapevine that while batting the visitors overheard some fielders saying that if Holmfirth knocked them off Rastrick would claim the win anyway because of the breech of rules. At this point allegedly Jakeman and Destroo walked off the pitch. Well that's what I've heard folks - but as always if someone posts me an alternative version it shall be posted without hesitation. If this version is correct then you'd have to say Holmfirth should get hammered for bringing the game into disrepute. That's the way I see it anyway.........

GOLCAR REPLY!!
Hi,

Just a small reminder, so you can get some sort of perspective on the recent new topic on your news report on Golcar v Slaithwaite which 'conveniently' forgot to mention which team began the 'sledging' - think of who fielded first ??
Most of these remarks were quite personal comments - not cricket banter - aimed against some of our batters in the first innings

Quite rightly, for an impartial web site - and as you point out - It is in the interests of 'freedom of speech' and 'literal accuracy' to ensure all the facts are collected and reported on - in an 'impartial' and accurate way.

Keep Smilin & Writin

Robbo



GOLCAR BOYS IN BOTHER??

Those 'massive' boys up at Golcar could well be in trouble after their ignominious and wholly unexpected drubbing by Colne Valley rivals Slaithwaite on Saturday. After being bowled out for a paltry 124 they lost by six wickets - and upset the Umpires with their "extremely unsporting behaviour" in abusing and sledging the Slawit batters. Dave Dove was a particular target apparently and when dismissed was sent off back to Lancashire with a torrent of virulent abuse - what's the betting the Umpires don't make it an official complaint and they get away with it?
Play hard for sure boys but take defeat in a bit better spirit maybe? 



SYKES CUP AND PADDOCK SHIELD DRAWS MADE

To be played Sunday June 19th
Sykes Cup Round 3
Delph & Dobcross  v  Lascelles Hall
Emily Clarice  v  Micklehurst
Golcar  v  Elland
Honley  v  Shepley
Paddock Shield Round 3
Micklehurst  v  Armitage Bridge
Barkisland  v  Shepley
Slaithwaite  v  Meltham
Scholes  v  Delph & Dobcross



BARKISLAND SIGN WEST INDIAN AND IT'S SCHOLES V SHAT IN PADDOCK SHIELD

Following the loss of Darren Etteridge Barkisland have moved quickly to sign West Indian B player 24 year old Krishna Arjune who hails from Guyana. He should be here for the game against Scholes at Chapelgate on Saturday. He may well be completely frozen and unable to move due to frostbite.....
Scholes have drawn Skelmanthorpe in the second round of the Paddock Shield - an interesting re-run of the final last year when we blew them away surprisingly easily .



WHITE LIGHTNING SIGNED AND ETTERIDGE DEPORTED
Two things I'm probably the last to hear about - Darren Etteridge has been deported as he was in the country on an incorrect visa - Barkisland need to move quickly methinks....
And the Delphiniums have signed Alan Donald - he may play 1 to 4 games - hope one is against Scholes - White Lightening against The Large One....can't wait!


HONLEY ON LOOKOUT FOR NEW SPINNER
Honley have been very unlucky and let down at the last moment by their new Indian spinner Kulaman Parida, who was going to live with his mate Wasim Jaffer in Dewsbury. Kulaman's mother is very ill and he's decided not to come. Word is that Archie already has a West Indian replacement lined up - watch this space for further news. By the way it was Stephen Crook's even more talented brother Andrew Crooks who played for Lancashire yesterday - so maybe Stephen will play more games than he did last year.

TEAM NEWS FROM ACROSS THE LEAGUE
As ever thanks to good old Locky of Th'Examiner for most of this information.

It's two hours before the long awaited 2005 season starts - and here's some more team news and some doubtless completely useless predictions
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Sorry to say it but Clayton West looked absolutely nailed on for the drop. They've lost Van Der Berg who single handedly kept them up last year - and his replacement 19 year old Ozzy Corry Verco may find it hard to adjust quickly. No other new signings and the loss of Gibson, England and Kevin Rank may spell disaster. Similarly Skelmanthorpe have lost good players who may not be fully replaced by Ozzy pace man Andrew Paltridge and Scott Dyson. I'd be surprised if they went down though. Lascelles Hall have lost four of last years squad and despite the signing of Nash Stone, a quality Australian all rounder, they might become embroiled in the dogfight at the the wrong end of the table. It looks as if Kirkburton's period of success may have come to an end as they have lost the backbone of their trophy winning side. If new signing Ozzy Matthew Hughston doesn't make a big impact they'll really struggle.  I reckon Slaithwaite will be alright though. They've made some good signings such as Dove and Garrety, and word is their Ozzy Jerry Lee Cassell will be a reliable performer. Scholes have lost Steve Whitwam to Golcar, and  if Cobba does well this year they should be safe in mid table if he's well supported by yet another Ozzy all rounder Jeremy Brown. It'll be interesting to see if Kexborough's big hitters can cause mayhem again in with the big boys in the Premiership. If Bray, Broadhurst, Kapoor and Simon carry on their merry way they could do very well. Barkisland have re-recruited excellent Ozzy Darren Etteridge, have a new young spinner in Grant Lockley and an older one in Chris Greenwood. They'll do well to finish above 8th. Phil Heaton will doubtless do enough to keep Shepley out of the bottom four with the help of batter Tim Rees and young prospects with the ball Danny and Craig Glover. Honley have recruited Indian off spinner Kulaman Parida and Richard Jakeman, but if Lancashire's Stephen Crook isn't available all season they won't challenge. Meltham will find it very hard to replace Paul Booth, but Asher Zaidi of Pakistani A is a high class performer and Sean Alderson is a promising youngster, so Ian Swallow should have enough at his disposal to just stay out of trouble. Delph & Dobcross have replaced Brandon Nash with three quality performers - Bruce Cruse is a naturalised Oz opening batsman and Kamran Mirza and Graham Simpson have plenty of experience. Should be contenders again. Elland, winners last year have if anything strengthened further. Ryan Robinson is a proven performer - Rizwan Haider the best young all rounder in the League and Matthew Butters is a superb keeper. They should really win it. As for my beloved Scholes, fourth place last year was a brilliant effort, and it would be great to do even better in 2005. Cobba's runs and off spin will be missed, but Dave Weston should replace his runs and Sarfraz Ahmed will be very steady with both bat and ball. If Keith Noble continues to impress, Sloppy Alsop has another fine season, and most importantly of all we have a great summer, then maybe just maybe Wasim Jaffer's weight of runs could help us mount a challenge to Elland. It's a big maybe though I have to admit....... 

You have to say the Frank Platt section looks very mediocre. Primrose Hill have one new signing in Sahil Khan form the Wakefield League, and they'll struggle manfully on I'm sure. Armitage Bridge ain't managed to get a pro yet but are still looking, whatever happens they remain a credit to the League. Can't see Hall Bower returning to the Premiership after this season, even if Luke Morrisey from Penrith in Oz proves a big hit.
Marsden have appointed Graham Holroyd as new skipper and signed Peter Lombard from Meltham as their overseas all rounder. If Mark Mitchell is indeed fit and youngsters Nicky Clee and Jason Longmore continue to improve they might just be in with a shout. Can't predict the same for Emily Clarice however, even though they have their first ever overseas man in a 19 year old Kiwi all rounder Brendon Cook. Even though Rastrick have procured the services of the destructive Atul Bedade from Golcar, they'll do very well to finish above mid table. Am unsure about Thongsbridge, who rely heavily on Bok Harrion Muller's wickets. Maybe some of their excellent Juniors will emerge as a force this season. And so to Micklehurst, freshly arriving from the Saddleworth League where they have been very successful over the years. Their skipper and top all round overseas man is Bilal Khiljee, and he'll be well supported by stalwarts Tom Whittle and Dave Barker. Will thay be as strong as them brusson beggars the Delphiniums? probably not but in a mediocre division they should be there or thereabouts.

In the Cedar Court Conference, Lepton Highlanders have signed South African youngster Jeandre Erasmus, an all rounder, but with no other new signings they'll probably struggle again. As will Almondbury, although SP Singh will continue to cause mayhem with bat and ball and Liam Brothers from Shepley and Paddock's Kirrane should get plenty of opportunities. Paddock are looking to sign Pakistani all rounder Atif Kamran, and Ibrar Hussain has joined from Shat, and is joined by Khaled Usman and Andrew Stokes, but you can't see them threatening much. Holmfirth may do a bit better once the ultra competitive Yar Gary Jakeman completes his ban in mid May, and Chris Sykes from Hall Bower will take some wickets backed up by Bok Wille Destroo. Mathhew Gummerson should also make a big impact. The brilliant and destructive Sakleem Mughal returns to Broad Oak after making 8 tons last year,but with no other new signings you can't see them getting back to the Premiership just yet. Linthwaite have thankfully come back from the brink, and ex Kirkheatoner Richard Hall will surely take plenty of wickets alongside the excellent Louis Aspelling of South Africa. With a young leg spinner signed from Undercliffe Richard Porter their attck looks reasonable - but what about their batting? As reported on this site a while back Shelley look strong, with the ever reliable Graham Hurlbaat leading by example, and South African all rounder Darren Mortimer joined by Simon Peacock, Richard Hall and Darren Lindley. To show they really mean business they've also just secured the services of Indian spinner Manohar Sembhi from Liversedge. Kirkheaton have replaced the quality of Asher Zaidi with the all round talents of Javed Iqbal from Shat. Almondbury duo Matthew Barnard and Simon Rose join the superb Iqbal, and the Bankfielder's should be contenders. 



HONLEY MAKE MOVE BUT WASIM'S COMING LATE

Honley have signed the very exciting Stephen Crook once again. You have to wonder how many games he'll play as he was regularly playing for Lancashire's one day team at the end of last season - but he is a match winner with either the ball or bat and Honley won't lose many games with him in the team. They've also signed a high class Indian batter - whose name escapes me and I've lost the e-mail that informed me of his signing - anybody out there know his name?
Scholes supporters will be very disappointed to learn that Wasim Jaffer won't arrive until April 28th - missing games against Meltham, Barnsley in the Heavy Woollen Cup and Slaithwaite. It's crap really but it's the risk you take signing Indian players - at least Wasim will arrive with plenty of cricket under his belt. It will also give some other lads the chance to get in a bit of batting and form.
Scholes will be pleased to note that word is Barnsley's pro won't be back in time to play next Sunday, which should even things up.



TEAM NEWS FROM ACROSS THE DIVISIONS
Skelmanthorpe have bravely appointed their ebullient and very brusson young wicket keeper batsman Max Joice as their new skipper. He's a talented lad but you have to wonder how Shat can overcome the loss of their two best players, Graham Hurlbaat and Javed Iqbal from last season. They have signed Andrew Partridge, an opening bowler and middle order batter from South Australia, and Scott Dyson has moved from Hall Bower to Lidgett Lane. Kristian Whittaker will surely figure for the First's - but it looks like it could be a bit of a struggle for Joicey in his first year at the helm.

Hall Bower have procured the services of Aussie Luke Morrisey who is a Grade 1 cricketer from Penrith who has captained Australian Universities. He is a batting wicket keeper, but will probably end up opening the bowling! Neil Berry moves up from the Seconds to skipper the Firsts, and I reckon young Darrel Sykes has the pace to trouble a lot of Conference batters. They will of course struggle however to replace the likes of Chris Sykes, Scott Dyson and Rizwan Haider

Shelley have been quite active in appointing Graham Hurlbaat as new skipper, and South African Darren Mortimer, an opening bowler and useful batter also arrives. With ex-Linfitters Simon Peacock and Richard Hall also recruited, and all rounder Darren Lindley returning, Shelley look reasonably strong.

Micklehurst arrive from the Saddleworth League and all the League will be intrigued to see how they progress. They have a new skipper in overseas all rounder Bilal Khiljee, who made over 1000 runs and fifty wickets in his first season for the club in 2004. They were only fifth in the Saddleworth League last year, but have a great pedigree and tend to rely on home grown players - an admirable ideology. They have vastly experienced middle order experience in the shape of Tom Whittle and Dave Barker - and I'll be surprised if they are not in the Premiership for the 2006 season.


SLAITHWAITE STRENGTHENED

The Hill Toppers look like they mean business as they return to the Premiership after three wilderness years in the Conference. Although they've lost the hugely talented Mohammed Waseem and the reliable Sarfraz Ahmed (to Scholes of course), they have signed former Queensland Sheffield Shield player Jerry Lee Cassel, who at 30 years old should be a tough old cookie who may well open both the bowling and batting. He has moved to Rochdale. (Is he mad?) Dave Dove has arrived from Leigh CC and he will provide some solid middle order runs, and they've also procured Holmfirth's Matt Garrety, a very useful all rounder. Wayne Beardsell will lend his experience to skipper Martin Welsh, and I think they'll have no trouble in avoiding a quick return to dreaded Conference



HEAVY WOOLLEN & CROWTHER CUP DRAWS

The First XI play Barnsley at home on April 17th in the Heavy Woollen Cup. Should they win they would be at home again on May 15th against either Shepley or Westwood Park. Should they win that it appears they would be at home again against either Altofts or Bankfoot
The Seconds play at Kexborough on April 24th in the Crowther Cup, and marvellously should they win that it would be Scholes v Scholes (CYL) in the second round, according to the draw with our Scholes at home.... eh?
By the way I'll post a full Second XI fixture list as soon as I find the time.



PRE SEASON FRIENDLY ARRANGED

It's against Shepshed Town of the Leicestershire Senior League of whom I know 'nout. Still it's out first per-season game at home I can remember and it starts at 1-30pm on Saturday 9th April and is a 40 over game.



BARKISLAND RE-BUILD AND ROBBO DOUBTS

A source very close to Barkisland has kindly donated the following (for once totally reliable) information. With the shock of Dave Weston returning to Scholes the Halifaxer's needed to appoint a new skipper as "spaghetti" was going to take over from Frainey. They've plumped for Gary Coleman, and he has successfully persuaded Darren Etteridge to do a u-turn and come back for his third season out of four with Barkisland. They've also signed a promising 17 year old left arm seamer from Illingworth CC, Grant Lockley, despite Kirkburton's best efforts to grab him first. They've also gone for the ex Holmfirth and Idle man Chris Greenwood, who used to bowl seam up but won the Halifax League bowling prize last year purveying plenty of flight and guile. He played for Sowerby in 2004. They're also still on the lookout for another top order batsman - but aren't we all. Still they should have enough know how to finish top 6 minimum. Good luck to Barkisland, they are a fine addition to the local cricketing scene.
 My other snippet of rumour was that Ryan Robinson might not after all be displaying his very considerable all round skills at 'orrible 'ullen Edge in 2005. 'Nout definite - just watch this space folks



'T RUMOUR MILL

Somebody usually reasonably reliable was suggesting to me that Lesroy Weekes is no longer going to Honley as was previously thought. He also suggested the ambitious Holme Valleyer's have moved quickly to "sign a mate of Wasim's - a spinner apparently". I have absolutely no idea as to the veracity of this information. Anyone else heard 'out?
By the way - Elland have got a shocking draw in the Yorkshire Champions Black Sheep trophy - away to the mighty Pudsey Congs in the first round - and even if they pull off an almighty shock over in Bradford they'll then have to probably take on Wickersley Old Village in the second - who are always very strong. So the "ullen Edger's will do well to emulate Scholes' feat of reaching the final of this prestigious trophy as we did in 2001



'BURTON EXODOUS WEAKENS JAKEY'S BOYS

Stuart Jakeman, Kirkburton team manager must be wondering what the new season has in store for his charges following the loss of half a team at the end of last year. Ryan Robinson, Scott Richardson, and Richard and Yar Gary Jakeman have all departed for a variety of reasons all discussed elsewhere on this website. That leaves Max Freeland as Captain, Rob Kettlewell, good old Redders, Tom Burkinshaw and James Taylor as the core of the side. Ryan Sidebottom is signed again but you have to wonder whether he'll be able to play more than a handful of games. They have signed Matthew Hughton fro Sydney club Sutherland. he's an opening batter who can bowl, has skippered NSW at U17 and U19 levels and is making a shedful of runs playing in the same League this summer as ex Elland star Jonathon Moss. However - our man in Oz insists that Jon Moss plays in Melbourne and in no way plays in the same League as Hughton. Ah well - I'm sure it's just a typo by the Examiner........



PAUL BOOTH CALLS IT A DAY
The legendary Paul Booth has burnt his boots, and plans to concentrate on his golf this summer. 18 seasons at Meltham have brought him every honour the local game can provide, with one of his greatest feats seeing him lifting the League bowling prize three times in succession from 1997 with his miserly left arm spin. He was a key figure in all Meltham's five Sykes cup triumphs of the 1990's. His best bowling figures were 9 for 29 at Shepley three years ago, and his top score of 114 was made at Honley in 1992. He took 951 wickets and stroked over 8000 runs in a fantastic Huddersfield League career, which followed his not quite making it in County cricket with Yorkshire and then Warwickshire. You simply can't replace such a class performer - it looks like being another long hard summer for Meltham.... 

SARFRAZ AHMED SIGNS FOR CHAPELGATERS

Yes it is indeed Sarfraz Ahmed who has signed for Scholes. He joined Slaithwaite last year after a number of years playing good cricket in the Bradford League where I believe he captained his last side - which may have been Saltaire but I'm clutching at straws a bit here trying to dredge up a memory I'm not that sure of. He did well with the Hill Toppers making more than 800 runs and is a useful change bowler. We wish him well at his new cricketing home for 2005 - Chapelgate.



LINTHWAITE SEND OUT SOS

One of the oldest established clubs in the Huddersfield League is desperately in need of an influx of new blood and has asked us to post the following message.
Linthwaite Cricket & Bowling Club requires

Manager/Coordinator/Motivator/Coach/Player for the First XI
First XI players
Second XI players
Players at all levels
Linthwaite C.C. has a good set up with excellent facilities and back up, and a  fine ground in good condition
If you can help please contact

Hilary Holmes on 01484 683161  or at gypsie@homes-linfit.freeserve.co.uk

If you can help or know of anybody who might help please contact the club asap
Good luck to everyone trying to help the Linfitters



RUMOUR HAS IT.................

Word on the  cricketing grapevine is that the Delphiniums have lost the services of the talented Shadford brothers - and that Carl Hooper will only be available on a limited basis. Any Delpiniums out there please set me right. If it's true I can't see the Oldhamites mounting a serious title challenge in 2005. But what the hell do I know.



CLUB NEWS

There's another of the legendary Melly Booth Quiz's in the clubhouse on Saturday 5th February at 8-30pm - Supper will be supplied folks. Do not miss it!
Winter Nets start at Newsome High School on February 1st between 8-45pm to 10-00pm
The old Chapelgate ground is being lovingly cared for by Richard Holmes over winter and should be in fine shape by April. Many thanks to Scott Ellis for his efforts in helping upgrade Bubbles' ground equipment.
A new clubhouse sub committee has had it's first meeting, and has the long term target of replacing our ageing and too small bar area.



SCHOLES STRENGTHEN SIGNIFICANTLY
Fantastic news for Scholes supporters. Dave and Tom Weston are returning to their spiritual cricketing home for the 2005 season, the former for a second spell as skipper following the resignation of Andy Hutchison. Andy and partner are expecting their first child - congratulations and thanks for your excellent efforts last year Hutch. As far as I know Andy will still be trundling up the slope when possible next season. And welcome back the Weston clan - looking forward to seeing you all again in mid April.
In addition Scholes have secured the signing of an English qualified Pakistani all rounder of some pedigree, who made over 800 runs in the Huddersfield League only last year. I believe the club is still on the lookout for one more new player for the new season. More details will follow soon.


NEW SIGNINGS AND PRIZE WINNERS

Scholes have secured the signing of a vastly experienced quality batsman who still has plenty of Huddersfield League mileage left in his withering willow. I'm not allowed to divulge his name yet but I'm sure there's plenty of you out there who know who he is already. He's a guaranteed 500 runs plus a season man.

Golcar look to have signed a quality overseas pro in the shape of Ozzy Jeremy Brown. He's 23, is playing First Grade cricket in Melbourne for Carlton C.C., and is a left hand top order batsman and more than useful medium pacer. Information from Golcar's very good new website. Check their address out in Links

The Ladysmith Black Zimbabwe Candlesticks (Also known as the Lady Sykes Candlesticks) have been shared between Robert Moorhouse of Armitage Bridge and Andrew Schofield of Barkisland.
The former is your genuine one man club, having been involved at the Bridge for some 35 years. He has won many bowling and fielding awards, was Secretary at the club for 4 years in the 90's and now helps out with the U13's and U15's. His dad Roy won the LS sticks in 1973. He still plans to be playing next year at his beloved Bridge. Congratulations Robert.
The latter has never played anywhere else for the last 33 years, has won bucketloads of medals on the field and was treasurer at the Halifax based outfit for 10 years and served on the Committee for 15 years. He is the overrall Junior co-ordinator at Barkisland. Well done Andrew.
I'd be grateful for any more news or gossip folks - just e-mail the webmaster.



SYKES CUP DRAW 2005
FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS  SUNDAY MAY 1 2005

Romida Sykes Cup
Almondbury  v  Thongsbridge
Clayton West  v  Kirkheaton
Honley  v  Marsden
Paddock  v  Lepton Highlanders
Rastrick  v  Kexborough
Barkisland  v  Kirkburton
Delph & Dobcross  v  Cawthorne
Shelley  v  Micklehurst
Skelmanthorpe  v  Scholes
Broad Oak  v  Shepley
Primrose Hill  v  Golcar
Cumberworth Utd  v  Emily Clarice
Holmfirth  v  Slaithwaite
Meltham  v  Elland
Lascelles Hall  v  Hall Bower
Linthwaite  v  Armitage Bridge

Paddock Shield
Golcar  v  Clayton West
Cawthorne  v  Primrose Hill
Shepley  v  Almondbury
Elland  v  Cumberworth
Kexborough  v  Meltham
Lepton Highlanders  v  Paddock
Marsden  v  Barkisland
Thongsbridge  v  Broad Oak
Emily Clarice  v  Rastrick
Slaithwaite  v  Honley
Micklehurst  v  Linthwaite
Armitage Bridge  v  Shelley
Shcoles  v  Holmfirth
Hall Bower  v  Skelmanthorpe
Kirkheaton  v  Delph & Dobcross
Kirkburton  v  Lascelles Hall


PREMIERSHIP FIRST DAY FIXTURES

Micklehurst will play at Armitage Bridge on their first day in the Frank Platt Conference, and take on Rastrick at home in Cheshire the following Saturday. Might just be a 12 point start then methinks.

April 16th  PREMIERSHIP
Barkisland  v  Shepley
Clayton West  v  Lascelles Hall
Delph & Dobcross  v  Kirkburton
Honley  v  Skelmanthorpe
Kexborough  v  Golcar
Meltham  v  Scholes
Slaithwaite  v  Elland



AT LAST - NO MORE DISGRACEFUL "DRAWS"
Fantastic news. This site has been banging on for several years about the sheer nonsense of the mind numbing displays by the likes of Marsden and others getting a point for batting first and making 70 runs in 50 overs - and getting a point for it.
NO MORE NORMAN!  The League's Annual meeting saw a superb 22 clubs voting for and 5 sad and misguided dinosaurs voting against the following long overdue amendment to the rules.
To win a point the club batting first must score at a minimum of three runs per over - or the team batting second must notch at least 75% of their opponents total. And they must have at least one wicket left standing.
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssss! At last. Can't wait to see Rex trying to work out the stats on his scorebook size circa 1981 calculator though.....

In addition, clubs voted to scrap the one third to finish rule for the 2005 season. So if you make the effort to get your game on and nobody else bothers - you get the reward. Nout wrong with that.
Umpires dosh has gone up to 22 quid, and if you ain't got a scorer - the game won't start. Full stop. Hmmm - might not be many second team games played next year then..... We'll see.  


BARKISLAND LOSE ETTERIDGE
Barkisland have lost the all round talents of Darren Etteridge, another bad blow to the ambitious Halifax based newcomers to the Huddersfield League, following the departure of the excellent Paul Winrow to Baildon of the Bradford League. They ain't short of a bob or two however, and I'm sure they'll procure some new blood before the start of the 2005 season.

WE WERE WRONG FOLKS!!
Well you can't win 'em all... Some duff info was fed to us about Ryan Robinson - looks like he has signed for the Champions Elland. And when you take into account they've also snapped up Rizwan Haider from the Bower - well get you're money on Lee Baxter's men to emulate the superb Scholes team which captured successive Premierships in 2000 and 2001 by winning the Byrom Shield again in 2005.
HEAVY WOOLLEN DRAW FOR HUDDS SIDES
Scholes  v  Barnsley  (Who will Duncan Dyson support??)
Slaithwaite  v  Birstall
Jer Lane  v  Holmfirth
Wakefield City  v  Delph & Dobcross
Manningham Mills  v  Barkisland
Kexborough  v  Great Horton
Mirfield  v  Meltham
Buttershaw St Paul's  v  Shelley
Shepley  v  Westwood Park
Idle  v  Skelmanthorpe
Linthwaite  v  Yeadon
Scholes (CYL)  v  Kirkheaton   (Wish it'd been us)
Clayton West  v  Golcar
East Bierley  v  Elland  (Ouch)
Bye - Lascelles Hall


A LITTLE BIT OF ESSENTIAL GOSSIP

Some minor morsels of gossip obtained from the Woody one. The talented Rizwan Haider is not off to Golcar as previously thought and is available for auction - allegedly.
Ryan Robinson has forsaken the desolate pastures of 'Ullen Edge, where we were lead to believe he was destined, to join his buddy Scott Richardson at Baildon.
And rumour is Dave Redfearn is considering a move to the green green grass of Chapelgate.
And if my Aunty had balls she'd be my Uncle.........
As Duncan Dyson is very fond of recollecting. 



RUMOURMILL
Our man on the inside at Delph has informed us they are in negotiations with a player who if he signed for the club would be the biggest name ever to grace the Huddersfield league. Any guesses from you hacks out there? We seem to have identified the man as no other than former Windies Captain Carl Hooper

SAM & JAMIL IN THE PRIZES
Ahhhhh - the Politburo can still make the reet decisions now and agin' tha' knows. The Reg Haigh Trophy for the Most Promising Young Player of the Year has gone deservedly to Sam Frankland of Champions Elland. The former Halifax Leaguer made over 800 runs at 40, was a member of the White Rose winning team, and smashed a superb 153 against Kirkburton towards the end of the season.
The Jack Gledhill Trophy for the leading all rounder could hardly have gone to anyone else but the superb Jamil Nasir of Lascelles Hall. 785 runs at 39 and a brilliant 70 wickets at 17.81 put him head and shoulders above anyone else in 2004. He was of course a key factor in the Hall winning the Sykes Cup and surprising an awful lot of us so called expert pundits.


WINROW OFF TO WOODLANDS

Sadly for the Huddersfield League the brillaint Paul Winrow has signed for Woodlands of the Bradford League.
Stpehen Crooke's brother is called Andy rather than Ben according to Stocks out in Perth.
Everbody knows this but here it is Steve Whitwam and Rizwan Haider have signed for promoted Golcar. Good luck Cobba.
Micky Maude has signed for Kirkburton on a unique contract - 50 quid per six. I reckon he'll make two grand easily........ 



MICKLEHURST MUST BE LARFING.........

The new boys from o'er tops Micklehurst must surely be delighted with ending up in a weak looking Frank Platt Conference for the 2005 season. They look to be cast iron certainties for promotion in their first season in the Huddersfield League. Here's why.
FRANK PLATT CONFERENCE
Hall Bower
Micklehurst
Thongsbridge
Marsden
Emily Clarice
Armitage Bridge
Primrose Hill
Rastrick

Kirkheaton should also be very re-assured by the Cedar Court set up - surely they'll go up this time.
CEDAR COURT CONFERENCE
Linthwaite
Shelley
Kirkheaton
Broad Oak
Almondbury
Holmfirth
Lepton Highlanders
Paddock



HURLBAAT HEART ATTACK HORROR

Skelmanthorpe's Graham Hurlbaat has suffered a heart attack while playing squash in Honley. The model pro for so many years for so many different teams is apparently still in intensive care as I write. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to him from the whole of the Huddersfield League.

Honley have signed all rounder Lesroy Weekes for the 2005 season. The powerful pace merchant and hard hitting middle order batsman has of course played in the Huddersfield League before for Thongsbridge, and remains a potent force. Honley also expect to field Lancashire's Stephen Crook again next year, and are keenly pursuing his brother Ben, who is a spinning all rounder and is also English qualified. He has been playing in the North West.
Scott Richardson has left Kirkburton to join Baildon of the Bradford League, and rumours are rife that Ryan Robinson will join Elland, and Richard Jakeman will move to Honley.
I did hear that Paul Winrow had signed for Delph, but then read that Brandon's coming back again.
Looks like Scholes may have signed Wasim Jaffer on for another year.



RICHARDSON REIGNS & HEATON HONOURED

I'll post the top 15 or so of all the First XI averages and the top five of the Second team asap.

These are the prizewinners for 2004 - That means in League games only

Premiership
First XI's  Batting  Scott Richardson  25  -  7  -  153*  -  1393  -  77.39
              Bowling  Phil Heaton   318.1  -  100  -  780  -  67  -  11.64
              Overrall Fielding  Scott Richardson  22 catches
Conference
First XI's  Batting  Mark Bray  20  -  8  -  124*  -  967  -  80.58
              Bowling  Ian Simon  330.2  -  69  -  1065  -  78  -  13.65
              Overrall wicketkeeping  Nick Oddy  34c  2 st
Second XI's
Premiership 2
              Batting  Graham Holroyd  15  -  5  -  143*  -  862  -- 86.2
              Bowling  Jamie Hinchliffe  169.5  -  48  -  342  -  34  -  10.06
Conference 2
              Batting  Mark Dean  16  -  5  -  144*  -  696  -  63.27
              Bowling  Ben Daniels  111.1  -  19  -  393  -  38  -  10.34

              Overrall wicketkeeping    Dave Brier  9c  21
              Overrall fielding  Malcolm Potter  14 



SLAWIT BACK WITH THE BIG BOYS..........
Poor old Kirkheaton I say -  they were robbed of victory last week by the incompetence of "twice nightly" - as they finished on 225 for 5 in the Conference play off tie compared to Slawit's all out 225, but there was no rule in place so there had to be a replay - and of course they got stuffed in the replay on Sunday.
Slawit smashed a massive 297 all out in their 50 overs with Hay making 44, Waseem 63 and Sarfraz Ahmed a superb 141. Barbour bowled well for 5 for 59 but had little support from his team mates.
Dale Winterbottom made a ton as Kirkheaton replied but they were never in the hunt for the third Premiership spot as they closed on 191 for 9 with Berry picking up 5 wickets and West 4.
Well done the Hill Toppers and bad luck to Kirkheaton indeed thanks to the Lord TW


STOP THE BORE DRAWS & RAIN RULE UNFAIRNESS

I'm well late with this and clubs have already hopefully submitted proposals to end these unfair and ridiculous rules.
It was great to see the grand ole opera orator David Lockwood arguing in Th'Examiner that the rain rule is so patently unfair. In fact there is no doubt that it is resulting in fewer games being played - as lowly teams taking on high flyers hardly make any effort to get a game on, secure in the knowledge that the current rule that no fewer than a third of matches must finish for any game to count is in place. Scrap this bollocks of a rule - and if you're lucky enough or work hard enough to get your game on then you should keep the points you win.
As for the age old argument about negative cricket still getting a point under our ridiculous system - come on it's time for a change surely. I have argued elsewhere on this site for the 75% system in place in other Leagues - ie if you're chasing 200 you have to reach 150 to get a point. It's not rocket science for god's sake and it will stop the disgraceful and highly damaging cricket played by the likes of Clayton West this season. Locky couldn't name them in his article but he called some of the cricket this season "criminal" - but we can and here's why. Batting first and posting 105 for 8 and even worse 79 for 7 in 50 overs is the type of utterly ***e cricket that is driving punters away from the greatest game. Why on earth should anyone get a point for such disgraceful displays. Stop this nonsense -it's not right and is easy enough to remedy.



CONFERENCE COMPOSITION GOES TO VOTE

Clubs have until the end of September to vote on the number of matches to be played in 2005 in the Conference - it's either 22, 24 or 26 games. There is a fourth option of First XI's playing 26 games and Second XI's 22. Seems to me the last option is a good 'un - maximise your money from First XI games and be realistic and acknowledge that it's getting so hard to put a second team out at times that the fewer the games - sadly - the better.



ELLAND & GOLCAR TRIUMPHANT

Hearty congratulations to Elland and Golcar who have won the Premiership and Cedar Court Conference titles with back to back bank holiday weekend wins.
Lee Baxter's men confirmed their Byrom Shield triumph with a win over Shelley on Sunday, but it was it really over on Saturday after their superb win at nearest rivals Kirkburton. Elland piled up a brilliant 337 for 2 as Sam Frankland (153) and Baxter (148*) made an incredible 298 for the second wicket. 'Burton had a go but fell short on 269 for 9 as James Thornton took six wickets. Elland have won 19 games and only lost three and have unquestionably proved themselves the best team this year.
Golcar enjoyed easy wins over Marsden and Primrose Hill and will be worthy Premiership contestants next year. They will be tough up at Swallow Lane with the Golcar swamp monkeys braying for blood, and Steve Whitwam back with his massive buddies. So long Cobba and thanks for all the runs, wickets, and priceless Quote of the Weeks....



Jack's Lads Lift Sykes Cup
Sykes Cup Final  Sunday 8-08-04  At Honley
Kirkheaton (178 for 7) lost to Lascelles Hall (180 for 3) by 7 wickets
The Lovely Craig Horner and his Lascelles Hall team coasted to victory on Sunday in the Sykes Cup final. Kirkheaton batted first and raised 178 for 7 on a good track, almost entirely due to their excellent pro Asher Zaida, whose 124 was a superb effort. Only Dale Winterbottom (13) could even get to double figures in support of the brilliant Pakistani. Jamil Nazir didn't take a wicket but sent down his 15 overs for only 20 runs.
The Hall's reply was a team effort as Micky Fraine made 18, Gardner 24, the veteran Booth 65 and Nasir an undefeated 55, as they knocked the runs off in the 48th over. Zaida took the man of the match award.


'BURTON IN DISARRAY AS JAKEMAN'S DEPART

Yar Gary Jakeman has been sacked as Kirkburton skipper, and Stuart Jakeman has resigned as Team Manager following their loss to Skelmanthorpe last week. Allegedly Gary was last man out in the gloom at Riley Lane, one ball after appealing against the light with his side hopelessly adrift, so he kicked the stumps down and doubtless some bad swear words were uttered methinks. He has now been banned for 16 games in the light of his previous misdemeanours, some of which you can read about on this site from last year - Yar Gary has signed for Holmfirth returning to his roots - but won't be able to play for them until the middle of May next year.



DELPH BEATEN BY DOGGED BARKISLANDERS
Monday night 28-06-04 Sykes Cup Quarter-Final
Delph began the night on 74 for 4 in this much rained on match, and soon plunged to 86 for 7. However the lusty Luke Hargreaves (32*) showed great patience in forgoing his normal big hitting and teamed up with Warren Jones (31) to add a crucial 79 for the eighth wicket, as the Delphiniums posted a creditable 167 all out in 49.2 overs. The Oldhamites were further boosted before the light failed when Darren Shadford trapped Jamie Summerscales lbw and Barkisland finished on 10 for 1 from 6 overs. Methinks Dave Weston and Co will do well to win Tuesday night - but good luck to 'em and may the best team win. 
Ahhh - wot a crap pundit I is. Barkisland didn't drop another wicket on Monday night as the weather yet again played a part. One thing's for sure - bet on the divorce rate hitting record levels in Deepest Delphinium and Bleakest Barkisland following this marathon. So Paul Winrow (56*) and our very own sadly departed Dave "Spaghetti" Weston (46*) took the visitors to 119 for 1 before the gloom gathered once more - it must have finished tonight. Corrr - bet there was some brussoning last night. Will post result tomorrow.
Yep they did it easily with Dave Weston unbeaten in the 70's - I don't have detailes to hand but I believe they play Lascelles Hall away in the semi with Kirkheaton taking on the dangerous Kexborough in the other.


BRILLIANT BRANDON GOES TO TOWN
Brandon Nash is leaving England to go home to South Africa after the 2004 season ends.....Looks like he's determined to go out with a bang folks. He made an incredible 417 runs over the weekend. 182* at Clayton West and then a record breaking 235 at Shelley in the Sykes Cup on Sunday. What a pro - he could still end up winning the Premiership for Delph this year. 

LEAGUE SIDE WIN IN YORK AS COBBA & SLOPPY EXCELL
The Huddersfield League XI beat the York League in a close match at the delightfully named Sheriff Hutton Bridge on Sunday. Huddersfield were slightly disappointed with their 235 for 9 after Nash (68), Shadford (58) and Baxter (50) gave them a good start. It was interesting to see Ryan Robinson propping the rest up at number 11 - what the hell is that all about?
Sloppy Alsop continued his superb form with 2 for 26 from his 8 overs, but the home side looked to be coasting until Cobba came on late to take 2 for 26 and they fell away to 223 all out. Robbo only bowled 5 overs - eh? and Brandon and Colman (who?) from Barkisland also took two wickets apiece.
They now face the South Yorkshire League at home in the semi-final - who usually give us a good drubbing... 


2004 - WHO'S GONNA DO WHAT?
With the usual thanks to Th'Examiner - here goes with a full preview of the 2004 season.

Cedar Court Conference

Primrose Hill The Pip Hill set up has apparently improved with some dosh spent on the ground - good luck to Mohammed Taj in all his efforts in keeping the club going. Might manage to stay out of bottom two
Lepton Highlanders With the same team as last year, and no professional in place yet, it may be a long season for Tony Mulhall's men. Won't threaten the top four.
Armitage Bridge The legendary "Bridger's" beloved boys are sadly going to struggle if they don't manage to sign a quality overseas player - I hope they do better than I fear - they remain a credit to the Huddersfield League. Ugh - bottom two I'm afraid.
Emley Clarence I reckon first year enthusiasm will get Jon Lee's limited resources through their baptism of fire in with the big boys, and they'll finish third from bottom.
Rastrick With Ateeq Rehman and Ijaz Shah both English qualified (130 wickets between them last year, and new pro from Karachi all rounder Rizwan Quireshi, Damian Lynch's men could spring a few surprises. Might just be promotion contenders.
Golcar Well I'm sorry but I just don't rate Golcar's chances of challenging this year. They've signed the prolific Darren Robinson from Stainland, but I don't think it will be enough unless Bedade has a great season. Fifth.
Marsden The ever dogged Hemplower's have been supplemented by opening bowler Adnan Farooq and hung on to the talented Nicky Clee. Martin Berry's chaps will be there or thereabouts. Second
Kirkheaton They've signed Pakistan A teamer Ashar Zaida, an all-rounder with an impressive pedigree, Adrian Barbour from Outlane and bowler John Beaumont. If they get their act together they should finish first. Maybe. But what the feck do I know?

Frank Platt Conference

Slaithwaite Surely they'll win it this time. The superb and very quick Mohammed Wasim has been joined by Sarfraz Ahmed from Bradford, an all-rounder of some pedigree, and with John Hey, David Berry and bowler Richard Haslam returning they look nailed on to me.
Kexborough Could finish second. Mark Broadhurst should make a big difference, the former Yorkshire opening bowler supporting the talented Richie Kapoor.
Broad Oak They've signed protea Horatio Smith as pro, but have lost talented youngsters McCreadie and Walker to Scholes, and won't finish above third.
Thongsbridge Have recruited well over the winter - Harion Muller from South Africa is joined by former skipper and all rounder Andrew Shaw, Peter Jackson from Spen Vic and Andrew Keast from Elland seconds. They could finish above the Oak.
Paddock All the very best to Paddock who continue to struggle on despite those low lives burning their changing rooms down in the winter. Their new pro is Ozzy wicket keeper batter Andrew Faber, and they've also signed Muhammed Hussain from Manchester. Bottom three I'm afraid. But keep going.
Almondbury Same side. Same soulless place to play cricket. I don't know how they keep going. Might struggle big time.
Holmfirth Oh how the mighty fall. We should all be wary. The once powerhouse club of the Huddersfield League will probably be appallingly inconsistent once again. Former Kirkburton batter David Hall will be playing with Bok Villia Destroo and Philip Birkhead from Thongsbridge - but they'll only finish above Paddock and maybe Almondbury.

The Premiership 

Hall Bower 
Have signed the brilliantly named Burton DeWett who is yet another South African all rounder. With Scott Dyson coming home from 'orrible 'Ullen Edge and left armer Andrew Gregory arriving they may have enough to just avoid a relegation battle this year.
Linthwaite Sean Root is another name to remember and is one more Protea who bats and bowls. Mohammed Naveed could be a good signing from the Saddleworth League, but it will be another long hard season for the Manchester Road outfit.
Shepley New men are Bevan Bennett, an opening batter and Ian Wightman from Old Almondburians. But they've lost some good players and will do well to stay out of the bottom four.
Shelley New overseas man Mohammed Ramzan is a Pakistani A skipper and will be a quality player. However the two unknowns will be English qualified Amir Arif and Azhar Butt from Sale. They will have to battle hard to preserve their hard won Premiership status.
Clayton West If Paul Van Der Berg stays fit they'll be fine for he is the best bowler in our League. All rounder Peter Hird arrives from Comberworth and they should be safely snuggled around mid table.
Lascelles Hall Ozzy all rounder Andrew Zell and Jamil Nazir will need to have very big seasons to get the Hall above half way.
Honley Aussie Stephen Crooke replaces Grant Swift, Louis Aspelling comes down the road from Thongsbridge and Phil Eaglestone is a Bradford based youngster. But losing Swift and the excellent Martin Dobson could hit them hard.
Meltham Peter Lombard is the zillionth South African all rounder signed over the winter, and word is that old man Booth is fit again, but they won't threaten the big boys this year.
Barkisland Dave Weston won't have left Scholes for a relegation battle, and they should survive easily enough this year. If Kiwi paceman Ryan Webster fits the bill they could be top 6 contenders
Elland Should India's Harvinder Singh hit the decks running, they could do well. Barry Singleton is a decent spinner from the Airedale League, and Lee Baxter their new skipper. But can they really challenge Delph? Don't think so.
Skelmanthorpe Those two model pro's Hurlbaat and Iqbal are back - but they'll miss Darren Hinchliffe a lot. Might struggle to emulate last years heroics.
Kirkburton Same side plus James Taylor from Slaithwaite. If they get their heads right this year they easily have the talent to challenge Delph.
Delph & Dobcross Also putting out the same side, and they should by rights retain their title. But defending a title is never that straightforward. I expect Ian Hague to smash a few more that last year. Should win it.
Scholes We've done very well over the winter in putting together a squad with plenty of depth. Wasim Jaffer returns and should be available all season. Broad Oak youngsters Simon Walker, a top notch keeper, and Tom McCreadie a talented all rounder have arrived at Chapelgate. Experienced John Deaville should be a 40 wickets man, and Ronan Bruce can play a bit. With Coddy on the mend, new skipper Andy Hutchison will be hoping for at least a top 6 finish.


ROUND TWO SYKES CUP & PADDOCK SHIELD DRAW
TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY MAY 23RD
SYKES CUP
Barkisland  v  Elland
Broad Oak  v  Kexborough
Hall Bower  v  Thongsbridge
Honley  v  Clayton West
Kirkburton  v  Slaithwaite
Lascelles Hall  v  Cumberworth
Meltham  v  Kirkheaton
Shelley  v  Delph & Dobcross
PADDOCK SHIELD
Armitage Bridge  v  Broad Oak
Cumberworth  v  Hall Bower
Golcar  v  Barkisland
Primrose Hill  v  Lascelles Hall
Scholes  v  Kexborough
Skelmanthorpe  v  Elland
Slaithwaite  v  Delph & Dobcross
Thongsbridge  v  Shepley