Pontefract Cricket League: Teams, Results,…….And More

Pontefract cricket league teams including all competing divisions. Pontefract is a historic market town in West Yorkshire with strong links to the coal industry. The League covers the surrounding coalfield areas of West and South Yorkshire, lots of the teams have links with the coal industry and display the names of the collieries they served. The cricket league records cover all divisions, so you can keep up with the latest results and fixtures from your favourite teams. The league aims to provide and foster grass-roots cricket within all communities and the different divisions enables teams to compete against each other with similar playing abilities.

Pontefract Cricket League: Teams, Results, And More

Impressive bowling from Ben Brown and Richard Holgate helped maintain Calder Grove’s promotion challenge in Division Three of the Pontefract League.

Brown (5-35) and Holgate (4-6) combined to bowl out Horbury Bridge for 106 in reply to 157 with the result lifting Grove into second place.

Brown also did well with the bat, hitting 36, while skipper Josh Buxton contributed 41. Bridge’s best performers were Andrew Waterson (4-43) and Ben Terry (37).

Another derby game in Division Three saw fifth-placed Notton earn the bragging rights with a 15-run success against Old Sharlston seconds.

Sharlston were dismissed for 151 in reply to 166-8 as Colin Scattergood (52) and Michael Harwood (36) top scored and Brett Russell (4-22) led the Notton attack.

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Despite a battling 31 from skipper Zamurad Khan, Crofton were bowled out for 132 to lose by 49 runs to Askern Welfare, who made 181-8 as Muhammad Abrar took 4-38.

Streethouse were up against title challengers Hatfield Main and put up a good batting display in making 225 with Amjad Ali smashing eight sixes in a 51-ball knock of 80.

But Main’s batsmen also found conditions to their liking as they reached their target with six wickets to spare.

Fifth-placed West Bretton lost ground on the teams above them as they went down by nine runs in a thrilling game with Hundhill Hall.
David Merryweather’s 107 almost swung the game for Main, but the Nostell bowlers stuck to their task with Tokir Bashir taking 3-43, Usman Bashir 2-39, Dutta 2-71 and Tanvir Bashir 2-59.

Old Sharlston went down by 50 runs as they attempted a big run chase against Whitley Bridge.

Chasing their opponents’ 287-4, they were all out for 237 despite contributions from Danny Bullock (40), Zack Brown (36), Dale McMullan (35) and Dan McLeod (34).

Denby Grange lost by eight wickets to Hemsworth MW seconds in Division Four after being restricted to 168-9.

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Like so many other “Pit Teams” the story starts with the development of the South Yorkshire coalfield and the sinking of the first shaft of Brodsworth Main Colliery in 1906. Many miners migrated from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire mines to seek employment in the newly developing coalfield. Brodsworth Main Colliery Co. was independent until 1937 when Doncaster Amalgamated Colliery Co. was formed, subsequently passing into the ownership of the National Coal Board in 1947. 4500 worked at the colliery in the mid ’50’s to ’64 and then reduced down to 3000 by ’70 when the full effects of mechanisation had its full effect. The Colliery closed in 1990.

A “Model Village” (now referred to locally as the old estate) was created to house the influx of miners and their families. It was designed and built by Percy Bond Houfton as tied cottages for the miners. In an era of model villages such as Saltaire, Port Sunlight and Bournville, the estate at Woodlands, with it’s extensive open spaces, many different designs of houses and overall living conditions superb for their time, possibly represents the height of the model village movement.

In conjunction with the development of the Colliery, and the Model Village, land was donated by the Thelluson Family of Brodsworth Hall to provide recreational facilities for the miners and their families. The Brodsworth Miners’ Welfare Scheme began in 1923, incorporating the former Brodsworth Main Colliery Sports and Pastimes Club which existed 1909-1923.

The initial Sports and Pastimes Club and the subsequent Welfare Scheme were funded by a levy from each miner at the colliery, which financed the building development and the provision of equipment. In the 1950s this levy was one shilling per week (remember there were 4,000 people working at the colliery) and the cricket section got £100 per year until 1974 , it then was increased to In a rain-splashed season it was often hard work and perseverance to get matches on, and their main rivals Brook Walton suffered more than most with nine abandonments or cancellations.

Fairburn were leaders well into the season, but Sandal kept gaining points on them, and on 10th September were huge favourites when they entertained South Kirkby CC on the last weekend. Brook Walton and Frickley Colliery could have overhauled them, but in reality a couple of bonus points would have clinched the title.

Sandal won the toss and elected to field and immediately had South Kirkby in trouble. They never recovered after opening bowler Sam Noden blasted the first four batsmen out for a cost of 27. They tottered to 61 all out from 20.2 overs with Noden finishing with 5-36, and his opening partner Lee Geldard taking 4-18.

The reply was rapid with opener Danny Riley racing to an unbeaten 30 as his team knocked the runs off in 8.3 overs for the loss of two wickets. The title triumph was ultimately achieved with a points variance of nine points., which helped , but the club had to raise 80-90% of the annual funds themselves.. This money had to pay for all the costs of the teams, there was very little personal equipment, everyone used the contents of the Team Bag, and Kildare Buses provided the away game transport. The “Tote Double” which was run by the welfare trustees and supported by the sections was the main fundraiser. The Presentation Evening at the Broadhighway was the main social event of the year and was always well supported.

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CASH-STRAPPED Pontefract Cricket Club – one of the longest established in the district – could close unless it gets urgent financial help.

Pontefract and District Cricket League has ruled that the club can no longer play matches at the Skinner Lane ground because facilities are so bad – there is no electricity or water and the graffiti-covered pavilion desperately needs repairs.

The club – founded in 1863 – has been given eight weeks to come up with an action plan or it will be axed from the league next season.

Club treasurer John Cookson said: “The league is behind us but we have to comply with its regulations in order to continue.

“We had a meeting to see how we go forward. We don’t know who owns the ground, so we need to find out. We’ve applied for a 2,000 Community Chest grant from the council so we need to push for that, find out how much will it cost to reconnect us to water and electricity and who will support us.

“We intend to speak to the MP Yvette Cooper and the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation that we believe may lease the ground from the Duchy of Lancaster.
“We have eight weeks to come up with an action plan or we will be dropped from the league altogether.”

Club captain Darren Green said the pavilion was regularly attacked by vandals that had smashed windows and the roof, ruined carpets, trashed boundary fences and damaged sight-screens and the score board.

He added: “We now have only one open age team here that was relegated from division two last year straight down to division five of the league, but we have a lot of good lads and we’ll keep on playing.

“We are broke and we desperately need Wakefield Council to help us financially.

“The pitch here is one of the best in the league but everything else is falling apart. To make things worse we have been ordered to play all home games at away grounds and on Sundays instead of the normal Saturdays.”

Pontefract councillor Jack Kershaw said he would do everything he could to keep the club in existence. He said: “We realise the club is one of the founder members of the league and I will do all I can to make sure it remains in business.

“None of us wants to see this fine old club with a great tradition fold. We realise the seriousness of the vandalism problem and that it needs to be sorted out so that cricket lovers aren’t denied the use of this facility.”

Pontefract and District League secretary Mike Crossland said he and his colleagues were fully behind the club in its search for survival and would do all they could to help.

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Sports teacher, Leon Sacks, said “A fantastic achievement lads, and the attitude you displayed both on and off the field will stand you in good stead for later life.
The inception of the cricket club is very vague and although it was said to be founded in 1874, it could well have heard the willow in previous years.

A good indicator of Sandal’s league beginnings comes from an original 1894 Wakefield & District Cricket League handbook that the club still has in its possession.

The handbook states that Sandal CC played adjacent to Sandal Railway Station, on Barnsley Road, which prior to residential development in the locality was across the road from the north east corner of the ground. . It is thought that the Club has played on the same ground since it was formed.

To this day there is a `birds’ eye’ view of the ground when travelling on the train to and from Barnsley.

The competing teams in 1894 were Thornhill, Crofton, Mapplewell, Nostell, Alverthorpe, Featherstone and Altofts Dodsworth.

Records show that in 1932 Sandal played Paton & Baldwins in the Wakefield & District Cup. This was a trophy between senior clubs from different leagues in the area.
On Tuesday July 16th 1935 there was a rare occurrence at College Grove , Wakefield in the ’Wakefield Cup Final’, when Sandal ‘A’ beat Sandal ‘B’, with the captains being P Stead and I Hollings respectively

Ground purchased

It was not until the 28th December 1950 that the Club purchased the Barnsley Road ground from H M Lane and G M Lane, in the sum of £400

In 1958 Sandal won the ‘Wakefield Cup’ again, with T Aaron being the captain.

Later in 1963 Sandal won the Wakefield & District Cricket League’s premier cup tournament the ‘Horbury Cup’.

Honours won

The Club subsequently joined the West Riding League and three major achievements were made in the space of 16 years.

The 1st team were Division 3 Champions in 1973, Senior Cup winners in 1985 and finalists in 1989.

Sandal bowler, Derek Halman had the remarkable figures in 1978 of 9 wickets for 17 runs in an away match against Walton.

Harry Atkinson, one of the most accomplished seam bowlers in league cricket, was on Sandal’s books at one point. He found fame with a very good Hanging Heaton side that made great strides when joining the Bradford League.

However, it was in the Central Yorkshire League where he made most impact winning the League Bowling Averages in 1971 and 1974, and also performing the all-ten wicket feat in 1972 against Wakefield.

In the 1980s in a remarkable league game, Steve Crow scored a century, and Peter Cade took a hat trick, but Sandal still somehow contrived to lose the game by seven wickets.

Ian Shackleton was arguably the best wicket-keeper in the club’s history, and he holds the record for the number of times the `wicket keeping award’ was won by an individual in this competition. His abilities were acknowledged when in 1980 he left Sandal to join Castleford in the Yorkshire League.

The Club won the league’s ‘Six Hits’ trophy in consecutive seasons- Richard Shackleton in 1987, and Paul Romans in 1988.

Fine ground

Sandal were gaining a reputation of having a fine ground and this was endorsed when they hosted several West Riding League inter league games. By 1988 Sandal had won the accolade of possessing the best pitch in Division One.

In the 1989 season, the Wakefield Centenary Cup was contested by most senior clubs within the boundaries of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Sandal got through to the semi final, and played Nostell, who had two of the then Australian test team within their ranks, Dean Jones and Tony Dodemaide.

Although Sandal lost they gained infamy when one of their bowlers had the temerity to bowl a ‘beamer’ at Dean Jones who sank to his knees to avoid being hit. The next ball was the only one Jones hit with any venom, and cleared the boundary with a six, presumably to teach the bowler a lesson.

Entry into Pontefract League

In 1990 Sandal were accepted to join the Pontefract & District Cricket League. Incredibly, they were either promoted or relegated in each of the first eight seasons. However, this did bring silverware to the club when they won the Division 2 title in 1991 and the Division 3 title in 1994.

Batsman Ray Bowers made his mark in the title winning side of 1994 when he won the League Batting Averages.

In the early 2000’s the club’s old wooden pavilion was the subject of an arson attack, and although the damage was limited the club decided to apply for planning consent to build a new pavilion.

Conclusion

In a rain-splashed season it was often hard work and perseverance to get matches on, and their main rivals Brook Walton suffered more than most with nine abandonments or cancellations.
Fairburn were leaders well into the season, but Sandal kept gaining points on them, and on 10th September were huge favourites when they entertained South Kirkby CC on the last weekend. Brook Walton and Frickley Colliery could have overhauled them, but in reality a couple of bonus points would have clinched the title.
Sandal won the toss and elected to field and immediately had South Kirkby in trouble. They never recovered after opening bowler Sam Noden blasted the first four batsmen out for a cost of 27. They tottered to 61 all out from 20.2 overs with Noden finishing with 5-36, and his opening partner Lee Geldard taking 4-18.
The reply was rapid with opener Danny Riley racing to an unbeaten 30 as his team knocked the runs off in 8.3 overs for the loss of two wickets. The title triumph was ultimately achieved with a points variance of nine points.

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