SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2018 - BONFIRE & FIREWORK DISPLAY AT THE CRICKET GROUND

This year, the cricket club will be breaking from it's usual tradition, by holding the above event on Sunday 4th November as distinct from the 5th as in previous years. The change has been introduced to avoid a clash with a Huddersfield Town Premier game on the Monday evening, that game also being shown live on Sky.

As in previous years, we urge people to buy their entrance tickets in advance of the 4th, to reduce the delay & queueing on the night. As usual, tickets can be purchased nearer the time from any of Shepley Newsagents, Black Bull & Farmer's Boy public houses. Despite an increase in the cost of purchasing fireworks, cost of entry to this popular event will remain unaltered. Advance purchase prices are £4 per adult & £2 for children under the age of 14 - these prices increase to £5 & £2.50 respectively on the day itself.

The gates & bar will open at 530pm on Sunday the 4th, the bonfire will be lit at 630pm & the firework display will commence at 7pm or shortly thereafter. Both food & bar facilities will be available as usual.

For obvious reasons, cars will not be admitted to the cricket ground on the evening, unless catering for the disabled who please need to seek advance permission from a committee member & to arrive no later than 5:30pm.

Please note: Due to public event health and saftey regulations no fireworks or sparklers can be brought on the night.


PADDOCK SHIELD & SYKES CUP SEMI FINAL UPDATES

Our second team were drawn away at Broad Oak from the Premiership & the home team, assisted by a partnership of 115 for the second wicket, posted a more than respectable total of 218 for 9 in their allotted 45 overs. Our two young opening bowlers were very impressive, Ed Booth having no luck whatsoever in taking 1 for 24 in his 9 overs & Jake Lynn bowling well for his haul of 4 wickets for 31 runs.

In the Shepley reply, we had a solid start with Sam Haigh 20, captain Phil Marsh 43 & Jake Lynn 25 providing a platform, although falling a little behind the required run rate. The middle & lower order all contributed valuable runs, led by Dominic Lynn 26 & Steve Sullivan 19 not out, but we fell agonisingly short in our quest for victory by 13 runs. The game was played in an excellent spirit by both teams & Shepley could hold their heads up high for a gallant performance.

The following weekend saw our first team facing a visit to the ever powerful Hoylandswaine, the runaway unbeaten league leaders. Shepley batted first & we were quickly reduced to 11 for 2 following excellent bowling by Adnan Ghani who took both wickets. Gradually, the Wood brothers, opener Dan & captain Greg, started to bring some respectability to the score & Dan in particular looked in fine form. They took the score to 136 before Dan was dismissed for an excellent 71. Whilst wickets then fell at regular intervals for the remainder of the innings Greg Wood was in imperious form attacking all bowlers alike & when he was dismissed with a couple of the allotted 50 overs remaining, he had reached a magnificent 145, including 14 fours & 8 sixes. We were all out for 269 in the 49th over with Ghani returning the excellent figures of 5 for 31.

The Shepley supporters, of whom there were many, wondered if we had enough runs to combat the strong Swaine batting line-up on their relatively small ground. We were given the best possible start when Yorkshire batsman Alex Lees surprisingly gave young Archie Greaves "the charge" & was comprehensively bowled for 9. The ever reliable Nasir Jamal at the other end then took over dismissing three of the Swaine batsmen, reducing the home side to 40 odd for 4 & then 5 to put Shepley into a strong position. Swaine then mounted a revival, but were always behind the run rate & they were dismissed for a total of 174 in the 41st over to give Shepley a much deserved victory by 95 runs. The Shepley team fielded superbly & Nasir 3 for 15, Nadim Hussain 3 for 31 & Abbas Ahmed 2 for 29 were the pick of our bowlers.

Shepley now play Delph & Dobcross in the Sykes Cup Final at Honley, on 12th August, hoping to gain revenge for the defeat in the final against the same opponents, a couple of years ago.


CUP PROGRESS

Since our status report a few weeks ago, both of our senior teams have played their respective cup semi finals, brief details below.

On Sunday 17th June, the first X1 entertained near neighbours Clayton West (victors over cup holders Scholes in previous round) from the Championship. The weather was kind on the day & a very decent crowd assembled, including an extremely good following from Clayton West. Shepley vice chair had something of a dilemma, Sue Glover's son Craig being captain of Clayton West & other son Danny being vice captain & stalwart of the home team.

Clayton West batted first & set a challenging total of 227, losing their final wicket in the last over. Thanks to excellent knocks by Philip Tunnicliffe & Corey Bullock, 63 and 64 respectively, they were at one time 180 for 3, but excellent pace bowling by Nadim Hussain, 6 for 29 in his allotted overs, kept Shepley in the hunt. Despite losing a couple of early wickets, a solid 65 from Tom Denton & a typical hard hitting 98 from captain Greg Wood, saw the home side achieve victory by 6 wickets with a dozen overs to spare.

Our second X1 had a formidable task, being drawn away to Premiership side Scholes. On the day however, Shepley excelled themselves, dismissing the home team for 85. Phil Booth often takes a backseat on the bowling front when his sons Ed & George are in action for Shepley, but this was Dad's day, Phil taking 5 wickets for 26 in his 7 overs. Opener Sam Haigh led Shepley home to a great victory, by 8 wickets, finishing unbeaten on 38.

Our rewards for reaching the semi finals are two away ties. The second X1 visit Premier side Broad Oak on 8th July & then the first team travel to the all conquering Hoylandswaine ground a week later. Come & support our boys please


MID-JUNE SEASON UPDATE

We are conscious of the fact that many of our supporters like to see up to date scorecards etc for our two senior sides & we apologise for the lack of information on our website at the current time. We are working on this problem.

The Huddersfield League have devised a new score-recording system utilising the play.cricket.com app & both this app & the information on the huddersfieldcricketleague.co.uk website are excellent alternatives to our own website at this time.

In summary, our first X1 are in 4th place in the Premiership with a home quarter final draw this Sunday against Clayton West. Our progress in the Heavy Woollen Cup was halted at the quarter final stage by an extremely strong New Farnley side. Our second team have struggled to consistently turn out a settled eleven amp;& this has resulted in the side currently being closer to the bottom of the Championship 2 competition than is ideal. They have progressed well in the Paddock Shield Cup competition & face an away trip to near neighbours Scholes this coming Sunday.

Further updates will follow


DR DAVID STUART Hill CHARTERED CONSULTANCY OF HUDDERSFIELD

We are delighted to announce our 1st team shirt sponsor for the 2018 season is the Dr David Stuart Hill Chartered Consultancy of Huddersfield, Building & Civil Engineering Consultants undertaking all engineering design services (design calculations for Building Regulations etc) and property surveys and reports including structural reports and combined building and engineering surveys and reports for properties prior to purchase and redevelopment of properties after purchase.


PROSPECTS FOR THE 2018 SEASON

With something like 6 weeks to go to the start of the new season on 21st April, things are coming together well for our two senior teams.

The first X1 will be led by Greg Wood who returns to the club after a few successful seasons back at his home club of Wrenthorpe in Central Yorkshire. Greg mixes his cricket with playing Rugby Union for the Sandal first XV and we are delighted to have him back on board as captain, given the desire of outgoing captain Danny Glover who wanted a break from such duties after leading the team for many years with great success. Danny will be Greg’s vice captain for the coming season.

The club is also delighted to welcome John Anderson who joins us as an opening batsman from the successful Sydney grade cricket team of Northern Districts. John has enjoyed an excellent season opening in their 2nd grade team and has also played a number of first grade games in recent weeks. John is the younger brother of Daniel who played with Shepley, with great success, two seasons ago and we look forward to his arrival. The addition of Greg and John will strengthen our batting lineup and we also hope to shortly confirm the signing of a slow bowler to complete the line up, all other first team squad members from last year remaining with the club, other than Danny Wood and Brenton Thompson.

Our second X1 will again be led by Phil Marsh where we believe we will have an excellent blend of experience and very promising teenagers to provide us with a balanced squad. A number of players have expressed a desire to join/rejoin the club and we are hoping that Phil’s team will have a successful season.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On Sunday 28th January, commencing 10:30am in the new clubhouse building, the club will be holding it's AGM relative to the financial year ended 30th September 2017. All paid-up members of the club are cordially invited to attend, should they so wish.


END OF SEASON REPORT

The season came to a close on 9th September when the League programme was essentially wiped out by heavy rain, the preceding Sunday game for the first team also being lost to the weather.

The first team finished in an extremely creditable 3rd place in the Premiership, behind the two powerful clubs Hoylandswaine as champions & Delph & Dobcross as runners-up. In Championship 2, the second eleven finished in a solid mid-table position in what was an interesting season brought about by a number of first teams being brought into the league structure & proving to be something of unknown quantities.

The future for the two Shepley senior teams looks very bright with a number of teenagers performing with considerable credit at this level including Archie Greaves, Ed Booth, Jake Lynn, George Booth & Ben Morris & all these lads will again hopefully be wearing the Shepley colours in 2018. Both sides enjoyed an excellent blend of youth with experience & credit goes to the two captains, Danny Glover & Phil Marsh for their hard work throughout the season. It would be remiss not to comment on the achievement of first team keeper Shahban Raheem who has won the Premier league keeper's prize for the 2nd time in 3 years, only narrowly missing out on this award 12 months ago. Similarly, opening bowler Nasir Jamal has again won Premiership bowling prize, an incredible achievement repeated for 3 consecutive years.

At the end of the season, the 1st X1 said goodbye to two of it's regular players. Slow left arm bowler Danny Wood, after 5 years with Shepley, will be looking for pastures anew & the Club wishes to thank him for his solid contributions in that period. Also, we say goodbye to Kiwi Brenton Thompson who returns home very shortly. We wish both players every success in their careers, going forwards.


FORTHCOMING EVENTS

BEER FESTIVAL - AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY

On Saturday 26th from 3pm & Sunday 27th August from 2pm, the cricket club will be hosting it's 4th beer festival. The bar serving many different real ales will be open from 1pm on both dates & entry is free. Live music will be on the agenda, especially in the evenings, as well as a cricket game to watch on the Saturday whilst sampling the beers, lagers etc.

CHARITY FUN DAY - MONDAY 28TH AUGUST

On the Bank Holiday Monday we will be hosting a Charity Fun Day at the ground. Attractions include Face Painting, a Bouncy Castle, a Balloon artist and Live Music. Food will be available for purchase and (of course) the bar will be open. Entry for the first 500 Adults will be £10 and includes a hog roast sandwich. Entry for any adults after the first 500 will be £5. Children under 10 are free.

JUNIOR PRESENTATION NIGHT - FRIDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

On Friday the 8th of September we will hold our Junior teams end of season presentation night. 6:20pm start with a faith supper

SUNDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER

We will again be hosting the 10k run which starts & finishes at the cricket club. On the same day, we are also playing host to a tractor run & a family fun day will also take place involving games, stalls & a barbeque. The day starts with the Tractor run settting off approximatly 9:30am followed by the race at 11am and the fun run starting at 11:15. Shepley band will play a 45 minute set at lunchtime and the tractors are expected to arrive bak around 1:45pm. The bar will be open during the day to coincide with these events. Please come along.


A LONG WAY FROM LORDS

In 1987, the Australian Ladies Cricket Team toured England & played a test match at Collingham, Wetherby. A young lady called Denise Annetts played her 2nd test match for Australia in that game & strode to the wicket with her team at 37 for 2. Denise then shared in a partnership for the 3rd wicket of 309 & when the partnership was finally broken, Denise had amassed the magnificent personal score of 193.

To recognize her contribution to Ladies Cricket, at the highest level, Denise joins many illustrious names, who have served our wonderful game so well, by being invited to become a honorary life member of the MCC. We at Shepley are especially proud of this recognition.Denise married Ross Anderson many years ago & they have two cricket playing sons, Daniel & John, as well as a lovely daughter, Jess.

Daniel of course had a very successful season at Shepley in 2016 & we sincerely hope to see him and/or his younger brother in Shepley colours once again in the future.


EARLY SEASON REPORT

The season started on 15th April on a cold & showery day & our 2nd team started with a home fixture against the first team from Edgerton & Dalton. This was always going to be a tough challenge & this proved to be the case with the visitors totalling 285 for 4 in their allotted overs. Shepley staged a spirited response, albeit, falling short with an all out total of 194, leading scorers being last season's captain Dominic Lynn 53 & new recruit Will Ward 39. The first team travelled to nearby Honley & posted a respectable score of 169 for 9, Josh Ardron leading the way with an excellent 58. The Honley reply was interrupted at one stage by rain & their innings was eventually curtailed by bad light at a score of 150 for 8 with a few overs remaining, opening bowler Nasir Jamal showing the way with 4 for 21. A few moments uncertainty then arose whilst the umpires retired to the changing rooms to double check who had actually won the game, courtesy of the rain rule. Shepley were deemed to be the victors by a margin of 4 runs after appropriate adjustments - a very close game which reflected well on both teams, the home team perhaps being a trifle unfortunate to be on the wrong end of the result.

The following weekend saw the 1st X1 at home to Scholes in what proved to be another close game. Shepley batted first and scored 197 all out, new recruits Nadim Hussain & Kiwi Brenton Thompson scoring 52 & 38 respectively. Nadim carried on with the ball taking 3 Scholes wickets, but the visitors proved to strong in a tense finish, running out victors by 5 wickets. The 2nd team journeyed to Almondbury, dismissing the home side for 83, Ali Reza 5-15 plus wickets for 3 of our teenagers George Booth, Sam Sykes & Jake Lynn. Thanks to an undefeated stand between Nigel Hoyle 36 & Phil Booth 27, Shepley won by 5 wickets. On the Sunday, the first team played Heavy Woollen champions New Farnley, in that competition & were soundly beaten by a very good side.

On 29th April, Marsden were the visitors to Marsh Lane for a 2nd X1 game & were restricted to 194-5 in their 45 overs. Thanks to half centuries from Steve Sullivan & Ali Reza, Shepley gained the points by a 5 wicket margin. In a low scoring game at Moorlands, another close finish saw a defeat for Shepley by 6 runs despite an outstanding performance by Oliver Davidson who took 5 wickets for 28 then top scored with 32.

On Sunday 30th April, the 2nd team had a home tie against Delph & Dobcross in round 1 of the Paddock Shield competition. The visitors scored 281-5, but in reply, an outstanding knock of 123 from captain Phil Marsh kept us in the game before we were bowled out for 247. Despite the defeat, this was a most creditable performance by our boys. In the Sykes Cup, the first team played at Slaithwaite & dismissed the hosts for 175. Under most circumstances, captain Danny Glover taking 3 for 48 would be an important factor, but not really so on this occasion. Young Archie Greaves, in his mid teens & in his first season with Shepley, bowled 10 overs, six of which were maidens & took 3 wickets for a paltry 5 runs. An unbelievable bowling performance & we hope a taste of things to come for this talented young man. Thanks to a very solid opening partnership by Tom Denton 40 & Dan Wood 88, we ran out easy winners by 5 wickets.

On 6th May, the first team were at home to Skelmanthorpe & again thanks to our openers, Tom Denton 82 & Dan Wood 70, we posted a total of 232 for 8. Our opponents were dismissed for 104, Nasir Jamal claiming 4 for 43. A good day was maintained by the 2nd X1 at Nortonthorpe. Father & son, Dominic & Jake Lynn scored 76 not out & 67 respectively in a total of 212 for 7, the home team being dismissed for 185 with 4 wickets for Nigel Hoyle & 3 for Will Ward.


GENTLEMAN'S SPORTING EVENING

On Friday 30th June, in the new clubhouse building, the club will be staging the above event with a 7:30 for 8pm starting time.

Shepley are delighted to confirm that an old friend of the club, Steve Kindon, has agreed to be the guest speaker. Steve, ex professional footballer who played for Burnley, Wolverhampton Wanderers and, of course, Huddersfield Town, will entertain us with stories from his playing career. Steve will be joined by comedian Geoff Naylor from Farsley, Leeds, another good friend of Shepley CC, who will act as MC for the evening.

Tickets for this fund-raising event (all proceeds going towards the new building development) are £20 each, to include a supper consisting of meat & potato pie with peas, followed by apple pie & custard. Dress code for the evening is smart casual please.

Anyone requiring a ticket, on a first come first served basis, please contact either Richard Haigh 07811 944461, or David Hall 07803 712323, or any other committee member.


TEAM SIGNINGS FOR 2017

Shepley are pleased to confirm that their team plans for senior cricket for the coming season are now just about complete. The first team have completed the signing of overseas player Brenton Thompson, age 26, from New Zealand where he plays in the strong Bay Of Plenty Premier Competition. Brenton is a right-handed top order batsman & off spin bowler with previous experience of cricket in the UK having played with success in Gloucestershire in 2014 & in Essex the following season. It is good to see that Brenton is now intent on a season in God's County where he will be well received at the club & within the village itself.

Our Kiwi is joined by two further additions to the first team squad. Nadim Hussain has joined us from Townville to augment the pace attack led by Nasir Jamal & captain Danny Glover & we are also delighted to have on board teenager Archie Greaves to bolster our batting line-up. Archie joins us from neighbouring Cumberworth & we hope that both players remain with us for many years to come.

In welcoming our new recruits, we say goodbye to Aussie Daniel Anderson & bowler Tom Burkinshaw & thank them both for their efforts for the club last season. In the case of our Aussie, DA, he now regards Shepley as his second home & we hope to see him turning out for the club again in the future, when he completes his University studies.

Turning to the second team, local batsman Phil Marsh has agreed to take on the captaincy & with a mixture of experienced players & an excellent crop of local junior players, he is intent on returning the team to the Premiership 2 level after the disappointment of relegation last season.


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On Sunday 2nd April, commencing 10:30am in the new clubhouse building, the club will be holding it's AGM relative to the financial year ended 30th September 2016. All paid-up members of the club are cordially invited to attend, should they so wish.


SATURDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2016 - BONFIRE & FIREWORK DISPLAY AT THE CRICKET GROUND

As we look forward to this annual village event, can we urge as many people as possible to buy their tickets in advance of the actual date. Such action will be beneficial in terms of both shorter queues on the night & it also works out cheaper.

Despite the cost of purchasing fireworks & providing appropriate security on the night, being on the increase, tickets for the event are at the following unaltered prices:

  • Adults & children over 12yo - £4 in advance or £5 on the day
  • Children aged 5 to 12 - £ in advance or £2.50 on the day
  • Children under 5 - free

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Shepley Newsagents, The Black Bull & The Farmer's Boy, or via any cricket club committee member.

On the day the gates will open at 530pm, the bonfire will be lit at 630pm & the firework display will commence at 7pm, or shortly thereafter. The cricket club bar will be open & hot food etc (whilst supplies last) will be served from the cricket club tearoom.

Please note that, due to building work taking place at the ground, disabled access is more of a problem than in previous years.


HARVEST FESTIVAL – SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER

The harvest festival will be held at the Farmers Boy with an 6pm start being planned for the auction in the capable hands of the inimitable Pete Gorman. All are welcome & contributions for the auction in the form of fruit, vegetables, confectionery, wine etc will be very gratefully received on the night


RAINBOW OVER SHEPLEY

With grateful thanks to photographer, Ross Anderson






SHEPLEY CRICKET CLUB - END OF SEASON REPORT

After the disappointment of defeat in the Sykes Cup Final, the first team looked a little out of sorts when travelling to Skelmanthorpe for a league game on 13th August. Despite excellent knocks from Shahban Raheem 42 & Daniel Anderson 37, we were bowled out for 181 & then the home team strolled to a comfortable 6 wicket success.

The reverse applied at Marsh Lane, however, when the second team entertained Armitage Bridge in what proved to be one of our best performances of the season. Shepley totalled 287 for 3, thanks mainly to Phil Marsh who scored a fantastic 148 not out, he being well supported by Huw Ellis, 58 & Jamie Dearnley with an unbeaten 36. The visitors put up a spirited response however, scoring 251 for 8, George Booth & Nigel Hoyle taking a couple of wickets each to help secure 6 valuable points for the club.

In true English summer weather, games scheduled for the last two Saturdays in August & first Saturday in September were all washed out by the weather. This was especially disappointing for the 2nd X1 as the no results effectively consigned them to relegation & life in Championship 2 for next season.

On 4th September, the 1st team entertained the all conquering Delph & Dobcross in a 40 over contest & once again, Delph demonstrated why they remained unbeaten for the entire season. Delph scored an impressive 239 for 5, Greg Buckley scoring 102, before restricting Shepley to 179 for 9 in their allotted overs, Dan Wood, Daniel Anderson & Shahban Raheem all recording scores in the forties .In the reverse fixture, Shepley were beaten by 4 wickets in a 22 over contest.

On the last Saturday of the season, the first team were at home to Golcar & thanks to spinners Danny Wood 5 for 38 & Oliver Davidson 5 for 37, Golcar were dismissed for 105. On a difficult wicket, Aussie Daniel Anderson held the Shepley innings together to record a 4 wicket victory. Shepley have finished 3rd in the Premiership & reached a Cup Final, overall, a very successful season. The club is sorry to say goodbye to the popular & very capable Aussie, we hope that DA returns to play for the club in a couple of years time.

The second team finished with a great win against highly placed Barkisland, but details of that game were not available at the time of going to print. There are many encouraging signs for the 2nd team for the coming years.


CLUBHOUSE FUNDRAISING

Young supporters Eva and Daisy decided to do a bun sale to raise money for the club house during the 1st team game at home against Armitage Bridge. It was a great success as they raised £185. Thanks to all who bought a bun and well done girls, a fantastic effort!



SENIOR CRICKET

David Hall
72 The Knowle. Shepley,
HD8 8EA
(01484) 607895
(07803) 712323
david.hall@shepleycc.com

Brian Wells
123 Marsh Lane, Shepley,
HD8 8AS
(07974) 877704

brian.wells@shepleycc.com

JUNIOR CRICKET

Brian Wells
(07974) 877704

brian.wells@shepleycc.com

CHILD WELFARE

Claire Paxman
(07967) 312228
claire.paxman@shepleycc.com

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