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.


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.



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


With grateful thanks to photographer, Ross Anderson


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.


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!


David Hall
72 The Knowle. Shepley,
(01484) 607895
(07803) 712323

Brian Wells
123 Marsh Lane, Shepley,
(07974) 877704


Brian Wells
(07974) 877704


Claire Paxman
(07967) 312228

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