Shepley A vs Meltham A - Premiership

Cawthorne B vs Shepley B - Premiership 2

Shepley A vs Birstall A - Heavy Woollen Cup 1st Round

Birstall B vs Shepley B - Crowther Cup 1st Round

Camping Enquiry


Shepley Cricket Club is a picturesque example of a Pennine cricket ground within cycling distance of Holmfirth, Holme Moss, Woodhead Pass and Langsett. It is easily accessible from the M1 & M62 with A629 and A636/635 straddling the village.The station is 1 mile from the ground with trains from Huddersfield & Sheffield. Facilities we offer include:

  • Bar facilities (including real ale) available on all 3 nights
  • Male, Female and Disabled Toilets available 24/7
  • Hot Showers available available 24/7
  • Sheltered area for eating
  • Washing up facs

The cost for all 3 nights (1 car, up to 4 people) on a 7 x 7 metre pitch is just £90. Click here for more info or complete the enquiry form to the right.


Shepley are pleased to confirm the signing of Duncan Allan, their overseas player for 2014. Duncan was born in Brisbane, Australia 22 years ago, but many of his formative years were spent in both Kenya, where his father grew up & also Surrey where Duncan attended Cranleigh School as a boarder from the age of 13.

Duncan is a right-handed early order batsman & a right-arm medium fast bowler. He represented Kenya in the ICC under 19 World Cup qualifiers in 2011 & made his first class debut for the national Kenya side against Ireland in February 2012. Duncan had a gap year playing cricket in Paarl, South Africa & currently plays Grade cricket in Brisbane for the South Brisbane club. He is taking time out from his University course to play for Shepley this summer. Duncan arrives on Tuesday 15th April in readiness for the start of the season, we wish him well.


The Juniors signing on night will be held at Shepley Library on 21st February from 17:00 onwards. Juniors wishing to sign on should download and print off this form and bring it with them. Also, click here to download the February newsletter


The draw for the above competition has been made & Shepley have been handed a difficult task with an away fixture against the Yorkshire League champions, York. The fixture has now been confirmed for 25th May


The Shepley Cricket Club AGM will take place on Sunday 17th November in the tearoom starting at 10:30am. All members are invited to attend


On Tuesday 5th November, the Cricket Club will again host the above event. The bar will open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 630pm & the firework display will commence at 7pm.

Soft drinks, snacks & traditional bonfire food will be available at reasonable prices.

Admission on the evening will be £5 per adult & £2 per child (ages 5 to 13), but save time & money & buy your tickets in ADVANCE – up to Noon on 5th November, tickets can be purchased from Shepley Newsagents & Farmers Boy at a reduced adult price of £4.


Please come along to the above function, 7:30pm start, auctioneer Pete Gorman. Pie & Pea Supper available. All contributions for the auction gratefully received including fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, baking & confectionary & wines & spirits


The committee wish to extend our special thanks to our shirt sponsor Orchid House in Denby Dale for their continuing support throughout the season.


After a very successful season for our 2 senior sides & great progress with our various junior sides, the various committee members would like to say thank you. Without the considerable support of our many board & ball sponsors, tea ladies, groundsman Jon Smith & his helpers,bar staff, members & supporters, we couldn’t possibly have achieved the successes that have been enjoyed by all at Shepley. Many of our sponsors & members have worked tirelessly & have given their time & resources freely to help improve & maintain facilities at the Club – it is all very much appreciated.


The last report took us up to the end of July, from when, the last 6 weeks of the season unfolded in a spectacular way for the Club.

On 3rd August, the first team travelled to Golcar, where, on a difficult wicket, Shepley were dismissed for a modest 140, despite a fighting knock of 47 from opener Tom Denton. Excellent bowling from Craig & Danny Glover, well supported by first change bowler Liam Wiles, saw the hosts dismissed for a paltry 53 to enable Shepley to record a resounding victory. On the same day, the second X1 entertained neighbours Clayton West & achieved a narrow 3 wicket victory in another low scoring game. Success in the Earnshaw Cup the following day is recorded elsewhere on the website. The following Saturday, the first X1 entertained Elland & restricted them to 186-9, dependable opener Dan Wood set up our reply with an excellent 72 before Josh Ardron, 30 not out, saw us home for a 3 wicket success. The same day, the second team went to Lepton & dismissed the home team for 143, thanks mainly to excellent bowling from Chris Cox, Rob Denton & Stuart Greaves. Openers Olly Cox & captain Gary Bradley were undefeated to record a comprehensive 10 wicket victory.

On Saturday 17th August, the first team travelled to Delph to try to put the disappointment of defeat in the Sykes Cup, the previous Sunday, behind them. Following excellent unbeaten knocks from Dan Wood & Liam Wiles, Shepley were in the process of setting a challenging total when the rain came down & the match was abandoned. At Marsh Lane, visitors Shelley were shot out for 54, excellent bowling from Danny Netherwood, Chris James & Ali Reza before the 2nd team raced to a quickfire 9 wicket victory to beat the oncoming rain. On the 24th, the first team travelled to Marsden where superb bowling from Craig Glover, 7-64, saw the home team dismissed for 128, Greg Wood with an unbeaten 53 leading Shepley home to a 7 wicket success. The next day, the men from Marsh Lane sought revenge against current champions Hoylandswaine & things were going well when Swaine were all out for 125, thanks mainly to the efforts of Craig & Danny Glover. Michael Cranmer & old Marsh lane favourite Bandula Don then tore through the Shepley batting & despite a battling 38 from Liam Wiles, the champions recorded a comprehensive victory when we were all out for 82. The second X1 had a blank weekend, their only fixture succumbing to the weather.

The first team then faced a double header on 31st August/1st September knowing that success in both games would see them being crowned as League Champions. On the Saturday, we posted a challenging total of 215-6 against Holmfirth, makeshift no 3 Craig Glover scoring a superb 76 & being well supported by Dan Wood 54 & Huw Ellis 41 not out. Holmfirth never looked likely to threaten & Danny Glover, 5-36 & brother Craig, 3-39 were largely responsible for our 96 runs success. The following day, the success that Shepley had waited 29 years for became a reality. Shelley were dismissed for 120 & a combination of Tom Denton, Dan Wood & Josh (Tiny) Clarkson saw us home for a comfortable 9 wicket victory. CHAMPIONS & a night of celebrations. Over that weekend, the second X1 maintained their push for promotion with a win against Emley. Shepley posted a score of 188-7 with Steve Sullivan top scoring with 60 & receiving good support from Chris Cox, 45 not out. Emley were dismissed for 103, Tom James & Stuart Greaves leading the way with 4 & 3 wickets respectively.

On 7th September, it was all about the second team hopefully securing promotion. Shepley batted first at Marsden & scored an excellent 294-6. Openers Olly Cox & Gary Bradley scored 68 & 67 respectively to provide a solid base & they were well supported by in-form batsmen Steve Sullivan & Chris Cox who were unbeaten on 60 & 36 respectively. The home team responded with 197 all out, Ali Reza leading the way with 3 wickets & promotion back into the Premiership was secure. The first team game against Scholes was thwarted by the weather.

On the final Saturday of the season, the 2nd team were crowned CHAMPIONS when their opponents Shelley couldn’t raise a team. The 1st team rounded off their season with a 27 run victory at Kirkburton, Liam Wiles 91 & 3 wickets being the main contributor.

In summary, the 1st team won the league (Byrom Shield) & reached their 3rd consecutive Sykes Cup final & the 2nd team won the league & 2 cups, Earnshaw Cup & Paddock Shield. Definitely a season not to forget & all players in both squads deserve much credit for their successes. Teamwork & team spirit were the keys & great efforts from captains Danny Glover & Gary Bradley & their players


The Club’s annual Presentation night will take place in the function room at Sandal RFU, near Wakefield on the above date. Tickets for a 3 course meal, to be followed by live entertainment by singer Jamie Sykes and a disco are available at £17 per person. Given the successes enjoyed by our two senior sides this season, this celebration night is expected to be well supported & tickets are available on a first come, first served basis as numbers are limited.

Anyone interested in attending, or wishing to get their own table numbers together, please let David Hall (07803 712323) or Sue Glover (07825 728611) know as soon as possible. Ticket money must please be paid in advance of the night & promptly to assist with catering arrangements etc – cash please to David or Sue or cheques payable to Shepley Cricket Club.


We will be hosting a music quiz at St Pauls Church on Saturday 28th September (7:30pm start).

Tickets are £6.50 each and include a pie and pea supper from the Farmers Boy. For tickets, please contact Beth Rae (07798612958)


On Sunday 18th August, Gary Bradley & his team travelled to Broad Oak to contest their second cup final of the season, having already been successful in securing the Earnshaw Cup a few weeks ago. When the morning rain & lunchtime showers abated, a decent crowd was present to see Shepley do battle with leading Premiership side Broad Oak.

Our hosts won the toss to give themselves an immediate advantage on a wicket that was likely to give some assistance to the bowlers in light of the conditions & this view was well founded in the first over when Gary Bradley got a rising delivery on the end of his chin. Against tight bowling, Gary & fellow opener Stuart Greaves progressed with caution to lay down a solid base before captain Bradley was out to an lbw decision for 16. Worse was to follow with the quick dismissal of Oliver Cox, to bring keeper Adam Carter to the crease to join opener Greaves in a rebuilding exercise. When Stuart was out for a solid 24 there was a flurry of wickets when Rob Denton & Jamie Dearnley were dismissed cheaply to bring Chris Cox to the wicket. When Adam was dismissed for an excellent 34, Shepley were reduced to 80 odd for 6 & were in danger of being dismissed for a rather modest total. Chris Cox had other ideas, however, timing the ball superbly to push the score into three figures with some excellent boundaries. Just as the Shepley innings was gaining momentum, Chris was dismissed for a very important 38, but the progress was maintained by a great knock from Chris James, he remaining 33 not out & receiving valuable & dogged support from his son Tom, Ali Reza & last man Danny Netherwood. Shepley finished on a very respectable total of 174 & were certainly still in with a shout.

The Broad Oak innings started in a solid fashion with openers Steve Rushworth & Carl Baxter looking reasonably comfortable against opening bowlers Chris Cox & Chris James. Things then changed dramatically with the dismissal of opener Baxter, caught off the bowling of James & shortly after, captain Bradley introduced spinners at both ends in the form of Rob Denton & Ali Reza. Rob bowled very tightly & was rewarded with 2 quick wickets, but perhaps the turning point of the match occurred when the capable Steve Rushworth left a ball from Ali Reza only to see enough movement on the ball, Rushworth being clean bowled for 28. The Broad Oak middle order had plenty of fight & took the battle to the Shepley bowlers. Reza induced Ryan Wadsworth into a false stroke to be stumped by Adam Carter & then the introduction of pace bowler Danny Netherwood reaped early rewards with the dismissals of Jack Wadsworth & Ben Burnett, the latter for a valuable 31 runs. When Danny Netherwood clean bowled his 3rd victim, Shepley were firmly in the driving seat, but an excellent stand for the 9th wicket between Gavin Brooke & William Metcalfe took Broad Oak to the brink of success, With 6 overs of the match remaining, the home side needed to score at 7 an over for success, but tight bowling by Stuart Greaves & Ali Reza forced the run rate up to the extent that when the final over commenced, Broad Oak were still needing 13 for victory. Looking for a big hit, Metcalfe launched at Reza but only managed to sky the ball over the head of the bowler for him to turn & safely take the catch to bring the last man to the crease. With 3 balls remaining & boundaries being required, Brooke attacked the next delivery from Reza & the ball was despatched towards the boundary in front of the clubhouse where Jamie Dearnley safely pouched the catch to bring the game to a conclusion, Brooke having scored a very threatening 30 runs.

Victory for Shepley by 12 runs was closer than the scoreline suggests. Whilst congratulating all the Shepley players for their hard earned success, great credit must be offered to Broad Oak for an excellent game of cricket played in a very good spirit. The Broad Oak players were generous in their reaction to the outcome of the game & thanks also go to everyone at Broad Oak for providing fine facilities on the day & to the match sponsors, league officials & umpires for their important roles. The very popular Ali Reza was named man of the match, a decision that was very well received by his teammates.


Last Sunday, 11th August, the two teams arrived at Elland to be greeted with overcast conditions, but with a chance of sunny spells as the day progressed. Danny Glover won the toss & invited Hoylandswaine to bat & received an early reward when in form opener, Alex Morris, was caught behind off the captain’s bowling. This brought current Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers to the wicket to join former Shepley player Amar Rashid. Whilst Sayers could have been dismissed whilst in single figures, a difficult chance to the keeper, he progressed serenely in partnership with Rashid, the two of them putting on 101 for the 2nd wicket before Rashid was dismissed for a valuable 43 off the bowling of Danny Wood. This brought the Swaine captain John Sadler to the crease & the runs continued to flow with Sadler, in particular, scoring at a fast rate. Sayers was finally dismissed by Liam Wiles for a superb 103 & the same bowler then removed the excellent Swaine captain, caught in the deep for 96. A quickfire unbeaten 32 from former County player Ryan Robinson added to the Shepley woes, Swaine finishing on a massive 304 for 4 from their allotted overs.

Facing this daunting total, openers Tom Denton & Dan Wood started in a positive frame, but when the total reached 40, both openers fell in consecutive overs to bring Greg Wood & Liam Wiles to the wicket. These two batted sensibly & put on 78 for the 3rd wicket before slow bowler Richard Wilkinson dismissed Greg Wood for 36. When Liam Wiles was dismissed for a positive 43 & Sean Savage for 37, the writing was very much on the wall for Shepley. The splendid & vocal Shepley supporters were given encouragement towards the end of the game with an excellent unbeaten stand of 42 for the 8th wicket between Josh Ardron & Josh Clarkson. Shepley finished on 228-7 to give success to Hoylandswaine by 76 runs.

The Shepley players could hold their heads up high for a battling performance against a star studded Hoylandswaine side who were deserving of their success on the day. Shepley can now concentrate on their League ambitions in the hope that they can replace the in-form Swaine side as League champions


Yesterday, Shepley entertained Hall Bower in the final of the Earnshaw Cup. Both sides were missing regular players due to holiday commitments in what was a clash between the sides currently 1st & 2nd in their league. Shepley batted first in overcast conditions & captain Gary Bradley & Stuart Greaves forged an excellent opening partnership. When Stuart was dismissed for an important 38, the platform had been created for a respectable total & cameo knocks from Adam Carter & Chris Cox gave valuable support to Gary Bradley who was finally dismissed for 68. Towards the end of the allotted 45 overs, Rob Denton & Ali Reza were both unbeaten in taking the Shepley final score to a challenging total of 202 – 5.

Hall Bower were quickly under the cosh with opening bowlers Chris James (2 wickets) & Chris Cox (1 wicket) giving the home side the advantage & the introduction of spinner Ali Reza who produced the excellent return of 5 wickets for 11 runs in 7.1 overs pressed home the Shepley victory charge. Hall Bower, after a break for rain, were dismissed for 58.

An excellent crowd had seen a game played in a very sporting manner by both teams & Shepley will be hoping that more silverware is a possibility when the 2nd team do battle at Broad Oak in the Paddock Shield final in a couple of weeks time, this game being preceded by the Sykes Cup final on 11th August when the first team take on current league champions Hoylandswaine.


We started the month with the first eleven leading the Premiership & with a place in the Sykes Cup semi final & the second eleven in the 2nd of two promotion places in the league & also in semi finals of the Paddock Shield & Earnshaw Cup competitions.

On 6th July, the first X1 travelled to Hall Bower & dismissed the home team for 116, Craig Glover ripping through the early order & taking 4-36 & left arm spinner Danny Wood coming into the action with an impressive 5-32. The Shepley reply commenced with the loss of Tom Denton in the first over & this brought the brothers Dan & Greg Wood together. Greg was in superb form & hit a very quick 89 before being dismissed towards the end of the game, whilst his brother Dan remained unbeaten on 26 to ensure no dramas unfolded in a very convincing 8 wicket win. At Marsh Lane, Shepley’s second team entertained league leaders Hall Bower in a very important fixture for the home club. Having already been beaten twice this season by Hall Bower, the home team were in need of success to keep their 2nd place position in the league intact. On the day, an excellent all round bowling performance saw Bower dismissed for 98 with 3 wickets for Rob Denton & 2 each for Chris James, Chris Cox & Danny Netherwood. The Shepley reply was assured & an unbeaten half century from captain Gary Bradley & 36 not out from Stuart Greaves saw Shepley home for a convincing 10 wicket victory.

On Sunday the 7th, a big crowd came to Marsh Lane to see the Sykes Cup semi final between Shepley & Kirkburton, the home team being anxious to gain revenge for a narrow defeat in the League at the end of June. Kirkburton were put in to bat & excellent bowling by Sean Savage, 4-29 & Danny Wood, 3-17, saw the visitors dismissed for a disappointing 117. The Shepley reply was always in control, the match being concluded after 21 overs with solid scores of 38 & 32 for Dan & Greg Wood respectively & an unbeaten 34 from opener Tom Denton. Shepley now travel to Elland on 11th August to play champions Hoylandswaine in the Final, this being the third year on the trot that this has been achieved by Danny Glover’s side.

The following week saw a home fixture against Barkisland for the first team & once again, the visitors were asked to bat first & they were dismissed very cheaply for a total of 79 in 26 overs. The two Danny’s, Glover & Wood did the damage with 5-20 & 4-24 respectively. The Shepley reply was clinical, victory arriving in the 10th over by 9 wickets, the ever dependable Dan Wood being unbeaten on 42. The second team travelled to Delph for a very difficult fixture & the home team posted a very challenging score of 200-8, 3 wickets for Rob Denton & 2 each for Chris James & Chris Cox. Despite a resolute 41 from Stuart Greaves, Shepley were never really looking like reaching the required total & were dismissed for 136 for a 64 runs defeat.

The next day gave the second team a chance to return to winning ways with a home semi final in the Paddock Shield against Linthwaite. Being in the division below Shepley, our visitors were something of an unknown quantity, but they had an impressive victory against Hoylandswaine in their record to cause caution in the home ranks. Linthwaite batted first & excellent bowling by Rob Denton, 3-33 & 2 wickets each for Chris James & Ali Reza saw the visitors dismissed for 117. An assured unbeaten 59 from Gary Bradley, with support from Dominic Lynn on 24 not out, saw the men from Marsh Lane home to an 8 wicket victory & a place in the Paddock Shield final away against Premiership side Broad Oak on 18th August.

On Saturday the 20th, the 2nd X1 entertained Emley Clarence & bowled them out for 148, Tom James taking 3-26 & Stuart Greaves 2-27. The Shepley reply started badly with a number of early wickets, but a superb innings of 86 not out by Oliver Cox & support from Steve Sullivan, 29, saw us home safely by 5 wickets. The first team travelled to Skelmanthorpe & despite the home team being 90 odd for 5 at one stage, an excellent unbeaten partnership for the 6th wicket saw the home team total 238-5 in their 50 overs. Excellent bowling from Craig Glover saw him return figures of 5-41. The Shepley reply started badly with the early loss of Tom Denton but Dan & Greg Wood then got things moving in the right direction before Greg was dismissed for a valuable 45. When we lost opener Dan Wood for an important 59, the game was very much in the balance, but Liam Wiles was still there & batting extremely responsibly. Wickets continued to fall in the middle order & when we were 7 down, captain Danny Glover came in to join Liam with a lot of work still to do. Liam played solidly for his 53 not out & a whirlwind knock of 41 not out by Danny, saw us safely home in a tight finish by 3 wickets.

The following day, the second team played it’s second semi final in the month, coincidentally, again at home to Linthwaite in the Earnshaw Cup. Shepley batted first & in their allotted 45 overs, amassed a superb total of 278-3, the highlight being 121 from Gary Bradley, but receiving excellent support from Stuart Greaves 45, Chris Cox, a quickfire 50 not out & an unbeaten 30 from Dominic Lynn. Any thoughts that Linthwaite were to become easy victims were quickly banished. From the outset, they played with aggression & numerous excellent boundaries ensued. Whilst Linthwaite lost wickets at regular intervals, they were always up with the necessary striking rate. With slow bowlers Stuart Greaves & young Tom James being asked to bowl the final overs, the gallant Linthwaite response ended with the fall of their last wicket on 267 to see Shepley home by a mere 11 runs. An excellent game of cricket with great credit to both sides, Linthwaite providing a very stern test indeed.

On the last Saturday of the month, the first team received near neighbours Honley & our visitors put together a challenging total of 245-6, with Danny Glover taking 4-69. The Shepley reply stuttered with the early losses of Tom Denton & Greg Wood, but an excellent partnership between Dan Wood & Liam Wiles ensued. When the consistent Dan Wood was out for 53, Liam continued to bat impressively, in conjunction with South African Sean Savage. Unfortunately, Liam fell one short of a richly deserved century & Sean Savage was stumped for a valuable 39. Shepley got home by 5 wickets, an excellent game of cricket played in a very good spirit by both teams. Our second team travelled to Marsden & dismissed the home team for 134, Ali Reza 4-37 & Chris James 3-41. The Shepley response was always struggling however until lower order batsman Chris James came in to join captain for the day Rob Denton. When Chris was run out for 35, Tom Greaves came in to join his captain in a partnership for the last wicket. Tom scored an invaluable 8 not out & gave the necessary support to Rob Denton who finished unbeaten for a gritty 35 to see Shepley home by the narrowest of margins.

In conclusion, we end the month in the same prominent positions in the League as at the end of June, but the teams have also progressed to the finals of three cup competitions, v Hall Bower on 4/8 at Shepley in the Earnshaw, v Hoylandswaine at Elland on 11/8 in the Sykes cup & v Broad Oak at their ground on 18/8 in the Paddock Shield.


Unfortunately we were unable to field a team for the Under 9s Upperthong Tournament. Nick is trying to arrange a practice game this weekend as there are is no tournament. All welcome. Please just let Nick or Beth know.

The Under 11s had an emphatic win again against Emley they played really well, with few wickets lost and thoroughly deserved their win – Well Done boys on a good team performance. This weeks match was cancelled so the boys teamed up with the Under 9s for a very productive session. The kids all did well and the new Under 9s coped really well with the hard ball and pads –special mention to Holly Sykes!

A marvellous close encounter between Shepley and Lascelles Hall ended in victory for Shepley. Notable performances with the bat for James Netherwood (27) and Jake Lynn (27) who both retired.

The Under 15s played a fantastic match away at Thurstonland; they needed 4 of the last ball, but unfortunately couldn’t do it. The best game of cricket they’ve played this season was notable for a number of performances, the retirement of Mathew Stacey (32) and Charlie Auty (30), and the fantastic effort of Oliver Mason in at 10 and scoring a battling 8 not out to keep us in the game.


We have decided to run a small raffle at every home game, and would be grateful if anyone has any donations for prizes. Unfortunately we were unable to run one at our last home game due to lack of donations Please hand to Beth or Sue. We have so far raised over £200 this way

We will also be selling a football card of Friday nights, £1 a go and £15 to the winner.

There are still plenty of spaces available on Sean’s coaching academy this summer. This is an excellent opportunity to learn whilst having fun with friends. Sean is also still available for individual coaching if required.

U11 Team for 24th July against Kirkburton

Will Rae
Tommy Gorman
Dan Lane
Jack Longden
Oliver Duffell
Ben Morris
Grace O'Hara
Charlie Smith
Owen Sykes
Eddie Gumpert
11th man Ben Robinson

U15 Team for 22nd July at Hoylandswaine

Lucy Rae
Will Robertshaw
Matthew Stacey
James Taylor
James Netherwood
Dan Levitt
Sam Sykes
Lewis Jones
Charlie Auty
Jake Lynn
Nick Lane
12th man Josh Megson

U13 Team for 21st July at Skelmanthorpe

James Netherwood
Nick Lane
Jake Lynn
Lewis Jones
Sam Sykes
Will Rae
George Gumpert
Toby Holmes
Finn Lewis
James Coneron
Tom O'Hara
12th man Tommy Bradbury


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

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


Beth Rae
(01484) 604284
(07798) 612958

Lynda Netherwood

Lynda Netherwood. Lynda can be contacted at any time.

43 Abbey Drive, Shepley, HD8 8DX (07810) 518368

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