SENIOR CRICKET - END OF SEASON REPORT

FIRST TEAM

The last game in July took us to Elland where Shepley scored 185-7 in their 50 overs, Liam Wiles & Danny Glover leading the way with 38 & 33 not out respectively. Once the Elland opener F Rehman was dismissed for a stylish 67, the Shepley bowlers got on top & the home side were dismissed for 154 with 3 wickets apiece for Danny Glover & Danny Wood & 4 for Oliver Davidson.

The crunch match of the season took place at Marsh Lane the following Saturday with the visit of the powerful Hoylandswaine. Weather restricted the game to a 35 over contest, but notwithstanding a half century for Ryan Robinson, excellent pace bowling by Duncan Allan 5-64 & Danny Glover 4-76 restricted the visitors to 163-9. After the loss of an early wicket, former Swaine batsman Amar Rashid 34 & Aussie Duncan Allan 33 created a solid platform for the Shepley run chase, but wickets in the middle order fell cheaply to put Swaine in the driving seat. A belligerent knock of 51 from captain Danny Glover kept Shepley in the game however, but they were eventually dismissed for 158 in the final over for a 5 run defeat. A very tight game of cricket played by two excellent teams.

On 9th August, Shepley visited neighbours Scholes for a must-win game. Scholes were dismissed for 195 with pace duo Danny Glover 4-67 & Duncan Allan 5-70 leading the way. The Shepley reply was held together by Duncan Allan, but wickets fell at crucial times to the extent that 19 were needed with the last pair at the wicket. Duncan was on strike & hit the first ball powerfully for what looked like being a straight-driven boundary, only for the ball to hit the backing up Danny Wood to record a dot ball. Incredibly, Duncan then hit the next three balls out of the ground to bring the scores level & to record his first century for the Shepley team. Scholes brought all fielders in to try to prevent the single then needed for victory & Duncan promptly despatched the 5th ball of the over for another 6 to record an unlikely victory. The week after, Shepley recorded a decisive win over Slaithwaite with half centuries for Amar Rashid, Liam Wiles & Danny Glover in a total of 274- 6. An excellent unbeaten century from Aussie Nathan Freitag guaranteed the visitors a valuable point, but they never looked likely to reach the target set.

The next weekend saw double header fixtures against Kirkburton & Holmfirth. Both games were very similar, our opponents on both days were dismissed for 86 & 77 respectively, excellent bowling over the 2 games by Liam Wiles, 11 wickets & Danny Glover 8 wickets being decisive. The Shepley openers Dan Wood & Amar Rashid were not out over the weekend taking the team to ten wicket successes on both days. The last weekend in August saw another double-header. The in form Liam Wiles 6-62 was instrumental in dismissing Golcar for 163, but excellent bowling by Golcar then saw Shepley dismissed for 154 despite an unbeaten 67 from Danny Glover – this defeat effectively consigned Shepley to finish behind Champions elect Hoylandswaine, come the end of the season. Despite the loss on the Saturday, the men from Marsh Lane inflicted defeat upon Skelmanthorpe the following day, Liam Wiles & Tom Denton scoring 84 & 50 respectively before the offspin of Oliver Davidson, 5-50, recorded a 44 run victory.

The final game was played on 13th September at home to Honley. Dan Wood 70, Amar Rashid 37 & Danny Glover 58 led the way to record a total of 233-8, but an excellent century from Simon Kelly saw the visitors record a narrow 1 wicket victory in an exciting game of cricket. Shepley duly finished the season in a very creditable 2nd place in the Premiership, behind the worthy winners, Hoylandswaine.

SECOND TEAM

The last match in July at home to Armitage Bridge was always going to be very important as the two teams plus Holmfirth were essentially involved in a relegation battle, with two of the three teams to be demoted to the championship at the season’s end. Shepley batted first & openers Oliver Cox 32 & Stuart Greaves 26 gave the home team an excellent start & they were well supported by unbeaten knocks of 31 for Tom Greaves & 28 for Neil Stacey to record a total of 163-7. The visitors lost wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed for 118, Stuart Greaves claiming 5-31 for a valuable 6 points.

A crushing blow arose the following week at Elland when Shepley were bowled out for 60, only Ian Parry 27 reaching double figures. Superb bowling then reduced the home side to 7-5 & then 42-9 before the last pair saw victory agonisingly achieved by the home side, Ali Reza producing figures of 4-6 in his 7 over spell. A heavy 10 wicket defeat then followed against Hoylandswaine despite knocks of 37 by keeper Steve Sullivan & 28 not out by Gary Bradley. The next game took place at Scholes & the home team scored 235 after being 72-6 at one stage of their innings, 4 wickets for Rob Denton being the highlight of the Shepley attack. A solid reply of 182-7 guaranteed a valuable 1 point for the Shepley team, captain Gary Bradley top scoring with an important 56.

On 23rd August, Shepley entertained Kirkburton & dismissed the visitors for 161 with Stuart Greaves taking 6-21. Despite a number of breaks for rain & the loss of 3 early wickets, Dominic Lynn 45 not out, Ali Reza 30 & Nick Morris 18 not out dragged Shepley into a promising position of 137-5 with 8 overs remaining. Unfortunately, darkness got the better of the game & in the interests of safety the game was abandoned as a draw – this was nonetheless an excellent & important performance by the home team. A comfortable 9 wicket victory then followed against Holmfirth with Chris James 3-5 & Nick Morris 4-4 leading the way with the ball.

The next game saw Shepley achieve another point in a 5 wicket defeat against Broad Oak, valuable contributions by Oliver Cox 71 & Dominic Lynn 35, before a crushing 10 wicket defeat by Skelmanthorpe followed, despite 54 from Gary Bradley & 34 from Dominic Lynn. Shepley then reached the last match of the season, away at Honley, knowing that 1 point or better would be enough to avoid relegation & safeguard their position in the Premiership. A partnership of 64 for the first wicket between Oliver Cox 30 & Gary Bradley 72 pushed the team towards safety, Huw Ellis also contributing well with 35. The battle against relegation was successful with a score of 199-5 & the 1 point needed became 5 points when Honley were restricted to 192-6 in their 50 overs. An important conclusion to the season for the lads.


UNDER 11S SEASON AVERAGES

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SENIOR CRICKET UPDATE

Following on from the last update shown on the website, the 1st X1 entertained near neighbours Kirkburton at Marsh Lane on 31st May. The visitors batted first & posted a very respectable total of 216 for 5, chief wicket- taker being former Burton player, Oliver Davidson, 3 for 54. The Shepley reply was always struggling to reach their target & despite excellent knocks from Duncan Allan 49 & Oliver Davidson 42, they finished on 179-9 to salvage a point from the fixture. In what proved to be an excellent day for Kirkburton, the second team were comprehensively beaten in the reverse fixture, despite spirited knocks from Ali Reza 41 & captain Gary Bradley 33.

The fixtures on 7th June were lost to the weather, but the following day, the 1st team hosted the Heavy Woollen quarter final against Townville. Despite a battling 53 from opener Dan Wood, Shepley were dismissed for a disappointing 134 & Townville went through to the semi final of the competition by a relatively comfortable 5 wicket margin. On Saturday 14th June, again at Marsh Lane, the 1st X1 looked in trouble when they were dismissed by Delph & Dobcross for a total of 161, Dan Wood 68 & Oliver Davidson 45 not out being the main run scorers. In the absence of opening bowler Craig Glover, Aussie Duncan Allan bowled superbly in tandem with captain Danny Glover. In an exciting game, Delph were dismissed for 146 to enable Shepley to record a hard fought 15 run success, Duncan taking 7-77 & Danny 3-27. The reverse fixture at Delph saw the second team dismissed for a paltry 73, resulting in a defeat by 8 wickets.

On Sunday 15th June, the 1st team were at home to Kirkburton in the quarter finals of the Sykes Cup & were seeking revenge for their recent league defeat at the hands of the same opponents. Shepley posted a respectable total of 189-9 thanks mainly to a score of 60 from batsman Liam Wiles. However, for the majority of their innings, the visitors looked to be well in control of matters & it was only in the last 10 overs of the game that the Shepley never say die mentality kicked in & wickets started to fall. With one over to go, the visitors had reached 188-8 & the onerous responsibility fell to Duncan Allan to bowl the last 6 deliveries. Burton took a single of the first ball of the over to bring the scores level & when attempting to hit the winning run off the second ball, Shaun Woodhams was dismissed by a good catch by Liam Wiles. The last man came to the crease & played & missed at the 3rd ball of the over before being comprehensively bowled by the next delivery. The game was therefore tied &, after initial confusion when it was decreed that the game be replayed the following Sunday, Shepley were ultimately declared to be the winners having lost one fewer wicket than their opponents. It was a shame that there had to be a loser in such an exciting conclusion & genuine commiserations must go to Kirkburton for the manner of their very narrow defeat.

On the same day, the 2nd team were also in Cup action, away to Slaithwaite in the quarter finals of the Paddock Shield. Shepley batted first & posted a respectable total of 163-8. The Cox twins, Chris & Oliver, made major contributions by scoring 56 & 36 respectively & they were well supported by keeper Steve Sullivan with 37. In a close encounter, Slaithwaite again came out the victors against Shepley, recording a 4 wicket victory for their place in the semi finals.

On 21st June, the 2nd team were at home to Honley & scored 157-8 to guarantee at least a point, top scorer being Stuart Greaves with 59. Honley were not greatly inconvenienced in reaching the target for the loss of 3 wickets only. In the reverse fixture at Honley, the home team were dismissed for 71 following excellent pace bowling by Shepley, captain Danny Glover taking 6-23 & Liam Wiles 3-10. Shepley openers Dan Wood & Tom Denton saw their team home to a comfortable victory, Dan Wood reaching his half century with the winning boundary. Fixtures on the following Saturday were again lost to the weather, but the next day saw home & away fixtures for our two senior teams against Holmfirth. The 1st team had a comfortable victory, Shepley 207-4 (Tom Denton 100 & Liam Wiles 70), Holmfirth being 106 all out (Danny Glover 6-32), but the 2nd team were on the wrong end of things at Holmfirth, losing by 97 runs.

There were no fixtures the following weekend due to the Tour De France, so the first fixtures in the month of July took place on the 12th. The 2nd X1 entertained Slaithwaite & batted first & seasoned campaigners Rob Denton 65 not out & Stuart Greaves 44 ensured that a respectable total of 188-7 was reached & one point was therefore guaranteed. Despite an excellent bowling stint by Rob Denton, the visitors reached their target for the loss of 5 wickets to inflict yet another defeat on the men from Marsh Lane. The 1st X1 travelled to Barkisland where the home team took charge of proceedings in scoring 243-8 in their 50 overs, Oliver Davidson taking 4-81. The loss of early wickets set Shepley back & despite a belligerent 65 from Amar Rashid (returning to the club after a stint playing in Nottingham) & Liam Wiles 32, the middle & lower order folded tamely to enable the home team to record a 103 run victory. The following day was even worse for the first team when they went down to a decisive 10 wicket defeat at Golcar in the Sykes Cup semi final – definitely a weekend to forget.

Once again, rain intervened on 19th July & no cricket was possible.


UNDER 11S vs DENBY

If ever a match could prove to be a stumbling block this was always going to be the one. Having lost to them in the cup earlier this season, rivalries were always going to potentially affect the colt’s thoughts. With ex players in the Greenleafs, Tutins and Gumperts, the question was could the colts Focus on playing the team, rather than the individuals.

Winning the toss again, Jack Longden elected to put the opposition into bat. A regular feature of this current winning streak. The first two overs from Danny Lane and Ben Morris were maidens, and the theme was set. Jordan Williamson came in third over, and started by bowling Farmer with his first ball, then finished the over by taking the wicket, of Airstone. Only a wide on the board, and two wickets down.

Enter the danger man in Will Greenleaf, strong ox of a lad, who can hit the ball miles. Credit to George Booth and Owen Sykes who restricted the new batsmen, and took a wicket apiece before any damage could be inflicted. With six Maidens in the innings, two being wicket maidens, Denby never got into a strong position, finding the Shepley attack hard to dispatch. Fourth pair for Denby did give the innings some late impetus, with a mention for A Stancliffe; scoring 22 not out with three sixes. At last something for Denby to rekindle their innings with the final pair to come in.

Danny Lane and George Booth had other ideas, and strangled the last pair to offer only two singles, and a wide off the last two overs, with George Booth claiming a further two weeks off the final over. A strong fielding performance, with fine figures from all. Mentions for George Booth 3-1-8-3, Jordan Williamson 2-1-2-2, Danny Lane 3-2-2-1, and a first wicket for Oliver Hinchliffe finishing with 2-0-5-1. Denby finishing on 273 for 9. Nett 201.

Proud parents applauded the boys off the field, some would say job done. With opening pair Ben Morris and George Booth starting by taking nine off the first over, normal batting service appeared to be in play. However, next over, B Morris decided to lose his wicket in the next over and then again in the third. Having not lost a wicket all season, it appeared they now appear like buses. Wobble on, and Denby were visibly lifted by the quick turn around. Second pair Owen Sykes and Toby Kinder found the. Owning hard to dispatch, and had a partnership of 14, but lost a wicket, so at this stage, the scores were close and a partnership was required.

Oliver's Duffell and Hinchliffe started well, if not taking some rather risky singles, and the game looked to heading to calmer waters, before both lost their wickets and the pendulum appeared to be swinging again. Parents could be heard offering advice, and voices seemed a pitch higher than usual, some nerves were jangling.

Game on; enter the two most improved batting pair this season. Jordan and Charlie, Reliable, secure, and scoring some strong scores. In their allotted overs, they added 32 runs to the score, for the loss of no wicket. Balance addressed game secure, with Danny and Captain Jack Longden in to steer the ship home. Danny finishing on 13 and Jack on 10 not out. Just to keep some excitement in the Game Danny offered a catch to Denby, and then got bowled. Lovely to watch Mark Lane on the touch line, plays a wonderful match on the boundary.

The wickets arrived too late to worry Shepley, who closed their innings on 295 for 7. Nett 239. Another great win, but as the colts reflected, with better shot selection, the game could have been easier for all to watch, and the margin of victory greater.

Congratulations to Denby, who came out to field knowing the challenge would be a tough one but stuck to it right to the final overs. Shepley, as mentioned we know who we play now, and the games will all be like finals, and very strong opposition. Let's keep the record going, and see what it can blossom to come the 6th August.

The whole conclusion is in your own hands, and the pleasure in having a chance to play a further two games at the end of August has to be the challenge we set ourselves. Brilliant performance, enjoy the week, let’s train hard Friday, and be ready for next Wednesday.... One at a time.

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UNDER 11S vs HOLMBRIDGE

Another fabulous Wednesday evening, and a chance to wipe away the memories of a poor display at the World Cup by England, if anyone really cared when the Shepley Under 11's are in town. Parents, kids and supporters alike were aware of the threat from Holmbridge, boasting a real talent in Bailey Howarth, and several others who are starting to blossom at this wonderful game we all enjoy.

Winning the toss yet again, Jack Longden elected to field, and put his faith in the team, that they could chase down any total offered. With Bailey taking the attack to Shepley, it soon became apparent that this was going to be a titanic struggle. Bailey Howarth finished on 24 not out, with three sixes, struck superbly.

Shepley maintained their focus, and started to slow the run rate down, and picked up a couple of wickets at a vital time. Good knocks from McOrmick10, and Clark 8, pushed the total along. Good fielding resulted in a run out, and as the game closed out a final over from Ben Morris resulted in a double wicket maiden. Dan Lane put in another tight performance, only conceding 10 off three overs, Jack Longden 2 runs off two overs, and the list could go on. Another brilliant team performance, with a final flourish meant Holmbridge finished on 287 for 5. Nett 247.

Ben Morris and George Booth opened the batting for Shepley, after the kids had stopped squabbling about facing Bailey Howarth. Definitely the fastest bowler they have seen this season. Both openers stuck to the task, saw off the spearhead, and made runs from the other end. Benjamin Robinson and Toby Kinder has a slight wobble losing a wicket each, but stuck to their task, and pushed the score on with five runs apiece. The game was finely poised, and no clear winner could be picked at this stage.

Enter the two Oliver's, and the game took a twist in Shepley’s favour. Oliver Hinchliffe 7* putting in his best performance of the season, including his first boundary, and Oliver Duffell 10* looking more like the batter who started the season so well. This also came of the back of a great performance behind the wickets.

The ever reliable Jordan Williamson and Charlie Smith added further valuable runs, 10* & 3* respectively, pushed Shepley up towards the 300 Mark, and the game was almost up. Final pairing of Jack Longden and Danny Lane knew the task at hand, and that Bailey Howarth had one over to pull things back. Dan Lane took the liberty of pulling a hook shot from Bailey to the boundary with aplomb, and continued to pepper the boundary finishing on 19 not out, supported well by J Longden on 7 not out.

Shepley finishing on 322 for 2. Nett 306. Another great victory, and merited as they stuck together through an early onslaught, then took the game away from a very good side with some excellent batting, and much improved appreciation of singles through some good backing up and calling.

Parents be very proud, they are getting better, and starting to appreciate some of the finer elements of the game that result in wickets in the field, and extra runs when batting.

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LEWREY 19TH JULY

Appearing on 19th July after the cricket we have Lew Rey, an excellent duo with Lewis on vocals, keyboard and sax and Shepley's own Ian Walker on drums. Enry is free, all welcome.


U13S vs SKELMANTHORPE

Shepley u13 team suffered their first league defeat of the season after a tight finish away at Skelmanthorpe. Having lost the toss and been put in the hosts batted steadily with tight bowling from the visitors restricting the score to 37-2 at the half way point.

Then with the openers gone the Skelmanthorpe middle order was removed for the addition of just 3 runs thanks in large part by superb bowling from Danny Lane taking 3 wickets for 2 runs and the visitors seemed clear favourites. However a valiant rear guard action from the last pair added 28, leaving Skelmanthorpe 75-7 after 20 overs, certainly a gettable target but probably 20 more than should have been posted, also thanks to 11 extras !

The chase to 76 started awfully with Shepley’s first 5 batters adding only 9 runs leaving a mountain to climb. Zac Nettleton took the fight to the hosts before being bowled on 22, he was well supported by the lower order and with the extra help of some wayward bowling, Shepley needed 9 to win from the last over. It wasn’t quite to be and after 20 overs Shepley lost by 2 runs. A close & exciting finish with many positives for the team but also many thoughts of what might have been. Click here for the scorecard


UNDER 11S vs MOOREND PHOENIX

Wednesday 18th June, was one of those rare evenings when the sun beamed down, the air was still, and everyone was dreaming of a long got summer, maybe a little alcoholic refreshment, and the opportunity to watch the sunshine boys canter to another great win. Electing to field against an under strength opposition, who only had seven players, things went according to plan.

Toby Kinder, our 11th man kindly volunteered to play for Moorend Phoenix and ensure a game could take place. Moorend's young side found the accurate bowling from Shepley hard to contend with, and through the innings managed to find the boundary four times, and were restricted to only another three singles.

Shepley can strengthen there fielding performances by reducing the number of wides and no balls they give to their opponents. Fifteen wides, and a solitary no ball contributed the majority of the total. Wickets were taken by Ben Morris and Benjamin Robinson, in addition to a run out, Moorend finished on 251 for 3. Nett 227.

Parents talked in high spirits about the chance to bag another win, and as the home sides innings began, all seemed to be heading to the obvious conclusion. Ben Morris and Owen Sykes put on 19 in the first four overs with out loss, as Ben Morris reached 103 not out for the season to date. Benjamin Robinson and Oliver Hinchliffe came in next, and with some fine strokes, Benjamin scored a number of boundaries to finish on 17 not out, whilst Oliver Hinchliffe was unlucky to be bowled, but did keep going to the end of his four overs without further problems. At 239 for 1, the game appeared to be a formality.

Drinks were taken after 10 overs with the score having progressed to 248 for 1. Suddenly Shepley relaxed, and two quick wickets gave Moorend some belief. At the end of twelve overs the score was 256 for 3. The game was tightening. Shepley continued to wobble with the next pair, and a two wickets, and a runout left the game In a tight situation, with the score now 273 for 6. Nett score now left Shepley one run behind.

We have all got used to the changeable weather, but not had to go through so many emotions on the field. With the light fading, final pairing of Dan Lane and Jack Longden guided the ship into calmer waters, and excellent shot selection brought the team home. The final pair putting on 30 runs, as Shepley finished on 303 for 6. Nett 255.

Relief could be felt all round the ground, from the kitchen, where wine was flowing to stop the manicured nails being bitten, to the bar, where the normally vocal western terrace watched on in silence. Fantastic to pick up another win, but one that we will hopefully learn from. A game is never over until the final ball, and we can make life a lot easier with some line and length bowling.

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U13S vs MARSDEN

Starting the day joint top of the table with Denby Dale & Rastrick, the u13's continued their winning streak with a solid team performance against Marsden at Marsh Lane on Sunday

Batting first the visitors were restricted to 43 runs with the loss of 7 wickets from their 20 overs. After the opening pair of batters were removed in the first 2 overs by W. Rae & E. Booth the rest of the innings belonged to some of the more unsung bowlers, many of whom recorded career best figures. D. Lane, J. Longden & J. Williamson all stepping up to u13 from u11 cricket bowled 6 overs between them for the loss of only 3 runs. J. Coneron & L. Berry took 2 wickets each, in James’ case from 2 maiden overs

The small target of 44 was reached after 10.5 overs when E. Booth hit 4 runs leaving J. Lynn on 24 not out. A fantastic all round performance – well done to the whole team. After an away trip to Skelmanthorpe B next week we look forward to welcoming joint table toppers, Denby Dale to Marsh Lane on 29th June. Click here for the scorecard


SENIOR CRICKET UPDATE

On 17th May, our 2nd team hosted a fixture against Elland & Shepley posted a very respectable 194 for 5 in their overs, major contributors being Oliver Cox 48, Stuart Greaves 38 & Ian Parry 26. Unfortunately, the Elland response was very positive & they reached the target with 3 overs to spare, Khalid Rehman scoring an excellent 115, for a 7 wicket victory. On the same day, the 1st X1 visited dangerous rivals Hoylandswaine & Shepley, batting first, scored an impressive 304 for 4 with an excellent knock from opener Tom Denton 119, he being well supported by Aussie Duncan Allan 82, Danny Glover 45 not out & Dan Wood 42. Excellent bowling by Shepley had our hosts in deep trouble at 76 for 6 & normally chasing a total in excess of 300, it would have been game over. However, the ever dependable Michael Cranmer yet again fashioned an incredible innings against the men from Marsh Lane & partnerships of 122 for the 7th wicket & 51 for the 8th wicket saw the game moving towards the hosts. Excellent keeping by Josh Clarkson off the bowling of Liam Wiles saw Aussie Cranmer removed, stumped, for a superb 98 & the excellent rearguard action support by Wilkinson 65 & keeper Mynett 20 not out proved to be in vain when Swaine were finally restricted to 258 for 9 at the conclusion of the game. A superb game of cricket, both sides excelling & a relieved 5 pt victory for Shepley.

The following day saw Cup action at Marsh Lane where Paddock were the visitors in the Paddock Shield. Two of our younger bowlers, Tom James 4 for 8 & Danny Netherwood 3 for 19 ensured that Paddock could not post a challenging total & they were all out for 82. Captain Gary Bradley 41 & Dominic Lynn 43 then shared an excellent unbeaten stand for the 2nd wicket to ensure a comfortable 9 wicket success. The 1st X1 were again on their travels in the Sykes Cup & batting first, posted a more than respectable 242 all out, leading the way was Duncan Allan 88 & DanWood 50. The home team were never able to mount a challenge & were dismissed for 51, Craig Glover leading the way with 5 wickets for 11 runs in his 10 over stint, being well supported by Danny Wood 3 for 8 & Oliver Davidson 2 for 1.

The Bank Holiday weekend started with an extremely damp Saturday with all games predictably being washed out. On the Sunday, the 1st X1 travelled to York of the Yorkshire League to play their Black Sheep Champions Cup game & excellent bowling & fielding saw the hosts restricted to 152 for 8 in a reduced 30 overs contest, slow left arm bowler Danny Wood leading the way with 4 for 30. Despite spirited knocks from opener Dan Wood 26 & keeper Tiny Clarkson 25, wickets fell too regularly for the men from Marsh Lane & they were dismissed by excellent bowling for 107. On the day, Shepley were beaten by the better side, but can hold their heads up high for a battling performance.

On the Monday of the holiday weekend, the 2nd X1 hosted a game against near-neighbours Scholes. The visitors were dismissed for 218 with Mounam Ejaz being the pick of our bowlers with 3 for 35. The Shepley reply started well, but despite excellent knocks from Oliver Cox 36, Ejaz 45 & Steve Sullivan 44 not out, Shepley lost momentum & ended up settling for a deserved point, finishing on 202 for 8, an excellent game of cricket. The first team went over to Slaithwaite & restricted the hosts to 130 for 9 in their 50 overs with an excellent bowling return by Oliver Davidson of 5 for 31. Shepley, despite the loss of an early wicket, coasted to a comfortable 9 wicket victory with the in-form Dan Wood & Duncan Allan being unbeaten on 66 & 64 respectively.


UNDER 11S vs METHAM - ROMIDA DAWSON CUP 1ST ROUND

Shepley captain, Jack Longden, lost his first toss this season, and Meltham elected to field. A strong batting display down the order drove Shepley to a total of 300 for 3, giving a net total of 276. The top score was 19 form Ben Morris, and other players chipping in were Oliver Duffell (9), Benjamin Robinson (9) and Jordan Williamson with eight.

This was always going to be a hard total for Meltham to achieve, who’s fairly young side, had to deal with a Shepley side exuding confidence from there first two matches.

Tight bowling, and a strong fielding ring gave no easy runs to Meltham, and the pressure told as they went for some dangerous runs. This resulted in five run outs during the innings, three of which were direct hits on the stumps. With no slip ups in the field, and tight bowling the Meltham side finished on 277 for 11. Net 189.

The outstanding bowling figures came from Owen Sykes with 3 overs, 2 maidens, 3 wickets for 1 run. He also narrowly missed out on a hat trick. Charlie Smith and Jordan Williamson had great figures from two overs apiece with figures of C Smith 2 over, 1 maiden, 2 runs and 1 wicket. J Williamson 2 oversw, 1 maiden, 4 runs and 1 wicket.

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SENIOR CRICKET UPDATE

The season started on Easter Saturday, 19th April, with the first team playing Meltham at home & the following day, entertaining Birstall in the first round of the Heavy Woollen Cup. On the Saturday, Shepley batted first & posted an impressive total of 265 for 7 in their allotted overs, the majority of the batsman being able to spend valuable time at the crease, the top scorer being Australian Duncan Allan with 56. Meltham always struggled to keep up with the required scoring rate & were finally dismissed in the last over of the game for 207 to give Shepley a valuable 6 point start to their season. Again, the wickets were shared by the Shepley bowling attack, with Duncan Allan posting a return of 3 for 42 to start his Shepley career in impressive fashion. The following day, Birstall were bowled out for 128, leading wicket takers being Duncan Allan & Danny Wood with 3 wickets apiece. The Shepley reply saw the home team safely home for a 6 wicket victory, the two Shepley “new boys”, Duncan Allan 61 & Oliver Davidson being together when the winning runs were scored

On the same weekend, the second team started their league season with a visit to the picturesque ground of Cawthorne. Shepley, through openers Oliver Cox & Stuart Greaves, made a solid start & this momentum was maintained with an excellent 59 from captain Gary Bradley coming in at no 3. However, after the captain’s dismissal, the Shepley innings folded to an all out total of 138 before Cawthorne knocked off the required runs for the loss of 2 wickets. The following day, in the Crowther Cup, Shepley, with a weakened side did extremely well to dismiss the home side, Birstall, for 108 with an excellent return of 3 wickets for 7 runs by Jamie Dearnley, only for the Shepley reply to be derailed by the home attack, Shepley being dismissed for a modest 74.

On weekend 2, both sides had a league double header. The 1st X1 were again at home on the Saturday in a 45 over game against Barkisland. Under difficult conditions, Shepley posted a decent total of 186 for 8 with a top score of 48 from Liam Wiles being well supported by a swashbuckling effort at the death by Craig Glover who was unbeaten on 32. Early wickets always saw the visitors on the back foot & they were dismissed for 88, excellent bowling returns for Oliver Davidson, Danny Glover & Danny Wood with 3 wickets each. On the Sunday, Skelmanthorpe won the important toss & inserted the men from Marsh Lane. Early wickets fell & it was only an excellent mid order knock of 71 not out by Josh Ardron, well supported by Liam Wiles, 38, that saw Shepley post a total of 170 for 9. Mention must be made of the excellent bowling by spinner Josh Ingham who bowled a 25 over stint & took 5 for 58. The Skelmanthorpe reply was never in real difficulty & they ran out convincing winners by 8 wickets, opener Tim Sykes scoring 51 & Aussie Tom Beaton posting an impressive & aggressive unbeaten 73.

The second X1 visited Slaithwaite on the Saturday & the disappointing start to the season was maintained with the home side posting a score of 202 for 6, despite 3 wickets for newcomer Mounam Ejaz, before Shepley were then dismissed for 88 despite a solid 52 from Gary Bradley. The following day, a strong looking Skelmanthorpe team visited Marsh Lane & the home team did very well to restrict them to a total of 147 for 9 with excellent bowling performances by Chris James, 4 for 19 & Stuart Greaves, 3 for 12. The Shepley reply was anchored by a superb undefeated 74 from opener Oliver Cox & despite a flurry of wickets, he was able to see us over the line for a tremendous 3 wicket success.

The first weekend in May saw the 2nd X1 entertain Barkisland at Marsh Lane & in a low scoring game the home team were dismissed for 143, top scorer Stuart Greaves 32, before the visitors were dismissed for 128 with an excellent bowling return of 5 for 29 from spinner Ali Reza. On the Sunday, the hitherto unbeaten Honley were visitors in the first round of the Paddock Shield. Excellent bowling by Stuart Greaves, 4 for 8 & Chris James, 3 for 11 saw Honley dismissed for 128. In a repeat of the previous weekend, the in-form Oliver Cox again scored an unbeaten 74 & with good support from keeper Steve Sullivan, 26, saw us home for a tremendous 6 wicket success.

The first team visited neighbours Shelley on the Saturday & dismissed the home side for 135, Craig Glover leading the way with 4 for 15 & brother Danny, 3 for 29. Openers Dan Wood, 42 & Tom Denton, 33 gave Shepley a solid start before Liam Wiles & Huw Ellis saw us home for a 5 wicket victory. On the Sunday, the first team travelled to Slaithwaite for the first round of the Sykes Cup & the home team scored 181, Danny Glover 4 for 26 & Duncan Allan, 3 for 26. The in-form Liam Wiles held the Shepley reply together with an unbeaten 84 for a 4 wicket victory.

The weekend of 10th/11th May saw all Saturday fixtures washed out following heavy rain & on the Sunday, the 1st X1 visited Morley of the Bradford League for a reduced 40 overs game in the 2nd round of the Heavy Woollen Cup. Shepley lost the toss & were invited to bat & posted an all out total of 127 on a difficult wicket. The Shepley bowling attack responded in brilliant fashion & led by 3 wickets each for Liam Wiles & Danny Wood, the game was completed in the final over when Morley were dismissed for 118. This was a very close game, played in difficult conditions & credit must go to both sides for a very close & exciting game. Shepley were pleased to welcome batsman Greg Wood back into the side as he recovers from a long term injury.


UNDER 11S vs SHELLEY

Two games gone, and the boys are really gelling as a team, supporting each other, and not one negative shout in both games. This time the weather threatened, but allowed us a full gameClick here to download the scorecard.

Captain Jack Longden won his second toss, and decided to field first. Superb bowling by all, with mentions for George Booth with two wickets, and Oliver Hinchcliff playing his first game, and covering for the injured Dan Lane. Dan had fractured his thumb at the weekend, so unable to play, but good to see him supporting his colleagues, and downing a few chip butties.

Strong fielding, and a couple of smart fielding displays produced a couple of run outs, as Shepley restricted Shelley to 276 for 9. Nett 204

With confidence high, a strong batting display helped Shepley to a comfortable victory. Oliver Duffell was the top scorer with 13 runs, followed by Ben Morris 11, and a good innings from Charlie Smith, who also excelled in the field. Shepley finally posted a total of 285 for 5. Nett 245

Shepley won by 41 runs Click here to download the scorecard.


U13 Team for 11th May against Lepton

Jake Lynn (captain)
Zac Nettleton
Ed Booth
Will Rae
Max Harrison
John Lockwood
James Coneron
Jack Longden
Toby Holmes
Leo Berry
Tommy Gorman
12th man Ben Childs


UNDER 11S DEFEATED BY THE WEATHER

The junior rams put in a great first performance of the season on wednesday only to be frustrated by a combination of rain and bad light. Dan Lane was the stand out performer with astonishing figures of 3 for 0 off his 2 overs. Click here to download the scorecard.


FIRST WEEKEND SUCCESS

Shepley first X1 before the first game of the 2014 season. The team started well with an excellent 6 points victory over Meltham in the League, following it up with a 6 wicket victory against Birstall in the Heavy Woollen Cup the following day. New recruits Duncan Allan & Oliver Davidson certainly played their part in two solid team performances.


OVERSEAS PLAYER FOR 2014

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.


JUNIORS SIGNING ON NIGHT

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


BLACK SHEEP YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONS TROPHY

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


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

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


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

Beth Rae
(01484) 604284

beth.rae@shepleycc.com
(07798) 612958

Lynda Netherwood
CHILD WELFARE

Lynda Netherwood. Lynda can be contacted at any time.

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lynda.netherwood@shepleycc.com (07810) 518368

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