Cricket should have commenced on the weekend of 16th/17th April, but the weather was poor both on the weekend itself, but more importantly, in the lead-up to the weekend so the League postponed all fixtures until later in the season.
The following weekend saw the season get underway, with the 2nd X1 being at home on the Saturday against Cumberworth & Kirkburton on the Sunday. A weakened Shepley side was soundly beaten on both days by a disappointing margin of 10 wickets in each game. A splendid 55 from Nick Childs against Kirkburton however.
The first team travelled to near neighbours Shelley on the Saturday & the home side were dismissed for 165 with Nasir Jamal carrying last season's excellent form into 2016 with 5 for 25, being well supported by new recruit, Tom Burkinshaw & captain Danny Glover with 3 & 2 wickets respectively. The Shepley response was positive with opener Dan Wood scoring 39 & our new overseas player, Daniel Anderson, an excellent 91, before slipping whilst out of his ground & being run out. Shepley duly recorded a comfortable 6 wicket success. The following day, we travelled to Kirkburton for something of a needle match & batting first Shepley posted a respectable score of 233 for 9, Dan Wood leading the way with a half century, being well supported with good knocks from Daniel Anderson, Oliver Davidson, Shahban Raheem & Tom Burkinshaw. To say Kirkburton had a stuttering start was an understatement. Danny Glover ripped out the first 3 batsmen then Nasir Jamal took over with 6 wickets. Burton, having been 7 for 5 at one stage, recovered to an all out total of 80, captain Fletcher scoring a quick 40 with 6 sixes.
The May Day weekend saw the visit of newly promoted Cawthorne for a 36 over game & the visitors posted a score of 150 for 4 in this 1st X1 fixture, old Shepley favourite Liam Wiles leading the way with an unbeaten 78. In the Shepley response, wickets fell at regular intervals, only Aussie Daniel Anderson standing firm, albeit, with good support from local player Huw Ellis, 24. When the last over commenced, Shepley needed 10 for victory with 3 wickets remaining. After 4 balls, we had lost 2 further wickets, 6 still needed, but Aussie Daniel on strike. He duly despatched the penultimate ball of the match for a maximum & a narrow & slightly fortunate victory, Daniel being unbeaten for a match-winning 85. In a 40 over contest at Slaithwaite, the second team had a much improved performance restricting the home side to 187 for 6 with 2 wickets apiece for Chris James & Jamie Dearnley. Despite an excellent 65 from Ali Reza, Shepley fell 58 runs of the target to record another defeat.
On the Sunday, the first team were at home once more against Lepton Highlanders in the Sykes Cup & the visitors put up a spirited performance in scoring 118 for 9 in their allotted overs, left arm spinner Danny Wood taking 3 for 12. A solid reply led by Tom Denton, 54 not out, saw the home team record a 7 wicket victory. In the Paddock Shield the second team were again soundly beaten by 7 wickets by Cumberworth, despite an encouraging bowling performance by Shepley teenager Jake Lynn with all 3 wickets to fall. The following day, a weakened first team bowed out of the Heavy Woollen Cup to strong Bradford League side Woodlands, losing by 58 runs,despite 3 wickets for Danny Glover & scores of 39 & 33 for Josh Ardron & Dan Wood respectively.
On 7th May, our teams faced fixtures against Elland & our 2nd X1 batted first at Marsh Lane, posting a solid score of 223 for 6. Keeper Steve Sullivan top scored with 58, but the highlight was perhaps the 55 scored by Jake Lynn. Father & captain Dominic was not to be outdone however with a quick 51 not out. Elland were then dismissed for 148, Chris James 3 for 26, to get the Shepley season underway. In the reverse fixture, Elland were restricted to 182 for 7, an excellent unbeaten century for their captain Robin Broom & great bowling by Nasir Jamal, 4 for 24. Shepley scored quickly in reply to record another League success by 6 wickets, Tom Denton 40 & an excellent 73 not out by Daniel Anderson - what a way to celebrate his 21st birthday.