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Bob Schofield wins Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy

Bob Schofield wins Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy

Bob Schofield said he was *overwhelmed* after becoming the latest recipient of the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy.

The 70-year-old Ossett stalwart received the league's highest accolade during the annual dinner at the magnificent Emerald Suite at Headingley.

Schofield, who was supported at the event by his former colleagues Harry Atkinson and Mick Varley is the first person from the old Central Yorkshire League to win the trophy since the merger of the two leagues.

As news of the award spread, Schofield receive a stream of messages off congratulations on Facebook from friends and colleagues.

He admitted as the messages flowed in "It was a Very emotional evening and one I will never forget!*

The official citation is  printed below,

*This year’s winner may only be small in stature but both on and off the field he has proved to be a giant.

"He is somebody who has given great service as a player and official at club level for almost 50 years as well as doing good work at league level.

*Determination and tenacity have been two qualities that our winner has shown in abundance both on and off the field.

He  has always been prepared to battle to achieve the outcome he desires whether that be on or off the field.

*A well as being a formidable competitor on the cricket field our winner was also a handy footballer and one of his colleagues described him as a cross between Nobby Stiles and Norman Hunter.

*A a cricketer he was a solid opening batsman who could be relied on to score 7-800 runs per season. Being short he was a good hooker and puller.

*He wasn’t afraid of taking on the fast bowlers at a time when matches were played on uncovered pitches and batsmen didn’t wear helmets.

*He was fortunate to play in some fine sides and featured in five successive Heavy Woollen Cup finals between 1976 and 1980, including a hat-trick of wins between 1978 and 1980.

*Our winner cut his cricketing teeth with Eastmoor before moving into the Central Yorkshire League with Ossett.

*He made his first team debut in 1966 age 17 and made his last appearance for the club in the 2018 season aged 69

*After establishing his place in the side he helped them win the Heavy Woollen Cup in 1971 under the captaincy of the former Warwickshire wicketkeeper Eddie Legard.

*His increasing influence on the team led to him being promoted to vice-captain to the highly-. regarded David Ward and held the role during the hat-trick of Heavy Woollen Cup wins.

*It was a fine side which included such renowned performers as opening bowler Harry Atkinson, who was one of the finest seamers of his generation and also enjoyed success with Hanging Heaton and Pudsey St Lawrence.

*In 1982 our winner featured in a second-wicket partnership of 217 with our current league treasurer Mick Varley in a 259-run win over Upper Hopton. Varley made 157no and our man 113no.

*Despite being a fierce competitor, our winner produced an outstanding act of sportsmanship in the 1984 Heavy Woollen Cup final.

*He was standing in as wicketkeeper and recalled a batsman who was given run out because he had broken the wickets with his gloves. The reprieved batsman went on to make a half-century as Gomersal took advantage to secure a three-wicket win.

*In 1994 a move to Wakefield St Michael’s provided a new challenge and soon produced results. The club won the Clegg Trophy  (1st and 2nd Team combined points) in the Central Yorkshire League.

*The team grew stronger in the following years and  he also took on the role of chairman before returning to Ossett in 1999.

*When asked on his retirement from first team cricket about the most memorable innings he had played he could have picked from a selection of centuries but highlighted instead a duck he made against Batley.

*He told the late and much-loved cricket writer Peter Snape that he considered the six overs he faced that day the toughest test of his career and just surviving was an achievement in itself.

*As his playing career drew to a close our winner took on a wide range of duties for his club. There is a hardly a task he hasn’t performed.

*He has never been afraid of rolling up his sleeves and getting stuck in. He has made teas, worked on the ground and tackled an endless stream of tasks.

*As cricket chairman he was responsible for player recruitment and worked tirelessly to promote his club.

"Whenever there was a cup final or big event at his club he would be directing operations and putting on a show.

*Operating in a multi-sport club he was always keen to put cricket’s case for a better deal and was never afraid to make his point.

*He performed a number of fund-raising bike rides and raised £3,000 last year walking from Headingley to Ossett.

*As well as doing so much for his own club he has also given time to helping others as a member of the Central Yorkshire League Executive and the Bradford Premier League Management Board.

"Bob Schofield is a thoroughly deserving winner of the league's highest accolade."

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