Ross Monaghan of East Bierley is the latest Second Team stalwart to select his team of the decade.
He says: “I have selected my Decade Team based on those I have played with and against, and witnessed their class on the field, and only those who have primarily played second team cricket throughout the decade.
"There have been a lot of talent pass through second teams into firstteam cricket over the decade and it is exactly the platform it should be used for. Noticeable names that spring to mind are Liam Collins, Josh Dracup, Harry Cullingford.
"There are a lot of very good players currently playing at the moment that I’m sure arguments could be made for and I think the next decade could certainly see their names appearing. These are Tom Clee, Liam Brearley, Jordan Moore, Adnan Mahmood, Chris Goodair and Ahsan Alishan to name but a few.
Bat first and rack up the runs with this line up. My team
ROSS MONAGHAN'S TEAM OF THE DECADE
1 Stuart Kirk (Farsley & East Bierley)
Played with and against Kirky in the past, and built a great opening partnership with him at Bierley. Could bat anywhere in the top 5, but for me his best position is opening. One of the best I’ve seen at rotating strike early doors and putting pressure on the opposition. Fantastic fielder and could always turn his arm over if needed.
2 Michael Brooke (Lightcliffe)
A unique technique, very patient with his innings, but always a regular at the top end of the averages. One of the few (if any) 2nd XI players to pass 1,000 runs in a season in the last decade. He is also instrumental at giving so many juniors at Lightcliffe a chance to develop.
3 Cieran Garner (Woodlands)
Deservedly now playing 1st team cricket after being such a consistent performer for the 2s over the years. He features so heavily in the averages- something that has been pivotal to Woodlands league and Shield success. He is Number 3 for me as he can adapt to the team’s position and build a score whatever the situation.
4 Liam Walsh (East Bierley)
One of the best I’ve played with. Such natural talent and if it had been a more settled 1st XI line-up at Bierley over the years, he would he have scored some serious runs. Don’t let him have too many Porettis after a game mind.
5 Craig Russell (New Farnley / Hanging Heaton) Wicketkeeper
He has the best pair of hands I think I’ve come up against, whether that be 1st or 2nd team cricket. He will stand up to any bowler and as a batter; you know you can’t make any mistake. He is also a great attacking batsman who can turn the screws to take the game away from you at any point.
6 Rob Medcalf (Woodlands)
He has won everything with Woodlands and is a key part of that success. This is whether it is making the break through with the ball, or a match winning partnership for his side. A man you need in your line up. Not shy of a word or two either - a good thing!
7 James Byrne (Hanging Heaton)
Another lad who could bat anywhere in this middle order, dependent on the situation. Such a consistent performer over the years; he doesn’t tend to go a game without either picking up wickets or scoring runs.
8 James Higgins (Farsley & East Bierley)
Never a number 8, but one of the best all rounders in the league for well over a decade now. Gives you 100% every game, rattled some feathers over the years, but certainly one you want in your team rather than against. Surprisingly great pair of hands!
9 Matt Anderson (East Bierley) Captain
Mr Evergreen is a bit low in the order but definitely one that can’t be left out. He is fantastic to have in your changing room and on the field he is a great second option to turn to. You could count on fifteen overs from him with the ball and he can deliverer some big blows with the bat.
10 Dan Abbott (East Bierley)
Won’t be happy at ten but when is he happy with his batting position? He is another top all rounder and a fantastic club man. On his day he is another one to bowl some gas and knock over the very best. He has won us many games with the bat too. Another all rounder in the mix!
11 Chris Brook (Farsley & East Bierley)
‘Cheesy’ primarily selected for his performances at the start of the decade at Farsley in our title wins. Bowled some wheels back then with his unique action and then won us many a game coming in at 7/8 with his lofty cover drives. He was consistent up until hanging up the boots over the last few years. Be assured- games are not over with him at number 11.