Farsley skipper Mathew Lumb has played with and against most of the elite of the Bradford League in the previous decade.
When he was asked to submit a team of the decade he said, "I’ve made some tough decisions with some quality cricketers left out of the side. I’ve based my side on players who have performed at a high standard throughout all of the decade."
MATTHEW LUMB'S TEAM
1. Mark Robertshaw (Pudsey St Lawrence)
Popular choice by many, he scores runs every season and is Mr Consistent. Good club man...... average boozer.
2. Alex Stead (Pudsey St Lawrence & Lightcliffe)
I played alongside both `Steady’ & `Rodders’ and it’s one of the best opening pairs I’ve seen in the league. They churned runs out for fun, and then Steady could always deliver with the ball. He was a top all rounder for a number of years.
3. Gary Fellows (Hanging Heaton & Wrenthorpe)
Having played against Gary for many years, it’s always nice to see the back of him early doors because he can take a game away from you quickly. His knowledge and experience of the game is huge, and he can also get through a few overs with the ball which is useful.
4. Lee Goddard (East Bierley & New Farnley) Wicketkeeper
Lee’s a quality batsman who can score runs all around the ground. It is very frustrating as a captain to set a field for Lee when spin is on. He is also one of the best keepers to play in the league.
5. James Smith (Pudsey St Lawrence) Captain
Hits a huge ball and can win a game on his own on his day. Having played with `Smudge’, he’s a top leader and plays the game hard. It’s a tough decision to say that Jim is better at hitting sixes or drinking. The popular San Miguel challenge years ago made Saturday nights entertaining.
6. Chris Marsden (Pudsey St Lawrence)
Chris is another popular choice by many; a top all rounder who can win games of cricket with either the bat or ball. The only man I know that can eat a Dominos pizza just before training for 2 hours. He is a top club man – something that seems to be few and far between these days.
7. David Stiff (Pudsey St Lawrence & Hanging Heaton)
Stiffy bowls a `heavy’ ball and can whack it miles. It always looks a painful day at cricket carrying his big frame around. He is a top all rounder.
8. Safraz Ahmed (Woodlands)
One of the best overseas players in the league and another player that can win a game on his own with the ball or bat. He is a nightmare to face and a nightmare to bowl at.
9. Zeeshan Qasim (Manningham Mills & Undercliffe)
Quality bowler and has performed well throughout all of the decade. Not seen many batters get after him. Loyal cricketer to Manningham Mills and Undercliffe- he hits some big bombs as well with the bat.
10. Chris Brice (Woodlands)
Bricey has dominated with the ball every year, he always plays the game hard and you know it will be a tough battle against him. Woodlands success over the years comes from Bricey.
11. Iain Wardlaw (Cleckheaton & Hartshead Moor)
Top new ball bowler, he always picks up wickets either up top or at the death. Good to see him back at Cleckheaton - always want the best players in the Premier division making it a tough league.