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Former Wrenthorpe skipper Kevin Watson's top  Central Yorkshire League team

Former Wrenthorpe skipper Kevin Watson's top Central Yorkshire League team

Kevin Watson,the man who enjoyed considerable success as the capatin of the talented Wrenthorpe side in the early years of this century, is well-placed to judge who should be in a Central Yorkshire League Team of the Decade.

Kevin, who is currently turning his arm over for Fairburn in the Pontefract League, admits that narrowing his selection down to 11 players was tough.

He said about his choices: "It didnt always seem like it at the time playing against them, but I feel it is a fantastic 11 that would hold its own on any League basis and maybe higher."

"There are so many more i could name and the likes of Chris Leaf, Tom Glover, Tosh Baker and others were so close to making the 11."



1. Tim Walton (Townville)

Quality fluent and the time he seemed to have when bowling to him were the things that stand out to me. Regular top of the stats year after year and helped Townville to many honors over the years.

2. Gary Fellows (Wrenthorpe)

Was lucky enough to have 3 years with Mouse at Wrenthorpe at the start of a very productive time for the team both League and Cup including three Heavy Woollen Cups on the bounce. Quality batsmen who scored big but served me well as a change bowler and was always one of the best fielders around.

3. Eric Austin (Birstall & Wrenthorpe)

Played against Eric many times before he joined us at Wrens. left hander and a superb keeper when he chose to do it. He could score all around the wicket and the 320 partnership with Mouse  v Barnsley was the best i have witnessed.

4. John Inglis (Wrenthorpe)

By far the most destructive batsmen i played with or against. When John got going it was impossible to bowl at him. Greta team man and pleasure to have had a season with him.

5. Conor Williams (Birstall)

I had three years or so with Conor at Birstall and the main thing was his innings building skills on any wicket. He was capable of scoring quickly but willing to grind it out if needed. Absolute pleasure to play with.

6. David Paynter (Wrenthorpe)

One of the finest all round cricketers in my era, Bat/Bowl/fielding, top bloke and the best pair of hands in the slips i have seen. The Liz McDonald story is worth asking him about.

7. Greig Batty (Wrenthorpe)

One of the nicest fellas i played with and always happy to be up the other end when playing against him. Top Bowler and Batter who hit the ball many a mile. Great All rounder.


8. Paul Blakeley (Birstall)

Right up there both in stats and from his peers as one of the finest all rounders in CYCL. He was sharp in his younger days and very skilful in his latter days as a player. Top order batsman in his own right. I can say i played in 1 game with Paul and my last at Birstall.


9. John Rickers (Methley)

For many years between Methley and Townville John was one of the top bowlers in the League. His skills were superb and so difficult to face. No mug with the bat when he wanted to show it.

10. Johnny Smith (Wkt, Wrenthorpe)

He proved over the amount of years he kept at top level how good he was as a keeper with Methley and Wrenthorpe. A very capable batter who hit a big ball and one of the best team mates you could wish for.

11. Muhammad Asif (Mirfield)
Without doubt the best spinner i came across in the CYCL. Turned it too far sometimes especially on the slope at WYCO. A very good batter as well and again i always found him a tough competitor but a great bloke.

12th Man Kevin Watson (Wrenthorpe)

Not a chance i would make that side but more than happy to carry the drinks for that 11