Holmes and Varley join Management Board

Holmes and Varley join Management Board

Bill Holmes, left, and Mick Varley are two former players who have been appointed to the All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League Management Board.

Both men have extensive business experience and their appointments were confirmed at Monday's board meeting.

Varley, 58, will fill the position of treasurer which David Young has combined with his chairman's role for the past two years, while Holmes, 61, has been co-opted to take responsibility of developing the league's marketing and sponsorship.

Chairman David Young said: "We are delighted to add to the board two men who are well known from their cricketing days who have the skills to help the league to move forward.

"Mick and Bill both offered their services to help the league and their skills will be a considerable bonus for us."

Varley, who has worked in finance since leaving Queen Elizabeth Grammar School at Wakefield, works for Gordon Rigg Nurseries Limited at Todmorden.

He said: "I have got the time to do the job that the league requires and to give an input to the cricket side too, I want to provide stability and fair accounting as well as bringing in new procedures.

"I want to put something back into the league because it is important that people do that when they stop playing."

Holmes, who retired at the end of last month as an actuary for one of the country's top pension consultancies, served on the old Bradford League Executive Committee during his playing days.

"I'd like to think I can bring something new to the board," said Holmes. "It was my league and I loved playing in it. We are the Premier League in this area, and I want to play my part in improving it."

Holmes first emerged on the Bradford League as an opening batsman with Farsley in 1980, but it was with first Bingley and then Bradford & Bingley after its merger with the old Bradford club, that he enjoyed his most success.

He featured in three league championship winning teams and captained Bingley to victory in the 1987 Priestley Cup final

After leaving the Wagon Lane club he had short spells with Yeadon, Mirfield and finally Yorkshire Bank before hanging up his boots.

A Level Two coach, he helped with the junior section at North Leeds and became fixture secretary for the Airedale Junior League, a post he still holds.

Varley enjoyed a highly successful 20-year spell as an all-rounder with Ossett after joining them as a 17-year-old.

While at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield he had represented Yorkshire School at under-15 and under-19 level and played for North of England Schools. He went on to represent Yorkshire at under-19, under-25 and second team level.

Varley, who both opened the batting and the bowling during his career, had a spell as captain and served as treasurer during his time at Ossett.

After leaving Ossett he had a season at Gildersome playing alongside Tony Pickersgill and had one-year spells at East Leeds and East Ardsley where he was a team-mate of the league's chief executive Mark Heald.

Both Holmes and Varley are avid cricket watchers and will take in matches across the league as they settle into their new roles.