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League photographer Ray Spencer's Top 20 pictures

League photographer Ray Spencer's Top 20 pictures

Ray Spencer has been the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League's official photographer for four years and during the lockdown he has been sifting through thousands of images to select his favourite shots.

Some were poignant moments which resonated with Ray while others were incidents in matches which he captured in a split second.

Ray's favourite picture came at the end of his first season. He was perfectly placed at pitch side when Woodlands' popular overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed left the field after his farewell appearance in the 2016 Priestley Cup final  win over Pudsey St Lawrence.

Ray says: "I was tipped off that the players of both sides were going to give him a guard of honour, but I didn't quite expect the entire crowd at Spen Victoria to stand and applaud too. It was both an emotional moment and a wonderful gesture by all concerned.

"Everybody loved Saffy and it was just great to see his beaming smile as he walked off the pitch for the last time"

Below are Ray's 20 Top 20 pictures and the reasons why he chose them. If you would like to view the pictures in a gallery please click here.

NUMBER 1

I felt privileged to get this shot of Saffy after his last game for Woodlands in the 2016 Priestly Cup Final.The whole of the crowd are on their feet applauding and what a gesture from the Pudsey St Lawrence players.

NUMBER 2


This is one of my best shots and has won me several awards. Jer Lane keeper Imran Mirza pulling off a dramatic run out after changing direction in mid air, in the T20 semi final against Hunslet Nelson.

NUMBER 3


Matthew Baxter received some chin music.while batting for Lightcliffe against Pudsey Congs's Ryan Gibson in 2017.

NUMBER 4

Nice one son. Woodlands captain Cieran Garner with his son and the silverware from his first season as captain in 2019.

NUMBER 5


Baildon's Mushtaq Ahmed celebrating his 1000th BCL wicket which was on the website within minutes of it happening in 2019.

NUMBER 6


Tom Chippendale was flying high in his follow through as he took eight wickets against Lightcliffe in 2018.

NUMBER 7

Sandal  were as smart off the field in their club blazers at the annual dinner as they were on the pitch in 2019.

NUMBER 8

Just the job. The Hanging Heaton groundsman, Roy Holdsworth, who does not like having his photo taken.

NUMBER 9


Helen Maguire became the first lady umpire to stand in a BCL final in 2019. Let's hope she is the first of many.

NUMBER 10


Lightcliffe batsman Alex Lees on his way to what was then a BCL record score of 227no against Bradford & Bingley..

NUMBER 11


Adam Waite with the text book cover drive, from the 2019 Priestley Cup Final and a knock of 97 against Woodlands.

NUMBER 12


Another quality umpire and player, Glenn Roberts with a smile in the T20 challenge, Yorkshire v Hanging Heaton. in 2019.

NUMBER 13


The ever-consistent Mark Robertshaw doesn't always take the aerial route bute her he hits six against Woodlands in 2018..

NUMBER 14

Liam Collins almost snatched victory for Woodlands against Sheriff Hutton Bridge in the YPL final at Headingley., What a knock!

NUMBER 15


Cleckheaton explosive
overseas player Tayyab Tahir  in full flow against New Farnley.in 2018.

NUMBER 16


It wouldn't be a BCL gallery without Gary Fellows,here in full flow at Undercliffe for Hanging Heaton in 2019.

NUMBER 17
Chris Marsden was keen to make his point after taking five wickets at Hanging Heaton in 2017 for Pudsey St Lawrence.

NUMBER 18


It is not often a forward defensive shot is featured. Here is Harry Cullingford with a text book defense for PSL.

NUMBER 19

 Callum Geldart always seems to thrive when I picture him in cup games for Hanging Heaton.

NUMBER 20

Last but not least is 'Mr Consistent' Chris Brice of Woodlands. What a performer he continues to be.

Click to view Ray Spencer's  Top 20 Gallery

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