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Memory Lane

Memory Lane

The familiar name of Woodlands was engraved on the First Division trophy for the fifth time as they finished 34-points in front of second place Farsley in their first season under the leadership of Pieter Swanepoel. The start of the season didn’t exactly inspire confidence at Albert...

After Matthew Doidge, above, had steered Pudsey Congs to the first of five successive Bradford League title wins in 2000, the club strengthened their side still further for 2001. Fast bowler Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan was signed as the overseas player after impressing in a brief spell for Lidget...

When you see the disruption that Coronavirus has caused to cricket at all levels this year it seems even more amazing to look back on the war years when the game thrived in local cricket. On Friday 1 September 1939, the British government issued its warning to Hitler,...

Craig Hillgrove might not be one of the best known overseas player in the history of the Bradford League but his two year spell was certainly eventful. When researching the Salts Cricket Club history I noticed an overseas player named Craig Hillgrove who had rather a good season in 1996....

Salts experienced the highs of five league titles and a Priestley Cup win and the lows of five re-election applications in six years during their eventful 59 years in the Bradford League. They were the dominant force in the early post-war years before their fortunes waned...

The Derbyshire connection made Undercliffe one of the league’s big shots in the seventies, and the link started in the sixties. David H K Smith finished fourth in the league batting averages in 1964 with 568 runs, and in 1966 surpassed that feat by winning the league’s batting...

Test cricketer Haroon Rashid came to town in 1979, or should I say the village of Queensbury, in was a remarkable srory. What is so astonishing about itt is the fact that Rashid finished his Test series with Pakistan in England, to join a Second Division Bradford League side,...

It is now 34 years since Laisterdyke resigned from the Bradford League in 1986. Laisterdyke, along with Hartshead Moor, joined the Bradford League in 1963 when expansions moves were mooted. The Broad Lane club was deemed by the league to be in good shape, having a...

Author: Alan Birkinshaw There are not many people who can claim to have played for both England and Pakistan – but Babar Butt can. In the past three years he has appeared for both countries at Over 50s level and is hoping to earn further call ups in the coming years. The man who...

The Orrell Years looks at how one charismatic Lancastrian managed to drag Woodlands from obscurity to be the best league side in Yorkshire. Ambitious Woodlands had moved from the Bradford Central League into senior league cricket in the Central Yorkshire League in 1994. They were making steady...

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