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1/7/11 Cup S Final

Meltham 131-5
Broad Oak 112 ao 


Meltham 93-9
Thongsbridge 94-1 


Upperthong 101-7
Meltham 103- 6

17/06/11 Cup Q Final

Meltham 92-4
Armitage Bridge 77ao


Marsden - Abandoned


Armitage Bridge 111-6 (M.Askham 29; J.Steeples 4-9)
Meltham 6-1 RSP 

03/06/11 Cup 2nd Round

Meltham 146-4 (W.Fraine 39, A.Clegg 51*)
Emley 110-8 (D.Mcgiven 47)


Broad Oak 88a.o. (C.Woodruff 41; A.Clegg 3-12, C.Field 4-24)
*Meltham 76a.o. (J.Murraywebster 27; D.Rushworth 5-24)


Slaithwaite 113-6 (D.Nicholson 51*)
Meltham 114-6 (M.Whitworth 40*; Z.Khan 3-35)

20/05/11 - Cup 1st Round

Meltham beat
Lascelles Hall


Meltham 146-8 (M.Sykes 50*, A.Clegg 31)
Holmfirth 58a.o. (J.Wallis 3-16)


Thongsbridge 116-7 (T.Parr 27, E.Heald 26)
Meltham 108-5 (J.Murrayhyphenwebster 41)


Upperthong 49-9 (J.Wallis 3-16, J.Steeples 3-4)
*Meltham 54-0 (W.Fraine 35*)


Marsden 68-6
Meltham 69-2



Monday 25th July 2011


Meltham 92 for 5 (20 overs)
Almondbury Wes 93 for 3 (17.4 overs) 

Monday 11th July 2011


Meltham 124 for 7 (22 overs)
Marsden 101 for 2 (22overs)

Sunday 10th July 2011


Cup Final

Meltham 190 for 9 (40 overs)
Golcar 122 ao (29.4 overs)

The sun had shone all morning, Frank and Jim had erected the gazebo and prepped the BBQ, Cleaver had prepared a new wicket int middle and 9 lads and 1 lass had turned up
on time for the "Yorkshire style" training drills, Chef was late. Golcar turned up smartly dressed in shirt and ties and their supporters donned bright blue hoodies - it was all set for a memorable day - then it rained at 1.45pm!!

Cleaver covered the track and after inspections and glances towards the Slawit skies it was agreed that play would commence at 3.10pm  - still 40 overs per side.

Boycs lost the toss and we were inserted.

He and Cleggy were that anxious to get on with the game that they went out to bat at 2.55pm much to the anger and bemusement of the coach who gave em both a rocket before delivering his rousing team talk about how smart the opposition looked etc etc.

Golcar opened with Broad Oaker Wadsworth and Willans and Boycs and Clegster made an impressive start aided by some poor fielding from the opposition who soon lost their chirpyness.

Boycs reached his retirement with a massive 6 into Dathans again showing some powerful strokeplay (55 no) , Clegster was slightly more cautious but equally impressive retiring on 52 no. The away side were awfully quiet at that time as the score had reached 3 figures in seemingly no time. The reliable Chef was soon castled for 6 by Willans and Skipper Locky bowled economically to slow the innings down. Alec and the Vac were both needlessly run out for 4 & 3 respectively - with the latter ( renamed Electrolux as being inferior to Dyson) proving that you should never run when a catch is dropped so close to the wickets!!

Big hitting Myles soon followed and it appeared that the wheels had come off our innings. Ginge (Hollie) with 9 and "T" 16 steadied the ship and Jack Hinch with a brisk 16 before sacrificing his wicket added some valuable runs. Manuel 6 no and George 0 no steered us to a respectable and defendable 190 off our alloted 40 overs. Lockwood the pick of their attack with 2/26 off 8. The only highlight of the Golcar fielding performance was the consistant appearance of their very own waterboy - Bobby Boucher!!

After a hearty tea and BBQ, we set about our bowling - the Coaches plan to stem the early flow of runs backfired slightly as Boycs was not as controlled as usual, however we were soon bouyed by an excellent direct hit by Alec which left opener Woodhead stranded for 2. Boycs then bowled Fisher for a blob and we were on top. Cleggy bowled with pace and bounce - much to the seemingly distress of the old dear sat under the Rec wall who could be heard wittering " come on Cleggy,  Cleggy this Cleggy  that - have they only got Cleggy!!!

Cleggy and the Home Crowd were left bemused when the dangerous Willans refused to walk after being caught behind by "T" after knocking the case off it - the umpire obviously didn't hear anything but the knick was heard at the top of the Ford and on Royd Edge!!

Cleggy deservedly took the prized wicket of their Skipper Lock for 30, caught by Jack.

The Chef then had the last laugh on Willans who hit one to Manuel at mid off to snaffle his 3rd catch of the weekend. Chef with 2-20 off 5 and Brett Lee 1 -19 off 5 both bowled well and we were now well on top. Alec bowled 5 miserly overs for 10 runs. Only Wadsworth stood between them and victory.

Boycs then brought the recently disappointing Manuel into the attack to serve up his variety of leggies etc. He also brought his dad's "wicket taker" with him as Wadsworth hit a full toss loosener to Jack at mid on. Manuel then clean bowled their 8 & 9 with two cunning looping leggies and then bowled another wicket taker to Wilcock who hit it to Ginge at mid wicket and the victory was ours by 68 runs.

It was a resounding victory and sweet revenge for our defeat in the league.

It was a close call for the Victor Ludorum MOM between Cleggy and Boycs, the latter just edging it according to Phil Senior. It is hoped that the old dear hadn't placed a bet on Clegster to win it!!!

Well done to all 10 lads and 1 lass for a great team performance - very much deserved. Thanks go to Cleaver, Frank and Jim, the tea ladies and to the scorer - Tom "Armo" Kite. 

Monday 4th July 2011


Meltham 170 for 4 (25 overs)
Holmfirth 77 ao (17.2 overs)

 Monday 27th June 2011


Meltham 176 for 3 (20 overs)
Leymoor 70 ao (17.5 overs)

Friday 24th / Thursday 30th June 2011


Cup S/F

Kirkburton 114 for 7 (25 overs)
Meltham 117 for 0 (16.4 overs)

Monday 20th June 2011


Slaithwaite 74 all out (19.4 overs)
Meltham 80 for 3 (10.5 overs)

Thursday 9th June 2011


Cup Q/F

Meltham 141 for 3 (23 overs)
Almondbury Wes 136 for 5 923 overs)

Monday 6th June 2011


Armitage Bridge 80 all out (13.4 overs)
Meltham 82 for 5 (18 overs)

Thursday 2nd June 2011


Cup 2nd round

Meltham 140 for 4 (20 overs)
Slaithwaite 129 all out ( 21.2 overs)

Tuesday 31st May 2011


Meltham 170 for 3 (24 overs)
Paddock 69 all out (17 overs)

Monday 23rd May 2011


Delph v Meltham

Match prematurely abandoned due to heavy rain at 1.30pm!!

As I write this at 6pm -  it's "cracking the flags"

Thursday 19th May 2011


Cup 1st round

Meltham 152 for 7 (20 overs)
Marsden 115 for 8 (20 overs)

Monday 16th May 2011


Meltham 116 for 5 (22 overs)
Golcar 119 all out (22 overs)

Monday 9th May 2011


Meltham 101 for 5 (20 overs)
Rastrick 100 for 7 ( 20 overs)

Monday 2nd May 2011


Meltham victory as Birkby Rose Hill concede game as they were unable to raise a side
Tuesday 26th April 2011


Elland 37 for 4 (20 overs)
Meltham 38 for 0 (4 overs)

Monday 26th July 2010


Scholes 49 ao (16.4 overs)
Meltham 52 for 1 (11.2 overs)

The eagerly awaited title decider was in doubt due to the number of heavy showers deposited throughout the day. No doubt Scholes coach Richard Pearson would have been happy for an abandoned game and to settle for 2pts apiece!!! thus giving them the title.

Both sides were weakened by holidays etc. However the home side were buoyed by the return of Boycs to their ranks ( possibly sniffing the chance of a pot) and he returned to skipper the side.

After the formalities of the Examiner photos etc. Boycs won the toss and had no hesitation in putting the opponents in on a damap track.

The skipper and his Vice opened the attack and soon had Scholes in trouble, with the diminuitive Sam Oompah Lumpa (using his height on one ocassion to great effect to pluck one out of thin air!!!) taking 3 excellent catches behind the wicket whilst deputising for "T". Clegster castled the dangerous "Ede" Pearson for a duck and you could see the confidence in the lads grow and the hopes of the leaders disappear.

The returning skipper marshalled his troops and the bowlers well and the 1st change bowlers  - the Vac who hoovered 2 wickets and Jack Hinch bowled excellent spells.

Boycs then turned to his spinner "Manuel" - who was already dreaming of a return to his beloved Canary Isles a week later. Manuel's first ball was a long hop which was duly dispatched for 4, the second a single, then a dot, with his fourth, Charlesworth hit it towards the Vac at point and he was able to suck it into his pouch, this brought Proud to the wicket, he duly hit the first ball straight back at the bowler (who has amazed the coach all year with his catching) and in his "long" follow through and using all his "massive reach" Manuel managed to get both hands under the ball as it dropped agonisingly toward the ground. Cooper was next in and as the lads crowded the bat  (as near as the rules allow), the pressure was on the batter, he duly obliged - plopping one up to the man with the safest hands in the team  - Clegster at short point who snaffled it  to give Manuel a well deserved hatrick and to leave his elder brother as the only family member without one!!!!

When Sykes ran  himself out the following over the leaders were all out for a paltry 49. It was an excellent allround bowling and fielding display by the lads and lass(Hollie).

At the interval the lads were naturally jubilant but a quick reminder form the coach that only 1/2 the job had been done soon brought them back down to earth.

Boycs and his VC Clegster opened the innings and after seeing off the dangerous "Ede", the result was never in doubt. The latter dominated the partnership easily outscoring the more studious Boycs.

Disappointingly and somewhat unfittingly, Clegster (the team's most consistent performer all season) was out with only 2 runs required for victory. The Chef joined his skipper and the very next ball went for 4 byes to give us the title.  

It was a resounding victory and credit to the Scoles team who were gracious  in defeat despite naturally being hugely disappointed after leading the table all season.


Monday 19th July 2010


Meltham 119 for 4 (20 overs)
Holmfirth 86 for 8 (20 overs)

We travelled the short distance to our near neighbours on the back of the suprise defeat last week but bouyed by the knowledge that a victory would leave us only 2 points behind leaders Scholes with a decider at home against them the following week. Earlier in the season we had trounced the home side and confidence was high.

A full side minus the perenially absent Skipper was assembled and Clegster again won the toss, electing to bat on the minefield that is Holmfirth. Matt decided he would return to the openers slot and he and Cleggy were soon helping them selves to the runs but it was hardly the buffet served up by the opposition in the previous encounter - who bowled with at least some discipline and less arguments this time round!!!

Wardy was out caught behind for 15, the Chef then returned to some form and he served up another tremendous knock, with he and the skipper both retiring with 31 n o. The Vac selfishly ran himself out for 11 and Alec was castled by England for 9 after receiving a warm reception from his cousins in the opposition ranks and the fact that his dad was a recent former player!

Chris Hinch was run out or lapped by "T" last ball leaving us with a respectable 119, although this was under 1/2 the score we had posted against them earlier.

In reply the Thornton brothers opened teh batting and runs were at a premium after another tight opening spell by the Vac and Mr Reliable (Cleggy). The latter dismissed the elder Thornton  caught behind by "T" and Alec then also had his other cousin dismissed in the same manner, taking great pleasure in doing so. It was a welcome return to form for the 2 Under 11 bowlers with Alec ( 3- 12) and Jack Hinch ( 3 - 12) both bowling superbly to destroy their middle order. They wer backed up by an excellent all round fielding display.

The home side fell short by 34 runs and victory was gained ( in the presence of the Scholes coach - no doubt making notes and returning home a worried man!!!) which set up the title decider a week later.

We were now only 2 points behind the leaders with 4 up for grabs.

Monday 12th July 2010


Meltham 78 for 5 (20 overs)
Upperthong 79 for 5 (16.4 overs)

After 3 excellent victories with very young sides this was surely a home "banker", it was still neck and neck with Scholes at the top.

Boycs was still away with Yorkshire, Surfer boy was either injured (broken thumb or Barbados bound) and Clegster retained the captaincy and elected to bat. Matt decided he didnt want to open and lots were drawn with only "T" volunteering.

He was soon castled for a blob by France and had it not been for the stand in skipper the score would have been a disaster. He duly retired with 31 n o , including a couple of now trade mark lusty blows into Dathans.

The Chef and Alec offered some resistance scoring 11 & 12 respectively but the final total of 78 for 5 was hugely disappointing. Taking nothing away from the "Thong" though they bowled well and the most disappointing aspect was the lack of sinlges and the judging of runs by the lads. Of the 120 deliveries sent down by the opposition, 81 were dot balls!!!

Still with the confidence we had gained over the season, it was thought that the score was defendable.

Hopes were high when the visitors were teetering at 21 for 4, after another fine opening spell by Cleggy, who finished with 3 - 11. It was as if the away side had held their big guns back and the youngest Clowes and Oakley steered them near to victory before Clegster returned to dismiss Clowes for an excellent 27, Oakley scoring 31 n o at the other end.

Thong won at a canter and it was a disappointing result, however, there was some hope as Scholes' game was adandoned due to a waterlogged Shepley pitch. That left us 6 points behind with 2 to play and Scholes had a bye the following week, which meant we could still pip them for the title if we could win our last 2 games. 

Monday 5th July 2010


Micklehurst 114 for 6 (22 overs)
Meltham 115 for 2 (15.2 overs)

Who'd be in charge? At 3.30pm with only 7 men available due to school commitments, Yorkshire etc. Micklehurst were about to recieve a call conceeding the game when Kenners phoned advising that the School game at York had finished at that we could field 11 agin them from over them there hills!
There  was another  debut this week for the "old sounding" 10 year old Henry Wise! The 7 lads that were due to play had already received texts saying the game was off!!! Frantic texts were made ensuring that all grabbed their passports and ventured over the border to Micklefred.

Clegster again won the toss and decided to insert the home side and the Vac soon snared 2 victims, clean bowling both openers . Skipper Clegg  again bowled an excellent "county line" but for the 2nd week running was unlucky - he'd be better trying to aim for the 3 wooden things in the ground!!!

The next 2 batters helped themselves to some average bowling scoring 30 & 24 respectively until George skittled Cusick with his 1st ball, Young Kenners again impressed with the ball taking 2 victims, Jack Hicnch looked Rusty after his 2 weeks in the Cuban sun, Jakey bowled well and Manuel again cleaned bowled another victim with his variety of offerings. 

Sam "Oompah Lumpah" Clegg was excellent behind the stumps in his first game keeping at this level, conceeding only 2 byes.

Micklehurst posted what seemed like a healthy total of 114, which wthey probably thought  would  be difficult to chase with the away side being young and relatively inexperienced !!!

Clegster opened with Wardy and they soon helped themselves to the wayward opening attack, particularly the "shaggy looking mop" of the left armer Dooley. Wardy hit some excellent shots and easily outscored his skipper who seemed intent on Gaylording it at the other end - scoring 10 singles in a row!! The fifty came up in the 6th over and by the time the 2 openers had retired - both  scoring 30, the game was never in doubt. The Vac (batting with a hanky for his second nose bleed at 3) and Alec scored 12 & 14 respectively before both  holing out going for a big shot  when they should have both been content to get "red inkers".

It was left to Chris Hinch and Sam Oompah Lumpa to guide the team to an excellent and well deserved victory inside 16 overs.

An excellent result that keeps the pressure on Scholes in the remaining games and it was noted that there would have been calls for the Managers head if he had conceeded game in mid afternoon!!!!!

Monday 28th June 2010


Meltham 124 for 7 (22 overs)
Marsden 102 for 7 (22 overs)

Clegster again stood in for Boycs again on duty wi't county side! Although he "rocked up" for the start. There were debut's for Yorkshire girl Armo (playin agin her dad's home team), Ollie Clegg and George Kenworthy. Half Tracker turned up with a suspected broken thumb about 20 mins late!!

Toss won and Cleggy had no hesitation in batting and opened with Matt. The latter was soon back in the hut , bowled for 8. The Vac enetered the fray (suffering from a nose bleed at the thought of batting at the dizzy height of No. 3) and he and the Skipper tucked in to the Marsden buffet being served up. Cleggy reached his 30 and retired and the Vac just missed out , holding out at mid on for an excellent 27.

Young Jakey soon followed LBW - with apparently only the bowler meekly appealing. T hit  some nice boundaries before departing for a brisk 15, Hollie went for 3 , half tracker for a blob - but had the excuse with  his thumb for a change
. Sam Clegg fell for 1 , leavingh George (5 no) and Manuel ( 1 no) to post a respectable 124, aided by 27 extras. Pick of the bowlers for the home side was Butterworth - 2 for 8 off 3.

Marsden set off well with both openers scoring freely and they both soon earned their retirements with a half century partnership off 10 overs. After they left the Home side did not put up much resistance, with no-one else getting into double figures. Manuel "snared" 2 victims, one stumped and one bowled, Jakey added 2 and George grabbed one in a fine all round debut performance, also catching one for Half Tracker.
The result was never in doubt after the openers went and again a fine victory was achieved. There was also the news that Scholes had slipped up for the first time and that we were still in with a chance of the league.

Monday 14th June 2010


Shepley 111 all out (21.5  overs)
Meltham 112 for 3 (16 overs)

ain after some rain during the day, we entertained lowly Shepley - who prooved to be a much better side than their lowly position suggested.

Boycs was back at the helm- winning the toss and electing to bowl. Obviously hearing about last week's decision to open with Clegster, 1/2 tracker was left as 1st change.

Clegster prooved miserly conceeding 5 runs off his 4 overs, bowling without any luck. 1/2 tracker again showed improvement in pitching the ball up taking 2 for 14. Only Walker (32 retired) and Gledhill (20) showed any real resistance as extras were again 3rd  high scorers!!!

Jack Hinch snaffled 2 victims as did Manuel , Boycs 1 and then it was left to Jakey to mop up with 2 for 0 off 5 balls.

Regular openers Boycs and Matt took to the crease to lead the chase - the latter again going cheaply for 7. The chef and skipper both batted superbly yet again and reached their usual retirements scoring 32 & 31 respectively.

The returning Jakeman was clean bowled for a blob having an ugly mow - hardly Yorkshire standard!! Also 1/2 tracker lasted a couple of balls, scoring 10 inc a large 6 before again being "castled", leaving Mr Reliable -  Clegster ( 6 n o) and another red inker for "T" ( 4 n o) to complete the chase with another 7 overs to spare.

Well done lads - no game next week due to Holmbridge withdrawing.

Monday 7th June 2010


Slaithwaite 62 all out (only 10 men) 18.1 overs
Meltham 63 for 4 (only 10 men) 12.1 overs

Arrived at Slawit to be advised that Young Jakey was away wi Yorkshire at Scarboro and we only had 10. This was after receiving the disappointing news the day previously from  the skipper's grandad that he was not available either - Thanks for letting me know guys!!

Luckily the opposition only had 10 as well and a good decsion was made to elect the Clegster as acting Captain. He won the toss and inserted!

He also and wisely changed the opening attack. He and the Vac opened and produced a fine opening spell which soon had the home side reeling at 13 for 3. A change downhill brought 1/2 tracker on and to the amazement of all he produced a devastating spell of 4 for 5 off his allotted 4 overs, pitching it up and using the slight slope to great effect. Manuel chipped in with 2 wickets and eventually the 10 men were all out for 62 with only Eddie Garside (20) coping with the varied Meltham attack.

After some rain during the day the odd ball popped and some kept low and it wwas not going to be easy to knock them off especially without the Yorkshire Boys!

The chef  and Matt opened the batting in the chase and the latter soon went ct & bowled for 4, Chef soon followed for 15 - the first time he'd been out all season in the 15's. Cleggy and 1/2 tracker soon followed and this left the Vac and "T" to guide us home with plenty to spare.

Another excellent win which left us joint top with Scholes despite us having played one more game.

Tuesday 1st June 2010


Meltham 143 for 2 (20 overs)
Delph & Dobcross 128 for 6 (20 overs)

Due to the Bank Holiday open age fixtures, the game was moved to the Tuesday. We entertained them from over them there hills. The sun again shone!

As a result of the Holiday week, we were minus the services of the consistent "chef "- with young Sam Clegster being drafted in.

Boycs won the toss and elected to bat against only 10 Delphinians who had been able to safely negotiate passport control at the Marsden border .

Boycs ( fresh from his 1st second eleven 50 the day before) and Wardy both made up for last week's disappointment, punishing wayward deliveries , the latter racing to his retirement (32 n o)before the more watchfull skipper (31 n o). Clegster, after a string of impressive performances -( now seeing him on the verge of regular involvement in the 2nd eleven squad) was promoted to 3 in Chef's absence and enjoyed the Chef's role "tucking in" to the bowling served up and he soon retired ( 31 n o).

Jakey scored a brisk 10 before being caught and 1/2 tracker soon followed for 9.

The Vac then produced his best batting display hitting a quickfire 16 not out (after receiving some lengthy coaching tips from Boycs) and "T" was 3 n o at the end, with the home side scoring a respectable 143.

Delph mounted a serious attempt when the run chase began. Simpson batted well for his 30 no, again helped by numerous half trackers from one of the opener's, with the other having 2 sixes hit off him also.

The runs were stemmed by another excellent spell from Clegster - 4 overs, 1 maiden 2 for 8, The vac entered the attack and after taking a wicket in his first over, he was dispatched by the impressive Sykes who scored 29 before the vac finally removed his man.

Boycs threw the ball to Jakey instead of his usual change bowler Jack Hinch and he snared Lyons LBW in his first over but then bowled disappointingly. The skipper also entrusted the last 4 overs at the top end to Manuel much to the scorers disapproval - who was seen leaning out and shouting that he was wrong to allow Manuel to bowl the last over. Manuel was unfazed ( I think) and bowled his last 2 overs for 4 runs to the gritty left hander Nathan Jones  ( son of 1st team skipper Grant and Lancs U11 prospect) to the short boundary. Cousin D Jones was run out for 18 and Nathan was left high and dry on 19 n o at the end with the home side eventually and in the end more comfortably than the coach had thought winning by 15 runs.

In truth Delph provided a stiffer test than we thought but again the overall bowling display was diasspointing and had it not been for some excellent "hoovering" in the field by the Vac and the fact that for once extras didnt reach double figures, then the home side may have somehow managed to lose!

Monday 24th May 2010


Scholes 144 for 5 (23 overs)
Meltham 102 for 8 (23 overs)

This was an eagerly awaited top of the table clash between two previously unbeaton sides - something therefore had to inevitably give!

At the start there was hot sunshine and the home side won the toss and had first dig on the usual low strip. Again the opening partnership for the away time was not at its best - there was the usual odd good ball and many "half trackers" by the lad formerly known as Brett Lee but who will now be known as 1/2 Tracker!!! - he did snare Thompson for 1 but the other  opener Brennan , aided by Ede Pearson quickly moved the total on, both earning their retirements.

The runfest was halted by some excellent bowling from the Clegster, 3 overs  1 for 6 but to the coach's surprise, Boycs didnt allow him his 4th over at the death when the slog was on? Wright added a valuable 23 , the vac snared Fowler for a duck , Jakey and Manuel Moulson picked up a wicket each but the Home side finished with a healthy total of 144 for 5 off their alloted overs , with extras piling up again at 25

At the interval the sun disappeared and the temperature dropped 15 degrees or so. The chase got off to a poor start with Wardy being bowled for a duck ( lack of feet movement) and Boycs being snared behind for 9 off the impressive Pearson.

The only resistance came from the promoted Chef , who scored a chancless and excellent 33 n o, the middle order was again disappointing with too many thinking they could hit every ball out of the ground, Clegster hit a couple of decent shots before being castled, T ran himself out and that left Jack Hinch and Manuel to see out the overs as we finished on a disappointing 102 for 8 - again aided by 24 extras. 

Overall the display was disappointing but the Home side deserved to win and now head the table outright

Monday 17th May 2010


Meltham 244 for 2 (22 overs)
Holmfirth 88 all out (19.2 overs)

At last a bit of sunshine and the home side certainly warmed to the task against a poor Holmfirth side, maintaining their unbeaton league form.

Frainey won the toss and elected to bat - did he know something I didn't - had he seen their bowling "attack" or their fielding before?

All the batters tucked in to
the "buffet" served up by all 8 bowlers used by the away team. Boycs and Wardy smashed the openers to all parts of the ground and soon retired with their 30+ scores. The chef helped himself to another fine innings of 30 +.

Even Myles managed to club 30+ after being disappointing in recent innings. The Clegster and Vac also retired with their 30+'s. The latter only due to "T''s" unselfishness!!!!

Only Jakey (14) and Chris Hinchliffe (8) got out - both to powerfull shots that were surprisingly held onto by Greenwood & England.

In reply, Holmfirth could only amass 88 - largely due to G Thornton's hard hitting 31 - mainly at the the expense of another short pitched display by Brett Lee. As with their bowling and fielding they struggled to run between the wickets and 3 batsmen were run out by a distance.

At the end, the elder Hinchliffe ( bowling for the first time this season) clean bowled the last two in the space of 2 balls and is on a hatrick next time . Manuel the spinner bowled economically with no luck -  4 overs for 2 runs and Jack Hinch picked up two wickets.

There is not much else to report on this one sided affair and we now look forward to taking on the favourites for the title - Scholes away next Monday.

Friday 14th May 2010


Golcar 90 all out
Meltham 63 all out

Unbeaten Meltham 
entertained a strong and indeed "older" Golcar side in the 1st round of the Cup.
Much to the disappointment of the umpire / coach the weather had not "warmed up" much from Monday.

Golcar won the toss and opted to bat, the new ball was taken by regular partners Boycs and Lee - the latter again bowling some quick deliveries but was sometimes wayward. Frainey bowled well and bowled the dangerous Lockwood with one that nipped back. Alec caught Berry in the covers and after the "chef" pouched "Yorkshire Boy" Hendy off Boycs for 1, the home side appeared to be on top.

Impressive early spells from Cleggy and the "vac"  and 2 suicidal run outs left Golcar's innings in tatters and they were teetering at approx 50 for 7. Then the left handed Wood took a liking to the "vac's" decision to go round the wicket and hit 22 off the over.

The tail wagged without scoring at the other end and Boycs returned to clean up finishing with 4 for 14 but Golcar had somehow managed to reach 90 all out with the assistance of some wayward deliveries and a high extras count of 25 after the home side sent down no less than 15 wides.

Meltham's innings got off to the worst start possible with Hendy clean bowling Boycs and Myles in a tremendous double wicket maiden first over. Wardy then ran himself out and with less than 2 overs gone we were staring defeat in the face at 2 for 3.

Chef and young Jakey steadied the ship, grafting and each making 12 before both falling to the impressive spin of Lockwood , who finished with figures of 3 for 8 from his 4 overs.

Eventually, we were  dismissed for a disappointing 63 - which was improved by 19 extras.

The lads need not be too downhearted as the away side were nearly all a year older and in some cases at least 4 years older than the 3 Under 11's representing us. Good luck to Golcar in the next round and we need to pick ourselves up and return to winning ways against Holmfirth this Monday.

Monday 10th May 2010


Upperthong 85 for 9 (20 overs)
Meltham 88 for 3 (15.3 overs)

The match was played in winterlike conditions - damp, clammy and overcast - in fact it was almost a replica of the corresponding fixture last season. The team continued their unbeaten run against their stiffest opposition yet.

Thong won the toss and elected to bat - we assume as they realised it would be even colder and darker in the second innings!!!

The coach / umpire again took to the field in woolly hat and supplied with a "girly" hand warmer from a kind and caring supporter!

There was some particularly wayward bowling friom regular new ball pair - Boycs and Brett. The latter took a liking to finding the middle of the track whilst the former struggled with the "Slawit type slope". Opener Ed Clowes enjoyed the buffet served up and retired on 33 n o after surviving one of the easiest caught and bowled attempts that has been witnessed - even the coach said he'd have snaffled it!! - It must have been a dolly!!!! - eh Boycs? Stand in keeper Wardy also dropped a relatively simple chance off the luckless Boycs. He eventually got one in the right spot with the final ball of his spell, cleaning up Oakley for a blob.

At the other end, Surfer Boy finally pitched one up and castled Bowers.

The middle order were contained by reasonable spells from the "vac" and Cleggy ( now known as Meercat for some reason). They both captured a wicket apiece

It was left to Jack "Hinch" to mop the tail up, finishing with 2 for 9 from 3 impressive overs.There were no wickets for young Jakey or spinner "Manuel"

Only some resistance from Mighall (16 n o) allowed the Home side to reach a creditable 85.

Considering the bitterly cold conditions, the ground fielding and "backing up" was superb and the Coach was happy with the score etc.

At the end of the first innings, the umpire welcomed the sight of Armo and Hollie entering
the ground and he didnt need asking twice when Hollie offerred to score!

Meltham's reply was slow particularly against an impressive opening spell from Will Clowes, who soon had Wardy caught and bowled. Scoring was difficult - so much so that it took Boycs over 12 overs to reach his inevitable retirement, Clowes giving him his sternest test so far this season. For the record Boycs scored 32 n o. Myles soon fell to France for 1 - not getting in line!!!

Young Jakey arrived at the crease and commenced his assault on the attack and was soon  outscoring his senior partner, aided by his efficient counting  and running on the last ball of 4 consecutive overs!! - that might explain why Boycs took 12 overs to retire. Jakey continued to enquire of both umpires how many deliveries were left, his skipper was not amused, the coach however found it highly entertaining and Alec bludgeoned four impressive boundaries before fallin to a diving catch at point for an impressive 24.

The "chef" and "meercat" were left to close the innings with nearly a quarter of the overs to spare, finishing with "red - inkers" of 11 & 7 respectively.

It was an excellent third win on the trot and we now turn our attention to the Cup this Friday when we entertain Golcar who will surely provide another difficult test.


Monday 3rd May 2010


Meltham 129 for 3 (20 overs)
Micklehurst 75 for 5 (20 overs)

Micklehurst won the toss and inserted the home side on a sunny but bitterly cold Bank Holiday evening.

Regular openers - skipper Boycs and Matt Ward carefully built the innings particularly against a tight opening spell from the accurate Anderson. Boycs soon got into his stride taking a liking to the width delivered by Daniels up the hill, stroking some delightfiul cover drives and yet again retired (31 n o). Matt continued and seemed determined to reach his first "retirement" of the season and eventually reached his milestone.

Boycs' retirement brought Myles "Brett Lee" Whitworth to the crease, a couple of nice boundaries followed before he inexplicably called for a "suicidal" run to the keeper who had fumbled before quickly recovering to "throw" the stumps down leaving "surfer boy" Brett stranded without his board and run out by 1/2 a pitch length!

Cleggy (not feeling his usual self) soon followed for a duck, clean bowled with a near "double bouncer".

Greg "the chef" Cooke joined Matt at the crease for his first innings of the season, he was chomping at the bit to get in on the action and soon had Matt scampering for singles etc. "Cookey" served up a veritable feast of boundaries , scoring his 30 n o in no time and retiring (at the interval he quickly asked how many balls he'd faced, when the scorer i.e. me, who was suffering from near hypothermia at the time couldnt tell him he quicky retorted that Lauren always knew in the Under 13's!!!!).

Chris Hinchliffe scored a quick 13, before being cruelly run out on the last ball by the "Vac" going for a third, the "Vac" ended 3 n o.

The new ball was taken by Boycs and Brett Lee, with both bowling a better line than the week earlier and at pace. Boycs bowled opener Devlin for one and then Brett managed to get one to rear at the "giant" Robinson , but still made hard work of what appeared a simple caught and bowled!

The "Vac"  then "sucked up" a catch at mid off , obviously seeing it late, before safely "bagging it" to give Boycs another victim.

Skipper Boycs then caught Buckley - Weldon on the drive off Lee. The hyphen had already led a charmed life after having his off stump "rattled" by Lee's urban pace  first ball - only for the bails not to come off. In fact the bails never moved  - leading to 11 home players asking if the away umpire had glued them on?

After some solid resistance by the diminutive Whitehead , Jack "Hinch" soon "warmed" his hands up with a caught and bowled.

Cusick hit some lusty blows and finished 28 n o, but in the end, the visiters were never in the hunt.

All in all a thoroughly proffesional performance by the lads in difficult and extremely cold circumstances and they continue their winning start to the season.

On a final note, a quick thanks goes to the scorer, umpire and coach who was close to losing all feeling in his hands by the end of the game!! He then had to retire to the bar to "thaw" out!

Monday 26th April 2010

Result :

Marsden 62 all out (18.2 overs)
Meltham 64 for 2 (12.2 overs)

New Skipper - Will (Boycs) Fraine won the toss and had no hesitation in putting the opposition into bat. 

The  new look under 15's - ( there are no players left from last years team) took to the field with 2 under 11's, 2 under 13's in their midst.

Tight opening spells by Boycs and Myles Whitworth kept Marden's 2 best batters at bay. An inspired bowling change by the skipper led to Cleggy coming on at the top end and he immediately "castled" Smith who was looking dangerous at the time.

Whitworth then removed Marsden's number 3 when a ball was skied to mid off - the umpire was as surprised as everyone else when Rob Moulson safely pouched without as much as a fumble!

Another change this time at the bottom end brought Dave "the vac" Dyson into the attack and the little man "hoovered up" the middle order , taking 4 wickets for 9 runs in 4 impressive overs, including 3 cleaned bowled.

Finally, the tail was "mopped up" by long haired  spinner Rob Moulson, who took 3 for 6 off 2.2, all clean bowled, as he bamboozled the batsmen. The coach was amazed at his performance as he had spent the majority of the first net last week fetching his ball from Dathans!!!

Boycs opened the batting with Matt Ward, with the latter struggling to get his feet moving, but we know he will score decent runs this time. Matt was bowled by Wood.

Whitworth soon followed, again clean bowled. Young Alec Jakeman entered the fray, and set about helping himself to 2 legside "6's", in an unbeaton 14 not out. At the other end Boycs reached his 30 and retired ( it wont be the last time we see that this season) .

That left Cleggy (7 not out)  to score the winning runs with nearly 10 overs to spare.

The lads can be pleased with their efforts and I hope that they can maintain this form for the rest of the season!


Under 13s

2011 Season


*Meltham 118-3 (A.Vickerman 27, J.Hinchcliffe 25)
Kirkheaton 74a.o. (N.Swift 26; C.Greenwood 3-4)


Lascelles Hall - conceded

6/6 v Kirkburton

No play due to rain.

3/6 v Green Moor (Cup 2nd round)

After a late start at Green Moor as half of the team were lost trying to find the ground, Green Moor went from 27 after 5 overs to only 34 after 12 before crawling to 62-8 in their overs. Main wicket takers were Holly Armitage 3-1 and Jack Hinchliffe 2-5. This total provided no problems as the total was reached for the loss of one wicket in the 9th over with Chris Hinchliffe 26* and Alec Jakeman 19*. The team remain unbeaten after only losing 6 wkts in 5 games and now visit Kirkburton in the Quarter final.
30/5 v Armitage Bridge

Opposition failed to appear but points gained put team top of the table.
23/5 v Delph

On a hot morning at Delph, Meltham fielded first and performed as if still half asleep as Delph raced to 47-2 after 6 overs. Against the grain of the general fielding there were 2 key run outs, this took the momentum from the innings and it tailed away to finish 88 all out with 2 wickets each to Jack Hinchliffe, Sam Clegg and Joe Townend. In reply Meltham batted almost faultlessly as Gregg Cooke and Chris Hinchliffe took the score to 39-0 after 10 overs before accelerating to complete a 10 wicket win in the 16th over. Retirements for Greg Cooke, Chris Hinchliffe, Ashley Smallwood and Alec Jakeman helped the final 20 over total to 123-1, the only blemish being Sam Clegg's dismissal from the final ball.

16/5 Upper Hopton at home (Cup 1st round)

Again batting first Meltham reached 92-0 after 10 overs before finally totalling 158-1. Five retirements from Gregg Cooke, Chris Hinchliffe, Alec Jakeman, Sam Clegg and Jack Hinchliffe were all at better than a run a ball. The pick of them was from Sam in his 1st innings of the season.

Upper Hopton were never likely to threaten this total but worse came when they slumped to 30-8 before finishing on 51 all out off the last ball to the 4th run out of the innings. Wickets came from Joe Townend (3-4),Sam Turner (2-7) and Jack Hinchliffe (1-1) with James Sunderland bowling well again to only concede 2 from 3 overs. A good start to the season so far with 3 wins and only 4 wickets lost in 3 games but tougher test are to come.

9/5 Denby Dale at home

Retirements from Gregg Cooke and Chris Hinchliffe took Metham to 55-0 in 11 overs before Alec Jakeman (26 in 10 balls) accelerated the innings as 40 were added in 3 overs before not out innings from Hollie Armitage and George Kenworthy gave a final total of 126-2. 

Despite being 77-2 in 11 overs, Denby Dale never looked like getting the total and after exellent spells from Jack Hinchliffe (2-4) and U10 James Sunderland on debut (1-3) they were left requiring 31 from the last over from Henry Wise, who took a wicket on debut, but despite two 6's they finished 16 short on 110-5.

2/5 Rastrick away

Meltham batted first and after losing Chris Hinchliffe to the 4th ball of the game they proceded to a reasonable score of 108 without losing another wicket,with retirements from Greg Cooke, Ashley Smallwood and Alec Jakeman. 

The Rastrick reply began well and at 72-0 after 12 overs they were looking in a comfortable position. With 9 required from 3 overs it looked all over but after hitting a four their third batsman had to retire leaving two new batsmen to get 5 from the last two overs. The field came in to save singles as both batsmen didn't look like beating the field. A tight over from Joe Bingham conceded two leaving 3 required from Joe Townends last over. 
A wicket second ball and a single from a dropped catch on the 5th left one to tie and two to win from the last ball. A mix up between the batters left them both at the same end looking confused but the ball was still not dead and after some encouragement it was thrown to the bowlers end for a run out and an unlikely one run win for Meltham.

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