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Kez Ahmed RAS RHB Kez is also into his 2nd season at Albert Terrace after moving from Pudsey Congs CC in early 2016. Previously having played for East Bierley CC, with whom he topped the Bradford League bowling averages in 2012, Kez is a vastly experienced Bradford League cricketer who is also more than capable of chipping in with the bat when required..
Alex Atkinson RHB Signed for the club from Northern Premier Cricket League Division One side Penrith in time for the start of the 2016 season. Alex, who has Bradford league experience, having previously played for Bradford & Bingley CC had a best score of 108 not out in 2015 as he averaged 38.18 for the Cumbrians.
Alex scored 451 runs in his first season with Woodlands and will be looking to build on a decent first season this term .
Mark Lawson Mark needs little introduction to most. He is an experienced Bradford League stalwart and remains one of the leagues very best and is certainly an impressive all rounder who has much to offer a Woodlands side looking to add fighting spirit. Signed from fellow Bradford Premier League side New Farnley and having played first class cricket, Mark has talent with both bat and ball as 25 wickets and 4 half centuries in 2016 goes to prove.
Liam Collins LHB LAS
It is not without merit that Liam Collins joins the WCC 1st XI for 2017 as a top order batsman and we have already witnessed in his limited 1st XI outings that he is also a more than useful left arm spinner. Liam is a big game player who seems to play without nerves and great freedom. Having been an integral part of the 2nd XI for the last few years, he will want to grab his 1st XI chance with both hands.
Jamie Pickering A batsman who signed from Airedale & Wharfedale outfit Otley during the close season.
Jamie scored a magnificent 948 runs last season for Otley with a high score of 154 not out and is chomping at the bit to prove himself in the Bradford Premier League. He has certainly hit the ground running, notching up his maiden Bradford League 100 at East Bierley in early May!
Elliot Richardson RHB RAMFOur very own 'Top Gun' who earned his opportunity at 1st team cricket in 2015 having, since birth, risen through the ranks at Woodlands. He will relish the opportunity to display his ever improving bowling prowess after honing his skills in Australia over the winter months.
Elliot is not bad with the bat either, averaging over 18 in his first season in our 1st XI, underlining his potential to bat further up the order than number 11.
Scott Richardson RAMF RHB Scott has only ever played for Woodlands CC and hopefully it will stay that way despite overtures from other envious clubs. He followed his father (Wayne) into our 1st XI and is also joined by his younger brother Elliot. Since making his debut, Scott's bowling has improved to the point where he is now, by right, our regular first change bowler. His performances in 2013 attracted the attention of Cumberland Minor Counties selectors for whom he has played with some distinction to the delight of all at Albert Terrace.
Scott was a match winner in our 2015 Heavy Woollen Cup Final victory over Hoylandswaine with figures of 5-43.
Sam Frankland RHB RAM A product of Halifax League club Triangle who joined Woodlands from Elland CC for the start of the 2007 campaign. He was top scorer in his first season and he has proved to be a consistent and unflappable run getter, helping the club off to many a solid start. A brilliant out fieldsman, his little used slow/medium pacers have often been valuable, particularly in cup matches and are regarded as under used by many. Now in his 11th season at Albert Terrace, with a highest score of 163*, he has already won 4 championship medals and was stand in skipper in the 2015 Heavy Woollen Cup victory in Pieter Swanepoel's absence.
Greg Finn RHB WK
Greg was a newcomer to the team for 2015 having joined from Huddersfield League club Elland where he was captain. Greg brings experience and enthusiasm to the team with his glove work and has showed, when given the chance, just how capable he is with bat in hand as well. A fierce competitor, Greg sets very high standards in everything he does and is a real asset to the team.
Chris Brice LAS LHB Widely regarded as one of the league’s leading all-rounders, Chris, twice winner of the Sir Learie Constantine all-rounders trophy has won both the batting and bowling averages in the Bradford League. Brought up at Birstall CC in the Central Yorkshire Cricket League, has been with the Yorkshire academy and joined us from Cleckheaton CC in 2003. Along with Swanny & Saffy he has been an integral part of our 6 championships, Priestley Cup, Heavy Woollen Cup and Black Sheep Champions Trophy successes.
Tim Jackson (Capt) LHB Tim is in his 2nd season at Woodlands, having joined from near neighbours Cleckheaton. In the last few years, he has made a name for himself as one of the leading opening batsmen in the Bradford League, twice helping Cleckheaton to win the league title and in 2013 he won the League's "Players' Player of the Year" award.
Last season, Tim, in his first year as WCC skipper, led his side to a Priestley Cup Final win over Pudsey St Lawrence at Spen Victoria.
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