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Wednesday 22nd November 2017

AGM Next Month

The Woodlands Annual General Meeting will be held at Albert Terrace on Wednesday 6th December with a 7.30pm start.  All members are more than welcome to attend.  The meeting is usually fairly brief so why not come along and get involved in shaping the club for the next 12 months and beyond.

Saturday 12th May 2018

Good Wins For Both Senior Sides

A good weekend for WCC saw both sides register their first league victories of the season.  Mark Lawson took 5 wickets and scored a vital 49 as New Farnley were beaten by WCC 1st XI at Albert Terrace in a match that saw the momentum switch from one side to the other several times.

Woodlands batted first and once again lost early wickets to find themselves at 48-4 but a half century from Greg FInn and 49 from Mark Lawson helped the home side recover to post 208-8 from their 50 overs.  Jack McGahan (28) and Muhammad Bilal (28*) both chipped in well too.

In reply, New Farnley started strongly, with Martin Andersson racing to 50 at almost a run a ball and he was well supported by Simon Lambert (20).  Once the first wicket fell though, New Farnley had no answer to the spin pair of Mark Lawson (5-44) & Kez Ahmed (3-36) as they took 8 wickets between them to rattle through the visitor's batting order.

When the final wicket fell, New Farnley had only batted for 38.2 overs and a victory margin of 73 runs for WCC was much larger than many had been expecting 10 overs in to the 2nd innings!

At New Farnley, 2 wickets for Tom Clee with the first 2 deliveries of the game set Woodlands on their way to a win over the 2017 league winners.

New Farnley were dismissed for 118 with the wickets shared around the WCC attack.  In reply, Kieran Rodger (40) & Kieran Collins (38*) starred with the bat to steer Woodlands to 121-7 to wrap up a 3 wicket victory.

Photo courtesy of Ray Spencer

The victorious WCC 2nd XI with the Priestey Shield at Methley CC last Sunday

Thursday 17th August 2017

Weekend Review

A successful weekend saw 3 wins out of 3 for WCC, 2 centuries scored and qualification for the Priestley Shield final with victory for the 2nd XI at Batley in Sunday's semi final. 

Lightcliffe provided the league opposition on Saturday, with the 1st XI game at Albert Terrace. WCC batted first and Sam Frankland carried his bat to guide his side to 210-6 from their 50 overs with Skipper Tim Jackson also weighing in with 33. 

​In reply, the visitors never really looked like reaching the required total and slipped from 143-6 to 143 all out as the home side grabbed 19 valuable league points.  Kez Ahmed took 3-21. 

​At Lightcliffe, WCC also took the honours thanks to 64 from the bat of Nick Rushworth and 4 wickets for Jack Bleazard.  Woodlands finished on 197-9 with the home side falling short on 183-8. 

Sunday saw the 2nd XI travel to Batley for their Priestley Shield semi final and the current cup holders made it through to September's final. 

Cieran Garner, standing in as Skipper in the absence of Steven Pearson, played a captains knock with an innings of 102. He then took 3 wickets as his team sealed a 31 run win and will now face Bowling Old Lane in the final.

Saturday 19th August 2017

Massive Weekend Ahead!

A big weekend ahead sees a top of the table clash for WCC 2nd XI on Saturday with the Heavy Woollen Cup Final on Sunday. 

WCC face New Farnley in league action on Saturday with the 1st XI away, looking for a win to keep alive their league season.  At Albert Terrace it's a 2nd XI top of the league clash with 2nd placed WCC facing leaders New Farnley knowing that a loss could spell the end of their league title challenge for 2017. 

Sunday is cup final day for WCC 1st XI with Hoylandswsaine CC providing the opposition just as in the 2015 final.  WCC came out on top 2 years ago at Ossett.  This year the final takes place at Bennett Lane, home of Hanging Heaton CC and starts at noon. 

Tuesday 27th March 2018

WCC Lose In National Indoor Semi Final

Woodlands journey in the 2018 ECB indoor tournament came to an end on Sunday at the finals day, held at Lords.  A great effort by the side had seen them progress through several rounds to make it to the last 4 in the country.  It was not to be however in the semi-final, as they were just edged out by eventual winners Hagley CC from Worcestershire.

None the less, the team can hold their heads up high and look back on their achievment with pride.

Monday 26th February 2018

Sir Lawrence Byford, CBE, QPM, DL

Woodlands Cricket Club are sad to learn of the passing of

Sir Lawrence Byford, WCC Vice President & long time friend of the club.

Sir Lawrence opened our sports hall in 1991 and also wrote the foreword for our centenary year celebratory book in 1994.

A devoted family man, Sir Lawrence was married for 67 years to his sweetheart, Muriel (nee Massey). She survives him, along with three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Woodlands Cricket Club would like to convey our deepest condolences to his family at this sad time.

Sir Lawrence Byford, 1925 - 2018

Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Club Dinner & Presentation Report

With a record number of people attending, Saturday's club dinner at Cleckheaton was a great success.  In the presentation which followed the dinner, there were some familiar names etched on the trophies along with some first time winners as well.  The prestigous Lawton Johson Trophy was awarded to Jeremy Bleazard in recognition of his efforts once again this year. 

The cricketing prizes were awarded as follows:-

1st XI Batting Prize - Greg Finn

1st XI Bowling Prize - Chris Brice

1st XI Players' Player Of The Year - Chris Brice

Freddie Marsh Trophy Winner - Chris Brice

2nd XI Batting Prize - Cieran Garner

2nd XI Bowling Prize - Jack Bleazard

2nd XI Players' Player Of The Year - Cieran Garner

John Burns Trophy Winner - Cieran Garner

Sunday 29th April 2018

WCC Defence Begins Today

Woodlands begin the defence of the Heavy Woollen Cup today with a tough visit to Kirkburton.  Having suffered an early setback at Hanging Heaton in the league yesterday, Woodlands will be hoping to get straight back on the horse and put in a much stronger performance against the Huddersfield League outfit.

The game starts at 1pm and for anyone travelling to watch the game, directions can be found here

Thursday 14th September 2017

Gala Weekend - Unclaimed Raffle Prizes & Thank you!

Sunday's gala day was moved largely indoors as the weather was not too kind, but everything still went ahead and thanks to having the sports hall, we managed to fit everything in!  Many thanks to all those who attended, voluteered or helped out in any way!

There were 2 unclaimed raffle prizes on the day - If you have white ticket 113 or white ticket 136, please call David on 07879 810234 to claim your prize.

WCC 2017 Presentation Opening Video


AUG 2017 - MAY 2018

Monday 11th December 2017

Christmas Bonus Ball Draw

Someone is in for a nice Christmas bonus this year with the £200 prize draw  in our 59 club taking place on Saturday 23rd December. 

Keep an eye on the National Lottery draw that evening, and if your lucky number matches the bonus ball, you will have your money in time to do a little last minute Christmas shopping!

Good Luck!!

A new set of numbers on the scorebox records Chris Brice's feat of achieving the milestone of taking 700 Bradford League wickets. 

The 700th wicket came against Farsley last Saturday.

Congratulations Chris

a terrific achievement!!!

Monday 11th December 2017

Christmas Fayre Goes Well

Despite a poor weather forecast and wintery weather, our Christmas Fayre went ahead as planned and gave people the chance to do a bit of Christmas shopping at some fabulous stalls.  There was lots going on, including some lovely Christmas singing from Oakenshaw Community Choir - many thanks as always to the choir for their continued support.

Thanks also to those who gave up their time to help out running the event!

There are still a few unclaimed winning raffle tickets - 100, 72, 104 & 83.  If you have one of these tickets, please contact David on 07879 810234.

Monday 9th October 2017

Junior Presentation Evening This Saturday

This Saturday evening from 7.30pm, it is our junior presentation evening at Albert Terrace.  All our juniors and their parents / siblings are invited, including all the members of our 2017 "All Stars" group.  The bar will be open and there will also be pizza, hot dogs, fries etc. available.

We'd love to see as many juniors attend as possible for what is always a good night - for any further info, please contact David on 07879 810234.

Saturday 2nd September 2017

Farsley Visit Today

Woodlands face Farsley today in the final home game of the season for the 1st XI.  Farsley still have a mathematical chance of winning the title this year, though it would take quite a dramatic series of events to see Hanging Heaton slip up from here.

Woodlands 2nd XI travel to Farsley for the first game of another massive weekend.  A win today is needed as they fight for the league title and then tomorrow is the Priestley Shield Final at Methley CC against Bowling Old Lane,

All games in September start at noon.

Monday 8th January 2018

Junior Indoor Nets

Christmas & New Year out of the way, thoughts turn to the start of the cricket season!  While warm summer days are still some way off, our junior training starts later this month (indoor of course!).

The training starts on Saturday 27th January in our sports hall and will run from 6pm - 7.30pm every week.  The cost is unchanged at £2 per child, per week, which is great value for money when you take in to account the facilities we offer & the number of qualified coaches in attendance every week.

Anyone from the age of 8 - 15 (school year 10 & under) is welcome to attend these sessions.  If you require further info, please don't hesitate to get in touch - 07879 810234 or

Saturday 5th May 2018

WCC Face New Farnley Next

Woodlands next opponents are New Farnley CC, with the 1st XI game at Albert Terrace and the 2nd XI game over at Lawns lane.  Woodlands want to kick start their league campaign after a false start last week with a big defeat at the hands of Hanging Heaton.  New Farnley had a much better start to 2018, beating Cleckheaton last week by 7 wickets in a match where Duckworth Lewis Stern came into play.

In the 2nd XI game, it's an early season match of the day, with the 2 teams winning all 3 major trophies on offer between them in 2017.  It's expected that both sides will be up there challenging again this term so the game promises much.

Both games start at 1pm and with glorious weather forecast all day, it is a great day to watch some cricket!

Woodlands batted first on Sunday and in tricky conditions, got off to a decent start, putting on 33 for the first wicket.  Opener Liam Brearley stood firm at one end to make a hard earned 63 as the scoring rate stayed low.  Jack Carter (23) also contributed well but at one stage the cup holders looked like they would fall a way short of 200.  Kieran Collins (38*) however had other ideas and hit 3 fours and 2 sixes as he shared in 2 partnerships at the end of the innings with Rob Medcalf (15) and Josh Griffin (10*) to help send his team to tea having reached 205-7.

In reply, Bowling Old Lane got about their business with no fuss - seemingly able to score easier that their counterparts and moving to 76 without loss.  Woodlands needed a breakthrough to stop heads dropping if nothing else.  Once they made that breakthrough, courtesy of Jack McGahan bowling Adeel Nazir (46), they did not have to wait long for the game to turn on it's head.

Old Lane went from 88-2 to 102-6 as their middle order just melted away and Woodlands could smell blood.  The lower middle order of Bowling Old Lane however, showed real fight and started to rebuild the innings - meaning WCC could not afford to take their foot off the gas.

In the end however, the reigning champions had just too much on the day and managed to finish the game off at the start of the 47th over to spark the celebrations!

Thursday 10th August 2017

Weekend Preview

A busy weekend of cricket again this weekend, with both senior teams in league action on Saturday, followed by a visit to Batley CC for the 2nd XI as they try to make it through to their 2nd cup final of the season. 

The penultimate home game of the year for Tim Jackson and his men sees the visit of Lightcliffe.  Lightcliffe have had a mixed season but sit 8th in the table and are well clear of the fight for survival.

Alex Stead has been the leading light with the bat for Lightcliffe this year and has scored 519 runs at an average of 34.60.  However, the undoubted highlight of Lightcliffe's batting this year is the Bradford League record of 227 not out, scored in one of only 3 Lightcliffe innings played by Yorkshire's Alex Lees this year.

Woodlands 2nd XI, will look for an improved performance after losing at home to Bowling Old Lane last weekend.  Leaders New Farnley have now opened up a 13 point gap in the chase for silverware, and WCC can not afford to lose any more ground to the leaders.  Lightcliffe 2nd XI sit at the opposite end of the table in 11th place and will need a result just as badly as the visitors.

On Sunday, it is back to cup action for WCC 2nd XI.  Already through to the Crowther Cup final, they aim to repeat the feat in the Priestley Shield.  Batley CC stand between WCC and a 2nd cup final and, with home advantage, will make Woodlands fight all the way .

Thursday 7th September 2017

Atkinson Leads The Way Vs Farsley

Alex Atkinson hit a faultless 110 not out to lead WCC to victory over Farsley in their final Albert Terrace fixture of 2017.

Farsley batted first and made a very competitive looking 241-9 with Ryan Cooper top scoring for the visitors with 77.

Elliot Richardson grabbed 6 wickets for Woodlands, finishing with figures of 53-6 from his 12 overs.

In reply, despite the loss of a few wickets, Woodlands made short work of their target, mainly thanks to Alex Atkinson who hit as good a century as you could care to see.  His 110 not out contained 11 fours and 8 sixes as he scored at will.  In the end, Woodlands won with over 11 overs remaining to claim 19 league points and give themselves a chance of catching Farsley for the runners up spot on the final weekend.

Thursday 7th September 2017

WCC Retain Priestley Shield!

There was more silverware for Woodlands at Methley Cricket Club on Sunday as WCC 2nd XI overcame Bowling Old Lane to retain the Priestley Shield.  This adds to the Crowther cup won a week earlier to make it a 2017 cup double for Woodlands 2nd XI.  Add to this the fact that they sit top of the league with one game to play - they could be celebrating an unprecedented treble come Saturday evening!

Alex Atkinson goes to his maiden Woodlands 100.

A Selection Of Images From Our Christmas Fayre

Thursday 7th September 2017

Gala Weekend!

This Sunday is our annual gala day which starts at 1pm and runs until 5pm.

There will be stalls, games, a bouncy castle,

a BBQ and refreshments.  The bar will also be open.

The dunk tank which was at last year's event will also be back - so if you didn't get to sit on the chair last year - now's your chance!!!

As in previous years, we are asking for donations for the tombola or perhaps a bottle of wine for the Whine or Wine stall - It's not too late - we will be accepting donations right up to the start time on Sunday so please help out if you can!

One final appeal for help is for anyone who likes to bake - we could still use more cakes for our cake stall - if you can bake something for us, we can collect it if you can't get it to the club - contact David Elam on 07879 810234.

Monday 8th January 2018

Happy New Year!

Woodlands Cricket Club would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2018 brings you everything you hope for and more!

Sunday 15th April 2018

First Weekend Postponed

Due to the recent wet weather, hampering many clubs in their efforts to prepare their grounds, the opening week of the season has now been postponed and WCC will open 2018 at Hanging Heaton on April 28th.

Click here to register now!!

Friday 25th August 2017

WCC Lift HW Cup & 2nd XI Go Top!

Woodlands once again lifted the Heavy Woollen Cup as they defeated Hoylandswaine CC in the final for the 2nd time in 3 years. 
On a fine day at Hanging Heaton, who hosted a great afternoon of cricket, both on and off the field, Hoylandswaine, batting first made 213 all out, largely thanks to the efforts of Chris Holliday (51) and Gurnan Randhawa (57) with Elliot Richardson taking 3-39 & Chris Brice 2-23 for Woodlands, who bowled and fielded well. 

The score, while competitive, looked a little below par if WCC batted well...this however, is not always a given and the Huddersfield League side would have felt they were in with a shout.  Sam Frankland and Greg Finn both scored half centuries to guide Woodies to the edge of victory, along with a useful knock from Alex Atkinson and despite a slight wobble with a few quick wickets lost towards the end, Mark Lawson & Jack McGahan were there to guide home the Albert Terrace side and secure the famous old trophy for the 2nd time in 3 years. 

A full report can be found on the Bradford League website by following the link.

A mixed Saturday saw Woodlands 1st XI slump to defeat at New Farnley while WCC 2ndXI moved back to the top of the table with a thumping home victory over title rivals New Farnley. 

Woodlands suffered a three-wicket defeat at the Barry Jackson Ground as they were dismissed for 138. James Middlebrook took 4-29 in his 15 overs with Dave Cummings taking 3-11. 

New Farnley opener Simon Lambert lead the home side's reply with 78 and despite the best efforts of former New Farnley skipper Mark Lawson, who took 4-47, the home team ran out comfortable winners. 

At Albert Terrace, it was a top of the league clash, with reigning Champions Woodlands, looking to keep their title hopes alive in a game against leaders New Farnley.  

A 115 run victory for the home side was a massive win for WCC and saw the draw level on points at the top. 

Woodlands made 214-8 in their innings with Jack McGahan (39), Jack Bleazard (35), Cieran Garner (34) and Nicky Rushworth (32) all chipping in. 

Kieran Collins (4-21) and Jack Bleazard (3-11) lead the way as New Farnley were bowled out for 99 in reply. 

Saturday 5th May 2018

WCC Heavy Woollen Cup Defence Starts Well

Woodlands put in a strong performance on Sunday, as skipper Tim Jackson led from the front with a sparking 117 to see his side through to round 2 of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup.  In an attacking display, which helped to warm the chilled spectators on a very cold afternoon, Jackson, was well supported by Greg Finn (46*) as the home side's total of 136-3 was passed with over 18 overs to spare. Luke Williamson (54*) and Alex Scholefield (42*) top scored for the Huddersfield League side.  Woodlands have been drawn to face Townville at home in round 2 on Sunday 13th May.

Monday 6th November 2017

59 Club Availability - Ball 50!

Ball number 50 in our popular 59 club weekly draw will become available from January.  The winner every week is decided by the bonus ball in the Saturday evening National Lottery draw.

The numbers don't become available too often, so if you want to get involved, now is a great opportunity...get in touch with either

Stuart Tordoff or David Elam (contact details available here)

The cost is £5 per month, with chances to win prizes of up to £200.

Saturday 12th May 2018

Double Weekend For 1st XI

It's a busy weekend for Woodlands 1st XI as they play at Pudsey St Lawrence in the league this afternoon and then entertain Townville at Albert Terrace in the 2nd round of the Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup.  St Lawrence are the early pace setters in the league after taking maximum points from their opening 2 fixtures under new skipper Chris Marsden.  Woodlands will be boosted however by last week's performance against New Farnley, as well as the arrival of new overseas Ishfaq Ahmad. 

This will be the first game on the re-laid square at Tofts Road so that will add an unknown dimension to the game.

At Albert Terrace this afternoon, WCC 2nd XI also face Pudsey St Lawrence with last week's victory having moved Steven Pearson's boys to the top of the fledgling league ladder.  PLS have only played one game so far, in which they beat local rivals Pudsey Congs.

Sunday sees the return of Solly Sports Heavy Woollen Cup action and Woodlands face fellow Bradford Premier League side Townville at Albert Terrace.

All matches start at 1pm and a decent forecast should allow for plenty of action.

Tuesday 29th August 2017

WCC Win Crowther Cup Thriler!

Woodlands beat New Farnley in a thriller at Scholes on Monday to lift the Crowther Cup for the 2nd time in 3 years.

Sunday 29th April 2018

WCC Beaten By Champions

With last weekend's fixtures being postponed, that gave Woodlands arguably the toughest opening match possible, with a visit to the home of 2017 champions Hanging Heaton.  Having won the toss and decided to bat, Woodlands got off to an awful start, with Skipper Tim Jackson out withouth troubling the scorers, caught behind off the bowling of Tom Chippendale.

Further damage was done by the young opening bowler, who finished the match with 5 victims, as the wickets of Greg Finn and Cieran Garner soon followed.  There was no respite from the other end either as David Stiff was miserly, conceding just 16 runs from his 12.3 overs, as well as picking up 4 wickets.

Woodlands found themselves 38-5 following the dismissal of Mark Lawson and staring down the barrel.  Sam Frankland offered some resistance as he scored 34 but was offered very little support, with Liam Collins (20) and Usman Salim (11) being the only other batsman to make it in to double figures.

A brief rain delay brought an early tea, but the home side wasted no time polishing off the visitors with the last wicket falling for just 96 from 38.3 overs.

In a match where Duckworth Lewis Stern came into play, Hanging Heaton had little trouble reaching their revised target of 93 with Gary Fellows scoring 31.  Kez Ahmed grabbed 2 of the 3 wickets to fall in an afternoon to forget for Woodies.

In the 2nd XI fixture at Albert Terrace, it was a MUCH closer contest as the game finished as a tie!  Hanging Heaton batted first and made 140 all out from 49.3 overs, thank mainly to a determined 38 from number 9 batsman Jordan Geldart.  Tom Clee grabbed 4-31 from his 15 overs and Kieran Rodger took 3-27.

In reply, Woodlands top order also struggled as they were reduced to 75-5 at one stage.  Jack Bleazard (33) and Kieran Rodger (25) rebuilt the innings though and Woodlands needed 5 to win from the last over to win the game.  4 was scored leaving the game as a tie in a nail biting finish.

Thursday 14th September 2017

Both Teams Finish In 2nd Place

Woodlands 1st XI claimed a big win at Batley on Saturday to sneak past Farsley by 1 point to finish runners up to Hanging Heaton in the final league table.  In a game shortened by rain which affected the Bradford League heavily on the day, Woodlands batted first in a 22 overs per side match and with a half century for skipper Tim Jackson and good contributions from Sam Frankland (38), Jamie Pickering (28) & Scott Richardson (36) the visitors made 164-5.

Elliot Richardson ripped through the home side's batting as he claimed 4 wickets for 13 runs and a wicket each for Mark Lawson & Chris Brice, along with 2 run outs, meant that the home side closed on 65-8 to lose by 99 runs and, in the process had to endure the heartbreak of relegation.

There was heartbreak too for Woodlands 2nd XI as the rain put paid to their chances of retaining the league title they won 12 months ago which would have seen them claim all 3 trophies on offer to them in 2017.  Going in to the day 1 point clear of 2nd place New Farnley, heavy showers throughout the morning meant the match was late starting and in the end was abandoned. 

New Farnley meanwhile, made short work of their win at home against Pudsey Congs to claim a full 20 points and the 2017 title.

Monday 9th October 2017

Race Night - Horse Sponsors Required!

We are still on the look out for people to sponsor horses at our upcoming race night which takes place on Saturday 21st October from 7.30pm

Horses can be sponsored at a cost of £5 and there is a prIze for the person who comes up with the best name for their horse!

If you would like to sponsor a horse, please get in touch with David on 07879 810234 or

Tuesday 29th August 2017

WCC Beaten At Townville

Woodlands 1st XI lost at Townville on Saturday while the 2nd XI beat Morley to move 2 points clear at the top.

Thursday 10th August 2017

Bradford & Bingley Beaten

Woodlands got straight back on the horse to register a win at Bradford & Bingley on Saturday after their home reversal at the hands of Hanging Heaton 7 days earlier.  Woodlands batted first, and minus skipper Tim Jackson, lost early wickets again, to find themselves 16-3.  Thankfully, the middle & lower order helped to rebuild the innings, Scott Richardson top scoring with 43 and Alex Atkinson, Liam Collins and Elliot Richardson all making useful contributions.

The visitors closed on 196 all out from their 50 overs and Yassir Abbas taking 4 wickets was the highlight of the home team's attack.

The home team lost wickets all too regularly to ever look like challenging the total set for them and though several players got starts, nobody could push on as Mark Lawson, Chris Brice and Elliot Richardson were all in the wickets.

Bradford & Bingley were eventually bowled out for 115 as WCC wrapped up a comprehensive victory.

At Albert Terrace, Woodlands lost out to Bowling Old Lane.  Woodlands would have felt they had a good chance of victory as Tom Clee (60*), Cieran Garner (44) and Jack Carter (43) helped reach 202-6.

The visitors had different ideas though and Zubair Najeeb (47), Shahid Alishan (37), Ahsan Alishan (30), and an unbeaten 39 from Sajid Khan helped them to a win with one ball to spare.