Cricketers in Oldham are set to receive a huge boost following the news that Glodwick Cricket Club (Glodwick CC) has secured a grant worth £25,000 from Barclays Spaces for Sports in order to install a modern drainage system at their Warren Lane ground.
Woodlands retained the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division championship in dramatic circumstances.
Four clubs were in with a chance of winning the championship going into the final day of the season and Lightcliffe were set win their first Division One title after gaining maximum 20 points by beating bottom club Undercliffe by 119 as Bradford & Bingley needed only five runs to beat Woodlands with four wickets left.
Wrenthorpe have won the Solly Central Yorkshire League Premier Division championship for the third season in a row. With one match remaining, Wrenthorpe have an unassailable 11 point lead over Methley, their closest rivals after beating Altofts by 32 runs.
Wrenthorpe are poised to lift the Solly Central Yorkshire League Premier Division title for the third year in a row after a dramatic last over win against Townville.
The reigning champions recovered from 90-5 to reach 217-6 thanks to a sixth wicket stand of 90 between Eric Austin (67 not out) and Greig Batty. Townville needed 25 to win off the last over, but could manage only 21 and finished on 214-7 as Wrenthorpe scraped home by three runs.
The First Division championship race is set for a dramatic finale on Saturday with four teams in with a chance of winning the title.
Reigning champions Woodlands, who were 45 points clear at the start of August, have seen their lead cut to four points after their third successive defeat and now only 11 points separate the top four sides.
York have won the Yorkshire ECB League championship for the sixth year in a row, pipping Harrogate for the title after Harrogate had led the table for most of the season.
They made sure of the title by beating their rivals by 140 runs at Clifton Park after making a formidable 289-5. Ryan McKendry scored an outstanding 140 and shared a fifth wicket partnership with Nick Kay, who who was undefeated on 57.
York will play Wanstead & Snaresbrook in the Kingfisher Beer Cup Final after both sides enjoyed comfortable wins in their respective semi final ties.
In York, the hosts welcomed Bamford Fieldhouse from the Saddleworth & District League in Lancashire who had a number of star names to call including ex-Lancashire and England wicketkeeper Warren Hegg, who was captain for the day, and Chris Schofield, who less than a year ago helped Surrey to the CB40 title at Lord's.
Reed CC were have been crowned the Yorkshire Tea Village Cup champions after beating five-times finalists Woodhouse Grange by six wickets in a thrilling final at Lord's.
Tom Greaves was the hero of the day, leading Reed’s pursuit of 185 with a blistering 51 from 49 balls that included seven fours. Earlier he had claimed 2 for 22 in nine probing overs of offspin, including a wicket first ball.
Wimbledon Cricket Club won the ECB National Club t20 Finals with a convincing seven wicket victory over Northern Cricket Club at Edgbaston yesterday.
Wimbledon, who also won the Surrey Championship this season, took early wickets with disciplined bowling from Darren Hooey (3-28), Will Leith (2-11) and captain Neil Turk (2-8) to bowl Northern out for 90 in the final over.
Pudsey Congs won at leaders Woodlands by one wicket after a dramatic last over on a day of exciting finishes in the JCT 600 Bradford League First Division. It was only Woodlands second defeat of the season.
The defending champions posted 201-8 with Simon Mason (44) and Chris Brice putting on 65 for the third wicket and, when Mason was out, Brice continued to hold the innings together finishing on 73 not out.
Cricketers from the villages of Reed in Hertfordshire and Woodhouse Grange in North Yorkshire will pit their cricketing skills against each other when they meet at Lord’s on Sunday 9th September to contest the final of the 2012 Village Cup, sponsored by Yorkshire Tea.
To get to Lord’s, both sides have progressed through six regional knock-out rounds followed by a national quarter and semi-final.
Nantwich's young Lancashire Second XI batsman Louis Bentley has been announced as this month's Gunn & Moore Cricket World batting performer of the month. Across four matches for his club, the 22 year-old hit 313 runs at an average of 156.5, including two unbeaten centuries.
After a long, wet, challenging season, the Kingfisher Beer Cup is down to the penultimate stages with the semi-finals due to take place on 26th August. York CC will be hosting Bamford Fieldhouse CC and Havant CC will be hosting Wanstead & Snarebrook CC for what is set to be a tense weekend!
They bowled out Mills for 131 with overseas player Sarfraz Ahmed taking 5-34 and Pieter Swanepoel 4-42, but they found themselves in trouble after sliding to 64-6 before Sarfraz came to their rescue, guiding them to a two wicket victory with a disciplined innings of 38 not out.
The following day York had to settle for six points in their match against Rotherham. Snell was in even better form, hitting 17 fours in his 140 while Oliver Hairs made 70 in York’s total of 293-3. However, Rotherham denied them maximum points as they replied with 228-7 with Stuart Guy (90) and his brother, former Yorkshire wicket keeper Simon (47) their top scorers.
Leaders Woodlands’ 15-match unbeaten run came to an end when they suffered a 51-run home defeat against Lightcliffe to give renewed hope to the chasing pack in the First Division title race.
Chris Taylor made 63 and Alex Stead 55 to enable Lightcliffe to reach 220-6 before bowling out the defending champions for 169, slow left arm bowler Chris Greenwood taking 3-58. Woodlands’ top scorers were opener Sam Frankland with 48 and Chris Brice 34.