Danny McGuire


According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post, mercurial rugby league player, Danny Mcquire, has stated that this will be his final season playing in rugby league.

He says he will not be returning to amateur rugby but looks forward to returning to East Leeds Cricket Club, where he spent successful years as a junior before he turned professional for Leeds Rugby.

He was a very talented junior player who could possibly have made his mark in high grade cricket. He also looks forward to be able to spend time hitting that small white ball around.

 The McQuire family connection with East Leeds Cricket Club. (by John Steel)

Danny's introduction to East Leeds came through his family; Grandad Harry played cricket for Burtons in the Barkston Ash League before recognising East Leeds as the ideal trainng ground for his growing sons, Dave and Steve, due to the junior set up in place led by the late Geoff Raw.

Dave made a dream debut in 1972 with 121 not out for the 2nd XI versus ROF, becoming the youngest player to make a century for the club. He went on to skipper the under 18 side to success in securing the Northern Section championship of the Leeds Junior Cricket League in 1974 and becoming a regular opener in the East Leeds 1st XI for a number of years.

Younger brother Steve, (Danny's father) was the first player to score a century at junior level when he made 104 for the under 14s at Rothwell in 1977 and went on to contribute a fifty to an unbroken partnership with Paul Garner in a crushing win over a strong Castleford side to enable the under 18s to lift the Shuttleworth Cup in the same season. Steve went on to represent the Club at senior level picking up 4 fielding prizes on the way.

Danny excelled in junior cricket; his natural athleticism made him a brilliant outfielder and the stylish aggression of his batting was augmented by an excellent game sense which enabled him to build an innings in the context of the match; this led to him setting ( and still holding) the records of being the youngest player to have scored a century,(breaking his uncle Dave's record) and a half century in the senior sides, and at 15, the yougest to win the second XI batting averages in 1998.

Unfortunately for East Leeds. Danny's Rhinos contract prevented him from playing regular cricket from 1999 onwards. After a stellar Rugby League career, a return to pick up his cricket where he let off would be keenly anticipated. If he could get his younger brother Adam to play as well it could be even better. 




  1st XI   2nd XI    
27 April Windhill & Daisy Hill H Windhill & Daisy Hill A  
28 Crossbank Methodists A Crossbank Methodists H  
4 May Sandal A Sandal H  
5 Bowling Old Lane H     CUP
11 Heckmondwike & Carlinghow H Heckmondwike & Carlinghow A  
18 Brighouse A Hunslet Nelson H  
25 Gildersome H Gildersome A  
1 June No Game   No Game    
8 Azaad A Azaad H  
15 Rodley H Rodley A  
22 Oulton H Adwalton A  
29 Great Preston A Buttershaw St Pauls H  
6 July Rodley A Rodley H  
13 Oulton A Adwalton H  
20 Brighouse H Hunslet Nelson A  
27 Crossbank Methodists H Crossbank Methodists A  
3 August Gildersome A Gildersome H  
10 Azaad H Azaad A  
17 No Game   No Game    
24 Heckmondwike & Carlinghow A Heckmondwike & Carlinghow H  
31 Windhill & Daisy Hill A Windhill & Daisy Hill H  
7 Sept Sandal H Sandal A  
14 Great Preston H Buttershaw St Pauls A  



                                                                                  1st XI                           2nd XI

Batting                                                      Tom Chapman              Bobby Mushtaq                            

Bowling                                                    Tom Chapman               Bobby Mushtaq

Fielding                                                    Jacob Naylor                 Dan Thewlis

Captains Player of the Year            Jimmy Watling              Bobby Mushtaq

Players  Player of the Year             Tom Chapman              Sam Thewlis

                                               2018 Season Highlights

                                                    By John Steel


Jacob Naylor      His 172 at Great Preston was the 3rdhighest individual 1stteam innings in the club’s history – joint with Dale Jemmett (1995) and behind Steve Linton’s 235 v Highbury in 1990 and James van de Merwe’s 183 last year against Adwalton

Tom Chapman also registered a maiden ton with his 123 not out at Gildersome; his unbroken partnership of 159 with Shak Muhammed was also a club record for the 7thwicket.

Baz Hussain’s 4 wickets in 4 balls against Great Preston is a feat never before achieved by an East Leeds player; hat-tricks are rare enough with only 3 of our current playing staff having done so; John Steel, Allan Olbison and Zahid Tarvaz (and Martin Kent!)

Jimmy Watling’s all round performance of 50 and 5-29 at Cross Bank added him to small list of people who have achieved this feat at 1stteam level; (Tony Bryant, John Steel, John Bowden and Steve Linton being the others)


The 8 man demolition of Rodley at home was founded on a new record team score of 368-6; beating the previous record (against Netherton in 2011) by just 1 run.

Maiden centuries in the match for Zahid Tarvaz (174) and Adan Farnell (114 not out) doubled their previous bests for the club and Zahid’s innings was the third highest in history behind John Bowden (200 v Garforth in 1984) and Dennis Halliday (182 not out v Pudsey Britannia in 1954)

A maiden century was also recorded by Rajab Ali (120 v Heckmondwike at home)

Sam Thewlis’s maiden 50 at Adwalton made him the youngest player since Danny McGuire to have made a half century for the senior sides

Bobby Mushtaq’s final haul of51 wickets is the first time anyone has broken the 50 wicket barrier in the 2ndXI and the highest since John Gahan’s 53 wickets in 2005

2018 saw the retirement of Martin Kent who debuted in 1980 and ended in style being at the wicket when the winning runs were scored at home against Sandal; in all, Martin score 10,645 runs with 49 50s and 3 100s, the highest of which was in the 1stteam versus Garforth in 1994.


1000 runs            Tom Chapman

                              David Young

8000 runs            Danny Thewlis

100 Wickets        Bobby Mushtaq

600 Wickets        Allan Olbison