1956 Garforth Away 1st XI Won        
  Garforth 155-10 A Pickersgill 27 J Barker 34* R Cockerham 32 A Weir 5-28 A Quin 3-28  
  East Leeds 157-8 K wardman 23 E Longbottom 52 G Raw 29 G Davies 26 V Birch 5-41  
1956 Leeds Police Home 2nd XI Lost        
  Leeds Police 143-10 Buchel 21 Hutchinson 25 Hudson 67*      
  East Leeds 111-10 D Wharton 41 T Caine 40 Hudson 3-24 Hutchinson 4-43    
1962 Kirkstall Away 1st XI Won        
  East Leeds 176-6 G Raw 98* K Wardman 40        
  Kirkstall 125-9 A Lakhani 33 L Wilson 34 D Thorpe 21 A Bowden 4-20    
1962 Kirkstall Home 2nd XI Won        
  East Leeds 122-10 R Warley 44 E Holdsworth 22 W Ellison 22 G Swithenbank 4-25 W Taylor 4-37  
  Kirkstall 117-10 N Naylor 32 G Swithenbank 26 S Rich 3-29 L Kellett 3-24 D Steel 3-22  
1973 Colton Home 1st XI Won        
  East Leeds 181-10 D McGuire 53 G Raw 32 P Clarke 34 R Gatecliffe 22 G Kirby 3-33 R Horner 3-26
  Colton 122-9 G Kirby 39 D McManus 30 H Horner 24* G Curtis 4-35 J Newell 3-26  
1973 Colton Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Colton 154-10 A Atha 33 E Precious 30 A Carr 33 D Raw 3-33 H Bedford 4-26  
  East Leeds 80-10 M Swales 40 G Casey 5-42        
1979 Rothwell Home 1st XI Won        
  East Leeds 150-9 Gerry Curtis 26 J Webster 35* D Warren 3-22 D Beswick 4-36    
  Rothwell 94-10 P Hopwood 27 S ich 3-16        
1979 Rothwell Away 2nd XI Won        
  East Leeds 200-5 D Wharton 101* N Mellor 21        
  Rothwell 93-10 S Rothery 28 D Render 4-37 A Coulthard 3-19      
1984 Colton Home 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds 110-10 S McGuire 67 R Horner 5-25        
  Colton 114-4 R Horner 48* M Galley 34*        
1990 Carlton Home 1st XI Lost        
  Carlton 176-4 K Taylor 57 K Sampson 50* R Sampson 26 K Mellor 3-54    
  East Leeds  72-10 Gary Edwards 27 D Cooper 7-25        
2001 Hunslet Nelson Home  1st XI Won        
  Hunslet Nelson 212-10 A Newton 71 J Cockroft 38* J Gahan 3-51      
  East Leeds  214-3 G Collins 32 S Booth 87* J Steel 42 N Aslam 26    
2001 Methley Away 2nd XI Lost        
  East Leeds 132-10 Gary Edwards 24 J Long 23 J Watling 36 A Wailes 8-34    
  Methley 135-4 N Richardson 40 A Wailes 24* M Elliot 28      
2007 Northowram Home 1st XI Rain Affected Draw        
  East Leeds  26-0            
2007 Woodkirk Away 2nd XI Rain Affected Draw        
  East Leeds 86-0 S Lines 43* R Grimley 34*        
  Woodkirk DNB            
2012 Wakefield Thornes Home 1st XI Won        
  Wakefield Thornes 54-10 P Hinchliffe 21 A Olbison 7-17        
  East Leeds 56-2 J Watling 26*          
2012 Mirfield Away 2nd XI Won        
  East Leeds 163-10 M Kent 64 J Steel 32 B Thornton 3-27 D Nicholls 3-27    
  Mirfield 91-10 A Lines 4-27 R Ellis 4-10        
  Thanks to John Steel            


Captain Tom Chapman  with 123* and Saqab Mohammed with 69* shared an unbroken record 7th wicket partnership of 159 against Gildersome on Saturday June 23rd, smashing the previous record of 95 by Adam Lines and Matt Surtees in 2009.

Our Club statistician, John Steel, has kindly produced the following list of partnerships.






1962 Highbury Home 1st XI Lost          
  Highbury 188-5 A Wilson 101* R Lupton 50 C Coggin 3-45        
  East Leeds 160-9 K Wardman 59 G Raw 49          
1962 Hunslet Nelson Away 2nd XI Lost          
  Hunslet Nelson 193-9 W Southworth 40 T Halliday 45 H Lawrence 20 L Kellett 4-72 C Armitage 3-53    
  East Leeds 98-10 W Ellison 37 E Murphy 4-40 H Lawrence 6-22        
1973 Normanton Away 1st XI Rain Affected Draw          
  East Leeds 147-10 D McGuire 22 G Raw 59 P Clarke 21 A Bryant 6-40      
  Normanton 35-5 D Steel 3-15            
1973 Normanton Home 2nd XI Won          
  East Leeds 143-10 D Raw 42 A Wheelhouse 41 J Croll 21 A Knowles 3-54 B Dean 4-26    
  Normanton 113-7 I Cusworth 27 B Dean 25 J Newell 3-21        
1979 Woodhouse Away 1st XI Rain Affected Draw          
  Woodhouse 165-6 A Fletcher 40 G Mendes 27 I Brooke 57 K Mellor 3-51      
  East Leeds 105-5 D McGuire 28 P Newton 21 Gerry Curtis 40 M Fletcher 3-44      
1979 Woodhouse Home 2nd XI Lost          
  East Leeds 107-10 S Walton 26 S Fletcher 6-31          
  Woodhouse 111-8 I Bass 24 I Crossley 27* S Rich 4-38        
1984 Mirfield PC Away 1st XI Lost          
  East Leeds 105-10 D McGuire 27 S Azhar 3-44 M Holroyd 5-42        
  Mirfield PC 108-0 D Laycock 35* M Lumb 68*          
1990 Woodhouse Home 1st XI Won          
  East Leeds 161-10 G Broughill 62 D Stocks 24 Gary Edwards 28 C Carden 5-68      
  Woodhouse 128-!0 S Crossland 23 S Bray 25 C Carden 21 A Joyce 20 S Linton 3-53 V Patrick 3-22  
2001 Horbury Bridge Away 1st XI Won          
  Horbury Bridge 126-10 N Hussain 23 A Bedord 30 M Roberts 6-33        
  East Leeds  127-3 G Collins 32 S Booth 64*          
2001 Liversedge Home 2nd XI Won          
  East Leeds 216-10 Gary Edwards 42 Steve Lines 26 N Mellor 41 M Kent 26 R Welbourn 29 H Abid 4-39 R Clarke 5-54
  Liversedge 181-10 R Ellis 67 S Atkin 33 D Metcalfe 27 R Welborn 4-54 W Rennison 4-24    
2007 Altofts Away 1st XI Lost          
  East Leeds 58-10 S Hashmi 5-26 T Mason 5-31          
  Altofts 59-3              
2007 Northowram Home 2nd XI Lost          
  Northowram 235-6 S Brittain 78 D Hensby 32 J Lister 64 A Pearce 3-29      
  East Leeds 196-10 R Grimley 82 S Lines 24 S Brittain 3-20        
  Thanks to John Steel              
1956 Woodhouse Away 1st XI Rain Affected Draw        
  Woodhouse 48-2 A Whelan 24*          
1956 Woodhouse Home 2nd XI Rain Affected Draw        
  East Leeds 77-10 K Rich 31 R Guthrie 4-11          
1962 Carlton Away 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds 77-10 120-10 K Wardman 35 C Coggin 22 W Stocks 21 A Wright 6-55 D Hampton 3-28  
  Carlton 123-1 A Sweet 78* G Gray 30        
1962 Carlton Home 2nd XI Won        
  East Leeds 137-10 R Varley 43 V Archibald 30 G Taylor 5-43 K Oldroyd 4-28    
  Carlton 122-10 B Lumb 41 P Clayton 20 S Rich 4-43 A Bowden 5-36    
1973 Carlton Home 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds  109-10 T Caine 26 G Raw 50 P Stanyard 3-37 D Mattinson 4-25    
  Carlton 110-2 J Walsh 35 K Taylor 37 S Burton 27*      
1973 Carlton Away 2nd XI Lost        
  East Leeds 106-10 J Bedford 21 E Wollitor 26 S Smith 4-30 P Ziegler 3-43 L Todd 3-31  
  Carlton 107-3 J Field 55* K Clayborough 34        
1979 Pudsey Congs Home 1st XI Won        
  Pudsey Congs 140-8 A Emmett 30 P Marsh 24 R Middlebrook 24 P Malpas 20 K Mellor 3-28  
  East Leeds 144-7 J Webster 30* S McGuire 43 I Raistrick 3-22      
1979 Pudsey Congs Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Pudsey Congs 138-8 T Morton 24 D Reason 60* D Steel 3-45      
  East Leeds 49-10 D Glover 4-11          
1984 Otley Town Home 1st XI Won        
  East Leeds 202-10 S Walton 21 N Mellor 56 S McGuire 42 K Mellor 28 K Connolly 4-47 D Noble 4-51
  Otley Town 195-9 T Mahoney 34 D Thompson 27 J Pullan 40 K Mellor 3-57 W Quirk 3-62  
1990 Old Mods Away 1st XI Lost        
  Old Mods 184-10 G Brereton 74 I Burgin 28 I McDougall 32* K Mellor 3-24 J Gahan 3-42  
  East Leeds 179-8 G Broughill 47 D Stocks 24 V Patrick 25 K Mellor 31* G Brereton 5-46  
2007 Northowram Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Northowram 200-8 S Brittain 47 S Carey 56 M Lloyd 25      
  East Leeds 95-10 S Lines 49 C Jagger 3-11        
  Thanks to John Steel            

Leeds Cricket League Leeds Cricket Clubs, Since the old Leeds & District Cricket League folded, clubs in Leeds have had no other option but to play in leagues that have their traditional heart outside of the city. There are currently Leeds clubs playing in the Airedale & Wharfedale, Bradford, Dales Council, Nidderdale, Pontefract, Wetherby and York leagues. This has resulted in players having to travel further which, along with the length of games, takes too much time out of their day, sometimes over 8 hours. This is time that many just do not have any more due to an increase in family, work and other commitments. This is unsustainable and unless changes are made, the future is bleak. Another major issue that clubs have is engaging the next generation of cricketers. Many clubs have seen the number of under 17’s and under 15’s drop dramatically over recent seasons and some junior leagues have even dropped their under 17 competition. Having played shorter win/lose formats throughout junior cricket, the 45/50 over win/lose/draw formats do not appeal to many and as a result, they drift away from the game they once loved, some never to return. This needs to be addressed by senior cricket leagues otherwise all the hard work that our junior coaches are doing will be wasted as we lose them to other less time-consuming sports. So, what is the answer? In short, there isn’t one, but what can be done is to listen to what the clubs and even more importantly the players want and make this available to them, as without players we do not have clubs. Last year, the ECB produced the League Blueprint for open age weekend cricket and the findings are as good a guide as any to find answers to the current issues within senior league cricket. Some leagues have made minor changes based on these findings but nowhere near what is required to reverse the trend. This is clear to see as there are an ever-increasing number of forfeited games due to a shortage of players, even in some of the top leagues. There are also more and more teams and unfortunately entire clubs folding every year. Anyway, let’s get to the point of this letter. It is now time that clubs and players in Leeds had the option to play cricket in Leeds and not the surrounding areas and with a format that works for the players of today and tomorrow, not yesterday, therefore, a new Leeds Cricket League will be available for clubs to enter. This will start in 2020, possibly before (see below). The initial plans are to have: 1. A 40 over Saturday league o Open to all established Leeds clubs who have an acceptable ground, facilities, structure and disciplinary record. o Clubs may enter anything from one to four teams, and applications are welcome for just the reserve teams of the ‘bigger’ clubs in Leeds. o At an achievable over rate and including a short break for tea, the 40 over format will be completed within 5 hours, ensuring games are finished for 6-6.30pm. 2. A 20 over Saturday and/or Sunday league o Open to all established Leeds clubs as well as non-club teams (must become YCB affiliated) who may be groups of friends, work colleagues, etc. o Clubs may find this league ideal for their reserve teams and for bridging the gap between 20 over junior cricket and 40 over senior cricket. As well as providing the players with a format that they want to play in, we will also ensure that the clubs are looked after by the league, including: • Administration – In some leagues, the administration that clubs must adhere to is at ridiculous and unnecessary levels. This will be reduced significantly. • Rules – These will be simplified into a straightforward, concise and understandable format. We will still be playing cricket, just without convoluted rules. • Fines – The league will only have points deductions for rule breaches and will not collect fines, ensuring that much needed funds stay within clubs. • Flexibility – We will allow flexibility with start times, length of games, rain rules, registrations, etc all to ensure clubs are able to fulfil their fixtures. Other initial plans worth mentioning, include: • The league will not be part of the YCB Pyramid Structure which will give clubs the freedom to join without having to ‘qualify’ through their existing league. • There will be a limit of one overseas or one paid player per club in the top divisions, again ensuring that much needed funds stay within clubs. • The early rounds of the cup competition will be incorporated into the Saturday schedule resulting in fewer Sunday fixtures. As a new league, it will be so much easier to incorporate the findings of the League Blueprint and ensure we have a league that works for both club and players alike. The beauty of the new league is that it does not have any history, so there is no need to stick to out of date formats, rules and regulations that are only insisted on by league management committees because ‘that is how it has always been’. We can have a fresh start and get it right for the good of our clubs, our players and cricket in general. Our aim is to visit all the clubs who enter the new league to discuss what they want from it and to talk about how we, as a league, can help them grow using methods that have been tried and tested by other clubs. Now there will obviously be an impact on other leagues, but this should be seen as a positive, as they will revert back to more local leagues making it easier for their clubs to travel to games and raise teams. There may also be an impact on clubs as some players who want to play 50 over cricket may leave. These should easily be replaced as there are more players out there who don’t want to play 50 overs than those that do. Likewise, with paid players who will be replaced and at a much lower cost for clubs. So, what next. As the league is not yet YCB affiliated, no club is required to obtain permission from their existing league before discussing the possibility of joining the Leeds Cricket League. If your club is interested, please contact us and we will keep you informed of developments. We are not asking for clubs to commit yet, we just need to know who is interested and who is not to enable us to work with those that are, whilst setting up the new league. All correspondence will be treated in the strictest confidence. Nobody involved in the new league is currently on any other league management committee, so your interest will not get back to your existing league. You will be the first to let them know if you decide to enter the new league. It has recently come to light that there may be a large number of clubs from a local league who are looking for an alternative for 2019, hence the reason why this letter has been circulated now. Although this only allows clubs until the end of this month to make a decision, if there was enough interest, we would be prepared to set up an interim league for 2019 with a view to starting the new league fully in 2020. If you have any questions or thoughts on how the new league should be set up, such as formats, rules, etc, please feel free to contact us. Nothing is set in stone, so now is the time to help us get this right, from the start. If your club is interested, please let us know as soon as possible for which year, 2019 or 2020. Regards, Secretary Leeds Cricket League This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.