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Heckmondwike set to join new league in 2016

Heckmondwike and Carlinghow’s application to join the Central Yorkshire Cricket League (CYCL) has been accepted.

The club will leave the Huddersfield Central Cricket League (HCCL) after the close of 2015 season, and are set to join the CYCL for the start of the 2016 season.

They are set to follow local competitors Crossbank Methodists, who left the HCCL after the close of the 2014 season, and have now joined the CYCL for the upcoming season.

Before the start of the season, Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Dewsbury born Richard Pyrah will open Crossbank’s new clubhouse on April 3, after a substantial extension and improvement has been applied over the last year.

HARD WORK: Heckmondwike players after renovating the scoreboard last season.

HARD WORK: Heckmondwike players after renovating the scoreboard last season.

Cricket seems to be thriving around the local area both on and off the pitch, and Heckmondwike and Crossbank could potentially be a fixture to look out for in the 2016 season.

Peter Arundel, Secretary of the CYCL, is pleased to welcome back Heckmondwike to the league.

He added: “I believe that the league recognised the recent playing ability of the club and the potential to develop this ability further moving forward.

“It is also immensely satisfying to welcome back a name that is synonymous with cricket in the area.

“They were founder members of the CYCL and were a genuine powerhouse club for most of their time in the league until circumstances overtook the club and they sadly dropped out.

“The facilities on offer were for many years amongst the best in league cricket and so it is impressive and to the enormous credit of all now involved at Heckmondwike that those facilities have been returned to their former glories.

“The club appears to be stable, well organised and needs to play at a higher level to progress and attract additional players who will assist in growth and development of both the club and its structure.

Chris Allen, Heckmondwike’s first-team captain, is looking forward to the next chapter in the club’s history.

He added: “For the team and the club as a whole, joining the CYCL will be a massive and timely move.

“It is a really good league which will present various challenges along the way, with some excellent teams and quality players, but you always want to test yourselves as individuals and as a team against the best.

IN ACTION: Chris Allen batting in a warm-up game

IN ACTION: Chris Allen batting in a warm-up game last season, with Paul Cooper bowling.

“I feel that we have enough quality to go into the league and compete with each team no matter what division we start in, in order to create more history that already dates back 123 years.”

“We are determined as a team to sign off from the HCCL by coming away with the league trophy, and to win both the league and cup would be outstanding.”

Heckmondwike’s title challenges begins Saturday April 18 for both their first and second teams, with the first team away to Netherton A and the second team at home to Netherton B.

Heckmondwike confident they can challenge for the title again

The players at Heckmondwike and Carlinghow are confident they can go one step further this year and win the Premier Section of the Huddersfield Central Cricket League.

There was a tense finish to the 2014 season, with Heckmondwike just three points clear of second place Green Moor going into the final round of Premier Division games.

Moor managed to overtake their rivals and claim the league title with a comfortable victory against Upper Hopton, after Heckmondwike suffered a disappointing loss at home to Silkstone.

The West Yorkshire side finished the season runners-up on 212 points, just 11 points behind the title winners, and they expect to be challenging for the title again in the 2015 season.

Paul Cooper, last years first-team captain, said: “It was disappointing to be overtaken on the last day after being top of the table throughout the majority of the season.

“But I believe we can go one better next season and win the league, as the majority of last season we played some very good cricket but just let ourselves down in a couple of matches.”

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IN ACTION: Cooper batting in the victory against Edgerton & Dalton last season.

Cooper has recently decided to stand down as first team captain after nine years leading the team, with last season’s vice-captain Chris Allen set to take over if elected next week.

Cooper added: “It has been a thoroughly enjoyable nine years, with plenty of ups and downs.

“I’m disappointed not to have won any of the main trophies but it hasn’t been through the lack of effort in the team.

“I’m looking forward to being told where to bat and especially when I’m bowling during games,” he added.

Allen is hoping the club can win a major trophy this season, and believes both the first and second team has the quality to win both their leagues.

He added: “Last seasons league position did not quite reflect how well the team played and the quality of the individuals in the team, but to finish second place is a great achievement for any team.

“Overall the club should be happy with what was achieved”.

Jonathan Elstub, who finished the 2014 season 6th in the entire league’s bowling statistics claiming 30 wickets, said: “I believe with the talent we have and with a positive mindset, we can win the league, if not the league and the cup.”

Preparation for the upcoming season began this week, with the first of eight indoor net sessions at Heckmondwike Grammar School.

After setting up a junior section last year, this year the club will have an under nines and under 11s team in the Heavy Woolen Junior Cricket League, with the aim to produce potential first and second team players for the future.