Mr. Mark Powell
For those who are still unaware, Mark Powell died on August 10th.
Mark had long given his enthusiastic support to Leeds schools cricket and had served the association in a number of different capacities, latterly as Under 15 District Manager.
Our thoughts are with his wife Josephine, and sons Josh and Will, both of whom represented the association, Will going on to play for Yorkshire at B team level.
I was delighted to see so many coaches and young cricketers with their parents and relatives at Mark's funeral. They did YSCA and LSCA proud, alongside the two hundred or so other mourners which proves, does it not, what a popular gentleman Mark was. Such a sad loss.
LEEDS M.D. 2016
This has been a good season for Leeds in terms of results - very few matches being lost - but a disappointing one in respect of the number of games played.
'District Cricket' has suffered, often because we have so many county players and could not put out teams when these players were unavailable due to Yorkshire commitments. I urge all those eligible to play for Leeds on residence to come to trials in 2017 so we can still fulfil fixtures even if county players are missing.
It is also true, however, those some of the other districts were not over keen on playing some of our sides. With such a congested county programme and other factors such as grounds and weather, it has proved virtually impossible to find dates for matches agreeable to both sides. The Under 14's have been badly affected, though many will have played a considerable number of county matches and still got their representative cricket. I apologise to those who do not fall into this category but have done as much as I and our other managers can to get teams on the field.
So what remains of this season? The Under 13's are playing North Yorkshire next Wednesday and some of our Under 9's have matches this Sunday and next Thursday.
LET ME ASSURE YOU ALL THAT THE PROBLEMS THAT HAVE OCCURRED THIS SEASON WILL NOT REOCCUR IN 2017.
Finally I would like to thank the Under 15's, some of whom have represented Leeds from a very young age, for their efforts over the years. I hope they will continue to get pleasure from the game and forge successful senior careers, alongside the dozens of other Leeds school boys currently playing league and professional cricket.
Some season highlights : Alex Cree 105 not out v. Cleveland Under 11; Dan Ford 104 retired v.
South Yorkshire Under 13; Sabir Mahmood 102 not out v. Yorkshire 10B;
Josh Neal 71 not out v. East Yorks Under 14; Arjun Ramkumar 71 v. East Yorks Under 14;
Jack Brady 69 v. South Yorks Under 12; Cameron Duncan 66 v. South Yorks Under 15;
Dan Ford 60 retired v. Bradford and Calderdale Under 13; Leo Diffey 58 v. Cleveland Under 11
Dan Ford 55 v. Kirklees and Wakefield Under 13; Jake Smart 52 retired v. East Yorks Under 13;
Jake Smart 50 v. Bradford Schools Under 13; Josh Bennett 50 v. South Yorks Under 15.
Bowling : Finlay Bruce 4-12 v. East Yorks Under 13.
If I've missed any other half-centuries or four wicket feats please let me know!
UNDER 9 DISTRICT CRICKET
At Scarborough College, YO11 3BA.
Sunday July 24th
Meet at 10am for an 11am start.
DISTRICT CRICKET UPDATE
District Cricket is up and running, although not as smoothly and we might have hoped. Leeds Under 11's have defeated South Yorkshire and Kirklees and Wakefield, lost to North Yorkshire and still have Bradford and Calderdale and East Yorkshire to play. The Under 12's have defeated South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire but still have the other three districts to play. The Under 13's beat first Bradford and Calderdale, then East Yorkshire and latterly Kirklees and Wakefield and have two further fixtures to arrange. The Under 14's defeated East Yorkshire so have four other games to come. The Under 15's beat East Yorkshire, then South Yorkshire but lost to North Yorkshire. They have Kirklees and Wakefield and Bradford and Calderdale remaining.
Poor weather , unavailability of grounds, county trials, squad sessions and matches- even club games - have all hampered progress. Consequently the remaining fixtures need now to be played at some time during the next six weeks. To ensure each team can raise a side to meet a specified date, I would be grateful if parents could text or email the managers of squad members to indicate when they are on holiday during that six-week period. (Under 11 : Tom Kilby, Under 12 : Andy Emmott, Under 13 and 14 : Keith Dickson and Under 15 : Mark Powell ). That way we can ensure that sensible dates for matches can be established and hopefully that the entire programme can be completed.
UNDER 15 DISTRICT CRICKET
UNDER 12 DISTRICT CRICKET
Meet for 12.15 pm for a 1pm start.
DISTRICT CRICKET FORTHCOMING FIXTURES
The latest arrangements are as follows.
There are still other fixtures to be arranged.
26th June Under 14 v. Bradford and Calderdale, h.
26th June Under 12 v. East Yorkshire v. Leeds, a Pocklington School
30th June Under 14 v. East Yorkshire, a
10th July Under 13 v. Kirklees and Wakefield, a
13th July Under 13 Leeds v. Bradford
15th July Under 12 v. Kirklees and Wakefield, h
25th Aug Under 13 v. South Yorkshire, a
29th Aug Under 14 v. North Yorkshire, a
I have tried to avoid county fixtures and not have too much representative cricket during the course of one week. In some cases this was impossible and there are clashes. Some county players will therefore be unavailable for certain district matches.
I will add other dates to this list as and when they have been arranged.
Under 11 Leeds M.D Cricket
Leeds v. Cleveland
Tuesday June 7th
10 am meet for an 11 am start.
The team is :
Alex Cree, capt. wkt.
Archie Haddon has a B team match the following day and so has been left out for this game.
Please confirm your availability by text or email.
Leeds Under 15 District Cricket
Leeds v. South Yorkshire
Monday 6th June at Wetherby CC LS22 5NB.
10am meet for an 11am start.
The team is: Vinit Patel, Jack Wood, Josh Bennett, George Hanson, Cameron Duncan, Will Powell, Will Pallister, Ollie Riley, Jaysal Benawra, Euan Hardy, Tom Hudson.
Players unavailable or not selected for this match will play in the next fixture.
Please confirm your availability to Mark Powell.
Whit Festival Under 13 district cricket
Tuesday May 31st v. Bradford and Calderdale
10 am meet for an 11 am start.
Thursday June 2nd v. East Yorkshire
10 am meet for an 11 am start.
BECAUSE OF HOLIDAYS AND INJURIES, THE TEAM IS THE SAME FOR BOTH MATCHES:
Ford Capt/Wk, Smart, White, Johnson, Bahi, Rooprai, Bruce, Hay, Cane, Newlove, Rooke and Stephens.
Please confirm your availability by email or text.
UNDER 12 DISTRICT CRICKET
Under 15 District Cricket
Leeds v. East Yorkshire
Sunday May 15th
at Kirk Deighton C.C Mark Lane, Kirk Deighton LS22 4EF
The Leeds team is: Vinit Patel, Will Newton, Josh Bennett, Cameron Duncan, George Hanson, Jack Wood, Ollie Riley, Robert White, Jaysal Benawra, Will Pallister, Tom Hudson.
Start time is yet to be decided. Mark Powell will contact.
Will those who have not already done, so please confirm to Mark Powell.
For this game Simon Wood will be in charge.
Under 13 District Cricket
Leeds V. Kirklees and Wakefield
Wednesday May 18th
at Carlton C.C. Town Street, Carlton WF3 3QU.
10am meet for an 11am start.
The Leeds team is : Dan Ford, Jake Smart, Johnathan White, Leo Johnson, Finlay Bruce,
Josh Stephenson, Gurtaj Bahi, Harvey Winn, Matthew Caines, Joel Newlove, Seb Cane,
Other members of the squad will play in matches 2 and 3, as the squad will be rotated.
Please confirm to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07773722952.
Leeds Under 12
Please take note of these new additions to the squads, yet to be listed in the squads pages..
Under 11 team - Joseph Young
Under 12 team - James Elsworth
Under 15 team - Jaysal Benawra
The First District Teams For The New Season
Under 10 vs. Bradford and Calderdale
Sunday April 17th at Kirk Deighton C.C.
12.15 meet for a 1pm start.
Riley Scott-Ellis capt.
Jack Rogers, wkt.
Under 11 vs. South Yorkshire
Sunday April 24th at Hymer College, Hull
10am meet for an 11am start.
Alex Cree, capt. wkt.
Under 11's please confirm your availability via emailor text 07773722952.
Under 14 and 15 district cricket begins on May 1st or 2nd.
Under 12 begins on May 15th
Under 13 begins on May 18th
These details to follow.
Please note, Leeds sqauds are now listed here. Names may be added.
MORE ON DISTRICT CRICKET
I am concerned that a number of players who are potential county cricketers have not attended their respective age-group trials this time. These include some of our senior players at Under 15 and Under 14, a significant number of boys who attended District Centres and/or Bronze Pathways, and are Leeds-qualified, and a few who were nominated by their clubs but never showed up. Leeds-qualified means you live within the metropolitan boundary. Boys who may have mistakenly attended trials for other districts are not qualified for those teams.
These boys will not be considered for district cricket unless they make it known they are still interested and can explain why they did not attend their trial.
For non-county players, not playing district cricket could have its consequences. District cricketers will get first choice of available places in the Pathways programme for 2016/17. Those not playing district cricket could conceivably miss out.
Despite what you might hear/see elsewhere the restructuring of Leeds teams is nothing to do with postcodes. There are boys who do not have a Leeds postcode but live in the Leeds district - they go to Leeds trials. There are those who have a Leeds postcode but live outside the metropolitan borough. They go to North Yorkshire, Bradford and Calderdale or Kirklees and Wakefield trials, as that's where they live. I will not be making exceptions to this rule.
DISTRICT CRICKET : A STEP TOWARDS COUNTY CRICKET
Later this year the ECB are to issue a blueprint which will
include their ideas regarding the future of 'elite' cricket. We are already aware that it will
stress the importance of district cricket as a means to achieve higher
standards in the game and safeguard its future.
With regard to district cricket, we in Yorkshire are and,
for some time, have been ahead of the game. I believe District Cricket, region playing region, began in
the late 1990's when West Yorkshire Under 13's played South Yorkshire at
Doncaster Town. Tim Bresnan and David Stiff opened up to Paul Cummins and
Andrew Parkin-Coates. After half
an hour I turned to my colleague and said 'This is better than most of the
county cricket we play'.
As Six District Cricket from 2016 onwards, we can make it so
again. Initially, however, it sits
below A and B team county cricket, but above Schools Association and Inter
League Cricket. Eventually it may
prove to be more productive than B team cricket. In 2016 the six teams in each age group will play one another
and the county B team (apart from in West Yorkshire where a combined team will
play the B team). Beyond 2016 some
age groups are likely to stay at six matches, but others may rise to 10.
It was considered important when we sought to revamp the
current District Cricket set-up that it should be independent of the schools
associations (In fact it has always been run by the YCB and not the YSCA. It
was merely coincidental that some schools managers managed district teams) and
of the various leagues across the county. And it is highly significant that the Under 9 and Under 10
competitions this year will, for the first time, take on the same structure as
those from 11 to 15.
As a consequence of this, it was decided that residence
should be the sole factor in determining who plays for which team, not which
school or which club, or where a player was born. Nor should managers be
reliant on postcodes, which can be very confusing. Boundaries exist between the metropolitan boroughs and other
areas in Yorkshire and these will decide where X or Y plays. This is
logistically simpler than other systems and provides a better (though not
perfect) spread of the 'elite' players. Both Leeds and North Yorkshire, the two areas that produce
most county players, will lose substantially more players to other areas than
they gain. So now, a young man starting at nine years of age with
representative cricket will have a clear idea as to who he will be playing for in
the foreseeable future..... and why.
What is open for discussion is some sort of surplus rule. Does Leeds have so many spinners, for
example, that they won't all get a decent go and would it be better loaning one
out to another area who doesn't have any ? I am unsure about this and we can't put in into practice if
the player and his parents don't want it to happen. Also, that player would have to have some connection with the
team he was going to : birth, school or club. What worries me most is that this could create something akin
to the chaotic schools appeal system and take up a great deal of administrative
We want the standard of district cricket to be as high as we
can make it. Consequently A team players should play for their districts as
often as possible. Managers should try to avoid county matches when
establishing fixtures. We believe
it will be better for B teamers and boys from District Centres to play with and
against A team players. However,
there is no doubt that county players especially are playing too much
representative cricket. I estimate
that an upper limit of 25 matches is about right - more than 25 is too much
long-overs, high-intensity cricket. So an Under 11 county A player might play 19 county matches
and six district ones only; an Under 13 A player 15 county matches, six
district ones and up to 4 possibly for others, such as the North Yorkshire or
South Yorkshire teams. It is very
tempting to do otherwise, but this probably means that players may only play in
one age group at district level.
To make the district teams look more distinctive and feel
more important, each district will be allocated an appropriate kit to be bought
and worn at district matches.
Consequently, squad sessions will be held, some time after district
trials, when squads have been selected, in order that boys might try on what
they wish to buy.
Under 12 and
Under 13 trials
Several players who were expected at Leeds trials, either
having played for Leeds last year or having been at District Centres or on
Bronze Pathways, did not attend
the trial on March 15th.
If they wish to be considered for 2016 teams they should seek
to explain their absence and make it know that they wish to play. Then
arrangements can be made for their assessment. Otherwise those who did attend
the trial will take their place.
Leeds trials 2016
Tuesday March 15, Under 12 and Under 13 (in 2016)
Tuesday March 22, Under 10 and Under 11
Tuesday March 29, Under 14 and Under 15
All trials are in the East Stand nets at Headingley between 4pm and 6pm.
Please note that 2015 county A and B team players need not attend these trials. Their progress will be monitored at the Gold, Silver and Bronze centres. However, last year's Under 10 A and B team players are invited to attend as this is their first year within the Leeds set-up.
Also, these trials are now for LEEDS METROPOLITAN DISTRICT teams.
You have to live within the Leeds Metropolitan boundary to qualify.
Those who go to school in Leeds but live outside the Leeds boundary should go to their appropriate district trail - North Yorkshire, Bradford and Calderdale or Kirklees and Wakefield.
Any further enquiries should be addressed to Keith Dickson by email or to 07773722952.
Tues 5th Jan 2016
DISTRICT CRICKET IS CHANGING
for the better, with more teams and more matches, which will provide more intense competition for county and potential county players.
Districts have been re-organised along these lines : Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, North Yorkshire and Cleveland, South Yorkshire and East Yorkshire and Selby.
Each team will pay the other five during the course of the season, as well as the county B team (although it will be one combined West Yorkshire team which opposes the B team and not three).
The first three fixtures for each team will serve the purpose of outdoor county trials, which will be succeeded by age group final trials comprising of the best players from the district squads.The other three matches will be played from the beginning of June onwards, to maintain some formof continuity - something that been lacking with previous district schedules.
The programme is designed to provide opportunities for some boys to preserve their elite player status and for others to achieve that goal. Around ninety players from each of the age groups from 11 to 15 will take part.To ensure the full programme gets underway in 2016, the YCB needs more Managers and/or Coaches.
Managers/coaches will be required to:
1. Help select each age group team.
2. Organise, manage and coach that team for six fixtures across the season.
3. Find grounds on which to play their home matches.
4. Arrange for scoring and umpires.
Please note that some matches will take place on Sundays, some during holiday periods and a few during mid-week term-time. Each district will have a convenor who oversees the entire programme for that area.
Players will be selected on residence only. For example, Leeds players must live within the Leeds Metropolitan District. It is boundaries that count. Postcodes, where you go to school, were born or play your club cricket is not relevant.
Trials for district teams will take place during the spring of 2016 and the first matches for some age groups will take place on April 24th.
Anyone who wishes to be considered for a job as Manager or Coach, which promises to be bigger and better than any other similar competition in the country, should contact Graham Purdy at the YCB office 0113 2899245.
Those specifically interested in managing/coaching a Leeds team should ring Keith Dickson on 07773722952.
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