WHEN FORMER Heckmondwike and Derbyshire cricketer Roy Genders wrote his book ‘League Cricket in England’ he made special mention of the Bradford League’s Priestley Cup final at the old Yorkshire County Ground at Park Avenue, Bradford.
He describes a packed arena and a ‘carnival’ atmosphere for this annual event.
But now that the stand and the football club that shared the site are now gone the magic of the final lives on – and there can be few better places to stage the event than the picturesque Spen Victoria ground that played host to the 2016 participants.
Pudsey St Lawrence, challenging for a league and cup double were soundly beaten by Oakenshaw-based Woodlands in the end, but the Spen Victoria club, on Spen Lane, Cleckheaton, proved a credit to the district and there can be few better places for Woodlands’ Pakistani star Sarfraz Ahmed to end his 16-year Bradford League career.
The other cup final of interest to the district was the Crowther Cup, the Heavy Woollen 2nd XI competition, at Cawthorne CC where Hanging Heaton skipper John Carruthers led his side to a comfortable 127-run win over East Bierley.
Steve Bourne top-scored for Hanging Heaton with 60 out of a total of 209.
This was followed by James Byrne’s 5-33 with the ball who, along with Michael Horner, 4-33, knocked over the opposition for just 72 with a fine performance.