Sam Wilson, the top bowler in the Foster’s Halifax League in 2014, has left champions Jer Lane for Aire/Wharfe side Pool after only one season.
However, Lane have responded with the double capture of an opening bowler in Mansha Khan and Booth all-rounder Chris Shannon.
Wilson joined Lane from Clayton in the last close season and led the attack with distinction.
An ultra-consistent line and length bowler, he topped the league averages by some way with 56 wickets at 12.55.
Jer Lane skipper Mick Hustler said Wilson had told him a few weeks ago that he wished to move.
“He said he had been approached by Pool and quite fancied it.
“We didn’t want to stop him doing what he wanted.”
Hustler said Wilson would be a big loss having ‘cleaned up’ the prizes at Lane’s end-of-season presentation, including the player of the year award.
However, Hustler said Lane were delighted with their two captures.
He described Khan as a “Bradford League legend” and said the player, nicknamed “Charlie”, came highly recommonded. He had played for Haworth Road in the Craven League in recent years.
Hustler said Shannon was one of the Halifax League’s best left-handed batsmen.
“He is a proven top opening batsman and still a young talent.”
Hustler said Shannon was also a very capable bowler and fielder and they hoped he would progress further.
Shannon’s loss is a blow to Booth, who finished 24 points behind Lane in the runners-up spot last season.
Shannon joined Booth from Bradshaw two seasons ago and in the latest season he scored 600 runs at the top of the order and took 30 wickets with his quick deliveries which swing in to right-handed batsmen.
Richard Laycock, who will be vice-captain to Robert Cockroft at Booth next season, said Shannon had told them he was leaving to join Jer Lane.
“Chris is a good all-rounder and it is a shame - we will have to soldier on,” he said.
“He started last season really well, had a poor period in the middle and then came back towards the end.”
Wibsey Park Chapel have confirmed that their move to former Bradford League club Great Horton is firmly on track.
The club will play in the Foster’s Halifax League next season as Great Horton Park Chapel.
Former captain Matthew Jordan, one of the Wibsey Park contingent who is helping with the switch to Edwart Street, said a groundsman had been appointed.
Improvements to the changing rooms would be completed in time for the 2015 season and it was hoped work on the ground would be done ahead of the schedule requested by Halifax League bosses.
“Everything is good and the members of the two clubs are inter-acting well,” Jordan said.
Great Horton were founder members of the Bradford League and hugely successful in the early 1900s.
They resigned from the league at the annual meeting in November.
None of their first teamers are expected to turn out for the the new side but Jordan thought some of the club’s older players might turn out for the seconds.