League to mark centenary with Yorkshire game

The Foster’s Halifax League is to play Yorkshire at Copley in a Twenty/20 game to mark its 100th anniversary season.

The match will take place on Friday, August 16 and league secretary Neil Myers said that as Yorkshire had no first team game that day it was hoped that the Headingley club would field a strong side.

Myers said the event would be a joint fundraiser for the league and Copley, who were hard hit by floods last year as they attempted to complete their new clubhouse.

Meanwhile, Bradshaw batsman Wayne Cotton has agreed to manage the league side for a second season.

Cotton, a former captain of the representative side and a prominent local football referee, took the reins when Booth’s Geoff Laycock stepped down.

The Halifax League will again be playing in the West Yorkshire Area Cricket Council’s knockout competition.

Myers also reports that the league hopes to have its new website up and running by April 1.

The Queensbury official reports things to be fairly quiet on the registrations front.

Jer Lane have picked up young left arm bowler Matthew Johnson from Queensbury and Aidan Winnard from Buttershaw St Pauls.

Queensbury have gained Jason Thorpe from Illingworth and Amjad, an all-rounder who has played at Clayton and is expected to be a useful first teamer.

Ian Hall’s move from Elland to Blackley and young slow bowler Lee Broadbent’s switch from Bradshaw to Sowerby SP have also gone through.

“I am expecting a rush of transfers in two or three weeks,” said Myers.

Central Lancashire League champions Walsden have signed Indian teenager Shuhbam Harkal as their overseas amateur for this summer.

The batsman, who also bowls leg spin, is a replacement for Aussie Brenton Edwards, who changed his mind about coming to Scott Street.

Harkal shone in a few games in the Bolton League last year while visiting his uncle and he trained at the Cricket Asylum in Sowerby Bridge, where Walsden player Matt Dawson is head coach.