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2023/2024 Winter Round-Up

2023/ 2024 Winter round-up / Details of Junior & Senior Winter nets

Whilst the 2023 cricket season might be a fading memory, there has been plenty going on at our club in the "off" season.  

League Dinner

The Annual Halifax Cricket League Dinner was held at the Arches, Dean Clough on Friday 24th November. 
As a club, we took home a seven team/individual prizes on the night: -

2023 Crossley Shield winners - 2XI – captain Simon Hampshire
2023 Crossley Shield player of the match – Brad Holt
1XI Premier Division Trophy for wicketkeeping – Simon Wood       
Laurie Plumbe Trophy for wicketkeeping – Simon Wood
2nd Team Premier Division Batting average award – Mark Fellows
2nd Team Premier Division Wicketkeeping award – John Greenwood
2nd Team Premier Division Fielding award – Matthew Keast

Congratulations to all.

Club Dinner

Our annual club dinner was held the following evening at the Moorlands Inn, Halifax.  Many thanks to everyone who made the night a huge success, but special thanks to Yvonne Larkin and Rob Larkin who were the driving force behind it all.

A list of club prize winners can be found via the end of season Silly Point

Month by month round-up reports of the season can also be found on our website in the News Archive section.

Once again, thanks to all who attended and congratulations to all of our winners.

2023 Club Dinner photographs

Photography throughout 2023

A selection of photographs taken throughout the course of 2023.

2023 Team Photos
Sides in action
Junior Presentation Evening
The Astleys- January-December 2023

In Memoriam

The club are sad to have been informed of the passing of three former players, two who were part of our inaugural 1964 Parish Cup win.

Dennis Bowyer will be sadly missed by all who knew him at the cricket club.  Dennis started with us in the 1950’s and played for the club for over 20 years before moving on to play for Copley CC. 

Former captain Trevor Whittaker led the club to two Parish Cup finals in the 1960’s (winning one and losing one -both against Booth CC).  Trevor started his career with us in the late 1940’s and soon established himself as a 1st XI player and was elected captain in the early 60’s, just ahead of the two Parish Cup final appearances. His 5 wickets in the semi-final against Triangle in 1964 helped us make the final.  Trevor held the position as captain until he left for Illingworth in the 1970’s.

Glenn Priestley represented the club in the 1970’s and 1980’s and had also been a Halifax Cricket League Umpire.  We believe that he is the only person (on record) at our club to have taken all ten wickets in an innings in 1981 against Booth – 10 wickets for 45 runs.

May all three rest in peace.

Club Development

Possibly the most noticeable change for players and visitors alike to look out for when they return to The Astleys next year is that the ‘all weather artificial wicket’ has been removed from the square. Two new grass wickets have been laid as a result giving our head Groundsman a little more room to play with in rotating strips.

We are in the process of acquiring ‘Frogbox’. For those not familiar with what this is it is a video camera system which will enable us to live stream matches on the Play Cricket platform. This will not only be great for supporters to watch games they cannot physically attend but will significantly raise the profile and exposure we can offer existing and new sponsors.

The bowlers run ups to the nets have been extended with a top walling effort by Jamie Summerscales helping make this possible.

Dates for your diary in 2024*

*List will be updated as more/exact dates are confirmed.


Mon 29th - Club AGM


Fri 9th - Junior Indoor Nets for Under 13’s and Under 15’s Start (10 weeks @ The Cricket Asylum – Top Floor, Asquith Bridge Bottom Mill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT).  A professional coach will be working with the players for these sessions.

Cost £25 for all 10 sessions or £3 per individual session.


Mon 26th - Committee Meeting.
Tue 27th - Senior Indoor Nets start ( 6 weeks @ Halifax Academy Gibbet Street, Halifax, HX2 0BA)


Mon 25th - Committee Meeting
End of March/Start of April - Get the Ground Ready Weekend


Tue 2nd - Final Senior Indoor Net Session
Tue 9th - First Senior Outdoor Net Session (6pm start)
Fri 12th - Final Junior (U13 & U15) Indoor Net Session
Sat/Sun (Date TBC)- Senior Season Starts
Tue 30th - Committee Meeting


Sun (Date TBC) - First Round Parish Cup & Crossley Shield
Tue 28th - Committee Meeting


Tue 25th - Committee Meeting


Tue 30th - Committee Meeting


Sun 18th - Club hosting the Crossley Shield Final - LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED PLEASE
Tue 27th - Committee Meeting


Date TBC - Season Ends - Social Event
Mon 23rd - Committee Meeting


Mon 28th - Committee Meeting


Mon 25th - Committee Meeting

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone associated with our club and we are looking forward already to getting going for the 2024 season.