Rastrick preparations remain firmly on track

Despite the Siberian blast Rastrick Cricket Club’s plans are well afoot for their 2013 Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League Conference Division campaign.

The snow has even interrupted the net sessions at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe HS Sports Centre.

Long serving former player, secretary and now committeeman John Edge said: ”Snow stopped us holding our first session on January 18, then the juniors only got their session in a week later before the senior players had to abort with the snow getting deeper and deeper outside.

“Last Friday was just the same so we have agreed with the sports centre that we can have a good session a week before the season starts on April 12. “Because of this the junior signing on night has now been put back to Friday, April 19 when there will be outdoor nets beforehand at 6pm.

“The first team kick off in what will be this season an extended Conference and is effectively the third division of the Huddersfield League with a strong Premier Division and a Championship.

“We entertain Lascelles Hall on April 20 and the second team are away to Lascelles Hall.

“Our relegated Halifax League team will start a day later on the Sunday with a new captain, Nick Spence, taking over from James Middleton who has a new job and is also the chairman of the Rastrick Big Local committee.

“The captains for the first and second team remain with Robin Lambert taking the first and Dan Thaxter the seconds.”

Thanks to former player Ijaz Shah, who has been playing with Thongsbridge until an injury set him back, a new opening fast bowler is on the scene.

Zafer Jadoon, of Pakistani origin, is netting with the club after playing with Apperley Bridge in the Dales Council and prior to that with a side in the Bradford Mutual League.

“He should be a perfect addition to the likes of youngsters Jordan Ghani, Karman Hussain and Olly Pearson in our attack,” added Edge.

The club have also signed medium pace bowler Wakar Azam from Huddersfield Central League side Birchencliffe and are awaiting to see if they can attract any late signings from defunct Badger Hill.

There will be four new teams in the Conference this term, namely Almondbury Wesleyians, Moorlands from Mirfield, Denby Dale and Denby.

On the social side at Round Hill the Gentleman Spoofers will continue in the Huddersfield Midweek Evening League on a Thursday.

Rastrick have landed two major national sponsors with strong local interests.

Sponsoring the first, second and third senior teams will be Thornhill Estates whose HQ is in Peterborough.

Player and committee man Jason Middleton says Edmind Thornhill’s family have been major landowners in the Calderdale area for over a thousand years. They also own the land off Dewsbury Road, Rastrick, where former club Badger Hill CC have been tenants for a long number of years.

Also signing up is Rastrickian Ashleigh Wood who owns the Brighouse firm, Energy Unique. His company deals in renewable energy with companies across the UK.

If you would like to join Rastrick as a player then email Jason on jasongmiddleton@aol.com