Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our visitors from Ossett. Jonny Reynolds will be glad to see that his nemesis Harvey Anderson isn't in the opposition ranks after being bowled by the former Baildon man in the return fixture.
As the summer holiday season approaches, life is not always easy for a club running four teams, two in the Bradford League and two in the Dales Council. However, as a club we will again be turning out four full XI’s today – the youngest players being 12yr old Lucas Shaw and 13 yr old Sam Kelly, while the eldest is the venerable Barry Foster, rumoured to be 77, but as an original passenger on Noah’s Ark he may well be older.
As a club we provide cricket for a huge range of players, from the elite to the up and comings, from the has-beens to the never-were. Many of the players in the lower teams will never participate in the 1st XI on the pitch, but it is often they who are bringing on the youngsters, some of whom are the 1st Team of tomorrow, and carrying out much of the off-field activity and fundraising which keeps all four teams of the club going.
So as you watch the 1st XI, striving today to continue their rise up the Chamionship and secure a top half finish, spare a thought for Baildon 4th XI, young and old alike, scrapping it out with Cookridge 3rd XI at the notoriously awful Bedquilts playing fields in Leeds. They won’t get promoted this year - and they can’t get demoted because there is no division beneath them - but it’s possible that you may be watching one or two of them at Jenny Lane in years to come – although probably not Barry Foster.
Simon Heginbotham – Membership Secretary