Robert John Charles Hiscoe #RIP

Everyone at New Farnley Cricket Club are deeply saddened and devastated to hear of the tragic news about Robert John Charles Hiscoe.

Rob was a local hero and very popular character around New Farnley and the wider Leeds Community, fondly remembered during lockdown for entertaining everyone “Vera Lynn” style with his nightly singing shows that lasted well into the early hours of the morning until the bottle of gin was no more, raising thousands of pounds for the

Rob sung many times at the club, brightening up parties and celebrations with his wonderful voice making the events special and memorable, he also brightened up many living and dining rooms, hallway, stairs, landings, bedrooms and kitchens with his wonderful decorating skills.

Personally, Rob sang at our President’s Stephen Dalby‘s 40th and 50th birthdays and Rachel Dalby Was Welbourne‘s 40th which were very special and decorated their house from top to bottom on many of occasions, singing as he went along, wonderful value for money.

Our sincere condolences go out to Christina HiscoeNevaeh HiscoeNyla-Rae Hiscoe and his wider family and close friends.

RIP Robert Charles John Hiscoe – RJC Painter & Decorator – Local Community Hero – Marching On Together.

🙏 🎤 🎨 🍺


Bill Dove #RIP

Before start of play with Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club in the Bradford Premier Cricket League, Helen Steel of ITV Calendar rung the bell as all players, both umpires and everyone else observed a minutes silence in memory of former umpire Bill Dove who sadly passed away this week.

ECB Clubmark Accreditation

A huge well done and thank you to Richard Good supported by Martin Wright in retaining our ECB Clubmark Accreditation, a lot of hard work goes into securing this.
Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs. It stands for: Higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management in community sports clubs.
“The time and commitment required to effectively run a cricket club cannot be underestimated, we hope that retaining accreditation goes some way to recognising all of the work that those involved in running your club put in. Having a network of safe, welcoming and well organised clubs is vital for the future of the game and retaining Clubmark status shows that you and your volunteers are at the forefront of this”.
James Simpson
Safehands and Clubmark Manager
England and Wales Cricket Board

2nd XI Match Ball Sponsors – 2024 Season

We are currently on the lookout for Match Ball Sponsors for the Bradford Premier Cricket League 2024 Season. It only costs £30.00 and you will get a good mention in the match day programme and across our social media channels. DM Noel Bullock for more details.
27/04/24: Bowlng Old Lane – Dillon White of Riverside Volvo
11/05/24: Pudsey Congs – Angela Hewitt
08/06/24: Hanging Heaton –
22/06/24: Woodlands –
29/06/24: East Bierley –
13/07/24: Pudsey St. Lawrence –
27/07/24: Morley –
03/08/24: Jer Lane –
17/08/24: Batley –
31/08/24: Methley –
14/09/24: Farsley –

1st XI Match Ball Sponsors – 2024 Season

We are currently on the lookout for Match Ball Sponsors for the Bradford Premier Cricket League 2024 Season. It only costs £60.00 and you will get a good mention in the match day programme and across our social media channels. DM Noel Bullock for more details.
04/05/24: Pudsey St Lawrence –
05/05/24: Castleford –
18/05/24: Bradford & Bingley –
19/05/24: Jer Lane –
25/05/24: Jer Lane –
01/06/24: Ossett –
15/06/24: Methley –
06/07/24: Townville –
20/07/24: Pudsey Congs –
10/08/24: Farsley –
24/08/24: Undercliffe –
07/09/24: Woodlands –

2024 Live Stream Sponsorship

We’re getting some new live streaming technology/equipment sorted for the Bradford Premier Cricket League 2024 Season and I’ve been given the task of raising £2k to cover it. We’ve got 8 sponsorship spots available at £250.00 each. If any business/company is interested in getting some good coverage/advertising, DM Noel Bullock or email ASAP please 🙏

NFCC Golf Day – 06/04/24

It’ll be held on Saturday 6th April 2024 and will be at The Manor.
Order of the day will be:
• 11:30 arrival at the course for a bacon sandwich and coffee.
• 13:00 first tee off
• 18:30 Back to the club for awards, food and a few more beers.
You can enter a team of four or individually and be drawn into a team.
It’s £35 for day per head or £140 per team of four that includes your breakfast bap, coffee, round and food after! For members at the Manor, it’ll be £10.50.
I’ll pop a spreadsheet up in the minute to register your team online and they’ll be a paper one going up in the club.
Noel Bullock is going to be collecting the cash for the day, he’ll put some payment details up shortly or you can drop some cash into the club.
Graham Hepworth is Director of Golf for the day so please direct any competition and dodgy handicap questions his way!
Looking forward to kicking the season off with a whole club event with both playing and social members there – so if you can’t make golf, be great to see you along for the social.

Quiz Night – 25/01/24

Come along to New Farnley Cricket Club tonight for “Quiz Night” with Lord Kenny Irwin as your host.
Quiz starts from 7:30pm.
£2.00 per person.
Maximum 4 in a team.
Cash prize for the winning team.
£50.00 Play Your Cards Right Cash Prize.
If this is not won tonight it will roll over to the next Quiz Night and keep rolling until won.
Michael Gardiner will be serving Pizzas and Burgers and last orders will be 7:30pm.

NFCC Golf Day

Right folks, Steven Bullen is just putting some feelers out to gauge interest for NFCC Golf Day to kick the 2024 season off in early April (atm looking at the 6th). He’ll pop a poll up in the meantime but if we get enough interest the plan will be: Bacon Roll & coffee at the course, Round (can enter a team of four or put your name in the hat to be put into a team), Pint in the clubhouse for those who go off first, Back to the club for food, a few more pints and awards (longest drive, closest to the pin etc). Graham Hepworth is sorting us at Howley Hall Golf Club and finalising costs so will confirm them once we’ve got numbers but to be safe, allow for £30.00 per head. It will be good chance for all members (past & present players welcome) to get together, and no need to be a wonderful golfer to get involved either – getting 100 will be a good start to the season!

Saturday 20th January 2024

We had a really good response to doing work at the club yesterday morning. Our Chairman John Baldwin would like to thank everyone who turned up as we hit all of our goals from mending the fire, logged up, put the large water tank in place, took all torn advertising banners off the fencing to clearing lots of rubbish from the storage area. #oneclub

Heavy Woollen Cup & Crowther Cup Draws 2024

Noel Bullock was on hand in the club last night to help conduct the Heavy Woollen Cup and Crowther Cup draws. Alex Lilley‘s tenure as 1st XI captain is over the moon as they received a bye along with Jack Dyson‘s new club East Bierley. Andy Langley‘s side also received bye and they will be away to either Birstall or Barkisland in Round 2.

Heavy Woollen Cup
1st Round – 21/04/24
2nd Round – 05/05/24
Quarter-Final – 02/06/24
Semi-Final – 30/06/24
Final – 04/08/24
Crowther Cup
1st Round – 05/05/24
2nd Round – 02/06/24
Quarter-Final – 30/06/24
Semi-Final – 21/07/24
Final – 26/08/24

Farnley Man Completes Epic ‘10k In 10 Days’ Challenge For Charity

Joe Bedford, of Farnley, has dedicated the last ten days over the festive period to run ten kilometres each day, raising vital funds for Cancer Research UK and the New Farnley Cricket Club junior section.

Every morning at 8:00am, Joe and his friends from the cricket club have set off walking, running and biking to ensure the challenge is completed. Their goal was to raise over £5,000 for the charities and they succeeded. Joe has kept raising the goal each time they reach a target but wants to keep it achievable.

In 2021, Joe ran nine kilometres over nine days and wanted to go one better this year. Joe told West Leeds Dispatch: “In 2021 I was raising money to buy a defibrillator for the cricket club and for the juniors. This time round my Father-In-Law has been terminally ill with Melanoma UK, it has been a real challenge. I’m not a massive runner but I wanted to do something that would help my mental capacity as well as physically.

“I started on 23 December which meant that I had to go out on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and finish on New Year’s Day. I fixed the time at 8:00am so that everybody knew and anyone could join.”

Cancer is a subject very close to Joe’s heart. Sadly, during the challenge Joe’s Father-In-Law, and well-known local man, Billy Sutherland, passed away

Joe could not believe the traction the challenge had gained, going from day one where five people joined, up to New Year’s Eve the group was now over 50 strong and included Joe’s children and wife (who still took part despite her recent loss).

Joe said “I lost my Father-In-Law on day seven, I found out at 6:30am in the morning and my wife was adamant that I go and run at 8:00am. This was really, really challenging but at the same time we got it done, for him. With Cancer Research UK, we just hope that people don’t have to go through what we have as it has been so difficult.”

Andrew Lawson Biography

I am the Leeds/Bradford UCCE Head Coach and Head of Cricket at University of Leeds in the UK and an ECB Level 4 Coach as well as South African Level 3 Coach. Leeds/Bradford UCCE is one of the UCCE Schools of Cricketing Excellence around the UK, in which men and women come to university to study and have the opportunity to play cricket and pursue a cricket career, whilst studying.
I am a former First Class cricketer from South Africa having played for Border, Eastern Province, North West, SA Country Districts, SA President’s XI and MCC. I was Head Coach of North West Dragons in South Africa before moving over to Scotland permanently with my wife, Dee, my son, Hayden and daughter, Georgia in 2004 to take up a job with the Highland Perthshire Sports Trust. I soon became involved with Scottish Cricket, becoming the Assistant Coach to Scotland U19’s at the World Cup 2006 (Sri Lanka), Assistant Coach to the Scotland National team at the World Cup in 2007 (West Indies) and then to Holland at the T20 World Cup 2009 (London). We then moved to Wetherby in 2009 where a began my current role at the university. In 2015, I spent time with the Sydney Sixer’s at the Big Bash as part of my Coach Development. In 2021, I was Welsh Fire Ladies Assistant Coach in The Hundred. With regards to my personnel cricket, I have been a playing member of the MCC for 30 years, and also a playing member of the Royal Household Cricket Club in Windsor.
I am excited to take up this new role as the New Farnley First Team coach, and hope that I can continue the good work the former coaches, Paul Hutchinson and Ian Fisher have done over the last handful of years, and go from strength to strength as a team.
Kind Regards,
Andrew Lawson
Head Coach

1st XI Match Ball Sponsors – 2023 Season

We are currently on the lookout for Match Ball Sponsors for the Bradford Premier Cricket League 2023 Season. It only costs £50.00 and you will get a good mention in the match day programme and across our social media channels. DM Noel Bullock for more details.


15/04/23: Bankfoot Cricket Club – Gurdev and Dawn Singh (Paid)

29/04/23: Hanging Heaton CC – Factory Kitchens (Paid)

13/05/23: Woodlands Cricket ClubTanja Lichtensteiger (Paid)

20/05/23: Bradford & Bingley CC111 Plumbing & Heating (Paid)

29/05/23: Farsley Cricket ClubMammoth Building and Renovations (Paid)

10/06/23: Ossett CCTanja Lichtensteiger (Paid)

01/07/23: Townville Cricket Club – Phoenix Cleaning Company

15/07/23: Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket ClubRachel Dalby Bookkeeping Services (Paid)

05/08/23: Jer Lane Cricket Club111 Plumbing & Heating (Paid)

19/08/23: Pudsey Congs Cricket Club – Garry Hirst (Paid)

02/09/23: Methley Cricket Club – Abraham Shaw Ltd (Paid)

Developers Support New Farnley Cricket Club

Owzat! Developers behind the new Stonebridge Beck residential development in Wortley have agreed a major sponsorship deal with a West Leeds sports club.

Rushbond Plc and Advent Developments have teamed up with New Farnley Cricket Club for the 2023 cricket season, as part of their joint community support programme.

Georgina Maud, speaking on behalf of the developers, said: “The club is located very close to Stonebridge Beck and I am sure it will prove a popular social destination for residents. Not only do they run a number of cricket teams for both adults and juniors, they also have a lovely club house which is open during the week, serving delicious food.”

John Baldwin, Chairman of New Farnley Cricket Club, commented: “I cannot thank Georgina and her colleagues enough for their most generous support.  Hopefully the residents will take advantage of all the club has to offer which includes a fully equipped gym.

“As someone who has spent a lifetime in the building industry I have watched the work being carried at Stonebridge Beck with interest. I have to say the whole scheme looks absolutely superb.”

On completion Stonebridge Beck will consist of 112 properties within a unique mill village location offering a choice of mill townhouses, cottages and new build homes. Prices start from £265,000.

The scheme is located on the former Stonebridge Mills site off Stonebridge Lane, next to the ring road.

Last Weekend’s Notable Performers

Gurm Randhawa is sponsored by G&R Cricket Coaching took 5-58 from 11 overs against Townville Cricket Club

Steven Bullen is sponsored by Mark Holt top-scored with 62 against Townville Cricket Club

Our overseas Cam Fletcher is sponsored by Paul Mammoth Smith and Mark Squires of Mammoth Building and Renovations recorded his first half-century for the club scoring bang on 50 against Farsley Cricket Club


We’re Raising £2,000.00 To New Farnley Cricket Club Junior Section

On Wednesday 5th April 2023, a small group of coaches and junior players will setting off at 5:00am to take on the Three Peaks Challenge.

The aim is to help raise money towards New Farnley Cricket Club’s ever increasing junior section providing funds for extra coaching and equipment.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Please click on this link to donate:

Kind Regards,

Mark Lawson


Bradford Premier Cricket League Eyes Sign Up’s For New Farnley Umpiring Course

The Bradford Premier Cricket League, like many cricketing organisations up and down the country, is suffering badly from a lack of willing and available umpires to officiate matches.

But they are determined to do something about the issue.

Both the Bradford Premier League itself and the Match Officials Association have stepped up their efforts to increase the number of qualified umpires by announcing two new courses.

In a letter to clubs, league chief executive Alan Birkinshaw said: “While a lot of work is being put in to attracting new members to join the MOA panel, it is also important that the league encourages the upskilling of club umpires.

“In 2023, the indications are that all second team cricket will be staffed by club umpires and the league wants all clubs to get to a position by 2024 of having at least one club umpire with an ECB ACO Stage One qualification.”

The league is keen to have qualified umpires taking charge of second team cricket and it is offering to reimburse the course fees for every club umpire once they achieve accreditation.

Course fees will also be refunded to those joining the MOA Panel once they have umpired 10 games.

It has also indicated that, if there is a shortage of panel umpires in any particular week, a qualified club umpire can be part of the officiating team at their club’s first team game to avoid the need for players to take turns to take on square leg duties, which is what happened in Division Three last season.

Birkinshaw added: “The league understands that many people wish only to umpire at and for their own club.

“By taking the course, there will be no obligation to join the MOA panel, however, if individuals want to step up and move on to the panel they will be supported to do so.”

A Stage One course has been organised at New Farnley Cricket Club on Sunday 19th February 2023 and will take place between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

Free tea, coffee and lunch is provided. The course fee is £30.00 and places can be booked by using the link.

A Stage Two course is being held at New Farnley the following weekend, on Sunday, February 26, with timings again 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Once again there will be free tea, coffee and lunch provided, with the Bradford Premier League encouraging as many club umpires as possible to do both courses as it will enhance their understanding and skills.

The link for the Stage Two course can be found here.

When candidates enrol for the Stage One course they will receive a discount code for the Stage Two course, which will mean they only have to play £10.

When a candidate passes the Stage One course they will receive free membership of the ECB ACO for their first year, which includes free insurance for both accidents on the field of play and travelling to the game.

Before the season, the league, in conjunction with the MOA, is looking to stage a roadshow for club umpires in March.

For 2023, there are new laws which will need to be implemented and Duckworth Lewis Stern is being introduced in all matches played under the jurisdiction of the Gordon Rigg Bradford Premier League.

There will also be refresher training sessions for existing members of the MOA Umpiring panel.

The letter to clubs concluded: “Club umpires play an increasingly important role, and it is essential as a league that we acknowledge that with appropriate help and support.

“The league has preferred to use the carrot rather than the stick over the issue of the provision of umpires.

“Previous appeals for help have met with only very limited response. Let’s all try and make a real difference this time.

“If we can have qualified umpires standing in all second team cricket through persuasion rather than the big stick, that will be a huge step in the right direction.”

The two courses are ECB ACO accredited and are advertised nationally so it is important to book places early.

If there is sufficient demand, extra courses will be put on.

Heavy Woollen Cup

The initial draws for the Heavy Woollen Cup were made during the HWDCC Committee Meeting held over Zoom on Tuesday 7th February 2023, 7:30pm Start.

We have been handed yet another away tie in the 1st Round against local Bradford Premier Cricket League rivals Farsley which is to be played at Red Lane on Sunday 23rd April 2023.

Heavy Woollen Cup

Preliminary Round – To be played on 16/04/23:

Sandal vs Shepley

1st Round – To be played on 23/04/23:

Honley vs Hoylandswaine

New Rover vs Gomersal

Kirkburton vs Ossett

East Bierley vs Undercliffe

Broad Oak vs Townville

Farsley vs New Farnley

Pudsey Congs vs Birstall

Bradford & Bingley vs Methley

Moorlands vs Golcar

Beckwithshaw vs Otley

Shelley vs South Kirkby Colliery

Barkisland vs Spen Victoria

Scholes vs Burley In Wharfedale

Woodlands vs Wakefield Thornes

Barnsley Woolley Miners vs Castleford

Cawthorne vs Sandal or Shepley