Christmas Fayre

Our first ever Christmas Fayre was a brilliant success yesterday. Spearheaded by Leanne Heaton and her meticulous organisation in the build up and throughout the day was acknowledged by all of the stall holders, the committee and the whole community who turned up in their numbers. We had a guest appearance from The Grinch and a very big special mention must go to the hard-working bar staff who were rushed off their feet all afternoon as the tills kept on ringing. The choirs of Lawns Park Primary School and The Farnley Academy kept the crowd entertained by singing Christmas Carols and helped to raise monies towards their chosen charities which were Parkinson’s UK and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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

Yeoman Shield

Many thanks to Graeme N Julie Brumwell of Yeoman Shield who have once again kindly renewed their silver sponsorship package which includes: Boundary board advertising x 2, partnership announcement on all social streams, advertising via club emails/newsletter and presence in each match programme (bi-weekly). DM Noel Bullock for more details about sponsorship. #AFAW


Mammoth Building & Renovations Ltd

Many thanks to Mark Squires and Paul Mammoth Smith of Mammoth Building and Renovations for their continued support. They’ve taken out our Bronze Sponsorship package once again and have decided to be the Player Sponsor of our new overseas signing Cam Fletcher who is currently starring for Canterbury Cricket. DM Noel Bullock for more details about sponsorship.