Aston Hall CC
2019 captain: Johannes Bothma
Aston Hall CC were founded in 1884, and were longstanding members of the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League when the YSPL was formed in 2016. As SYSCL 2015 champions, the club earned their status as founder members of the YSPL .
For the 2019 season, talented seam-bowling all-rounder Johannes Bothma has taken over from long-serving skipper Rob Ward, who has stood down after a ten-year stint in the role.
The club's outstanding 2018 overseas batsman, Awais Zia, moved on and was replaced by 28-year old Pakistani middle-order batsman Usman-Salah-Ud-Din. Usman, from Lahore, has considerable first class and list A experience in Pakistan, and has represented his country at test and one-day level. Another new arrival at Green Lane for 2019 was Nottinghamshire-based off-spin bowler Usman Muzaffar, who had a spell in the YSPL with Tickhill in 2017.
These new arrivals joined established players like opening batsman Matt Cartwright, bowling brothers Josh and Tom Coulson, and young all-rounder Adam Clarke.
Aston Hall Cricket Club
Green Lane, Aston
Sheffield S26 2BD
Barnsley Woolley Miners CC
2019 captain: Jason Booth
Barnsley CC were founded in 1862 and were founder members of the Yorkshire League in 1936. Amongst several household names to have represented the club are Geoff Boycott and Darren Gough. Barnsley won the Yorkshire League title in 2006 and were three-times winners of the Yorkshire League Knock-Out Cup. The club became founder members of the YSPL in 2016.
For the 2017 season, Barnsley merged with Woolley Miners CC to form the present club, with the senior team continuing to play at their Shaw Lane home of 157 years.
In 2018, Barnsley were the first YSPL team to reach the final of the Yorkshire Leagues Knock-Out Cup, losing to Woodhouse Grange in the final at Treeton.
Experienced batsman Jason Booth captains a side that includes the 2018 YSPL player-of-the-year, Indian all-rounder Harpreet Singh Bhatia; experienced opener Jon Trower; prolific spin duo of Ali Jahangir and Oliver Jackson; and promising young players like all-rounder Beck Frostick and opening bowler Dan Waldron.
Shaw Lane Sports Club
Barnsley S70 6HZ
2019 captain: James Osmond
Cleethorpes CC have been playing on their present ground at Chestester Road since 1931, having before that played less than a mile away off Sherburn Street. After winning the Lincolnshire League no fewer than eleven times, the club moved into the Yorkshire League for the 1984 season, and in 2003 they won the Yorkshire League championship.
Founder members of the YSPL in 2016, Cleethorpes are captained by Lincolnshire batsman/wicketkeeper James Osmond.
For 2019, the popular Zimbabwean all-rounder Vusi Sibanda was replaced by Basheeru Walters, a South African opening bowler who plays for Warriors. The club also strengthened their ranks by recruiting Lincolnshire batsman Luis Kimber from Attenborough CC in the Nottinghamshire PL.
Other key players at the club include long-serving opening batsman Bill Kirby; James' elder brother Alex, who topped their bowling averages last season; and some very promising young players like opening bowler Joe Baker, England under 19s all-rounder Jordan Cook, and middle-order batsman Tom Rollinson.
Cleethorpes Cricket Club
Cleethorpes DN35 0HZ
Doncaster Town CC
2019 captain: Luke Townsend
Yorkshire League founder members Doncaster were founded in 1911. They won the Yorkshire League in 1999 and were the first winners of the Yorkshire League Knock-Out Cup in 1972, which they won on a further three occasions. The most famous day in the club's history came in 1998, when YSPL Hall of Fame inductee Nick Cowan led them to victory in the National Knock-Out Cup final against Bath at Lords.
A founder member of the YSPL in 2016, Doncaster were relegated at the end of that season, but bounced back again as SYSCL champions the following year. Revitalised, Doncaster finished in fifth place in the YSPL last season.
Doncaster have a strong squad with a number of all-round performers that is led in 2019 by long-serving skipper and slow bowler Luke Townsend. Their overseas player in 2019, Aamir Jamal, is a brisk opening bowler and hard-hitting middle order batsman who has played for Pakistan under 19s and in first grade cricket in Australia. Other key members of the squad include wily slow-bowler and opening batsman Duncan Heath; Heath's fellow opening batsman and seam bowler James Stuart; and Yorkshire seconds players batsman Bilal Anjam and all-rounder Jack Shutt.
Town Fields Sports Club
Doncaster DN2 6AA
2019 captain: Paul Cummins
Elsecar, who were founded in 1854, have been one of the leading sides in the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League for many years. They were promoted to the YSPL for the 2019 season after finishing as runners-up to Tickhill in the SYSCL Championship last season.
Experienced skipper Paul Cummins has a squad with a number of very experienced players, including prolific Pakistani batsman Saeed Anwar jnr, who joined the club as overseas player for 2019. 40-year old Anwar has scored over 12,000 first class runs and has much experience of league cricket in the UK. Other new arrivals for 2019 included opening batsman Matt Higgins from Welbeck in the Nottinghamshire PL, and all-rounder Charlie Kay, formerly of Doncaster Town, has been signed from Sprotborough CC. Kay is a top order batsman and seamer.
Other key players include long-serving batsman Ian Swallow; former Houghton Main middle-order batsman Tanzeel Ali; opening bowler Saqib Hussain; and young home-grown wicket-keeping prospect Callum Hughes. Skipper Cummins , who opens the innings and bowls off-spin, wants to make Elsecar the first side who were promoted to the YSPL as SYSCL runners-up to retain their place.
A highlight later in the season will be the visit of a Lashings XI to play an Elsecar All Stars XI on 16 August.
Barnsley S74 8ES
Sheffield Collegiate CC
2019 captain: Josh Varley
Founded in 1881, Sheffield Collegiate have played at Abbeydale Park since 1921. Between 1990 and 2005 they won the Yorkshire League seven times and the Yorkshire League KO cup five times; whilst their proudest moment was beating Eastbourne in the National Knock-Out Cup final in 2000. The club have nurtured some of the biggest names in English cricket in Michael Vaughan, Richard Kettlebrough and Joe Root.
As founder members of the YSPL, Sheffield Collegiate have won the League t20 competition three times and are the current champions. In the league, they have finished runners-up to Wakefield Thornes in the last two seasons.
Long-serving skipper Matt Dixon last season stepped down after 12 seasons in the hot seat, being replaced by seam bowler Josh Varley for the 2019 season.
Tom Rowley, the overseas player for the last three years, has been replaced by seam bowling all-rounder Harry McNeilly, from Rowley's Toombul club in Queensland.
Other impressive arrivals in 2019 included former Worcestershire all-rounder Shaaiq Choudhury, a top order batsman and slow left arm bowler, and batsman/wicket-keeper Sam Hunt. Billy Root, who is contracted at Glamorgan CCC, remains a club member to play available.
Meanwhile, last season’s building works were completed for 2019, and the club are very proud of their new facilities.
Abbeydale Park Sports Club
Abbeydale Road South
Dore, Sheffield S17 3LJ
2019 captain: Nick Dymock
One of the oldest cricket clubs in the country, Hallam CC’s history can be traced back to 1804, when they first played on the Sandygate ground. As members of the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League, Hallam gained a reputation for developing young players, and their teams are predominantly made up of home-grown players.
As SYSCL champions, Hallam gained promotion to the YSPL for the 2017 season, and finished that season in a very creditable seventh place. They followed this up by becoming YSPL t20 champions in 2018.
Off the field, Hallam have had to move their first team to their ground at Crimicar Lane in 2019 whilst action is taken to improve ball-strike netting at the ground.
Batsman Nick Dymock continues to lead a young but talented side. In place of the 2018 season overseas player Aditya Edekar, Hallam have recruited young South African right hand batsman/wicket-keeper Andre Bradford from Maritzburg College. Leading players include all-rounder Joe Cooper, promising young seam bowlers Robert Heyes and Charlie Bourne, and wicket-keeper Liam Mitchell.
Unfortunately for the club, talented batsman Harry Bliss and all-rounder Humphrey Emery are taking a break from cricket in 2019, due to work and family commitments respectively.
2019 captain: Jordan Lowe
Tickhill CC were founded in 1860 and are a truly community-based club with their newly modernised and extended clubhouse facilities acting as a community social hub. Members of the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League, Tickhill have made great advances over the last few years, culminating in their promotion to the YSPL as runners-up to Hallam in the SYSCL in 2016. Relegated a year later, the club came back strongly as SYSCL Champions in 2018.
Major team rebuilding took place for 2019, around talented batsman/wicket-keeping captain Jordan Lowe; slow-bowling vice-captain Alex Rowlands, who has taken over 250 wickets for the club since arriving from Rossington in 2013; and experienced all-rounder Liam Johnson.
The new arrivals included experienced slow-bowling all-rounder Mark Cummins Wickersley; opening batsman Ross Diver from Kexborough; leg-spinner Adi Sreeharan from Lincolnshire PL side Sleaford; former Essex seconds all-rounder Chris Pepper from Cambridge CC in the Lincolnshire PL; Sussex seconds batsman Joe Billings from Hastings CC; and 6’ 7” Sri Lankan international opening bowler Binura Fernando, who is the club’s overseas player for 2019.
2019 captain: Sam Drury
South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League club Treeton qualified to become founder members of the YSPL in 2016. Since finishing in tenth place in that first year, just 14 points outside the relegation xone, the club have since made big strides forward and commanded a top-four place in the next two seasons.
Led by hard-hitting young batsman Sam Drury, who took over from the experienced Chris Cobb at the start of 2018, Treeton have a strong and experienced first-team squad.
Two main signings for 2019 were Pakistani first class player Haseeb-ur-Rahman, a 26-year old right hand batsman and off-break bowler who plays for Zarai Taraqiati Bank in Lahora, who replaced Muhammad Waheed as overseas player; and Oliver Hickford, an opening batsman from Grantham in the Lincolnshire Premier League.
These two have joined key players like Cobb, prolific all-rounder Steve Foster, top-order batsman Shahjahan Younis, and dangerous opening bowler Greg Norton, himself no mean batsman.
Treeton's aim for 2019 is to challenge at the top of the YSPL, building on their perfomances in the previous two seasons .
Rotherham S60 5PU
Whitley Hall CC
2019 captain: Greig Batty
Whitley Hall were one of the quartet of South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League clubs that made up the YSPL in its inaugural 2016 season. The club challenged near the top of the league in that first season
Two notable absentees at Baxter Field this season will be slow bowling all-rounders Richard Wilkinson, who has retired, and Callum Bethel, who has moved to play for Hanging Heaton in the Bradford League. Jack Ward, a 22-year old middle order batsman and slow left-armer, is the club’s new overseas player. Jack plays Grade cricket for Ipswich Logan Harriers in Queeensland. 19-year old off-spinner Sam Woodcock has also joined from Darfield and there may also be more opportunity for 18-year old opening batsman Jack Riley.
There has been excellent attendance at winter nets amongst the senior players. Skipper Greig Batty will hope to be able to field a more settled side than last year, and after a disappointing 2018, the club will look to mount a challenge in the top half of the table.
Work has been carried out to improve the playing area at Baxter Field, and the ground is looking in good shape.
Cinderhill Lane (off The Wheel)
Ecclesfield, Sheffield S35 9WH
Wakefield Thornes CC
2019 captain: Tom Froggett
Three key departures have taken place in the shape of Qaiser Ashraf, who has been tempted away by the Liverpool ECB Premier League; leading wicket-taker Steve Morgan, who has decided that travel from his Midlands home is no longer viable; and Yorkshire seamer Jared Warner, who has been at the club for 15 years and has opted to move to the Bradford League.
The club has, however, recruited some top quality replacements. Richard Foster rejoins the club from Hanging Heaton, having already written his name in club history by sharing in a Central Yorkshire League record opening partnership of 320 against Townville.
The new overseas player will be high class Indian slow left-armer Satyajeet Bachhav from Maharashtra. Satyajeet is the leading all time wicket-taker in Indian Under 19 cricket; the leading wicket-taker in the state under 23 competition; and this season was the leading wicket taker in the domestic t20 competition, as Maharashtra reached the final.
Yorkshire seconds and Academy player Matty Taylor is likely to be available on a regular basis to open the bowling and bat in the middle order, whilst Josh Shaw’s availability will be dependent on county commitments.
Thornes will give an opportunity to one of the young spinners from last season’s successful 2nd XI – off-spinner Jamie Howarth and enormously talented teenage leg spinner Adam Nasser.
Wickersley Old Village CC
2019 captain: Tom Knight
Wickerley have recruited two former Derbyshire players to their ranks in wicket-keeper/batsman Chris Durham and seam bowling all-rounder Garry Park. Both have joined from Derbyshire PL club Swarkestone. Another new arrival is seam bowler Muhammad Khan, who has recently moved into the area and has joined the club from Rotherham Town.
Former player Shahid Hussain, a left arm slow bowler who emigrated to Australia four years ago, returns to the club for the summer whilst visiting family in the UK, and batsman Matthew Burton returns to action after missing last season due to a back injury.
On the debit side, all-rounder Mark Cummins has left the club to join Tickhill and Ali Manzoor has moved on to Whiston PC.
But in addition to the new recruits, the majority of last year’s regulars are still available to skipper Tom Knight, and with youngsters like Nathan Taylor and Adam Whitford pushing for a first team place, Wickersley have developed a squad with depth.
The Burrows Oval
Wickersley, Rotherham S66 2HL