Steeton are maximum men to lead way in top flight

Wharfedale Observer: Moin Ali bowling for Horsforth in their Division Three victory over Woodhouse

5:30pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Steeton find themselves leading Aire-Wharfe League Division One after the season opener, one of only two clubs to pick up the full 20 points available under the new scoring system.

Aire-Wharfe Cricket League prospects

Wharfedale Observer: David Pennett has moved from Guiseley to Ilkley

8:26am Thursday 17th April 2014

A look at the key moves in the Aire-Wharfe League

Pool cricketer Tom Lester tours St Lucia with the Army

Wharfedale Observer: Tom Lester is in Army squad

11:07am Thursday 13th February 2014

Pool cricketer Tom Lester, who also plays friendlies for the Hawks, has been selected to play for the British Army on their two-week tour of St Lucia at the end of the month.

Waddilove Cup holders Burley are handed away tie against Silsden

9:25am Thursday 9th January 2014

Waddilove Cup holders Burley have been given an easy draw on paper as they start their defence.

Yorkshire's Sayers quits first-class game

Wharfedale Observer: Joe Sayers scored 25 fifites and nine hundreds for Yorkshire

1:11pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

Yorkshire batsman Joe Sayers has announced his retirement from first-class cricket.

Prolific opener Graham Wolfenden is named as Otley's player of the year

Wharfedale Observer: Graham Wolfenden hit five centuries

11:06am Thursday 12th December 2013

Graham Wolfenden’s outstanding season with the bat has seen him named as Otley’s player of the year.

Aire-Wharfe clubs vote for introduction of new bonus point scheme for 2014

Wharfedale Observer: Teams will be playing for bonus points

9:16am Thursday 5th December 2013

The Aire-Wharfe League clubs will be playing for bonus points next season.

Silsden and Woodhouse re-elected to Aire-Wharfe League

Wharfedale Observer: Silsden Cricket Club received 30 votes out of a possible 31 in favour of their re-election

4:00pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Silsden have been comprehensively re-elected to the Aire-Wharfe League.

Glee for promoted duo Ilkley and Rawdon on final day

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew Doidge contemplates a near miss on his way to a five-wicket haul for Rawdon against Bolton Villas

4:10pm Tuesday 17th September 2013

Ilkley and Rawdon secured promotion to the Aire-Wharfe League top flight and Bolton Villas narrowly escaped relegation as events in Division Two dominated the final day of the season.

Nerves are certain to be jangling for Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Adil Ashraf hits out on his way to 62 for Green Lane against Rawdon last weekend. Picture:

4:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013

Three issues remain to be resolved on Saturday's final day of the Aire-Wharfe League season, and all eyes will be on the three matches that will decide who is promoted from Division Two and who joins Calverley in dropping into Division Three.

Ilkley and Rawdon battle for promotion

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley's Harrison Durkin tries to cut a ball from Follifoot's Alex Fox

9:50am Thursday 12th September 2013

The Aire-Wharfe League Division Two promotion race is set for a dramatic finale. Ilkley, Rawdon and Knaresborough are fighting it out for the top two places.

Ilkley on verge of ending long top-flight absence

Wharfedale Observer: PROLIFIC: Batsman Jonathan Hughes has spearheaded Ilkley’s charge at the top of the order with Alex Bailey

4:34pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Ilkley will clinch promotion from Division Two of the Aire-Wharfe League if they can beat Thackley on Saturday - and Rawdon could also make sure of joining them in Division One if other results go their way.

Rawdon take advantage of slip up

Wharfedale Observer: Addingham skipper JH Johnson is caught and bowled by Mark McEneaney

8:24am Thursday 5th September 2013

Rawdon took full advantage of Knaresborough’s shock defeat by Colton to climb above their opponents into second place in a tense, five-way battle for promotion from Division Two.

No repeat of cup heroics as beaten Burley drop to fourth

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Rhydding's Lewis Bolton turns to run for another single during their easy victory over Pool

1:30pm Thursday 29th August 2013

Beckwithshaw inflicted a crushing defeat on Burley to claim the Aire-Wharfe League championship for the first time since 2009.

Villas need a winning run to avoid relegation

Wharfedale Observer: Dylan Budge in action for Horsforth at home to Skipton last Saturday

6:00pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

Bolton Villas need to recapture their mid-season form if they are to avoid being sucked into demotion, and they have to start at Bardsey on Saturday.

Guiseley win Birtwhistle Cup again

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley’s triumphant team, from left, Jake Dennett (scorer), Louis Barker (12th man), Rob Atkinson, Rob Butterfield, Harry Naylor, Joe Reed, Josh Findlay, Nick Fraser (Capt), Steve Dickinson, Tom Woodley, Bradley Reeve, Harry Nicholson, David Whittaker

11:31am Thursday 22nd August 2013

Guiseley continued their domination of the Birtwhistle Cup as they lifted the trophy for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Otley beat the rain and sink Harden

Wharfedale Observer: The Horsforth fielders show their frustration as Skipton's Stephen Carling has a narrow escape

12:06pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

Aire-Wharfe League Otley were one of only two teams to secure victory as rain was the big winner on Saturday.

Burley nick dramatic cup final win

Wharfedale Observer: SAME AGAIN: Nick Brook starred for Burley at Follifoot earlier this season and is hoping for a repeat on Saturday

1:46pm Thursday 15th August 2013

Underdogs Burley turned the tables on Division One leaders Beckwithshaw to win a low-scoring Waddilove Cup final.

Tension will be running high at Rawdon

Wharfedale Observer: Stewart Smith stands and delivers for Otley at home to Pool last Saturday

4:20pm Thursday 15th August 2013

With only five more games – 30 more points – to go in the Aire-Wharfe League, it is time to see who holds their nerve and who blinks.

Kiwi Palacio clobbers century to top run-scoring charts for Addingham

Wharfedale Observer: HOWZAT! Pool wicketkeeper Josh Inglis appeals for the dismissal of Otley’s Stewart Smith

7:00pm Tuesday 13th August 2013

Ricky Palacio hit an unbeaten century to give Addingham victory over Olicanian and put himself at the top of the Aire-Wharfe League run-scorers standings with five games to go.

Burley have many reasons for cup optimism

Wharfedale Observer: Nick Brook is one of the Burley players with Waddilove Cup final experience

4:10pm Thursday 8th August 2013

Burley must shake off their recent indifferent form and produce their A game if they are to triumph over Aire-Wharfe League leaders Beckwithshaw in Sunday’s Waddilove Cup final at Knaresborough.

Ilkley victory stroll at Green Lane

Wharfedale Observer: Gren Lane wicketkeeper wips off the bails but Ilkley's William Spivey is not out

9:00am Thursday 8th August 2013

 Ilkley boosted their chances of promotion to Aire-Wharfe League Division One with an emphatic nine-wicket win over inconsistent Green Lane.

Burley's Harry is a record breaker

Wharfedale Observer: Harry Brook in action for Burley against Otley

11:40am Thursday 1st August 2013

Fourteen-year-old Harry Brook has just enjoyed the best period of his burgeoning career.

Top two clash in chase for Aire-Wharfe League promotion

Wharfedale Observer: Skipton v Olicanian match action

4:20pm Thursday 1st August 2013

As the Aire-Wharfe League season enters the finishing straight, nowhere will the sinews and nerves be stretched more than at the top of Division Two.

Horsforth give their hopes a lift

Wharfedale Observer: Olicanian batsman Chris Wheeler is bowled by Skipton's Garry Owens

11:58am Thursday 1st August 2013

Aire-Wharfe League The pre-season favourites Horsforth have stepped up their Division Three promotion bid.

Guiseley attack could propel them to second

Wharfedale Observer: Hats off: Gaz Wilkinson, centre, celebrates a catch in Tong Park Esholt's win over Ilkley which put them second in Division Two

4:58pm Thursday 25th July 2013

As it will require a series of results too crazy to contemplate to deny Beckwithshaw the Aire-Wharfe League Division One title this season, the race is on to see who can claim the runners-up spot.

Tong Park Esholt gain promotion edge over rivals Ilkley

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley batsman Paul Dover edges a Seaun Kirkley delivery and Gareth Wilkinson takes the slip catch as Tong Park Esholt wicketkeeper Darren Wilson celebrates

4:10pm Tuesday 23rd July 2013

Gareth Wilkinson, Danny Groom and the evergreen Mick Scott starred as Tong Park Esholt overcame Ilkley to take over their Aire-Wharfe League rivals’ spot in the Division Two promotion places.

Brook guides Burley to Waddilove Cup final

Wharfedale Observer: Top scorer David Brook gives Burley a solid start with 46 in their victory against Pool

4:50pm Monday 22nd July 2013

Burley have had to play second fiddle as Beckwithshaw gradually pulled away from them into an almost unassailable position at the top of the Aire-Wharfe League.

Ben Rhydding take T20 title

Wharfedale Observer: Robbie Miller scored 36 as denholme ended Bingley Congs' unbeaten run

9:11am Thursday 18th July 2013

Ben Rhydding were crowned champions in the final of the T20 TB Cup after a 28-run win in front of a huge crowd at Burley.

Plenty to play for in Aire-Wharfe second tier

Wharfedale Observer: Guiseley's Tallan Wright on his way to 3-32 in their victory over Steeton

4:00pm Tuesday 16th July 2013

Division Two of the Aire-Wharfe League was rocked by a series of surprise results that mean all 12 clubs have a stake in either promotion or relegation.

Damon's last ball four earns Guiseley a tie

Wharfedale Observer: Pool's Callum Braddock in action against Pooll

8:39am Thursday 11th July 2013

Damon Reeve kept his nerve and stroked the final scheduled ball to the boundary to clinch an Aire-Wharfe League tie for Guiseley against Harden.

Consistent Guiseley should see off Harden

Wharfedale Observer: Paul Nicholson goes on the attack for Otley against Ben Rhydding last Saturday, watched by wicket-keeper Robbie Oldham

6:00pm Thursday 4th July 2013

The Aire-Wharfe League’s practice of mirroring fixtures in the two halves of the season gives clubs a chance to assess their progress – or lack of it – as they start the second half of the campaign.

Peel shines as Burley beat holders

Wharfedale Observer: Stewart Smith flicks the ball to leg during his 155-run opening stand with Sam Smith for Otley last weekend against Steeton

10:54am Thursday 4th July 2013

Andrew Peel capped a memorable weekend with a fine spell of bowling that fired Burley into the semi-finals of the Waddilove Cup at the expense of holders Collingham.

Ben Rhydding hit the heights

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Rhydding wicketkeeper Robbie Oldham takes a catch

10:50am Thursday 4th July 2013

Ben Rhydding ended Otley’s hot run to climb to fourth in the Division One table at the halfway stage of the Aire-Wharfe League season, their highest-ever placing since joining the Aire-Wharfe League in 2000.

Ben Rhydding's run cut short by Taylor

Wharfedale Observer: Green Lane batsman Asif Yousef is  closely watched by Rawdon wicketkeeper Ryan Gladwin as he is beaten by a delivery from Andrew Doidge

8:47am Thursday 27th June 2013

Aire Wharfe League Ben Rhydding’s run of three successive wins was brought to an end against Steeton on Saturday.

Davies celebrates ten-wicket record

Wharfedale Observer: James Davies bagged all ten wickets for Otley against Bilton

4:10pm Tuesday 18th June 2013

James Davies wrote himself into the Aire-Wharfe League record books as he tore through the Bilton batting line-up to take all ten wickets while conceding just 15 runs.

Promotion favourites Thackley hoping to back up memorable weekend

Wharfedale Observer: Stewart Smith flicks the ball to leg during his 155-run opening stand with Sam Smith for Otley last weekend against Steeton

4:40pm Thursday 13th June 2013

Thackley will be full of confidence when they tackle North Leeds on Saturday in their quest to ensure their stay in Aire-Wharfe League Division Two lasts no more than a season.

Burley collapse against league leaders

Wharfedale Observer: Steeton’s Stephen Pearson bowls to Otley opener Sam Smith during the match at Summerhill Lane

9:24am Thursday 13th June 2013

Beckwithshaw look like running away with the Division One title after defeating second-placed Burley to go 14 points clear.

Rawdon and Thackley spring cup surprises

Wharfedale Observer: Ryan Gladwin scored 65 as Rawdon hit a formidable 325-5 at Pool

4:20pm Monday 10th June 2013

Division Two sides Rawdon and Thackley dominated the Waddilove Cup second round yesterday with giant-killing wins that proved surprisingly easy.

Burley aiming for nap hand of wins in titanic battle

Wharfedale Observer: Rawdon's James Milligan has his head down as he drives a delivery from Ilkley's Luke Bott

5:30pm Thursday 6th June 2013

Burley have the power to prevent this season’s Aire-Wharfe League championship from becoming a procession when they take on runaway leaders Beckwithshaw on Saturday.

Burley go second after victory

Wharfedale Observer: Rawdon's John Hughes in action against Ilkley

11:40am Thursday 6th June 2013

Burley moved into second place in Division One with a comfortable six-wicket win over Kirkstall Educat ional.

Guiseley need Wright stuff to overcome leaders

Wharfedale Observer: Four-wicket Wear appeals

8:00pm Thursday 30th May 2013

Guiseley will have the rest of the Aire-Wharfe League cheering them on at Division One leaders Beckwithshaw on Saturday, especially Burley, who are the Harrogate club’s closest rivals.

Brook continues apace as Burley climb to second

Wharfedale Observer: Alex Miller leaps in his delivery stride for Ben Rhydding

12:50pm Thursday 30th May 2013

Burley took full advantage of Steeton’s first defeat of the season in Aire-Wharfe League Division One.

So far so good for title-chasing Steeton

Wharfedale Observer: Opening bowler Ross Suri has started the season in fine form for Steeton

4:20pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

It’s been 16 years since Steeton lifted their only Aire-Wharfe League title but last week’s win over Pool sent them up to second in Division One behind Beckwithshaw and starting to look like realistic contenders.

T20 champs Otley defend crown

10:57am Thursday 23rd May 2013

The 2013 T20 TB Cup gets under way next Thursday.

Forrest's fire is too much for Guiseley

Wharfedale Observer: Andrew Doidge

10:55am Thursday 23rd May 2013

Forrest Hamilton was in devastating form as last season’s beaten finalists Ben Rhydding bowled over Guiseley in their first-round tie.

Burley beat champions to go third

Wharfedale Observer: Steeton's Ross Suri celebrates taling a Pool waicket

10:47am Thursday 23rd May 2013

Aire-Wharfe League The clubs who managed to beat the rain and get their Aire-Wharfe League games on might have envied the other half who had the chance to put their feet up in the clubhouse and watch Bradford City’s play-off victory at Wembley.

Ben Rhydding and Guiseley are familiar foes

Wharfedale Observer: Menston's Sam Boyden in action at Silsden last weekend

4:10pm Thursday 16th May 2013

Ben Rhydding and Guiseley players could be sick of the sight of each other by the end of the weekend.

Woodhouse flayed by big-hitting Addingham duo

Wharfedale Observer: Action from Burley v Otley

4:20pm Tuesday 14th May 2013

Before Addingham took on Woodhouse in the Aire-Wharfe League, Ricky Palacio went on twitter and admitted “somehow the feeling isn’t there”. Opponents will be hoping they never face the prolific Kiwi when the feeling is there after he and Johnny Johnson tore apart the home bowling in a feast of big hitting.

Rawdon and Thackley in crunch clash

Wharfedale Observer: Faizal Hussain celebrates taking a wicket for Skipton at home to Silsden last weekend

5:00pm Thursday 9th May 2013

Week four of a new Aire-Wharfe League campaign may be too early to talk about season-defining matches, but there can be no doubting Saturday's clash at Larkfield Road between Rawdon and Thackley could be very significant.

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