OSCAs for Bradford League officials

Alan Crater has won an OSCA for services to umpiring

Alan Crater has won an OSCA for services to umpiring

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WITH two weekends to go, most of the crucial first-team issues in the JCT600 Bradford League have already been decided.

Cleckheaton have retained the Division One title, with Yeadon and Morley relegated, while Undercliffe and Saltaire will replace them.

Pudsey St Lawrence have won the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Cup, and neighbours Congs have lifted the Dyson Energy Services Twenty20 Cup.

What is still up for grabs are who takes the Division Two championship and who must apply for re-election, but further afield leading figures in the league have been lauded with Yorkshire Cricket Board OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards).

League chairman and president Keith Moss has won the Stuart Hodgson award for services to leagues and boards, Alan Carter has lifted the services to umpiring gong, and fellow umpire David Ratcliffe has won the services to officiating, umpiring and scoring.

In addition, Lightcliffe's Sam Godden is the Young Volunteer of the Year, former Morley, Bradford and Drighlington player Jim Leathley has won the Clifford Smith Award for services to youth representative cricket and Bradford Ladies player Wendy Brown is joint winner of the Barbara Hare Award for services to women's cricket.

And, also from the Bradford area, Ian Chappell (Aire-Wharfe League) has won the Lifetime Achiever Award, the Yorkshire Terriers' Haydon Coventry the services to disability cricket award and the Heavy Woollen Junior League's Martin Stubbs the outstanding coach achievement award.

Highly commended were Bolton Villas' Steve Wilson in the Ralph Pritchard Volunteer of the Year Trophy, Rastrick Cricket Club's Oliver Pearson in the Young Coach of the Year category and Foster's Halifax League president David Normanton, who was runner-up to Moss.

The latter has been involved in cricket for over 60 years, playing for Fulneck (1950-74, when he was also secretary), Kirkstall Educational and Pudsey St Lawrence, where he fulfilled the roles of secretary, club chairman, cricket chairman and president, as well as being on the committee.

Elected to Yorkshire County Cricket Club's committee in 1991, Moss was chairman of finance from 1992-97 and club chairman from 1998-2002, while since 2003 he has organised the 364 lunch to remember Len Hutton's record-breaking England innings of 1938.

Carter has umpired for 35 years in Yorkshire league cricket, the last 25 in the Bradford League, and has stood in about 1,000 matches overall.

He is the umpires' representative on the Bradford League management board, and has been the Umpires' Association chairman since 2011.

Ratcliffe has been umpiring in the Bradford League for 24 years and is now a noted umpiring tutor, as well as being treasurer of the Bradford League Umpires' Association for ten years and secretary for eight years.

Matches in the Bradford League start at noon this weekend, and Undercliffe could seal the Division Two championship as they are at Bankfoot tomorrow and at home to Gomersal on Sunday in their rearranged fixture as the Intake Road club could not play on August 23 as they were preparing the ground for the Priestley Cup final the following day.

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