THE most iconic building in Halifax is being used as a memorable backdrop to promote cricket.

The Enco Halifax Cricket League are using the Grade One listed building to showpiece their Investing In Cricket Day on Wednesday, April 8 (10am-6pm).

League president David Normanton said at their latest meeting: “All four corners of the Piece Hall will be holding various cricket events, and the event is being jointly staged by the ECB and the YCB.

“Apart from interest from various media outlets, we also hope to have the ICC World Cup on display.”

Normanton added: “This is a very important event. We have already had two meetings with staff from the Piece Hall and another is imminent.”

Phil Sharples, the Halifax Junior League’s representative on the senior league’s management board, said: “We are calling our side of the event Piece Hall Cricket Ball and will have All Stars Cricket displays, plus skills-based tests and cage cricket, as well as nets, bowling machines and a speed gun.

“However, we need volunteers on the day to help.”

Anyone interested in helping on the day should contact Alan Veal of Southowram CC at

It is also expected that there will be a mini pavilion on site with a map of Calderdale that shows where clubs are based, be they in Halifax, Huddersfield or Bradford.

Sharples added: “The success of this event will be shown by whether more young people will play cricket in Calderdale, and there will be updates leading up to the event on various social media outlets.”

It has also been confirmed that the Enco Halifax League will be playing against the Scarborough Beckett League at North Marine Road, Scarborough on Sunday, June 28, while the Halifax League’s over-50 team have entered the Grey Fox Trophy.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Bradley & Colnebridge’s second team, who finished bottom of the First Division last season, have withdrawn from the league.

Clubs were told to use all Enco-stamped balls for first-team matches and use old stock for second team and Sunday League matches.

However, the Sunday League section have a new club as Honley were unanimously admitted by 19 votes to nil.