WILL Luxton’s cricketing landscapes have changed a lot since the start of last season.

Then, aged 18, he was captaining the Yorkshire Academy team in Yorkshire Premier League North - a campaign that would end early for them on July 31 due to the difficulties in creating bio-secure bubbles as Yorkshire players flitted from county matches to club cricket.

The Keighley-born former Steeton player certainly didn’t let the burdens of captaincy affect his form, scoring 103 against Sheriff Hutton Bridge, 75 against York, 71 against Dunnington, 64 not out against Driffield Town and 61 against Harrogate.

Then when pitting the all-singing, all-dancing The Hundred at the same time as the Royal London One-Day Cup (50 overs per side), it gave counties the opportunity to blood some of their younger players who might not otherwise have got a chance.

Again Luxton cashed in, the No.7 scoring 68 against Northants at Scarborough to rescue Yorkshire from 69-6.

Opportunity knocked again for Luxton in the winter as he represented England Under-19s in both a pre-Christmas tournament in Sri Lanka and the Under-19 World Cup in the West Indies in January, where England lost a low-scoring final to India.

Sri Lanka conceded 150 to Luxton’s willow at Christmas, and he went on to make 47 against both South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, 41 against Canada and 35 against the West Indies at the World Cup.

Back in England for the domestic season, Luxton, who did not have the chance to again represent the Yorkshire Academy at weekends as they have disbanded their YPLN team, is now playing for Bradford & Bingley in the Bradford Premier League.

Again he has made his mark, batting throughout the innings against champions Woodlands to score 115 not out as B&B handed them their first defeat of the season.

Now he is hoping to stay in form as he awaits further chances for Yorkshire, having already scored 76 against Nottinghamshire in a second XI match earlier this season.

Luxton, who got A-Levels in business (grade A), history (B) and physical education (B), said after Bingley’s Heavy Woollen Cup quarter-final was rained off at home to New Farnley: “It was a new experience but a good experience to captain the Yorkshire Academy last year, and we had a good season.

“It is disappointing that I could not play for them this season in YPLN, but I am enjoying playing for Bradford & Bingley.

“The grounds are different and the wickets probably aren’t as good in the Bradford League, but there is no difference in the standard of opponents, and the intensity is similar.

“It was quite good for me that The Hundred was played at the same time as the Royal London as I don’t think that I would have got the same opportunities for Yorkshire otherwise.

“I enjoyed that experience with Yorkshire and it brought my game on quite a lot playing with those good players and it was quite a good couple of months.

“Then I went abroad to play in those tournaments for England Under-19s, and it was a good challenge playing on those wickets.”

Now all Luxton is waiting for are those chances to shine again with the White Rose.

Bradford & Bingley won the toss and chose to field against New Farnley, who soon lost skipper Lee Goddard, bowled playing back to Yasir Abbas, but opener Aidan Langley made a neat 60 in the 27 overs that were possible before rain ended play.

Corey Miller’s run out of Adam Waite from point was the fielding highlight, but after the players came off for rain for a second time they did not get back on, with Steve Bullen 27 not out.

The match will now be replayed at Wagon Lane on Sunday, June 19, which is also when Wakefield Thornes will host Methley in another quarter-final.

The Townville v Honley clash will be played on Sunday, July 3, which is the scheduled date for the semi-finals. Honley had made 96-3 when the rain came there.

The only tie to be finished was at Scholes, where Batley made a healthy 178-7 off their 20 overs in a rain-reduced match, with runs from Muhammad Bhoola (42), Yassir Ali (39) and Kasir Maroof (32no).

However, Scholes replied with 79-1 off just six overs, with Yorkshire’s James Wharton 41 not out, which was enough to put them ahead on Duckworth Lewis Stern, hence Scholes winning by nine wickets.