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MUNICIPAL GROUNDS

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Over the decades a number of municipal grounds in Calderdale and Kirklees have hosted local league cricket. These council-owned venues have played an important role because some local clubs and teams have found it impossible to take ownership of a ground of their own – whether for financial or logistical reasons.

Brackenbed Park, Halifax – This venue was used by Wheatley Liberals CC and Queen’s Road Muslims CC of the Halifax Association in the 1980s and early 1990s. The ground fell into disuse in 1992 because of drainage problems.

Goldfields, Greetland – A multi-pitch arena, it was opened in the mid-1980s and over the next two decades became home to various Halifax Association sides including Greetland Village CC, Halifax Muslims CC, Halifax Salem CC, Jenny Dees CC, New Riding CC, Stirk Bridge CC, Wesley CC, and Whetley Motors CC.

Highfields, Huddersfield – This venue lies only half a mile or so from Huddersfield town centre. Edgerton CC, then of the Huddersfield Association, played home games at Highfields in the early 1980s.

Leeds Road, Huddersfield – Probably the biggest municipal sports complex in either Kirklees or Calderdale. The playing fields and changing rooms were built by Italian prisoners of war in the early 1940s. Over the years its various cricket pitches have played host to many teams in many different local leagues.

Rectory Park, Thornhill - Not too far away from The Combs (home of Thornhill CC), Rectory Park has been home to several different Dewsbury League/Dewsbury-based sides, most recently the now-defunct Ruddlesdens CC.

Roils Head, Halifax – A notoriously high, cold and windy venue, situated in urban Halifax, this council venue was a regular meeting-place for Halifax Association sides in the 1980s and 1990s. It is now disused and overgrown.

Salendine Nook, Huddersfield – Wedged between cricket grounds at Salendine Nook High School and Britannia Works, this council-owned venue has been home to various local league sides in recent decades.

Sands Lane, Dewsbury – Located in the shadow of a handsome viaduct, this property is synonymous with Dewsbury & District League cricket, with many clubs using it as home. Today, Savile Stars of the West Riding League are based there.

Spring Hall, Halifax – In 2005 this famous old Calderdale venue was transformed into an athletics arena – much to the disgust of those clubs who had been competing in the Halifax Association and who, with the demise of Spring Hall (where they played most of their games), had to fold (like the Association itself).

Wellesley Park, Halifax – ‘The Barracks’ played host to Halifax Association fixtures for many years. Currently, Queen’s Road Muslims CC are attempting to join the Halifax League – and have gained a short-term lease on Wellesley Park in the hope of succeeding with their bid.

Please do contact us on 01484 472405 or via p.j.davies@hud.ac.uk if you have any more information or photographs relating to these, or other, Calderdale/Kirklees municipal cricket venues

 

   

Chucker Peel in action circa 1950
Levelling the Field at Booth

 

 

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