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Hyrstlands Park, Track Lane, Mount Pleasant, Batley WF17 7JT   Map

Altitude: 95 Metres/312 Feet

Dales Council League

Heavy Woollen Junior League

Bradford Junior League

Volunteer Contacts:

Farid Karolia, Hanif Mayet & Yousuf Kayat

  Club Image

Founded: 1974
Nearest Landmark: Batley Carr Community Centre
Nearest Railway Station: Batley
By Bus: 281 from Dewsbury and Batley town centres
Nearest Other Club: Batley
Former Grounds: Pontefract Racecourse; also 'mergers' with Chickenley CC, Staincliffe CC, Howden Clough CC, Batley CC


Timeline (40kb PDF)

Early Years (712kb PDF)
Later Years (4.6mb PDF)
Club History in Batley News (2006) (116kb PDF)
History of Club Part 1 (11kb PDF)
History of Club Part 2 (14kb PDF)

Concise History of Club (1.7mb PDF)

1983 (17 Jul) 12th Asian Cup Final (132kb PDF)

1989 (6 Aug) A.V.Kitchen Cup Final v Batley Muslims (305kb PDF)

1995-2001 Scorebooks v Inter Batley, Highgate, Castle Hill, Crompark (461kb PDF)

1997 Scorebook v Batley Muslims (195kb PDF)

2001 Merger with Howden Clough (165kb PDF)

2002 Daily Times, 'Cricket Bridges Ethnic Divide in Yorkshire' (web link)
2002 The Observer, 'Some Corner of a Foreign Field' (web link)

2005 Heritage Exhibition Launch Event (177kb PDF)
2006 Club Presentation Evening (77kb PDF)

2006 Sky TV Visit (605kb PDF)

2006 Meeting with Kirklees Metropolitan Council (691kb PDF)

MIscellaneous Action - undated (262kb PDF)

Street Cricket (web link)

Club Badge (53kb PDF)

Club Track Suit (77kb PDF)
LEAGUES: Dales Council (web link)


Who's Who (310kb PDF)
Hall of Fame (11kb PDF)

Yahya Akudi   Yahya Akudi (154kb PDF)

Ismail Dawood   Profile (14kb PDF)   Yorkshire CCC (128kb PDF)   Cricinfo 

Abdul Khaliq Delair   Profile (45kb PDF)

Bashir Karolia   Profile (63kb PDF)

Farid Karolia   Club Vice-Chairman (194kb PDF)

Hassan Kayat   Profile (99kb PDF)

Yusuf Kayat   Profile (266kb PDF)

Ali Lunat   Profile (161kb PDF)

Hanif Mayet   Club Chairman (188kb PDF)

Team Photos




Undated (1.1mb PDF)

History of Ground

Story of Hyrstlands Park (543kb PDF)

Profile of Hyrstlands Park (11kb PDF)

2006 (22 Apr) Hyrstlands Park (863kb PDF)

2006 (17 Jun) Hyrstlands Park (1.2mb PDF)

2006 (2 Jul) Hyrstlands Park (803kb PDF)

2007 IMWS 6-a-Side Europa Cup at Hyrstlands Park (1.9mb PDF)

3D Map & Aerial Photograph (250kb)
Line Drawing by Sue Brant

Ground Today

Action (328kb PDF)

Scoreboard (161kb PDF)

Signage (193kb PDF)

Spectators (990kb PDF)

Oral History

Local Context

Profile of Batley (83kb PDF)

Batley (Wikipedia)

Batley & Dewsbury (web link)

Batley Bulldogs RLFC (web link)

Kirklees Council (web link)

Maggie Blanck - Old Photos of Batley (web link)

Former Cricket Clubs in Local Area (web link)

Further Reading

M.H.Haigh, History of Batley (1974) (146kb PDF)

M.H.Haigh, Historical Snapshots of Batley and Birstall (1994)

N.Ellis, Around Batley (1996)

Memories of Dewsbury and Batley (1997)

Batley News Newspaper

Awaaz Newspaper


With grateful thanks to Farid Karolia, Hanif Mayet and teammates (MCC).

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Greatest Moment

Winning the Sheard Cup for the first time in 1981.

Local Hero

Chairman Hanif Mayet - formed the club with current vice-chairman Farid Karolia.

Bizarre Fact

During the summer of 2006 Sky Sports followed Mount around during their Dales Council season and featured the club in a special series on grassroots cricket broadcast at lunchtime during Test match coverage.

Origins and Early Years


Although competitive cricket and a permanent home were still some way off, Mount CC was formed by seven young Asian cricket enthusiasts in 1974.


In an article published in The Observer in 2002, Hanif Mayet, one of the founding fathers, explained how the club originated:

"There were no Asian cricketers. I'd go to practise and turn up to the match and I'd always be the twelfth man. If they were a man short I'd be slotted in, but even though they knew I could bat, I'd go in at number 10 or 11. It was a waste of time, basically, so we used to play in the street with a tennis ball but one day I thought, ‘This can't go on, we've got to do something about it.’ We went round the neighbourhood with a begging bowl - and our fathers weren't well off. They came over from India with three quid in their pockets to work in the textiles."


League Cricket

In 1977 Mount began their (now ongoing) tenancy at the Kirklees Council-owned Hyrstlands Park.

In the same year the club took its bow in competitive cricket, joining the Dewsbury & District League.


That first season ended with a 9th-place finish in Section ‘C’ after the team won 6 of the 20 matches it played.

In 1979, after two seasons of competitive cricket, Mount scooped the first of many league and cup titles - they carried off the Dewsbury & District League Section ‘C’ championship.

Although still in Section ‘B’, Mount showed their undoubted pedigree by lifting the Sheard Cup in 1981. Ali Loonat scored a brilliant 103 not out as Section ‘A’ giants Gawthorpe were beaten by 8 wickets in the final.

The league season was also a successful one as promotion to Section ‘A’ was secured.

2nd XI Success

By 1984 Mount’s 2nd XI was starting to emulate the success of the 1st XI. That year saw the Dewsbury & District League Section ‘D’ title brought home to Hyrstlands Park.

In 1989 Mount 2nd XI were again in and among the silverware. This time the side was victorious in the A.V. Kitchen Cup final against Batley Muslims.

After nine years without any major Dewsbury & District League success, the 1st XI was back in business in 1990.

The Sheard Cup returned to Hyrstlands Park after a convincing nine-wicket victory over Dewsbury Young Star. Soyeb Kayat top-scored for Mount with an unbeaten 93, as the 150-run victory target was passed with 18 overs to spare.

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