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Wakefield Thornes FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/SPORTYORKSHIRE 1 tier of the old Central Yorkshire League (playing other club’s seconds teams) to the Premier League and then enjoying an unbroken stay. We never actually won the title, though equally in nine years, we only once finished lower than fourth and in the final year agonisingly missed out on the title in a rain affected final fortnight. We also enjoyed cup success winning both the Jack Hampshire Cup and the League 20/20. Given that Wakefield is so obviously West Yorkshire, people often ask why we compete in ECB Yorkshire South, rather than say the Bradford League which broadly covers West Yorkshire. Suffice to say its a very long story and as part of the revamp of senior league cricket in Yorkshire we were the ones who stuck to the original and much debated plan! As well as team success the club has had notable individual success stories. Current Yorkshire seamers Josh Shaw and Jared Warner both started life at the club as seven year olds and achieved England Under 19 honours. Matty Taylor is another current Yorkshire player. Club captain Tom Froggett played first class cricket with Oxford University and maybe unusually for a West Yorkshire club, Nipuna Seneratne did the same with Cambridge University. I first got involved in the club in 2003 (I think). My son was playing junior cricket at nearby Slazengers and I was coaching there. Despite having a strong junior section, the club folded through a lack of senior players. Slazengers then head junior coach Ron Hudson, who was a legend in local club cricket (particularly for his exploits in the Bradford League) negotiated with Wakefield Thornes, who had enthusiastic senior teams but no meaningful junior cricket, to establish a junior section at Thornes. Ron was a good, knowledgeable and respected coach. And a hard task master! The partnership with Ron worked well, and in those early years we established the basis for the success the club enjoys today. When we got involved with Thornes the existing members of the club were hugely enthusiastic and welcomed all GDL GRILLES | DIFFUSERS | LOUVRES | DAMPERS | SOLAR SHADING NATURAL VENTILATION | ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS | HEAT RECOVERY “I first became associated with Wakefield Thornes Cricket Club when I came back from university in 2005. I knew a couple of lads that played for the club and joined as a player in late 2005. Having started a family over six years ago, unfortunately I don’t have free time on a weekend to play anymore. When I first came down to the club, as a top order batsman, I remember the club having very mediocre facilities. We used to get changed in a portacabin and the playing area and training facilities weren’t great. The club has come on leaps and bounds since I first joined. The facilities at the club in the ten years from 2005, including the development of the ground and facilities, has gone from mediocre to excellent. The new pavilion in 2010 was an important change. The clubhouse went from something that resembled an old shed, to a modern facility with large changing rooms and an air-conditioned function room. GDL helped out with the air conditioning and ventilation works. I still get chance to follow the club’s progress on social media and on their website. A few of the lads I used to play with are still playing, so it’s still nice to get down to the club every now and again and see some familiar faces, as well as the new talent coming through the junior sections. The club has always had a great atmosphere around it. GDL air systems have been a sponsor of the club since 2005. We try to help out the best we can whether it’s with an advertising board around the ground or a shirt sponsor. From everyone at GDL we would like to wish Wakefield Thornes all the best in the upcoming season and it’s great to see such a family friendly club doing so well and still winning.” Phil Callaghan – GDL Air Systems Ltd 6 Issue 01