Farming, fielding and rhubarb!
Manning Stainton is happy to announce its sponsorship of Carlton Cricket Club in the upcoming 2017 Cricket season. The club has a proud and long history dating back to 1867! With the cricket club celebrating its 150 (Sesquicentennial) anniversary in 2017, here’s a brief look at the clubs heritage.
Carlton, meaning “town of the churls” (common agricultural people), is a small, rural village on Rothwell’s doorstep. The “churls” may have moved on but agriculture still plays a central role in village life. Oldroyd's Farm, established in 1933, places Carlton slap bang in the middle of West Yorkshire’s infamous “rhubarb triangle”.
Sport has also played an important part in the history of Carlton and its inhabitants. The rural sports fields, set in between acres of picturesque farmland, have been at the heart of the village for more than 150 years.
The earliest known reference to sport in the village goes back to 1867 when a cricket team from Carlton made only 33 runs against a team from nearby Lofthouse. Back in those days, cricket was played on landowner, Dick Marshall’s field on the far side of Pitfield Road, now Ashton Crescent. Interestingly enough, he also gave the team a lift to away matches by horse-drawn wagonette for a shilling a head, a true entrepreneur if ever there was one!
On the up
1922 saw a huge turn in the sporting fortunes of the village when twelve newly appointed trustees of Carlton Athletic Club bought the current Town Street ground from Major Calverley of Oulton Hall. The new five-acre site was to embrace both football and cricket, as it does to this day.
The agreed price of £275 (nearly £10,000 in modern terms,) was a great investment for the future of sport in the village for generations to come. Construction of the new cricket ground was a mammoth task and the whole village got involved. Colliery owners, J & J Charlesworth, offered a welcome loan and funds were raised through house-to-house collections and special concerts. Building materials were brought in from adjoining villages, local farmers supplied turf and willing volunteers provided much-needed labour. By 1926 the new cricket ground was ready for action.
The late Ken Oldroyd, 4th generation owner of Oldroyd’s Farm and Former President of Carlton Cricket Club for more than three decades saw both the area and the cricket blossom during his reign.
“Carlton is a beautiful village with great people who really care about keeping up traditions. That’s what gives the village its charm”, comments Mr.Oldroyd.
“My family has been living and working in Carlton for more than 70 years and I’ve seen many changes. In all that time sport has been an integral part of village life and the sports ground has stood strong - providing entertainment and a welcome drink or two to spectators!”
A league of their own
A founding member of the Woodlesford and District League in 1893, Carlton Cricket Club has since moved to various leagues, enjoying many successes along the way.
Recent victories including 14 Hepworth Cup wins and seven league wins illustrate the consistent strength of the first team, whilst with ten Wood Cup wins and seven championships, the second team has also served the club well.
In 1998, the Club joined the Central Yorkshire League and in their first season beat Methley to easily win the Jack Hampshire Trophy. The second team has won 2 Wheatley Cups in 2013 & 2015.
With the new ECB structure directive in place for developing cricket in Yorkshire, the Central Yorkshire League merged with the Bradford Cricket League in 2016. At the end of the season, the 1st Team finished 7th and the 2nd team 6th in their respective divisions.
Success at all levels
The Club also plays in the National Village Trophy, where the final is played at Lords and has successfully reached the last eight on two occasions.
Today five teams play on Carlton’s rural cricket field including three junior teams, indeed the Under 15’s team were league champions in 2004.
“We’ve built up three great youth teams and we’re always on the lookout for new talent of all ages. In the old day’s local families such as the Wards, Taylors, Foxes and Sampson's all helped maintain the line of succession and many of these still play today which is fantastic for the club”, adds Mr.Oldroyd.
Going into the 2017 season, Manning Stainton is proud to be contributing to the club's continuing story by sponsoring the club's kit. We are proud to be a part of such a long and noble heritage, and would like to wish Carlton Cricket club every success in the coming season!