Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club get season off to a good start

It has been a promising start to the season for Hunslet Nelson senior sides.

The First team have picked up 4 wins from 5 matches, including success in the 1st round of the cup away at holders Northowram Fields. They sit 2nd in the league, level on points with 1st place Lightcliffe. Matthew Varley has picked up 14 wickets so far with Dan Brooke Mawson on 11 and Sam Thewlis on 9. Andrew McIntosh made a superb 92 in the cup fixture and the new opening pair of Joe Smith and new signing Tylor Woodhouse have started strongly.

The second team sit 4th in table with 3 wins from 4. It has been a superb start to the season for Glen Thompson (16 wickets) and Matthew Nixon (13 wickets) that has helped reduce opponents to some low scores. Both sides will be hopeful of being at the top end of the table come September time.

Chairman Anthony Ryder is leading the Sunday side this season again, they were defeated by Morley in their first match. The side is made up by junior players in the main which is brilliant to see.

Hunslet Nelson women celebrate another win

The club launched it’s women’s section in January 2024 with an open day to launch cricket to a whole new audience in the community.

Chairman Anthony Ryder said:

“We weren’t sure what the interest would be but since then our women’s section has gone from strength to strength.”

Then in the April they entered their first softball cricket outdoor league. Whilst the group are only playing softball cricket at the moment, they have a burning ambition to start hardball cricket by 2025 and they are well on track to make this a reality. Even then, we will continue to progress our existing softball cricket. We are always keen to welcome more women into cricket at Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club, so if your interested, please get in touch with the club.

During the Summer, our women’s team train on a Wednesday evening at Hunslet Nelson Cricket Club from 6pm. If you want to get into cricket please come along.

Saturday Home Fixtures in June:

  • 1 June Hunslet Nelson CC V Scholes CC 1st XI 12:00 start
  • 8 June Hunslet Nelson CC V East Ardsley 2nd XI 12:30 start
  • 15 June Hunslet Nelson CC V Hopton Mills 1st XI 12:00 start
  • 22 June Hunslet Nelson CC V Heckmondwike & Carlinghow 2nd XI 12:30 start
  • 29 June Hunslet Nelson CC V Altofts 2nd XI 12:30 start

Training sessions run from 6-7:30pm as follows:

  • Monday: Under 13s
  • Tuesday: Senior
  • Wednesday: Women
  • Thursday: U15s & U18s
  • Friday: U9s & U11s

The much anticipated Hunslet Nelson music festival will take place Sunday 25 August, featuring some areas finest talent including The Signals, Anthems of Isuria, The Indecisives, Gas Up Jupiter Craig Dinnewell, and DJ Mango.

The Music Festival has been going for over 4 years now. The festival’s popularity has steadily grown over the last few years and this year is expected to be the biggest event yet. This is a free family music festival for the people of the club and community with outside bars, kids rides, and plenty of toilets.


Main photo: Matthew Varley taking 3-15 against Northowram Fields CC. Credit: Joe Bognar


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