Liversedge Cricket Club owes its successes to a number of key players.
In terms of captains, Frank Bateman led the club in the years following the Great War; his family owned the nearby Stanley Pit. Bobby Jarratt was skipper when Liversedge won the Heavy Woollen Cup for the fourth time in 1977 and M Holden was captain of the 1982 Championship-winning side.
They have also had their share of excellent bowlers. Oliver Glover was a left-arm spinner of the inter-war years who bowled well in tandem with Herbert Tasker and went on to become a Yorkshire Council umpire.
Bill (or Will) Ellis was a fast bowler of the 1930s and 1940s who had trials with Nottinghamshire and went on to play for Baildon; he played in the ‘restricted’ 1943 Heavy Woollen Cup final. Alec Broadbent was an excellent bowler who also played for Yorkshire 2nd XI and Salts.
Legendary West Indian spinner Sonny Ramadhin played for Liversedge in 1966. He took 158 wickets in 43 Tests. Alan Walker played for Liversedge, Northamptonshire and Durham, taking 299 first-class wickets in total.
With the bat, William Thewlis was a key figure who served the club for 60 years, 20 as opening batsman in the first years of the 20th century. Vic Elsworth was a top inter-war batsman and captain in 1929 when Liversedge won the Heavy Woollen Cup.
Vernon Brook was a record-breaking batsman who also played at Heckmondwike for many years; he starred in the ‘restricted’ 1943 Heavy Woollen Cup final against Batley.
With the gloves, Doug Lloyd was an excellent wicketkeeper who starred in the side that won the Heavy Woollen Cup in 1977.
On the administrative side, Terry Hallsworth has held every position at the club except treasurer – and his wife has held that post! The club owes its success to hardworking stalwarts like him.
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