THE Halifax Sunday Cricket League will have a record 28 teams competing in 2021, with the addition of Crossflatts and Friarmere to its ranks.

While the league is anticipating that some Covid-19 restrictions will still apply for recreational cricket, a full season is already planned and that is boosted by the addition of the two new clubs.

Crossflatts, formed in 1905, are based in Bingley at Ryshworth Park. Their Saturday teams play in the Craven League, with previous seasons spent in the West Bradford, Airedale & Wharfedale and Bradford Central leagues.

But they will be moving from the Craven League to the Bradford Premier League for 2021, so it is a real year of upheaval for the club.

Friarmere, playing at West View, Delph, near Oldham, were established in 1864 and their long history includes participation in the Huddersfield and Saddleworth leagues and currently the Greater Manchester League.

Both clubs, enjoying excellent facilities, will further enhance the Halifax League’s Sunday section, formed in 1985, which is recognised as the foremost Sunday league in Yorkshire.

Its area covers nearly 700 square miles of West Yorkshire and will now include 11 clubs that play Saturday cricket in a different league – a massive compliment to its administration, competitiveness and variety.