History of Overseas Players
It is no coincidence that in the past 20 years there has been a large number of players joining the Altofts ranks from the Victorian Cricket Association in Melbourne, Australia. In particular, there have been no less than 4 players to don the Altofts colours from the one club in the VCA, namely Essendon. Dave Hampton was the first to play at Altofts way back in 1986. Dave has since had a fantastic district career with Essendon and more recently Fitzroy/Doncaster. In 1989 and 1990, John Shannon ventured into the Central Yorkshire League to join Altofts in a very successful period for the club. John is regarded as one of the best district cricketers in the last 30 years and was named in Essendon's team of the century. It would not be argued at Altofts that John was one of the best acquisitions the club has made both on and off the field.
It wasn't until the 2002 season that another Essendon player was to step onto the field for Altofts. Jodi Hutchison, an accomplished district player in the VCA, provided the club with good all-round results which culminated in a century at Mirfield P.C. in very quick time. Jodi has since had a great year for Essendon and taken away the Mick Mitchell Award, Essendon Cricket Club's highest honour.
The Altofts-Essendon tradition continued in 2003 with Cameron McKinley joining the club for his first season in England. Cameron, a left-handed all-rounder, has been with Essendon for 8 years and made his debut in the 1st XI in the 2000/01 season, making 96 against Northcote. Not only have Essendon players made the journey down Lock Lane in recent years. Other Victorians to have played at Altofts include test legend Dean Jones, who came over as a fresh-faced 20 year old, and Michael Foster who was a first-class player for Victoria in the late 90's. North Melbourne's
Barry McCormick is also in Altofts folk law after playing in the mid 90's for 2 seasons. 2004 saw the arrival of Faisal Khan, an English based former first class batsman/wicket keeper from Pakistan. Faisal, a Right-handed batsmen and Saqlain Mustaq style off-spinner had a good season finishing second in the batting averages.
In 2005 the C.Y.C.L. Committee decided to ban overseas players outside of the premier league. Luckily, Clive had a lot of connections in Australia, and secured the services of English Born Ben Coleman. Ben is a Left-handed batsman Left Arm Off Spin bowler who plays his cricket at Frankston.
In 2008 Overseas players were reinstated and Altofts signed Luke Popov from Melbourne, Australia. Luke was proved to be pivotal in Altofts winning the league and gaining promotion back to the CYCL premier league. Luke scored over 500 runs and took over 50 wickets in the 2008 season.
The following year saw the arrival of two brilliant players. Adeel Hussain a from Bristol and Carl Cachopa from New Zealand. Adeel was a nasty fasty who frightened many of batsmen and also a very useful hitter. Carl was a more cultured player, an opening batsmen and medium pace bowler. You will more than likely recognise the name Cachopa as his brother Craig Cachopa plays for Sussex.
The next season saw a young gun come from down under in the shape of Alex Vanderzon. A right handed batsmen with loads of potential. It also saw now Chairman Steve Palmer stand down as captain as we recruited Kev Watson. Kev recruited well bringing in one of the clubs best players in the recent history, Alan Burton. Alan was an opening batsmen who bowled medium pace. Alan also travelled up for every game from Peterborough. This commitment served him well and he was handed the captaincy for the following season.
Alan's captaincy led to a much better season, he recruited really well bringing now Norwich City Physio Chris Budd with him from Peterborough. As well as Arkham Asif who he knew from Leeds University. Overseas Lachlan Curtis also joined before doing his knee ligaments half way through the season. And Alan also saw promise in then young (13 years old) Altofts left arm off spinner James Logan. James now plays for Yorkshire CCC 2nd XI aged 19.
Season 2012 saw Jordan Sleighthome take over the captaincy. Again our recruitment proved to be very strong as we brought in ex Hampshire player Simon Steel. Steely scored over 1000 runs and took 40 wickets. His stand out performance was near the end of the season against Wakefield Thornes where he got 165 off 100 balls. We also gained the experience of Brett Hudgson from Pines CC in Melbourne.
That experience was used to its full potential the following year as he took over the captaincy as Jordan left for Wrenthorpe. Brett used the young guns that season bringing regular first XI action to he likes of Jordan Carter, Jonathon Donnelly, Dom Richardson and he resigned James Logan after a year with Castleford. We avoided relegation and also brought on a lot of young prospects.
The following season saw another new captain and new overseas. Long serving Brent Law took on the captaincy and he recruited Matt Fuller from Melbourne as well as Harry Clewett from Cleethorpes. A successful season as a whole again, so Brent decided to stay on for another year as captain.
2015 saw the club start without an overseas until we got Josh Drummond around the half way point of the season. A very young side this particular season. This aso turned out to be the last ever season of the CYCL. The CYCL merged with the Bradford league.
2016 Season, the first season of the new format Bradford league saw us enter the Championship East league where we finished 7th after a very disappointing 2nd half of the season. Overseas Matt Holstein being one of the main reasons for our otherwise good year. He took over 50 wickets and scored over 400 runs.