We are gradually recovering after a prolonged layoff. We have 2 teams in Keighley division1 one team in Halifax division2 and one team in Bradford2.
We will miss his wisdom wise counsel determined play and his friendship
Naila David and Waqas aided by Eddie and Steve gained promotion from Division 2 to join our Halifax A Team who achieved the same last year . Fastbats will have two teams in the top flight in both Halifax and Keighley next year.
It was a clean sweep for Bob Underwood’s Haworth Hawks C Team as they easily beat Eddie, Patrick and Nic in the final of the Naylor Cup held at Ben Rhydding to win both Keighley cups. The Naylor Cup and the Boothman Plate.
Fastbats C knocked out Fastbats F in the semi final which indicated the substantial progess made by the clubs bottom side which includes Jo Chris and Emmott.
It needed a comprehensive victory by the B team over second placed Nemesis to secure the title . This came emphatically emphasising the merit of having two first division sides unlike any other club.
Congratulations to The A Team members Graham, Michael, Martyn, Fraser, Steve and Mark all of whom posted high win averages to gain the first ever Fastbats Keighley Title.
Matches are played over four weekends at Sheffield centre for sport. Members of the team are Colin Ben Emmott and Jo with added support from others.
This target was reached during 2016 with members playing in more than one league .Members play for the club as distinct for only team despite the restrictions of the league rules where they operate. This gives a chance for members to advance their skills with other colleagues and at different venues.
The club’s first season in the Halifax League was a storming recovery as David Adams and Peter Holbrook took the team to the second division title after the first seven matches were lost. This has led to the club having two sides in the Halifax League due to the warm reception given to the club by the Halifax people.
We have entered for the first time the highest female league in the UK and although we came half way up in the fifth division we were voted by the umpires to be the team of the weekend for our organisation enthusiasm and overall team spirit. The players were Anisah Ellen Naila and Elaine .Elaine won all but one of her sets.
Fastbats C and Fastbats E both won their respective divisions .
Congratulations to them .
Fastbats E were defeated in the semi final of the Boothman Plate by The All Stars and were controversially excluded from the semi final of the Naylor Trophy semi final . A protest was made regarding the involvement of the league secretary in this matter at a time when her team remained in the competition. This led to several resignations on the Keighley League Committee including the League Secretary.