For only the fourth time in over 100 years, 2009 saw Hoylandswaine start the cricket season in a brand new league. They started their life in the Pensitone League, becoming Champions as far back as 1911, the 1930’s saw them moving to the Barnsley League, where they reached notoriety by bowling Thurgoland 2nd X1 out for just 1. Upon contacting the Guinness Book of Records, they were informed that this feat had been equalled and in fact bettered on several occasions.

Back then cows grazed on the outfield with an electric fence keeping them off the square. Fielders would have to ‘pick and clean’ the ball, as to not give the wicket keeper an eye full of cow pat when catching the ball. 100 was usually a winning score, a far cry from the wonderful batting track we’re delighted to play on today. In fact, the locals were in danger of losing the field to a housing estate back in the 1960s.

Swaine chose to move to the Huddersfield Central Cricket League in the mid 1970’s and soon introduced a second team which included a young Andy Tyas, who was then the second team captain. Other youngster’s in that side included Adrian Burkinshaw, who was the first bowler to win the averages in the Premier Section whilst playing for Hoylandswaine.

Soon after moving to the Central League they began ambitious plans to build a new clubhouse, and a decision to move away from the old portacabins. On commencement of the building of the new by-pass between Barnsley and Pensitone, the club acquired some land which enabled them to level some of the ground.

Swaine were the nearly men of the 1990’s when Clayton West twice pipped them to the Premier Section title, and they lost to Denby in the Allsop Cup Final despite Darren Lockwood being named man of the match. During that time the then Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Steve Hardwick moved into the area and joined the club as first team wicketkeeper and also became the groundsman. A role he stills performs today and is surely one of the best in the region.

The second team at Swaine had enjoyed title glory but the first team were still searching for their first Premier title. Despite been runners up in the League and Cup in 2006, the following summer saw Swaine became the first team in the history of the league to win all three trophies available. They consigned Westborough to second in the league, beat Thurstonland in the final of the 20/20 Cup and overcame Cawthorne in the Allsop Cup. Ryan Copley was named man of the match but he’d given the captaincy to Scott Marsh half through the campaign. It was at this time that the club decided to try and test themselves even more by applying to a semi professional league.

Although they defended their title in 2008, they were beaten in the final of both the cup competitions by Wakefield team, Azaad. However, the second team exacted some revenge by beating the Azaad second team in the final of the Tinker Cup Final in a very close game. In spite of this, the club believed it was time for the Haigh Lane Club to leave the Central League and replace Primrose Hill in the Huddersfield District League.

They would become the last team to ever have the chance of promotion to the Premiership of the District League in their first full season within the league due to the structure of the league changing in 2010 to three divisions. Team Manager Tony Harrison, then spent the build up to the 2009 season recruiting players to take the club into the new era. Darren Lockwood’s second season back at the club saw him take over as captain. They recruited John Ashton, a proven all rounder in the South Yorkshire League, Mark Wright and Adam Bashford came from Rotherham Phoenix. Dan Walton and James Pringle brought Bradford League experience and the club were to bring over a first class Sri Lankan opening bowler, Madura Lakmal.

These signings coupled with four players who remained from the treble winning side were to play the bulk of the games in the Cedar Court Conference. Ryan Copley, twice Premier Section Batting Award winner, Ian Simon, who took over 200 wickets in his three seasons in the Premier with Swaine, Phil Chapman, first team wicket keeper, and the dependable Simon Chadburn.

Lliam Dickinson was fresh from being named the 2008 Player of the Year and young Clark Pickles was being tipped to make the step up from the second team. This side was expected to contend for the title according to the Huddersfield Examiner.

The second team would play in the Cedar Court Conference 2, with the objective of finishing in the top four, in order to play in the Second tier of the District League in 2010. They would be led by the experienced Andy Tyas as captain, with the clubs all time leading wicket taker Steve Webb as the vice captain. Richard Brockelhurst delayed his retirement for one more year to experience the new grounds and demands of the District League. Youngsters Callum Lee, Perry Youel and Callum Haywood were to be blooded in a more competitive competition and the emergence of Greg Webb and Jack Lockwood gave the second team a balance between youth and experience. All in all, everyone at Swaine was excited and ready for the biggest season in their history.

This year was very successful, as the 1XI were promoted to the Premiership. Swaine, led by Darren Lockwood were in-vinsible throughout the season, and only lost 3 times, in a campaign which saw them also take the 20/twenty Trophy in a thrilling match at Scholes, where the reliable Simon Chadburn came to the rescue! John Ashton was the biggest difference with bat and ball as he won both league averages! He was among many star players along with Ian Simon who took many wickets, Lliam Dickinson; a reliant opener, Mark Wright; a threatening number 4, and Mandura Lakmal; a great opener that took big wickets. A good year all round, and a exciting season was to follow...

As for the 2XI, they consolidated their place in the Cedar Court Conference with a good 4th place finish. Perry Youel, Andy Tyas, Callum Lee and Steve Webb all did their bit, and with a few more players, they looked a solid bet for promotion in the 2010 campaign.