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Keith and Lesley Robinson
Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy winner Keith Robinsonwith his wife Lesley after receiving the coveted award
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

Keighley stalwart Keith Robinson tonight received the JCT600 Bradford League's highest accolade when he won the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy.

It was a deserved recognition for a 60-year association with the league in which he has given outstanding service as a player, umpire, club official, child welfare officer, league representative and teas guru..

Keith was a batsman of some skill and an outstanding fielder for Bradford & Bingley and Saltaire and when his playing days were over he became a respected umpire and stood in a Priestley Cup final.

The 78-year-old has also encouraged many youngsters to play in the league and his three sons Jamie, Philip and Richard - who is the league's all-time record runscorer - have all played with distinction.

It is a testament to Keith's dedication to his club that he has missed many of Richard's outstanding innings for Keighley because he has been serving teas.

Keith would be the first to acknowledge the wonderful support he has received from his wife Lesley who is often at his side in the tearoom and has given outstanding service to her club too.

Their teamwork was also in evidence during the 15 years that Lesley was secretary of the Heavy Woolen Cup competition. Keith was always around to offer support and encouragement to Lesley.

Keith is a man of great spirit and never more was that demonstrated than when he successfully overcome bowel cancer.

A dry humour and warm personality make him one of the most engaging and popular figures on the Bradford League scene.

Keith and Lesley are loyal supporters of junior cricket. Every penny they raise in the tearoom goes to support that aspect of their club. They are true volunteers in every sense of the word and never seek praise or reward. They love what they do.

In honouring Keith, the league has bestowed its highest honour on a man who is truly deserving recipient of the Sir Leonard Hutton Trophy.

Cleckheaton opener Tim Jackson has been voted JCT600 Bradford League Players’ Player of the Year. The left hander scored 1,018 runs as his team won the Division One championship for the first time.

Helen Burton
Helen Burton receives the JCT600 Unsung Hero Award from league president Keith Moss
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League

Helen Burton, wife of Spen Victoria’s opening bowler Rob, won the JCT600 Unsung Hero. The paramedic won the award for her actions in saving the life of spectator Peter West when he collapsed and his heart stopped beating when he was watching the match between Windhill and Spen Victoria in June.

Long-serving league official Bob Shackleton was given a special award in recognition of his 31 years of outstanding service. He was appointed secretary in 1982 and became chief executive in 2005, a post he held until becoming administration executive last year.

Bradford & Bingley’s promising fast bowler Jack Hartley, son of former Yorkshire all-rounder Neil, was named as the Gordon Bowers Young Cricketer of the Year. The 19-year-old took 47 wickets in his first full Division One season.

Another talented young player, 15-year-old Daanyaal Ahmed collected the Ernest Lodge Young Spin bowler award after helping Lightcliffe to win the Sovereign health Care Priestley Cup in his debut campaign.

A tally of 564 runs and  40 wickets won the Sir Learie Constantine Division One All Rounder Trophy and Farsley’s Mark Harrison took the Jack Hill All Rounders Award in Division Two for his 803 runs and 43 wickets.

Hartshead Moor's outstanding work in hosting the Sovereign Health Care Priestley Shield final was acknowledged with the award of the Tom Mathers Trophy, and Hanging Heaton won the Albert Smith Spirit of Cricket Award.

Bob Shackleton
Bob Shackleton was all smiles as he received a special award from president Keith Moss for his 30 years service
Picture: © Mike Baker JCT600 Bradford League
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