Prior to 1985 a number of clubs in the Halifax Cricket League were fielding a 3rd XI in the Halifax Association. The quality of the facilities in the association were inferior to those in the Halifax and other local  leagues and so a number of clubs formulated the idea of creating a Sunday League using their own grounds and facilities.

Eight clubs were involved in the initial year of operation in 1985; Illingworth, Stones, Sowerby St. Peter’s, Blackley, Barkisland, Halifax, Greetland and Old Crossleyans.  Home and away fixtures were arranged, giving clubs 14 league fixtures together with the Courier Cup knock out cup competition which was played over two further rounds and a final.

As the number of clubs participating, including others from neighbouring leagues, increased the league was divided into two equal sections playing league fixtures, with section winners and runners up, but with no promotion or relegation. The make up of the sections was randomly  determined at the beginning of each season.

In 2002, after much debate, the section was reorganised into three divisions with promotion and relegation between the divisions. The Courier Cup was renamed the Rod Warhurst Trophy in memory of the local sportsman in the same season.

Since then the section has grown to its present size of 26 clubs.  A full programme of league and cup games on every weekend of the season provides a stepping stone into senior cricket for juniors, a more relaxed and less competitive platform for senior players and an opportunity to play for those who, for whatever reason, cannot play on Saturdays.

The awarding of batting and bowling points in addition to match points ensures interest in games is maintained even when the result is no longer in doubt and this encourages responsible endeavour in players and teams. This approach was pioneered in the Sunday Section before being taken up by the Halifax Cricket League.

In 2014 the section moved to a 40 over format and a slightly earlier start time of 1.30pm in a bid to increase it’s attractiveness to school age players and their parents. This move has proved to be a success as the section continues to expand.

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