JACK ARTHUR-BAGSHAW has been crowned the HPH York Vale Cricket League’s Young Player of the Year.

The 16-year-old took 28 wickets playing for Stamford Bridge in division two at an average of 13.7.

Runners-up were 15-year-old Dunnington batsman Harry Griffiths and Clifton Alliance bowler Jack Heartshorne, who turned 16 last month. Griffiths amassed 559 runs in division three at an average of 55.90 and took 17 wickets. Heartshorne was an ever-present in Alliance’s division one campaign, taking 18 wickets.

Mike Brown (Bishopthorpe) and Stockton & Hopgrove wicketkeeper Steve Fraser have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Mike Brown made his debut for Bishopthorpe in 1955 aged 19 and during the next 53 years became one of the most feared bowlers in local cricket with his leff-arm swing. He took more than 4,000 wickets for the club and won the Vale League divisional bowling averages on many occasions.

He played his last Bishopthorpe game, aged 71, in 2007 a year after being part of the Bishops team who won the Scothern Construction Cup.

He crowned a memorable career in local cricket by being selected for the League Legends team in 2013.

Fraser started his playing career aged just 10 in the Welburn Evening League for Flaxton. He made his league debut for Glassworks against Kelfield in 1981 before moving to Stockton & Hopgrove two years later where he quickly established himself as an accomplished wicketkeeper-batsman.

In 1991 he recorded a maiden century in a knock of 110 not out and then went on to accumulate 1,093 runs two seasons later.

A safe pair of hands behind the stumps has meant a stunning tally of victims, picking up a number of Harry Smith wicketkeeping awards.

Presentations to the pair, who were selected for the League Legends team in 2013, were made by 82-year-old Geoff Deighton, himself a member of the Hall of Fame, who still turns out for Bishopthorpe.

Comeback club Thixendale won the league's Scothern Construction Club of the Year award for work on and off the field.

Shortage of players forced them to withdraw from the league’s top flight mid-season in 2014 but rather than accept the resignation, the league decided to suspend membership to allow the club to regroup in time for the annual general meeting in November. Helped by a league-driven publicity campaign, new players were recruited and the club have gone from strength to strength securing successive promotions, being crowned division two champions this year to complete a remarkable revival.

The Tea of the Year award was won by Linda Forbes of Hirst Courtney.