THREE weeks after their pavilion in Denton Road was burnt to the ground, Olicanian Cricket Club have been promoted to the top flight of the Airedale and Wharfedale Senior League for the first time in their 97-year history.

They lost their final game of the season to Beckwithshaw but still picked up the two points they needed to ensure promotion. Chairman David House said: “Immediately after the fire, the first team won consecutive league games and to finally get over the line on Saturday was something special.

“Coupled with our third team winning their league and getting to the Ian Chappell Cup Final, this has to be the greatest season in our club’s history. It’s just a shame that things have been marred by the fire.”

Fundraising for a new clubhouse continues and this Saturday cricketers and players from across the league will come together for a fundraising match at Burley Cricket Club. It will feature Yorkshire’s Harry Brook and George Hill. Played over 40 overs a side the match will feature a select XI against an Olicanians XI. The game starts at 1pm with the bar open all day and a BBQ.