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Fletch’ comment leads to censure

Cleck’s influential all-rounder Craig Fletcher misses Saturday’s game at Lightcliffe following a recent ‘verbal misdemeanour on the field.’

He’s been banned by the League following an umpire’s report – and it’s probably not prudent to add too much for fear of further censure other than to say players are the ones accountable for their mistakes in the heat of passion during a game.

Never-the-less, onwards and upwards with the First Team announced when Skipper Mally Nicholson knows who is available.

‘Threadbare’ attendance for Monday's Cricket Committee meeting

Monday’s Committee meeting had more apologies than appearances from members usually attending.

The input from the five men there was concise but decisive. The Cricket Section has decided to ‘pull the plug’ on the Summer Camp, which must be emphasised has nothing to do with Azeem Rafiq - whose commitment to the cause has been exemplary – it’s just a practical decision.

The sponsors’ day has been cancelled also but the good news is that Skipper Mally Nicholson alongside Azeem is organising a Golf Day on Friday September 20th

Groundsman/Treasurer Keith Johnstone announced that the recent Bradford League 20/20 competition that the Club hosted was a success as was last Saturday’s ‘Ladies Luncheon.’

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Cleck’ bow out in tame fashion

After two successive victories Cleck’ came back down-to-earth with a bang in a four wickets defeat against Wrenthorpe at Moorend on Saturday.

The Moorenders were 186-9 after 49 overs and in reply the visitors ended on 191-6 – with their overseas K. Khan batting well for his 79 runs.

Cleck’ were missing in-form Azeem Rafiq, whose presence would have made a difference but in the final analysis the away side won at a canter and with ten overs to spare. Mally Nicholson was the star with the bat as the Skipper notched 51 runs.

With the ball, Johnny Whiteoak was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-42 and looking the likeliest bowler to trouble the opposition.

Josh Thurwell captured a couple of wickets but overall it was an average performance at best from Cleck’ and the inconsistency that has blighted the Club’s season reared its head once more.

Toby Thorpe was dogged with the bat scoring 37 runs but in over two hours at the crease – the guys tried their hardest but looked leg weary in the field at times apart from the odd exception, lacking venom in the bowling, Johnny apart , and perhaps the conditions favoured Wrenthorpe but as a lowly placed team in the league, on the day they looked the better of the two teams.

Skipper Mally Nicholson has a great deal to ponder looking ahead - even at this stage of the season

Cleck’s Seconds' side defy the odds to win

By Steve Midgley

Cleck’s Seconds ventured to Ossett with only nine men and whilst we beat them in our first encounter this season, with nine men could we expect to win?

The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl first. Posting only 109 runs, Cleck’s total was short of our recent form and just didn’t seem enough.

After tea, Joe Wood and Sam Bailey set about the Ossett batsmen with a clear determination to defend our total. The home team lost their first wicket with none on the board... Further wickets fell and with Ossett 42-4 there was a real sense that Cleck’ could do this.

Despite gaps in the field with Cleck’ fielding only the nine men, Ossett seemed unable to capitalise. With superb bowling from The Cleck’ lads, coupled with tight fielding and safe hands behind the stick... Steady wickets fell.

Cleck’ reduced the home team to 89-9. Who would we have predicted that score at the start of the 2nd innings.

Ossett’s tail put up some final resistance scrapping hard ball by ball..... eight now required to win... Cleck’ misfield off a wide... Ossett needed six to win. Three maiden’s and the tension builds. One run scored and now Ossett now only need five.

And finally the breakthrough that the visitors needed and wanted and Ossett were all out

It was a brilliant win for Cleck’ especially playing with only nine men. A real lesson in grit and determination with every ball bowled

Ladies luncheon goes down a storm

Around 60 enthusiastic ladies enjoyed fantastic home made food, a bit of fun with ‘Barn Yard’ bingo and with lots of prizes won – and the fantastic comedienne Nina Gilligan was outstandingly funny!

Over the years Cleck’ has witnessed many brilliant entertainers but Nina is definitely one of the best ever to grace Moorend and the standing ovation she received at the end of her performance is almost unprecedented.

Thanks must go to all of the guests and to Elaine Binns in-particular who worked hard to assist in bringing numbers to the event as well as practical help and alongside Anne Wood and Maxine Speight, Elaine’s daughter Amy and Anne’s granddaughter Kate - the ladies as a group produced fantastic food that was very much appreciated by the guests.

All in all, it was a relaxed afternoon and especially with lots of laughter around the room.

Nina Gilligan has to be one of the funniest entertainers ever to grace Moorend?

Visit also www.cleckheatoncricketclub.com

Bob's e-mail is; cleckheatoncricket@gmail.com

Bob Speight has made sure that for many years there are updated facts, figures and some brilliant photographs and history surrounding Cleckheaton CC.

Bob Speight continues sterling work at Cleck'

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