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Cleck’ at full strength for New Farnley clash

Saturday’s opening league fixture against New Farnley will be a tough test but Mally Nicholson’s side is at full strength.

Team; Nicholson (Captain) - Lindley (Vice Captain) - Thorpe - Kohler-Cadmore - Tahir - Wood - Walker - Robinson - Whiteoak - Deegan - Thurwell

Galey tips Kohler-Cadmore for international honours!

Yorkshire CCC first team coach Andrew Gale tips Cleck’s signing Tom Kohler-Cadmore to become a top-class performer at international level!

Tom is of course contracted to Yorkshire CCC but he has been allowed to join Cleck’ when available to develop his game even further, which is a massive plus for the Moorenders and a help to both the player and his County.

Former Cleck’ star Galey remains close to many players, members and friends at Moorend and he gave the Club’s website the following comments; “Tom is an excellent player and I believe he has the potential to gain international honours in white ball cricket,” revealed Galey. “He is finding out his own game in red ball cricket but I am confident he’ll be a success for Yorkshire. Playing at Cleckheaton allows him to keep up his good form from the cricket he is playing midweek. I am certain everyone at Cleck’ will be entertained!!”

Galey has had tremendous success with Yorkshire over the last few years as a player, Captain and now a coach and his opinion carries a great deal of weight and his appraisal of Tom’s ability can only benefit all concerned.

Cleck's relationship with the County outfit and Galey in-particular is about trust and when the Club's Captain Mally Nicholson and officials from Moorend met with Tom it was obvious from the outset his attitude towards his role with Cleck' was that he'll be a great guy in the dressing room as well as an astute signing.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore is tipped for international honours by Galey

Season set to start in earnest – or is it?

In theory Saturday April 28th witnesses the start of the Bradford Cricket League campaign and Cleck’ face much-fancied New Farnley on their home soil.

As everyone knows the inclement weather over the last few weeks has led to the season commencing a week late but looking at the forecast for the next few days it predicts rain showers every day until the weekend! So, we’ll see what happens but judging by the ground at Mooorend the square is in fine fettle but the outfield a little boggy, which allegedly may be due in one part to a water leak via the Clubhouse!

Overseas Tayyab Tahir arrives on Thursday, two days before the big kick off and he’s fresh from a recent First Class knock of 180 in his native Pakistan whilst Tom Kohler- Cadmore, Josh Thurwell and Nick Walker will be added also to the squad that played in the recent friendly at Undercliffe.

Cleck’ tie keenly fought contest

Cleck’ tied the friendly game at Undercliffe on Saturday and there were more pluses than minuses in the forty overs a side game.

Mally's side batted first and posted 190 with the loss of five wickets and in reply the hosts made 190-8 with Toby Thorpe hitting the stumps for a run out off the last ball of the match.

The Skipper made 53 not out before retiring and Vice-Captain Nick Lindley retired also after hitting 51 runs. Toby scored 26 runs on his return to his former Club before being given out LBW.

The bowling for Cleck’ was a mixed-bag but 14-year-old Alex Midgley excelled capturing 2-28 off six overs as well as taking a splendid catch. Nick took 2-33 off his eight overs with Johnny Whiteoak and Andrew Deegan taking a wicket apiece. Ethan Lee had credible figures also of 1-31 off 4.3 overs whilst John Wood was the most economical with just fourteen runs coming off his five overs bowled.

Woody's economical bowling at Intake Road was instrumental in the tied game

It was vital for the lads to play on grass at long last following the recent wet weather and in bright sunshine the game didn’t disappoint a fairly sizeable crowd.

Although not too much should be read in to a friendly match and with four would be First Team regulars that didn't play at Intake Road set to play at New Farnley next Saturday, the keenly fought game was entertaining and both teenagers Alex and Ethan can be extremely pleased with their performances. Neither of the young men looked out of place and if they continue to work as hard at their game in the future as they have already, they can look forward to good careers but they have a long haul yet but so far, so good.

Toby and Nick seem like they could forge a strong opening batting partnership whilst one or two bowlers looked a little ‘rusty’ but that’s only to be expected.

Overall, thanks to Undercliffe for staging the game on a wicket that appeared to be in excellent condition.

Nick Lindley had a busy afternoon at Undercliffe!

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Cleck’ continues to be ‘Razor’ sharp!

Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock has agreed to oversee an ‘Evening With’ at Moorend on Friday July 13th

The 49-year-old former Millwall, Tottenham, Southampton, Liverpool and West Ham central defender played over 350 games at professional level as well as representing England.

He has become a popular TV personality and actor but was renowned in football as one of the ‘hardest ever’ players. He’s appeared on a number of TV programmes including ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ and produced a reality sports TV show called; ‘Football saved my life’ – plus a great deal more.

‘Razor’ Ruddock is a true character and he has agreed to come to Cleck’ ‘purely as a favour’ due to his professional dealings with the Club’s latest signing Nick Walker.

The Cricket Committee is indebted to Nick to bring such a high profile figure to Moorend.

During the coming weeks tickets will be on sale at £15 per person and an MC will be announced in the near future. Tickets will be available to purchase early May with further details to follow soon.

In addition, both first and second team players got together at the Club on Easter Tuesday with CaptainMally Nicholson delighted at the turn out.

Neil 'Razor' Ruddock is coming to Cleck' on Friday July 13th

The next fund-raising event planned is the ‘Ladies Luncheon’ that sees a great deal of input from the Sports Club as a whole, which is on Saturday June 23rd. Everyone’s support would be greatly appreciated. On that note, despite Mrs Anne Wood supposedly retiring from her kitchen duties, Anne has kindly agreed to oversee the food side of the event and her experience in that role is invaluable! All we need are as many ladies from the Cricket Section that we can pull together to enhance the excellent support given from the Sports Club’s ladies’ members.

Ian ‘Sludge’ Lees is the brilliant comedian appointed for the luncheon.

Fish & Chips luncheon in 'plaice'!!

Keith Johnstone and Mike Williamson are overseeing the fish & chips luncheon on Sunday October 7th that has proved to be very popular for several years.

For the last two years Cleck’s ‘elder statesmen’ have taken the mantle and made a real success of the event with details to follow during the coming weeks

Details of all sections of the Club can be found on; www.cleckheatonsportsclub@gmail.com

For news on the All Rounder ECB Bradford Premier L'ge; www.bradfordcl.com

The Wickham Arms Hotel www.wickhamarmshotel.co.uk

For further news on Cleckheaton CC visit www.cleckheatoncricketclub.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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