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Mostly good news for Mally!

Mally Nicholson underwent knee ligament surgery mid-November at the Yorkshire Clinic but not the full anterior cruciate ligament repair that was anticipated - but it might still be on the cards?

After going under the surgeon’s knife, the Club Skipper was told that ACL surgery had been avoided at that stage and even though Mally is on the road to recovery it remains a possibility.

Mally revealed: “At the moment the knee feels good and I begin physio before Christmas. I’ll find out in around eight weeks if I need the ACL reconstruction.”

Fingers crossed the Club’s Captain and wicketkeeper/batsman will avoid the afore-mentioned and continue his rehabilitation with physiotherapy.

Latest nets update

The Club’s secretary Antony Lee has kindly forwarded photographs of groundwork overseen at Moorend already ahead of further work on the new nets in the Spring.

Antony commented: “The photos show phase 1 completed and will stay like this until spring when phase 2 involves shock pads, playing surface the steel system and nets being installed.”

Dobby’s career in doubt?

Former Seconds’ Skipper Chris Dobson and one-time mentor to Yorkshire’s Andrew Gale as well as many others is unsure whether or not he’ll be available to play in 2021, which would take him to over three decades at Moorend.

Dobby commented initially on the appointment of Sam Bailey as Second team Captain.

“I'm happy to see Sam taking over where Elliott Hallas has left off - both were 16 year olds in the side when I started as Captain a few years ago now,” commented Chris. “And it's great to see them still at the Club and both having a chance at the Captaincy.

It seems that Sam did a great job in difficult circumstances in the 2020 season when Elliott was unavailable and thoroughly deserves his chance now that Elliott has decided to call the Captaincy a day. He's very much a Cleckheaton lad and I have no doubt everyone will get behind him for the 2021 season.”

Finally, Dobby revealed his own plans adding: “From a personal point of view, it was disappointing that due to injury, isolation and holidays I ended up not playing a single game in what was going to be my last season. Whether 2019 or 2021 is my last remains to be seen - I'm hoping that I'll be able to make myself available for most of the games in whatever kind of season 2021 ends up being but there are a couple of things that could throw a spanner in the works and I won't be able to say for certain until into the New Year”

Chris Dobson has won many Trophies over the years and here's hoping he can add one more Cup for his cabinet in 2021

Sam the man:

Sam Bailey has been appointed Cleck’s Second team Captain for the 2021 season.

Elliott Hallas has stood down from the position, which was his decision and made in amicable fashion. Elliott has done a tremendous job succeeding Cleck’s stalwart Chris Dobson and now it’s Sam’s job.

The Club’s Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby has applauded Sam’s appointment:

“Personally, I am pleased that Sam has accepted the offer of Second team Captain,” commented Gats. “He did a great job last year during a difficult season getting a team out every game when Elliott was unavailable, which was not easy during Covid.”

Ian added: “Sam has come through the juniors and he epitomises the spirit of the Seconds. He will receive everyone’s backing and as the Cricket Chairman I will be there to help Sam in anyway I can. And the cricket committee as one looks forward to the development of our young players under Sam’s leadership.”

Sam’s parents Liz and Mark are real stalwarts at Cleck’ and Sam's sister Alex has been involved with the Club both on and off-the-field since she was a youngster.

Sam is a credit to the Club as well as his family and he is an excellent appointment.

Fund-raising remains important:

Although things are unclear surrounding the rules in terms of how many guests will be allowed in to the function room in future - the Cricket Section is thinking ahead.

The traditional Annual Dinner is in the diary for Friday March 5th 2021 in the hope that by then things should be ‘back to normal.’

Manchester based comedian Austin Knight is booked as is the fabulous MC/Auctioneer John Collier with someone different joining them - as opposed to the usual kind of speaker.

Impressionist Kevin Connelly has agreed to join the gentlemen named above to provide what is sure to be a night filled with laughter.

Kevin has appeared on Dead Ringers that was a popular TV programme and he's made a great deal more TV appearances besides - and he promises to go down a storm!

Austin last appeared at Cleck’ on behalf of the Cricket Section six years ago and whilst he’s a familiar face on the circuit, he’s tried and trusted and very funny!

In the past the Club has had some great speakers, quite a few average ones and one or two flops but Kevin is the type of act that alongside Austin and John will have guests 'splitting their sides.'

Kevin Connelly is a brilliant impressionist and comedian

Visit also 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.

Secretary Antony Lee has very kindly taken over Bob's role and his details are as follows;

Home address;

Holme Bank, Stunsteads Road, Cleckheaton BD19 3DA

Mobile; 07837136744

e-mail; secretarycleckcc@gmail.com

Antony Lee is Cleck's dedicated Secretary

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