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One veteran replaces another!

Neil Nicholson is unavailable for the clash against Batley on Saturday but there’s the ideal replacement in Seconds’ Captain Chris Dobson.

Dobby is a consistent run maker in Second team cricket and he has the experience, pedigree and ability to help steady a ship that’s too close to sinking!

Cleck’s biggest game for years!

Saturday’s relegation clash at home to Batley is a ‘must win’ game for Cleck’ as the visitors have pushed John Wood’s side in to the bottom two following their win against rock bottom Pudsey Congs last weekend.

Nothing will be settled of course whatever happens on Saturday but the gap would obviously widen and confidence wise it would be an even bigger blow should Cleck' lose. There’s no point in appraising what’s gone wrong at Moorend as the team are at a low ebb in terms of results but in fairness to the lads they’ve remained upbeat.

Talking, writing opinions counts for little, its results that’s needed and quickly!

Pudsey Congs could well upset the apple cart even further as they’re capable of beating Townville at home as their opponents are having a lean time just now. East Bierley could get dragged in to the mire also as they have a tough home game against high-flying Farsley who are currently League leaders.

Hanging Heaton are at home to New Farnley and will hope to get back to winning ways after losing at Lightcliffe last Saturday who in turn visit Bradford & Bingley.

Woodlands away to Pudsey St Lawrence is an intriguing contest and could go either way.

The weather could play a part in proceedings with sunshine and some heavy showers forecast.

Cleck' have a vital game against Batley at Moorend this Saturday

Yorkshire Day guest list wobbling - still 12 to go to reach a ton!!

There was early interest for the Cricket Section’s fund-raising event on Sunday July 30th at Moorend commencing @ 12:30pm – but the Club still requires much more support! Thanks to everyone who has pledged support and a bonus guest is Mike Appleyard who assists Keith Johnstone and his trusted groundsman partner John Hawkesworth on the ground and Mike has come up trumps with a ten table.

It is the aim of the Cricket committee to achieve at the very least 100 guests with 88 so far and we would ask everyone to put in one last effort to make our goal. The afternoon entertainment and home-cooked food is a 'steal' at just £15 per person.

Thanks again to all of those who have put their names forward to attend and it is greatly appreciated - but to make this event a real success more guests are required. Thanks to the generosity of two members all of the entertainers are sponsored and all we ask is any members or supporters who have not yet put their names(s) forward to do so ASAP – even if it’s just one additional name, every bit of help makes a difference! Tickets are only £15 per person

Tables booked to date; Keith Johnstone x 10 – Brian Wood x 9 – John Wood x 5 – Kevin Mitchell x 10 – Mike Appleyard x 10 - Roger Banks x 9 – Bob Speight x 8 – Dave Worrall x 6 – Paul Brooke x 4 – Steve & Viv Wilson x 4 – Ian Lindley x 4 - Elaine Binns x 4 - Alex & John x 2 – Brian & Donovan x 2 = 88

Please put your name(s) on a list at the Club or contact Kevin on 07896 153731 for tickets or see Keith. The event is amazing value and if we cannot attract over 100 guests it would be deeply disappointing

Table magician David Linacre will spend one-and-a-half hours entertaining guests with two other top-notch guests in Tim Clarke and also comedian John Lory making the day a spectacular occasion and with a home cooked Sunday lunch - and all for £15 per person!!

Cleck’s Seconds’ side progress

Despite being without Skipper Chris Dobson and the influential Craig Blackburn, Cleck’s Seconds defeated a determined East Ardsley side by six wickets on Sunday July 16th to progress to the Quarter Finals of the Priestley Shield.

The Second round contest at Moorend was played in bright sunshine and in front of a healthy crowd with the visitors being dismissed for 181 and Cleck’s Sam Bailey claiming three wickets.

In response, the Noble brothers, Richard and Steven shared an opening partnership that set the tone with knocks of 53 and 26 respectively. There was an excellent stand between Joe Robinson and Elliot Hallas that took Cleck’ to 185-4 and the win with Elliot finishing on 44 not out and Joe 29 not out with 9.8 overs left.

Cleck' meet Batley Seconds next after a display against East Ardsley that wasn't spectacular but solid.

There are some Second team regulars who have become an integral part of the side and whilst Premier League cricket may be a step too far for most, the majority of the Seconds’ lads could well play First Team cricket elsewhere and their loyalty to Cleck’ is admirable. Two young men who could well go on to bigger and better things are teenagers Ethan Lee and Alex Midgley who still have a very long way to go in their young careers but if they continue to progress and work as hard as they are, they’re both exciting prospects for the future.

Cleck's set up at Moorend makes it an ideal place for up and coming young players

Big efforts for fund-raising required!

On Sunday the 30th of July it is the Cricket Section’s ‘Yorkshire Day' with massive attempts to put 'bums on seats' required.

Full details below should anyone wish to put names forward

Club events goes in to over-drive

  • On Sunday July 30th the Cricket Section is repeating last year’s very successful Yorkshire Day with even more entertainment on view. Comedian John Lory is a fantastically hilarious guest and the excellent table magician David Linacre shows his array of tricks and the brilliant Saxophonist Tim Clarke provides pre-lunch entertainment.
  • Tim plays guests in to the function room @ 12:30pm. Plus there is a fabulous home cooked Sunday lunch provided by Anne Wood and her team and all for the bargain price of just £15 per person! Contact Kevin to make bookings on 07896 153731 as bookings are TICKET ONLY
  • Saturday August 26th witnesses our very own Sam Wilson performing his wide variety of songs - £5 per person
  • On Sunday October 1st the now annual fish & chips luncheon takes place with details to be obtained from Keith Johnstone or Mike Williamson. A comedian will compliment local sourced fish ‘n’ chips and all for £10 per person
  • Much further ahead there's a fabulous Rod Stewart tribute act on Saturday February 3rd 2018! The organiser is Dave Worrall.
  • Friday March 2nd 2018 witnesses the Cricket Section’s traditional Annual Dinner with regular MC John Collier supported by the fantastic comedian John Gillan – with guest speaker to be announced.

This year's 'Yorkshire Day' may be minus flat caps but there's the plus of additional entertainment and unbelievable value for money at just £15 per head!

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

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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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