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Wet weather decimates fixtures

Every game within the Bradford League on Saturday was cancelled due to the heavy rain including Cleck’s contest at Batley.

On Saturday May 15th Bradford & Bingley visit Moorend and the Cleck’ team will be strengthened by the return of opening batsman Kris Ward and hopefully Andrew Deegan.

Deegs visits the doctor midweek and everyone is hoping he’ll receive the all clear from the medics to play against B&B following an ear operation several weeks ago.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening the first of a number of All Stars evenings took place at the Club with young children having an excellent time, which is credit to the organisation of a number of the Club’s dedicated coaches.

All Stars heaven sent!

Around 25 young children gathered at Cleck’ on Friday evening for their All Stars debut enjoying their kit including tee shirt bat and ball complete with a fabulous cricket bag - but more importantly having over an hour's fun!

Led by Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby, who was ably supported by Antony Lee and Russ Noble the kids had a whale of a time showing great enthusiasm and enjoying the sun and lots of fun whilst being put through their paces.

Mums and Dads and grandparents joined in too at one point!

Alfie Worrall's mum Ang' took some fabulous photos of what was a brilliant evening for everyone and here are just six examples highlighting the kids' having fun (and parents too!)

Children listening intent on making the most of coaching tips from Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby

Gats continues to hold the kids attention

A view of Moorend preparing for the All Stars

Antony Lee seen putting so many budding young cricketers through their paces

The All Stars children were enthusiastic 'stars' in everything the coaches put forward

Seconds' Captain Sam Bailey playing his part in proceeedings

Off-the-field progress taking shape

Recent weeks has witnessed the fabulous outdoor cricket nets installed and the latest news is the purchase of a brand-new quality bowling machine.

Numbers of sponsors have kindly contributed and with the Club’s traditional Annual Dinner to look forward to on Friday July 9th (all things being equal) the Cricket Section is managing to keep its head above water but fund-raising remains a necessity and everyone’s support is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of the Cricket Committee at Cleck’ the Club’s Secretary Antony Lee has issued a statement of thanks below concerning the generosity of many regarding the bowling machine and Antony has been at the forefront of the afore-mentioned projects and deserves enormous credit for his hard work.

As things stand it would appear the Annual Dinner will go-ahead and full details will be announced in terms of seating arrangements as soon as government information is clarified.

The fabulous guests of the brilliant impressionist Kevin Connolly, tried and trusted comedian Austin Knight and the fabulous MC/Auctioneer John Collier are in place to entertain and the three-course meal for guests is booked.

A number of table bookings are guaranteed already and for many years because of guests being sponsored the Club has managed to keep the cost down at £35 per head and the evening really is great value and this year a night full of laughter is guaranteed!

Please contact any Committee member to book a table of ten @ £350 per table and individuals may book a place also.

Thoughts of the bar area and the function room full of guests is an exciting notion

Target achieved!

Thank you so much to everyone that has donated to our project to fund a new Bowling Machine.

We are delighted to confirm that the initial target has been reached and the BOLA machine has been ordered!

Your contribution will have an extremely positive and valuable impact upon many cricketers of all ages and abilities for years to come at Cleckheaton CC

Thank you once again for your invaluable support

The Cricket Committee - Cleckheaton CC

The new nets are already seeing some action!

Fletch’ earns respect for ‘good deed’

Cleck’s Craig Fletcher is raising money for the British Heart Foundation a charity close to his and his family’s hearts.

Craig will oversee the Manchester Half Marathon in September to raise much needed funds and there is a just giving page.

Craig commented: “I’ve been running quite a bit in lockdown and a mate of mine Gurman Randhawa who recently joined New Farnley asked if I wanted to help him train for the Manchester Half Marathon, which I said I was happy to do and then decided I’d sign up myself.

I’m raising money for the British Heart Foundation as last March before the season began, I sadly lost my grandma, who used to come and watch me play at Cleck’ - she passed of a sudden heart attack and my two granddads had heart problems, so, it’s a charity very close to my heart as well as Gurm’s, who sadly lost his Dad to a sudden heart attack.

Cleck’s Harvey Booth has signed up to run with us too and I think my brother-in-law the Kirkburton Captain Jonny Butterfield is going to run also.

I know it’s been a difficult time for a lot of people this past year but any donation would be hugely appreciated or a simple share of my link. Thank you to everyone.”

Cleck’ as a Club acknowledges the effort and decency of what Craig is overseeing and please support him as best you can - any donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.


Craig Fletcher deserves enormous credit for his efforts towards Charity

Treat yourself on line!

Cleckheaton CC enables members, players and supporters to go on line to order merchandise.

Simply go to:

https://www.zwingosports.com click on our name and the password is: cleckcc2021

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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