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Cricket Chairman targets a return to old habits

Cleck’s Cricket Chairman Dave Worrall has made his position very clear in terms of what he expects for next season. “We have just finished our second consecutive season trophy less despite a really promising start and this is not good enough as once you start accepting that you are a middle of the table team you undoubtedly end up fighting relegation,” blasted the Club’s figurehead. “We can also start saying we are ‘re-building’ and I suppose we are but our target has to be to win the ECB Premier league and Priestley Cup in 2017. We have had a pretty intense few weeks with things happening, things developing and changes to be made and our view will be to address everything in a positive manner and make Cleckheaton CC better prepared for the new season.”

When Cleck’ won consecutive Titles there was the feeling of a tight unit around Moorend that Dave wants to rekindle and he added; “The major point of discussion has been how did we go about achieving back–to-back league successes and why have we not being able to do it for two years? We had good players, a match winner or two and balance throughout the team although so did plenty of other teams but building up to those two Championship wins something was developing in the dressing room, a real camaraderie was building, full house at the nets, a monthly trip for a curry after nets, Saturday nights out, a full first team table at fund raisers and legendary end of season trips (Budapest next week!!) So we are going back to ensuring those key values are at the forefront of everything we do. I have just read John Wood’s review and he’s pretty much spot on.”

Dave concluded by welcoming a newcomer to the fold with others possibly on the way. “I’m delighted Nick Lindley is coming back to play with us,” commented Dave. “He is a class act and fits in perfectly to the calibre of person we want. John and I have a meeting this week with an outstanding player, I don’t know anything about him other than his ability but we will be applying the ‘Cleck’’technique to our meeting and if he passes that and he really wants to join us we could be making another announcement in the near future. We’ll keep everyone posted.”

Anyone putting 'pen to paper' at Cleck' has to have the right credentials

Woody reflects on indifferent form and ‘paints a picture’ for 2017

John Wood has agreed to carry on for one more year as the Cleck’ First Team Skipper despite ideas to the contrary and he reflects on last season. “Now the dust has settled on the 2016 season I can look back and reflect on what was a pretty disappointing season,” he admitted. “To finish sixth in the league is not what this Club strives to be about and therefore I am left feeling ultimately unhappy with the way things panned out.”

Woody also reveals his disappointment at the departure of all-rounder James Lee. “James has now left the Club for pastures new and this caused massive upset for the team and Club as he was to be our new Captain for next season,” explained John. “I won’t go in to the reasons for the departure but I feel James and the Club were left with no other option after the events at Pudsey St Lawrence towards the end of the season. Jimmy spent six years with us and contributed massively to both our league Titles over that period. I personally wish him all the best for the future and I am sure he will make a good job of Captaincy at Bankfoot CC."

In addition to the loss of the afore-mentioned player another young man has departed Cleck' and John pulls no punches in his quest to keep the Club’s best interests to the forefront.”Chris Holliday has also left the Club for next season,” he revealed.”Although Chris stated to me and Chairman Dave Worrall and the rest of the team that he was definitely staying next season I soon found out that he was touting himself around other teams and leagues. I expect talented players to get offers from other teams but not for that player to meet with other teams and try to engineer himself a better deal. At the end of the day you are only as good as your word and if that means nothing then there is no trust going forward. It was due to this and the fact that Chris never really settled with us that I made the decision to replace him for next season. Chris leaves us after coming second in the batting averages and having a decent first year in the BCL.”

Chris Holliday is a gifted batsman but he failed to settle at Cleck'

Overseas fast bowler Mohammed Bilawal will not be returning to Moorend next season but he leaves the Club with his head held high. “ Bili has also left the side, unfortunately he never really got going in English conditions and as I am sure he would tell you himself he was disappointed with his performances throughout the year,” admitted Cleck’s Captain. “He is certainly talented but we didn’t see the best of him during his time at Cleck’. “Bili was a really good bloke and a pleasure to be around and over the five months he was with us his English improved massively and apart from the cricket I know he really enjoyed his time with us. Again I wish him all the best for the future and his career back in Lahore."

Cleck’ are extremely proud of their juniors set up and sadly some tough decisions have to be made at times and the loss of one such young man, who has come through the ranks and who has progressed extremely well in recent months especially, is a bitter pill to swallow but Woody believes in the long run Sam Gatenby will benefit. “It is also extremely sad to see the departure of Sam Gats to Scholes although it is certainly the right time to move for Sam to better and challenge himself,” commented John. “I have watched Sam from the Under 11’s right through to the First Team and have been delighted with the progress he has made over that period. Unfortunately there was no place to offer him in the First Team for next season and therefore he took a decision to play First Team cricket elsewhere that would allow him to open the batting and develop further. I hope Sam knows what we all think of him as a person and a cricketer and I certainly hope it’s not too long before he is back scoring lots of runs in our first team - all the best Sam for next season.”

John added; “So for some good news; Andy Gorrod, Mally and Ian Nicholson, Curtis Free, Andrew Deegan and Sam Wilson have all agreed to stay for next season. Only Eor needed a little persuading as he briefly flirted with the idea of retiring. I am really happy we have kept the nucleus of the side together and in the next few weeks we hope to add a couple of quality names to that list for next season. One such player is Nick Lindley from Pudsey Congs. Nick will open the batting with Andy and hopefully give us a better platform to build form than we have had this season. He is really looking forward to the challenge of a new Club and new team mates and I am sure he will be with us for many seasons to come. His attitude to the game is exemplary and it’s always good to have plenty of leaders on the field.”

Curtis Free has pledged his services to Cleck' for 2017 and is a credit to both himself and the Club

John also explained why another talented young man who has also come through the juniors’ ranks has been given a First Team chance for the 2017 season. “I can also announce that Joe Wood has been offered a place in the First Team for next season,” he revealed. “We need a seamer to back up our openers and he will also add more depth to our batting coming in at eight. He is currently away at York University and has promised me he will put a couple of yards on for next season (we will see!!).”

In conclusion Woody admits he’s rejuvenated regarding a role he thought he’d relinquished but only for a short term. “Having decided to retire earlier in the season I now find myself Captain again for one more season only, “ he emphasised. “But I am relishing the opportunity to get the side back to where we want to be. To get back to our strengths and working together as eleven players all pulling in the same direction to achieve success. I have been told by many renowned coaches that success is achieved by every player being happy  for every other players success and this is so true, selfish players may do well for themselves and may argue that they help the team however give me player who want to win first any day. I will update you soon on any more signings that we make in the short term and hope you have a good winter.”

Woody is poised to take to the crease as Cleck's Captain for one more season

Cleck’s annual Fish & Chips event has a local flavour!

On Sunday October 9th at Cleckheaton Sports Club in the function room the Cricket Section’s now traditional annual fish & chips luncheon is taking place but with an additional plus!

Local and renowned fish & chips supplier ‘Richard’s Fish & Chips’ based at Moorend are set to be the supplier of the tasty treats but the price to guests remains £10 per person with tables of ten encouraged with proceedings commencing at 1:00pm

For 2016 the man in charge of the event is multi-tasking Keith Johnstone and anyone wishing to book a ‘plaice’ or places should contact Keith on 01274 877232 or via the Club or through any cricket committee member.

As always a top-notch comedian is on view and Ian 'Sludge' Lees provides the entertainmemt and your support as ever is greatly appreciated for what is always a brilliant occasion and exceptionally good value for money.

Keith Johnstone has quite a few hurdles to get over to achieve his target of 100 minimum guests for the Fish & Chips luncheon on Sunday October 9th - help Keith get over the gate; BOOK NOW!!

The Cricket Section's version of Yorkshire Day on Sunday August 14th was well attended and it is hoped even more guests will be tempted to come to the Fish & Chips event on Sunday October 9th

Thompson, Davis & Co. Ltd International Freight Forwarders Sponsors of Cleckheaton CC

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


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