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Cleck’ surrender advantage in disappointing defeat

Cleck’ posted 250-9 against Bradford & Bingley with a superb knock of 126 from Tayyab Tahir and despite struggling at two an over until the second half of their innings the visitors eventually brushed the Moorenders aside. Young batsman Kyme Tahirkheli's 142 not out was a brilliant performance and his side ended on 252-5 with a five wickets win.

Matthew Duce made 40 runs for Bradford & Bingley whilst Cleck’s next top scorers were Nick Lindley, who looked in good form until he was unluckily out for 24 and Mally Nicholson who made 23 runs and shared a 100 partnership with the overseas.

Opening bowlers Johnny Whiteoak and Josh Thurwell began like Trojans and alongside others put the away team under great pressure for well over 25 overs and at one stage Johnny had conceded just eight runs in his first spell of more overs than runs given away. – But something went drastically wrong!

Forget the facts, the bottom line is Cleck’ were made to look second best albeit only for the final third of the match, which is frustrating. Perhaps we have to give all the credit to Bradford & Bingley, who pulled the rabbit out of the hat.

Positives; Tayyab is simply a class act, Nick and Mally are in form and John Wood remains a steadying influence and the opening bowlers performed well for two thirds of their spells. Andrew Deegan does not shirk a challenge and he took a brilliant diving catch.

Negatives; the side was sloppy at times - not too much in the field as there was no lack of effort - but some of the batting was careless and the bowling good in parts but at the crunch left wanting.

The side are a good outfit and despite Second teamers and brothers Shahid and Atta Rehman giving a good account of themselves, Nick Walker is available from now on and perhaps Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who turned up to watch in the afternoon, will play a few more games.

Cleck' are third from bottom of the ECB Premier League level on points with Townville but three points behind B&B. Next up is Lightcliffe away then Scholes at home on Bank Holiday Monday.

Following the game Skipper Mally Nicholson said; “We should have defended a score of 250 as we bowled poorly middle overs. Their young lad, who got 142, batted well though without giving a chance. We have some big games coming up and we’re hoping to get back to winning ways next weekend against Lightcliffe and Scholes.”

Cleck’s Seconds had a great win at Wagon Lane beating Bradford & Bingley Seconds by five runs; the hosts were all out for 128 in reply to Cleck’s 133-9.

Johnny Whiteoak faces his former Lightcliffe team mates next Saturday

Steve Midgley’s in-depth Second team match report;

Cleckheaton’s Seconds won the toss and elected to bat on a sunny dry wicket away at Bradford & Bingley. The home team’s bowling attack restricted Cleck’s opening pair, the Noble brothers, with runs difficult to come by. Richard Noble’s dismissal in the 15th over leaving Cleck’ at 29-1.

The next 10 overs saw the wickets of Ethan Lee and Zahir Shah, leaving Cleck’ on 55-3 for only 20 overs remaining.

Elliott Hallas entered the attack for Cleck’ but was unable to repeat the performance of last week being dismissed cheaply for only 2.  With 10 overs remaining Cleck’ were in some trouble at 84-5, but Craig Blackburn showed some resistance hitting a much needed 37. Cleck’ posted a final score of 133-9, with top scores of 37 for Craig 34 for Steve Noble, 16 for Richard Noble and 10 for Alex Midgley. After tea, Cleckheaton’s bowlers had a task ahead of them and opening pair Alex Midgley and Sam Bailey didn't disappoint, taking a wicket each, restricting the home side to 34-2 from 12 overs.

With continued tight bowling performance from Sam supported at the other end by Elliott, the game was open with the home side pushed onto the back foot a little at 83-5 after 30 overs. With 10 overs remaining Cleck’s bowlers had restricted the home side to 99-6. Only Matthew Swallow was showing any resistance from the home team, batting with surety, whilst wickets fell around him.

The game was driven down to the wire with Cleck’s bowlers applying the pressure, pushing the home team to 127-9 with only two overs remaining. One run from the 44th over... now five required in the final over. The game was finished with a fabulous run out throw from Russ Noble out in the deep... Cleck’ won by five runs.

Wagon Lane was the setting for a close run but brilliant Seconds' victory

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.

Tickets on sale at £15 per person.

Supper available to purchase speak to Kevin Mitchell or Keith Johnstone to buy tickets

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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