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Yet another crucial contest!

Cleck’ face Bradford & Bingley at Wagon Lane on Saturday in what is a genuine relegation battle.

Whether anyone agrees or otherwise Cleck’ are in the middle of a fight to prevent the drop and to show just how difficult such a possibility is Saturday’s opponents B&B were unceremoniously dumped out of the Priestley Cup by East Bierley who are outside of the Premier League but hoping to be promoted themselves.

Telling the truth and not wanting to offend anyone is a fine line but it’s time to be open and honest! Premier League status is paramount to Cleck’s future.

Firstly, B&B are a decent side as are Cleck’ but they’ll be wanting to bounce back in fine style, which is true of the Moorenders after a disappointing home defeat to Batley last Saturday. There is however a possibility of rain although the forecast seems to differ daily!

Upshot is: two Clubs from Batley, Morley, Wrenthorpe, Bradford & Bingley and Cleck’ of course are likely candidates to be relegated.

It’s the time of year when players talk to other Clubs about next season that can be a distraction and whether or not that affects Cleck’ is personal to the player but what is personal to the Club’s cricket committee is 100% commitment to the cause and there’s no reason to suspect otherwise from any of Cleck’s squad.

The guys are a good bunch but by their own standards - apart from a few exceptions - as a team they’ve under performed and that’s not wishing to appear rude to anyone but the Club's current position in the league is a fact.

Admittedly, circumstances have not helped with Toby Booth having to work abroad and the Club's Skipper Mally Nicholson is a massive loss following cruciate ligament surgery that's left the side's influential Captain, batsman and wicket/keeper out of the team until 2022.

The Seconds have been a credit however, reaching the Priestley Shield semi-final and provided a breath of fresh air in a disappointing season.

Sam Bailey can be proud of his first season as Skipper and he's been well supported by so many too numerous to mention in full but special words for Elliott Hallas - who could quite easily play First Team cricket elsewhere - but he has been loyal to Cleck' and veteran Russ Noble also is never far away from the action.

Elliott Hallas has been in superb form for the Seconds this term

Fund-raising remains paramount and between everyone at Moorend we’ll endeavour to keep Cleck’ playing at the top-level of cricket. Enabling Cleck' to remain competitive whilst sticking to a sensible budget and that means a lot of hard work off the field and the Club is grateful to so many. The Golf Day, which is overseen by Mally and Elliott is a sell out and the Ladies Luncheon looks to be going the same way and that's with support from Mally's wife Leanne and a large number of tables wielded together by Elaine Binns.

Whilst the annual dinner currently stands at around ten tables there is room for more!

Amir Hussain has been outstanding for Cleck' in 2021

There is no hiding from the fact that a lot depends on overseas batsman Charitha Kumarasinghe in the coming weeks. 'Chari' has fitted in well, he scored a magnificemt century at Townville but he has had a few 'hiccups' along the way but Charitha is a quality player.

Charitha Kumarasinghe has an abundance of talent that hopefully helps Cleck' in the final weeks of the 2021 season

Dinner date change

Due to government rules surrounding Covid the Cricket Section’s Annual Dinner has been moved to Friday September 17th.

Impressionist Kevin Connolly and comedian Austin Knight accompanied by MC John Collier are the guest speakers.

There is still time to book a table or individual places and please contact any cricket committee member.

The Ladies Luncheon on Saturday August 21st is attracting an enormous amount of interest and the event is very much overseen by Elaine Binns who vows there'll be a room full of ladies who will be treated to homemade food produced by Anne Wood and her team and with fabulous comedian Nina Gilligan providing entertainment.

Also, the Juniors Presentation and Horse race evening is in the diary for Friday October 15th. The golf day is fully booked thanks to the hard work of Mally Nicholson and Elliott Hallas especially.

Bar Manager Bethan and her staff welcomes members and supporters to Moorend

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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