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Mally’s thoughts to date!

Mally Nicholson admits the role of being Cleck’s Captain is not an easy one but he’s happy so far the way things are going.

*Mally’s latest words are in ‘Captain’s Corner’*

Spare a thought for the Skipper

For all his experience Mally is finding out the hard way and how hard it is to be Captain of a side and especially one that isn’t firing on all cylinders.

Saturday’s win against Townville was hard-earned the defeat against Woodlands in the Priestley Cup was once more the result of a batting collapse.

Mally has brought in six new players and it’s a lot to ask for all of them to gel. Josh Thurwell and Johnny Whiteoak look a good opening pair of bowlers, Nick Walker is a very useful acquisition and the overseas Tayyab Tahir is quality but let’s hope he’s not believing the early season publicity surrounding his performances. He’s a great guy but the unrelenting strength of the Bradford League must never be underestimated.

One key signing who Mally thought he’d made had a last minute change of heart just before the season and that particular decision hasn’t helped and whilst former Skipper John Wood is doing his best with guidance and his personal performances it’s a lot to ask of John to be consistent, who is now in his late forties, and the physicality of bowling flat out and trying to retrieve a batting situation cannot be easy.

Mally’s own form with the bat appears to have suffered but his willingness to oversee his Captain’s duties even though he’s to run a successful business and he’s a young family, must be applauded. Mally attends Cricket meetings, his wife Leanne and several members of his family have helped with the teas and for Saturday’s Ladies Luncheon Leanne has booked two tables that is a massive help to swell numbers in vital fund-raising efforts.

The remit for this season is to keep Cleck’ in the Premier League and with plenty of focus hopefully Mally and his players will do just that.

Mally Nicholson is doing a grand job in a difficult season to date

Robbo’ senior reports!

Cleck’ were dumped out of the Priestley Cup by arch-rivals Woodlands on Sunday.

Chasing 156, Cleck’ were dismissed for 92. Johnny Whiteoak captured 3-18 for the Moorenders whilst Muhammed Bilal took 5-18 for the opposition backed up by Chris Brice who had figures of 3-20.

Cleck’s long serving player Joe Robinson has been with the Club since a junior, apart from a brief spell at Scholes, and his Dad Mark has been an off-the-field stalwart at Moorend for approaching two decades and following the Priestley Cup defeat against Woodlands, Robbo’ Senior made his feelings clear.

“We bowled okay,” said Mark. “But the batting was poor once again and there were no partnerships, which is not good enough. Overall, it was another inept batting performance.”

Mark added there were some ‘mitigating’ circumstances that didn’t help the batsmen but its best left at that as no-one wants to be accused of ‘sour grapes.’

What’s the old adage? Concentrate on the League!

The two Robbos are as disappointed as anyone in defeat

Vintage Woody helps Cleck’ win tight tussle

After dismissing Townville for 197 the heavens opened at tea and Duckworth Lewis kicked in as Cleck’ lost six overs but had a revised total of 187.

In response Mally Nicholson’s side got over the line with four balls to spare completing the win by ending on 191-9 with a four from Johnny Whiteoak putting an end to some biting of fingernails.

It was a tense finish and the result could have gone either way right until the end of a contest that was a real pleasure to watch – if you were a neutral!

Townville lost two early wickets but rallied brilliantly and at one stage they looked on for a score of 250 plus but equally the Cleck’ bowlers plugged away and none more so than John Wood who put the opposition under great pressure and he finished with figures of 2-50 off his 15 overs whilst Andrew Deegan captured 3-46 from 9.2 overs bowled and Johnny took 3-41 from his 12 overs with a couple of wickets for Nick Walker from his 13 overs stint conceding 57 runs.

Toby Thorpe worked hard for his 29 runs and he was a little unfortunate to lose his wicket, never-the-less, he showed plenty of grit as did Ethan Lee who shared a stand of 49 with Woody who made a blistering 59 runs.

Admittedly, Ethan had a couple of slices of luck in his knock of 25 but he played some excellent shots also and despite being under pressure the 15-year-old remained calm and determined that will surely have made his watching Dad Antony very proud and his great aunt Margaret Hartley, a lady who was happy to assist with Ethan’s cricket when he was a youngster of three, equally proud.

Woody took the bull by the horns and at one point it seemed Cleck’ were cruising but a couple of quick wickets and a late and fantastic one handed catch on the boundary edge to take Nick Walker’s wicket made it a tense finish.

John Wood rolled back the years to help Cleck' to a much-needed win

Andrew Deegan and Johnny remained in control, they batted sensibly and took Cleck’ over the finish line – but it was very, very close.

Nick Lindley made 28 runs with 18 runs from the other Nick, Walker who could not fault his dismissal.

To conclude, Townville may feel their dropped catches and several miss-fields cost them but they played their part in a good game of cricket and whatever the result Moorenders would have maintained that the game of cricket was the winner.

For Sunday’s Priestley Cup match against Woodlands, Josh Thurwell to the exclusion of Elliott Hallas returns to the team and Andy Gorrod comes in for Nick Walker.

Ethan Lee was in fine form against Townville

Cleck's Seconds' game at Carlton was abandoned at the tea interval.

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.

Ollie Spencer is the brilliant comedian appointed for the luncheon, as 'Sludge Lees' is currently ill and has cancelled. Never-the-less Ollie is an experienced man who has performed on TV and alongside many big names.

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

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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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