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Cleck’ suffer humiliating defeat

Cleck’ were dismissed for a paltry 48 runs at Farsley on Saturday who in turn finished the game on 52-3 to win the match comfortably.

Top scorer on the day for Cleck’ was opening fast bowler Johnny Whiteoak with 17 runs scored – there really is little to add other than there’s a lot of questions to be answered as the Cricket Section plans for the 2020 season.

Batting is a Noble art

Cleckheaton’s Seconds’ side played host to Farsley at home on Saturday in a reverse fixture seeing our 1st XI away at Farsley, writes Steve Midgley.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat on a nice looking wicket and with the sun shining.

Cleck’s opening pair Alex Midgley and Ishvir Singh set about their task, removing two early wickets (one apiece) leaving Farsley 14-2.

However, Farsley’s no.3 and 4 dug in building a 57 partnership before the next wicket fell to a full delivery from Skipper Elliott Hallas. A second wicket for the skipper saw Farsley again on the back foot at 73-4. Sam Bailey bowled tight lines, giving nothing away for his wicket, but spin was Farsley’s downfall at the hands of Jimmy Ives, taking his 3rd five-for of the season with a brilliant spell returning 5 for 31 runs from 12 overs.

After tea, Cleck’ just needed to play the long game, chasing only 108, with 55 overs to get there.

Richard Noble stood up to be counted for the Seconds

Chris Dobson and Craig Blackburn gave Cleck’ a foundation, with respective 20 and 17 runs to their names, but at 43-3 Cleck’ needed to just take their time.

A great first ball to Skipper Hallas saw him removed, leaving Cleck’ now on 43-4. Farsley applied pressure with the ball and with a couple of relatively cheap wickets, Cleck’ were now the ones on the back foot at 64-6.

The hosts needed an individual match winning performance and that's exactly what Richard Noble provided batting with steady surety, patience and maturity. Ishvir provided support at the other end, allowing Richard’s 53no to bring Cleck’ home, striking a brilliant six to claim victory for the home side.

Skipper Mally Nicholson and the Cricket committee have a lot of soul searching prior to selecting just who will remain at Moorend for the 2020 season

Visit also www.cleckheatoncricketclub.com

Bob's e-mail is; cleckheatoncricket@gmail.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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