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Overseas update

The red tape surounding the signing of an overseas player is in full swing and expected to be completed soon but an announcement on the player's name won't be made until everything is in place correctly.

Tough start for Cleck’

The Bradford League fixtures for 2020 have been published and Cleck’s First Team plays three of their opening four games of the season away from home!

On Saturday April 18th there’s an away fixture at New Farnley with Townville at Moorend seven days later then consecutive away games at Hanging Heaton and newly promoted Batley.

The Club’s Seconds are home to Northowram Fields visiting East Ardsley on April 25th with two home matches following against Jer Lane and Carlton.

The much-awaited clash against Woodlands takes place on May 25th at Moorend.

It will appear strange not seeing the Club's former Captain and loyal servant John Wood in a Cleck' shirt but Woody may be joining his friends from the Club on the boundary edge in 2020 after his retirement at the end of the 2019 season.

For the first time in twelve seasons John Wood won't be involved at the season's start

Our neighbours East Bierley have recruited the experienced Grant Soames, who will be an excellent mentor for two young men close to Cleck’s hearts; Alex Midgley and Sam Gatenby.

Both lads’ parents Steve Midgley and Ian Gatenby are of course main stay men at Cleck’ and it’s good that their sons have an opportunity of First Team cricket at a good level.

Equally, everyone at Cleck’ wants to see East Bierley return to the top flight and their re-building programme pays off and that Sam and Alex continue their career progress.

At a young age Alex Midgley has put himself in the firing line - and everyone wishes him well

End of an era but a new beginning

Bob Speight handed in his notice as the Cleckheaton Cricket Club Secretary on Monday December 2nd but officially he holds office until Monday January 6th 2020.

Speighty declared his wish to resign at the Cricket Section’s monthly meeting, which in truth was anticipated and regretfully accepted.

However, disappointing news was met with good news as Bob remains on the committee in the future and he’ll be a support to the treasurer Keith Johnstone and something of a mentor to his replacement, Antony Lee.

Antony has verbally accepted the position of Secretary that will be ratified in the New Year, which is amazing news for the Club.

Bob has been the Secretary since around 1978 after replacing the late; Norman Mould and his loyalty and dedication is virtually unparalleled but there is comfort in the knowledge that an ideal replacement steps forward and Antony is an absolute god send as  replacement for a man who is synonymous with Cleck’.

In the coming days, Bob will advocate the highlights of his four decades tenure at Moorend.

Antony Lee is poised to become Cleck's Secretary in the New Year

Toby Thorpe decides to quit cricket

Potentially gifted opening batsman Toby who was signed from Undercliffe last year has decided to concentrate on his work and to enjoy his free time.

It is an honest decision by Toby to give up playing cricket and from a young man who has so much talent as a batsman but as yet, it hasn’t quite been fulfilled, although he showed glimpses last season of his quality.

As a young man with plenty of years ahead of him he is happy to remain registered with Cleck’ and who knows in the future he may regain his appetite.

But cricket takes up a full and a long day plus midweek practice can be a burden and to many of the younger element especially, it eats in to your social life - and Toby deserves credit for his honesty.

Toby pictured (with a pint in hand and sporting a beard) has decided to quit cricket

Rallying call for Seconds’ side

There is a recruitment drive for the Second team for the 2020 season and new players are required.

We’ll pull no punches on this – the Seconds have lost several key players and at times last season the team was depleted even to the point of having to play with less than ten men a scenario that cannot continue.

However, a massive thank you has to go to the Captain Elliott Hallas who has gone well beyond the call of duty in his first season as Skipper and he could not have had it tougher. Elliott not only skipper’s the team but he’s an influential player both with the bat and ball and he involves himself off-the-field attending cricket meetings and supporting the Club in any way he can.

In his early 20s, Elliott has shown great maturity and in turn he deserves support.

There’s no easy solution – but a keen recruitment drive is under way to make sure that any young players given an opportunity will have experience alongside them, which includes former Captain Chris Dobson and the team can compete, as often as possible, with a consistent squad.

Anyone that is interested in joining the Second team please contact Elliott or the Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby or any cricket committee member.

Elliott Hallas is looking to lead a successful Seconds' side

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.

Bob Speight continues sterling work at Cleck'

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