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What next for Cleck’?

There’s a lot of hard work ahead for Cleckheaton Cricket Club’s committee both on and off-the-field.

New Skipper Mally Nicholson is poised to strengthen the side in the batting department especially but on a limited budget and with many other Clubs firing big money at certain individuals it’s not an easy task but should any aspiring young cricketer want to play on one of the best tracks in the League be part of a well run, ambitious and friendly outfit, Cleck’ represents a good bet.

Away from the playing side a new teas lady needs to be found, as well as other hard-working committee people. Whilst long-term stalwarts such as Dave Worrall, Keith Johnstone and Bob Speight are still around the Club there’s no need for the panic button - but fresh blood is required.

Game changing performances assist Cleck’

The 2017 season has been a struggle in everyone’s eyes at Moorend and having to stave off relegation has been nerve racking at times but in the end all’s well that ends well.

As identified there is a lot of work to be done before the 2018 season recruitment wise and particularly strengthening the batting that’s not easy for Mally and the Cricket Committee.

Every effort will be made to improve on this term’s performances and even though outstanding personal displays were few and far between without certain memorable performances Cleck’ would surely have been doomed!

John Wood’s knock of 122 and Joe Robinson’s last minute throw to run out the last Batley batsman gave the side a vital one run win earlier in the term against one of our relegation rivals.

Woody steps down as Captain but remains an important figure at Moorend

Nick Lindley struck a splendid 110 runs in the farcical tie at Townville when the duckworth lewis ruling complicated things but Andy Gorrod and Mally’s unbeaten stand of 95 against Bradford & Bingley in the penultimate game of the season was so very important in helping Cleck’ to a victory that meant just five points were needed against Lightcliffe.

Thankfully, the season ended successfully as far as survival’s concerned and even though the last day of the season was blighted by rain, the umpires and the Lightcliffe lads showed the game in its best light by getting on with things, no moaning about the conditions and it made the abandoned match a memorable contest with true sportsmanship on view.

Cleck’s guys came good at the end of the season and now it is onwards and upwards – we hope!

Wicketkeeper/batsman/Captain Mally Nicholson has a lot of hard work ahead of him

On Saturday September 16th Cleck’s Seconds ended their season on a high with a five wickets win against Wakefield St Michael’s as Shahid Rehman took 5-45 with the visitors dismissed for 145 and in reply Chris Dobson’s guys were 149-5, once more, Shahid starring with 41 runs.

Interestingly, prior to their game against Bradford City at Valley Parade around 200 Rotherham United fans descended upon Moorend to enjoy a pre-match drink and a bit of banter towards the players without a hint of any misbehaviour.

Cleck’s popular ‘enigma’ bids farewell

Just hours after the Club paid a tribute to the departing teas lady Anne Wood it is with great sadness that we say farewell to another popular character in Ian Nicholson.

Changes are afoot at Cleck’ and thankfully the Club remains in the ECB Bradford Cricket Premier League and for the first time in ten years ‘Eor’ as Ian is often called will be missing from the First Team sheet. His Dad Neil played for the Club for a number of seasons and assisted this season whilst Ian’s brother Mally is the new Captain for next term having also been at Moorend for the last decade.

The Nicholson family, as with the Wood family (John and his brother Ian and their mum Anne being part of the furniture at Cleck’) have given so much to the Club. Ian has decided to call it a day but admits he has wonderful memories of his time at Moorend and the over-riding memory from supporters and members is of a player who on his day was a batsman as good as anyone to watch albeit frustratingly inconsistent but never-the-less highly rated and undoubtedly talented. “Lightcliffe was my last game for Cleck’,” revealed Ian. “I have loved my time at Cleck’ and to be honest I could not see me playing for any other Club. We have had some ups and downs like the last couple of years but the highlights for me have to be the years when we won two Titles and were in the Priestley Cup Final. The side we had was very good.”

Despite his early ‘retirement’ Eor admits he won’t be able to stay away from the Club. “I will still be down to watch nearly every home game,” he added. “Cleck’ is a good Club and my kids enjoy going to the games.”

For 25 years Dave Worrall was the Cricket Chairman until handing over the reins to Ian Gatenby and Eor acknowledges Dave’s role in the Club’s success. “I would like to thank Dave who signed me for Cleck’ and has pushed the Club forward,” commented Eor. “I’d like to thank all of the lads I’ve played with and one thing I’ll miss most is the craic we have in the changing room. In there you cannot hide and everyone gets it! I’d like to say good luck also to all of the lads for next season and I’ll see you for a beer or two.”

Ian’s brother Mally added; “Eor will be missed by us all and especially in the changing room. He has been great to play alongside and winning two Titles with my brother were real highlights.”

Ian will be much missed but he’s successful in business alongside Mally, he has a superb family and a great deal to look forward to in the future and with recollections of a cricket career that has seen him, highly-rated and a very popular man.

Ian Nicholson departs Cleck' with his reputation intact and fantastic memories for all at Moorend of a much-loved character

*Although no definite date has been confirmed a pre-season friendly for Cleck’ against Airedale & Wharfedale outfit Harden CC is provisionally arranged**

Fish & Chips on the menu for senior stalwarts!

The Club’s groundsman and treasurer Keith Johnstone alongside the Cricket Section’s one-time Chairman Mike Williamson are setting about the task of making the now traditional fish n’ chips luncheon its usual success.

The fun begins at 12:30pm on Sunday October 1st with locally sourced fish n’ chips on the menu and entertainment in the shape of the fabulous comedian Jed Stone who is ideal for what is a real ‘family occasion’.

Keith and Mike are hoping for a full function room and for only £10 per person it is amazing value.

There is a notice in the bar area for those that wish to book a table or individual places or speak to Keith or Mike or any committee member to confirm bookings.

Funny man Jed Stone provides the entertainment at the fish n' chips luncheon

WANTED! Enthusiastic person to oversee the Cleckheaton Cricket Club website from the end of September 2017 onwards!!

It may be a labour of love position but a fantastic opportunity for a budding journalistic/cricket minded person to introduce their own stamp on what is a unique website in terms of information and format – but with a real chance to enhance the Club’s voice with an individual’s own style and promote social media.

Contact the Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby or any Cricket Section committee member via the Sports Club at Moorend

Club events goes in to over-drive

  • On Sunday October 1st the now annual fish & chips luncheon takes place with details to be obtained from Keith Johnstone or Mike Williamson. Comedian Jed Stone compliments local sourced fish ‘n’ chips and all for £10 per person
  • Much further ahead there's a fabulous Rod Stewart tribute act on Saturday February 3rd 2018! The organiser is Dave Worrall.
  • Friday March 2nd 2018 witnesses the Cricket Section’s traditional Annual Dinner with regular MC
  • John Collier supported by the fantastic comedian John Gillan – with guest speaker to be announced.

 

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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