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More announcements soon!

Mally Nicholson has been away on holiday with his family and yet he remains in touch with potential new players and committee members also.

If all goes to plan at least one or perhaps two newcomers to Moorend are expected to commit to Cleck’ as the Skipper sets about re-building his side.

For the record; in addition to regulars Mally - Nick Lindley – John Wood - Andrew Deegan - Sam Wilson – and Andy Gorrod, opening bat Toby Thorpe and opening fast bowler Josh Thurwell have been added to the squad with the quest for an overseas on-going as well as additional captures.

The Club is fortunate to have people like Joe Robinson - Elliot Hallas and possibly Joe Wood subject to his university commitments waiting in the wings and several youngsters progressing well such as Ethan Lee and Alex Midgley who, if they continue to develop and work as hard as they have done already, they are potential first teamers for the future.

Mally looks to the future

Cleck’s loyal and long-serving wicketkeeper/batsman Mally Nicholson has deservedly been handed the Captain’s role for the 2018 season.

John Wood steps down from a position he’s held for over a decade and Woody has done a magnificent job for Cleck’ and fortunately he remains at the Club as a player and in some ways a mentor to what promises to be a side with a mixture of youth and experience.

Mally has put forward his own message for the future in his ‘Captain’s Corner’ column.

Nick Lindley has a major role to play at Cleck'

Free family are real ‘Jem’s’!

Curtis Free has returned to his former Club Doncaster Town and not only does Cleck’ lose a superb player and a top-man but supportive parents who’ve assisted our Club enormously but there’s only positivity following his departure.

Curt’s Dad Jem’ has emphasised how both he and his wife Ros’ and their son are sad to be leaving but needs must. “Curt’s departure is genuine and nothing to do with money,” revealed Jem’. “Due to work and increased hours he wouldn’t be able to make nets’ practice next season as well as missing some games and because of Saturday morning shift work he’d be late for some matches - so his move is probably for the best all round.”

Everyone at Moorend accepts that Curt’ had little option but to leave – but he goes on the best of terms with he and his family welcome back at Cleck’ any time and with open arms.

No ‘Curt’ response from Cleck’!

Opening fast bowler Curtis has returned to his home town Club Doncaster Town whilst Josh Thurwell arrives at Moorend with at least two more players on the way!

Curt decided to re-join his former outfit due to work commitments and he leaves Cleck’ with the Club’s best wishes. The opening fast bowler has played his part both on and off-the-field and alongside his parents Jem and Ros also - who have followed their son’s fortunes both home and away and have supported events at Cleck’ as well as Jem' helping out with match day tasks.

Curtis and his family will be a big miss but they leave with genuine best wishes from everyone including former Chairman Dave Worrall. “We are obviously disappointed to see a good player like Curtis leave the Club but he goes with our thanks for all he’s done and best wishes for the future,” commented Dave. “I‘m sure we’ll be catching up with his family especially when Doncaster Rovers play Bradford City.”

The good news is; Josh Thurwell has signed from Carlton to become Cleck’s second capture with opening batsman Toby Thorpe arriving from Undercliffe. Josh is a left-arm quick bowler and rated highly by Skipper Mally Nicholson. “Josh is a talented young bowler who took 50 wickets for Carlton last season and we’re hoping he’ll carry it on with us,” said Mally.

There could be further good news next week with the capture of a current ECB Bradford Cricket Premier League opening fast bowler to replace Curt whilst an experienced and highly-rated performer remains a target with the likelihood of a talented overseas being sought.

Curtis Free departs Cleck' for genuine reasons and with everyone's best wishes

Amazing tribute act set for Cleck’

One of the most convincing Rod Stewart tribute acts on the circuit is poised to come to Moorend on Saturday February 3rd 2018.

Organiser Dave Worrall had to book ‘Rock’ Stewart six months in advance and for the gig in the function room at the turn of next year this tremendous act is set to make the Club rock!

To book a place or places contact Dave either at the Club or on his mobile which is; 07752558296 or speak to any Cricket Committee member. Places will be at a premium as the cost of just £10 per person is a bargain for a genuine top-notch artiste.

The Cricket Section admits that on-going fund-raising has to occur and the afore-mentioned is just one of a number of events planned.

On Friday March 2nd the Club’s traditional Annual Dinner takes place with MC John Collier and Comedian John Gillan already booked and they’ll compliment the usual excellent three-course meal as well as a guest speaker, to be announced soon. The cost is £350 for a table of ten with individuals welcome. The bargain price has been maintained for a number of years. To book a table or places contact Kevin on 0789615371 0r 01535 275677 or speak to any Cricket Committee member.

In the meantime, the evening with Rock Stewart promises to be a night to remember – please book early!

Rock and Rod there's quality in every note!!

Pre-Christmas Curry night!

On Thursday November 23rd the Cricket Section is holding a ‘curry night’ at the Eastern Spice in Cleckheaton.

The purpose is for players old and new along with committee members and invited guests to enjoy a relaxed evening and one month before the Christmas festivities commence.

For further details contact Dave Worrall or any Cricket Committee member.

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

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

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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