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Cleck’ consolidate league position despite defeat

Despite a 55 runs defeat at Pudsey St Lawrence on Saturday August 19th, Cleck’ stays out of the relegation spot by 11 points.

The hosts posted 259-5 and in reply Cleck’ were dismissed for 204 runs but with Batley, Pudsey Congs and East Bierley losing it meant that John Wood’s guys remain out of the bottom two.

Mally Nicholson notched a very credible 68 runs and Andy Gorrod batted well for his knock of 35. The bonus points gained assisted Cleck' to put additional day light between us and the bottom two.

Cleck’s Seconds annihilated Keighley by 128 runs.

Steven Noble carried his bat for 78 and Shahid Rehman made 56 runs with a total of 182-4 and in reply the visitors ended on 54-9.

Full details on the Bradford League website

Comment;

Despite defeat there was no disgrace in losing to a good PSL side and some of Cleck’s old fighting spirit looks to be returning in the last couple of games, particularly in the batting area, which is good news ahead of the last three games.

Andy Gorrod by his own admission has had a torrid time with the bat this season and yet on Saturday he looked at ease and he was very unfortunate to be given out when he appeared to be building a big innings. He’s arguably the team’s best fielder and one of those guys you just want to do well – and he should remember his innings at Tofts Road and his 51 runs that he achieved at Hanging Heaton earlier in the term as the League leaders come to Moorend next on August 26th.

Mally’s knock of 68 was typically stylish and next season’s Captain has been very consistent and he is a perfect role model for others; loyal, talented and a good voice in the dressing room and thankfully his Dad Neil Nicholson has been kind enough to travel up from Nottingham in recent weeks to give his experienced and respected ability for the benefit of the team. Neil might be past his best but at 53-years-of-age he should be playing golf, a game he loves also and not having to try to help Cleck’ ward off relegation. His ethos has rubbed off on to his lads and whilst Ian (Eor) Nicholson will go down as a true enigma - alongside his Dad and brother - he has given everything for the benefit of the Club and his talent in the batting stakes has never been in doubt.

Mally Nicholson has been consistent in a topsy-turvy season

The trio have never been mercenary but money is a point that has to be made. One of the reasons why Cleck’ have struggled this season is because we weren’t able to hold on to one or two players who were seeking big cash and when attempting to make signings the Club was priced out of the market at times. One exception is Nick Lindley, who will be the Vice-Captain in 2018 and deservedly so since his move from Pudsey Congs. Nick is one of a number of players who’ve turned down much more money than Cleck’ can afford and of course payments should and will remain private but no-one can ignore the fact even though Cleck’ pays fairly it’s a big problem, which Nick has made easy because of his decency and willingness to play for the Moorenders.

Awais Ejaz arrived at Moorend pre-season from East Bierley and again for cricket reasons but sadly it hasn’t worked out and the opening fast bowler has missed a number of games and mutual agreement has been made to terminate his deal for the rest of the season but we must add in amicable fashion and Awais has wished Cleck’ all the best for the future.

Curtis Free is a young man with talent in abundance and the kind of character you need and he’s the whole package. Like so many of the Club’s players he has good parents who are extremely supportive of everything that we try to do and when you run on minimum numbers such help is vital.

Curtis Free is arguably one of the Club's best ever signings in recent years

Sam Wilson is in the same mould and he’s a genuine character who doesn’t shirk anything and neither does Andrew Deegan a spin bowler who has achieved 300 Bradford League First X1 wickets and has shown tremendous talent and loyalty for several years.

Qaiser Ashraf has fitted in well as an overseas and it’s not always been easy for him likewise for Joe Wood who has had a baptism of fire to first team cricket but the Skipper’s son can hold his head up high in his inaugural taste of senior cricket.

John Wood plays his last season as Captain but thankfully remains a player. Woody doesn’t need anyone to appraise his playing career because the former Durham and Lancashire all-rounder’s ability speaks for itself over the years.  What the Club acknowledges is a man who has given his all for well over a decade both on and off-the-field and it is sometimes forgotten that because of his presence his brother Ian played for the Club for the love of the game for many seasons until injury cut short his career and enhanced by their mum Anne’s willingness to oversee cricket teas and help out at many events and at the end of every season handing over the profits!!

Skipper John Wood has been a major influence at Cleck'

People like Chris Dobson and Joe Robinson are never far away to assist the team and they along with many others, too numerous to mention, has played their parts.

For 25 years Chairman Dave Worrall led from the front until handing over the reins to Ian Gatenby and alongside a hard-working committee. A lot will stay the same but equally a few changes are afoot and whatever division Cleck’ are in the Club is in safe hands.

**Fabulous opportunity**

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

Cleck’s remaining fixtures are; Hanging Heaton home – Bradford & Bingley away – Lightcliffe home

Batley’s remaining fixtures are; – Lightcliffe home – New Farnley away – Woodlands home

Pudsey Congs’ remaining fixture are; – Bradford & Bingley home – Lightcliffe away – New Farnley home

East Bierley's remaining fixtures are; - Pudsey St Lawrence away - Hanging Heaton away - Bradford & Bingley home

There's a great deal to ponder in the coming weeks

Club events goes in to over-drive

  • Saturday August 26th witnesses our very own Sam Wilson performing his wide variety of songs - £5 per person
  • 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.

Sam Wilson shows the 'other side' of his talents on Saturday August 26th

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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