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Former Chairman’s thoughts (and friends) coming soon

Dave Worrall is constantly referred to as Cleck’s ‘former Chairman’ but it was a post he held for well over two decades and successfully until handing the mantle over into the capable hands of Ian Gatenby.

Gats and Dave work well together alongside an active and supportive cricket committee and in the near future Dave will put forward a few opinions on the ‘state of play’ at Cleck’ just now.

*Dave has contacted several former Cleck' favourites for their take on their time at Moorend please stay with us those comments will follow shortly**

Looking ahead already!

The lack of watching any live football leaves many sport lovers thirsting for the cricket season, which last term was a real treat amongst so much negativity in the world due to Covid 19.

Cleck’ have recruited well and there is genuine optimism for 2021 without of course becoming carried away as virtually every side in the Bradford Premier League will think the same.

The Premier League is arguably one of, if not the best, in the country.

Games are not won on paper we know but the side should look well balanced and most definitely competitive.

Roll on next summer!

Special times ahead for Booth twins

Toby Booth signed for Cleck’ from Huddersfield League outfit Kirkheaton at the beginning of the shortened 2020 season and he made a real impact – now his twin brother Harvey has signed for the Club from Broad Oak and he’s thrilled to be playing alongside Toby for the first time in a long while.

“There’s no doubt that playing with my brother Toby, was a huge draw for playing at Cleckheaton next year,” admitted Harvey. “We haven’t played together for about five or six years apart from the odd representative match so to be stood 22 yards away from him is something I can’t wait for. He only has great things to say about the Club and the lads on and off the pitch."

In addition to joining his sibling at Moorend, Harvey admitted also the challenge of playing in the Bradford League is something he’s excited about. Harvey added: “Another huge pull was playing in the Bradford League, which is widely regarded as one of the best Leagues in the Country. Only being 23 years-old means hopefully I can have many-a-season left in me to bat and bowl to the best of my ability in the best League around, playing against top players week-in-week-out."

The camaraderie between the players and members that’s so important to Cleck’ has been witnessed already by Harvey. “Skipper Mally Nicholson and the lads have been top drawer and we’ve even managed two or three rounds of golf over the last few Sundays, so I feel like I’m getting to know the lads before I’ve even played my first match which is reassuring,” he commented.

Harvey is from a close knit family and understandably the approval and encouragement from his parents is important and in conclusion, Harvey revealed: “Both my old man, John, and my Mum, Michelle, have been really encouraging about the move. I played at Broad Oak for six seasons, Captaining in the final season and when I said I wanted to push myself again in a new League they were only supportive. Both my parents have watched some of Toby’s fixtures this season and they have also been really impressed with the set up and organisation at Cleck’ – and I can’t wait to get on the field in April!”

Cleck’ has high hopes of both brothers and again the constant message we send out as a Club is they’re good characters and backed by their family.

Signing Harvey Booth is a real coup for Cleck'!

Cleck’s members and players will all know the Walmsley twins, Marcus and Eddie who like Harvey and Toby Booth are almost impossible to separate when it comes to who’s who.

Already former Chairman Dave Worrall has slipped up innocently – when Harvey came to Cleck’ to watch Toby play, the Broad Oak Captain, which was half an hour before the game began, had a pint in his hand that led Dave to very politely saying: “Not sure that’s a good idea before you play Toby?!!”

In fairness to Dave, when the Walmsley twins played at Cleck’ many members, especially ‘us older end’ would have to say “alright mate” – not knowing who was who.

Never-the-less, one brother being left handed and the other right handed helps whilst they’re playing  but in the bar, that could be embarrassing for some!

Toby pictured after signing for Cleck' that could witness mistaken identity in 2021!

Nick looks ahead to next season

Nick Lindley made an important and personal decision to take a break from cricket in 2020 and the Cleck’ opening batsman and slow bowler admits it’s not been an easy time.

“It’s been a very different six or seven months that I don’t think anyone of us would believe could ever have happened,” admitted Nick. “But it was great to see that cricket was able to make a start and how different it would be with all of the changes. Obviously, it was my decision to not play as I thought it wasn’t worth the risk bringing anything home to my family.”

Despite being on the sidelines, Nick admitted he was with Cleck’ in spirit if not in person.

“I speak to Skipper Mally Nicholson nearly every week and would always keep a close eye every Saturday on how we were doing,” he added. “There looked to be a lot of tight games and to say we were missing maybe three or four first team players every game I don’t think we did bad at all.”

Cleck’ introduced several newcomers last term that impressed the Club’s former Vice-Captain. “It was great also to see the new lads get runs straight away and from what Mally said they had a good crack as well,” commented Nick.  “I’m looking forward to getting back to it next year. I suppose we don’t know what rules will be in place as things are changing all the time.”

Cleck’s highly-rated batsman, who is more than a useful bowler and a very decent fielder commented: “As a player, you definitely miss the game, there is no better feeling than winning a tight game of cricket and have a beer with the lads after. You miss the little things you probable never thought about. It’s good that we pretty much have our team sorted for next years as well.”

Cleck’ is proud that so many parents are involved and supportive that includes Nick’s Dad Ian and Nick concluded by saying: “I know my Dad and me are very much looking forward to spending our Saturdays at Cleck’ and hopefully the country is in a much better place with the virus.”

Nick Lindley is a stylish batsman who is ready and raring to go next year

Progress in fund-raising

Although things remain unclear surrounding the rules in terms of how many guests will be allowed in to the function room in future - the Cricket Section is thinking ahead.

The traditional Annual Dinner is in the diary for Friday March 5th 2021 in the hope that by then things should be ‘back to normal.’

Manchester based comedian Austin Knight is booked as is the fabulous MC/Auctioneer John Collier with someone different joining them - as opposed to the usual kind of speaker.

Impressionist Kevin Connelly has agreed to join the gentlemen named above to provide what is sure to be a night filled with laughter.

Kevin has appeared on Dead Ringers that was a popular TV programme and he's made a great deal more TV appearances besides - and he promises to go down a storm!

Austin last appeared at Cleck’ on behalf of the Cricket Section six years ago and whilst he’s a familiar face on the circuit, he’s tried and trusted and very funny!

In the past the Club has had some great speakers, quite a few average ones and one or two flops but Kevin is the type of act that alongside Austin and John will have guests 'splitting their sides.'

Kevin Connelly is a brilliant impressionist and comedian

Visit also 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.

Secretary Antony Lee has very kindly taken over Bob's role and his details are as follows;

Home address;

Holme Bank, Stunsteads Road, Cleckheaton BD19 3DA

Mobile; 07837136744

e-mail; secretarycleckcc@gmail.com

Antony Lee is Cleck's dedicated Secretary

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