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Monday's committee meeting beckons

Perhaps not the most exciting headline!

Never-the-less, on occasions the Cricket meetings, with the latest one that's to be held on Monday can be fascinating, informative and downright funny at times.

More info' to follow soon with so much to look forward to as the 2019 season looms closer.

Juniors’ signing on night imminent

As the 2019 season approaches there are a host of events to be held in the function room at Cleck’.

Next up is the much-awaited Juniors’ signing on night, which takes place on Friday April 5th – the ever important evening is traditionally well supported and both old and new players are welcome with the Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby and the Juniors’ Manager Russ Noble overseeing matters. It is a tough assignment for young players to make it in to the First Team but there are opportunities.

On time Juniors players like Eddie and Marcus Walmsley, Nick LindleyJoe Robinson have all come through the ranks at Cleck' and now young men such as; Ethan Lee and Alex Midgley are pushing hard for Senior places. It may not be just yet but not too far off and they've both represented the First Team with distinction and appear to be excellent prospects.

On Wednesday April 10th the Club’s First Team will be presented with their new kit and the front of the shirts’ will be donned for the first time with the Edwin Pounds’ logo and other sponsors names also.

Every season the players are rightly presented with new kit.

Saturday July 13th there is the ever popular Ladies Luncheon with top-notch food provided by Mrs Anne Wood and her team of ladies and the brilliant comedienne Nina Gilligan compliments the afternoon’s entertainment.

The cost is £20 per lady, Elaine Binns is the main contact, and however any Cricket or Sports Club committee member will be only too pleased to take bookings.

Over the year, there’ll be much more occurring at Moorend and please keep in touch with events on the Cricket Section’s official website.

Cleck' are very proud of what is a strong Juniors section and pictured above are several prospects albeit with one exception - 40-some-year old Chris Dobson!

Confident Fletch ready for Cleck’ challenge

Craig Fletcher joined Cleck’ pre-season from Kirkburton CC and as a genuine all-rounder he comes to Moorend highly-regarded and from what the ‘older pundits’ would describe - as being from good stock!

Craig’s Dad Stuart played County cricket for both Yorkshire and Lancashire. He was a right-arm medium pace bowler who was with his home County between 1983 to 1991 with a couple of seasons for the Red Rose County – plus, father and son played in the same team. “I started senior cricket at Elland in the Drakes Premier League at the age of 14 and played in the Premier League for Elland where I won the League alongside my Dad,” revealed Craig. "I captained Kirkburton for the last three seasons. Obviously having a Dad with the cricketing credentials that he has - as a kid I always wanted to be better than him unfortunately 114 first class games compared to my none isn’t much competition but I did manage to play for England under 15’s and 16’s - the highlight playing at Newlands against Western Province.”

There is no doubt that the Club’s new signing is a determined character. “One thing I’d say about myself is I’m a winner,” admitted Craig. “Like most people in sport I hate losing and will battle until the death to win! But once the game is over it’s always good to enjoy a cold one with the lads and the opposition too. If you asked a few around the Huddersfield league they might not have as nice of a description of how I play!"

Craig Fletcher is a 'self-confessed' determined character

When asked how he came to join Cleck’, Craig revealed that persistence from within our Club was key. He added:” I’ve always liked Cleck’ as a Club since playing for the Huddersfield League in the floodlit competition. Since then I’ve had some interest from Cleck’ through John Wood and Mally Nicholson although Mally has kept on at me the last few years to the point where I had to say yes to get him to stop turning up on my doorstep! Joking aside I’ve known Mally a while and have always said I fancied giving the Bradford Premier League a shot. I’m 30 in June with a one year old daughter and felt like it was a case of do it now or never. I’ve really enjoyed getting stuck in with the lads the last few weeks in the indoor nets and we’re looking strong with a few lads to come back from overseas too including my old mate Azeem Rafiq who I believe is an unbelievably good signing! I played alongside Azeem for a few years with the Yorkshire Academy and we’ve stayed in touch since then so to be able to play a part in getting him to the Club was brilliant.”

On Friday March 8th the now regular Annual Dinner took place and out of the blue, Craig very kindly agreed to take a table of ten guests. “I know how difficult it can be raising funds so having experienced my first Cleck’ do I was very impressed as were the lads that came with me,” he said. “I’m sure they will all be more than willing to come back! I’m certain too you’ll see plenty of my wife Anna and Daughter Matilda alongside my Dad, Mum, Grandma, and anyone else that fancies a Saturday afternoon beer!!”

As a family Club little Matilda is more than welcome to 'terrorise' those around the boundary edge!!

In conclusion Craig revealed he’s no regrets about his career to date and commented: “I’d like to think I’ve done pretty well over the years, as I mentioned earlier I managed to represent my Country and my county and did alright. I’ve won and lost a few Cup Finals over the years and got plenty of wickets and runs along the way. Obviously it would’ve been great to progress further but it is what it is and the one thing I wanted to tick off the list was playing in the Bradford Premier League so hopefully I can make an impact on and off the field at Moorend and help us bring back some silverware.”

There’s no doubt that Craig has made a big impact attitude wise with everyone at Cleck’ and his capture has been greeted with positivity around Moorend.

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.

Bob Speight continues sterling work at Cleck'

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