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Lots of positives following Cricket Committee meeting

Monday’s cricket committee meeting was one of the best for some time with plenty of ideas flowing around the table.

This Sunday’s JW Lees Bradford Premier League T20 Finals Day is eagerly anticipated - and despite ‘short notice’ of the requirements - Cleck’ is hopeful of providing a day that the League and the competing sides and their supporters will enjoy with good weather forecast also.

On the night volunteers were aplenty for this weekend – Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby led proceedings and thanks goes to so many, too numerous to mention in full, who have put themselves forward to make sure everyone has a fantastic day.

In addition, there are several confirmed dates for the diary. Including, a golf day on Friday August 23rd that is being organised by First Team Skipper Mally Nicholson with full details to follow soon but the committee in unison thanks Mally for his tremendous efforts and promises full backing.

Saturday August 31st witnesses a sponsors day at Moorend.

On Friday October 4th the Juniors Presentation and race night will be held at the Club and two days later Keith Johnstone and Mike Williamson fronts the now regular and popular Fish & Chips Day, which will be held on Sunday October 6th.

Dave Worrall is hoping to confirm an evening with the fabulous entertainer/singer Kevin Kendrick, which is planned for Saturday February 15th.

The meeting was positive and should prove productive and not forgetting the Ladies Luncheon and the 'Summer Camp' with full details below.

There's a great deal happening at Cleck' in the coming months!!

From 96-2 to140 all out!!

Cleck’ lost eight wickets for 44 runs in an eight wickets defeat that saw Woodlands win at Moorend with consummate ease. Indeed, being brutally honest the last seven wickets fell for just twelve runs.

Cleck’ were dismissed for 140 despite a stand of 80 between Azeem Rafiq and John Wood who scored 53 and 32 runs respectively – Woodlands’ overseas Brad Schmulian took 7-33 and scored 64 not out to show his quality, Tim Jackson made 48 runs as the visitors eased their way to victory finishing on 141-2.

Saturday's defeat was shambolic but dissecting and criticising individual’s poor performances is not going to help anyone.

But well done to Woodlands they are top of the table for a reason but they weren’t really tested that much on Saturday!

Azeem Rafiq did his best in a disappointing defeat

Ethan Lee should not be too downhearted as he fielded well and just got on with his job and at sixteen it is not his place to shoulder too much responsibility - his more experienced team mates were there to do that - in theory!

Ethan deservedly took his place in the First team against Woodlands

Threadbare Seconds proudly perform

Steve Midgley reports;

Cleck’s depleted 2nd XI travelled to Keighley on Saturday and despite battling hard were unable to claim victory.

However, despite the result the lads can be pleased with their performance, with only five regular 2nd XI players and the game was a lot tighter than anyone may have predicted against Keighley’s full strength squad. Unavailability of players gave an opportunity for some of Cleck’s juniors to step up and step up they did.

Cleck’ won the toss and elected to bat on a freshly cut wicket. Chris (Dobby) Dobson and Russ Noble opened for Cleck’. Both of them showing their experience and composure but poor umpiring saw the dismissal of Russ, given out to a three bounce ‘no ball’...to everyone's astonishment...even Keighley’s! The decisions didn’t get much better with the finger given for Alex Midgley LBW to a ball that would have struggled to hit the top of 6th stump, let alone off stump.

Having set a decent foundation Cleck’s batsmen were unable to push the scoreboard on although a nice cameo from Callum Green of 21 was a welcome addition. Cleck’ finally falling in the 41st over - posting 117

After tea Ishvir Singh stepped in to open the bowling opposite regular opener Alex. A tight spell from the pair with a number of opportunities created to taken. Elliott Hallas and U15’s player Ben Green taking first change. Whilst Ben may not have come home with any wickets he bowled well and he created chances and he takes away a positive experience.

With regular bowlers missing Steve Noble came into the attack claiming a scalp in his three over cameo.

At times our inexperience on the field showed. There were dropped catches... there were some fielding mistakes... but it’s fair to say Cleck’ continued to fight and whilst we lacked experience we never gave up.

We didn’t have the run of decisions on our side either, with a number of LBW appeals that were middle stick... But umpire’s decision is final!

Alex returned for his second spell with Elliott still at the other end and between them a glimmer of hope as a couple wickets fell with only two runs added to the board. But despite tight, economical and aggressive bowling from the pair, it just wasn't to be.

It was a stretch too far today for our inexperienced side but a great effort. Elliott posting figures of 3 for 22 from his 12 overs and Alex 2 for 27 from his 11.5 overs.

Cleck's young Seconds side took Keighley all the way on Saturday with Alex Midgley at 15 one of the more exprienced players on view!!

Cleck’ delighted to play hosts

The Cricket Section and Sports Club as one is delighted to accept the following invitation, explained in an e-mail to the Club’s Secretary Bob Speight from Chris Leathley.

The Management Board are pleased to invite Cleckheaton Cricket Club to host the Finals Day of the  Bradford Premier League JW Lees Brewery  T20 A Cup Competition to be held on Sunday June 30th.

The format of the day will involve two semi finals starting at 10.30am and 1.30pm with the Final to be started at 4.30pm or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further information to follow soon

Moorend is set to host a fabulous final's day on Sunday June 30th

Superb ‘Summer Camp’ comes to Cleck’!

Cleck’s former Yorkshire star Azeem is heading a Summer Camp geared towards teaching young budding cricketers the rudiments (and some trade secrets!) of the game.

With a team of coaches and over a four day period between Monday July 22nd and Thursday July 25th from 10:00am until 3:00pm the experienced all-rounder will spend time assisting young players to improve and enjoy their game.

A packed lunch would be advisable and ideal – and for just £25 per day or £85 for all four days the kids can enjoy absorbing knowledge about cricket and having an amazing time. Children from aged eight upwards are welcome

To book a day or days please contact Chairman Ian Gatenby on 07837669865 – or former Chairman Dave Worrall on 07752558296 – or any cricket committee member.

This is a rare opportunity for children to be guided in a correct and professional manner towards enhancing their game and having some fun!!

Azeem hosts a 'Summer Camp' at Moorend in July

Ray Spencer the Bradford League's official photographer has captured Cleckheaton Sports Club in all its glory!

On Saturday July 13th the ‘Ladies Luncheon’ takes place in the function room and this event has gathered pace over the years and with massive support from the Sports Club.

Elaine Binns and many other lady members lend their support as does the Cricket Section of course, as it is for the benefit of Cricket. Anne Wood, Maxine Speight and several other ladies make sure that the luncheon is top quality and this year for the first time there’s a comedienne as opposed to a male making the guests laugh.

Nina Gilligan has received many plaudits as a comedienne such as; “Nina is naturally funny and talented she’s too natural for a comic!” “Nina is a funny lady with a genuinely likeable style.” And the compliments continue.

To book a table or individual places contact Elaine or Kevin Mitchell on 07896 153731 or any Committee member at Cleck’.

The cost is £20 per lady and represents fabulous value.

Nina Gilligan comes to Cleck' highly recommended

Visit also www.cleckheatoncricketclub.com

Bob's e-mail is; cleckheatoncricket@gmail.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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