Everything in place for new season
With the 2017 season almost upon us the ground is in excellent condition whilst First Team Skipper John Wood and his players have been preparing for the new term with indoor nets that has gone well.
Partnerships are important for success and unlike last term opening batsman Andy Gorrod and opening fast bowler Curtis Free have the benefit of newcomers to work in tandem. Andy has Nick Lindley, newly signed from Pudsey Congs, to assist him with East Bierley’s quickie Awais Ejaz on hand to open the bowling to help Curtis.
Cleck’ begin the 2017 season with a home game on Sat' April 22nd against New Farnley who always provide a stern test and just seven days later an away match at local and arch-rivals Woodlands makes it a tough opening couple of weeks.
On Saturday May 6th Farsley visit Moorend and the following Saturday there’s a first ever trip for Cleck’to newcomers Batley with the Club hosting Pudsey Congs one week on. Consecutive away matches at highly rated and newly promoted Townville on Saturday May 27th and the traditional Bank Holiday Monday clash against East Bierley make that 48 hours spell extremely crucial with memories of a Bank Holiday defeat against Scholes at a similar period last term that affected Cleck’s future progress and it came after a brilliant win against Woodlands.
On Saturday June 3rd a home clash against Champions Pudsey St Lawrence promises a good day at the gate weather permitting! A short trip to Hanging Heaton follows on June 10th with a home game against Bradford & Bingley on the 17th.
Nick Lindley is a great acquisition for Cleck'
Lightcliffe away on June 24th usually guarantees rain if the last several years are anything to go by and July starts with an away match at New Farnley. On July 8th the awaited home game against Woodlands takes place with a journey to Farsley on July 15th. Batley come to Moorend on the 22nd and on the 29th Cleck’ visit Congs.
August 5th and August 12th sees home games against Townville and East Bierley with a crucial contest at Pudsey St Lawrence on the 19th of that month and August ends hosting Hanging Heaton.
Bradford & Bingley and Lightcliffe away and at home respectively witnesses a finish to the term in September on the 2nd and 9th of the month.
Hopefully, a Trophy will ensue with a great deal to look forward to.
Groundsman Keith Johnstone has made sure that the wicket and outfield at Cleck' is ready for the new 2017 season and in superb condition
Fabulous events in July
The events calendar on the Home Page highlights many forthcoming fund-raising days including the Ladies Luncheon on Saturday July 15th that has been hugely successful for the last few years and for £15 per person with a buffet lunch and entertainment - the afternoon represents fantastic value and any lady wishing to book a table of ten or more or individual places should contact the Sports Club’s Chair lady Elaine Binns or any Club official.
Ladies luncheon artist confirmed!
The ladies luncheon sees the fabulous up and coming young comedian/entertainer Finbar Healy.
Finbar Healy is an ideal young comedian for the Ladies Luncheon
On Sunday July 30th the Cricket Section holds an event that was a great success last year entitled ‘Yorkshire Day.’ The Elland Silver Brass band has been approached and subject to members’ availability they should be at Moorend once more. Two artists who are definitely booked is table magician David Linacre and top comedian John Lory together with a home cooked Sunday lunch provided by Mrs Anne Wood and her team with waitress service and for only £20 per person it is amazing value!
To enable Anne to cater for correct numbers the event is by ticket only that can be purchased from Kevin who can be contacted on 07896 153731 or ask any Cricket Committee member for details.
Members, supporters and friends support is vital and greatly appreciated.
A full function room at Cleck' has to be the aim for every occasion!
The season’s fixtures in full can be found by going in to the official Bradford League website at the foot of this website’s Home Page
*previous stories can be found by going in to the Archive Section at the top of the Home Page with memories for many Cleck’ members of a fabulous trip to Lord’s*
Details of all sections of the Club can be found on; firstname.lastname@example.org
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'