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Improved ‘performances’ anticiptated!

Cleck’ face high-flying Bradford & Bingley at home on Saturday and away to bottom side Undercliffe on Bank Holiday Monday.

There’s no such thing as an easy game in the Bradford League albeit Cleck’s First Team have yet to perform as they can – you can’t always determine results as you have sometimes to give credit to the opposition and yet the Moorenders have not succumbed to superior sides to date, simply not showing their true quality.

Yes, they are a great set of lads, talented but so far, Cleck’ have been too easily beaten. Whatever the outcome of results, no-one can complain if a ‘full focus’ is put forward.

First Team versus Bradford & Bingley is; M. Nicholson (Cap’t) N. Lindley (V.Cap’t) T. Thorpe A. Rafiq John Wood N.Walker  A. Gorrod C. Fletcher A. Deegan J. Whiteoak J. Turwell

Ethan Lee replaces Nick Walker for the game at Undercliffe.

Cleck’s Seconds are sitting handily in third place in the League table and they face a tricky away game at Bradford & Bingley with the team as follows; E. Hallas (Cap’t) R. Noble Joe Wood Ethan Lee J. Robinson C. Dobson S. Noble A. Midgley Antony Lee J. Ives S. Bailey

Fine accolade for Midge’!

The Yorkshire County U15s squad was announced on Monday that includes Cleck’s Alex Midgley.

The final North of England trials selection takes place in July following a number of County games.

Whilst Alex has a lot of work ahead of him it is a real ‘feather in his cap’ to have been included thus far.

Cleck’s juniors set up is of great pride to the Club that has been brilliantly overseen by the now Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby and is nowadays in the hands of another stalwart in Russ Noble albeit with Gats always at the forefront of proceedings.

So many dads (and mums) assist also and the level of support from families cannot be underestimated and the afore-mentioned type of progress from Alex is of enormous pride to everyone at Moorend.

No-one is becoming carried away as there are so many stepping stones to be overcome but Alex and his family and the Club have every right to be delighted at his selection.

Alex Midgley is working hard to progress his cricket career

Superb ‘Summer Camp’ comes to Cleck’!

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

Together with a team of coaches and over a four day period between Monday July 22nd and Thursday July 25th 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.

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 Rafiq is hosting a 'Summer Camp' at Moorend in July

Cleck’ ‘brushed aside’ by St Lawrence

Pudsey St Lawrence eased their way to a five wickets win against Cleck’ at Tofts Road on Saturday finishing on 152-5 in reply to the visitors 149 all out.

Despite a solid start with 39 runs from Toby Thorpe and a decent knock of 28 by Nick Lindley, Cleck’ fell from 52-1 to 103-5 in rapid fashion and then to being dismissed for 149 when Johnny Whiteoak went for the ‘big hit’ when at the very least another point for scoring 150 would have been prudent!

Tom Kohler-Cadmore was caught behind for just nine runs, Craig Fletcher is a better batsman than the ‘tame’ way he was out early in his innings, Nick Walker seemed to be simply ‘bored’ with proceedings after scoring a much-needed 25 runs!

Skipper Mally Nicholson batted okay for his knock of 19 – in response the hosts rattled the required runs off without any real dramas and Azeem Rafiq’s three wickets from 14 overs was a decent spell and there were a couple of wickets for Craig but overall the Moorenders were easily beaten with a shabby batting display especially.

Cleck's battles with St Lawrence are generally feisty affairs but this one didn't begin to rattle the cage of the hosts who coasted to victory without getting out of second gear.

Craig Fletcher captured 2-26 against St Lawrence but it was all in vein

Seconds continue good form (reports Steve Midgley)

Cleck’s seconds made it three wins out of three in their bid for promotion this year.

Whilst they were without Craig Blackburn and Chris Dobson their shoes were more than filled by Andy Gorrod from our first XI and the all round dependable Antony Lee.

Cleck’ bowled first, Joe Wood and Alex Midgley delivering a very tidy opening spell, leaving Carlton on 31-2 at first change. Sam Bailey replaced Alex from the Score box end, dismissing his man with his second ball, making it 31-3. Two more quickly followed for Sam, with the slower ball catching Carlton’s batsmen off guard. Ethan Lee replaced Joe from the Clubhouse and it wasn’t long before he had claimed his first victim.

At 66-6 after 25 overs, it looked like an early tea was on the horizon. Jimmy Ives replaced Sam and removed two more but Cleck’ started to make a meal of the last few and allowed Carlton to get away with perhaps 25 runs more than they should. Carlton were finally all out posting 130.

After tea, Cleck’s openers, Joe Wood and Richard Noble faced what politely could be described as erratic bowling!  Seven extras were given in the first over and extras kept on coming. 17-0 after 3 overs with only 4 runs coming from the bat.

Cleck's Seconds are handily placed in the League table

Carlton made their first bowling change in the fifth over, which speaks volumes! Cleck’ did loose early wickets and the first four dismissals all to LBW.

A cynic might argue that the umpires decisions were more driven by the volume of appeals from Carlton than the actual appeals themselves. However, at 64-4 in the 25th over Cleck’ still looked very much in control chasing 130. But losing a few loose wickets left Cleck’ facing a self inflicted battle and at 128-8 Carlton had a slim chance and had found some form with the ball. This chance was however taken away from them by Antony guiding a ball down to the boundary to seal the win.

Three out of three leave Cleck’s second XI third in the table behind Bradford & Bingley and Gomersal.

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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