Cleck’ prepare for final games of season with 2017 in mind!
With two games to go in the 2016 season at home to Pudsey Congs on Saturday and away to East Bierley on Saturday September 10th plans are already afoot for the 2017 term.
*details of future on-field plans are expected soon but in the interim period the Cricket Section is asking everyone to support off-the-field events to sustain financial stability*
There are still some important issues to be sorted out both on and off-the-field that is probably one of the most topsy-turvy times in Cleck’s recent history certainly over the last ten years.
However, the Cricket committee are both focused and ready to make decisions for the benefit of the Cricket Section’s future and we’re not the only Club in transition.
Woodlands said goodbye to one of the Bradford League’s best ever overseas players in the brilliant Sarfraz Ahmed who is hugely respected throughout the League by both his colleagues and opponents. It was fitting for Saffi’ that he departed his wonderful tenure over the last decade or so by helping his side to win the Priestley Cup against Pudsey St Lawrence on Sunday August 28th with congratulations also going to Cleck's former star and Woodlands’ Skipper Tim Jackson.
The Bradford League has usually been a bit of a merry-go-round in terms of player movement for many years although Cleck’ have largely kept a settled side until this year with one or two changes still to come but the consistency and Club’s desire to keep loyal players and sign only potentially good ‘Club men’ remains.
Curtis Free is the type of player that Cleck' hopes to see at Moorend for years to come
Rain ruins spectacle once again!
On Saturday August 27th Pudsey St Lawrence made 246-2 from 36-4 overs with Adam Waite ending not out 102 and Mark Robertshaw notched a more than useful 88 runs with both of the home side’s wickets taken by Curtis Free.
Cleck’s response was rapid and after just 6.2 overs were on 62-1 with John Wood making 31 runs off 15 balls and not out having also hit four sixes before the heavens opened and match abandoned.
After the game the Club’s Chairman Dave Worrall believed that his side were on for a result. “We were thwarted by the weather,” he commented. "John Wood and Chris Holliday were in bullish moods and wanted to get out and continue batting. It was a real challenge but they were really up for it. The ball was like a bar of soap and there was a genuine feel that it was game on.”
Seconds lose ground on leaders
Cleck’s Seconds’ side saw the weather beat them to a likely win against Ossett whilst Championship A 2nd X1League leaders Bowling Old Lane won in quick time at Bankfoot to take a 21 points lead albeit the second placed Moorenders have a game in hand.
Joe Robinson and Sam Gatenby captured three wickets apiece with Ossett bowled out for 161. At 61-2 Chris Dobson’s guys were well placed to win until rain prevented further play and the match was abandoned.
Chris Holliday was looking 'bullish' alongside his Skipper John Wood at St Lawrence
Cleck’s annual Fish & Chips event has a local flavour!
On Sunday October 9th at Cleckheaton Sports Club in the function room the Cricket Section’s now traditional annual fish & chips luncheon is taking place but with an additional plus!
Local and renowned fish & chips supplier ‘Richard’s Fish & Chips’ based at Moorend are set to be the supplier of the tasty treats but the price to guests remains £10 per person with tables of ten encouraged with proceedings commencing at 1:00pm
For 2016 the man in charge of the event is multi-tasking Keith Johnstone and anyone wishing to book a ‘plaice’ or places should contact Keith on 01274 877232 or via the Club or through any cricket committee member.
As always a top-notch comedian is on view and Ian 'Sludge' Lees provides the entertainmemt and your support as ever is greatly appreciated for what is always a brilliant occasion and exceptionally good value for money.
Keith Johnstone has quite a few hurdles to get over to achieve his target of 100 minimum guests for the Fish & Chips luncheon on Sunday October 9th - help Keith get over the gate; BOOK NOW!!
The Cricket Section's version of Yorkshire Day on Sunday August 14th was well attended and it is hoped even more guests will be tempted to come to the Fish & Chips event on Sunday October 9th
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