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The autumn and winter months are just as busy as the summer period as the Cricket Section at Moorend goes into over-drive talking to a number of potential newcomers for both the First and Seconds’ teams.

In addition, there are a host of events and next up is the fabulous fish ‘n chips luncheon but there’s so much more happening in the coming months and as a Club all we ask is keep a close eye on the events calendar and support for our events is crucial to not only Cleck’s progress but survival!

Black Sheep Final baarilliant!!

Cleck’ were proud to host the Black Sheep Trophy Final on Sunday September 9th and apart from the occasional rain the event was a real success.

Hanging Heaton defeated Wakefield Thornes by seven wickets, which was a game interrupted by rain, however it was an entertaining contest and played in front of an enthusiastic crowd of around 250 people - at a guess?

As a Club it gives Cleck' some kudos and thanks has to go to so many people such as groundsman Keith Johnstone who prepared the wicket and broke a trend of many years by not disappearing mid-afternoon for a kip!!

Keith Johnstone still overcomes any hurdle put in front of him!!

Chairman Ian Gatenby, who broke off briefly from his ‘dog with a bone’ task of selling horses and acquiring sponsors for the presentation and horse racing event, by selling raffle tickets. He was though shown by Keith how to add to your total with the Club’s stalwart going around the bar area sounding like a market trader and achieving an extra £8. Perhaps the blue bucket put Keith off as he is generally comfy with the famous yellow bucket!

Sam Bailey, Elliott Hallas and Sam Gatenby kindly assisted on the gate as did Bob Shackleton but the three large framed young men boosted takings on the burger bar, which witnessed a lot of hard work from Steve Midgley who produced fantastic burgers and sausages with lashings of onions and he proceeded to provide the day’s biggest laugh as the serviettes blew from his table and scattered on to the pitch like big shapes of confetti holding play up for a couple of minutes – that has to be a first?

The catering was as ever superb with Anne Wood, Maxine Speight and Helen Midgley and their team working overtime to feed the fans. Helen has perhaps set a precedence as she handed sweets to Dave Worrall to give to the players at the drinks break and young Owen Wood, who assisted, was delighted there were one or two left!!

A number of the Club’s players and officials attended and overall the day was a great success for everyone – even though we say so ourselves!!


Steve Midgley deserved a drink and a bit of consolation after his burger bar escapades!

Season finishes but preparations for 2019 begins immediately!

Cleck’s last game of the season at home to Farsley was abandoned without a ball being bowled and the bad weather affected virtually every other Club in the ECB Bradford Cricket Premier League due to persistent rain.

The Club’s final position of seventh in the League is progress from last term’s relegation scare and hopefully Cleck’ will be able to have a ‘tilt at the Title’ in 2019.

Every player who has represented the Club this season has committed for 2019 and with two or possibly three more additions the side should be stronger next season. Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore has agreed to play for Cleck’ next term also, subject to his County commitments of course. Tom has been a revelation and not just on-the-field but his overall attitude and down-to-earth approach towards his Cleck’ team mates and members is admirable and a nicer guy you couldn’t wish to meet and everyone at Moorend firmly believes he’ll go on to achieve success at both County and international level.

Mally Nicholson has done a terrific job in his first season as Captain after taking over from John Wood and once again it’s not just Mally’s ability as a cricketer that’s impressed but his overall commitment to the cause, which has included his very supportive family also.

Josh Thurwell, Johnny Whiteoak, Toby Thorpe and Nick Walker have been a real credit after joining Cleck’ for their first season at Moorend – but of course there are many more individuals that are too numerous to be mentioned individually who have played their part in making the Cleck’ dressing room a fun place to be and all of the lads, including squad players can be proud of their efforts.

The Seconds will be led by Elliott Hallas next season as Chris Dobson hands over the Captain’s arm band but he remains as a player. And we should pay tribute to them for this season finishing fourth in the league and assisting the progress of talented young men such as Ethan Lee and Alex Midgley.

Cleck's First Team have done a 'solid' job in 2018

Warren Stephenson is a welcome addition to the Cricket Committee and he’s lined up to do some coaching with the juniors, which is a major boost.

On Sunday October 7th it’s the Cricket Section’s popular fish ‘n chips luncheon that always goes down a storm and on Friday October 12th the juniors signing on and presentation evening, which includes the brilliant horse race night. Cricket Chairman Ian Gatenby is already working his magic acquiring sponsors for races, so please support both events.

For news on the All Rounder ECB Bradford Premier L'ge; www.bradfordcl.com

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'

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