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Cleck’s players have decision to make!

Is it white flag or red mist time?

Following the 45 runs defeat at Lightcliffe on Saturday Cleck’ plunged deeper in to the relegation mire.

John Wood tried to roll back the years and bowled well in an eleven over spell and the overseas Qaiser Ashraf took 6-48 whilst Curtis Free bowled his heart out without too much luck but captured a couple of wickets. There can be few complaints surrounding Lightcliffe's innings as the hosts plundered 181 runs and to be fair to the Cleck’ guys the bowling and fielding was above average as it has been for several weeks.

The batting was woeful once again as it has also been for a number of weeks as Woody's guys were dismissed for 136 in response to the home team’s total - that has led to suggestions of resignation and despondency seemingly creeping in to the camp.

(Full stats details on the Bradford League website)

Next Saturday sees a tough test at New Farnley and against a Club who has quality in abundance and money to spend but they are inconsistent and Cleck’ have to roll up their sleeves and somehow, to find a much-needed result.

As Nick Lindley admitted last week it’s time for the talking to stop, which means just take things on the chin, do your best, try your hardest, give your game some thought and we’ll see what happens. If we’re not good enough those off-the-field takes responsibility – but those on-the-field can prove everyone wrong!

Curtis Free gave it his best shot at Lightcliffe

Joe Robinson struck 86 runs for the Seconds against Wrenthorpe - further details to follow later

Time for deeds not words, admits Nick!

Nick Lindley, who joined the Club from Pudsey Congs during pre-season, will be Cleck’s Vice-Captain in 2018 but in the meantime he and his colleagues has to ensure ECB Bradford Cricket Premier League status.

Nick notched a brilliant century in the tied game at Townville recently although his own form has been topsy-turvy - but his overall demeanour and knowledge of the game has prompted the Cricket Committee naming him as number two to Mally Nicholson next season.

However, there’s still a lot of hard work to be done before then as the Cleck’ opening bat/spin bowler appreciates - with the Club slipping in to relegation territory following recent defeats against Hanging HeatonBradford & Bingley and Lightcliffe with woeful batting displays in-particular.

“It’s a horrible feeling losing,” admitted Nick. “We really need to start batting for long periods of time and start putting partnerships together. It’s no good talking about it anymore we need to show it on the pitch.”

Nick joined Cleck’ with ambition to win Trophies in mind and he’s no doubts that the Club has quality players. “The talent is there, we’re just not applying ourselves how we should,” he added. “We need to turn things round and start getting points on the board and get ourselves further up the table.”

There’s backing from the Cricket Committee for a side that has missed several key players who left the Club during the winter but one addition was Nick who has shown already that apart from his ability as a batsman and a more than useful slow bowler, he’s a good character to have around the dressing room and with Lightcliffe away on Saturday it’s hoped that Cleck’s fortunes can change.

Nick Lindley knows what's required in the coming weeks

Club events goes in to over-drive

Saturday July 15th sees the popular ladies luncheon with homemade buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a lot more besides with comedian Finbar Healy the guest and for only £20 per person.

Please contact Sport Club Chair Lady Elaine Binns to book places.

  • On Sunday July 30th the Cricket Section is repeating last year’s very successful Yorkshire Day with even more entertainment on view. Comedian John Lory is a fantastically hilarious guest and the excellent table magician David Linacre shows his array of tricks and the brilliant Saxophonist Tim Clarke provides pre-lunch entertainment.
  • Tim plays guests in to the function room @ 12:30pm. Plus there is a fabulous home cooked Sunday lunch provided by Anne Wood and her team and all for the bargain price of just £15 per person! Contact Kevin to make bookings on 07896 153731 as bookings are TICKET ONLY
  • On Sunday October 1st the now annual fish & chips luncheon takes place with details to be obtained from Keith Johnstone or Mike Williamson. A comedian will compliment local sourced fish ‘n’ chips and all for £10 per person
  • Much further ahead there's a fabulous Rod Stewart tribute act on Saturday February 3rd 2018! The organiser is Dave Worrall.
  • Friday March 2nd 2018 witnesses the Cricket Section’s traditional Annual Dinner with regular MC John Collier supported by the fantastic comedian John Gillan – with guest speaker to be announced.

This year's 'Yorkshire Day' may be minus flat caps but there's the plus of additional entertainment and unbelievable value for money at just £15 per head!

Top job for suitable candidate

After just several months at the helm, Paul Brooke is leaving his post as Club Manager but to the outsider he’s done a ‘cracking job’ having replaced Mick Collins who was a highly respected Bar Manager for many years.

Below is the Sports Club’s advert for a suitable replacement for Paul.

Club Manager Vacancy

Salary £25,000

As well as managing all aspects of our award winning bar, the Club Manager will also be responsible for the marketing and management of our function room.

For more information contact the Executive Committee or email: cleckheatonsportsclub@gmail.com

*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; www.cleckheatonsportsclub@gmail.com

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

The Wickham Arms Hotel www.wickhamarmshotel.co.uk

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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