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Quite a bit in the ‘pending’ file!

Monday night’s Cricket Committee meeting witnessed a few absentees in personnel due to work and holiday commitments but it was still a worthwhile gathering.

Groundsman/Treasurer Keith Johnstone confirmed that the Neil Diamond tribute evening was a huge success and as long as planned fund-raising events continued in the same vein, the Club remains in the black.

The Annual Dinner on Friday March 8th is set to house at least 100 guests but there’s room for more – with details below.

In addition, the Cricket Section has been approached to host a prestigious competition with details to follow soon. The Club is indebted to so many members but 22-year-old newly installed Seconds' Skipper Elliott Hallas is already proving to be a worthy contributor to many things associated at the Club.

Overall, all is set for the new season and as soon as there’s further information to put forward it will be announced on the Club’s official website.

Seconds' Captain Elliott Hallas is an enthusiastic committee member

Robbo’ rates Cleck’s chances of success

Joe Robinson has been around Moorend since he was an eight-year old and two decades on he remains loyal to Cleck’ having had a brief foray at Scholes.

Joe was an important part of the Cleck’ side that won two Titles and he’s sufficiently qualified to give an accurate opinion of his Club’s fortunes for the coming season.

“This season both the First and Seconds’ teams are in with a great chance of success,” commented Robbo’. “The First Team started to click at the back end of last year and with three great additions to the team, Azeem Rafiq, Craig Fletcher and Andy Gorrod coming back Cleck’ could be ‘dark horses’ for the Championship this year and we’re in with a great chance of causing more than a few upsets.”

Joe may tire of being known as Mr Reliable, we’re not sure because he never complains and just gets on with his game, which makes him a massive favourite at Cleck’ and after playing First Team cricket last season, he’s now agreed to add his vast experience for the Seconds in 2019 and believes promotion has to be the aim.

Joe Robinson is vastly experienced with two Championship medals under his belt

He said; “For the Seconds’ this year promotion is a must – the Seconds’ side have a great set of lads and having Joe Wood back at the Club is a huge bonus both in the batting and bowling departments. The young lads like Richard Noble and Ethan Lee had fantastic seasons last year and they will influence the side massively.”

Richard Noble's progress in the Seconds has been highlighted by Robbo'

There is no doubt that Joe will be remembered forever at Cleck’ as a player who would never let you down – a hugely popular man and arguably with one of the safest pair of hands in the Bradford League. Robbo’ has years ahead of him in the game should he chose - and hopefully always at Moorend but for this season he’s more than happy to help the Club’s Second team.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Second team under new Captain Elliot Hallas ala ‘big shire horse’ – and it will be nice to see him leading the lads and taking over from Chris Dobson,” added Robbo’. “Dobby has done a superb job as Captain and I’m sure he will enjoy just turning up and playing without any added pressure.”

Chris Dobson can now enjoy his game without the responsibility of Captaincy

Joe has stepped up as Captain on occasions and he knows exactly what’s required from his team mates – his attitude rubs off on others and Robbo’s presence around the Club as a whole is a massive plus for everyone.

Additional dates for the diaries

Below are details of forthcoming events with two more dates to put in to everyone's diaries as on Friday April 5th the Club holds the Juniors signing on night and on Saturday August 31st during and after the game with New Farnley the Club’s sponsors family and friends are invited – free-of-charge – to an afternoon and evening of entertainment.

There will be lots to enjoy focusing on sponsors - but everyone is welcome to buy a drink from behind the bar and enjoy the entertainment - with yet another day of embracing Cleck's hospitality.

Cleck’ CC is determined to be pro-active – and with a strong Cricket Committee there is always a project on the go.

The Club’s traditional Annual Dinner is held on Friday March 8th 7 for 7:30 in the function room at Cleck’ – the guests are former Sheffield United midfielder turned professional boxer Curtis Woodhouse and top comedian John Gillan with one of the best MC’s on the circuit in John Collier.

Comedian John Gillan is one of the funniest men on the after dinner circuit

Tables of ten are £350, individuals welcome also at £35 per head and the cost has been frozen for the last seven years and represents tremendous value with the usual top-notch three course meal – to book places please contact Kevin Mitchell on 07896 153731 or place your names on the notice board at the Club.

On Saturday July 13th the now traditional ‘Ladies luncheon’ takes place and Elaine Binns from the Sports Club has been massively supportive. To book places contact Elaine or Kevin on the above number.

By request, this year a comedienne entertains the guests and the lady's name is Nina Gilligan. Anne Wood provides fabulous food and all for £20 per head.

Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated and such events are the life blood of the Cricket Section.

Curtis Woodhouse promises to be a brilliant guest speaker

Visit also 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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