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No recriminations after first day defeat

The fact Mally Nicholson, Andrew Deegan and Awais Ejaz were the main performers in Saturday’s 22 runs loss against New Farnley although Nick Lindley captured a couple of wickets and Curtis Free batted well for his 32 runs it shouldn’t detract from the fact once the overseas arrives and that should be on Thursday in time to face Woodlands – there’s plenty of quality in the Cleck’ team to make a genuine challenge for the Title.

Hanging Heaton, Woodlands and Pudsey St Lawrence are obvious front-runners for the Championship and all three of those sides had opening day victories but it is a long season and as ever there’ll be many twists and turns but as far as Cleck’s concerned if at least one of the first four batsmen makes a good innings then there’s sufficient ability throughout the team to cope whatever is thrown at them.

What is blatantly obvious is the quality in the ECB Premier League that has hit both Batley and Townville like a sledge hammer on their Premier League debuts. This weekend Cleck' visit Woodlands.

Overseas all rounder Qasier Ashraf is expected to arrive in England in time to face Woodlands

Dignity restored in opening day defeat

Mally Nicholson’s outstanding contribution of 76 runs assisted Cleck’ to gain some pride despite a 22 runs defeat against New Farnley on the opening day of the new season.

Alongside Curtis Free, who made 32 runs, Mally and he took Cleck’s total to 209 all out in response to dismissing New Farnley for 231 after the visitor’s won the toss and decided to bat.

Although an opening day loss is disappointing there are positives to be taken and not least the bowling displays of Awais Ejaz and Andrew Deegan who captured 3-30 and 4-45 respectively but the undoubted star of the show as far as Cleck’ is concerned was the display of Vice-Captain Mally who came to the crease with the first four batsmen back in the pavilion with just 50 some runs on the board and he batted superbly.

It’s early days and with a brilliant overseas set to be with the Club there’s no need for despondency.

Mally Nicholson showed he is as adept with the bat as he is behind the stumps against New Farnley

Cleck's Seconds suffered a six wickets defeat at Undercliffe as the hosts overcame the visitors total of 179-8 with six wickets to spare. Shahid Rehman was top scorer for Cleck' notching 44 runs.

*One of Cleck’s many ball sponsors for 2017 arrived in this world on St George's Day Sunday April 23rd with mum Ange' and Alfie Worrall both healthy and happy with Dad Dean probably exhausted but very proud!*

It won't be too long before the above picture of innocence is walking around the boundary at Cleck' and looking forward to a pre-match Stella before a Bradford City game!

Under the Events Calendar are details of forthcoming events with just one situation to be resolved, which is the definite booking of the Elland Silver Band who are expected to confirm their availability on Sunday July 30th very shortly but it is the band’s members’ holiday period and before they commit it is understandable that certain checks are being made.

The season’s fixtures in full can be found by going in to the official Bradford League website at the foot of this website’s Home Page and Skipper John Wood's latest thoughts can be found in his column.

*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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