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Townville next up

Newly promoted Townville have made a rapid impression in the ECB Bradford Premier League and currently stand second in the League and just ten points behind leaders Hanging Heaton and they are the next opponents for Cleck'.

Cleck’ were left frustrated after the abandonment of last Saturday’s game against Pudsey Congs but on May 27th the contest at the Castleford-based outfit represents quite a challenge for John Wood’s players.

*It is anticipated that news of a brass band for ‘Yorkshire Day’ on Sunday July 30th at Moorend will be announced soon – bookings are now being taken for a splendid homemade lunch that includes entertainment in the shape of a comedian John Lory and magician in David Linacre. Please contact Kevin on 07896 153731 or k_mitchell3@sky.com – ticket only at a cost of £20 whilst the ladies luncheon on Saturday July 15th sees comedian Finbar Healey top an afternoon that includes buffet lunch and afternoon tea for £20 per head – contact Kevin or the Sports Club Chair Lady Elaine Binns to book a place(s).*

Dull day all round!

Cleck’s game got underway against Pudsey Congs but was soon abandoned as was the Seconds’ contest at Gomersal.

Rain curtailed much of the day’s play in the Bradford League although Townville, Hanging Heaton and Bradford & Bingley were the only sides in the ECB Premier League to secure wins.

Cleck’ are in seventh position in the Premier League whilst the Club’s Second team are third in the Championship One Seconds.

Awais Ejaz is a popular player at Cleck' and should be available for the contest at Townville?!!

A number of Cleck' members and officials were at Wembley witnessing Bradford City's 1-0 defeat in the League One Final against Millwall that was also disappointment with the Bantams going down to a late goal that could well have been given offside!!

Cleck’s youngsters progressing nicely

Antony Lee not only plays for the Club’s Seconds but he’s a sponsor, coach and committee member also and his 14-year-old son Ethan looks an excellent prospect along with a number of others.

Antony paints a vivid picture of what’s occurring outside of First Team action; “Both Ethan and Alex Midgley have progressed well through the age group system at Cleckheaton Cricket Club, both of them starting early in the under 9’s at approximately six years of age. Subsequently the boys have always “played up” into older age groups at the Club ever since.

Now cementing regular 3rd team and 2nd team appearances at Cleck’, they’ve become accustomed to senior cricket and are starting now to make genuine contributions to the team – not just a couple of juniors filling in.

To the credit of the likes of Russ Noble, Ian Gatenby and more recently Chris Dobson the boys have always been given the opportunity to shine. Whether that’s been given a bat high up the order or an opportunity to bowl. Just as importantly they are both excellent fielders and they understand the significance good fielding can make to results.

Ethan and Alex love their cricket and really enjoy playing at Cleck’, in particular the senior team dressing room banter is often a weekend highlight for the pair of them!

The seconds are doing well at the moment with an eclectic mix of experience, skill and age! At various times this season just about every player in the squad has put in a performance of some description to help the team to three victories from four games.  Morale is good and Dobby has faith in everyone and their abilities. He also isn’t afraid to throw the younger lads in at the deep end.”

Cleck's Seconds' banter is enjoyed by younger members of the side especially!

Important dates for the diary!

Saturday July 15th sees the popular ladies luncheon with homemade buffet lunch with comedian Finbar Healy the guest and for only £20 per person. On Sunday July 30th the Cricket Section is set to repeat last year’s Yorkshire Day with top comedian John Lory booked, plus the excellent magician David Linacre and brass band included together with a fabulous home cooked Sunday lunch for the price of just 20 quid per person! Contact Kevin to make bookings on 07896 153731 or contact any cricket committee member and on Sunday October 1st the now annual fish & chips luncheon takes place. For Ladies lunch the Sports Club's Chairperson Elaine Binns is also overseeing matters and would be delighted to take the bookings. Much further ahead there's a fabulous Rod Stewart tribute act on Saturday February 3rd 2018! Full details under the Events Calendar.

Finbar Healy is superb entertainment for the Ladies Luncheon on July 15th

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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