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Mally set to look ahead to new season

Cleck's Skipper Mally Nicholson will give his views very shortly on how he sees things at Moorend for the coming 2019 season.

Latest signing captures imagination

Following the capture of Azeem Rafiq after his release by Yorkshire CCC the Club’s committee member and former Chairman Dave Worrall expresses his delight at the new signing.

“Everyone at Cleck’ is excited about the signing of Azeem,” admitted Dave. “Skipper Mally Nicholson has worked very hard to get this one over the line and there were times we didn’t think it was going to happen and we had contingencies in place - but we got there in the end.”

The one-time Chairman added; “I have spoken to Azeem briefly and he is really looking forward to meeting up with the boys and getting out on the grass. He will also be taking charge of our summer camp which is great news for our forty plus juniors and we will be promoting this event through the website and local schools. We are viewing this as a long term arrangement and a further step forward for the Club.”

Azeem became Cleck’s latest newcomer after signing a contract with the Club.

The 27-year-old Karachi-born off spinner who is an adept batsman also was released by Yorkshire CCC at the end of the 2018 season but despite offers elsewhere he has teamed up with the Moorenders for the 2019 season and Azeem has committed himself to playing regular cricket with Cleck’.

Azeem made his debut for Yorkshire against Sussex in 2009 and despite a loan spell with Derbyshire in 2011 he went on to become Yorkshire’s youngest ever Captain in the Club’s history in 2012, which was in a T20/20 game against Durham.

Azeem’s record is impressive, he’s taken 71 first class wickets and 102 victims in T20 games plus many more wickets in other competitions.

He had a first class batting average of 39.5 notching over 2,800 runs and an average of 22.9 in T20 games scoring 2155 runs.

The man born in Pakistan on February 27th 1991 is good friends with another of Cleck’s pre-season signings, Craig Fletcher and after speaking to the Moorenders Captain Mally Nicholson, Azeem was delighted to make the decision to play in the Bradford League, which naturally has gone down well with the Club’s Skipper. “For me, Azeem is a quality signing for us and hopefully we can push on from last season with his help,” commented Mally. “And we’re hoping to see him at Cleck’ long after the coming season.”

Azeem has endured a tough time with the very sad loss of his unborn child but he has a close bond with his family and of course his devoted wife Fayal. And it is with that in mind that Azeem has decided to be more readily available than the rigours of County Cricket.

Everyone at Cleck’ is delighted to have such a talented player on board and everyone at Moorend wishes Azeem well.

Azeem Rafiq's signing is a real coup for Cleck'

Winter nets sessions in place

For the first time Cleck’s cricketers will undertake winter nets sessions at ‘Stumps Indoor Cricket’ centre in Wakefield.

The relatively new indoor cricket venue is based at 46, Thornes Lane, Wakefield W15 5RL.

From Wednesday February 6th between 8:30 and 9:30pm the sessions commence for an eight weeks period at a centre that is ideal for pre-season preparation and the Club’s players are encouraged to attend what are important practice meetings.

Previously, winter nets have been at either Woodlands or Tong.

Before the players have a chance to play on grass they have a real opportunity to ‘get their eye in’ at an indoor venue that’s as good as they come.

There is one more new player to be added to the First Team squad with an announcement hopefully anticipated in the early part of the New Year.

Winter nets sessions commence in February at the 'Stumps' indoor cricket centre

Two days after the opening nets’ practice there's a fabulous evening with a Neil Diamond tribute act performing at Moorend that takes place on Friday February 8th 7:30 for 8:00pm and please contact Dave Worrall on 07752 558296 to book a table of ten or individual places.

On Friday March 8th the Cricket Section holds the traditional Annual Dinner at the Club with guest speaker Curtis Woodhouse plus comedian, MC and a three-course meal.

To book a table of ten (or more) and individual places please contact Kevin Mitchell on 07896 153731 or speak to any cricket committee member.

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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