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Cleck’s Seconds should take a bow

Five consecutive wins including a successful double weekend of victories just gone has left Cleck’s Seconds’ side in the dizzy heights of fourth in the table.

Chris Dobson’s lads have done themselves proud and appear to be improving all of the time. Elliott Hallas will be Captain for next season but still with ‘old stager’ Dobby always a steadying influence and even though he’s relinquishing the Skipper’s role, Chris remains a key batsman and he’s determined to achieve the amazing goal of 30 years at the crease with Cleck’ that is imminent.

Youngsters Ethan Lee and Alex Midgley look to have a bright future in the game if they continue to progress at their current rate whilst the Noble brothers alongside the Rehman brothers have shown that they’re are important members of the team as are so many others not mentioned.

There is a possibility that at least one if not two former players may return to Moorend next season to further improve the side and whilst the strength of the First Team remains a priority for the Cricket Section to thrive as one the Seconds are a vital part of the learning curve for young talent in-particular.

The Club is so fortunate to have the kind of personnel available and the appointment of Elliott is an excellent move.

Dean Worrall who has played his part for Cleck’ both in the past and helping out in recent times commented recently; “Elliott is ideal to be Captain, he’s a great lad and a very good all round player.”

Elliott Hallas is a key performer for Cleck's Seconds' team

Yorkshire Day was reet grand!

As ever Anne Wood and a team of ladies including Helen Midgley, who is fast coming to the fore at cricket teas and functions made sure that the 60 or so guests enjoyed a fabulous Sunday Dinner and a choice of amazing desserts at the Cricket Section's version of Yorkshire Day.

The Food was brilliant and Table service was polite and prompt and left every guest with the 'good feel factor.' And thanks has to go to Anne and the ladies for enhancing the occasion.

Organisers Ian Gatenby and Dave Worrall did their bit and whilst the numbers could have been more there’s no doubting that every guest enjoyed themselves and the comedian Martin Gold provided quite a few laughs.

Next up is the fish & chips luncheon on Sunday October 7th and for just a tenner the event is a bargain day out including locally sourced fish & chips and entertainment in the shape of Lee Roberts who is a brilliant comedian.

To book a plaice, sorry place, speak to Keith Johnstone or Mike Williamson.

A full function room at Moorend is a fabulous sight!

Cleck’ defeat depleted Scholes by eight wickets

Cleck’ faced a Scholes side who were able to field only ten men and eight of those we believe were Second team players.

It’s not Cleck’s place to comment on any politics that may be occurring at our near neighbours’ Club but never-the-less it is a disappointing scenario at ECB Premier League standard of cricket.

The hosts made a fist of things until being dismissed for 104-9 with Josh Thurwell capturing 5-36 and there were a couple of wickets for Johnny Whiteoak and Nick Walker.

Cleck’ decided to open their innings with Toby Thorpe and Andrew Deegan, who normally bats well down the order but his 35 not out showed Deegs’ capabilities as a batsman whilst Toby notched 30 runs.

Overseas Tayyab Tahir signed off his time in England with 12 runs and Tom Kohler-Cadmore did not bat, which is understandable given the circumstances as Cleck’ ended on 105-2 after 24.2 overs.

Josh Thurwell showed his quality at Scholes

Close quarters match report!

Cleck’s valued committee member Steve Midgley and regular Seconds’ scorer turned umpire for the game at home to Wakefield St Michael’s but still managed to submit the following match report.

Cleckheaton 2nd X1 played host to Wakefield St Michael’s at home on Saturday in the first of their scheduled games for the weekend. Cleck’ lost the toss and were asked to bowl first by the visitors. Scores across the league have been low following Friday’s rain, with LBW playing a key role in many games.

Whilst Moorend saw plenty of runs, the moisture in the pitch proved to be a challenge and LBW played a large part at Cleck’ too...

The opening spell from Atta Rehman and Alex Midgley was tight and aggressive as usual but again Cleck’ suffered from not being able to capitalise on the chances created. At first change, left arm Sam Bailey bowled well, finding the edge and finding the keeper’s gloves for two wickets from his spell.

Elliott Hallas from the clubhouse end used the moisture to his advantage, finding the right line, skidding through, taking two via LBW. Taking the pace off the ball, Ethan Lee delivered a great spell also for Cleck’ removing five wickets for eight runs from five overs. Three LBW, one caught and bowled through a stunning diving catch and the last clean bowled. Alex returning for his second spell, clearing up the tail, leaving the visitors all out for 142.

After tea Cleck’s batting line up had plenty of overs in front of them, with an additional five from the visitors but needed to bat sensibly, mindful of the damp skiddy surface. Wakefield’s opening bowlers certainly weren’t about to go easy and after an aggressive initial spell, Cleck’ had lost Craig Blackburn, Richard Noble and Ethan, with the scoreboard showing only 26.

Shahid Rehman and Zahir Shah created the foundations of a partnership that played Cleck’ back into the game but not without using up some luck! LBW removed the wicket of Zahir and only a handful of balls later appeared again to remove Elliott, the ball skidding through, hitting pad... going on to hit middle stump.

At 79-5 Cleck’ needed someone to stick around and that someone was Skipper Chris Dobson. Shahid (57 not out) and Dobby (24 not out) brought Cleckheaton home, Shahid hitting a big six over the club house to seal the win for Cleck’.

Whilst plenty of runs were scored, which can’t be said in many of the games played across the league, LBW certainly played its part, claiming eight of the match wickets!

Skipper Chris Dobson was a steadying influence in the Seconds' win on Saturday

The following day in a high scoring game Cleck' defeated Wrenthorpe Seconds with just seven balls left and Richard Noble was the hero with a knock of 73. The visitors posted 190-6 with Cleck' making 191-6 and Dobby notched 45 runs. The Seconds have impressively won five games on the trot and are now in fourth position, which is a fantastic feat and testimony to the lads' efforts.

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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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