Cleck 2nds had a short trip up to Hartshead to try and build on the win from last week. The introduction of a second first team player into the seconds mix meant a selection headache for captain Sam.

With temperatures mixed up at the Windy City, there was a rumbling of excitement to see how the 15 year old Ibraham would adapt to a game with the second team along with Ian Carradice’s return for a second league game.

The game however was a true game of 4 quarters.

Cleck won the toss and decided to continue as last week and put Hartshead into bat.

The initial bowling stints from Hudson, Shamas, Elliott and Sam didnt exactly replicate that of the previous week. Leaving Hartshead 54-0 when Ibraham started his 15 over spell.

It took him into his 3rd over before he claimed his first second team victim, and with James Ives bowling tight at the other end taking his only wicket in his first over, Ibrahim went on to take 6 wickets finishing with 15 overs for 28 runs with 6 wickets. Hudson returned to bowl the last 4 from the scoreboard end picking up 2 wickets himself.

There was some defiant batting from Hartshead with ex Cleck 2nd player William Walker putting in a dogged performance finishing with 12 not out. Giving Hartshead 166/9 after the 50 overs.

Again the teas at Hartshead went down well with the players.

The run chase started badly with Ian Carradice, lasts weeks key batter hitting it up in the air on the second ball and been caught by Nick Ward.
Hudson and Yousuf steadying the ship for 14 overs until the fall of Hudsons wicket. Scott and Ibrahim both batted a decent amount of time with Yousuf steadily building up the total before Elliott and Yousufs partnership started at 51 runs with Cleck still needing 115 runs from 23 overs remaining. In this partnership Yousuf hit a big leg side 6 to the shock of his dad and most in the changing room. Yousuf then fell on 44 agonisingly short of his 50 when bowled by ex Cleck player William after a 47 run partnership with Elliott. leaving cleck 98/5. Cleck needed 68 from 15 overs. Craig Blackburn and Elliott shared an unbeaten partnership for the 6th wicket with a partnership of 70 to chase down the total set by Hartshead with 6 overs to spare Elliott passing his 50 and finishing unbeaten on 64.

Again a solid batting performance which can be built on as we progress, with a massive positive of Ibrahim who has shown his talent to the team with his excellent bowling especially with is bowling partnership with James Ives.