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Cleck’ more than just ‘Nick’ a result

Cleck’s excellent five wickets win at Pudsey St Lawrence on Saturday June 12th owed a great deal to a terrific team effort but admittedly all-rounder Nick Lindley played a pivotal role.

The former Pudsey Congs man scored a hard-earned and patient 51 runs as well as achieving excellent bowling figures of 2-20 off six overs that gave the Moorenders a thoroughly deserved victory at Tofts Road.

The hosts made 139 runs with Mark Robertshaw their top scorer notching 43 runs. For Cleck’, Andrew Deegan captured 3-40 from his 15 overs, Amir Hussain 3-32 off 11.2 overs and Harvey Booth took 2-44 off his 11 overs.

Considering that the Club’s influential fast bowler Iain Wardlaw withdrew hours before the game due to a hamstring problem, Cleck’s bowling attack was both effective and penetrative and apart from several difficult missed opportunities the fielding was what might be termed as ‘high octane.’

PSL are a good side and they never let up with a constant barrage of verbal’s as well as playing ‘in your face cricket’ but the Cleck’ guys showed true strength of character in response as well as genuine ability.

Overseas Charitha Kumarasinghe had a few ‘patchy’ moments on his debut but as he settled in to the contest his knock of 38 was invaluable alongside Nick’s 51.

Nick Lindley was majestic against PSL both with bat and ball

Following a couple of wickets for PSL taking Cleck' to 86-4 including the early dismissal of Skipper Mally Nicholson for nought it was down to Ian Carradice and Ethan Lee to ‘steady the ship.’ Ethan showed great maturity as well as patience as he ended on 27 not out, Ian’s efforts as both a batsman and stand in wicketkeeper proved that he too is a valuable member of the side as Cleck’ eased their way to 140-5 to take the much-needed scalp of a much-fancied team.

The defeat at Wrenthorpe on Bank Holiday Monday was horrendous but Saturday’s fantastic win for Cleck’ against PSL was first class and great credit goes to all eleven players that played their part in a brilliant win against a side who the week previous had inflicted a first defeat of the season on potential Champions Woodlands.

Ethan Lee showed great maturity in his performance against a determined PSL side

Double success

For the first time this term the Club’s First and Second teams achieved wins and Sam Bailey’s men overcame Keighley by 37 runs in a low scoring game.

Babar Malik took the batting honours for Cleck’ Seconds' scoring 58 runs and there were good knocks of 37 by Craig Blackburn and 27 made by Feroz Hussain as the hosts were dismissed for 167.

The response was superb as Ishvir Singh captured 3-15 and Jimmy Ives bowled well for his 4-39 with Keighley skittled out for 130.

The game was played in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd on a warm, sunny day that left Cleck’s players, members and supporters beaming with pride.

Friday night witnessed yet another fabulous All Stars evening for children aged five up to nine and it hopefully won't be too long before some of the kids progress in to senior cricket. For everyone throughout the Bradford League there's no finer sight than cricket played on a warm summer's day and Saturday June 12th was a good day for Cleck' in-particular

Important but polite message

Cleck's Secretary Antony Lee has issued the following necessary guidlines on behalf of the Cricket Committee.

"With the recent lifting of some restrictions earlier this week and guidance for on-field activity remains the same, certain off-field activities for cricket in England can recommence. With cricket clubs being encouraged by the ECB and the Bradford League to move at their own pace.

Our players and visiting clubs are being appraised of our arrangements for changing, showering and ongoing restrictions on the field of play.

Meanwhile spectators are once again welcome at Cleckheaton and we really can’t wait to see you again at Moorend. Spectators should however please note the following:

Must observe social distancing and legal gathering size limits

Track & Trace will continue for all attending

Our bar is fully open both for inside and outside enjoyment, with the following guidance from our Sports Club colleagues:

  • You must wear a facemask when not seated
  • Ordering at the bar is not permitted and so you must wait to be served at you table
  • Please remain seated as much as possible
  • Do not move the tables
  • Do not sit more than 6 people or 2 households to a table
  • Wash your hands after using the toilet
  • Follow social distancing measures – this includes in the back corridor and in the toilets
  • Do not close any open doors and windows
  • We ask that you pay by card or contactless if you can
  • Children should be supervised at all times and should follow social distancing guidelines.


Regrettably we have taken the decision not to provide cricket teas for spectators, as logistically it is not feasible at this stage in proceedings. The situation may well change and we will keep all informed. Weather permitting we are looking forward to seeing you back at Cleckheaton supporting our teams very soon!"

Bar Manager Bethan and her staff welcomes members and supporters to Moorend

Fund-raising events in place

The fabulous guests of the brilliant impressionist Kevin Connolly, tried and trusted comedian Austin Knight and the fabulous MC/Auctioneer John Collier are poised to entertain at Cleck' on Friday July 9th 7 for 7:30pm and the three-course meal for guests is of course part of the evening.

A number of table bookings are guaranteed already and for many years because of guests being sponsored the Club has managed to keep the cost down at £35 per head and the evening really is great value and this year a night full of laughter is guaranteed!

Please contact any Committee member to book a table of ten @ £350 per table and individuals may book a place also.

Also planned for Saturday August 21st is the popular Ladies Luncheon, which owes a great deal to the enthusiasm of Elaine Binns, who is already 'on the case' in acquiring guests.

As well as the fabulous food produced by Anne Wood and her team of ladies there's entertainment in the shape of the brilliant comedienne Nina Gilligan and for just £20 per lady the luncheon is excellent value.

What a fabulous sight seeing the function room prepared for an event

Fletch’ earns respect for ‘good deed’

Cleck’s Craig Fletcher is raising money for the British Heart Foundation a charity close to his and his family’s hearts.

Craig will oversee the Manchester Half Marathon in September to raise much needed funds and there is a just giving page.

Craig commented: “I’ve been running quite a bit in lockdown and a mate of mine Gurman Randhawa who recently joined New Farnley asked if I wanted to help him train for the Manchester Half Marathon, which I said I was happy to do and then decided I’d sign up myself.

I’m raising money for the British Heart Foundation as last March before the season began, I sadly lost my grandma, who used to come and watch me play at Cleck’ - she passed of a sudden heart attack and my two granddads had heart problems, so, it’s a charity very close to my heart as well as Gurm’s, who sadly lost his Dad to a sudden heart attack.

Cleck’s Harvey Booth has signed up to run with us too and I think my brother-in-law the Kirkburton Captain Jonny Butterfield is going to run also.

I know it’s been a difficult time for a lot of people this past year but any donation would be hugely appreciated or a simple share of my link. Thank you to everyone.”

Cleck’ as a Club acknowledges the effort and decency of what Craig is overseeing and please support him as best you can - any donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.


Craig Fletcher deserves enormous credit for his efforts towards Charity

Treat yourself on line!

Cleckheaton CC enables members, players and supporters to go on line to order merchandise.

Simply go to:

https://www.zwingosports.com click on our name and the password is: cleckcc2021

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.

Secretary Antony Lee has very kindly taken over Bob's role and his details are as follows;

Home address;

Holme Bank, Stunsteads Road, Cleckheaton BD19 3DA

Mobile; 07837136744

e-mail; secretarycleckcc@gmail.com

Antony Lee is Cleck's dedicated Secretary

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