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First Class Overseas captured!!

Cleck’ have agreed to sign an experienced and proven batsman from overseas.

The player, whose name cannot be announced until the ‘red tape’ is completed, has played First Class cricket in his homeland with great success and he comes highly recommended.

All too often there’s a real gamble in an unknown quantity from another country but on this occasion it is believed that a man turned just 30, who has been consistent in his batting performances, will take away some of the doubts.

A quality player from abroad can make a massive difference to a Club’s fortunes and hopefully in the coming weeks the Club will make an announcement.

*The 'exciting' newcomers name will be announced soon*

What can be expected in 2020?

Cleck’s team for 2020 is almost complete except for a quality overseas that is on-going and expected to be a top-notch individual.

Kris Ward has arrived from Townville, Iain Wardlaw returns to Moorend following several successful seasons at Hartshead Moor and Ethan Lee is promoted from the Seconds. Tom Kohler-Cadmore has once again agreed to play for Cleck’ when his commitments with Yorkshire CCC allows.

Azeem Rafiq remains with Cleck’ for at least another season – and his commitment is a major plus to the Club.

John Wood’s retired, Nick Walker has departed to enable him to spend more time with his wife and four children and Andy Gorrod has signed for Gomersal.

On the face it there’s nothing too dramatic occurred although Woody and Walk's will be missed as too will Andy G who is arguably still one of the best fielders in the Bradford League – and despite batting figures last season that suggests the opposite, Kris is a brilliant batsman with the chance to regain his appetite for cricket and he has a good pedigree in the game and Captain Mally Nicholson believes he is an astute capture.

Wardy is an experienced opening fast bowler and he’ll help both Josh Thurwell and Johnny Whiteoak, who ever partners Iain, to find their best form.

Cleck’ works within a certain budget, which hasn’t altered for several years and with sponsorship and fund-raising events together with support from the Sports Club – we remain sensible and solvent.

Splashing the cash is more likely to assist in winning Trophies but at Cleck’ there has to be a ceiling on spending that is closely monitored – and it’s great to see the likes of Ethan coming through the ranks and there’s high hopes that Alex Midgley will do likewise.

Azeem Rafiq is an important and a pivotal figure at Cleck'

Fabulous comedian on the menu!

The now established fish & chips luncheon takes place on Sunday November 10th and there remain places available.

An idea initially started by former Chairman Dave Worrall several years ago has witnessed stalwarts Keith Johnstone and Mike Williamson overseeing matters for the last three years - and with fantastic locally sourced fish & chips.

The quality of the food is top-notch and the price has remained at £10 per person ever since the relaxed Sunday afternoon was first instigated.

In addition, for the coming event the fabulous comedian Josh Daniels provides entertainment.

Already, Keith and Mike have accepted bookings for around 100 guests but there’s room for more!!

A list is placed in the bar area at Moorend and everyone is welcome to make a booking – or alternatively speak to the afore-mentioned gentlemen or any cricket committee member – the day is always fantastic.

Josh Daniels is worthy of watching for just a tenner - but in addition there's tasty fish & chips!!

Clubs targeted to develop ladies’ cricket

A recent correspondence from Steve Archer to Cleck’ on behalf of the YCB highlights the aim to promote girls and women's cricket.

Once again key committee member Antony Lee is the Club’s nominated recipient of such a task, which on the surface appears to be quite a project but one that requires a great deal of consideration and ultimately effort.

Without divulging too much in a private e-mail Steve commented; “Women and girls is the key driver and growth area for sport for the next four years and to develop and grow the game for women and girls. We are targeting Clubs to support this development.”

There are suggestions advocated by Steve and it is a subject that will be broached at the Cricket Section’s next meeting.

Groundsman Keith Johnstone will be pivotal in discussions regarding girls and ladies cricket

*John Wood's final game details before retirement can be found in the Archive Section with many brilliant photos*

Visit also www.cleckheatoncricketclub.com

Bob's e-mail is; cleckheatoncricket@gmail.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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