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Absentees leaves Cleck’ short

Unavoidable and unfortunate but absent players are likely to affect Cleck’ this term.

Andrew Deegan’s a big miss and Deegs could be out for another two to three weeks after a much-needed ear operation whilst Mally Nicholson may well have his knee operation in the coming weeks.

However, it must be stressed that a person’s health is the most important consideration.

Meanwhile Toby Booth is poised to go overseas very soon because of work commitments, which have come out of the blue and he’ll miss half the season.

But once again it’s a situation out of anyone’s hands. Toby has a good profession and a last-minute request from his firm leaves him with no other option.

Hopefully, the overseas batsman will be in place very soon, which will ease the burden on the rest of the team who remain upbeat and positive.

Sunday a good day for the neutrals!

Cleck’s progress in the Heavy Woollen Cup was halted in round one as Huddersfield League outfit Scholes won by two wickets.

Cleck’ won the toss and batted first and fell victim to four consecutive LBW decisions early on, one of which led to a frustrated Kris Ward throwing his helmet down in anger on the boundary edge - that then led to a warning for the player and five penalty runs handed to Scholes.

As there was no dissent or bad language just pure frustration the decision seemed harsh but, in the end, it wasn’t the additional runs that cost Cleck’ it was Scholes’ very capable batsman Bradley Birkhead that won them the game with 109 runs from 116 balls.

Cleck’ posted a decent total of 232-9 off the allocated 50 overs and Ethan Lee had a superb innings of 81 that must give the 18-year-old a great deal of confidence for the future. Toby Booth notched 32 runs and there was a good knock of 33 from Mally Nicholson.

At one stage the visitors looked well behind the clock and having been 77-4 around the half way mark, Cleck’ looked favourites to win but sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit that quality often shines through and Birkhead’s innings was patient, with some good shots played and in the latter stages a bit brutal but definitely match-winning!

Scholes clinched the win with a six and ended on 237-8.

Cleck’s spinner Amir Hussain didn’t take a wicket but he was economical and unlucky several times not to claim a victim and his figures were 0-21 from his 10 overs bowled. Nick Lindley bowled very well too finishing on 1-32 from his 10 overs.

Iain Wardlaw captured five wickets albeit he conceded 64 runs from his 9.2 overs and Craig Fletcher ended on 2-41 from seven overs.

The pluses though are that Ethan is developing well the team as a whole are very much together and even after defeat there are always things you can take away and learn from.

It's been a frustrating weekend for Kris Ward but Cleck's opening batsman is full of determination and real ability and he'll very soon be back with a bang!

Cleck’ endure first day defeat

Cleck’ lost to New Farnley on Saturday by eight wickets despite a cameo knock of 76 from Iain Wardlaw who notched his highest ever batting total that included five sixes and five fours in the visitors total of 242 all out.

The hosts eased past the figure ending on 243-2 with over ten overs to spare.

Craig Fletcher impressed with his 31 runs and Harvey Booth notched a hard earned 50 whilst Ian Carradice looked solid for his 20 runs but in the end the home side were too strong.

Lee Goddard scored 123 for the hosts but without influential spinner Andrew Deegan, who can often be a game changer, it was an uphill task to breakthrough a strong New Farnley batting line up for Cleck' and against a side that are one of the favourites for the title.

Cleck's Seconds also suffered a first day defeat at home to Northawram.

Cleck' play Huddersfield league outfit Scholes at Moorend onSunday in the Heavy Woollen Cup.

The new nets are now up and ready to see some action!

Cleck’ set to honour Lloyd

A memorial service is planned for Lloyd Campbell at Moorend on Sunday May 2nd @ 10:30a.m.

The former fast bowler and Cleck’ committee member sadly passed away on Easter Monday and rather than a traditional funeral service, due to circumstances, Lloyd’s family’s wishes, is to hold a celebration of his life on the outfield at Cleck’.

This may well be a first for the Club but it’s deemed as a privilege to remember and celebrate the life of a very popular gentleman.

Those wishing to attend please be aware of government guidelines and with social distancing in mind of course.

Lloyd was known for his warm smile and infectious laughter and he's seen above flanked by two other Cleck' stalwarts Bob Shackleton and Dave Worrall - and Sunday May 2nd is a time for those that wish to do so, to pay respects to Lloyd

Crowd Funding - We have started a crowdfunding project for which we are aiming to raise £3,000 towards purchasing a brand new, state-of-the-art bowling machine to complement our new nets and to benefit many local cricketers for many years to come!

Ranging from junior to senior, women & girls, as well as those who are novices or the vastly experienced!

We would love it if you could donate using the link below to access our project page. Any contribution large or small will be hugely appreciated.

Thank you so much. Please share this information with family & friends!

Please donate: Cleckheaton CC Bowling Machine: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/cleckheaton-cc-bowling-machine

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

What a good way to lift your spirits in readiness for the coming season.

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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