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Fine weather set for friendly game

On Saturday April 20th Cleck’ has a friendly 40 overs apiece contest at Keighley CC.

The start time is 1:00pm whilst the guest umpire is the experienced Tony Hamer.

According to the forecasters the temperature that day is poised to be 21c and sunny.

The warm up match prior to the first game of the season against Townville one-week later is ideal preparation and the Club names a strong line up for the game at Lawkholme Lane.

Skipper Mally Nicholson is currently on holiday with his family but he will be back in time to play.

With the new season just over one week away there is genuine excitement around Moorend but as ever coupled with a constant reminder of off-field events.

The Cricket Section is forever mindful of keeping things afloat and when you look at the plight of so many other Clubs who struggle financially - despite the hard work of officials and members – it is vitally important to keep ticking over with fund-raising. Please keep an eye on the Events Calendar with lots of events planned throughout the year.

Team news below

Veteran all-rounder and former Captain John Wood plays at Keighley this Saturday

Strong line up for friendly clash

Skipper Mally Nicholson has named a strong team for the match at Keighley.

Unfortunately, Johnny Whiteoak who would have played has injured his hand at work and is replaced by Alex Midgley whilst Nick Walker is unavailable and Ethan Lee steps in to the breach. Both Nick and Johnny should be available for the first game of the season at home to Townville.

Azeem Rafiq and Craig Fletcher make their debuts.

The full side is; Nicholson (Capt) – Lindley, Thorpe, Wood, Rafiq, Gorrod, Fletcher, Deegan, Thurwell, Lee, Midgley,

*a full match report on the Keighley contest will be on the website over the weekend*

Azeem Rafiq has the chance to show his quality at Keighley

New Kit handed to players

A large majority of the Cleck’ squad were present at Moorend on Wednesday evening to receive their new kit for the coming season.

The guys enjoyed pizzas and a pint and overall the ‘good feel’ factor was very much in evidence. The new main sponsors Edwin Pounds funeral directors feature prominently on the front of the shirts as do other kind sponsors on the back of the shirts, collar and sleeves.

Cleck' has always believed in supplying new kit to the players every season.

One man welcomed back in to the fold with open arms is Andy Gorrod pictured below with his new shirt for the coming season.

Andy Gorrod's return is like having a new signing

Joe Wood enjoyed a year at Spen Victoria where he embraced First Team cricket but he's returned to Cleck' to strengthen the Seconds' side but as a genuine all-rounder he's a good man to have on standby for more First Team appearances at Moorend

Joe Wood is a tremendous 'squad man'

Johnny Whiteoak has spirit and determination in abundance as a dangerous fast bowler and if he adds consistency to his game he'll be a real threat to opponents

Johnny Whiteoak has pace to threaten any batsman

On Saturday July 13th the ‘Ladies Luncheon’ takes place in the function room and this event has gathered pace over the years and with massive support from the Sports Club.

Elaine Binns and many other lady members lend their support as does the Cricket Section of course, as it is for the benefit of Cricket. Anne Wood, Maxine Speight and several other ladies make sure that the luncheon is top quality and this year for the first time there’s a comedienne as opposed to a male making the guests laugh.

Nina Gilligan has received many plaudits as a comedienne such as; “Nina is naturally funny and talented she’s too natural for a comic!” “Nina is a funny lady with a genuinely likeable style.” And the compliments continue.

To book a table or individual places contact Elaine or Kevin Mitchell on 07896 153731 or any Committee member at Cleck’.

The cost is £20 per lady and represents fabulous value.

Nina Gilligan comes to Cleck' highly recommended

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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