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Saturday’s away game at Farsley may appear just a mid-table clash to some but to Cleck’ it means a potential win that would lift the Club higher up the table.

A finish with a flourish would be ideal but there’s never an easy game in the ECB Bradford Premier League.

As well as acquiring as many points as possible it’s yet another opportunity for Skipper Mally Nicholson to assess his team, which has a solid foundation but definitely needs ‘tweaking’ for next year!

Cleck’s close encounter!

Cleck’ were defeated by two runs away to bottom side Methley on Saturday that in truth was a game lost by the visitors rather than won by the hosts.

Cleck’ had Methley at 107-8 at one stage but allowed the home side to score 166 runs despite valiant bowling by Azeem Rafiq who captured 4-35 off his maximum of 15 overs whilst Josh Thurwell took 3-35 from his ten overs.

In response, Cleck' made 164 runs with knocks of 42 from Nick Lindley and 49 via the bat of Nick Walker, which wasn’t quite enough to seal the victory.

Congratulations to Methley who will value the win that gives them a chance of Premier League survival but in all honesty Cleck’s brittle batting reared its ugly head once more that hopefully will be sorted out for the 2020 season?

There's little else to comment other than the side is close to a Title challenging team but probably needs - at the very least - two quality additions to compliment the talent that is already there.

Azeem Rafiq is true quality and a real plus to a side that is probably a couple of players short for a team that can challenge for a Premier League Championship victory in 2020

Seconds collapse against Methley, writes Steve Midgley

Cleckheaton’s Seconds’ side played host to Methley on Saturday but were unable to secure victory.

Methley won the toss and put Cleck’ in to bat, which proved to be a great decision, as they claimed Steve Noble’s scalp without a run on the board.

Ethan Lee and Alex Midgley dug in, batting sensibly for their partnership of 114 against some strong bowling, if a little erratic at times from Methley, with a number of extra’s conceded by the visitors.

The wicket wasn't easy and the outfield was slow due to the rain, but with Midgley dismissed at 114 – 2 a solid foundation had been laid after the early loss. Ethan’s knock of 46 came to an end shortly after. With seven wickets falling for just 30 runs with the visitors left a chase of only 144.

With sunshine and wind drying the outfield, after tea, Cleck’s bowling attack were up against it but a brilliant early spell from Ishvir Singh and Alex saw the visitors reduced to 5-3, with one apiece for the bowlers and a great display of fielding creating a run out for the 3rd.

Cleck’s morale was up with three early dismissals creating a real lift but some poor fielding and catch opportunities not taken allowed the visitors to get back into the game.

Methley’s number five and six batted well putting 104 runs on the board between them, effectively taking the game away from Cleck’.

A wicket each for Ethan and Elliott Hallas and a further run out taken wasn't sufficient to hold the visitors back.

Methley cruised home with four wickets to spare. Pick of the bowlers was Midgley with 10 overs, 4 maidens and 1 for 25.

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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.

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