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Cleck's Seconds progress after close fought contest

Cleck's Seconds were in Priestley Shield third round action at Undercliffe on Sunday and won a contest that went down to the wire.

Steve Midgley once more provided superb and graphic information on proceedings.

Undercliffe won the toss in the clash at Intake Road and decided to bat.

Cleck’s opening bowling attack Atta Rehman and Alex Midgley set about the task looking for early wickets. Early chances were created by both but in a repeat of Saturday’s game at Farsley, catches were not taken, which needs to be rectified!

The lads bowled well and restricted the home team to 42 – 0 after the opening spell of 12 overs. Change of bowling brought left arm Sam Bailey into the attack who proved to be trump card for Cleck’ on Saturday. History was repeated, with his first wicket of the day coming from the second ball. Elliott Hallas replacing Alex at the other end provided continued bowling pressure. At 90-3 after 20 overs, a fourth wicket partnership was building but wickets in the 26th and 27th overs reduced the home side to 101-5.

Another ten overs would pass before the next wicket which came in the 37th, with the scoreboard 149-6. Another change of bowling brought veteran Antony Lee into the attack and he was quickly rewarded with another wicket for Cleck’. Atta returned from the score box end adding another wicket to the tally in the 41st over. Antony proved that “you never lose it” claiming the 9th and 10th wicket in consecutive balls in the 42nd over. With four for Sam and three for Antony, Undercliffe were all out for 174.

After tea Richard and Steve Noble set about the run chase as they had on Saturday. Following the early dismissal of Steve on two and Richard on eleven, with the scoreboard 20-2, the run chase looked challenging.

Were Cleck’ heading for a repeat of Saturday’s disappointing batting performance?

Skipper Chris Dobson’s dismissal for none and a scoreboard of 23-3 suggested we might be. However, Cleck’ managed to stabilise for a period and despite the wicket of Alex at 90-4 Cleck’ were over the half way mark of the run chase.

Seconds' Captain Chris Dobson led his side to progress in the Priestley Shield

The wickets of Elliott having added 33 to the tally and Atta - followed in relatively short succession leaving visiting Cleck’ on 95-6. With 80 still required...did Cleck’s lower order have what was needed to support Shahid Rehman who looked in form, batting to keep Cleck’s Cup challenge alive.

Whilst Bilal Butt was dismissed on 17, he provided the much needed support, allowing Shahid to take the responsibility and strike as the seventh wicket partnership took the visitors to 122-7. The next ball saw the score box change again....122-8. The noise in the field lifted as Undercliffe could see the fat lady warming up...but it’s never over until she sings and Antony who had joined Shahid out in the middle had no intention of letting that happen.

The pair showed defiance, with Shahid’s 50 up and Antony showing what he could do with the bat as he had earlier with the ball, it wasn't long before Undercliffe’s ‘noise in the field’ turned to fighting amongst themselves.

Tension certainly was growing...and then “no ball” came the shout from the umpire and a free hit signalled. Antony dispatched the free hit to the boundary. Ten required now.... five required... and its over. Cleck’s Seconds pulled off a thrilling away win. Shahid finishing with a great knock of 67 not out, with Antony supporting with 16 not out.


Reporter Steve Midgley, veteran performer Antony Lee and fellow stalwart Chris Dobson toast the Seconds' win at Undercliffe.

Cleck’ suffer heavy defeat at Farsley

High flying Farsley did their Championship hopes a power of good with a 136 runs win against Cleck’.

There’s little point in dissecting the game as it was one sided albeit Josh Thurwell had a six wickets haul to continue his run of good form whilst Toby Thorpe scored 39 runs in typically stubborn manner and there was a brisk knock of 32 from John Wood as Cleck’ were all out for 132 in reply to the hosts 268-8.

The upshot is Cleck’ have to up the ante to stay in the Premier League and it doesn’t get any easier with games against Hanging Heaton and New Farnley coming up. There's been mention about Cleck's poor batting displays but there are too many good batsmen in the side for this to continue. Confidence is key as we all know in Sport and let's hope the guys lift their spirits to give top opposition tough games.

John Wood is doing his best to turn the clock back in difficult circumstances

Farsley’s Seconds ‘thumped’ Cleck’s Seconds by 141 runs scoring 234-8 with the Moorenders dismissed for a paltry 93 Steve Midgley's in-depth and excellent match report as follows;

Farsley won the toss and elected to bat first on the hard dry wicket at Moorend

Cloud and a light breeze provided ideal bowling conditions for Cleck’s opening bowling attack Atta Rehman and Alex Midgley. Whilst the pair bowled well, sloppy fielding and dropped catches allowed the visitors to get off to a solid start. A dropped catch at gully in the second over off Midgley’s bowling proved costly as the number two batsman went on to make 67, helped a little by a plum LBW decision, on a quicker ball from Midgley that was rejected.

The visitors first wicket fell on the last ball of the ninth over, Atta taking his first of the day with the score 44 - 1. Captain Chris Dobson decided to change the bowling, slowing down the pace, bringing Shahid Rehman and off spin into the attack. This didn't deter the visitors or make up for the earlier poor fielding, as the score box 50 arrived after only 61 balls. Elliott Hallas replaced Atta at the Clubhouse end with the score 71-1 after 14 overs. The change created a brief period of uncertainty for the visitors with Richard Noble taking a great stumping in the fifteenth over and Hallas taking the middle stump out of the ground in the sixteenth leaving the visitors on 73-3.


Atta Rehman was in the thick of the action against Farsley Seconds

After drinks, with the score 92-3, the visitors showed no concern against our spin, as the scoreboard pushed on. Left arm Sam Bailey was brought into the attack, a good move, resulting in the much needed dismissal of the number two batsman, who had capitalised on his earlier escapes with a knock of 67.

Despite this much needed dismissal, the visitors continued to push the score box on, rotating strike well and punishing any short or wide ball. The last four overs saw more poor fielding and dropped catches as Cleck’ allowed the lower order to push the score on. Despite two wickets in the final two balls of the innings Farsley looked like they had posted a challenge to far at 234-8.

After tea Cleck’ needed to start strong and capitalise on the gap in the field with Farsley only bringing ten men.Right and left arm Steve and Richard Noble opened Cleck’s run chase. At 42-0 after the first six overs Cleck’ were ahead of the required run rate admittedly helped by sixteen extras from some poor opening bowling by the visitors.

A change at both ends was a successful move for the visitors, which saw the dismissal of Steve on thirteen. This proved an unlucky number for skipper Dobby who was quickly dismissed, also on thirteen. With the score 66-2 the hosts we're still ahead of run rate but this was soon to change, with Richard dismissed on a solid thirty one quickly followed by Shahid in the next over on just one. The wickets of Alex and Elliott quickly followed leaving the home side on 89-6 a position from which Cleck’ were unable to come back from. The change of bowling by Farsley proved destructive with pace and movement. This was helped a little by uneven bounce off the pitch as it started to deteriorate as the home side were all out for 93.

The good news is; Saturday witnessed a very successful ‘Ladies Luncheon’ and thanks go to everyone who attended and to those that assisted and none more so than Anne Wood and her team with amazing food as well as Elaine Binns who put in tremendous efforts to make it a real success. Matthew and Warren Stephenson pandered brilliantly to the ladies pims – or should that be whims!

There are too many people to mention by name individually but the function room at Moorend was a pleasurable place to be on Saturday afternoon.

First team opening bowler Josh Thurwell is in great form at the minute.

Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock oversees an ‘Evening With’ at Moorend on Friday July 13th

The 49-year-old former Millwall, Tottenham, Southampton, Liverpool and West Ham central defender played over 350 games at professional level as well as representing England.

He has become a popular TV personality and actor but was renowned in football as one of the ‘hardest ever’ players. He’s appeared on a number of TV programmes including ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’ and produced a reality sports TV show called; ‘Football saved my life’ – plus a great deal more.

‘Razor’ Ruddock is a true character and he has agreed to come to Cleck’ ‘purely as a favour’ due to his professional dealings with the Club’s latest signing Nick Walker.

The Cricket Committee is indebted to Nick to bring such a high profile figure to Moorend.

Tickets on sale at £15 per person.

Supper available to purchase speak to Kevin Mitchell or Keith Johnstone to buy tickets

Neil 'Razor' Ruddock is coming to Cleck' on Friday July 13th

Fish & Chips luncheon in 'plaice'!!

Keith Johnstone and Mike Williamson are overseeing the fish & chips luncheon on Sunday October 7th that has proved to be very popular for several years.

For the last two years Cleck’s ‘elder statesmen’ have taken the mantle and made a real success of the event with details to follow during the coming weeks

Details of all sections of the Club can be found on; www.cleckheatonsportsclub@gmail.com

For news on the All Rounder ECB Bradford Premier L'ge; www.bradfordcl.com

The Wickham Arms Hotel www.wickhamarmshotel.co.uk

For further news on Cleckheaton CC visit 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.

Bob Speight continues sterling work at Cleck'

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