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Jan 26, 2017

Junior's News

Youngsters’ progress is massive boost

For many years Juniors Manager Ian Gatenby oversaw the development of a number of talented youngsters with a lot of hard work going in to the fine reputation that Cleck’ has for looking after young players’ best interests, which is not always just about cricket but part of their development in to becoming decent adults and that ethos is set to continue under Russ Noble.

Gats has stepped up to become Cleck’s Cricket Chairman but his replacement is a Club man through and through and Russ has worked alongside Ian for many years coaching the kids and his appointment was always a ‘no brainer’ and in recent times the assistance of Director of Youth Development Mark Harrison has enhanced the Juniors section’s reputation.

In addition, Seconds' Captain Chris Dobson has the on-field job of nurturing the skills of his players and he is definitely the type of loyal and iconic figure to compliment the abilities of GatsRuss and Mark.

It is unfair to heap pressure on the youngsters coming through the ranks but the current set-up atMoorend is in a good state.

Dobby has shared responsibilty for the young players' development

Cleck’s kids show the way

The brilliant work of Ian GatenbyMark Harrison and Russ Noble is paying dividends with the Juniors and news of the following;

Selected for the Bradford Junior League sides for 2017:

U13 – Alex Midgley and Bilal Butt

U15 – Ethan Lee

Selected for Yorkshire Pathways Elite Programme (Bronze)

U14/15 – Alex Midgley and Ethan Lee

Other boys from Cleck’ are in the pipeline to be selected at U11 & U17 levels with news to follow.AlexEthan and Bilal are just three of a number of exciting prospects at Moorend without heaping too much pressure on young men who should be able to enjoy their cricket.

Over the years the Juniors Section has brought through a number of gifted and loyal young players and in 2013 Joe Robinson was a Championship medal winner having been with the Club since nine years of age and next season Joe Wood has his chance to shine in the First Team after progressing through the Juniors.

Many other Juniors players have gone on to succeed at Senior level including the Walmsley duo ofMarcus and Eddie whilst Sam Gatenby appears to have a promising future and he'll be handed a First Team spot in 2017 at Scholes CC.

The two 'Joe's' Robbo' and Woody are pictured above with their 'minder' big hitting Elliott Hallas

Solid foundations at Cleck’ following juniors success

The Club’s U9s have done their bit recently and there’s additional progress within the juniors ranks following Cleck’s U15s winning the Bradford Juniors League after beating Mount to secure the Championship Trophy.

Richard Noble and Atta Rehman were the star performers whilst Alex Midgley and Ethan Lee have stepped up from the U13s to add support for a side that’s lost just two of their 14 games played, which is an incredible feat.

Indeed, the Club’s third team who play in the mid Yorkshire Sunday Cricket League are currently undefeated and the side consists mainly of young players. Ethan made 80 runs in the most recent win against Crossbaank Meths as well as Alex capturing 1-11 from five overs bowled and Cameron Pember took 1-7 off five overs.

Juniors Manager Ian Gatenby with support from Director of Youth Development Mark Harrison has made sure that the Club’s youngsters have a ‘taste’ of cricket at different levels and whilst the youngsters are enjoying their cricket, which is important, they are also achieving success!

U15's Result, Monday 2nd May:

Cleckheaton Win

Cleckheaton 112 - 2 (Rich Noble 30, Alec Grange 30, Atta Rehman, 28)

Lightcliffe 51 All Out (Cameron Pember 2-2-0-2)

A solid all round performance saw Russ Noble's U15's record a win in their first outing this season.

The two opener's Richard & Alec looked solid and both retired on 30. Atta rushed to 28 in typical hard hitting fashion.

The bowling was always tight and backed up by excellent fielding, with 3 run outs and two stumpings. Lightcliffe wer never going to get near Cleckhaton's total. Cameron was the highight of the bowling with 2 wickets in two balls, narrowly missing the elusive hat trick ball!



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