Cleck’ defeat Methley in convincing fashion

Cleck’s 90 runs win against Methley on Saturday was the result of excellent individual performances with both bat and ball but equally some brilliant fielding by the team as a whole.

Cleck’ posted a challenging 272-8 with Toby Thorpe making his highest score since joining the Club and he made a patient 83 runs with tremendous back up from John Wood who hit six fours and four sixes in his knock of 59 with a more than useful 32 runs from Tayyab Tahir.

Toby and Woody had a partnership of 99.

The visitors have in-form and quality batsmen in their team but they were humbled by some superb catches, four of which fell in to the safe hands of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, one especially that captured the wicket of the dangerous Adam Patel off the bowling of Johnny Whiteoak, who himself took a brilliant catch as did Andrew Deegan.

Nick Walker once again excelled with the ball taking five wickets, Woody’s spell of three overs and 2-12 was vital with Johnny ending on figures of 2-49 from his nine overs whilst Josh Thurwell was economical finishing with 1-24 from nine overs bowled as the opposition were dismissed for 182.

Cleck’s third win on the bounce has been the result of hard work not just with the bat and ball but in the outfield typified by Joe Robinson’s effort to save a certain four runs that became two and in the process he ripped his trousers and cut his knee.

Those watching from the sidelines cannot fail to witness the sheer effort and determination of the team that’s doubtless helped with confidence and a side who are definitely in a rich vein of form. No-one’s becoming carried away and the same standard will have to be adhered to in every game but the lads are enjoying their cricket and have every right to enjoy recent good results that takes Cleck’ in to seventh position in the Premier League table.

Nick Walker was once again in fine form with the ball and helped by some superb fielding

Great day for Cleck’ all round as Seconds secure win

Match report by Steve Midgley

Cleckheaton 2ND X1 produced a convincing six wicket win over Methley at their Little Church Lane ground and with 25 overs to spare!

Methley won the toss and elected to bat on a very dry hard surface. With short boundaries and a fast dry outfield, aggressive yet controlled bowling would be required and that is exactly what Cleck’s opening pair, Atta Rehman and Alex Midgley delivered.

Cleck’s fielding wasn't as sharp as it could have been but at 51-2 after their opening spell, the game was under control. A dropped catch off the bowling of Alex and an LBW appeal again from Alex that surprised the whole ground when it wasn’t given, including the batsman, could have seen the score at 51-4.

Ethan Lee replaced Alex from the Scorebox end, taking pace off the ball and the ever reliable left arm of Sam Bailey replaced Atta from the Clubhouse end. With a growing partnership between Methley’s opener Alex Cree and no.4 batsman Rob Clegg, Skipper Elliott Hallas made a bowling change, bringing himself into the attack. The breakthrough was made in the 22nd over, the score 107-3. This was a critical turning point for Methley following which wickets began to tumble and whilst some late resistance was given by the tail, they were dismissed for 172. Sam taking his fifth wicket to bring the innings to a close in the 39th over.

After tea, with 51 overs available to them, Cleck’ had plenty of time to chase down the 173 required but is wasn't going to be plain sailing. Erratic quick bowling from Methley created some challenge and with the early dismissal of Craig Blackburn, Ethan joined Richard Noble out in the middle. After taking a blow to the helmet, following a short pause (and change of lid), Ethan and Richard began to overcome said erratic bowling, using the pace, length and width to their advantage. With the partnership at 100 and 110 on the scoreboard, Ethan was sadly dismissed a couple of runs short of a half century. He may have missed out on a bat raising opportunity but his hard fought knock of 48 (and a broken helmet) will be one to remember for some time to come.

Richard’s 39 was also well earned before being caught and bowled. Elliott (13) and Shahid Rehman (41) did the rest with Cleck’ making the required 173 with relative ease.

With a very long batting line up still in Cleck’s changing room and 25.4 overs still left in the tank, who knows what score might have been posted!

Shahid Rehman was one of several in-form batsmen for the Seconds at Methley

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