Wicket preparation a positive

Although nothing has been decided formally and the subject is still to be discussed by the Cricket Committee it’s anticipated that the Cleck’ players will return to a structured form of practice as soon as next week?

Groundsman Keith Johnstone has been busy preparing a wicket – that could see the players putting bat to ball for the first time in 2020.

There was welcome news recently that Yorkshire CCC and Cleck' batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore has been called up to the England training camp.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire CCC Ticket Office Manager Chris Parkinson is submitting an article for the Club’s website imminently – and there’s a great deal more to follow from guest writers in the coming days and weeks.

Many previous stories can be found in the Archive Section.

Blast from the recent past!

Ammar Mahmood was a big favourite at Cleck' and a major part of the side that won the Club's first ever Bradford League Championship in 2013.

Below he's pictured with Lloyd Campbell, who was a Cleck' cricket committee member and once a real threat to batsmen as a feared opening fast bowler.

Nowadays, Lloyd's taken a back seat at home making occasional visits to Moorend - pre-lockdown of course - as for our former overseas star Ammar, he remains a respected and a popular figure by everyone at the Club.

Ammar Mahmood was pal's with the ever 'cool' Lloyd Campbell and even whilst in hospital as he's seen, Lloyd was dressed in stylish fashion

Geoff Miller asks the question: “What has Dickie Bird been doing since lockdown?”

Cleckheaton Cricket Club invited Geoff Miller O.B.E to advocate some words for the Club’s official website and he’s duly and kindly obliged -  with the onus very much on Yorkshire.

As a respected figure both in the domestic and international spheres of cricket Geoff has carved out an excellent career as a highly-regarded after-dinner speaker in recent years.

Geoff has entertained diners at Cleck’ for both the Cricket and Rugby sections several times and he is rated as one of the best if not the best after dinner speaker on the circuit.

His stories, humour and reputation as a brilliant orator have made him much sought after but his wonderful career in cricket is of course one to admire.

As a right arm off-break bowler and right-handed batsman between 1973 and 1990, Geoff played mainly for Derbyshire with a two-year spell at Essex during the late 1980s and he made his England Test debut against the West Indies in 1976.

He took 888 first class wickets in 283 appearances and captured 60 wickets in 34 Test matches played.

As National Selector appointed in 2008 Geoff led a panel, which included Ashley Giles, Peter Moores and James Whitaker after previously serving on the panel since 2000 overseen by David Graveney. Following retirement as an England selector in 2013, Geoff was awarded the O.B.E. for his services to the game.

Geoff Miller recalls good times at Cleck'

Geoff puts the onus on Club cricket as well as the County of Yorkshire and he said: “When a conversation concerning the world of cricket crops up, it is not long before Yorkshire enters the debate!! Whether it is about the County team, itself, or the players it has produced.

So, depending on your allegiance, varying opinions surface...!!

Well, allow me to take the chat to another area....Yorkshire Club cricket!!

That is where the County players, in the main, are produced. I have spoken at a goodly number of Club dinners/functions, and the passion at all of them is super.

None more so than at Cleckheaton, where the organisation and atmosphere is second to none.

Always welcoming, and more to the point, as a speaker, responsive.

I have to say as a Chesterfield lad, that has not always been the case.....

During my teenage years, developing my game, I played for a Derbyshire village team in the Sheffield League. Was invited to nets at Bramhall Lane.

At 15 years of age I was asked by the coach to put my pads on, which I did, and faced three balls. He walked down the net and said...

“We might have something here, what’s your name?”

“Geoff Miller”, I replied.

“Where were you born?”


“Oh, take your pads off, and sort out your lift home!”

The days of having to be Yorkshire born!!!

Nevertheless, I played a lot of cricket in Yorkshire, both County, and Test, and loved the devotion to the game.

We are in difficult sporting times at the moment, and how things are going to progress.....who knows?

What we do know is the game will definitely survive, even in its modern twist.

The format, since my 55 years ago rebuke, has changed dramatically.

We need to move with the times, yes, ...but never eradicate the history.



Appreciation of what has been achieved to make cricket a GREAT game...certainly.

Well done Cleckheaton CC for playing your part so admirably.

My final question.....What has Harold Bird been doing with himself for the last two months??"

What is confessed cricket nut Harold 'Dickie' Bird doing just now?

Visit also 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.

Secretary Antony Lee has very kindly taken over Bob's role and his details are as follows;

Home address;

Holme Bank, Stunsteads Road, Cleckheaton BD19 3DA

Mobile; 07837136744

e-mail; secretarycleckcc@gmail.com

Antony Lee is Cleck's dedicated Secretary

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