Fabulous afternoon at Moorend

Cleck’ defeated a spirited Buttershaw St Paul’s side on Saturday April 18th by fourteen runs but the social occasion was the real winner.

It was brilliant to see cricket back but even more so witnessing approaching 200 spectators (socially distancing of course) enjoying a few beers and sport back to its best.

There were bowls and rugby followers also as well as the anticipated many cricket supporters - from both sides - embracing an outdoor's feast of entertainment.

For the record: Cleck’ limped towards a total of 133-9 from 40 overs in often drizzly and difficult conditions – newcomer Kris Ward opened the batting with a creditable 22 runs alongside young Joe Pyrah who batted sensibly achieving double figures.

Richard Noble notched 21 runs and Craig Fletcher scored 18 but overall, it was a bit of a batting struggle.

However, despite the visitor's looking confident early on in their innings both Iain Wardlaw and Azeem Rafiq especially - ably supported by Craig, Johnny Whiteoak and Andrew Deegan - showed their class as the visitor's were pegged back with Ian Carradice doing his bit too and the away side ended their 40 overs on 119-7.

Thanks must go to everyone that made an appearance at Cleck’ both on and off-the-field – Buttershaw St Paul’s were a real credit to their Club – and the Cleck’ lads fought hard and they were ably led by stand-in Skipper Deegs, who never lets you down and neither did his young team that included several debutants.

Craig Fletcher's focused and hard-working performance typified Cleck's determined efforts

Post-match comment:

A pre-season friendly has rarely if ever caused such interest as the one played on Saturday July 18th with an obvious ‘thirst’ from members and supporters to watch cricket.

The match itself wouldn’t have begun under normal circumstances nor continued at times mid-afternoon due to the rain, which the Cleck’ batsmen coped as best they could.

Without dissecting performances too much - a word of praise for young Joe Pyrah who acquitted himself extremely well whilst opening the batting and if you were looking for a Man-of-the-Match then it would probably be Kris Ward who played some good shots and looked a more than capable wicketkeeper replacing injured Skipper Mally Nicholson.

Richard Noble kindly stood in for Josh Thurwell, who was expected to have played and Richard played some great shots too.

Buttershaw St Paul’s matched Cleck’ every step of the way – and whilst the Moorenders were missing an overseas, Nick Lindley and Mally the lower league opponents still faced a strong Cleck’ team and the opposition made the match a keen contest and they look a very decent outfit.

Thanks has to go to the lads and the supporters from Buttershaw St Paul’s also, who swelled an amazing attendance, almost like a Cup Final! And of course, the Cleck’ members from all sections were there in droves – cricket’s back and what a good start it was!

It is great to see that Richard Noble hasn't turned his back on cricket as one of the Club's Rugby men is a talented batsman who has represented Cleck' for some years in the Seconds' side - but he was a credit to the Club on Saturday both in performance and attitude

The first game of the shortened season on Saturday July 25th - 40 overs per side - was at New Farnley. Cleck' posted 194-6 with debutants Toby Booth and Kris Ward batting well with knocks of 65 and 50, respectively. Ethan Lee chipped in with 24 runs - the hosts though easily overcame Cleck's resistence making 196-5 and Lee Goddard scored 97.

The Club's Seconds won at home to Baildon, who were dismissed for 147 as Cleck' brushed the visitors aside making 149-3 and Richard Noble scored 60 runs.

On August 1st Cleck'suffered a heavy eight wickets defeat at Bradford & Bingley. Cleck' made 206-7 with both Kris and Toby batting well once again, scoring 60 and 70 runs respectively. Sadly, the hosts brushed aside Cleck's bowling ending on 206-7.

The Seconds lost at home to Northowram Fields, who were all out for 177 but Cleck' fell short with a total of 163-8.

Cleck’ endured a 35 runs defeat against Bradford & Bingley on Sunday August 2nd in the T20.

Roles were reversed from 24 hours earlier when Cleck’s batsmen starred and the bowlers did not against the same opponents in the 40 overs contest. Although Kris Ward continued his good form with a knock of 20, only three other Cleck’ batsmen achieved double figures as the Moorenders were dismissed for 93 chasing the visitors’ total of 128.

Iain Wardlaw and Azeem Rafiq had impressive figures of 3-28 and 3-27 respectively but overall, it was another disappointing display.

On Saturday August 8th Pudsey St Lawrence all-rounder and key spinner Chris Marsden took an impressive 5-15 in his side’s 34 runs win at Moorend on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and posted a total of 188-7 off 40 overs and in reply Cleck’ were dismissed for 154. Cleck’s Andrew Deegan had excellent figures of 4-26 from his eight overs ably supported by Ethan Lee especially - who ended on 1-15 from his four overs bowled.

Three players for PSL made it in to the 30s whilst Cleck’s Skipper Mally Nicholson battled well for his knock of 41 with scores of 36 from Ethan and 35 from Toby Booth.

Cleck's Seconds lost by eight wickets at Baildon, who dismissed the Moorenders for 81 and eased their way to 82-3 from 31 overs.

Captain's innings leads to success

Cleck’s Skipper Mally was supposedly out for the season requiring an operation for a serious knee injury but his brilliant knock of 101 led to a deserved 88 runs victory against Methley.

Mally isn’t sufficiently fit to keep wicket but his ability and determination led him to a fabulous ton even though he requires surgery. He struck 16 fours and looked in total command.

The win was Cleck’s first of the season and owed a great deal to a superb stand between Mally and former Yorkshire all-rounder Azeem, who also made a hard-earned 67 runs.

The duo steadied the ship following the fall of four early wickets and at one point the hosts were 68-4 before the Moorenders recovered to make 261-8.

Methley’s Richard Smart took 3-19 but Cleck’ were in no mood to surrender the advantage.

Despite Cleck's not too very impressive early bowling, Ethan Lee, Andrew Deegan and Azeem eventually pegged the visitors back, who were dismissed for 173.

Ethan was effective in-particular ending on 4-25 from five overs bowled. Azeem took 2-27 off his eight overs and the former full-time professional was extremely focused both with the bat and ball. Deegs took two wickets as did Iain Wardlaw.

Azeem Rafiq ably supported Mally Nicholson - who made a fantastic ton - whilst the former County man went on to secure victory over Methley with a measured overall performance

On Saturday August 29th at Moorend New Farnley made 118-4 off 24.3 overs and batted grimly on a tricky wicket before the match was abandoned due to persistent rain. The weekday rain seeped beneath the covers and made the wicket soft and unpredictable and the visitors rallied and coped very well despite an early bowling onslaught from Cleck’ that left the away team at one-point floundering on 9-2.

Cleck’ defeated Bradford & Bingley on Saturday September 5th by one wicket after winning the toss and deciding to bowl first and it was the old adage tale of two halves - particularly when B&B batted. Cleck’s opening fast bowler Iain Wardlaw was the hero as the former Scottish international captured 3-31 off eight overs in B&B’s total of 186 all out and Wardy went on to make 32 not out with the bat as Cleck’ overcame the visitors total ending on 187-9.

Andrew Deegan bowled extremely well for his 4-28 from eight overs whilst there were some excellent batting performances from Toby Booth who notched 42 runs with an excellent knock also of 36 by Kris Ward.

The last match of the season saw Pudsey St Lawrence’s 162-3 easily overcome Cleck’s 158 all out with Mark Robertshaw scoring in to the 80s. For Cleck’, Kris Ward batted well for his 21 runs and Ian Carradice played his best innings of the season unluckily given out after making 46 hard earned runs. Craig Fletcher made a determined 28 runs – but the vocal support for the opponents from every angle of the field certainly ‘spurs on’ teammates and leaves officials…. least said.