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2010

Cleckheaton faced a tough opening day fixture at Pudsey Congs and in the opponents side that day was our former star Richard Pyrah. The Yorkshire all-rounder features regularly for his native County but on April 17th he was available to play for his chosen League side. Indeed, another County player, spinner James Middlebrook, also played in the first day fixture. The Essex and former Northants man was part of a Congs team that on the day were just too strong for Cleck', despite some stubborn batting resistance from Marcus Walmsley.

An away win at arch-rivals East Bierley back in May was a tremendous result for Cleck' although one week later on Sat' 5th June we tied a home game against last season's champions Baildon. It was a match we were on course to win but a middle-order collapse ensured a tight finish and it was left to rookie batsman Joe Robinson to score vital runs at the end of the game to ensure we did not go empty handed.

Arguably one of the League's best all-rounders in the Bradford League is former Notts star Gareth Clough. The ever-green stylish batsman and deadly accurate bowler is a player of real quality and a constant thorn in Cleck's side over the years!

It may sound sour grapes but an away defeat at Undercliffe on the 19th June was a game that was ours to lose but again some rather wayward middle order batting left us going home empty handed. Talk about a game being ours to lose on Saturday 14th August a home defeat against East Bierley really took the biscuit. Our opponents reached 229-9 having been 75-6 at one stage but worse was to follow.

Although Skipper John Wood hit a magnificent 100 after opening the innings we collapsed from 135-1 to reach 224-7. With six runs required to win the match and three wickets left we should still have had the game sewn up. However, we threw away a golden chance to win the match by losing three wickets for just 4 runs and lost the game by one run! It was a bitter pill to swallow.

Cleck's skipper John Wood seen above celebrating with his one-time Lancashire team-mate Andrew Flintoff

What a difference a couple of weeks can make as Ammar Mahmood hit 79 runs to enable us to win at Baildon and one week later the same player hit 66 runs in a 103 victory over title-chasing Woodlands. Mark Cummins also had a five-wicket haul, which was his first for Cleck'.

An easy five-wickets win against Undercliffe was followed by a disappointing defeat at Farsley on a double weekend. Ammar Mahmood played his last game for the club at home to Undercliffe and scored 40 runs, while Iain Wardlaw took 7-56. On Sunday we lost by five wickets to Farsley even though skipper John Wood scored 63 runs. Although he won one and lost one, 'Mally' Nicholson did well with the bat scoring a total of 117 runs during the two days play.

The season ended with a 74 runs defeat at Bradford & Bingley but overall finishing in sixth position has to be a satisfactory season. Cleck' could point to several games that we were so near yet so far, such as East Bierley at home when the game was almost won and yet we lost what would have been ten vital points. We tied at home to Baildon when we were favourites to win the game and we lost twice to Gomersal, which prevented the Club from being in contention for a shot at the title. Never-the-less John Wood's side has shown that they are capable of challenging for the championship next term.

The first team averages for this season, including all Bradford Lge and Priestley Cup games as submitted by our scorer Bob Speight are as follows; Batting: Ammar Mahmood 684 runs in 21 innings with an average of 38. Mark Cummins 702 runs scored in 26 innings at an average of 27.00. Not far behind was our skipper John Wood who notched 643 runs in 26 innings at an average of 26.79. Marcus Walmsley came fourth with an average of 25.20, achieved in 26 innings scoring 630 runs. 'Mally' Nicholson batted 22 times and scored a total of 398 runs at an average of 24.88. Edward Walmsley 354 runs in 23 innings with an average of 23.60. Ian Nicholson, whose average belies the man's ability, scored 559 runs in 26 innings with an average of 23.29. Neil Nicholson batted 18 times for an average of 20.27 scoring 223 runs. Next is the very unselfish Ian Wood who only had 12 innings with an average of 15.86 scoring 111 runs. Iain Wardlaw scored 74 runs in 11 innings at an average of 12.33. Finally, Joe Robinson scored 82 runs in 12 innings with an average of 11.71. However, that does not tell the full story for Joe who, on two occasions, had useful knocks of 22 and he came in to bat more often than not when he had to have a slog!

Bowling: Edward Walmsley bowled 198.3 overs at an average of 19.10 taking 41 wickets. Ammar Mahmood bowled 193.5 overs taking 30 wickets with an average of 20.67. Iain Wardlaw took 51 wickets in 259.4 overs with an average of 22.39, while Ian Wood had an average of 25.52, bowling 174.4 overs and taking 25 wickets. Mark Cummins managed 184.4 overs taking 27 wickets with an economy rate of 26.07. John Wood's average was 26.93 in 175.1 overs and taking 27 wickets. Marcus Walmsley bowled 58 overs with an economy rate of 46 and taking 5 wickets.

'Mally' Nicholson totalled 41 victims with 11 stumpings and 30 catches.

 


2nd TEAM AVERAGES
ALL BRADFORD LEAGUE & CUP MATCHES.
END SEASON 2010

 

BATTING: Inns: No's: H/Score: Runs: Average:
.
1. MASAVER MASADIQ
2. CHRIS DOBSON
3. JAMES MARSHALL
4. SHAHID REHMAN
5. IAN GATENBY
6. RUSSELL NOBLE
7. JOE ROBINSON
8. JAMIE BONNER
9. CRAIG BLACKBURN
10. ROBERT BROWN
11. GARETH JOWETT
12. JOE BOWMAN
13. SHAUN HOWE
14. STUART HOULBROOK
.
.
25
17
12
20
7
22
3
9
18
16
15
20
20
17
.
1
0
1
4
1
5
0
4
0
0
0
2
3
6
.
79
74
85
56
34
76
44
60
50
85
30
37*
41
21
.
682
450
283
402
128
355
52
86
288
232
191
217
153
71
.
28.42
26.47
25.73
25.13
21.33
20.88
17.33
17.20
16.00
14.50
12.73
12.06
9.00
6.45
BOWLING: Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Average

1. STUART HOULBROOK
2. SHAHID REHMAN
3. JOE BOWMAN
4. JAMES MARSHALL
5. GARETH JOWETT
6. MASAVER MASADIQ
7. SHAUN HOWE
.
.
242.5
204.2
122.1
54.0
74.1
164.3
183.4
.
56
29
15
9
7
16
24
.
849
836
579
198
340
709
865
.
62
34
23
7
9
18
19
.
13.69
24.59
25.17
28.29
37.78
39.39
45.53

 

WICKET KEEPING: Stumped: Caught: Total Victims:
.
ROBERT BROWN
.
.
4
.
11
.
15

 






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