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2012

After waiting two weeks to get started because of wet weather an unofficial opening day game against Pudsey St Lawrence on May 5th was a disappointing affair. Apart from a considered and patient 58 runs from Richard Whitehurst our 130 all out was a poor reply to the home side's 177-9. Andrew Deegan and Ian Wood took three wickets apiece but it was yet another early season flop, which seems to be par for the course at Cleck'.

A close finish at Moorend on Saturday May 12th saw last season's Champions, Woodlands beat Cleck' by the narrow margin of just four runs. The visitors won the toss and decided to bat and posted 217-8, despite a good return of 4-58 from 'Wardy'. Cleck' looked to be on course for a victory with a third wicket stand of 116 between Ammar Mahmood and Ian Nicholson but once the pair were out, apart from a super cameo innings of 24 from Joe Robinson, we crumbled to 213-9.

Next up was a home game against Undercliffe and even though solid knocks of 51 from Tim Jackson, 38 from Ian Nicholson and 30 runs by Joe Robinson, our total of 218-8 was not enough as the visitors knocked them off with one wicket to spare. May 26th saw another defeat in a high scoring game at Farsley as we batted well to reach 251-9 with excellent innings' of 96 and 94 from Richard Whitehurst and Ammar Mahmood respectively. However, the hosts eased their way to a seven-wickets win ending on 252-3 with Haroon Rashid scoring 95 not out on a brilliant batting track.

Cleck's first victory of the season came at Saltaire on Saturday June 2nd and the 59 runs win was a huge relief to everyone. There were some excellent contributions but notably from Ian Wood who not only bowled majestically for his 5-45 off 14 overs but he also scored 27 runs in a tail end partnership with the rapidly improving Joe Robinson who scored 26 not out. Ammar Mahmood and Ian Nicholson also had knocks of 43 and 42 respectively but in the final analysis it was Ian W and also Iain Wardlaw who saw off the home side with some well executed bowling. 'Wardy' also took 5 wickets for 50 runs from 10 overs and at times the Yorkshire quickie had the Saltaire batsmen fearing for their safety. Joe Bowman took two splendid catches with the young second teamer stepping in for the missing 'Mally' Nicholson, while Tim Jackson went behind the stumps to replace our regular wicketkeeper and he did a wonderful job. The Cleck' total was 194-7, which was too tough a task for the home team who were all out for 135.

Two days later the Bank Holiday period became even better as we defeated East Bierley by three wickets and made it two wins out of two. The visitors made 147 and in reply, thanks mainly to a brisk 56 runs from John Wood, we totalled 150-7. There were three wickets apiece for Andrew Deegan and James Lee, whilst Ian Wood and Iain Wardlaw took a couple each and even though it was tight - we just about deserved the victory.

What a thriller there was at Lightcliffe on Saturday June 9th in a reduced overs match due to damp conditions. The home side posted 137-6 from their 30 overs but Cleck' won by i wicket by scoring two from the last ball of the game to end on 138-9. At one point the visitors were 98-9 but the hero was 'Mally' Nicholson who was 56 not out and he shared a last wicket stand with Andrew Deegan, who hit the winning runs in his 8 not out. It was a real rabbit out of the hat win for Cleck' but gave us our third victory on the trot and took us in to fifth position in the League.

Cleck's 2012 side. Back row from L to R; Richard Whitehurst. John Wood (Captain) Iain Wardlaw. Joe Robinson. Ian Wood. Ian Nicholson. Front row L to R; Ammar Mahmood. James Lee. Andrew Deegan. Tim Jackson. Michael Nicholson.

There was no play on consecutive weeks because of wet weather, which left a home game against Manningham Mills on June 16th and an away match at Bradford & Bingley a week later cancelled. One week later on June 30th the wet weather continued to curtail a potentially decent home clash against a Pudsey Congs team that are surprisingly second from bottom of the First Division. As it turned out they made 226-7 in a rain affected match but by batting 48 overs it left Cleck' just over half that amount to make an unlikely total to win. But it did not matter in the end as the heaven's opened when we were 24-0 and that was that! Saturday July 7th saw Cleck' foiled by the wet weather that has curtailed the season and at Woodlands in a 42 overs game we were desperately unlucky not to win. Thanks to a blistering 82 runs from John Wood and a brilliant knock of 58 by Tim Jackson, we made 229-9 on a wicket that was made for the bowling side. The home side were 68-6 at one stage and with 18 overs to go, Cleck' looked to be the odds on favourites to win but we had to come off for rain, lost overs and the time to gain a win. We needed four wickets but only had 9.4 overs in which to do it and the hosts held out on 126-8 thanks in the main to Grant Soames who was 46 not out. There was some good bowling all round from the Cleck' lads but once more, it was the weather that played its part.

On Saturday July 14th, Cleck' trounced Pudsey St Lawrence at Moorend by 90 runs thanks in the main to some superb bowling and fielding. Cleck' made 177 after being put in to bat with knocks from John Wood, James Lee and Richard Whitehurst of 28, 30 and 45, respectively. Ammar Mahmood batted well for his 32 but it was when PSL went in to bat that we showed real quality, 'pressure cricket' with some brilliant bowling from Iain Wardlaw, who took two wickets for 35 but that only tells half the story as 'Wardy' was superb. 'Jimmy' Lee had figures of 3-29 and Ian Wood was his usual economical self with 1-16 off 8 overs and the Skipper, John Wood, took 2-3 off 3 overs. There were two excellent catches from Ian Nicholson but overall the guys were tremendous in the field as the visitors were all out for 87.

On Saturday July 21st Cleck' visited Hanging Heaton and included in our ranks the Yorkshire Captain Andrew Gale, who was recovering from a hip injury. 'Galey' replaced Joe Robinson but he was caught on the boundary edge for just 8 runs after facing 19 balls. But we need not have worried as John Wood made 42 runs and 'Jimmy' Lee also chipped in with 35 runs in our total of 198-8. On a difficult track we made the best of the conditions and demolished the home team for 76 with Iain Wardlaw taking 5-24.

John Wood and Andrew Gale were on the same side at Hanging Heaton

Cleck's good form continued at Undercliffe on Saturday July 28th with an eight wickets win at Intake Road. Undercliffe made 196 all out with James Lee taking 5-50, Ian Wood 2-24 and Ammar Mahmood 3-54. Cleck's Tim Jackson with 63 runs, Ian Nicholson with 57 not out and a decent knock of 38 from the Skipper, John Wood made certain of an easy win as Cleck' finished on 198-2. Seven days later we brushed aside Farsley with a 117 runs victory. Cleck' made 240-7 thanks mainly to some excellent knocks from Tim Jackson and Ian Nicholson who scored 41 and 45 respectively, to give the home side a solid start, which was finished off with 32 runs from Richard Whitehurst and 55 runs from James Lee. The away team rarely threatened and were all out for 123 with three wickets apiece for Andrew Deegan, who had 3-11, and Ammar Mahmood, who finished with figures of 3-3 off 1.5 overs! Cleck' climbed in to second place, which is our best position of the season, so far.

Saturday August 11th was possibly the date of Cleck's worst performance of the season? Cleck' made a good total of 241-9 with knocks in the 40s from Ammar Mahmood, 'Mally' Nicholson and Tim Jackson and Joe Robinson chipped in with 30 runs. In reply Saltaire lost just two wickets and a final score of 244-2 was a thrashing and Amjad's century owed much to their win. Only John Wood bowled anything like and on the day it was an indisciplined and poor performance by Cleck' and a day to forget. One week later there was a much different story as we crushed East Bierley by ten wickets, bowling the home side out for a paltry 80 runs with Iain Wardlaw taking 7-38 and he was well supported by 'Jimmy' Lee who took 2-18. Ian Wood was the Skipper in the absence of his injured brother John and he must have been thrilled at the way his side not only bowled but fielded brilliantly and then overcame the small total with consumate ease, with 'Mally' Nicholson having ther honour of opening the batting and making 47 not out as we were 84 without loss.

Saturday August 25th saw the wet weather return with an abandoned home game against Lightcliffe giving Cleck' nine points following a twenty overs contest, which saw the visitors score 128-6 and in reply Cleck' made 47-2. There were three wickets for 'Jimmy' Lee and a decent knock of 27 not out from Tim Jackson but the weather was the real winner.

On Saturday September 1st we saw an amazing game at Manningham Mills with Cleck' winning by just one run after being bowled out for 162 on a damp and difficult track. Tim Jackson made 34 runs and there was also 23 useful runs from 'Mally' Nicholson, while 'Jimmy' Lee made a quickfire 28 runs and there was a good knock of 20 from Joe Robinson. The home side looked on course for the win and needing just five runs with two wickets and plenty of overs to spare up stepped 'Jimmy' to take the last two Mills wickets with the hosts all out for 161. 'Jimmy' ended with four wickets, Iain Wardlaw bowled his full allocation of 15 overs and took three wickets with Andrew Deegan also capturing three wickets. Ian Wood was an un-sung hero bowling six overs towards the end of the innings and only conceding four runs, with the stand-in Skipper playing his part in the magnificent win. Seven days later there was another close finish as Cleck' defeated Bradford & Bingley by one wicket. Ammar Mahmood took 5-26 as the away team were all out for 175. Cleck' were looking comfortable, thanks to 60 runs from Ian Nicholson but after losing five wickets for four runs at 108-8 there seemed to be no way back for the hosts. But up stepped Iain Wardlaw who made 37 runs and Joe Robinson with the pair sharing a stand of 54 runs and Cleck' ended on 176-9 with Joe finishing on 21 not out.

On Sunday Sept' 9th Cleck' played hosts to Hanging Heaton who struggled to come to terms with some solid batting from the home team. There were 50s for John Wood and Tim Jackson, whilst 'Jimmy' Lee made 40 runs and Ian Nicholson also scored an excellent 47 runs in Cleck's total of 255-9. The away side rarely threatened and were all out for 126 with Iain Wardlaw, Andrew Deegan and also Ammar Mahmood grabbing three wickets apiece. This now means that Cleck' are just four points adrift of the top side, Woodlands going in to the final match of the season at Pudsey Congs!

The final day of the season was a bit of an anti-climax for Cleck' as we lost by three wickets to Congs and Woodlands took the Title in dramatic fashion. With Lightcliffe looking as though they'd win the Title it was left to Woodlands to snatch four Bradford & Bingley wickets without a run being scored to dismiss the visitors, who were close to a victory. As it turned out even if Cleck' had beaten Congs the pain of seeing Woodlands snatch a win from the jaws of defeat would have been hard to take. For the record, Cleck' were 210-7 with 48 runs from Ian Nicholson being the best effort from the batsmen although Skipper John Wood scored 37 runs. Congs ended on 211-7 with Andrew Deegan taking 3-38 and we end the season in fourth spot but the players can take pride in knowing that they made the final few weeks of the season interesting.

Chris Dobson took his bow as our new second team Captain and started with a resounding win. The man who has been at the Club for over 21 years scored a personal 83 runs as well as seeing his team win by 81 runs as Keighley were bowled out for 183 in reply to Cleck's 264-7. Shahid Rehman was also in good form taking 4-24 as well as scoring 44 runs. In addition, Liam Bleazard made a useful debut by taking 4-53 following his move from East Bierley. Cleck's seconds secured the full 20 points and they are joint top!

Just 24 hours later our Seconds came back down to earth with a bump, losing by 8 wickets in the Priestley Shield away to Pudsey Congs. Cleck' managed just 125 runs and the home team eased towards126-2. A local Derby League game on May 12th at Spen Victoria saw the home side beat Cleck' by 91 runs. The hosts scored 145 but in reply we mustered just 54 runs.

May 19th witnessed a defeat at Windhill with Cleck' faltering in the batting ending on 134 all out, despite a good knock of 55 from Captain, Chris Dobson, in reply to the home side's 227-6. On June 2nd we lost by 114 runs at Brighouse as the bottom Club had posted 255-8 but in reply Cleck' made just 141 even though Russ Noble batted manfully for his 35 not out. Although Shahid Rehman and Sam Bailey took three wickets apiece they could not stem the Brighouse tide. It's not easy for Chris Dobson's young side but on a positive theme youngsters, such as Sam Bailey and Sam Gatenby, are being asked to 'grow up' very quickly and gaining vital experience.

Chris Dobson's men were unfortunate to lose by one wicket with two balls to spare against Saltaire on Bank Holiday Monday. We made 173-8 with Craig Blackburn scoring 51 runs and the visitors response was 175-9. On Sat' June 9th, Cleck' could only make 139-6 in reply to Pudsey Congs' 216-4.

Again, the kids were left a little exposed on Saturday June 23rd as we were defeated by 134 runs. Even though there was little play elsewhere around the League because of the wet weather, we managed to stage a game. Idle amassed a total of 240-2, while Cleck' were all out for 106.

Spen Victoria were the next side to visit Moorend just 24 hours later and it's true to say; 'What a difference a day makes'. Whilst Cleck's young side may not have won, we were all out for 129 in reply to the away team's 166 all out, there was a marked improvement in the performance. Sam Gatenby, who is just 13 and it's a tought task for a kid to bowl 15 overs at second team level, but he did very well and returned figures of 2-29. Luke Pearson had three wickets to his name and there were a couple of wickets apiece for Rob Brown and Liam Bleazard. Danny Archer made his Second Team debut as wicketkeeper and did a great job, which can also be side of the whole team. Skipper Chris Dobson has done marvellously with his team of kids and as we mention time and again, it's their development that counts and under the watchful eye of 'Dobby' - they're in safe hands.

On Saturday June 30th the game at Manningham Mills started but was soon abandoned! One day later even though we lost by 39 runs at Bradford & Bingley the performance that included 10 players either 18 or under was excellent. The home side made 237-5, while Cleck' scored 198-6 with a brilliant 70 runs from Shahid Rehman. Joe Wood made his debut and captured a couple of wickets, Sam Bailey and Sam Gatenby and the rest were simply, magnificent and can be proud of their performance. Cleck's Seconds at last gained their first win after nine previous attempts by defeating Great Horton by four wickets on Sunday July 8th. The visitors made 116 and in reply we were 117-6 but only just gained the win as minutes after the end of the match the heaven's opened. It was a deserved victory for our young side against experienced opponents.

Cleck's Seconds lost by seven wickets at Keighley on Saturday July 14th as the home team made 93-3 in reply to our total of 90-7. Chris Dobson and Russ Noble made 22 runs apiece, while Rob Crookes made a good contribution of 23 runs. There was a couple of wickets for young Sam Gatenby but in ther final analysis, Cleck' were well beaten.

Just 24 hours later Cleck's youngsters lost by six wickets at Great Horton. After being bowled out for 70 the home side finished on 72-4.

On Saturday July 21st, boosted by the return of Joe Bowman and Craig Blackburn plus the inclusion of Joe Robinson, the Seconds defeated Undercliffe by 2 wickets after the visitors had made 226-9 we saw them off by scoring 231-8. Joe Bowman was the star of the show by scoring 98 runs and taking 4-38 but he was well supported by 'Blacky' who made 30 runs and 'Robbo' did his bit with three wickets, 24 runs and three catches. One week later there was a high scoring defeat at Moorend for Cleck' with Windhill scoring a massive 361-6 and in reply we ended on 237-6. Despite the defeat, Shahid Rehman had a good game by taking five wickets and scoring 69 runs. There were also knocks of 69 and 55 runs from Chris Dobson and Russ Noble, respectively.

On Sat' August 11th a one run defeat at Brighouse was cruel on 'Dobby's' boys. The home team made 206-5 and in reply Cleck' finished on 205 all out. Cleck' were missing five regulars but there were some good performances from Rob Crookes, who made 47 runs and Joe Wood who scored 19 runs. Shahid Rehman took three wickets and Sam Gatenby had a couple of wickets under his belt. Seven days later and despite being without the services of Chris Dobson, Russ Noble and Joe Bowman, the Cleck' kids were excellent in a 60 runs win against Bankfoot. Rob Crookes made a brilliant 120 and Ian Gatenby was 53 not out as we notched 266. In reply, young Sam Gatenby took 4-69 as we bowled out the visitors for 206. On Saturday August 25th the away game at Idle was abandoned very early in proceedings as the rain fell heavily.

Saturday Sept' 1st saw second from the top of the table Saltaire make 312-5 with Cleck' mustering 96 in reply. Skipper Chris Dobson tried his best with a battling 46 runs for Cleck'. Just 24 hours later we lost by eight wickets to the League leaders Bradford & Bingley who had Cleck' all out for 112 and they eased their way to the win by losing just a couple of wickets. One week later Cleck' were beaten by seven wickets at Pudsey Congs who finished on 177-3 in reply to the visitors 176 all out. Ian Gatenby was the top scorer with 54 runs, while Joe Bowman made 32 and Sam Gatenby 27 runs. The following day there was a rather miserable day for Cleck' who were bowled out for 55 against an Undercliffe team that had made 201-9.

Cleck's Seconds' tough season ended on a high with a 37 runs win against Manningham Mills. Thanks to 92 from 'Dobby' and 32 runs by Shahid Rehman we posted a useful total of 225-9. The visitors were all out for 188 and Shahid took 3-11 with young Sam Bailey bowling well for his 3-29.




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