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2013

Cleck' achieved a rare but a deserved opening day six wickets win at Baildon on Saturday April 20th with Jimmy Lee claiming 5-21 and John Wood bowling his heart out with figures of 3-25 as the home side crumbled to 125 all out although they were 53-7 at one stage. Richard Whitehurst's knock of 38 and a steady 20 runs from Tim Jackson was enough to steer Cleck' home and reaching 130-4.

The Heavy Wollen Cup 24 hours later was after the Lord Mayor's Show and a real disaster! Streethouse CC from the Pontefract & District League bowled Cleck' out for 166 even though Ian Wood scored 58 runs and Tim Jackson made 35 runs. The visitors sailed home ending on 166-6. John Wood took 3-21 but in truth some of the Cleck' players turned up to the game ill prepared and expecting an easy day, which was far from the truth.

Saturday April 27th signalled a bit of a disaster as Pudsey St Lawrence were gifted a win as Cleck' fell from 147-4 to 166 all out in reply to the visitors 182-8. St Lawrence took our last six wickets for just 19 runs even though there were knocks of 37 and 31 from John Wood and Ammar Mahmood, respectively. In the bowling stakes we'd done okay with Iain Wardlaw capturing 5-52 and the rest bowled quite well but not only did we concede some sloppy runs in the field but the late order batting was woeful.

Saturday May 4th saw Cleck' lose to the other team from Pudsey, Congs who had a straightforward and a deserved 40 runs win. Congs were bowled out for 163 with Ian Wood taking 5-44 and Andrew Deegan did a good job with 2-19. But in reply the visitors overcame Cleck' with ease as we were all out for 123, despite a spirited knock of 41 runs from Ian Nicholson and a useful 30 runs from Ian Wood, who had a great game even in defeat. It could have been much worse as Cleck' was 13-5 at one point but rallied to at least gain some respectibility.

There was a much-needed win for Cleck' on Saturday May 11th in a high scoring contest at Hanging Heaton. The home side made 235-6 despite being 48-4 at one stage but 108 not out from Joe Fraser was a valiant effort. But 92 and 85 runs from Tim Jackson and Ammar Mahmood respectively saw Cleck' comfortably home at 236-4 with two overs to spare to win by six wickets.

On Saturday May 18th a six runs win against a Manningham Mills side who were top of the League at the time was a close run thing but a worthy win. In a game reduced to 30 overs apiece Cleck' made 158-6 with Tim Jackson notching 46 runs. The visitors were 50-5 at one point but they recovered to take the game to the wire. In the penultimate over and needing 20 runs to win they started with three fours but a run out gave Cleck' a valuable 17 points. Jimmy Lee took 3-43 and John Wood was in excellent form for his 4-40 as the away side ended on 152 all out.


Tim Jackson was bang in form in 2013

A visit to Morley on Saturday May 25th was expected to be a tough test against a newly promoted side. In the end Cleck' put in a professional performance and made light of the continued absence of Wardy. The home team were all out for 125 with Ammar Mahmood taking 3-12 off 3.4 overs and Ian Wood was in a rich vein of form with five maidens and 2-25 from his 13 overs. Andrew Deegan also took three wickets and in reply Cleck' survived nominal worry to finish on 127-5 and win by five wickets. Tim Jackson, who had also taken three catches, made 28 runs, there was a splendid innings of 31 from Jimmy Lee and the Club was steered home by Mally Nicholson who batted sensibly for his 26 not out.

The Monday Bank Holiday fixture at East Bierley was food and drink for Cleck' who overpowered a side who were missing five regulars. Cleck' made 269-6 with Jimmy Lee scoring 56 not out in a responsible manner, Richard Whitehurst had a rapid score of 48 but the star of the batting was Tim Jackson who made 82 in classy fashion. The home side were all out for 151 with Jimmy taking 3-21 and John Wood's contribution of 2-6 from three overs was brilliant.

A 21 runs home defeat against Lightcliffe was a disater and not all the fault of the Cleck' team. The away side posted 211-9 mainly down to Oliver Robinson who scored 90 runs. Andrew Deegan took 3-75 but there were several very contentious decisions in both innings' to say the least. In reply, Cleck' were all out for 190 with Tim Jackson scoring 41 runs and Mally Nicholson with a good knock of 39.

On June 8th Cleck' brushed aside Bradford & Bingley in a convincing 197 runs victory with a number of outstanding individual performances. Tim Jackson continued his good form with a 120 runs, which is his first ton for the Club, whilst John Wood finally reached 5,000 Bradford League runs. There was a solid knock of 60 from Ammar Mahmood and a typically rapid 44 runs from Richard Whitehurst who took just 23 balls to slaughter the visitors bowling. Cleck' ended on 292-4 and then bowled out B&B for just 95 with Andrew Deegan the pick of the bowlers with 3-20. The win was even more impressive as both opening bowlers Iain Wardlaw and Jimmy Lee were missing.

Saltaire away on June 15th saw Cleck' provide a workmanlike performance in a 47 runs victory. Batting first John Wood's side made 207-7 with the Skipper hitting 41 runs and there was also good knocks of 66 and 38 from Ian Nicholson and his brother Mally, respectively. The hosts had a few flurries but they were eventually all out for 160 with John Wood taking 3-17 and his brother Ian bowling economically with good figures of 2-25 from 13 overs. Jimmy Lee also captured three wickets at a cost of 63 runs.

June 22nd was a rain threatened Saturday but the odd shower or two did not affect the top of the table clash against Woodlands that saw Cleck' move within 11 points of the League leaders thanks to an eight wickets win, which was largely down to some magnificent batting from Tim Jackson and Ian Nicholson. The visitors made 235-8 with Scott Richardson smashing 124 runs and on a green wicket the target looked to be formidable. But Jacko's 127 not out alongside Eor's 83 not out, which topped Ammar Mahmood's 46 runs gave Cleck' a winning total of 236-2 and a wonderful win. One week later Cleck' owed a great deal to Richard Whitehurst as Wiggy's 53 not out was crucial in a three wickets win at Pudsey Congs. The home side were all out for 145 thanks to 4-22 from Andrew Deegan and Jimmy Lee weighed in with 3-38. But the Cleck' batting crumbled and at 81-6 and then 98-7, despite Mally Nicholson hitting 27 runs, it looked touch and go until Wiggy helped the Club to cross the white line ably supported by Ian Wood. Cleck' are now second just one point behind Woodlands who surprisingly lost at home to Baildon who completed the double over last season's Champions.

On Saturday July 6th Cleck' faced a difficult away match at Pudsey St Lawrence but following an eight wickets win John Wood's boys went to the top of the table and now 11 points ahead of Woodlands. In reply to St Lawrence's 182 there were few problems with Tim Jackson's 84 runs together with knocks of 43 and 43 not out from Woody and Ammar Mahmood, respectively, seeing off the hosts with a total of 186-2. Earlier, the spin bowling from Ammar with 5-34and Iain Wardlaw's 3-52 were instrumental in our success although Andrew Deegan played his part with 1-45 off 15 overs and figures that did not do justice to how well he bowled. One week later it was top versus bottom and Baildon gave Cleck' a real fright. The visitors scored 259-6 but thanks to Ammar Mahmood's 128 not out with support of 34 runs from Tim Jackson and 29 runs from John Wood we crossed the finishing line on 262-8 but only just! It was a hot and sticky day that could have been a 'sticky' situation but our overseas was the star of the show as he also took 3-63 but it was his magnificent batting that caught the eye.

Cleck' continued a splendid run with an emphatic 91 runs win against Hanging Heaton on Saturday July 20th and it was the Skipper John Wood who was the star turn with a brilliant 136 runs. Tim Jackson had a good knock of 47 that took Cleck' to a total of 292-8. Thanks to Andrew Deegan's 4-58 and Ammar Mahmood's 3-35 the vistors were dismissed for 201. The last game of July saw Andrew Gale in a Cleck' shirt, whilst testing his fitness following a hand injury. The visit to Manningham Mills is not an easy task but thanks to 66 from the Yorkshire Captain and 54 runs from John Wood the total of 230-7 on a dusty track was a good score, which was enhanced by Iain Wardlaw who made 26 not out and Jimmy Lee who finished on 22 not out. The home side struggled to come to terms with the Cleck' bowlers with Andrew Deegan the main threat with 4-38 from 9.4 overs. The lead at the top is now 28 points after Woodlands suffered a shock defeat at Bradford & Bingley. On Sat' August 3rd, Morley came to Cleck' on the back of five straight wins, but they were overpowered and dismissed for 124 in reply to the home side's 231-8, which included 114 runs from Tim Jackson and knocks of 34 from Ammar Mahmood and 26 by Ian Nicholson. Iain Wardlaw with 5-27 and Andrew Deegan with 3-39 were also in excellent form with the ball.

On August 10th both Iain Wardlaw and Andrew Deegan were missing for the home game against East Bierley, which saw Cleck' defeated for the first time in 10 matches. Tim Jackson made 54 runs and there were knocks of 49 and 48 from Ian Nicholson and Jimmy Lee respectively but 208 runs never seemed enough as the visitors knocked them off, ending on 211-6. Ammar Mahmood bowled well for his 3-16 from 15 overs but on the day the local rivals won at a virtual canter. Rain was the spoiler on Aug' 17th at Lightcliffe as the game was abandoned after 42 overs bowled with Cleck' making 157-4. John Wood scored 60 runs, Jimmy Lee was 32 not out partnering Mally Nicholson who was on 30 not out. Next up it was Bradford & Bingley away and a 91 runs defeat was not what was expected! Cleck' bowled out the home side for 160 with Jimmy Lee taking 4-38 and Iain Wardlaw had 3-35 but the response with the bat was poor as Cleck' were dismissed for 69. The only chink of light is that despite Pudsey St Lawrence winning by 10 wickets at Saltaire, Cleck' still has a 16 points margin at the top of the League. A final word for Tim Jackson who has had a brilliant season with the bat but at Wagon Lane he took two spectacular catches, one on the boundary following a sprint and one at deep point.

The penultimate game of the season saw Cleck' destroy bottom of the table and already relegated side Saltaire by 168 runs. Cleck' scored 283-8 thanks largely to a knock of 89 from Mally Nicholson, 63 not out from Iain Wardlaw, 56 runs from the bat of Richard Whitehurst and a vital 38 from Tim Jackson. The visitors had no answer to Cleck's superiority and they were all out for 115 with Wardy finishing on 4-20 and Andrew Deegan took 3-35. Cleck' now need just 4 points from the final match at Woodlands to clinch the Title.

Although it was nail biting stuff on the last day of the season Cleck' were crowned Champions despite losing to Woodlands. The home side scored 202-4 and Cleck's reply of 185-5 gave us five points and the Title. As it turned out Lightcliffe defeated PSL that eased the tension but all round it was a fabulous day. Tim Jackson notched 67 runs, which took him past 1,000 runs for the season and Chris Dobson played a vital innings of 37 runs. Richard Whitehurst chipped in with 49 not out and the celebrations went long in to the night.

Cleck's regular First Team in 2013; From LtoR; Andrew Deegan, Ian Wood, John Wood, Tim Jackson, Joe Robinson, Mally Nicholson, Jimmy Lee, Ammar Mahmood, Ian Nicholson, Richard Whitehurst, Iain Wardlaw.

The First ever Bradford League Championship was testimony to a squad of players, although it was a shame for Iain Wardlaw and Ammar Mahmood to miss out on the last day of the season. But it was still a fitting tribute to Chris Dobson who was part of the side that clinched the Title, to receive his medal, particularly after 22 years plus service to Cleck' and he was a worthy addition against Woodlands.




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