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2015

There were first day blues at Bradford & Bingley on Saturday April 18th with a hugely emphatic and embarrassing 164 runs defeat. The home side made 244-9 after being 82-5 at one stage. Curtis Freemade his debut and he was the pick of the bowlers with 3-54 from 15 overs. Iain Wardlaw claimed two wickets that take his League count to 500. Tim Jackson made 39 runs as Cleck’ limped towards a meagre total of 80 all out. One week later it was rain that spoilt the party against Pudsey Congs. A first wicket stand of 213 was a great effort from openers Tim Jackson and Andy Gorrod who scored 109 and 103 runs respectively in Cleck's 292-6. Sadly, with Congs at 116-3 after 20.3 overs the rain curtailed further play.

Rain was once again the winner on Saturday May 2nd with Cleck' on 145-2 after 26 overs before the game at Lightcliffe was eventually abandoned. Tim Jackson was on 69 not out and Ian Nicholson on 27 not out and Andy Gorrod made an impressive 31 runs.

Cleck's first win of the season came at Farsley on Saturday May 9th with a 99 runs victory. The visitors had a torrid start and were 33-3 at one point but 28 runs friom Mally Nicholson and a knock of 63 from his brother Ian helped Cleck' to 216-6 from 40 overs in a match that did not commence until 2:00pm.Richard Whitehurst hit a bright 26 not out and Jimmy Lee batted well as he ended on 42 not out. The hom team were all out for 117 with Tanzeel Altaf taking 4-33 and both Ian Wood and Andrew Deegantook two wickets apiece. The following day a one wicket defeat in the Black Sheep Trophy was a poor display by Ceck' against Woodhouse Grange from the York Senior League. On a wet wicket despite the toss being won Cleck' batted and were dismissed for 126 with Curtis Free notching 30 runs. There was a good fightback but the home side clung on to score 129-9 with Tanzeel Altaf claiming 5-27.

On Saturday May 16th Cleck' defeated Undercliffe by 124 runs after making 295-4 and in response the visitors were all out for 171. Tim Jackson was the star with 141 runs and he kept wicket in the absence ofMally NicholsonIan Nicholson score 60 runs and Jimmy Lee was 39 not out and there were four wickets apiece for Curtis Free and Tanzeel Altaf.

Curtis Free looks every inch a quality signing

Saturday May 23rd saw Woodlands visit Moorend but they were put to the sword with some first class bowling and fielding on a good track. Cleck' reduced the visitors to 200 all out and in reply made 202-6 with John Wood top scoring with 65 runs to win by four wickets. Curtis Free captured three wickets whilstTanzeel Altaf took 4-58 but Ian Wood was outstanding during his 2-66 spell of 14 overs that saw Ianback to his best.

The traditional Bank Holiday fixture against East Bierley saw the home side defeat Cleck' by 61 runs after scoring 232 with James Ford scoring 102 runs. In reply John Wood's guys were all out for 171 withIan Nicholson top scoring with 46 runs. Curtis Free took 6-57. Saturday May 30th saw a much improved performance but tight finish against New Farnley who ended on 262-9 in reply to Cleck's 271 that sawAndy Gorrod score 134 runs. Ian Wood bowled brilliantly taking 3-57 from his 15 overs.

Saturday June 6th saw Cleck’s third defeat of the season after losing by four wickets at Hanging Heatonwho made 178-6 in reply to Cleck’s 177 all out that saw 50s for Andy Gorrod and John Wood. Seven days later there was a welcome 68 runs win against bottom Club Saltaire who were bowled out for 139 in reply to Cleck's 207 all out. Andy Gorrod made 32 runs and his opening partner Tim Jackson 54 with 44 runs for John WoodIain Wardlaw captured 6-46 and there were figures of 3-22 for Andrew Deegan.

On Saturday June 20th the League Title was virtually surrendered at Pudsey St Lawrence who made 269-3 with Cleck' all out for 208 with Tim Jackson carrying his bat for 94 runs. On Saturday June 27th there was an excellent five wickets home win against Bradford & Bingley who were all out for 190 withIain Wardlaw and Tanzeel Altaf capturing three wickets each. With fourteen overs to spare Cleck' ended on 191-5 with contributions of 50 runs from Mally Nicholson whilst John Wood and Jimmy Lee were in the 30s. The next game was away to Pudsey Congs and a 95 runs win was very much down to Jimmy Lee's 72 runs and Tanzeel Altaf's knock of 50 as Cleck' were all out for 210. Four catches as well as a stumping by Mally Nicholson and 4-42 from Iain Wardlaw dismissed Congs for 115.

Saturday July 11th witnessed an easy six wickets win against Lightcliffe who were bowled out for 160 with six wickets for Tanzeel Altaf and 3-38 from Andrew DeeganAndy Gorrod struck 65 runs as Cleck'ran out comfortable winners ending on 161-4. One week later a three wickets win against Farsley wasn't plain sailing as the visitors scored 234-8. Although Tim Jackson's 63 runs and John Wood's knock of 66 were vital in the end total of 235-7 the visitors fledgling debutant bowler James Thorp took 5-11 from four overs to almost spoil the party.

Saturday July25th gave Cleck' a welcome six wickets win at Undercliffe who were all out for 165 with a brilliant knock of 112 not out in reply from Andy Gorrod giving the visitors 166-4. Curtis Free took two first class catches and ended on 4-27 with 5-86 for Iain WardlawAndrew Deegan also took a couple of brilliant catches in the slips. The local derby against Woodlands on August 1st was abandoned due to heavy rain.

Saturday August 8th witnessed a comfortable eight wickets home win against East Bierley who were all out for 141 with Curtis Free the main bowler capturing 4-26 although Tanzeel Altaf took 3-46 and there was a couple of wickets for Iain WardlawTim Jackson's 77 not out along with Ian Nicholson's 40 not out eased Cleck' to 142-2.

Seven days later a difficult away game at big-spending New Farnley was made to look easier than it may have been as Cleck' scored 192 with Jimmy Lee scoring a game changing 59 runs with knocks of 41 and 30 from John Wood and Mally Nicholson respectively. The hosts had no answer to Iain Wardlaw'sdevastating spell of 4-24 from his 10 overs bowled and there were three wickets apiece for Tanzeel Altafand Andrew Deegan as New Farnley were brushed aside and all out for 118.

Cleck's First Team showed fighting spirit in the 2015 season that began poorly

Saturday August 22nd witnessed an abandoned home game because of rain against Hanging Heatonwho were on 125-1 with 21 overs remaining in response to Cleck's 235-9 with Mally Nicholson's knock of 97 runs the main focus. John Wood scored 38 runs and Andy Gorrod made40 runs.

The penultimate game of the season at Saltaire witnessed John Wood's guys secure a hard-earned five wickets victory. The home side were dismissed for 151 with Andrew Deegan bowling well and taking 3-26 and Tanzeel Altaf claimed 4-61. Tim Jackson batted through for 38 not out and he shared a crucial 61 runs partnership with Jimmy Lee who made 37 runs with Tanz' ending on 35 not out as Cleck' ended on 153-5.

Saturday September 5th witnessed the last game of the season at home to Pudsey St Lawrence who clinched the Title with a 66 runs win after making 210-7. In reply, Cleck' managed just 144 with knocks of 36 runs from John Wood and Mally Nicholson scored 35 runs. Earlier, Iain Wardlaw captured 5-55. The main talking point was the retirement of Ian Wood because of injury and after a 10 years spell everyone is sorry to see him leave.




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