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2016

Cleck's opening day three wickets win against Lightcliffe on Saturday April 23rd was hard earned in a high scoring contest. The away side posted 264-5 but in reply John Wood's guys scored an impressive 267-7 with John notching 74 runs with Andy Gorrod and Mohammed Zaman scoring 46 and 50 runs respectively.

A week later a seven wickets win against Morley at Moorend was routine as Cleck' surpassed the visitors total of 158 all out scoring 159-3 with over 18 overs to spare. Andrew Deegan captured 4-42 whilst Sam Wilson netted 3-34. Chris Holliday made an excellent 70 not out. On Saturday May 7thCleck' lost by just 15 runs at Bradford & Bingley being bowled out for 227 in reply to the hosts 242-5.Chris Holiday was the top scorer with 68 runs and Jimmy Lee made 51 runs.

Cleck’s eight wickets demolition of New Farnley on Saturday May 14th may have only reaped a disappointing and somewhat unjust fifteen points for a convincing victory but it showed that the Club’s latest recruits have laid the ghost of losing the services of several quality players. Chris Hollidaycontinues to look a class act and his 30 not out was made in quick fire time as Cleck’ eased their way to 121-2 in response to the visitors 118 all out. Skipper John Wood made an excellent 48 runs but the side’s Championship form of 2013 and 2014 was very much in evidence at Moorend on Saturday withAndrew Deegan capturing 3-13 from his five overs bowled and Sam Wilson, who was signed from Pool CC in the winter showed his ability and bottle ending on 3-41 from 12.3 overs.

One week later an abandoned game at Farsley saw Cleck' 71-5 in reply to the home side's total of 166-7 with John Wood the top scorer with 26 runs. Curtis Free took 3-54 in a game that saw the wet weather save Cleck from defeat.

Saturday May 28th saw Cleck' wallop Woodlands by 79 runs scoring 309-2 and in reply the visitors were all out for 230. Chris Holliday scored a magnificent 151 not out whilst Mohammed Zaman made 107 runs in a stand of 224 runs with his team mate. Mohammed Bilawal took 4-49 and Curtis Free bowled well for his 3-28.

Bank Holiday Monday witnessed a shock home defeat agaainst Scholes who had previously not won a game all season. Cleck' lost five wickets for eight runs and ended on 226 all out despite knocks of 68 from John Wood and 71 and 43 runs from Mohammed Zaman and Chris Holliday respectively, as the away side knocked them off with four wickets spare and in the 51 st over, which was a gifted extra over!

The following Saturday on June 4th Hanging Heaton dismissed Cleck' for 88 and went on to win by five wickets ending on 88-5. Saturday June 11th saw Cleck' walloped by Pudsey St Lawrence by 159 runs as the away team scored 283-4 with the hosts all out for a paltry 124. Andy Gorrod and Ian Nicholsonwere on holiday whilst John Wood was called out at the last minute because of an injury to his son, which thankfully turned out to be okay. One week later it was Pudsey Congs who inflicted a thrashing on a Cleck' team struggling for form as the hosts scored 272-5. Despite knocks of 39 and 37 from John Wood and Mally Nicholson Cleck' were dismissed for 169 to lose by 103 runs

Cleck's First Team were inconsistent overall in 2016 but there were a number of outstanding wins even though it was a topsy-turvy season

Cleck’ were 135-6 after 36 overs on Saturday June 25th when the heavens opened that ended play against East Bierley at Moorend on Saturday June 25thSkipper John Wood struck 62 runs that steadied what was an unsteady ship for much of the first innings on a track that was unpredictable. Curtis Free and Jimmy Lee notched 15 and 19 runs respectively before the rain came down and water penetrated the covers, which were rapidly placed over the wicket once the storm clouds gathered. One particular un-named and unashamed Club member was caught up in proceedings as the covers were hurriedly placed on to the square with the 63-year-old gent unceremoniously carried from the boundary edge to the middle via the covers leaving the bemused elder person clinging on for dear life and much to the glee of many of the Cleck’ players!.

Saturday July 2nd witnessed a close call at Lightcliffe with a four wickets win thanks mainly to a knock of 68 not out from Mally Nicholson as Cleck' made 186-6 in reply to the home side's 183-3 in a rain affected match that was reduced to 30 overs apiece. An away game at Morley the following week was rain affected and it was a tepid affair albeit Zimmy scored a brilliant knock of 104 in Cleck's total of 175-7 in 34 overs in a reduced overs game. The hosts made just 62-3 after 25 overs before the rain came.

On Saturday July 16th a 44 runs home win against Bradford & Bingley was fully deserved with Cleck'making 206-8 thanks largely to a 50 partnership between Curtis Free and Sam Wilson who scored 36 and 21 not out respectively in the hosts 206-8 with John Wood making 38 runs. The visitors were all out for 162 with Curtis taking 4-34 and Sam notching three wickets. A six wickets loss the following week at New Farnley saw the home side dismiss Cleck' for 161 and in reply they eased their way to 162-4 despite 59 runs from Jimmy Lee.

On the last day of July Cleck' overwhelmed Farsley by 115 runs scoring 242-9 and dismissing the oppositiion for 127 with John Wood scoring 61 runs and Jimmy Lee ending on 43 not out with Ian Nicholson making 53 runs. Sam Wilson took 3-22 with Andrew Deegan also notching 3-41 and with a word for 18-year-old Joe Wood who stepped up in to the First Team to make 23 runs and take 1-7. What a difference a week makes as Cleck' were hammered by 199 runs on August 6th at Woodlands. The home side made 288-2 and the response was to be all out for 89!! Saturday August 13th saw bottom Club Scholes defeat Cleck' by five wickets with the hosts scoring 181-5 in reply to the away side's 180-9 with Ian Nicholson (Eor) making 71 not out for Cleck'.

One week later Cleck' were on top in an abandoned game against League Leaders Hanging Heaton but the rain prevented a win with Cleck' making 202-9 and the visitors on 158-8 when the rain came. Sam Wilson took 5-57 and Curtis Free bowled well capturing 2-41 whilst Ian Nicholson made 55 not out andChris Holliday scored an excellent 74 runs. On Sat' August 27th Pudsey St Lawrence made 246-2 from 36-4 overs with Adam Waite ending not out 102 and Mark Robertshaw notched a more than useful 88 runs with both of the home side’s wickets taken by Curtis FreeCleck’s response was rapid and after just 6.2 overs were on 62-1 with John Wood making 31 runs off 15 balls and not out having also hit four sixes before the heavens opened.

The final game of the season witnessed a comfortable 48 runs win at East Bierley who were dismissed for 195 in reply to Cleck's 243-5 having been 81-5 at one stage. Zimmy's 114 not out and Eor carrying his bat for 62 in a 162 partnership steered the visitors to victory. Sam Wilson captured 4-50 and there were three wickets for Curtis.




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