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Midge’ one of just 28 selected for trials

Cleck’s fine young prospect Alex Midgley enjoyed a full day out at Old Trafford on Saturday as he was out to impress in the North of England U15s regional cricket programme.

Alex’s Dad Steve explained; “In summary, twenty eight lads from the whole of the North have been put forward. Yorkshire have sent forward seven lads to represent the County and participate in the North of England programme which runs from now until final North Of England squad selection in July. This squad of fourteen will then represent the North of England at the Bunbury Festival.”

Steve added; “We don’t really know much more at this stage other than its an ECB programme designed to spot talent and progress young players through to young English lions etc. However...that’s a long way off and feet are firmly on the ground but it was a great day on Saturday. They were using some fabulous kit in the indoor cricket centre where Lancashire train. Ampleforth is the next step of the programme.”

The programme is in-depth but makes fascinating reading with observation days, assessment and indoor training and matches between July and August.

Alex knows full well there’s a long way to go to progress – but Cleck’ must acknowledge that the 15-year-old all-rounder is a brilliant prospect and he’s working hard to learn the game.

Alex Midgley is working hard to progress his game

The Cricket Section’s veteran Secretary and statistician Bob Speight came up with an interesting point highlighting Alex Midgley’s progress mirroring that of Andrew Gale, to date and referring to the afore-mentioned ‘piece’.

Galey has carved out a magnificent career with Yorkshire CCC from humble beginnings at Moorend.

Bob commented; “There is a picture of Andrew on our Clubhouse wall that shows him raising his bat after scoring 133 not out twenty years ago whilst playing in the Under 15s Bunbury festival in 1999.”

Confident Fletch ready for Cleck’ challenge

Craig Fletcher joined Cleck’ pre-season from Kirkburton CC and as a genuine all-rounder he comes toMoorend highly-regarded and from what the ‘older pundits’ would describe - as being from good stock!

Craig’s Dad Stuart played County cricket for both Yorkshire and Lancashire. He was a right-arm medium pace bowler who was with his home County between 1983 to 1991 with a couple of seasons for the Red Rose County – plus, father and son played in the same team. “I started senior cricket at Elland in the Drakes Premier League at the age of 14 and played in the Premier League for Elland where I won the League alongside my Dad,” revealed Craig. "I captained Kirkburton for the last three seasons. Obviously having a Dad with the cricketing credentials that he has - as a kid I always wanted to be better than him unfortunately 114 first class games compared to my none isn’t much competition but I did manage to play for England under 15’s and 16’s - the highlight playing at Newlands against Western Province.”

There is no doubt that the Club’s new signing is a determined character. “One thing I’d say about myself is I’m a winner,” admitted Craig. “Like most people in sport I hate losing and will battle until the death to win! But once the game is over it’s always good to enjoy a cold one with the lads and the opposition too. If you asked a few around the Huddersfield league they might not have as nice of a description of how I play!"

Craig Fletcher is a 'self-confessed' determined character

When asked how he came to join Cleck’Craig revealed that persistence from within our Club was key. He added:” I’ve always liked Cleck’ as a Club since playing for the Huddersfield League in the floodlit competition. Since then I’ve had some interest from Cleck’ through John Wood and Mally Nicholsonalthough Mally has kept on at me the last few years to the point where I had to say yes to get him to stop turning up on my doorstep! Joking aside I’ve known Mally a while and have always said I fancied giving the Bradford Premier League a shot. I’m 30 in June with a one year old daughter and felt like it was a case of do it now or never. I’ve really enjoyed getting stuck in with the lads the last few weeks in the indoor nets and we’re looking strong with a few lads to come back from overseas too including my old mate Azeem Rafiq who I believe is an unbelievably good signing! I played alongside Azeem for a few years with the Yorkshire Academy and we’ve stayed in touch since then so to be able to play a part in getting him to the Club was brilliant.”

On Friday March 8th the now regular Annual Dinner took place and out of the blue, Craig very kindly agreed to take a table of ten guests. “I know how difficult it can be raising funds so having experienced my first Cleck’ do I was very impressed as were the lads that came with me,” he said. “I’m sure they will all be more than willing to come back! I’m certain too you’ll see plenty of my wife Anna and DaughterMatilda alongside my Dad, Mum, Grandma, and anyone else that fancies a Saturday afternoon beer!!”

As a family Club little Matilda is more than welcome to 'terrorise' those around the boundary edge!!

In conclusion Craig revealed he’s no regrets about his career to date and commented: “I’d like to think I’ve done pretty well over the years, as I mentioned earlier I managed to represent my Country and my county and did alright. I’ve won and lost a few Cup Finals over the years and got plenty of wickets and runs along the way. Obviously it would’ve been great to progress further but it is what it is and the one thing I wanted to tick off the list was playing in the Bradford Premier League so hopefully I can make an impact on and off the field at Moorend and help us bring back some silverware.”

There’s no doubt that Craig has made a big impact attitude wise with everyone at Cleck’ and his capture has been greeted with positivity around Moorend.

Compliments galore!

They say you shouldn’t throw bouquets at yourself but for now following Friday’s successful Annual Dinner the Cricket Section will brush aside that particular notion with the following comments - and with no pun intended - the Proprietor of Edwin Pounds’ funeral directors Simon Broome commented; “what a brilliant night – I’ve not been to the Club before but both my colleague Paul Griffin and me were very impressed not just with the evening’s entertainment and food but with the set-up as a whole."

Pounds’ have come on board for the first time ever as the main sponsors and those comments augur well for the future.

Other guests were mightily impressed with many more kind sentiments which include those from the former Bradford City, Rochdale and York City manager Terry Dolan who said; “I always enjoy my evenings at Cleck’ and look forward to meeting people I now consider friends during the cricket season."

It was great to see so many new faces amongst the 115 guests and the night was arguably our best dinner yet?

More events to follow in 2019

Following Friday’s fabulous Annual Dinner and the Neil Diamond tribute night just a few short weeks ago the Cricket Section’s quest for further fund-raising events continues.

In the Club’s Cricket Events Calendar is information about all the forthcoming evenings and afternoons Events at the Club in the coming weeks and months.

There was a great atmosphere at Moorend on Friday March 8th

The ‘thirst’ not only to raise much needed capital but to give guests a good experience at Moorend is a genuine aim for all of the Cricket Committee, which of course filters down from all of the Sports Club Committee and members.

The Sports Club Chair Lady Liz Bailey attended the Annual Dinner and she proved to be a good sport alongside many other guests who were subjected to some harmless but hilarious poking of fun by the comedian John Gillan.

A word for the Sports Club’s new Bar Manager Bethan and her team of ladies who were truly magnificent in their assistance on Friday serving drinks at the tables, which always goes down well with guests.

There is a great deal more planned this year and we ask everyone to keep an eye on the Events Calendar and on the screen in the bar area.

Sports Club Chair Lady Liz Bailey was a 'good sport' at Friday's dinner and to the left of the photo pictured are two pensive but supportive gentlemen! As was everyone of course and the evening was a great success

Massive thanks to dinner guests!

Friday’s Cricket Section Annual Dinner went down a storm despite a slight set-back through the day!

Guest speaker Curtis Woodhouse pulled out at the last minute because of illness, a genuine situation as the former footballer turned boxer developed food poisoning overnight after a meal out!

Thankfully, former Nott’m Forest and England midfielder Steve Hodge stepped in as a replacement at short notice and he did a manful job.

Comedian John Gillan went down an absolute storm! MC/Auctioneer John Collier oversaw his usual slick stint in fine style.

Overall, the evening was thoroughly enjoyable and it was truly heart warming to witness around 115 guests enjoy themselves as well as taking part in heads & tails - and as a bonus every auction prize achieved a fantastic value plus 15 match day sponsors were acquired.

The waitress service at the tables was appreciated by everyone – and to those that supported the Cricket section the Cricket Committee en-bloc thanks all of our guests.

Cleck's 'brilliant' bar staff can be seen hard at work

Robbo’ rates Cleck’s chances of success

Joe Robinson has been around Moorend since he was an eight-year old and two decades on he remains loyal to Cleck’ having had a brief foray at Scholes.

Joe was an important part of the Cleck’ side that won two Titles and he’s sufficiently qualified to give an accurate opinion of his Club’s fortunes for the coming season.

“This season both the First and Seconds’ teams are in with a great chance of success,” commentedRobbo’. “The First Team started to click at the back end of last year and with three great additions to the team, Azeem RafiqCraig Fletcher and Andy Gorrod coming back Cleck’ could be ‘dark horses’ for the Championship this year and we’re in with a great chance of causing more than a few upsets.”

Joe may tire of being known as Mr Reliable, we’re not sure because he never complains and just gets on with his game, which makes him a massive favourite at Cleck’ and after playing First Team cricket last season, he’s now agreed to add his vast experience for the Seconds in 2019 and believes promotion has to be the aim.

Joe Robinson is vastly experienced with two Championship medals under his belt

He said; “For the Seconds’ this year promotion is a must – the Seconds’ side have a great set of lads and having Joe Wood back at the Club is a huge bonus both in the batting and bowling departments. The young lads like Richard Noble and Ethan Lee had fantastic seasons last year and they will influence the side massively.”

Richard Noble's progress in the Seconds has been highlighted by Robbo'

There is no doubt that Joe will be remembered forever at Cleck’ as a player who would never let you down – a hugely popular man and arguably with one of the safest pair of hands in the Bradford League.Robbo’ has years ahead of him in the game should he chose - and hopefully always at Moorend but for this season he’s more than happy to help the Club’s Second team.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the Second team under new Captain Elliot Hallas ala ‘big shire horse’ – and it will be nice to see him leading the lads and taking over from Chris Dobson,” added Robbo’. “Dobby has done a superb job as Captain and I’m sure he will enjoy just turning up and playing without any added pressure.”

Chris Dobson can now enjoy his game without the responsibility of Captaincy

Joe has stepped up as Captain on occasions and he knows exactly what’s required from his team mates – his attitude rubs off on others and Robbo’s presence around the Club as a whole is a massive plus for everyone.

Tribute act is a real gem!

The Neil Diamond tribute act who performed superbly at Moorend on Friday night strutted his stuff in front of an appreciative audience of over 120 guests.

Organiser Dave Worrall, who had brilliant support from Chairman Ian Gatenby and other helpful individuals was delighted with a man who not only mimicked the great star but he had many more different songs in his repertoire.

As far as events are concerned Dave has ‘nailed it’ and such tribute acts and for the cost of just £10 per person makes it affordable and good value and the support from everyone was truly amazing!

One real feature of what was a fabulous evening was the level of support and whilst the Cricket Section were represented in fine style, a large number of Sports Club members and their friends in general were present and that highlights the unity of the Club as a whole.

The function room was full to the rafters on Friday night

So many Club members and friends supported the Cricket Section

Woody admits eagerness!

Former Captain John Wood was the lynchpin of Cleck’ for well over a decade and his opinions carry a great deal of kudos to this day.

Now happy to be ‘one of the lads’ without the responsibility of being Skipper, Woody reveals that he’s excited about the signing of Azeem Rafiq and he cannot wait to start the new season.

Azeem is a brilliant signing for us,” admitted John. “As a Club we’re always keen to secure the services of talented players who in turn want to come to Cleck’ and are keen to join us for the right reasons. He’s a great lad who will push us forward again and help us to challenge over the next few years.”

Woody concluded by adding; “I can’t wait to start the new season and see our new signing play.”

John remains a pivotal figure at Moorend as does his family and even though his mum Anne Wood no longer oversees tea duties, which she stoically oversaw for well over ten years, Anne remains on call to help if she’s able, which includes the ‘Ladies Luncheon’ in July – with more information to follow soon.

The one-time Captain may be in the twilight of his career but his keeness to play remains intact.

Latest signing captures imagination

Following the capture of Azeem Rafiq after his release by Yorkshire CCC the Club’s committee member and former Chairman Dave Worrall expresses his delight at the new signing.

“Everyone at Cleck’ is excited about the signing of Azeem,” admitted Dave. “Skipper Mally Nicholsonhas worked very hard to get this one over the line and there were times we didn’t think it was going to happen and we had contingencies in place - but we got there in the end.”

The one-time Chairman added; “I have spoken to Azeem briefly and he is really looking forward to meeting up with the boys and getting out on the grass. He will also be taking charge of our summer camp which is great news for our forty plus juniors and we will be promoting this event through the website and local schools. We are viewing this as a long term arrangement and a further step forward for the Club.”

Azeem became Cleck’s latest newcomer after signing a contract with the Club.

The 27-year-old Karachi-born off spinner who is an adept batsman also was released by Yorkshire CCCat the end of the 2018 season but despite offers elsewhere he has teamed up with the Moorenders for the 2019 season and Azeem has committed himself to playing regular cricket with Cleck’.

Azeem made his debut for Yorkshire against Sussex in 2009 and despite a loan spell with Derbyshirein 2011 he went on to become Yorkshire’s youngest ever Captain in the Club’s history in 2012, which was in a T20/20 game against Durham.

Azeem’s record is impressive, he’s taken 71 first class wickets and 102 victims in T20 games plus many more wickets in other competitions.

He had a first class batting average of 39.5 notching over 2,800 runs and an average of 22.9 in T20 games scoring 2155 runs.

The man born in Pakistan on February 27th 1991 is good friends with another of Cleck’s pre-season signings, Craig Fletcher and after speaking to the Moorenders Captain Mally NicholsonAzeem was delighted to make the decision to play in the Bradford League, which naturally has gone down well with the Club’s Skipper. “For me, Azeem is a quality signing for us and hopefully we can push on from last season with his help,” commented Mally. “And we’re hoping to see him at Cleck’ long after the coming season.”

Azeem has endured a tough time with the very sad loss of his unborn child but he has a close bond with his family and of course his devoted wife Fayal. And it is with that in mind that Azeem has decided to be more readily available than the rigours of County Cricket.

Everyone at Cleck’ is delighted to have such a talented player on board and everyone at Moorendwishes Azeem well.

Azeem Rafiq's signing is a real coup for Cleck'

In addition to Azeem the Club is delighted to have captured the signing of experienced all-rounder Craig Fletcher from Kirkburton CC a player that Mally reveals he's been trying to sign for some time.

Not forgetting Andy Gorrod who returns to the fold and he is a popular character around Moorend.

A lot of Clubs will have made some quality signings but with the possibility of Tom Kohler-Cadmorebeing available to play a few games prospects for 2019 look promising for Cleck' and importantly the Club's players' budget has not increased one bit!!


Craig Fletcher is a player the Club Captain was keen on signing for some while

Cleck’ begin season on home soil

Cleck’s First Team are at home to Townville on the opening day of the 2019 season, which starts on Saturday April 27th.

Other opening day Premier League fixtures include; Champions Pudsey St Lawrence hosting Methleyand newcomers Undercliffe and Wrenthorpe face each other at Intake Road.

Woodlands will find life hard away to ambitious New FarnleyFarsley host Hanging HeatonBradford & Bingley at home to Lightcliffe could go either way.

The following week on Saturday May 4th Cleck’ travel to newly promoted Wrenthorpe and faceLightcliffe at Moorend a week later with the usual early season contest against Pudsey St Lawrencetaking place at Tofts Road on Saturday May 18th.

April 27th sees Cleck’s seconds’ side visit Northowram Fields but just 24 hours later face Undercliffe atMoorend, which given good weather should witness a good crowd with Elliott Hallas’ players at home toWrenthorpe on May 4th.

With one more player to be signed the First Team has a healthy squad of 14 including Yorkshire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore subject to his availability. That said looking at the Seconds' for the coming season any member of the side could step up if required, which will be a likely remit.

Cleck’ welcome newcomers

Cleck’s Seconds’ Skipper Elliott Hallas reveals two newcomers for his side next term.

Joe Wood returns to the Club from Spen Victoria and James Ives has signed from the Liversedge First Team,” revealed Elliott. “Woody comes back after a year’s absence to open the batting and bowling andJames comes as a much-needed quality spinner. Both players have come to win games and improve their own performances and to help the Cleck’ seconds to promotion.”

The 2019 season is Elliott’s first as the Seconds’ Captain having taken over from Chris Dobson but he’s ready for the challenge ahead. “When asked to take over from Dobby as Captain I knew straight away that I needed two players an opening bowler and a spinner,” added Elliott. “Luckily with the signing ofWoody he comes with great ability as a bowler and as a talented batsman. James is a player I played a lot of junior cricket with at Liversedge and he is a consistent performer and as an off spinner he’ll compliment the battery of seam bowlers and the leg spin of Ethan Lee and I believe there are exciting times ahead for the Seconds’.”

Elliott has a wealth of youth and experience at his disposal and his enthusiasm alone will assist his players and not forgetting he has Dobby alongside him and a former Bradford League First Division title winner in Joe Robinson to lend his support.

Cleck's Seconds are boosted by two new quality signings

What’s happened so far?

Player recruitment is of interest to those involved with the Club and Cleck’s quest to bring in new players is on-going.

The Cricket Section's keen to inform everyone of the efforts made without giving away a confidence.

The recent capture of all-rounder Craig Fletcher is a good move with a couple more potential signings in the pipeline.

To put everyone’s mind at rest Skipper Mally Nicholson and the Cricket Committee have put in place a list of potential quality recruits but recruitment is never easy.

Without wishing to divulge too much or tempt fate a top-notch opening batsman who can bowl off-spin is genuinely on the radar and he is most definitely interested in joining the Club.

Of course, a lot of work’s to be done yet and a sensible player’s budget – that hasn’t budged for several years despite conjecture – remains intact and fingers crossed another new face may well be announced in the none too distant future?

In addition thanks must go to Stanley Cars who despite not renewing their sponsorship for the 2019 season have supported the Cricket Section for the last five years. The proprietor Mr Tony Stanley will continue to be part of the Club and very welcome at any time as his support has been invaluable.

A replacement shirt sponsor is in place with an announcement in the New Year plus a potentially larger sponsorship deal with a very renowned name is being targeted.

In addition Mr Scratchings have again agreed to be the Club's match day programme sponsor and thanks goes to Mr Roger Banks who makes sure also that he supports the Cricket Section functions.

Last season's First Team squad will be enhanced for the 2019 season

Dobby reveals he’s good for ‘at least’ two more years!

Chris Dobson is Cleck’s longest serving player and at one stage in his career at Moorend he was a mentor to Andrew Gale who is of course the Yorkshire CCC coach and former Captain.

Dobby’s recent years have witnessed him as the Seconds’ Skipper and he’s done a magnificent job but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he’s not only a loyal Club servant but he’s been a talented batsman and for many years he played in the First Team.

Chris might be in the ‘twilight’ of his career but he remains as a player and in two years, he’ll have played for the Club an amazing 30 years, which is quite an achievement to say the least! Below are words from Dobby in full regarding his time at Cleck’ and his thoughts on the Seconds.

“After captaining the 2nds for seven years it seems like a good time to be handing the job over. I’d pretty much decided over last winter that, if possible, I’d like 2018 to be my last as Captain and as it turned out the committee also decided the same so everything worked out nicely!

The brief I had when I started as Captain was to give some of the Club’s juniors a chance – which in the first couple of seasons was taken to the extreme a few times when I was the only over 18 in our side – and I think we did that fairly well. In the first few seasons we were getting beaten most weeks but eventually – a bit later than I’d hoped to be honest – we started winning and with a bit more luck with weather and player availability we could have got promoted in any of the last three seasons.

Chris Dobson can look on his time at Cleck' with great pride

We now have a core of 2nd team players most of whom started as juniors seven seasons ago - one of which will be taking over the captaincy – so things are pretty good. One of the big challenges in the 2nds is to keep a squad of players happy – there are always other Clubs who are struggling for players so if someone doesn’t get picked for two or three weeks they can always go and get a game elsewhere meaning that we then struggle for players when holidays/1st team calls etc. happen. Hopefully Elliott Hallas can manage to do that better than I did!

I’m sure Elliott will do a fine job as Captain - he's often taken over the past couple of seasons when I’ve been away and done a great job, and I look forward to playing in his team (if selected of course). I see he’s already managed to attend more committee meetings than I did in seven years and, no doubt, a field of four slips and two gullies will be seen at Moorend more often from now on!

From my point of view I’m looking forward to a couple of seasons of only having to think about getting to the game on a Saturday and not the many other things you have on your plate as Captain.”

Dobby believes Elliott Hallas is an excellent choice to 'fill his boots' as the Seconds' Skipper

Cleck’ capture first pre-season signing

Cleckheaton Cricket Club is delighted to announce the signing of Craig Fletcher from Kirkburton CC.

The talented genuine all-rounder has made the bold decision to join the Moorenders from his side in the Huddersfield League and Cleck’s Captain Mally Nicholson has no doubts that the first of several newcomers anticipated to sign for the 2019 season, will do an excellent job for the Club.

Craig is a good signing for us as we needed another all-rounder to support Nick Walker especially asJohn Wood does not want to bowl,” commented Mally. “We’re all looking forward to Craig being in our side and I know he’ll definitely fit in with the rest of the lads.”

Craig’s Dad, Stuart was a hugely respected player for Yorkshire CCC and Cleck’s new signing has pedigree in every way and he should compliment a team still looking to add a top-notch batsman and a spinner to the team.

Craig Fletcher is a welcome addition to Cleck's First Team

There are a number of events planned in the coming months and the Cricket Section asks those interested in supporting the Club to keep an eye on the Events Calendar.

An evening with a Neil Diamond tribute act is coming on Friday February 8th and the Cricket Section’s Annual Dinner takes place on Friday March 8th. Boxer and former footballer Curtis Woodhouse is the guest speaker.

Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated.

Steve Midgley and Antony Lee always support Club even

Elliott relishing Captaincy opportunity

For the 2019 season Elliott Hallas replaces Chris Dobson as the Second team Captain and he is delighted to be given the chance.

Dobby remains as a player at Cleck’ and the Club’s loyal servant is handing over the reins to yet another loyal Club member and player who spoke of his intentions for next year. Elliott wrote the following message.

I’d like to take this chance to publicly thank the Cricket Committee for giving me the opportunity to captain the 2nd X1 from 2019.

I came to Cleckheaton Cricket Club as a 15- year -old boy  from a recommendation from Mark and Sam Bailey to play under 17s and 2nd X1 cricket. From that moment on I’ve not looked back since.

I’m taking over a very strong and talented team that Dobby has spent a lot of time with and I hope to take this team from strength to strength.

Both myself and First Team Skipper Mally Nicholson - alongside various members of the Club’s committee - will be working hard over the winter months to bring in some players that’ll help improve the side on the field and also off the field too.

Once again thank you for the support that the Club have shown me and looking forward to getting down to it in 2019.

Elliott Hallas is a determined and a very popular character at Cleck'

Age no barrier for Woody

John Wood celebrated his 48th birthday on Sunday and his performance the previous day againstMethley showed he’s still an important player for Cleck’.

John revealed he will carry on playing First Team cricket for the Club for at least another season in 2019 and judging by his brisk knock of 59 and 2-12 at the weekend that’s good news for the Moorenders.

It has been well documented that Woody’s tenure at Moorend for the last 12 years or so has witnessed two Championship successes and a Priestley Cup Final place and a Club that prides itself on having a ‘happy ship.’

Mally Nicholson, who took over from John as Captain at the beginning of the season, is becoming a clone of a man whom he can still depend on. Woody’s family were and in many ways still are a massive part of the Club and Mally’s family and friends are taking up a similar mantle. John's brother Ian and his children were at the game on Saturday and no-one at Cleck' forgets Ian's fabulous role for years.

Woody created a solid team ethic, which continues, he had to make some tough decisions at times but with the backing of former Chairman Dave Worrall and the current Chairman Ian Gatenby and the committee the correct decisions were usually made.

Thankfully, we’re not writing John’s ‘playing obituary’ for some while.

His performances on the field are still class – even if he does creak a little more afterwards these days!

John Wood will play on for another season at Cleck' and his legacy will be of a loyal servant as was his brother Ian

Galey tips Kohler-Cadmore for international honours!

Yorkshire CCC first team coach Andrew Gale tips Cleck’s signing Tom Kohler-Cadmore to become a top-class performer at international level!

Tom is of course contracted to Yorkshire CCC but he has been allowed to join Cleck’ when available to develop his game even further, which is a massive plus for the Moorenders and a help to both the player and his County.

Former Cleck’ star Galey remains close to many players, members and friends at Moorend and he gave the Club’s website the following comments; “Tom is an excellent player and I believe he has the potential to gain international honours in white ball cricket,” revealed Galey. “He is finding out his own game in red ball cricket but I am confident he’ll be a success for Yorkshire. Playing at Cleckheaton allows him to keep up his good form from the cricket he is playing midweek. I am certain everyone at Cleck’ will be entertained!!”

Galey has had tremendous success with Yorkshire over the last few years as a player, Captain and now a coach and his opinion carries a great deal of weight and his appraisal of Tom’s ability can only benefit all concerned.

Cleck's relationship with the County outfit and Galey in-particular is about trust and when the Club's Captain Mally Nicholson and officials from Moorend met with Tom it was obvious from the outset his attitude towards his role with Cleck' was that he'll be a great guy in the dressing room as well as an astute signing.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore is tipped for international honours by Galey

Cleck’ tie keenly fought contest

Cleck’ tied the friendly game at Undercliffe on Saturday and there were more pluses than minuses in the forty overs a side game.

Mally's side batted first and posted 190 with the loss of five wickets and in reply the hosts made 190-8 with Toby Thorpe hitting the stumps for a run out off the last ball of the match.

The Skipper made 53 not out before retiring and Vice-Captain Nick Lindley retired also after hitting 51 runs. Toby scored 26 runs on his return to his former Club before being given out LBW.

The bowling for Cleck’ was a mixed-bag but 14-year-old Alex Midgley excelled capturing 2-28 off six overs as well as taking a splendid catch. Nick took 2-33 off his eight overs with Johnny Whiteoak andAndrew Deegan taking a wicket apiece. Ethan Lee had credible figures also of 1-31 off 4.3 overs whilstJohn Wood was the most economical with just fourteen runs coming off his five overs bowled.

Woody's economical bowling at Intake Road was instrumental in the tied game

It was vital for the lads to play on grass at long last following the recent wet weather and in bright sunshine the game didn’t disappoint a fairly sizeable crowd.

Although not too much should be read in to a friendly match and with four would be First Team regulars that didn't play at Intake Road set to play at New Farnley next Saturday, the keenly fought game was entertaining and both teenagers Alex and Ethan can be extremely pleased with their performances. Neither of the young men looked out of place and if they continue to work as hard at their game in the future as they have already, they can look forward to good careers but they have a long haul yet but so far, so good.

Toby and Nick seem like they could forge a strong opening batting partnership whilst one or two bowlers looked a little ‘rusty’ but that’s only to be expected.

Overall, thanks to Undercliffe for staging the game on a wicket that appeared to be in excellent condition.

Nick Lindley had a busy afternoon at Undercliffe!




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