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Cleck's momentous game against Yorkshire CCC on Wed' June 13th 2012 was not only a huge success for the Club but there was a welcome and brilliant return to Moorend for Andrew Gale!

The Yorkshire Captain and former Cleck' star lit up Moorend with a dazzling display of batting.

The two Captains John Wood and Andrew Gale after the toss of the coin

Andrew Gale had a dream return to his former Club as the Captain of the County outfit by scoring a brilliant 146 not out and for the record Yorkshire scored 242-5 with Joe Root notching a rapid 40 runs in addition to ‘Galey’s’ terrific ton plus a few more besides and only Ian Wood, with impressive figures of 1-16 off 4 overs came anywhere near to taming the County side who won by 91 runs as Cleck’s reply was 151-8 although the Club’s own big hitter, Richard Whitehurst, smashed a tremendous 62 runs. Tim Jackson also batted well for his score of 27.

‘Jimmy’ Lee did well against his former employers scoring 36 runs and taking two wickets for 47 runs. Yorkshire’s star bowlers were Moin Ashraf with 3-23 and Adil Rashid who took 2-23 but putting to one side the statistics, the whole evening was a real pleasure.

Apart from the return to his first League side and a brilliant innings on the night the fact that ‘Galey’ and his players along with Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon showed everyone at Cleck’ what a brilliant set of professionals they are and also great guys who signed autographs, did not complain or even hint at coming off the field when it was raining quite heavily for a short while and overall you can tell they have a togetherness without one prima donna in their ranks – it was a pleasure to see them perform.

Phil Jaques of Yorkshire hits a boundary - but he wasn't on his own!

After the game Jason Gillespie tweeted; 'Great game Cleck'hospitality was outstanding. We got so much out of the game. Thanks Cleck' great Club.' 'Galey' added; 'Great night and it was good to see so many familiar faces.'

There was no doubting the gulf in class between the two teams but at least Cleck' made a fist of things and for young players like Joe Robinson, as just one example, it was an evening to remember. Joe took a splendid catch and he did not look out of his depth with the bat. Tim Jackson played a neat innings and James Lee also showed why he was once on the County side's books. As for 'Wiggy' he should take his display on board and remember every week in the League that he has the ability to smash any bowler out of the ground, regardless of their pedigree. It's probably a bit unfair to single out certain players for praise because every one of our guys performed tremendously well.

Yorkshire are pictured on parade at Cleckheaton

It is difficult to say thank you to individuals because on the night and throughout the day there were so many people that just got ‘stuck in’ but there was good feedback from the Sponsors, Thompson, Davis & Co. Ltd and also Thwaites Brewery as well as a lot of smiling faces in the crowd.

A final word for the Cleck' guys who gave their illustrious opponents a decent game of Cricket and some genuine match practice ahead of Yorkshire's t20 season. It was not easy for several of our players to make it to the ground in time for the 6.00pm start but they did and credit to the majority of them who put in a shift on the night following a day's work. Also, it was good to see our own fast bowler Iain Wardlaw come to Moorend in his official County gear and be part of Yorkshire's pre-match sessions that were impressively intense before 'Wardy' changed in to his Cleck' gear to play for us.

On the night Thwaites Brewery named their Men-of-the-Match and the choices were not too difficult with Andrew Gale and Richard Whitehurst both taking home some bottles of top-notch booze!

Cleck's team pictured prior to the game against Yorkshire

After the game Martyn Moxon spoke to the Cleck' Chairman, Dave Worrall and told him that he was 'blown away' with the night. He added that he had not known what to expect but thought that the game was a teriffic practice session and that he was grateful to our team for putting his side through their paces.

The Club also received a welcome e-mail from Alan Birkenshaw who is the Development Officer for the JCT 600 Bradford League.

Alan wrote; 'Many congratulations for the way you staged your Twenty/20 game against Yorkshire in such trying circumstances. Unfortunately due to the print deadlines of my newspapers I was unable to attend myself, but I have met several people today who did attend and they spoke highly of how well you presented the game and conducted yourselves as a Club. Once again the weather didn't do you any favours but I hope you were all happy with the outcome.

You should be proud of showcasing your Club in such a positive way. Well done everybody who played their part.'

Below is a list of the winners of our raffle prizes on the night.

The first prize of the television was won by Diane Lee who is the Mum of James Lee Cleck’s talented all-rounder. 0289 was the winning ticket number.

There are some 20/20 tickets for Yorkshire games to be claimed. 0393 belonging to Gaz. 0249 for C.Joyce. 1100 and 0244 for P. Joyce. Those and any other unclaimed prizes can be claimed by contacting Mark Robinson on 07816672024 or via his e-mail address which is; mrbantam@gmail.co.uk

T. Rigg, ticket number 0601 and 0602 has claimed their prizes of wine and a meal for 4. Mick Collins 1881 has won the Cookery Book and there are some more Yorkshire tickets to be claimed for J. Stares 0968, while the wine hamper was claimed but 1115 for a bottle of Bacardi remains unclaimed.

Thank you to everyone that attended on the night and those that purchased raffle tickets and food to round off a superb evening.

The Club's annual Twenty/20 takes pride of place in this section following a fabulous three days event and a very successful celebration dinner.

JCT 600 Sovereigns are the 2010 winners of the Romida Trophy following a routine 6 wickets win against the Huddersfield Drakes at Cleckheaton Cricket Club on Thursday 2nd September.

Seen above are the worthy winners of the Cleckheaton CC Twenty/20 competition - the JCT 600 Sovereigns.

The three night's floodlit event jointly sponsored by Proserve and Thompson, Davis & Co. Ltd has been an enormous success with crowds totalling over 1,000 during the whole competition. On Thursday evening the Huddersfield Drakes were struggling from the word go and limped towards a meagre total of 112-9 with Sovereigns' bowlers Ian Philliskirk and M.Akhtar taking 3-17 and 3-18 respectively. In reply Sovereigns eased their way to 115-4 with Farsley's Lorenzo Ingram notching an impressive 55 not out.

Although the Drakes' wicketkeeper Max Joyce hit an impressive 31 runs it was not enough to help his side towards a total, which gave his fellow bowlers some leeway. There was some initial assistance for the Drakes with two early wickets as both Adam Patel and Alex Stead were dismissed for nought but once big-hitter Inghram took himself to the crease there was only going to be one winner. One piece of positive play on the night for the Drakes was the fact that Tom Craddock bowled the only maiden over during the whole three nights!

Huddersfield Drakes' Innings: T. Denton b M. Akhtar 1 G. Buckley c I. Philliskirk b M. Azhharullah 16 A. Morris c A. Stead b M. Akhtar 4 S. Kelly c L. Holroyd b M. Akhtar 2 M. Joyce b I. Philliskirk 31 L. Kentish c J. Smith b L. Ingram 14 B. Potter b I. Philliskirk 0 E. Wilson lbw b I. Philliskirk 0 C. Fletcher b Inghram 3 D. Glover not out 5 T. Craddock not out 23 Extras: 13 Total 112 -9

Sovereigns bowling: I. Philliskirk 3-17 off 4 overs. M. Azharullah 1-27 off 4 overs M. Akhtar 3-18 off 4 overs. L. Inghram 2-17 off 4 overs C. Thompson 0-14 off 2 overs. Z. Qasim 0-13 off 2 overs.

Sovereigns' innings: A. Stead b T. Craddock 0 A. Patel b C. Fletcher 0 P. Slater c G. Buckley b A. Morris 18 L. Ingram not out 55 I. Philliskirk b B. Potter 2 J. Smith not out 9 Extras 31 Total 115 - 4 Did not bat: Z.Qasim, C. Thompson, L. Holroyd. M. Akhtar, M. Azharullah.

Drakes' bowling: T. Craddock 1-17 off 4 overs. C. Fletcher 1-29 off 2 overs. A. Morris 1-27 off 3 overs. G. Buckley 0-9 off 3 overs. B. Potter 1-16 off 2 overs. L. Kentish 0-4 0ff 0.1 over.

drakes' team photo

Pictured above are the Huddersfield Drakes' side that played their part in a wonderful week at Moorend.

The winners of the Juniors Trophy was Spen Victoria who totalled 202-4 to cancel out Gomersal's reply of 185-6. The youngsters had a wonderful time and the delight on the faces of the kids said everything about the competition.

cleck' ground under floodlights(photo courtesy of Mike Baker)

Shown above is Moorend under floodlights in a competition, which has run for four years.

On Wednesday evening against the Cleckheaton Crusaders the Huddersfield Drakes' runs were shared out as they totalled 149-6 in their 20 overs, which appeared to be an achievable total for the Crusaders. However, despite knocks of 32 and 33 by John Wood and Edward Walmsley respectively, the home side faltered and ended the match with a score of 138-9.

Before the main event on Wednesday evening Spen Victoria Juniors defeated Hartshead Moor Juniors by 19 runs and will meet Gomersal Juniors in Thursday's Final. Spen scored 194, while Hartshead totalled 175 in reply. When the Senior sides took their bow it was Cleckheaton Crusaders that decided to bat and a couple of silly run out's and wayward middle-order batting prevented a home side victory. Never-the-less for the neutral the game was fascinating and the result was always in doubt until the last couple of overs when the Drakes' showed their quality. Thursday's Final is destined to be a tight contest.

On Tuesday evening 31st August there was a terrific tussle as the JCT 600 Sovereigns overcame a spirited resistance from the Gomersal Gladiators to win by 19 runs.

Chris Thompson with 54 not out and a useful 33 from Phil Slater helped the Sovereigns to a healthy total of 216-7. At one stage the Gladiators looked on course to win but once Greg Fotheringham was out following a tremendous innings of 55 it was always going to be an uphill fight even though skipper Richard Whitehurst struck an impressive 42 runs in his side's total of 197-8.

The atmosphere at Moorend was first class and the evening began with Gomersal Juniors beating Cleckheaton Juniors by 34 runs. The visitors notched 176 and Cleck's reply of 142 was not sufficient to prevent the kids from Gomersal playing in Thursday's final against either Spen Victoria or Hartshead Moor Juniors. The main event commenced at 8.00pm with the Sovereigns batsman taking the initiative from the word go. Slater, Thompson and Lorenzo Ingram were particularly cruel to the Gladiators skipper Richard Whitehurst who finished with figures of 0-53 in just 3 overs! Fotheringham and Whitehurst produced some fireworks with the bat but in the end their efforts fell just short of gaining a win for the brave Gladiators. The overall impression was that everyone enjoyed a fantastic game of cricket played in a superb spirit with families watching on, which really has to be the icing on the cake with the promise of more to come during Wed' and Thu' evenings.

Off the field there are so many people that help the Club's Twenty/20 become a success every year from the Sponsors right down to the people that give their time free-of-charge just to support Cleckheaton CC.

The last word on this year's Twenty/20 has to go to Cleckheaton Cricket Chairman Dave Worrall following a successful week in a competition, which he would modestly acknowledge was his 'brain-child'. "Cleckheaton Cricket Club was the first side to introduce coloured clothing to the Bradford League and we were the first Club to try the Floodlit Twenty/20," revealed the Chairman. "The competition may have run its course we will have to wait and see, who knows we may do something bigger and better next year?" Dave Worrall added: "We have had magnificent support from our Sponsors Proserve, Romida and Thompson, Davis & Co. Ltd and also so many other people that has helped make the tournament a success. There are too many to mention individually but they know their help is greatly appreciated by the Club." Dave also admitted that the players have been magnificent. "Players from every team have been a credit to their Club's and their respective League - they can all be very proud of their efforts this week," concluded the Chairman.

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