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Priestley Cup

Cleck’ narrowly lose close contest

Cleck’ lost by a narrow margin of three runs in the Priestley Cup against Pudsey St Lawrence on Sunday after ending on 207/9 in response to the visitors 210 all out.

A superb game of cricket that ebbed and flowed was watched by an enthusiastic crowd with a real turning point being Awais Ejaz hitting a superb shot destined for four late on in the game that was brilliantly caught in mid air by Adam Waite to virtually end Cleck’s onslaught towards a target that was agonisingly just out of reach – but heralded a number of excellent individual performances including 72 not out from Mally Nicholson and five victims with 5-27 for overseas Qaiser Ashraf and a patient 28 runs from Joe Wood.

Early season form has seen Cleck’ lose four consecutive games, three in the League and Sunday’s Cup match but the level of commitment and closeness of the Priestley Cup game against arguably the best team in the Bradford League should give John Wood’s side a lot of heart for the rest of the term.

The Skipper’s son, Joe showed that he is a young man capable of mixing with the best both with the ball and the bat, Mally just gets better as time goes by not only behind the stumps but with the bat and the overseas is a top-notch slow bowler.

There is so much to come in the future from so many other players and Sunday’s performance should leave the Cleck’ boys in good spirits for the future rather than be downhearted at the Cup result.

Qaiser Ashraf was unlucky to be on the losing side after a superb bowling performance


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