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2017 season

A disappointing opening day 22 runs defeat on Saturday April 22nd against New Farnley saw Cleck' dismissed for 209 in reply to the visitors 231 all out although Mally Nicholson batted well for his 76 runs with three wickets apiece for Awais Ejaz and Andrew Deegan with Curtis Free notching 32 runs.

On Saturday April 29th the local derby at Woodlands witnessed a 147 runs defeat as the home team made 268-8 and in reply Cleck' were all out for 121. Qaiser Ashraf made his debut and captured three wickets and a superb slip catch in an otherwise disappointing Cleck' display. Saturday May 6th saw a 22 runs loss at home to Farsley who made 283-4 but in response Cleck's 258 all out was a good effort with Sam Wilson making 63 runs and Awais Ejaz a brisk 44 runs whilst tail ender Andrew Deegan batted well for his 25 runs.

The first win of the new term came at Batley on May 13th with a one run win. Cleck' dismissed the hosts for 233 with a run out from Joe Robinson to secure victory after Cleck' made 234-8 with Skipper John Wood very impressive for his 122 runs with support from Qaiser Ashraf who scored 43 runs. Nick Lindley took five wickets.

One week after an abandoned home game against Pudsey Congs the Club was involved in an amazing tied game at Townville on Saturday May 27th. Nick Lindley struck a brilliant 110 runs to lead Cleck’ to a total of 220-9 following rain interruption. However, the total from 50 overs left the hosts batting for 36 overs without any notion that Cleck’ should have declared on 43 overs to have equal share and a tea interval of one hour 30 minutes was required to settle on a total. Umpires, playersd and spectators were bemused and League officials were called. Initially, the total was revised to 228 but after lengthy discussions 177 was needed for Townville to win as Duckworth Lewis kicked in but in very unsteady style! In brief, Cleck’ bowled and fielded well and Skipper John Wood bowled his one and only over at the death and took 1-5 to see the hosts end on 176-9 with the game a tie.

The Bank Holiday Monday fixture at East Bierley was abandoned due to heavy rain. On Saturday June 3rd a superb 11 runs win against Pudsey St Lawrence witnessed four wickets for Andrew Deegan and three for Awais Ejaz as the visitors were dismissed for 144 run after Cleck' posted a total of 155 that included 38 runs for Nick Lindley and also 41 runs for Skipper John Wood.

The following Saturday League leaders Hanging Heaton won by eight wickets, dismissing Cleck' for a paltry 130 and knocking them off with just two down. Andy Gorrod made 51 runs. On Sat' June 17th it was just as bad as Cleck' suffered an 87 runs home loss to Bradford & Bingley being dismissed for 121 after the visitors posted 208. One week later a 45 runs loss at Lightcliffe witnessed more poor batting as Cleck' were all out for 136 in reply to the hosts 181 with Qaiser Ashraf taking six wickets. July 1st was another bad day at the office losing by 146 runs after being dismissed for 86 chasing New Farnley's 232-7

The home game against Woodlands seven days later witnessed a better performance but yet another loss. The four wickets defeat saw the visitors overcome Cleck's 195-5 with Ian Nicholson top scorer and 65 not out and Neil Nicholson rolled back the years notching 43 runs but the visitors made 196-6 in reply. The following week, Cleck' were dismissed for 75 against Farsley losing by ten wickets despite a good knock of 44 runs from the bat of Nick Lindley.

On Saturday July 22nd there was a much-needed 45 runs win against Batley with Skipper John Wood marking his 47th birthday with 4-18 and 39 runs with Mally Nicholson scoring 41 runs. Chris Dobson was in the side to bolster the batting and he did well with 14 hard earned runs. Sam Wilson was back to his best with ball and bat as Cleck's 201 was enough to earn the win after the visitors were all out for 156. On July 29th it was back to woe with a 71 runs loss at bottom Club Pudsey Congs who were reduced to 106-9 from 40 overs in a rain reduced overs match. Curtis Free and Qaiser Ashraf captured four wickets apiece but in response Cleck' were dismissed for 35. The following week there was another defeat this time at home to Townville by seven wickets despite Mally Nicholson's 71 runs.

Saturday August 12th saw one of the Club's best performances for many weeks with a seven wickets win against East Bierley who were dismissed for 173 with 4-40 for Deegs whilst a stand of 89 from John and Joe Wood helped Cleck' to 174-3 as Woody Snr struck 63 runs and Woody Jnr played a patient and a stylish innings of 42. One week later a 55 runs defeat at PSL was no disgrace as Mally Nicholson hit 68 runs in Cleck's 204 in reply to the hosts 259-5.

A fine day on August 26th witnessed a visit from league leaders Hanging Heaton who made 224-6 with Curtis Free capturing 3-57. A spirited 41 runs from Qaiser Ashraf and a determined 25 runs from the bat of Joe Robinson wrern't enough to prevent the loss, Cleck' ending on 161-9 and back in the bottom two. On the penultimate day of the season a welcome seven wickets win was achieved at Bradford & Bingley who were dismissed for 129 as John Wood took four wickets. An unbroken stand of 95 from Andy Gorrod and Mally Nicholson eased Cleck' to 130-3.

The last game of the season saw the Club survive relegation with a great deal of rain around. Lightcliffe scored 168-4 before the heaven's opened and play abandoned with Cleck' achieving the five points required. The match signalled the final game for Ian Nicholson who has retired from the game and Anne Wood has bowed out with an emotional presentation where everyone in the function room applauded Anne for all her efforts over the last 12 years as tea lady - and much more besides - with gifts from the players and Club as a recognition of her hard work.




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