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2019 season

Cleck's first game of the season was rain affected. Townville visited Moorend and posted 184-9 but they were at one stage 140-1 but 5-35 from Andrew Deegan and 3-53 from Azeem Rafiq pegged them back.

At 36-1 for Cleck' the game was abandoned as the heavens opened.

Saturday May 4th witnessed a poor display away to Wrenthorpe losing by three wickets with sloppy batting and fielding. Cleck' made 181-9 with John Wood scoring a fifty but in a rain affected match the hosts were worthy winners finishing on 178-7. Azeem Rafiq captured 5-45. Cleck's first win of the season came one week later at home to Lightcliffe but in a rain affected contest. Mally Nicholson's men notched 162 and Tom Kohler-Cadmore back in the fold was out first ball stumped. Woody scored 40 useful runs and there were five wickets for in-form Deegs as the visitors were dismissed for 158 having been 59-7 at one stage.

Saturday May 25th was arguably Cleck's best performance of the season so far, beating a side who have been in good form as Bradford & Bingley were dismissed for 202 in response to Cleck's total of 269-9 as Azeem Rafiq gave a man-of-the-match display scoring 71 runs and achieving four wickets. Nick Walker was in good touch for his 44 and Andy Gorrod notched a useful 31 runs.

Just 48 hours later on Bank Holiday Monday the side capitulated at Undercliffe who made 196-5 off 33 overs in a rain affected game, which included 34 extras! Cleck's response was tame as they were all out for 160 but one bright spot was young Ethan Lee who was the top scorer with 35 runs.

Saturday June 1st witnessed a nail biting two wickets win against Methley thanks to a match winning stand of 102 by Nick Walker and Toby Thorpe who scored 63 and 32 runs, respectively. Cleck' struck 181-8 after being 66-6 at one stage to overhaul the visitors total of 178 with four wickets apiece for John Wood and Craig Flectcher.

Once more the wet weather runied a keen contest on June 15th as Cleck' were dismissed for 93 with 6-15 from Luke Jarvis. Alex Lilley the New Farnley opening bowler had to be taken to hospital following his collapse during an over with what was understood to be chest pains but he was deemed fine, thankfully. In response Andrew Deegan captured 3-15 as the hosts were 38-3 when the game was abandoned due to heavy rain. Just seven days later Cleck's brittle batting meant an easy win for table topping Woodlands. Having been 96-2 the hosts capitulated to 140 all out - Woodlands knocked them off with just two wickets down although Azeem notched a 50 in a stand of 80 runs with Woody.

Saturday June 29th witnessed a thrilling finish at Hanging Heaton with Cleck' winning by two runs after posting 247-9 and the hosts were bowled out for 245 and Mally Nicholson took a brilliant diving catch off Nick Walker's bowling at the very end. Nick captured five wickets having earlier scored 72 not out. Also, there were good contributions from Azeem Rafiq with his 48 runs and both Mally and Craig Fletcher did their bit with 32 and 30 runs, respectively. Sixteen-year-old Ethan Lee made 24 useful runs and he took a couple of splendid catches - one in-particular that was stunning and game changing to dismiss the ever dangerous Ben Kohler-Cadmore.

The first Saturday in July arguably gave Cleck' their most emphatic win of the season so far - away to a good Townville side the Moorenders won by six wickets with the home side skittled out for 73 and the star of the show was Johnny Whiteoak with a brilliant return of 6-38 whilst John Wood notched 2-21 and in reply Cleck' made 74-4.

Saturday July 13th was a miserable day for Cleck' losing at home to Wrenthorpe in poor fashion against a side second from bottom. Cleck' scored 186-9 with Mally Nicholson notching 51 runs but the away team won with ease making 191-6.

The following week witnessed a morale boosting victory against Lightcliffe. Andrew Deegan captured 4-49 as the hosts were 213-9 after 47 overs in a rain affected game. Cleck' made 217-6 to win by four wickets with a more than useful knock of 41 runs from the Skipper Mally Nicholson.

Saturday July 27th at home to Pudsey St Lawrence was a complete wash out and not a ball bowled. The first Saturday in August witnessed a tremendous win at second placed Bradford & Bingley with a couple of wickets separating the two teams. The hosts posted a formidable 261-5 but a partnership of 119 from Tom Kohler-Cadmore and Nick Lindley was a major factor in Cleck' finishing 264-8 with Tom's 79 runs in 44 balls and Nick's knock of 73 crucial in proceedings with great support from Mally Nicholson who hit an important 46 runs.

Saturday August 17th saw Cleck's inconsistent form return with a two runs defeat at bottom side Methley who made 166 runs and despite the two Nick's, Walker and Lindley scoring 49 and 42 runs respectively it wasn't enough to seal the win with a final total of 164. Earlier Azeem Rafiq captured 4-35.

The following Saturday was shambolic as the side were bowled out for an embarrassing 48 as Farsley made their winning score for the loss of just three wickets. Saturday August 31st will be remembered for the day that John Wood announced that he is to retire from the game at the end of the season after 15 years with the Club. Few players have ever made such an impression at Moorend and Woody's tenure and consecutive Championship successes in 2013 and 2014 will live on in the record books. On the day Cleck' suffered a 39 runs defeat against New Farnley that could have been worse had not Toby Thorpe scored 63 not out.

The final weekend of the season witnessed a tremendous 11 runs win at Woodlands on the Saturday after Cleck’ posted 223-9 and in reply the League Champions fell short ending on 212-9.

On the Sunday Hanging Heaton came to Moorend and in a low key affair they won by four wickets scoring 178-6 in reply to Cleck’s 172. But the end of season games belonged to John Wood who just before his 50th year and his 15th season at the Club decided to call it a day – and everyone at Cleck’ wishes him well for the future and thanks Woody for what has been a marvellous spell at the Club.




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