New Picture (5).png

 

PROUD FORMER MEMBERS OF THE SOUTH LANCASHIRE LEAGUE, THE BOLTON & DISTRICT CRICKET ASSOCIATION AND THE CENTRAL LANCASHIRE CRICKET LEAGUE

FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE GREATER MANCHESTER CRICKET LEAGUE

2016

image006

teamsheet icon.jpg

image029

image030

image038

image031

image032

image033

image034

image035

image036

image037

 

 

 

 

Manchester Road

Clifton

Swinton

Manchester

M27 6NB

 

0161-794-5817

 

EMAIL_PEN_SMALL.gif

 

 

DSCF3261.JPGMEGA-DORS!

Firsts win a thriller but 2nds are stunned by Edgworth.

It was a great advert for the new GMCL as the firsts took on Bolton League Champions Egerton in a game that swung this way and that. Reducing the hosts to 25-4 put Crossy’s bowlers in the driving seat and even successive half century partnerships still had us favourites at 136-7, but Egerton batted deep and finally posted a challenging 172 which they would be happy with apart from committing the cardinal sin of failing to bat all their overs. Liam Hurt gobbled up a second successive five wicket haul and Gareth Cross’s 3-24 off 11.4 caught the eye as well. Promoted Dean Morris and Adam Holt then rattled up 54 for the first wicket in 13 overs, but then the Egerton master-plan started to bite as the spinners took a hold on the spin friendly track. As 54-0 became 63-3 and then 105-5, Sam Dorsey set about grinding out the win with help from Joe Brown, Liam Hurt and latterly, a great cameo from Steve Cheetham. However it was Sam who took the plaudits with 54 not out as the extra overs, kindly donated by the hosts, came in very useful as Sam paced it beautifully to secure the points with five balls to spare.

 

The seconds were surprised by the strength of Edgworth’s second string and went down to a surprise six run defeat in another exciting tussle at Manchester Road. There were some familiar faces in an experienced Edgworth line up and they used that experience to good effect in posting 219-8 with Rob Reade taking 4-61.  Chris Lord and Dan Ainscough, who wasn’t born last time the Edgworth side last visited, posted 27, but Lordy lost partners regularly in compiling  67. Once gone, Greg Jennings the took up the challenge with a quick fire 32, but the impact of five early order batsmen getting double figure starts and then getting out eventually made his task that bit too great and they lost by 6 runs.

 

The NKO with Farnworth on Sunday was one of those ridiculous on-off affairs thanks to incessant rain which was managed well by the umpires until, chasing a reduced total, the umps finally pulled up the stumps with Crossy’d boys half way there with three down. All now becomes redundant as the match is expunged from the records and the game replayed at Farnworth next Sunday (1st May)

Pics: 1. Sam nudges a couple on Saturday. 2. Joe McCann in action in the abandoned NKO game.

DSCF3277.JPG

 

TEN YEAR REWIND - April 23rd 2006

 

Normally, double defeat for the first and seconds would signify doom and gloom, but the frenetic build up to Sunday's games meant that normality would never be the order of the day. O.K. a double win would have been nice, but the experience of being at Manchester Road alone was enough to leave most people gagging for more.

Thankfully, the MET office were utterly and completely wrong about the weather, as testified by the glow of burnt faces in the clubhouse after the game. This, plus a lot of local interest, some welcome support from many old friends in the B&DCA and the Bolton League's mystifying decision to call off all their games, meant that the ground was as full as it has been for any of the recent representative games.

The cricket was good too, even on a wicket which, despite the excellent drainage and covers, was as slow as anyone has ever seen. Credit then to Aaron Vincec for adapting immediately to the conditions with a knock of 33 which sadly was more a knock of promise rather than a match winning innings. Gary Garner batted as though he'd been working on the batting order all night (which apparently he had) and there was encouraging late order resilience from Nick Kennedy and Geoff Griffiths. Chintha and Chris Tye both bowled exceptionally well for their three wickets apiece but the deciding factor was a third wicket stand in which both batsmen in a Walsden side, which included two Australians, a Sri Lankan and a South African, scored impressive half centuries. The only real disappointment was the inability to register our first point which would have come at 153.  Sadly, both Liam Dorsey and Chris Tye tried to get there in one shot and perished in the process. Gary Garner was quick to point out that the two practice games which the opposition had squeezed in had made a lot of difference to their preparation. However, the external conditions in which the game was played must also have been a deciding factor, so the double header next week and the chance to perform away from home will be a relief to the players.

The seconds also went down, but Rob Meredith seemed upbeat in his match report. Having lost the toss, which was important, Walsden had without doubt the best of the wicket. However he was quick to point out that his side did not apply themselves at all with only http://www.cliftoncc.org.uk/club_news%202006_files/image039.gifJimmy Ainscough (49) showing any sort of form. After tea, the wicket had dried out but the bowlers did not perform well at all which resulted in Walsden knocking off the runs with only 2 wickets down and just short of 30 overs left. No doubt they will be looking forward to playing at home next Sunday.

All of which left the thirds as the only winners of the weekend. On a wicket on which every run was worth three, it was a day for older heads to master the conditions better and Ian Davidon's greying mullet was decisive as his 5-14 helped the side to a comfortable four wicket win.

 

 

Last week

COMFORTABLE OPENING WIN FOR FIRSTS

But snow laughing matter for 2nds.

DSCF3129.JPGIn the only game in the inaugural Greater Manchester Premier League to reach a conclusion. The firsts stole a march on all the other clubs with a 77 run victory over Edgworth. Gareth Cross (56) and Adam Holt (44) provided the platform with a 91 run 2nd wicket partnership which allowed the remainder of the batting line up to play freely on a difficult April wicket. Despite a slight wobble which saw the score deteriorate to 142-6, Joe Brown (21) held the tail together to post 178-9 which was challenging in the circumstances. Steve Cheetham and Liam Hurt then showed more than a glimpse of what we might expect of them in tandem this season as the visitors were dismissed for 101 with the opening pair sharing nine wickets for 47 runs.

The seconds piled up 209 at Greenmount with Jim Ainscough (67) and Chris Lord (48) providing the backbone of the innings. However. During the tea interval, the ground was deluged by snow which covered the playing area and ended the game.

snow greenmount.jpg

 

PICS: Liam Hurt leads the firsts off having taken 5-33.

 

The snow ends proceedings at Greenmount.

 

CRICKET CATERING

 

Andy Tocher has again taken on the onerous job of preparing the tea rota. Please save him the trouble of contacting people individually by contacting him on 07969 277806 and volunteering for one of the available slots here.

 

 

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

 

Development team fixtures have been confirmed against Astley & Tyldesley (@ginpitcc) on June 12th and July 10th (subject to progress in the 3rd XI cup) and Walshaw (@WalshawCricket) on May 15th (H) and May 29th (A). Any other club who may be looking at our site and would like a fixture contact clifcc@ntlworld.com . The matches are for young fringe players who can’t quite make the senior teams but have potential plus a smattering of adults in a teaching role.

 

 

URL Counter                                                                                                                                                                             
Page Hits

 

MEMBERSHIP SPONSORS AT CLIFTON

Making a significant contribution towards the provision of electronic membership cards

LINK

http://www.fangdigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/facebookandtwitter1.png

TWITTER CLIFTON

 

FACEBOOK CLIFTON

 

SPONSORS OF SENIOR CRICKET AT CLIFTON

 

B.C.S Heating and Cooling located in Wigan are experts in Heating Installations; they can undertake full turnkey projects for commercial clients in Wigan and the UK.

 

 

 

NORM’S WEATHER WATCH – take your pick