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ESTABLISHED 1874

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Today 12:00 to 22:30
Mon CLOSED
Tue 19:30 to 23:00
Wed 19:30 to 23:00
Thu 19:30 to 23:00
Fri 16:00 to 00:00
Sat 12:30 to 00:00

Les Bateman

Les Bateman who has died aged 92 was a long serving member of Clifton Cricket Club who contributed much during the transformative years of the 1970’s and 80’s.

A middle order batsman and slow medium bowler Les played in the second team notably being part of the side which won the Hardcastle Shield (BDCA 2nd XI Championship) in 1966 and again in 1967. His bowling speciality was, as he described it, “my 23 yarder to kid ‘em”. He was 2nd XI Captain for a season in 1974 and retired from playing in 1975.

In the late 1960’s he joined the General Committee and became more involved in the Club and as a local building contractor he was given the job of constructing the all-new clubhouse which opened in 1972, and with a new bar and lounge began to generate funds which furthered the rapid development of the Club.

Les also worked on the ground during this time preparing the wickets on the square. He was also the BDCA League representative for the Club for several years and perhaps the role he enjoyed most was as Cricket Secretary during the 70’s and 80’s which saw the Club win both Cross Cup and Championship to Les’ great satisfaction and pride. Les relished the role of talking many good cricketers into playing for Clifton.

He then stood down from the General Committee to successfully take on the role of Steward along with his wife Barbara.

Les was made a Life Member in 1986 for services to the Club and in his later years continued to watch the cricket at Clifton taking a keen interest in the players and their performances, always ready to offer advice. In the last few years he would regularly be seen every Thursday evening quietly enjoying the company of friends in the Cricket Club that he loved.


Senior Fixtures 2024

Senior fixtures for 2024 are now uploaded to our fixtures page.

1st XI Saturday Premier League

2nd XI Saturday Division 5 South & Central League

3rd XI Sunday Premier League

GMCL20 Premier Cup 2024


Saturday & Sunday Cup fixtures to be announced in due course.

Senior Presentation Evening 2023

Senior Presentation Evening

Earlier this month, on a bleak December evening we celebrated our 2023 senior award winners. Congratulations to the winners for their own personal achievements but huge congratulations must go to all our senior players, teams and volunteers for their efforts both on and off the field during 2023.

1st XI Batting Robins Trophy - Joe Settle
1st XI Bowling Geoff Griffiths Snr Cup - Richard Dempster
1st XI Catching - Joe Settle

2nd XI Batting Boardman Bowl - Matthew Howarth
2nd XI Bowling Tom Morris Trophy - Liam Dorsey
2nd XI Catching - Matthew Howarth

3rd XI Batting Les Bateman Trophy - Matthew Howarth
3rd XI Bowling Trevor Dempster Bowling Shield - Owen Hogben
3rd XI Catching - Daniel Jones

Ken Upton Trophy - Matthew Howarth

Ron Wilkinson Cup - Shane & Julie Whitehead (Pictured)

Further photo's from the evening are available in the 'Gallery' under our 'News' tab.

All the very best to all our teams and volunteers for a successful 2024.

Junior Presentation Evening 2023

JUNIOR PRESENTATION EVENING 

Congratulations to all our junior players for a fantastic 2023 season. Individual prize winners were announced on Friday 29th September and these are all noted below. All pictures from the evening can be found in the gallery under the 'News' tab. Our thanks to club professional, Ryan Ayres, for awarding the trophies to the winners.

Many congratulations to the following teams for their success throughout the season. Special mention to the U18s for what was an absolutely outstanding season.

U9s (A) - League Winners

U11s - Regional League Winners

U13s - Regional League Winners

U15s - Lancashire KO Cup Finalists

U18s - Regional League Winners, Performance League Winners, Champion of Champions Winners and Cup Winners. 

UNDER 9s (A)
Managers Player of the Season - Fred Breidenbach
Most Improved - Finley Pendlebury
Sportsperson - Jensen Kettle

UNDER 9s (B)
Managers Player of the Season - Evan Flood 
Most Improved - Joshua Armson
Sportsperson - Hunter McManus

UNDER 11s
Managers Player of the Season - Luke Jones
Most Improved - Finley O'Hara
Sportsperson - Mustafa Salim

UNDER 13s
Managers Player of the Season - Oscar Thorpe
Most Improved - Harrison Keogh
Sportsperson - Laila Smith

UNDER 15s
Managers Player of the Season - Daniel Jones
Most Improved - Anuj Dangwal
Sportsperson - Luca Mobey

UNDER 18s
Managers Player of the Season - Ben Hamilton
Most Improved - Tom Worthington
Sportsperson - Lewis Keogh

JACK JOHNSON TROPHY - Ben Hamilton (Pictured)

Finally, congratulations to Ben Hamilton for winning the Jack Johnson Trophy for 2023. Ben is pictured receiving the award for outstanding junior player for 2023 from Tony Potter.

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Record Breakers

On any normal cricket playing day, thirteen year old Ethan Kite (Pictured), scoring 62 not out or a diminutive fourteen year old leg spinner taking five wickets, would catch the eye, but Saturday June 10th will go down in the annals of Clifton Cricket Club history for entirely different reasons. 

Even a record opening stand of 264, congratulations to both young men, had to take second place to a quite astonishing batting performance from sixteen year old Matthew Howarth (Pictured) who’s twenty four ‘fours’ and eight ‘sixes’ contributed to a final score of 187 off just 130 deliveries, overhauling the record set by Chinthaka Jayasinghe in 2007 when the Sri Lankan professional scored 181 off 80 balls.

There’s in excess of a century of history between Darcy Lever and Clifton, mainly from many years shared in the Bolton Association, but for Matthew, June 10th 2023 on the scenic Darcy ground will always be the day that he became Clifton’s all time individual run scorer and shared an all time record opening partnership, both of which may take many more years to surpass. 

Well done young man!

Ryan - Re-signed 2024/2025

The club are delighted to announce we have agreed to re-sign our professional Ryan Ayres for another 2 seasons.

Ryan has settled in exceptionally well on and off the field in his 1st season with the club, and we look forward to what the future can bring.

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