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 APRIL 2012

 

22ND   -  DESPITE THE ARRIVAL OF THE ROCHDALE AND SALFORD PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER, THE GAMES AGAINST LITTLEBOROUGH ON SUNDAY WERE WASHED OUT WITHOUT A BALL BEING BOWLED. THE DECISION TO ABANDON WAS FOLLOWED BY GLORIOUS SUNSHINE FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. HOWEVER, THE SUN WAS BEATING DOWN ON A VERITABLE BOG ON BOTH GROUNDS, MAKING THINGS EVEN MORE FRUSTRATING THAN THEY WERE AT START TIME.

IT WAS A SIMILAR STORY ON SATURDAY WHEN THE THIRDS ABANDONED ANY HOPE OF ANY CRICKET AROUND 3PM. AS THEY SAY, “THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER”.

 

17TH  -  CHORLEY HAVE AGREED THAT THE 2ND ROUND TIE IN THE NATIONAL KNOCKOUT AGAINST CHORLEY (A) WILL BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY MAY 13TH.

FULL NATIONAL KNOCKOUT GROUP DRAW CLICK HERE

 

CHRIS T.jpg15TH  -  CHRIS THORPE AND IAN MORRIS ALONE SCORED MORE THAN DOUBLE FOR THE SECONDS, THAN WHAT THE FIRSTS COULD MANAGE AT CROMPTON WHERE SOME PRETTY AWFUL BATTING SAW THE HOSTS AT TEA LOOKING AT 89 TO WIN THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON. WIN IT THEY DID, BUT NOT BEFORE RECOVERING FROM 43-5 AFTER MADU LAKMAL RIPPED OUT THE FIRST FOUR WITH SOME RAPID DELIVERIES WHICH AUGERS WELL FOR WHEN THE WICKETS HOPEFULLY HARDEN UP LATER ON.

WITH HARDLY ANYTHING TO PLAY WITH, NEW SKIPPER LIAM DORSEY HAD AN UNENVIABLE JOB WITH QUAISER, DANNY, WRIGHTY, AND DEAN ITCHING TO FOLLOW UP GREG AND MADU’S OPENING BURST AND ANOTHER MERE 30 OR SO RUNS WOULD HAVE MADE THE JOB MUCH EASIER ON A TYPICAL APRIL WICKET. HOWEVER, IT DIDN’T WORK OUT AS A FIFTH WICKET STAND OF 48, SAW THE HOSTS HOME.

THE SECONDS HAD AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE ON A WICKET, WHICH HELD TOGETHER AMAZINGLY WELL IN THE APRIL CONDITIONS AND RATTLED UP 271-4 BATTING FIRST. CHRIS THORPE (132 NOT OUT) AND IAN MORRIS (66) PUT ON 177 FOR THE SECOND WICKET BEFORE ROB MEREDITH WEIGHED IN WITH 5-30 TO HELP REDUCE THE VISITORS TO 104 ALL OUT. FATHER AND SON IAN AND WILL DAVIDSON PLAYED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME AND IT WAS FITTING THAT WILL SHOULD TAKE THE CATCH OFF HIS FATHER’S BOWLING WHICH FINISHED THE MATCH.

 

14TH  -  THE ANNUAL MEMORIAL GAME AGAINST LOCAL RIVALS KEARSLEY ENDED IN A CLOSE DEFEAT, BUT WAS A GREAT WORKOUT FOR THE SIDE WITH SEVERAL SECOND TEAMERS GETTING IN ON THE ACTION AS WELL, IN PREPARATION FOR SUNDAY’S OPENER. SPORTING A NEW CLOSELY CROPPED HAIRCUT IN THE FREEZING CONDITIONS, MADU PERERA ENTERED THE CLIFTON ARENA FOR THE FIRST TIME AND PROVIDED GLIMPSES OF HIS PACY POTENTIAL WITH THREE WICKETS AND THERE WERE ALSO THREE WICKETS FOR ROB READE. 180 WAS A DECENT SCORE AND IN PURSUIT SEVERAL BATSMEN HAD A NICE SPELL AT THE CREASE TO PREPARE FOR THE REAL DEAL AT CROMPTON. DEAN MORRIS TOP SCORED WITH 41 AND QAISER MALIK, TOM DERBYSHIRE, ADAM HOLT AND JAMES EVANS CHIPPED IN AS WELL. STILL PERHAPS PLAYING ON ROCK HARD SRI LANKAN WICKETS, MADU PLAYED FAR TOO EARLY WHEN TRYING TO SMASH WILY WARRIOR MEL WHITTLE OUT OF THE GROUND AND THE RUN RATE INCREASED AS WICKETS TUMBLED, EVENTUALLY FALLING JUST THREE RUNS SHORT IN THE END.

 

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12TH - FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN SUCCESSION, MILINDU ATHAUDA HAS BEEN REFUSED A VISA AND IT NOW SEEMS UNLIKELY THAT WE WILL SEE HIM IN CLIFTON COLOURS.

 

 

 

 

 

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12TH - AGANPODI MADURA LAKMAL PERERA HAS TOUCHED DOWN IN ENGLAND. MEMBERS WENT ALONG TO THE CLUB ON THURSDAY TO MEET HIM AND FIND OUT (AMONGST OTHER THINGS) WHAT HE’D LIKE TO BE CALLED !!

 

 

 

 

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9TH - THE FIRSTS GOT OFF TO THE BEST POSSIBLE START WITH A RESOUNDING NATIONAL KNOCKOUT WIN AGAINST NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB, CARNFORTH AND IT WAS LARGELY DOWN TO JUNIOR AND EX JUNIOR PLAYERS THAT THE RESULT WAS ACHIEVED AS ADAM HOLT (61) AND DEAN MORRIS (71 NO) ASSISTED BY THE RETURNING QAISER MALIK AND CHRIS LORD, POSTED A CHALLENGING 214-4 IN THE ALLOTTED 45 OVERS. DEAN THEN CONTINUED HIS CONTRIBUTION WITH 5-20 WITH THE BALL AFTER DANNY HILL AND GREG JENNINGS HAD REMOVED THE FIRST THREE BATSMEN CHEAPLY. CARNFORTH SUCCUMBED TO 103 ALL OUT AND IT’S CHORLEY (WHO RECEIVED A 1ST ROUND BYE) IN ROUND 2.

 

 

 

 

 

8TH - MARK UNWIN HAS TAKEN ON ONE OF THE MOST ONEROUS AND THANKLESS JOBS IN THE CLUB IN AGREEING TO ORGANISE MATCHDAY CATERING FOR HOME GAMES IN 2012. PLEASE GIVE HIM YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN TRYING TO FIND VOLUNTEERS TO FILL IN AND REMEMBER, JUST ONE GAME COVERED IS ONE LESS TO FIND FROM THE USUAL BEVY OF HARD PRESSED HELPERS. MARK WILL BE HARASSING YOU SOON. TRY TO HAVE A POSITIVE ANSWER READY FOR HIM !!

 

7TH – THE MONTH AND THE SEASON STARTS IN THE WORST POSSIBLE WAY WITH NEWS OF THE DEATH OF GEOFF GARNER. GEOFF WAS A FORMER PLAYER, CAPTAIN AND COMMITTEE MEMBER AND HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CLUB FOR OVER 50 YEARS. CLIFTON CRICKET CLUB WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY.

MEMORIES OF GEOFF GARNER

DAVE ROBINS

PART OF THE 1960’S SQUAD THAT BROUGHT CLIFTON CC OUT OF THE DARK, POVERTY STRICKEN DOLDRUMS INTO THE BRIGHT SUNNY PLACES OCCUPIED BY TROPHY WINNERS AND LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. FULL OF INNOVATION AS SKIPPER AND EPITOMISING RAY WOLSTENHOLME’S OLD HAND WRITTEN MESSAGE ON THE BACK OF THE DRESSING ROOM DOOR:-

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN –YOU CAN

A CRICKET LOVER

A CRICKET THINKER (NOT ALWAYS RIGHT)

A GOOD ALL ROUND TEAM MATE

EXCELLENT SOCIAL COMPANY AND A TRUE PAL FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY.

STEVE ECCLES REMEMBERS GEOFF AS A FORMIDABLE ADVERSARY AS WELL AS A TEAM MATE. “PLAYING FOR ASTLEY AND TYLDESLEY, IT WAS ALWAYS A MASSIVE CHALLENGE TO PLAY AGAINST CLIFTON, MAINLY DUE TO THE PRESENCE OF GEOFF WHOSE CAPTAINCY WAS AMONGST THE BEST, IF NOT THE BEST THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED. HE STROVE TO GET THE BEST OUT OF EVERY PLAYER ON HIS TEAM AND THEN WHEN IT WAS HIS TURN TO BAT OR BOWL, HE WOULD OFTEN CHANGE THE GAME IN CLIFTON’S FAVOUR.

 

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MARCH 31ST – THE UNSEASONABLY HOT MARCH WEATHER RESULTED IN AN UNUSUAL SIGHT AS MEMBERS TOOK TO THE CAR PARK FOR A GAME OF “PING PONG”.