31st August

WILL’S GROUNDS FOR POUNDS APPEAL for the Lullaby Trust concludes on Sunday with a cycle to Royton.

Will’s nephew Jake, was a victim of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as ‘cot death’ in 2004 and Will is attempting to raise money to promote awareness of the condition. Will is going to cycle 176 miles to five Clifton CC away matches during the season. Visit Will’s ‘giving’ page here.


24th August

Adam Holt has had his fill of the St Anne’s sea air and will return to Clifton for season 2016.

22nd August

Almost as inevitably as the weather forecast being utterly, totally and hopelessly wrong, Mozzer’s maulers bullied their way to the CLL championship on Saturday with an equally inevitable massive score and 100+ run victory. It is a first and last 2nd championship for the club and was achieved with an impressive four games to spare; the only tinge of disappointment being the solitary defeat of the season at Middleton earlier in the month. Batting first, it was once again well over 100 before the first wicket fell with Jim Ainscough (89) and Chris Lord (75) doing the damage. Lordy has now posted 851 runs to the 2nd XI cause and must be in with a chance of passing 1000. The other Lord, Andy, then weighed in with 6-28 with skipper Moz fittingly taking the match winning catch as the championship was duly secured and Norden back in the tent for 128. After such a dominant season, it will be interesting to see where this side fit into the Greater Manchester pyramid next season.


The firsts chased down another Danny Salpietro inspired Norden total with some gusto in the reverse fixture and unluckily fell 12 short in a smashing game. Sal scored yet another big century (154no) in a total of 265-4 and the reply reached a steady 90-3 before Will Davidson and Dean Morris put together a stand of 128 which put the wind up the hosts. Sadly both perished after reaching personal milestones with Willo reaching his first CLL century off 149 balls and Dean 54 off 68. The tail then had to score at around 9 per over and fell 12 short after a pulsating game.


Sunday’s games were all washed out around about the same time with the firsts on 167-7 at Walsden with Crossy disappontingly the victim of a poor run out decision when on 91. Walsden 2nds had reached 202-5 at Clifton and the thirds were 75-5 at Thornham.

15th August

There was an extremely satisfying win for the firsts to report on Saturday as Littleborough were summarily dispatched by Deano’s youngsters. Despite the lowly league position, this is a side with frightening potential if we can keep them together for the new adventure in the GMCL. Another solid partnership from the youngest openers in the league set the platform for a total of 212 and despite a lightning start from the visitors, the match finished with plenty left in the tank and the luxury of being able to allow Jack Barton to collect his first ever 1st XI wicket. Details can be found on play-cricket here and there are pictures on facebook here.

Pic: Joe Mac bowls Jamie Roche and Boro are 97-7.

The 2nds got back to winning ways with another challenging total at Crompton and another great opening stand of 114, this time between Chris Lord (56 & 776 for the season) and Chris Royle (89) in a total of 272-5. Crompton made a good fist of the response with 211-9. Rob Reade took 3-41. Details here.

If Sarfraz Jan was disappointed with his bowling in Saturday’s 2nd XI game, he more than made up for it on Sunday as the Under 18 side reached the final of the Taylor Cup with a resounding win at Royton. The Royton batsmen had nothing left to offer after his 5-17  ripped out the early order. This was despite the Clifton side defending a meagre total of 148 on a grafting wicket. Chris JJ Royle and Joe Parker pulled things around from 89-6 to help post the winning total. Details can be found here at the moment, but TCS tend to take the scorecards down after a few days.

The development team had a run out on Sunday with a strangely lopsided look as there were no under 18s available. It proved to be a close game and there were solid performances from the youngsters involved. Charlie Cook looked good with ball, bat and in the field, Lee Glover likewise with some lusty blows at the death. Dan Sykes concentrated well behind the stumps and had a lengthy stay at the crease, Danny Ainscough bowled well and nibbled a few runs and Max Hanley got a few overs under his belt and also spent useful time at the crease.