ANOTHER RESOUNDING SUCCESS!!
Presentation Evening on Friday October 18th was another terrific event in front of a room packed with junior and senior players. Phil Royle did a sterling job as MC as his under 18s and the under 13s took centre stage with their league championship and knockout cup successes. The firsts and seconds will play again in the Premier division whilst the thirds finished in their highest ever position.
PRESENTATION EVENING PICTURES CAN BE FOUND HERE Ė thanks to Steve Myall for aiming the box brownie all night.
THATíS ALL FOLKS
The 2013 committee bowed out on Thursday evening with Chairman Ian Morris thanking them for their contributuion over the year.† All was up for grabs again on Thursday December 5th †as the Annual General Meeting convenes to elect the next group of hard working volunteers.
The ten hardy souls who braved sub-zero temperatures to attend the CLL dinner on Friday night, came home with more than they expected at the end of the night. Stephen Cheetham picked up the prestigious inaugral premier division league bowling prize after confirming his commitment to a second season at Clifton and Adam Holt and Dean Morris collected their under 18 Colts Trophy awards with Dean also picking up the man-of-the-match award to boot. That appeared to be that for the evening until the raffle draw started and a procession of Clifton tickets were pulled out with five of the ten on the Clifton table raiding the raffle bin. Martyn Hough, Adam Holt Dave Robins, Dean Morris and Phil Royle were the lucky quintet who exited to the car park with pockets bulging.
HOME TIE IN NATIONAL KNOCKOUT
The firsts will entertain Highfield of the Liverpool Competitionís Premier League in the first round of the 2014 National Knockout.
Highfield, who finished eleventh in the league last season, field four senior sides and six junior teams. The tie has to be played by May 3rd and is successful, will result in another home tie against Farnworth Social Circle or Bramhall. It appears at first glance that Clifton are the only CLL club to enter the competition this year. Last yearís opponents Kendal will travel to Astley Bridge.
The club is pleased to announce that, subject to visa restrictions, Thilina Masmulla has been contracted to be the clubís 39th professional in itís 141 year history. Thilina hails from Sri Lanka but is currently playing for South Caulfield in Australia. Coincidentally, former professional Chinthaka Jayasinghe plays in the same league following being given Australian citizenship after his much publicised fall out with the Sri Lankan Cricket Authorities.
In the early stages of the Aussie season, Thilina has scored 457 runs at an average of 76, though an astonishing knock of 254 not out (pic) helped that average upwards a tad. Chintha had better watch out, his record may be in danger !
†There will be a sponsored charity walk taking place on March 29th 2014 to raise funds for the late Tommy Hardman's charity "C-R-Y". Tom was a very fit and healthy young man and well known for his sporting ability. From an early age he was involved in competitive sport - football and roller hockey - but his passion was cricket. He spent most of his early years with Heywood Cricket Club playing in the Central Lancashire League and was selected to play for the Lancashire Academy and the second team. On 28th November 2012 the devastating news broke that Tom had passed away in his sleep, 5 days before his 22nd birthday. Click here for an entry form. A pdf version is available here. One of these should then be returned to Steve Cheetham (email available on request to firstname.lastname@example.org).
The more dangerous sections of the damaged ball stop fence have been removed by a band of hardy volunteers and Chairman Ian would like to personally thank all those who turned up and helped save the club a bundle of money.