30TH - The final game of the wettest April, May and June ever recorded played up to its billing as the firsts and seconds battled it out with Unsworth. With both sides in and out of the pavilion with monotonous regularity, it was credit to all concerned that we got any cricket at all.
An Unsworth lag shouted “we may as well have all gone home at half past one” as the umpires pulled up the stumps at four minutes to nine at Unsworth. The reason for his comment is that both sides finished a day of frustration with two points each; exactly what would have happened had the game never started, but that was unfair on the players who provided a good spectacle in-between the showers. At first it looked like Madu was going to improve on his nine wickets last week as he ripped out the first six batsmen, but he lost his rhythm as the sides went on and off and he remained on six as Unsworth completed their innings on 115-9. Messrs Duckworth and Lewis then entered the fray, the outcome being a revised target of 70 from 11 overs which should have made for a belting finale but for the worn, wet and exhausted wicket which had provided Monday’s T20 and a midweek under 18 game before the first teams got on it due to the impossibility of preparing anything new in the week. Lordy went first and was quickly followed by Tom Derbyshire, Deano and Madu. When Milla went as well things looked dodgy as the prospect of being bowled out in eleven overs was a real possibility, but Jim Ainscough and Greg Jennings steadied things and Dave Barton the joined Jim to see things out.
Without knowing any other scores, the seconds did themselves no harm at all by beating the weather and Unsworth to pick up a big five points. After posting 160 with Jamie Royle contributing 48 and then getting four cheap wickets, a fifth wicket stand threatened to spoil the day as the clouds gathered. However, Rob Meredith hit the timbers four times in quick succession as did Will Davidson and Richard Borritt and the visitors were dispatched for 110.
Pics: Boz tries to frighten the batsman out with his exploding head impression. Jim opens his legs and shows his class in the pre 9pm gloom.
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The third XI game at Rochdale was called off at lunch time.
25TH - A very convincing nine wicket victory at Unsworth in the re-arranged final T20 group game propelled the firsts into the last eight on July 6th. On a very sticky wicket, Unsworth struggled to get over the three per over mark until the last three overs and eventually closed on 70-5. Despite Chris Lord being unluckily caught down the leg side first ball, Madu and Adam Holt knocked off the runs with a full ten overs to spare.
25TH - Three of Clifton's junior cricketers helped their district team into the last eight of this year's Hurst Bowl (Lancashire's schools district team competition) earlier this week, setting up a mouth-watering quarter final clash against Burnley district. See Juniors under 11 page.
24TH - Frustrated Madu Perera returned to cricket with a bang after his enforced weather soaked lay-off. Radcliffe were the unfortunate recipients as he ploughed through their batting line up to register a devastating 9 for 32 off 11 overs. Having worked hard with his mentor Amal Dalugoda, to find the right length to bowl, he got it spot on as the visitors were skittled for 59. It wasn’t so positive at tea however, as only teenagers Adam Holt and Tom Derbyshire managed to reach twenty in a score of 102-7 in a game reduced to 38 overs by; guess what – the rain. Suitably stuffed with pizza, sausage and chips, Greg Jennings then chipped out the opener thanks to a stunning catch at slip by Liam Dorsey who was having a day off from wicketkeeping duties. From then on it was the Madu Perera show as he warmed up by enticing another simpler chance to Dors at slip which he managed to spill ! However, there was no holding him after that as you will see below.
RADCLIFFE PRO PHIL HAYES’ OFF STUMP IS A GONER
MIDDLE STUMP GONE
LEG STUMP GONE
NICE RETURN CATCH ON IT’S WAY
AND BEN JOHNSON KINDLY SENDS ANOTHER LOB BACK TO MADU
23RD - After the Friday deluge that saw widespread flooding, it was remarkable that any cricket at all took place on Saturday, but it did as club members around the area worked their socks off to get a game on. At Clifton, the work was largely done by the covers, the drains and the strong drying wind which led to a prompt start, a full length game and more importantly, a victory against Littleborough. It was another solid all round performance as well with no one player having a telling say in the victory as runs and wickets were shared. Mozzer’s side batted first and posted 169 which was a par score given the conditions. So it proved as Andy Lord, Richard Borritt and Rob Reade picked up three wickets each as the home team won by ten runs.
The workers at Fothergill and Harvey moved heaven and earth to get the game on in the Pennine hills and their hard work was rewarded with a three wicket win against the thirds in a topsy turvy game. Chris Royle and Jack Unwin posted 50 for the first wicket, but the middle order fell away disappointingly with the exception of Gareth Lloyd and Matt Tye who both scored in the thirties. However, 149 was always difficult to defend on such a small ground and so it proved despite employing six bowlers as the hosts ran out three wicket winners.
Pics: Matt Tye drives for four
June 17th - The thirds were the only side to get a game in yet again as the great British summer wreaked more havoc at the weekend. A hastily re-arranged 3rd XI match with Rochdale was the outcome and it’s fair to say it was an error strewn game as both sides fielded and caught abysmally which ironically, turned it into quite a good match. The shining beacon on the day was James Evans who compiled 89 and then got himself caught within sight of a maiden century. Earlier the Clifton fielding circus had handed Rochdale 233-7, but some straight talking at tea seemed to put the batting line up in a positive frame of mind despite the early exit of Jack Unwin. James rode his luck at times but also played some sweet shots. However, the target was out of reach despite runs and wickets for Andy Lord and the side had to settle for a point with a total of 208-8.
PIC: Pieman lashes a boundary on his way to 89
June 15th - The first Clifton campover took place at the weekend and it was such a roaring success that it looks like being the first of many. The weather in the lead up to and during the event was somewhat mixed but it couldn't deter Clifton's hardiest campers from pitching their tents and having a generally cracking night.
Eleven tents of various shapes and sizes, three gazebos and a car (see below) kept the campers warm, dry and happy, although sleep didn't appear to be the number one priority, with the last of the campers finally "turning in" at 5.30am!
Below are some photos of the event capturing cheerful campers, the flaming fire and horrific hangovers!
Keep your eyes peeled for details of the next event .....
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June 14th - Super Sam Dorsey’s debut for Lancashire’s under 11s is one he’ll remember for a life time after his performance in the victory against Cumbria earned him the man-of-the-match award in his very first appearance. Although his wily spin bowling was wicketless, he bowled his seven overs for just twelve runs and managed to take three catches during the Cumbrians’ innings. However, it was during the Lancashire innings that he excelled as he smashed 83 runs with the bat to leave Dad Bill with a month long smirk! The hosts must be sick of the sight of Clifton players as, at the very other end of the cricketing scale, it was Cumbria who suffered at the hands of last year’s 1st XI skipper Glenn Bullock whom you may remember smashed 211 in 181 balls in an opening stand of 299 in the Lancashire over 50s game in Barrow.
The thirds got the worst of a losing draw with Royton on Monday after all Sunday’s games were washed out. At least there were positives in the performance with Jack Barton picking up 4-42 and Andy Lord 5-35. A century partnership after the fifth wicket fell at 63 was the telling difference as the visitors posted 182. The thirds then recovered from 24-4 to finish on 162-8 with City starlet Will Davidson continuing his recent form since football finished, with his first senior 50 (not out).