JUNE 2015


JUNE 5th 

JUNE 6th 


It was SOS again at the weekend - choose your own: from Save our Souls, Same old Story or Superb Old Seconds. The firsts once again lost a game they should have cakewalked, the thirds were battered in the Cup at Rochdale and the seconds had a stroll in the park at Unsworth to cement top spot. There was a couple of bright spots for the firsts and thirds though with excellent maiden fifties for Joe McCann and the unlikely Jack Barton. Unsworth 1sts got just the start that out top order have been looking for; a nice steady 63-0 in 20 overs and the bowlers did well to get back in the game with some decent fielding to restrict the visitors to 191-7. However, when you lose 6 wickets for 69 with individual scores of 6,4,8,4,3, and 9 you are facing an uphill battle and despite a gallant rearguard action from Cheets, Joe Mac's 50 and another priceless 45 from Joe Brown, it was another defeat for the side. The seconds tore Unsworth apart at Pole Lane with four wickets apiece for Rob Meredith (4-28) and returning Greg Jennings (4-13) who took a confidence boosting wicket with his first ball after his lay off. The batsmen then barely broke sweat despite the challenging wicket and won by nine wickets. The less said about the thirds the better and they were pummelled for 215 in the 40 overs before finding themselves 27-7. Jack Barton's heroics did nothing but prevent humiliation as he and Sam Dorsey (38) scored almost 90% of runs off the bat.

JUNE 6th

Clifton Cricket Club's photo.






The club were delighted to welcome the Lancashire

Disabilities team to play their counterparts from Shropshire on a lovely Sunday afternoon.



JUNE 6th




A new era started for club on June 6th as the first development squad game took place. This is designed to introduce 3rd XI fringe players to the longer form of the game, alongside some seasoned older heads to teach them a few of the tricks of the trade in the best way possible - on the field of play in a competitive game. The first of such games was against Heywood on Sunday against a side who were perhaps a year to 18 months more experienced, but on a sunny day in lovely surroundings, the side equipped itself well.



** Harry Golland

June 12 / 13



http://www.cliftoncc.org.uk/index_files/image002.jpgFIRSTS GIVE WALSDEN A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY

It was a game of nip and tuck which was in the balance from ball one to the death up at Walsden on Saturday, with the only disappointment being a narrow two wicket defeat at the hands of the league leaders. However, it was a greatly, if not massively improved performance which should give the lads a confidence boost for this weekend’s double header / cup games. After ‘Norman’ Srivastava went for 14, the re-jigged batting order in the much weakened line-up saw Gareth Cross and Will Davidson compile a partnership of 81 with some ease. In view of the longish tail, when they went, the ‘power house’ middle order of Joe Brown, Dean Morris and Ben Chapman had to be a little circumspect, but Joe (pic) is in such form and exuding such confidence that he soon got on top of the bowling and, with four 4s and five mighty 6s, (the same as in the entire Walsden innings) he soon made his maiden league half century and went on to score 59 out of a final total of 219-7. Personally, I felt this was a tiny bit under par, but with the drizzle setting in, the outfield became slower, but the ball became wetter, meaning whichever side adapted better would win the game. Walsden immediately got the upper hand with an opening partnership of 58, before Dean Morris struck with the first of his five wickets. What followed was a pendulum of a game with the bowlers taking wickets at exactly the time that you felt that the hosts were getting on top. Despite the wet ball, Dean bowled with great control, but the ball had the last say as a couple of dropped catches proved vital with Joe Gale posting a match winning 48 after being dropped early doors. That said, when he was out, the score was 187-7 and the Walsden faithful were getting decidedly itchy. However, it wasn’t to be as three or four lusty blows from Rushton took the hosts to victory in a game that had everything except a win and some June weather.  **Joe Brown

The seconds are becoming a scarily potent outfit and with players still to make themselves available and with a full contingent available (though we know that can’t happen with work commitments etc) will take some stopping on all fronts. Mozzers juggernaut swept aside their nearest rivals on Saturday and opened up a 9 point gap on Walsden with eight wins and a rained off game out of 9 played. Jim Ainscough (64) and Chris Lord (101) piled up 108 for the first wicket and despite a remarkable three ‘ducks’, they still managed to amass 257-9 before sweeping aside the Walsden batting line up for 114 with, once again, wickets for all bowlers including another little cameo of 4-7 from Greggles.

The thirds were presented with a very strong Saddleworth line-up on Sunday, included their newly arrived overseas player who badly needed to get a game in before embarking on his 1st XI career, but with a decently strong side out ourselves, a good game was in prospect. So it turned out as the two sides produced a game of opposites with the hosts tail end winning the game for them wheras our openers were the only ones to give Saddleworth and jitters in another shockingly poor batting display. The final margin of defeat was exactly 100 runs, but that flattered the hosts, especially when you consider that, at two different points in the game, Saddleworth were 146-7 and we were 79-0. Jack Barton deserves some credit despite unflattering figures of 2-76 and Danny Hill grabbed 3-44. Nick Flaxman (39) surprised a few by electing to open the batting alongside James Evans (49) but together they made the perfect start before being badly let down by the rest of the order, only one of whom made double figures.

June 19 / 20

Firsts’ chiroptophobia continues as seconds fly the flag.


A double winning weekend for the seconds saw two contrasting victories as the 100% record was continued without the presence of skipper Moz. On Saturday Middleton posted 166-8 on the usual top quality Middleton wicket in a game restricted to 45 overs by the wintry weather. The wickets were shared with Rob Meredith adding to his growing tally with three. The only disappointment was then the dismissal of Jim Ainscough when the score was 143-0 and the resulting nine wicket win instead of ten as they cantered to victory with eleven overs to spare.

Stand-in skipper Jim, was not so comfortable on Sunday however as the replayed Burton Cup took the team to championship side Elton. A mixture of poor, possibly over confident fielding and bowling and some spirited Elton batting, bowling and fielding made for a thriller which went to the last over and was only finally resolved when Andy Tocher hit the second and third balls for four and one respectively. Earlier, Elton has posted an impressive 235-5 on an easy paced wicket with only Rob Meredith’s 2-26 catching the eye. The Lord and Ainscough partnership then posted the usual foundation, this time 96 and the succeeding batsmen began to look a bit uncomfortable. Two wickets fell in the 150s providing the firsts nailbiting, but with Shuja and Ready providing support for Toch, the score reached 222-5. That’s when the mayhem set in as three wickets fell for six runs with Toch and VVS Flaxman still needing eight. However, it all came right in the end and it will be Norden awaiting in round 2.


It was another weekend of batting jitters for the firsts who went down to a narrow defeat on Saturday at home to Monton & Weaste in yet another game that they should have won. In a game restricted to 32 overs, Crossy too 5-64 as the visitors only posted 134-6, but the top five could only manage 29 between them and despite 39 in 29 balls from Melton-Mowbray Evans, including five fours and two sixes and a last wicket stand of 20, they were defeated by three runs. There was a contentious moment in the last over, when a fielder, in his rush to return the ball, appeared to have a foot over the rope, but in truth the damage had been done earlier in the innings. It was same again on Sunday as Norden recovered from 139-8 to post 190 in the cup tie. Again though, the middle and tail were asked to recover, this time from 27-4 and the innings fell away to 116 all out.


The development team took to the field at Ashton Ladysmith and were on top from ball one to the end as the hosts were all out for 79. The point of the games is for the adults to take a back seat whilst the youngsters hopefully listen, hopefully learn and then win the game. That’s what happened as Dan Ainscough took three early wickets. Ben Sykes bowled without luck and was often beating the bat four or five times an over, Harry Golland took a couple of typical legger’s wickets and then Ben Sykes weighed in with the bat, starting with a six first ball and then adding fours all over the park. The “owd men” did their best on the day, but were outclassed by the burgeoning talent on show.


June 27/28 - The second team continued their terrific start to the season with a 10 point weekend that leaves the rest of the league needing snookers before we’ve even entered July. The big plus is that they continued the winning habit despite having players missing and having players that normally fire having off days showing the depth of resources available.

On Saturday it was business as usual as win number 11/11 was achieved with Rob Reade, Rob Meredith and Greg Jennings getting three apiece as Crompton were 124 all out. The runs were duly knocked off by Chris Lord (55) and Ian Morris (39) but it was a different story on Sunday when Shuja was missing and Greg and Rob Reade misfired against Norden. Needless to say, Rob Reliable Meredith chipped in with the first four before Danny Hill came to the party with four more as Norden were restricted to 150. Then, despite a rare misfire from Chris Lord, the absence on prolific partner Jim Ainscough and Ian Morris getting himself run out, up stepped Chris Royle (39) and a match winning partnership of 74 from  Andy Lord (33no) and Greggles (34no) to put the lads out of sight at the top and 12/12 in the bag.


Sadly it was “as you were” for the firsts with two more confidence sapping defeats, despite 150 runs from Norm Srivastava. On Saturday, Littleborough posted 235 which was a decent effort from the young side after it looked like the home team’s under achievers might post 300 at one stage. With two down and only 11 on the board, it looked like a dismal day at the office again, but “Norm” and Crossy put together a stand of 128 that had the home side scratching their heads. Again, luck deserted the side though and despite Crossy saying his hamstring strain didn’t affect his batting, it certainly did affect the flow as the momentum of the partnership died. He perished, as others then did, attempting and failing to hit big. “Norm” went immediately after reaching his first 100 and the rest perished in the nine per over chase, leaving them twenty three short at the death. On Sunday, Norden performed one of those tricks whereby they took wickets at vital times to destroy promising partnerships and disrupt the flow of runs on a difficult uneven wicket. 166 never looked enough despite 51 from Nitin and when the Norden openers posted 81 without loss that confirmed the worst and despite four wickets for Crossy who bowled 41 overs in the weekend, Norden ran out winners by 6 wickets despite Norden pro Danny Salpietro failing to make 50 for the first time in any game against us.