It was nearly too many as the top order all got starts but then got out, although Adam Holt was unfortunate to fall to a stunning diving catch at cover. That however, brought the teen terrors together to form a partnership of a maturity that defied their years as they plundered singles at will, turned ones into twos and bludgeoned the bad ball to the boundary. The game turned on one such occasion as one of those stolen singles was almost the pairs’ undoing, but fortunately Dean’s slip at mid pitch having been sent back by Tom, was not punished as the bowler clumsily dislodged the bails before the ball arrived when Deano was hopelessly stranded. The customary blip then arrived as both went in quick succession, but the skipper bravely promoted Andy Lord to bat number 6 and he smashed two sixes in his quickfire 27 not out that led to a victory with 20 balls to spare. PICS: Deano smashes a couple of boundaries and is congratulated by Tom after his half century

 

The seconds has yet another disappointing day at Norden where nothing ever seems to go right. Not many details to hand, but a heavy defeat was the order of the day. It was their turn to fly the flag on Sunday however, as Rob Meredith became the only geriatric performer of the weekend to make hay as his 5-44 was enough to put a good Heywood side to the sword when defending a score of only 138. The visitor only managed 99 in reply. The firsts day out at the Crimble was best forgotten as a score of 110 was easily overtaken by Heywood with Steve Cheetham taking the only two wickets to fall. Sadly, Sam Dorsey’s contribution (below) to a total of 213-9 was not enough for the thirds at champions Littleborough Lakeside, as a glued together side which included six juniors who had played less than five senior games, three seniors, all of who had been dragged kicking and screaming out of retirement and an old ‘git’ who is 47 years older than Sam and who shall remain nameless, couldn’t quite hang on and lost by three wickets with an over to spare. Last year’s champions were out batted and out bowled on the day, but unfortunately it was some very wayward fielding which presented the home side with the win. However, three late wickets for Alex Cunliffe ensured that the side returned home with a well-earned bonus point.

 

 

It was another youngster who caught the eye on sunny Bank Holiday Monday as Will Davidson, who had foregone the right to play in the under 15s LCB knockout to play for the thirds, scored a high quality 67 as the thirds rattled up an impressive 251-7 against last season’s runners-up, Littleborough. Jack Barton then bowled well to grab four wickets up the slope, but again, wayward catching and fielding allowed the visitors to deny us the full five points, finishing on 167-8.

Pics: Will plays a rare loose shot and is caught at cover. Run machine Tocher discovers that it was not to be his day. More pics of weekend games will be posted HERE on facebook in due course.


 

sam MAY 5TH - SUPER SAM’S DAY OF DESTINY

 

In case anyone ever doubted it, Sam Dorsey’s cricketing potential was confirmed in the third XI scorebook on Sunday when he scored an assured and mature 62 not out against last year’s league champions Littleborough Lakeside. After a lot of heart searching and discussion between club and parents Bill and Michelle, the decision to make use of the ECB’s exemption to the age restrictions for eleven year old players to play senior cricket when they have represented the county was vindicated as he looked like he’d been batting in the number 4 slot for years.

PIC: Sam, rather sheepishly, acknowledges his first senior 50.

 

 

 

 

MAY 11TH - WEATHER BEATEN

 

Both the firsts and seconds picked up vital 5 point wins against Middleton on Saturday after dodging the rain. The firsts 152-6 in a match reduced to 30 overs was too many for the hosts who finished twenty runs short after Dean Morris took seven wickets. Holty got 41, and the pro 27 in an opening stand of 70, but the way that the hosts started more than matched that until Deano entered the fray. Boz broke the opening stand before Dean’s wicket frenzy and a run out ended the game leaving Middleton rock bottom of the embryonic league table.

 

The seconds eventually bowled Middleton out for 128 after being inserted by Moz despite a troublesome last wicket partnership of 38. That proved to be not quite good enough as the skipper held the innings together with 58 not out in a five wicket win. Rob Meredith and Danny Hill shared the earlier spoils with 5-36 and 5-21 and Moz was supported by Geoff Griff (13), Dave Barton (12), Chris Royle (17) and Rob Reade (12no).

 

The thirds didn’t even look like getting out of the bar onto the green stuff on Sunday as it poured all day.

 

2nds v Middleton - The ball flies into Wildy’s gloves to give Danny another wicket.

 

JUNIORS

 

The Under 11s travelled to Walsden  for their first league game of the 2013 season and the journey of over an hour through rush hour traffic was made worthwhile by an excellent performance which saw Clifton emerge victorious.

Clifton won the toss and decided to bat, registering a huge net total of 315 runs off their 20 overs. Walsden scored 224 in reply, meaning a net 91 run win for Clifton.

Their next league game is at away at Crompton CC on 8th May.

 

Meanwhile - the Under13s got their season off to a winning start with an impressive 9 wicket win over Littleborough. Clifton won the toss and elected to field. They bowled and fielded brilliantly restricting their opponents to 37 for 6 off their full 20 overs. Clifton's top order made light work of this total, reaching 40 for the loss of 1 wicket off just 3 overs.
Next up for the team are Denton West u13s in the club inter league cup at home on Friday evening.

 

On Friday Night the u15’s welcomed Unsworth to Manchester Road. Clifton. Bowling first the visitors were reduced to 95 in the allotted 20 overs with some good bowling spells from all concerned. Clifton went into bat with their tails up and got off to a flyer. Will Davidson retired on 33 it quick time and left plenty of overs for the other batsmen to complete the job. The innings was finished off by Sam Dorsey and Joe Parker sensibly pushing 1’s and 2’s until the game was won.

On Monday the 15’s visited Prestwich CC as ambassadors for the CLL in the first round of the LCB KO. The Prestwich side looked big and strong and with Clifton missing Davidson and Rudd (3rd XI and Holiday) we thought a battle could be on the cards. Clifton batted first and again got off to a great start with Alex Cunliffe and Ben Sykes taking the team to 80 odd for 0. Soon after Alex was dismissed on the smash and Ben managed to reach the magical 40 and was forced to retire.  This brought Alex Myall and Sam Dorsey to the crease. Alex attempted a few lusty blows but was bowled early in his innings, which again brought Parker and Dorsey together. The 2 boys steered Clifton to 124 at the close of innings. Prestwich came out to bat and after a few big hits were scoring at 10 per over. Clifton eventually pulled it back and with some awesome bowing and fielding, bowled the hosts out for just 48 securing our place in the 2nd round of the knock out. Special mention must go to Matt Wood who took 3 wickets a good catch and an unreal run out! Matt managed to aim at the bowlers end stumps, miss, and run the batsmen out at the other end who was day dreaming on his way to the crease.

FINAL FRONTIER

 

The under 13's reached the final of the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Inter League competition with a win at Royton CC this week. The competition is open to clubs in the Central Lancashire, Lancashire and Lancashire County Leagues, with the winners progressing to the LCB's County stages.

Clifton won the toss and invited Royton to bat and the hosts got off to a flyer scoring at 8 runs an over for the first five overs. Three wickets for Bradley Paul and four for Dan Ainscough firmly applied the brakes and the hosts were eventually bowled all out for 82 runs. Clifton batted sensibly from the off. Ben Sykes rode his luck to score 30 (retired) and Joe Parker scored a faultless 30 (retired) before Chris Royle came in to hit the winning runs with 3 overs to spare.

Clifton await news of their opponents in the final which is scheduled to be played by 26th May.

 

The U11s made it three wins from three this week with a comprehensive victory at home to Werneth. The visitors were invited to bat and were restricted to a net total of just 220 runs off their 20 overs. Clifton never looked in any trouble as the total was passed by the first batting pair, the other four pairs then all contributing to a huge total of 325 net runs.

This followed an extremely hard fought win away at Crompton CC. A strong Crompton side batted first and set a very competitive looking total of 265 net runs off their 20 overs. After 16 overs Clifton had progressed to 230 net runs and it looked likely they were heading for their first defeat of the season. But the final batting pair had other ideas and a combination of some excellent strokeplay and slightly kamikaze running between the wickets led to eight runs being needed off the last three balls. A boundary reduced this to four off two. Cue a continuation of the kamikaze running with the ball hit straight to fielder "in the ring" off both of the last two balls, yet two runs off each completed ..... taking Clifton to their target by the skin of their teeth!

 

 

19th - TROPHY TRIUMPHS

 

Both the firsts and the seconds avoided potential banana skins against Oldham in the Wood and Burton Cup competitions on Sunday after all three sides were washed out on Saturday.

The firsts travelled to a soggy Oldham and were inserted on a sodden wicket. There were early scares as Cam and Cheets were dismissed but a partnership of 119 between Adam Holt and Lachie Mason eased the nerves with Lachie earning the man of the match gong for his 83. There was still time for Dean Morris to register his own half century as an imposing 254-6 was posted. Steve Cheetham and Richard Borrit then roared into the top order, reducing the hosts to 24-5. Cheets went on to take 6-30 as the hosts finally succumbed for 58, with several Oldham batsmen deciding that the safest place to play him was by standing at square leg. It’ll be a stiffer test in round 2 for both sides, but you can only beat what is put in front of you and the seconds did the same as  their 232-8 ended up being 161 too many for the visitors. The top four scored well but only Ian Morris passed 50, in his case, for the third time this season. The bowlers then shared the wickets fairly evenly before Ollie Dunn roared in at the end to steal 4-4.

HIT PARADE PICS – strikes for Cheets who nicks the off bail, Boz who shattered the off stump and Holty who somehow managed to take it out of the ground with his raw pace.

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FINAL FRONTIER

 

The under 13's reached the final of the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Inter League competition with a win at Royton CC this week. The competition is open to clubs in the Central Lancashire, Lancashire and Lancashire County Leagues, with the winners progressing to the LCB's County stages.

Clifton won the toss and invited Royton to bat and the hosts got off to a flyer scoring at 8 runs an over for the first five overs. Three wickets for Bradley Paul and four for Dan Ainscough firmly applied the brakes and the hosts were eventually bowled all out for 82 runs. Clifton batted sensibly from the off. Ben Sykes rode his luck to score 30 (retired) and Joe Parker scored a faultless 30 (retired) before Chris Royle came in to hit the winning runs with 3 overs to spare.

 

26th - MAX POINTS IN THE SUNDAY SUNSHINE

 

Bank Holiday Sunday boosted the ambitions of firsts and seconds as Milnrow 1sts were well beaten on their own patch and Werneth 2nds left Manchester Road with a solitary point after reaching 75% of Mozzer’s 220-8.

It was Cam’s day at last at Milnrow as he bludgeoned the home side’s bowling for 83 in 67 balls, putting on 102 for the first wicket with Holty. With the hosts having only amassed 139, withCheets enjoying a drier surface for a change and taking 4-23, that opening partnership meant it was ‘game over’ and, until another of Cam’s mighty blows didn’t quite have the legs, there was the distinct possibility that he may have reached three figures for himself. Milnrow’s innings subsided to 103-8 at one stage as all five bowlers tasted success, but the tail wagged quite well until Cheets produced his second unplayable yorker of the day. Holty and Cam then gradually got to grips with Milnrow’s prolific pro Babar Naeem, with Cam riding his luck at times, but before long the ball was flying to all parts.

The seconds’ penchant for team performances rather than outstanding individual efforts continued with only Chris Lord (62) passing 50. Ian Morris, Jamie Royle and Harry Southern weren’t far off either in posting a challenging 220-8. Rob Meredith, by his own admission, wasn’t at his best, but plugged away and was rewarded with 5-61. He has bowled far better and ended up with less flattering figures, but it was a crucial second spell when he replaced Ready at the bottom end because Werneth were just starting to get the sniff of an unlikely win. As it was, the innings fell away and a smart catch by Will Davidson at long on effectively ended the innings which closed on 172.

 

PICS: Cam drives powerfully.

Liam finds time for a ‘can-can’ rendition before taking the ball.

 

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RACCY BATTERED

 

The 2013 T20 campaign started with a resounding victory over Radcliffe in the Bank Holiday sunshine at Manchester Road on Saturday. Batting first, Dean and Adam rescued the innings after Cam went first ball and Lachie fell for 9. Holty smashed his way to 69 as the innings closed on 159-8; an innings which surprisingly contained no sixes. Boz then took 3-17 as the visitors were demolished for 72. More after the weekend.

 

PICS: Holty celebrates, Lachie departs, Ready strikes timber.

Watch Tommy run himself out HERE

 

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ALBERT’S LEGACY

 

The late Albert Tonge expressed in his Will that he would like to make a contribution to Clifton Cricket Club.

Albert was a Social member of the club and particularly enjoyed participating in quiz nights, sometimes acting as Quiz Master. His family report that Albert enjoyed the company of other members and the ambience of the club.

Albert was always enthusiastic about all forms of Sport. He enjoyed playing many sports and was also a keen spectator. He encouraged children to participate in sport, not only to develop their sporting skills and abilities, but also the personal development that children gain from participating in sport such as developing life skills, building friendships, and having fun.

Albert’s family feel that, in keeping with his wishes, Albert’s donation should be used towards funding new equipment and training aids for the Junior Section. They hope that the donation will make a significant contribution towards the cost of the new equipment, so that the Junior Section can continue to develop their cricketing skills and nurture their life skills long into the future.

 

Thanks Albert !!

 

31st - CAM-STRUNG

 

A serious looking injury to Cameron Murray took the edge off an exciting T20 contest at Monton on Friday evening. The two run defeat means that victory over Unsworth next Friday is essential in order to progress to the knockout stages, but when Cam pulled up in agony chasing a boundary shot by one of the Monton batsmen, it was immediately apparent that we will be playing Unsworth without Cameron Murray next week. A similar hamstring injury earlier in his career resulted in a five week layoff and early indications, after he had to be carried to the dressing room, are that this one could be worse.