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2024

Match Report Sun 7 July: 1st XI vs Westhoughton CC (Home)

Tue 9 Jul 2024
Max Goes Big! Very Big!!

On the second part of the double header weekend Clifton welcomed Westhoughton to Manchester Road after a successful away win on Saturday. The forecast was looking iffy with rain due to come in the afternoon so it was possible that we were in for a stop and start game. 

The Clifton skipper won the toss and elected to bat, which was smart with the upcoming forecast. Clifton lost Dorsey early in the innings bringing Meyer in to bat with a score of 15/1. It wasn’t long before Settle was dismissed too, bringing Clifton’s Pro up to bat. The partnership between Meyer and Ayres worked well. Ayres was dismissed later in the innings with a score of 68, leaving the overall score at 194/3. Hamilton was next into bat and himself and Meyer saw the rest of the innings through with Meyer (150*) not only hitting his first 100 for the club but his first 150, leaving Clifton with a total score of 284/4 after Hamilton was bowled in the last ball of the innings. 


Throughout the break there was a short spell of rain, but luckily caused no delay to the second innings. The innings started well for Clifton with both Higham and Ayres taking wickets early, leaving Westhoughton with a score of 6/2. Westhoughton’s Pro came in and started hitting well, but his team mates couldn’t withstand the excellent quality of the Clifton fielding, even if they did find time for a rest (Pictured) when team mates were looking for the ball, which was dispatched aggressively by the Westhoughton Pro. He found his way to 100* in 59 balls, hitting 9 fours and 6 sixes along the way. He was unfortunately for him left standing in the 30th over as the game came to a close with Clifton winning by a massive 140 runs. 

Clifton came out on top this weekend by winning a full 10/10 points putting the team into 3rd in the league table. 

Match Report Sat 6 July: 2nd XI vs Little Hulton CC 1st XI (Home)

Tue 9 Jul 2024
Tough day at Home for the 2nds

The  seconds’  losing  streak  continued  again  on  Saturday  when  Little  Hulton  were  the  visitors  to  Manchester  Road.  Those  of  us  with  longer  memories  will  recall  some  epic  encounters  with  the  ‘noisy  neighbours’  from  down  the  road,  but  sadly  those  days  are  no  more  as  their  only  senior  side  plies  its  trade  alongside  our  seconds  in  a  division  5  that  is  effectively  the  10th,  11th  and  12th  tiers  of  the  league  structure.  Having  said  that,  there  is  often  some  decent  cricket  on  show  and  Saturday’s  defeat,  which  left  Liam’s  side  4th  and  some  12  points  off  a  promotion  spot,  was  no  exception. 

After  Tom  Worthington  snatched  an  early  wicket,  the  second  wicket  partnership  batted  extremely  well  and  effectively  punished  every  bad  ball  in  a  stand  of  108  and  when  this  was  followed  up  with  a  stand  of  70,  the  bowlers  began  to  look  tired  and  raggedy.  Late  inroads  couldn’t  prevent  the  visitors  from  posting  a  healthy  228-8  with  Jordy  Higham  and  Lewis  Keogh  picking  up  late  wickets.  The  Clifton  reply  never  really  got  going  and  although  several  batsmen  got  starts,  they  weren’t  able  to  turn  those  solid  bases  into  the  one  big  innings  that  would  have  challenged  the  visitors’  total.  Steve  McManus  (31)  and  Dan  Jones  (27)  batted  with  promise  but  then  wickets  started  to  tumble  in  pursuit  of  the  big  total  and  when  Rockin’  Rob  Meredith  succumbed  to  his  first  ball  with  four  overs  left,  they  were  still  some  88  runs  behind. 

This  young  side  though,  continues  to  improve  and  if  promotion  is  a  bridge  too  far  this  season,  then  next  year  will  surely  see  them  get  away  from  the  league’s  dark  nether  regions.

Match Report Sat 6 July: 1st XI vs Westhoughton CC (Away)

Tue 9 Jul 2024
A close finish at St. Georges Oval


Westhoughton CC welcomed our 1st XI to their home, St. Georges Oval, this week. Clifton’s skipper lost the toss and was asked to have a bat. Clifton’s opening partnership started well with Dorsey (15) being the first batter to depart after 16 overs leaving Clifton with a score of 47/1.  6 overs later saw the departure of Settle (30) leaving Clifton with a score of 61/2. Ayres was next in joining Meyer. The Clifton pro lasted 5 overs before being caught out. Hamilton and Richard Dempster didn’t have too much luck with their batting leaving Meyer waiting at the stumps for the next batter. Howarth (26) and Meyer (61) made a good partnership, putting on a useful 54 for the 6th wicket. The Westhoughton Pro had a good day with the ball picking up 5 wickets and bringing the innings to a close with a score of 185 all out in the final over of the innings.


The second innings started in our favour with Danny Higham dismissing 3 of the Westhoughton batters within the first 10 overs, the score sitting at 20/3. 30 overs in, both Richard Dempster and Hamilton were successful in taking wickets leaving Westhoughton 6 players down with just under 100 runs to chase in 20 overs. Unfortunately for Clifton, with around 12 overs left, Hamilton had to depart from the field with an injury leaving Clifton with only 10 players on the pitch. Westhoughton took advantage of this and started hitting. It took until the last over where Clifton dismissed the final batter after a catch from Dorsey, leaving Clifton winning by 8 runs, bringing a crucial 5 points for the Kingfishers. 











Match Report Sun 30 June: 3rd XI vs Uppermill CC 2nd XI (Away)

Tue 2 Jul 2024
ONE FOR THE POOLS COUPON AT UPPERMILL.

Sunday saw the third team make the long journey to Uppermill CC, after losing the toss Clifton were sent in to bat on a very green looking wicket. Captain Steve McManus accompanied Ethan Kite to the middle but the partnership was short lived, Steve was dismissed by a delicious ball in the first over. Experienced batsman Chris Lord took to the crease and got to work with Ethan to get Clifton back on steady ground.

A steady and sensible partnership gave Clifton a good foundation to push on from with big Steve’s side 74-2. Middle order batsmen Higham, Winstanley and Keogh all fell for a combined 9 runs leaving the situation looking a lot more precarious. Owen Hogben looked comfortable with his promotion to 6, attempting to bat through the remaining overs to guide his team to a decent score.

Unfortunately, poor shot selection and wild running between the wickets meant that the remaining batsmen were on the way back to the pavilion in little time, leaving Clifton 115 all out off 31 overs.

The usual partnership of Keogh and Worthington began Clifton’s defence of a low score on ground a lot smaller than most, Lewis and Tom bowled well from either end ,but struggled to get the wickets necessary to gain the upper hand. Captain Steve turned to Owen early in the game for a breakthrough, a superb combination in the field between Owen and Tom led to a run out of Uppermill’s experienced opener. Economical bowling from the two young lads again saw the prospects of defending the low target grow. Tom was replaced by Elliot at the end of his spell and the Hogben brothers began to work their way through the Uppermill middle order. Owen 2-22 and Elliot 3-31 thought they had pulled the game back round with Uppermill requiring 36 runs to win with one wicket remaining. A short spell from Jordan Higham did not get the wicket that Clifton desperately needed together with a superb knock from Uppermill’s last stand meant that loose balls were punished and the game took yet another turn.

In the 29th over, just as the locals piled out of the bar in search of real entertainment after 45 minutes of watching Gareth Southgate’s England Uppermill pulled level much to the delight of the home support. With many thinking the game was a forgone conclusion Tom Worthington had one last throw of the dice and rolled his fingers down the back of a now trademark slower ball, forcing the batsman to divert the ball down onto his own stumps. Both teams had been bowled out for 115, the game was a tie and three points were shared, something that must surely be a first for most of the juvenile Clifton team.

Pick of the bowlers must go to T. Worthington for holding his nerve at a crucial moment to finish with figures of 27-3 from 7.5 overs.

The tie means that two streaks are continued for another week - Steve McManus’ 3rd XI remain unbeaten so far this season, a feat to be proud of as we enter July. As well as this, young Charlie Seddon has still not played in a winning or losing side after turning out 6 times at senior level - 5 games abandoned in play and one tie!

Match Report Sat 29 June: 1st XI vs Denton West CC (Away)

Mon 1 Jul 2024
Da Plane! Da Plane!

On another overcast and jumper wearing June Saturday, our 1st XI made the journey around the M60 to the East side of Manchester to Windsor Park, home of Denton West CC.

Winning the toss, Richard Dempster elected to field and hopefully take advantage of the overhead conditions. Three early breakthroughs from the opening attack of Ryan Ayres (3/45) and Danny Higham (3/50) put the Kingfishers on top with the host struggling on 11 for 3. Denton West took stock and patiently rebuilt their innings with a 68 partnership for the 4th wicket.
Intermittent wickets in between a few hefty blows saw Denton West all out after 48 overs for a useful total of 208 from 48 overs.

In reply, Clifton got off to a steady start, with openers Joe Settle (33) and Sam Dorsey (33) laying the foundations for a comfortable run chase. With Joe and Sam back in the pavilion in their 30s, Ryan Ayres (33) dropped at mid-off without troubling the scorers, it looked like lady luck may help Clifton claim the 5 points. Ryan and Max Meyer (37) added momentum and increased the run rate, but it was all in vain. Once again, losing them both, also for scores in the mid 30's the bowling side took a squeeze and control of the game. Wickets tumbled quicker now and the only highlight for the away support was the passing sight of the Airbus A380 - With a maximum capacity for 853 passengers, a length of 3.5 cricket pitches and wingspan of 4 cricket pitches, it was a distraction from the days play and the end of the Clifton innings. Falling disappointingly 15 runs short, on 196/9 off their 50 overs.

Match Report Sat 22 June: 1st XI vs Woodbank CC (Home)

Wed 26 Jun 2024
Saturday saw our first team welcome Woodbank CC to Manchester Road. Winning the toss, the Clifton skipper elected to start the game by batting. After seven overs Clifton were 14-1 after losing Settle to an unfortunate catch, bringing Meyer to the crease. Both Dorsey and Meyer kept the game steady and with 40 overs gone both batters had hit their 50's, with the Clifton score of 132 with 10 overs to go. Dorsey and Meyer made a quick switch into second gear and started hitting the ball to all corners and in the last over of the innings Sam Dorsey celebrated his first senior 100 for Clifton CC. 

The Clifton innings ended at 227-1 with Sam Dorsey ending on 100* and Max Meyer on 93*. 

The second innings started and Woodbank had a decent score to chase, which they were willing to fight for. After 10 overs Woodbank fell one player short leaving them at 32-1 after being caught by Richard Dempster. Halfway through the innings Woodbank were 98-1 which was looking like it was going to be a very close game, which indeed it was. A change in both bowlers, bringing in Hamilton and Turner, Woodbank started to up the anti. 30 overs in, Clifton found a break, with Ayres bowling Abbas out, leaving Woodbank at 130-2. Ayres dismissed two more in over 33 with one catch from Jordan Higham. With 10 overs left Woodbank were 147-3 which was looking promising for Clifton. Meyer and Ayres had a positive bowling spell and Meyer managed to get his first wicket for the club with help from Hamilton with the catch. 

It all went down to the last over of the game. Woodbank started the over with only 8 runs required for a win. Hamilton was on to bowl. A 6 flew over the boundary just two balls into the final over, making it look more promising for Woodbank. The Woodbank batter tried to attempt the same shot but fell short, the ball landing straight into Turners hands. The new batter arrived and on his first ball was run out with the help of Turner and Flaxman. Things were on a knife edge as with 2 balls left, Woodbank needed 2 runs for the win. The new batter started on strike and on his first ball ended up being run out by Hamilton himself. In what was an incredible final over, the final batter hit the ball but couldn’t reach the other end in enough time before being run out by Higham and Flaxman. With 4 wickets in the final over Clifton ended by one run and five points were awarded to the home team. 

Match Report Sun 16 June: 2nd XI vs Worsley CC 2nd XI (Home)

Wed 19 Jun 2024

On Sunday Worsley visitedManchester Road in a rearranged league fixture due to the start of the season beingdelayed. Clifton won the toss and followed usual procedure by sticking the oppositionin to bat as usual the plan was coming together with Worsley 56-4 andstruggling Clifton were on top. Unfortunately, a good rear guard action andseveral dropped catches saw Worsley tick over 200 and set a good target for Cliftonto chase.

In reply Clifton were always thereand there abouts but a much depleted batting line up struggled in the lattermiddle overs to keep up with the required rate. Ethan batted nicely for a halfcentury but never really hit 2nd gear due to some patient line andlength bowling. Higham Dorsey and Barton looked to kick the run rate on butonce all 3 had fell, the Worsley total was just a step too far. Clifton ended30 short whilst giving it a good go but could’ve come away with the 5 points ifthe normal line was fully available.

 

Match Report Sat 15 June: 2nd XI vs Whalley Range CC 3rd XI (Away)

Wed 19 Jun 2024

Saturday saw the 2nd XIvisit Little Hulton CC despite playing Whalley Range CC in a strange turn ofevents due to them having 3 Saturday teams.

The pitch was a damp soft onewhich looked like it could misbehave in a number of ways so the toss could becrucial. Unfortunately, Liam lost it and Clifton were inserted. Sam Winstanleyand Christopher Royle started our innings and it looked as though earlypredictions of the wicket were correct. We lost Sam quickly and thenunfortunately lost Dan Jones not too long after. This brought Jordy and Chris togetherwhich was the start of a glorious partnership. Both lads battled through thetough stuff and made sure the bad ball went to the boundary. Both ladseventually fell for well made centuries, Chris 118 of 133 and Jordy 133 of 104,giving Clifton a mammoth total of 308-6.

In reply WRCC never really wantedto chase the total and their cautious approach was personified by their number 5batting 101 balls for 14 and not scoring a single boundary.  

Lewis Keogh picked up a remarkable5 for 1 (the one was a wide) and WRCC were dismissed 225 shy of the Cliftontotal!

 

Sue Judge

Tue 18 Jun 2024
All of us at Clifton Cricket Club are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Sue Judge our Junior Secretary. She had been the loving wife of Bob for over 50 years and a wonderful mother to our star wicket keeper/batsman Steve and his brother Christopher. Sue was born in 1950, so she was 74 when she died. She took over the Junior Secretary role a couple of years ago and carried out the duties most diligently. A minute’s silence was held at a recent 2nd team home match in order to show our respects.

Match Report Sat 15 June: 1st XI vs Egerton CC (Home)

Mon 17 Jun 2024

It was a strange weekend for the firsts as a comprehensive win on Saturday against 2nd placed Egerton, was followed by an equally comprehensive defeat against bogey side Roe Green on Sunday. With the forecast in midweek predicting little or no cricket for the weekend, we should, I suppose, be grateful that both teams got games in where some clubs didn’t bowl a ball all weekend. All that kicked off on Saturday with Egerton winning the toss and electing to bat in the damp and drizzly conditions. Danny Higham made early inroads with two wickets with only twenty on the board, before Ryan Ayres clean bowled danger man Abid Ali who had scored more than a third of his team’s runs in the first twelve games in all competitions during the early season. At that stage, it looked like Egerton may fold like a deck of cards, but they managed to put together a couple of useful partnerships in the face of nagging slow stuff from Mason Turner (3-31) and Ben Hamilton (2-35) and the final total of 157 felt like one of those that could go either way. An opening partnership of 43 settled the nerves and after Joe Settle departed for 20, Max Meyer (pictured) arrived at the crease like someone whose bus was due as he produced an array of shots all round the wicket, scoring 41 out of a partnership of 63 with Sam Dorsey. Despite Egerton’s own slows then getting a bit of a stranglehold, Sam (60no) and Ryan Ayres (24no) saw it through with a comfortable seven overs to spare, to propel the side, temporarily at least, into second spot.


Match Report Sun 16 June: 1st XI vs Roe Green CC (Away)

Mon 17 Jun 2024

A Sunday morning downpour exacerbated the well documented ground issues at Roe Green in the re-arranged game from April, and there was a considerable delay before the game could go ahead. Richard Dempster must have wondered if he’s done the right thing by electing to bat, as the early order struggled at snail's pace to come to terms with the conditions, whilst losing crucial wickets in the process and only some spirited late order resistance rescued the total from 47-6, to edge past the three figure mark on 108 with only Zach Flaxman reaching the 20 mark. On a day best consigned to the dustbin of mediocrity, Roe Green cantered to 109-3, leapfrogging into 2nd place in the process. Egerton’s points from a washed-out game moved them to 3rd and Richard’s men must go again next weekend to chip away at Edgworth’s seven-point lead, with a home game against Woodbank, who were dumped to the bottom of the league courtesy of Westhoughton’s win over Denton West. We all know that there’s no such thing as an easy game in this most competitive of divisions, however, and the lads will have to be at their best to take the points.

MATCH REPORTS 8th JUNE 2024 1st XI v Flixton C&SC (A)

Mon 10 Jun 2024

Saturday saw the 1st XI visit some familiar facesat Flixton CC in a game that contained 4 sets of brothers and also included 17 playerswho had represented Clifton.

Unfortunately, it looked like the main talking point wasgoing to be the pitch due to it not being covered the day before and all ofFriday night’s torrential rain landing directly on it. Both umpires were not entirelyhappy to start due to the fact you could literally put your finger in thepitch.

Former Clifton skipper and professional Gareth Cross won thetoss and unsurprisingly stuck Clifton in. The pitch played as expected with someballs pitching and rolling and others popping and spitting over the batsman’shead. Unfortunately, Clifton lost Settle and Meyer quickly whilst Sam battled througha tough period along with professional Ayres. Just as Dorsey was looking settleda leg stump half volley popped and sent the ball vertical off the bat and wewere potentially in a bit of trouble. Hamilton joined Ayres and both went onthe counter. Ben made a brisk 34 in 34 balls and put some serious pressure onthe Flixton attack. When Hamilton fell Ayres continued to accumulate runs butonce he got to 50 he went into overdrive. Ryan took 100 balls to get to 50 but then got to 103 in the next 21 ballswith some ferocious hitting including one which nearly landed in Urmston. It was an innings of immense class and the kind of thing we're getting used to seeing from Ryan. Clifton finally posted 222-9 in their 50 overs which in all honestly was worth around400!

In reply Flixton went with a bit of a chalk and cheeseapproach with Luke Perry going on the attack and Harry Singh playing very muchan observing role. Singh’s barrier was eventually broken when our skippertrapped him in front for 21 of 68 balls and out came Gareth Cross. The feelingwas that this was the key partnership to break with Perry in his forties andCross capable of destroying any attack. Cross latched quickly on to a shortball which was hit hard to the boundary and I think the feelings were he’d got “in”very quickly until Richard Dempster decided it would only be short stay for theformer Clifton pro.

Dempster ran his fingers across one with a bit of rip on itand managed to produce a ball which I genuinely think would’ve removed any batsman.The delivery pitched just outside leg stump and clipped the very top of offstump and meant that Gareth had to go.

A low bouncing shorter ball from Ben and a great piece offielding from Jordy saw the back of McCann and Holt and Clifton tails were up.

There was a brief period of hitting from 2 other ex-Cliftonlads in Hurt and Cheetham but never really enough to worry about. In the endFlixton fell 71 short and Clifton took 5 points back to Manchester Road.


Match Report Sat 8 June: 2nd XI vs Westleigh CC 2nd XI (Home)

Mon 10 Jun 2024

There was double delight for the firsts and seconds on Saturday as both sides moved into the top three with convincing wins.

At Manchester Road, in the absence of the usual ice cream van, it was Westleigh that provided the 99 as, with skipper Liam on 1st XI wicketkeeping duty, Rob Meredith’s young side restricted the visitors to under 100 with, remarkably, every one of the six bowlers taking at least one wicket. As a result, there was no ‘pick of the bowlers’ although Owen Hogben’s 2-9 off 6 overs is worthy of mention. As 25-0 became 28-4, the prospect of a repeat of last week’s three o’clock finish was on the cards, but some resistance on an easy paced wicket allowed the visitors to close on 99. The reply was punishing, despite the early loss of Ethan Kite, as Steve McManus (pictured) and Dan Jones took the score to 80-1 before Steve was out to a jug avoiding* 49. Dan (35no) and Sam Winstanley saw out the victory, achieved in just 20 overs, to move the side into second spot with games in hand over some of their rivals. 

*For the uninitiated, the term ’jug avoidance’ refers to the days when a batsman’s half century resulted in a cap being passed around the spectators who would chuck in their loose change in appreciation. The recipient was then expected to buy a jug of ale for his team mates, but frequently, the contents of the cap did not meet the cost of the jug and the player had to make up the difference. Hence the term ‘jug avoidance’ for a player getting out on 49. The tradition seems to have died out due to covid, the move away from ‘loose change’ in the pocket and the greater number of under 18 players in teams.


MATCH REPORTS 9th JUNE 2024 3rd XI v Springhead CC (A)

Mon 10 Jun 2024

The thirds made it a triple whammy of wins on Sunday as they progressed into the next round of the Sunday Premier Cup with a six wicket win in the June, not-so-sweltering, ten degrees of heat at Springhead. The result was by no means as comfortable as the score suggests however, as a single partnership of 106 between Jordy Higham and evergreen Chris Lord was the difference on the day. Dodging the raindrops, the hosts batted first and the Clifton attack struggled with the wet ball resulting in some inaccurate bowling and mistakes in the field which the home batsmen punished. However, the young side managed to stay in the game, although the total of 152 (reduced by Duckworth/Lewis to 141) in 31 overs was nevertheless daunting. Jordy Higham struggled manfully against both the batting and a side strain which cannot have been helped by the freezing conditions, finishing with 2-25 and Lucas Haslam weighed in with 2-6 at the end when their remaining batters were throwing everything at the ball. It was then Springhead’s turn to manage the wet ball, and sadly for them, lack of ‘cricket nowse’ saw them unbelievably rolling the ball back to the bowler along the sopping grass, rather than trying to keep it dry. Jordy (52) and Chris (60no) took full advantage and from 9 for 2, put on 106 at well over a run a ball. The final target was achieved in 28 overs and well received by the Clifton faithful that numbered almost as many as the team. Highlights of the day were a superb catch in the deep with a sopping ball by young Owen Hogben and a not so ‘gainly’ attempt at catching a ball over the boundary, that was going for six, by a certain Mr. Worthington, who ended up flat on his posterior. Special thanks to Springhead, not only for ‘getting the game on’, but for their sporting and friendly welcome and, remarkably for Sunday cricket, the provision of teas. We wish them luck for the rest of the season.

Match Report Sun 12 May: 3rd XI vs Prestwich CC 3rd XI (Away)

Tue 14 May 2024

A strong third team made the short away trip to local side Prestwich to get their season underway.  

New captain for the season Stephen McManus won his first toss of the year and elected to bat on which looked like a decent wicketIn went the openers Ethan Kite and Daniel Jones who got off to a low scoring but steady start with the new ball swinging around.  

Prestwich eventually found the breakthrough they were looking for with Daniel jones falling for a solid 25 after being bowled by leg spinner Finlay Lester which left Clifton 38 for 1 after 15.4 overs. In came captain Steve looking for his first runs of the season.  

After a steady start Steve knew we had to increase the run rate and after hitting a couple into the trees he looked in good shape. Shortly after opener Ethan kite was caught at mid-off for a steady 16. Sam Winstanley then joined the captain at the crease as they both looked to keep increasing the run rate. Steve was then bowled for an important 41 and young Sam was joined by experienced Christopher lord. Unfortunately, Chris lord’s stay was a short one (9) and Lewis Keogh entered the pitchLewis (3) then fell to a full toss and Sam once again had a new partner in the middle with him in Jack Barton.  

Jack new his role and went out with intent which was obvious from the start after he hit 7 from his first 4 deliveries. Sam then fell and Owen joined Barton at the crease. After some quick running from them both and more big hitting from Barton Clifton finished on a decent score of 185 for 7. Top scores Jack Barton, Stephen McManus, and Sam Winstanley all finished on 41 but Jack stood out as it only took him 22 balls to hit his 41 where he was stumped on the penultimate ball of the innings.  

Clifton then took the ball and opened with Lewis Keogh from one end and Tom Worthington from the other. After a brilliant opening spell and brilliant stumping by captain Steve Lewis ended up with 3 wickets and tom ended up with 1. This meant Clifton had Prestwich 22 for 4 after just 10.5 overs but still with plenty of work to do. 

After Lewis and tom had finished their spells on came the Hogben brothers Elliot and Owen to try and slow the increasing run rate. After a poor start with the ball Elliot eventually picked up the Prestwich opener after he was caught by jack Barton at mid-off. Younger brother Owen eventually picked up the wicket he was waiting for at the other end bowling the Prestwich batsmen for 37. Daniel jones then replaced Elliot (42-1 off 6) in the bowling attack and quickly got a wicket after wrapping the Prestwich batsman on the pads. After Owen (27-1 off 10) had bowled out and Dan (22-1 off 4) had a bowled a good spell Steve turned to openers Lewis and Tom (14-1 off 7.5) to try and pick up the remaining wickets. Lewis quickly got his 4th of the game as Steve also picked up his 2nd stumpingJust as tom was about to finish his first over in his 2nd spell the heavens opened and the umpires brought the players off with neither side knowing what the DLS score was. Shortly after the umpires decided to call the game with puddles quickly forming all over the Prestwich squareAfter a long wait whilst the scorers and the umpires worked out the DLS it was then figured out that Clifton had won their first game of the season by 18 runs after a brilliant team performance. Lewis Keogh was the standout bowler finishing with figures of 23 for 4 after 8 overs. 

They now look forward to the first round of the cup at home against Woodbank next Sunday! 

 

Match Report Sun 12 May: 1st XI vs Horwich RMI CC - ECB National Club Championship (Round 1) (Home)

Tue 14 May 2024
Sunday saw our 1st XI host fellow GMCL side Horwich CC in round 3 of the ECB National Knock Out.

Clifton had a slightly changed XI from Saturday's win at Bradshaw as both skipper and opening bowler Richard Dempster and Overseas Amateur Max Meyer both finding themselves on the physio's table. Selection shuffled the pack and selected club stalwart Rob Meredith & Jordy Higham to come in and join the squad.

Clifton batted first on a warm sunny Sunday and got off to a flyer. Again the opening partnership of Dorsey and Settle got us off to a great start with the ball flying to all parts and taking us past 50 before the first wicket fell. Sam, who took the aggressors role, was again unlucky to fall victim to a phenomenal catch behind square for a rapid 37 and Joe continued on in a steady fashion. Zach Flaxman, who's has been slightly out of touch in recent weeks, was promoted to 3 and it was a perfect scenario for him to thrive with a good pitch, a fast outfield and the platform set and thrive he did. Zach punished the Horwich bowlers hitting the ball long and hard when it was right to do so and with his foot on the accelerator took us to 141 before he eventually fell for 60 from 50 balls. Settle again continued working the ball well and hitting the freebies when they were offered up and once he was joined by Professional Ryan Ayres Clifton took the game and firmly but us in control. Ryan struck a fantastic 74 not out off 69 balls and when he and Joe (67) were eventually broke up the game was already gone. Clifton amassed 258-5 from 40 overs meaning Horwich in reply had to go at nearly 7's from ball one.

Clifton opened up with our Mr. Economicals, Rob Meredith and Danny Higham who both bowled their 8 over spells straight through meaning that when they had finished, Horwich had only managed 58 off the bat and lost 2 key wickets. The Clifton bowlers continued the stranglehold on the game and all took regular wickets along the way which ultimately meant when the biblical storm hit, Horwich were 50 runs behind the DLS target.

So another great win for the lads and its Ormskirk away in round 4 on May Bank holiday Sunday!

MATCH REPORT 1ST XI SATURDAY 11.5.24

Tue 14 May 2024

The  firsts  made  it  back  to  back  league  wins  and  four  from  four  in  all  competitions,  with  a  comfortable win  in  the  idyllic  surroundings of  Bradshaw  on  Saturday.

With  the  out-of-action second  teamers  swelling the  numbers,  there  was  a  decent  crowd  out  enjoying the  sweltering  heat  as  Richard Dempster  lost  the  toss  and  led  his  troops  out  to  do  battle  with  the  home  side’s  batsmen and  the  unforgiving sun.  One  again, the  bowling  attack were  able  to  take  wickets at  crucial  stages of  the  game.  An  opening stand  of  41  looked  threatening, but  that  was  quickly  reduced to  47-2  with  Dan  Higham striking  twice.  Ben  Hamilton  (pictured) then  stepped  in  with  the  vital  wicket of  Dickinson,  brilliantly caught  by  Dave  Dempster,  and  despite  a  number  of  batsmen  getting into  double  figures, he  ground  out  wickets  at  regular  intervals, finishing  with  impressive figures  of  6-39  off  15  overs  to  add  to  the  4-4  he  captured in  the  midweek under  18  game.  Dan  Higham mopped  up  to  continue  his  early  season form  and  finish with  3-42,  before Sam  Dorsey  and  Joe  Settle started  the  reply  with  a  stand  of  57.  For  the  second week  in  a  row,  Sam  found  himself on  the  receiving end  of  a  stunning  catch, but  Joe  went  on  to  complete  a  composed  half  century  in  a  stand  of  77  with  Max  Meyer,  who’s  also  in  a  bit  of  form  himself,  before falling  for  64.  After  a  slight  stutter in  which  two  further  wickets tumbled,  the  game  was  put  to  bed  with  more  than  20  overs  to  spare.  Remarkably, after  two  games, only  one  other  club  has  a  100%  record  in  this  most competitive  of  leagues, and  that  will become  one  next week  as  we meet  Edgworth,  the other  100%  side, at  Manchester  Road with  a  12.30 start.

MATCH REPORT 1st XI SUNDAY 5.5.24

Tue 7 May 2024
Coloured kits and pink balls were the order of the day at CCC on Sunday as we welcomed Friarmere CC to Manchester Road.

Clifton batted first and in the first 10 were off to a flyer at just below 8 an over being scored but for the loss of 3 wickets. Both Settle (7) and Dorsey (31) were removed by some excellent diving catches at backward point and pro Ryan Ayres fell victim to a strange case of miscommunication when he appeared to call a run to extra cover from the non strikers end which Max (at the strike end) was not interested in at all. Unfortunately Ben Hamilton fell the same way with a great piece of fielding meaning a direct hit was enough to see Ben back to the pavilion. Turner was next to depart for 1 and all of a sudden we were 90-5.

David Dempster (29) came to the crease and along with Meyer rebuilt the innings steadily and kept the score ticking over nicely. A few lusty blows towards the end from Higham (22) and Howarth (34) and with Max still at the crease we got to the final ball of our innings at 278-9. Max needed a single to reach 3 figures and put the cherry on the top of a brilliant innings but unfortunately he guided one in to the keepers gloves and finished on a heroic 99!

With the ball Clifton took regular wickets and our total always seemed too high of a mountain for the opposition to climb. The Friarmere batsmen offered little resistance with the exception of Fielding who managed 62 from 74 but apart from that, the rest were shared amongst the EIGHT Clifton bowlers as follows.

D Higham 3-44
R Dempster 0-5
R Ayres 1-11
B Hamilton 2-39
J Settle 0-6
S Dorsey 2-16
M Turner 1-1
D Dempster 1-6

and Friarmere finished 127 all out!

So now on to round 2 of the cup in a few weeks so lets see who the draw brings!

MATCH REPORT 2ND XI SATURDAY 4.5.24

Tue 7 May 2024
A strong 2nd XI took a trip to Wythenshawe CC on Saturday which for most of us was a first and one we certainly wont forget.

We arrived at the ground to see the covers being pushed off what looked a very green and soft pitch only to be told we weren't playing on that one but one that was more wet and more soft! When the stumps went in we were far more aware of the 40 yard boundary towards the clubhouse which meant bowling spin from both ends would be a very difficult task.

Having lost the toss, Clifton were all together for the start of the 2024 season and as always, we opened with Rob Meredith. Rob bowled beautifully all afternoon but to no reward wickets wise as he finished with ridiculously economic figures of 12 overs 0-16. The last 11 overs from that end were bowled by the skipper who ended with figures of 2-30 bowling right to the death. The 23 overs from that end went at only 2 and over but unfortunately, some indifferent bowling from the other end meant that the opposition probably finished with more than they should have. 

Jordy Higham (1-19 off 4) struggled to find his line and length as did Tom Worthington (0-19 off 4) who followed him. Lewis Keogh was then brought into the attack and bowled 2 great spells of 6 and 3 overs, finishing with an excellent 9 overs 4 for 21. Dan Jones bowled in between Lewis' spells and also bowled with good pace and accuracy bowling his 6 over spell finishing with figures of 2 or 7. 

Wythenshawe did well in the end reaching 115-9, which on a very challenging pitch was worth 200!

The Clifton innings unfortunately never really got going - some were tempted by the short boundary, others were victims of the pitch and some just looked like it was the first time they'd held a bat since September. Only Judge (18) Keogh (20) and Hogben (12) got stuck in but even their combined 50 took 120 balls emphasising just how hard it was to score runs. Tom Worthington did a good job in hanging around whilst runs were being scored showing just how hard he has worked on his batting over winter. 

All in all a poor day at the office but some positives to take forward into the season.

MATCH REPORT 1ST XI SATURDAY 4.5.24

Tue 7 May 2024

The league season got underway  at  last  on  Saturday, with  the  club  being  one  of  very few,  if  any  at  all,  to  get first  and  second  XI  games  in.  The firstsstarted  on  time,  playing  the  full  50 overs, in  a  division  in which  two games  didn’t  even  start. 


The recent  filthy weather  made  it  a  tricky  task  for opening  pair  Sam  Dorsey  and  Joe Settle  who,  after  dispatching  a  couple of  early  gifts,  found  himself  lbw  to the  first  of  Pilling’s  five  victims. Sam,  though,  was  in  ‘they  shall  not pass’  mode,  as  he  dug  in  with Max  Meyer,  to  provide  the  sort  of platform  for  a  late  change  into attack  mode,  much  like  last  week  at Wallasey.  That  partnership  of  101,  with Max  bringing  up  his  first  Clifton  half century,  was  the  impetus  for  an scenario  that  was  very  similar  in nature  to  last  week,  with  Ryan  Ayers (30  off  49)  then    Mason  Turner (21  off  16),  Ben  Hamilton  (12  off 16)  and  Matt  Howarth  (13  off  8) all  bludgeoning  some  very  big  maximums, taking  the  score  to  an  imposing  201, considering  the  conditions  and  the  fact that  the  opposition  bowling  and  fielding was  largely  first  rate.


Shaw  started well,  but  as  always,  wickets  slow  down the  progress  and  after  skipper  Richard Dempster  removed  both  openers  with  22 and  23  on  the  board,  Shaw  were always  going  to  be  up  against  it. Again,  the  bowling  attack  complimented  each other  well,  grinding  out  wickets  and maidens  with  growing  ease,  allowing  Danny Higham  to  return  after  a  tricky  first spell,  to  demolish  the  lower  order with  5-21.  Only  Mason  found  it  difficult to  hit  a  length  and  came  away wicketless  and  it’s  heartening  to  see that,  when  one  bowler  has  an  off day,  the  rest  step  up  to  the plate.  Shaw  finally  succumbed  for  132,  but it  has  to  be  said  that  they will  surprise  a  few  teams  this  season with  their  all  round  quality.  


So,  a good  day  at  the  office  and  onward an  upwards  into  the  cup  tie  and next  week’s  visit  to  the  idyllic pastures  of   Bradshaw,  who’s  promotion party  at  Egerton  proved  a  damp  squib when  they  were  all  out  for  50.

PLAY CRICKET

Fri 3 May 2024
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Les Bateman

Wed 21 Feb 2024

Les Bateman who has died aged92 was a long serving member of Clifton Cricket Club who contributed muchduring the transformative years of the 1970’s and 80’s.

A middle order batsman andslow medium bowler Les played in the second team notably being part of the sidewhich won the Hardcastle Shield (BDCA 2nd XI Championship) in 1966and again in 1967. His bowling speciality was, as he described it, “my 23yarder to kid ‘em”. He was 2nd XI Captain for a season in 1974 andretired from playing in 1975.

In the late 1960’s he joinedthe General Committee and became more involved in the Club and as a localbuilding contractor he was given the job of constructing the all-new clubhousewhich opened in 1972, and with a new bar and lounge began to generate fundswhich furthered the rapid development of the Club.

Les also worked on the ground duringthis time preparing the wickets on the square. He was also the BDCA Leaguerepresentative for the Club for several years and perhaps the role he enjoyedmost was as Cricket Secretary during the 70’s and 80’s which saw the Club winboth Cross Cup and Championship to Les’ great satisfaction and pride. Lesrelished the role of talking many good cricketers into playing for Clifton.

He then stood down from theGeneral Committee to successfully take on the role of Steward along with hiswife Barbara.

Les was made a Life Member in 1986for services to the Club and in his later years continued to watch the cricketat Clifton taking a keen interest in the players and their performances, alwaysready to offer advice. In the last few years he would regularly be seen everyThursday evening quietly enjoying the company of friends in the Cricket Clubthat he loved.


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