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Tommy Morris 1937 to 2021

Tommy Morris who has died aged 84 had been a member of Clifton Cricket Club for 68 years. He joined the Club in 1953 and quickly established himself in the second team as a very useful all-rounder. As a bowler Tommy was the classic league cricketer, economical in his run-up and stockily built, his medium pace was unfailingly accurate with a low trajectory. He could bowl all afternoon if required, often up the hill at Clifton keeping one end tied down, his wicket taking delivery often the ‘pea-roller’ which trapped many batsmen leg before and earned him career best figures of 9 wickets for 9 runs. A tough opponent and a fierce competitor Tommy made the most of his ability and would regularly give a batsman the benefit of his advice when he felt they were having too much luck. A middle order batsman he had his own style and often infuriated the quicker bowlers by giving himself room to the leg side and slashing the ball to the third man boundary; alternatively, he would hit the ball through mid-wicket with a shot described by team mates as a ‘scutch’.

Tommy was a member of the second team which won the Halliwell Shield in 1959 but during the 1960s he became a first team regular, played in the Cross Cup winning side of 1973 and made a representative appearance for the B&DCA. During the late1970s and through the 1980s he was a key member of the second team which won the Hardcastle Shield [League championship] in 1982 and the Halliwell Shield [Cup] in 1983. In 1984 at the age of 47 he was recalled to the first team to play in the Cross Cup final defeat to Adlington scoring 15 in a valiant last wicket partnership which almost won the game.

He continued to play cricket into the 1990s and he enjoyed his latter playing days in the newly formed third team where having shortened his run-up to a couple of paces he still bowled with such accuracy and control that he took a hatful of wickets until he finally hung up his boots at the age of 60. Across four decades, in whichever team he played he was one of the first players on the team sheet, totally reliable and committed to the Clifton cause, his opponents knew they had always been in a game.

Tommy Morris was elected to the General Committee of the Club in 1956 and served until his death for 65 years, rarely missing a meeting. He was awarded the Ron Wilkinson Trophy for services to the club on three separate occasions and was a contender many times over. His special contribution for over four decades was to maintain, or ‘fettle’ the club machinery. All mowers, rollers, and tractors were expertly maintained by him and his care extended the life of many machines, some lasting over forty years themselves, and saving the club many hundreds of pounds. Any groundsman leaving a machine covered in grass and mud would often receive a telling off from Tom.

He also specialised in restoring our cricket balls in the days when one new ball had to last a first, second and then junior game before being consigned to practice. His method was unique in coating the ball with a substance similar to varnish then drying them in the oven producing a razor-sharp seam, his garden shed at home being stacked with boxes of balls. He was often questioned by umpires and captains about the hardness of the ball culminating in one game at Edgworth when in typical exasperation he flung a box of balls onto the field shouting “tek ‘em all!”

Following his retirement from Chloride in 1999 he spent many week-day afternoons on the club, firstly with Tom Boardman, then with Trevor Dempster ensuring the club was kept well maintained, tidy and looked after to a high standard. After acquiring a new tractor, the ‘Toro’, he was happy to sit on it and sedately mow the outfield each week until he was eighty years of age.

Tommy Morris was made a Life Member in 1988 and was elected President from 1993 to 1999, the two highest honours the Club can bestow. He spoke through his hands and through the dedicated, consistent contribution he made over a lifetime both as a player and a committee man. The legacy he leaves is seen in his family who survive him, and who continue to serve the Club.

He will be very much missed and our sympathy is with Joyce, Gail, Ian and Christopher, and all of Tom’s family.

Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of past President Tom Morris will be held at St Anne's Church Clifton on Thursday 7th October at 12.45pm and then on to Agecroft Crematorium followed by time to reflect on his life back at his 2nd home Clifton Cricket Club.

There are no restrictions in church but they are asking people to wear masks.

We welcome everyone back to the cricket club which will be open straight after the church service for those who are not going to the crematorium.

The family have asked for family flowers only and donations will be split between St Anne's hospice and the Macmillan Nurses who were both excellent in Toms final days.


FIREWORKS DISPLAY - SAT NOV 6TH

Clifton Cricket Club will be holding its first ever fireworks night on Saturday November 6th. As well as a professional fireworks display by Atom Fireworks there will be a number of fairground attractions, stalls for kids, outside food outlets, with bars both inside & outside. 

Gates will open at 6pm with the fireworks display taking place around 745pm. It is advisable to get there early to avoid queuing, and there will be plenty of entertainment to keep you occupied. Those who live locally, please consider walking. There is also a bus stop outside the ground. Those bringing cars please be considerate to local residents and note there will be NO parking on the club premises for Health & Safety reasons. 

Tickets are priced at £4 for Adults & £2 for Under 12s, (there will be no charge for kids Under 2). It is strongly recommended to buy tickets in advance to avoid possible disappointment, as the event may sell out in advance of the night. Please ensure you bring cash to the venue for use at outside stalls, fair & outside bar. (Inside bar will be cash & card). 

TICKET UPDATE: As at Sunday October 3rd, tickets are now SOLD OUT. There will be no more available either in advance or on the night.

Tom Morris

It is with great sadness that the club announce the passing of Tom Morris peacefully last night.

Tom has been a major part of Clifton CC for many years both on and off the field.

He will be greatly missed and our thoughts go out to Joyce, Gail, Ian, Christopher and all the family at this sad time.

A tribute to Tom will follow in the coming days.

Breaking News

After a successful season for the first XI finishing 3rd in the Premier division and winning the T20 competition the club are delighted to announce the re-signing of Gareth Cross as professional for the 2022 season. Gareth will be moving in to his 8th season as professional at the club as well as captaining the team his contributions with both bat and ball have been a major factor in the 1st XI success over recent seasons. The club wish Gareth and his team all the best for the 2022 season.

Fireworks Night

The Cricket club are pleased to confirm we will be holding a professional fireworks display by Atom Fireworks on Sat Nov 6th from 6pm onwards. There will be food outlets, bars inside & out, stalls for kids, fair attractions etc. Tickets £2 kids & £4 adults when bought in advance.                              
TICKETS UPDATE:- Tickets now sold out. There will be no further tickets available either in advance or on the night. 

Under 13's T10 Round Robin

Well done to our Under 13s, and all involved in the T10 round robin competition. Clifton beat Prestwich and in his last game for club, Hiruka hit a six to help defeat Roe Green.

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