Members will be sorry to hear of the passing of Frank Wild who died in the early hours of Sunday morning at the age of 87.
Frank had been elected as an Honorary Member of the Clubfollowing a distinguished playing career as a medium paced opening bowler forthe First Team. He was recruited to Clifton from local neighbours Moorside inthe early 1960’s alongside all rounder Derek Lysons. He became one of thefinest amateur bowlers Clifton has ever had, strong with wide shoulders his pinpoint accuracy was his great quality able to put the ball on a sixpence overafter over as batsmen were worn down, giving away their wickets in frustration.He would always bowl uphill from the Manchester Road end (8 ball overs in thosedays), with an economical run up, and light on his feet he would often bowlright through the innings without rest.
A true number eleven batsman Frank was a double Cross Cupwinner in 1973 and 1977 and bowled with the same accuracy until a bad backforced him to retire in 1981. He would consistently feature in the top half ofthe league averages and was unlucky not to play more representative cricket forthe BDCA. Even in the 1980’s he hadn’t lost his metronomic accuracy, in onegame bowling unchanged to take 6 for 18 against local rivals Roe Green 1stXI atthe age of 47.
A bricklayer by trade Frank leaves reminders ofhis work around the ground including the Machine Shed and the large red brickwall at the entrance to the Club, all done in the same way he played the game,in good humour, with respect for others and good sportsmanship.
The Club extends its condolences and sympathy to his wifeCath, son David and daughter Judith.
The club are delighted to announce they have secured theservices of Gareth Cross our professional for the 2021 season. Gareth has been agreat performer on the field with both bat and ball over the last few seasonsleading the team from the front. We are hopeful we may get some games out ofhim this season but felt it was important for the club to get this business outof the way as early as possible.
All please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you allwhen these difficult times are over.
At the time of writing this under normal circumstances allour players would be looking forward to the start of the cricket season.
Unfortunately, as we are all to aware these are far fromnormal circumstances. However, I want to assure you all we are continuingbehind the scenes to ensure our great club is ready as soon as we get thego-ahead to re-open. Work is still progressing on the ground, it is lookinggreat and ready to play cricket on this season. Off the field we have had allthe front re-laid, it looks fantastic and ready for our members to hopefullyget some use out of later this summer. This is work we had already startedbefore the Covid-19 took us all by surprise and we were committed financiallyto continue with the work. In all honesty had it have not started we may havehad a re-think on carrying out the work as the club is currently in a positionwhere we have no income just like many others. Although as a committee we areand will continue to work hard to get the club back on a sound footing once theterrible pandemic is over.
We have had to stop all cricket and coaching at presentincluding any use of the practice facilities and I ask you all to please takenote of this and not use the nets until further notice as they are closed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone fortheir valued support over the years and we will need your custom even more assoon as we re-open to get us back on our feet.
Also if there is anyone who is struggling for anything inthese difficult times please do not hesitate to contact us as we have a fewpeople who are volunteering and would be more than happy to help you even if itis only a bit of shopping. It is essential as a community we keep together andhelp each other in these trying times.
In the meantime, make sure you all stay safe and I lookforward to seeing you all when we get through this pandemic.
I T Morris
We are delighted with the work that has been carried out at the front ofthe club.
As you can see from the video, the new resin pathway has been laid andgives a wider area at the front with improved access for wheelchairs andprams.
This work is ongoing, with furtherrefurbishment planned.
We can’t wait to reopen andwelcome you all back but in the mean time we will keep you updated with therefurbishment work and other club news.
The committee would like to thank Worsley Driveways for their excellent work.
Keep save everyone in these difficult times.
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