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Today's Fixtures

Under 18’s vs Friends Sporting Club (Away)
Under 11’s A vs Monton CC 'B' (Away)
Under 11’s B vs Winton CC (Home)

Future Fixtures

Thursday 23 May: 1st XI vs GMCL20 - Gin Pit Gladiators (Away)
Saturday 25 May: 1st XI vs Flowery Field CC (Away)
Sunday 26 May: 3rd XI vs Heywood CC 3rd XI (Home)
Monday 27 May: 3rd XI vs Denton West CC 3rd XI (Home)
Monday 27 May: Under 9’s A vs Prestwich CC 'B' / Prestwich CC 'A' (Home)
Monday 27 May: Under 9’s B vs Prestwich CC 'A' / Prestwich CC 'B' (Home)

Opening Times

Today 18:30 to 23:00
Thu 18:30 to 23:00
Fri 15:00 to 00:00
Sat 12:00 to 00:00
Sun 12:00 to 23:00
Bank Hol 12:00 to 23:00
Tue 18:30 to 23:00

MATCH REPORT 3rd XI SUNDAY 19.5.24

After wins for both the first and second team, it was the turn of Clifton’s 3rd XI to turn out and try and secure a clean sweep for the weekend. With a few ‘young guns’ missing, the third team took to the field with three Clifton debutants. 

The  son  of  former  pro  Steve  Holt  bowled  well  for  Woodbank  but  despite  slipping  to  12-2  and  the  48-4,  the  cavalry  was  over  the  hill  in  the  form  of  the  somewhat  contrasting  styles  of  batting  exhibited  by  Jack  Barton  (33  in  29  balls)  and  young  Lewis  Keogh  (pictured)  who  moved  chancelessly  to  his  maiden  half  century.  Elliot  Hogben  then  weighed  in  with  his  unique  batting  style  chipping  in  with  30*  as  the  innings  closed  on  187  all  out  with  eleven  balls  left  unused. All in all, Clifton made a fantastic recovery from a position that looked precarious and gave them a healthy total to defend. 

The  reply  never  really  got  going  as  Tom  Worthington  and  Lewis  toiled  in  the  hot  sun  conceding  less  than  two  an  over.  From  22-3,  a  partnership  of  61  ensued,  but  at  a  mind  numbingly  slow  pace. Hogben and Higham followed up with similarly accurate bowling, picking up a wicket each whilst watching Woodbank’s required run rate climb higher. It  wasn’t  until  around  over  30  arrived  that  it  dawned  on  the  ‘bankers  that  their  cup  hopes  were  dwindling  and  they  started  to  put  bat  to  ball,  but  it  was  too  late  as  wickets  started  to  tumble  and  they  eventually  had  to  settle  for  a  final  disappointing  total  of  134-6  with  the  wickets  shared  between  Tom,  Lewis,  Elliot  and  Jordy  Higham. 

Another confident display saw the third XI make it three in three across the senior teams - a brilliant couple of days in the sun for the Kingfishers. Congratulations to Lewis Keogh for a superb all-round performance and junior Oliver Dalton Bunker for making his first senior appearance. 


MATCH REPORT 2ND XI SATURDAY 18.5.24

The second team visited Stretford CC in the league on Saturday after their week off and were looking to bounce back from the week one defeat to Wythenshawe.  Unfortunately losing the toss wasn’t the best start and Clifton were all together as Streford decided to have a bat on a gloriously sunny day.

As always Rob opened the bowling and did what he does best by probing away at 5th stump and stemming the flow of runs from his end. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the other end where we were far too loose in the opening overs which allowed the hosts to get off to a bit of a flyer. Whilst the Stretford batting wasn’t the prettiest it was certainly effective but once Rob had removed the more dangerous opener Clifton tails were up. The skipper switched to spin and Clifton got a stranglehold on the game and both spinners Hogben (3-16 off 6.3) and Dorsey (4-24 off 10) rattled through 7 wickets and Stretford were removed for 113.

In Reply we lost both openers cheaply and at 6-2 it was looking like our first game all over again! Up stepped Jones and Judge who after a 60 odd partnership steadied the ship and took us to within touching distance of victory. Unfortunately, young Daniel caught one a touch early and skied it to the legside and he departed for a well-constructed 32. The Judge continued in imperious style including, yes, you’ve read this right, a cover drive for 4 which I’m sure he’s still talking about at work this morning. Judgey was supported well at the end by Jordy Higham (27) who finished the game perfectly by whacking a full toss into the trees.

A special mention must go to our sub fielder Mr S. Kite who helped us out whilst Steve McManus was delayed and quite literally took one for the team!

MATCH REPORT 1ST XI SATURDAY 18.5.24

In what was billed, even at this early stage of the season, a ‘ten pointer’ game between the only two 100% records in the Premier league, the firsts held their nerve superbly to give Edgworth a trouncing in the sun at Manchester Road.

With both openers back in the pavilion for less than double figures, Max and Ryan demoralised the Edgworth attack with a partnership of 149 before Max, now averaging 60 with the bat, went for 79. Ryan (pictured) continued the pain for Edgworth before giving himself and extra ten minutes on to his tea break after perfectly finding the fielder behind square for an imperious 113 to move his own average to a not-so-shabby 49. The tail did its best to make the visitors suffer even more, but nobody quite got to grips with the task, though Zach Flaxman flat batting his first ball for six after the Edgworth skipper brought the field in, was a crowd pleaser.

Ryan’s extra long tea interval was important as, with Richard Dempster playing only a bit part with the ball due to an elbow injury, the Pro found himself opening the bowling. There were a few jitters when the first over went for thirteen but, once again, the varied bowling attack stepped up and took wickets at regular intervals to ensure that the Edgworth reply never got going. Only Ben, who you will recall took six last week, remained wicketless, showing what depth this bowling attack has. Even the skipper, who came on to test the dodgy elbow, scooped up 3-21 off seven overs as the visitors went sent back into the Lancashire hills for 167 and a 97 run defeat and the firsts top of the pile going into next week’s clash at Flowery Field.

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