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Presentation Evening Friday 11th October 2019

Junior & Senior Presentation Evening 2019.

This seasons presentation evening will take place on Friday 11th October from 19:30pm.

We have had some fantastic team and individual performances at Junior and Senior level this season. Please make every effort to acknowledge our award winners and support our club.

GMCL U13 Cup Finals Day at Clifton CC

This Sunday 22nd September, Clifton CC are delighted to be hosting the GMCL U13 Cup Finals Day.

Games begin at 10:00am.

U13 Cup Semi-Finals


Friarmere CC, U13 

v

Denton St Lawrence CC, U13

 

Date(s): Sun Sep 22,10:00AM

 

 

Royton CC, Under 13

v

Clifton CC, Under 13

 

Date(s): Sun Sep 22,12:30PM

 

 

U13 Cup Final

Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2

Match Reports - Week Twenty-Two

The  firsts  and  seconds  wound  up  their  2019  campaigns on  sunny  Saturday and  both  came  back  with  the  bacon. The  firsts  trounced already  relegated  Woodhouses who  looked  a  shadow  of  the  team  that  beat  us  on  their  own  patch  earlier in  the  season. Gareth  Cross  was  in  ebullient mood  as  he  first  came  on  as  second  change and  removed  five  visiting  batsmen for  fourteen  runs  as  they  capitulated  to  77  all  out.  Earlier, Ryan  Barker  had  dispatched  the  first  three  batsmen  in  just  four  balls,  leaving them  in  tatters at  6-3  and  there  were  two  wickets for  Adam  Holt  in  his  new  guise  as  off  spinner,  (when  he  wasn’t bowling  beamers).  The  reply  started sedately  until  Crossy realised  that  the  Premier  League 3pm  kick  offs  were  imminent, upon  which  he  launched  into  three  sixes  and  seven  fours  in  scoring  exactly 50  and  winning the  game  by  eight  wickets in  just  over  11  overs. The  side  remained unbeaten  in  August and  September  and  must  be  looking  forward to  2020  already and  welcoming  four  new  faces  from  Divisions 1A  and  1B  into  the  Premier  Division as  none  of  last  year’s relegated  sides  managed to  come  back.

1st XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/774771/1st_innings


The  seconds  completed the  formalities  of  winning  Division 3W  and  will  play  in  the  new  Division  2  next  season; the  fifth  tier  of  the  newly  reconstructed league.  With  Woodbank still  suffering  from  the  drainage problem  that  has  plagued  them  for  most  of  the  season,  conditions were  not  ideal, although  the  wicket was  marginally  better looking  than  the  outfield.  The  hosts  made  a  decent start  but  fell  away  badly  when  spin  was  introduced, with  Liam  Dorsey taking  five  wickets in  twenty-one  deliveries in  his  5-13  and  David  Dempster  taking 2-6  in  8  overs.  However, given  the  conditions, the  score  of  148  seemed not  far  off  par  and  so  it  proved  as  the  Clifton batsmen  toiled  and  grafted  their  way  towards victory.  In  the  end,  six  batsmen  managed to  claw  their  way  into  double  figures (Woodbank  managed  only  three)  with  Steve  Judge  top  scoring with  28.  Husty  Uryakhel’s  questionable batting  technique  suited the  conditions  perfectly as  the  asking rate  rose  and  in  the  final  analysis, victory  was  achieved by  three  wickets with  eleven  balls  to  spare.

2nd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/774868/1st_innings


The  third  team’s  eagerly anticipated  top  of  the  table  clash  with  Whalley  Range  would  have  been  an  exciting  nail  biter  but  for  the  farcical  conditions which  tested  the  patience  of  umpires,  spectators and  players  alike. The  grey  skies  first  became light  drizzle  followed by  steady  rain  as  the  umpires  steadfastly stood  by  their  decision  to  carry  on  at  all  costs.  Some  of  the  players  resembled early  December  Rugby  League  players as,  caked  in  mud,  the  game  concluded in  a  ten  run  victory. Batting  first,  Sam  Dorsey  returned to  form  with  52  as  a  total  of  140-7  was  set  at  tea.  Wickets  then  tumbled  at  regular  intervals before  a  worrying ninth  wicket  partnership squelched  its  way to  a  partnership of  43  interspersed with  piles  of sawdust  and  ever more  sodden  cloths to  wipe  the ball.  With  only eleven  required,  as so  often  happens, two  wickets  fell in  three  balls and  the  players  and umpires  were  able to  trudge  off to  the  warmth of  the  showers. Mason  Turner  impressed amongst  the  bowlers, bowling  six  overs with  a  sopping ball  for  just thirteen  runs  and taking  three  wickets. The  championship  is  still  out of  our  hands however,  as  Nick’s boys  must  win both  remaining  games and  hope  that Whalley  Range  drop points  next  weekend.

3rd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/775234/1st_innings


Pic: Jim Ainscough hits the winning boundary in the 2ndsfinal game of the 2019 season.

It's the Double for U17s

Clifton U17s added the GMCL Cup to their League winning trophy on Sundaymorning, beating a strong Greenfield side in an excellent match.

Huge credit to the groundsman and helpers who worked tirelessly in the lead upto the final, then through the early morning mist and drizzle, to get the gameon. It was scheduled for 20 overs, but reduced to 15 as the covers, water hog,and sponges all ensured that a dreaded “bowl-out” was avoided.

Clifton won the toss and invited Greenfield to bat. Following an earlybreakthrough, a good second-wicket stand of 30 put the visitors in control.Three wickets in the middle five overs stemmed the flow of runs, before somestrong hitting from the Greenfield skipper helped the visitors post a verycompetitive looking 87 for 6. Dan Ainscough (2 for 6), Jacob Jervis (1-15),Charlie Cook (1-19), Kamran Hussain (1-9) and Leah Greenhalgh (1-10) all pickedup wickets, but the final total looked worth well over 100 given groundconditions.

Keshana Fonseka and Zach Flaxman got Clifton off to a positive start in reply,with a 50 partnership inside 9 overs, before a flurry of wickets saw therequired rate rise to more than a run a ball off the last four overs. Positivestroke play, quick running between the wickets and two huge sixes settled thescore though, Clifton passing the required total with an over to spare. Pick ofthe batsmen were Keshana with 35 runs and Dan 29 not out.

Dan was named MVP by league official Bill Elkin, who also presented the CliftonU17s skipper with the Cup.

Match Reports - Week Twenty-One and 2nd XI are Champions!

Results  went  the  way  of both  1sts  and  seconds  on  Saturday with  the seconds  taking  the  plaudits  by securing  the  Championship  of  Division  3W. Batting first  against  a  Walshaw  side  with  nothing to  play  for,  Chris  Lord (49)  and  Dan Ainscough  (62)  provided  a  platform  of 119  before  a  mini collapse  saw  four wickets  fall  for  13  runs.  Ethan Harding  (21),  Rohan Fernando  (12)  and  Jim Ainscough  (19)  steadied  the  ship  before the  tail took  the  score  beyond  200 and  well  out  of  Walshaw’s  grasp.  All five bowlers then took wickets, with Rohan’s 3 for 12 off  five  catching  the  eye,  as  Walshaw crumbled  to  79  all  out,  leaving  Jim and  his  team  to  celebrate  a  most unlikely  champions’  comeback  after  last year’s  trials  and  tribulations.

2nd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/773665/1st_innings


The  firsts  became  the  tenth visiting  senior  side  to  leave  Woodbank without  bowling  a  ball  as  their  game became  one  of  only  two  in  the entire  nine  division  set  up  of  122 games,  to  be  abandoned.  However,  all three  of  the  remaining  relegation  places were  confirmed  as  wins  by  Monton  and Egerton  saw  Stand,  Monton  and  Woodhouses joining  Royton  in  the  new  Premiership League  1  next  season.


A win  for  the  thirds  at Greenmount,  put  them  within seven  points of  the  top  and  with  leaders  Whalley Range  coming  to  Manchester  Road  next week,  it  could  be  that  Nick  Flaxman’s side  emerge  from  nowhere  to  win  the Sunday  Premier  championship.  With  a  number of  players  unavailable,  the  team  had to  be  bolstered  by  junior  players from  the  first  and  second XI  in  order to  fulfill  the  fixture  and,  as expected,  they  had  a  key  role  in the  four  wicket  win.  Greenmount batted first  and  set  a  total  of  160  at exactly  four  an  over  with  the  wickets shared  fairly  evenly,  though  Kesh  weighed in  with  three  late  wickets  for  20 runs.  Dan  Ainscough  (48)  and  Sam Dorsey  (44)  produced  the  bulk  of  the reply,  but  they  were  well supported  by Harry  Golland  (29)  who  gave  up  on his  attempt  to  avoid  being run  out, when  it  appeared  to  spectators  on  the side  that  he  might  have  made  it quite  easily.  The winning  runs  were secured  with  seven  overs  to  spare setting  up  a  mouth-watering  clash  next week.

3rd XI Scorecard - https://www.crichq.com/matches/774095/1st_innings


 

Well Dodged Jimmy

GMCL - Match Start Times

Announcement from the GMCL.

This is a reminder that all start times are half an hour earlier from this weekend.

Start times from 17th August

50 Over games : 12:30 

45 Over games : 13:00

40 Over games : 13:30

But we have also received comments that the final games of the season may be finishing too late for sunset times and may stop games being completed. We believe that the start times have been proved right over many years however we have concerns that the current poor weather for this time of year with heavy cloud will mean that we may lose the light far far earlier than normal therefore are moving the start times for all games in September.

Start times from 1st September

50 Over games : 12:00 

45 Over games : 12:30

40 Over games : 13:00

If this further change makes it difficult for your players to be at the ground for the start of the game you can request that the start time is changed back, the captain must e-mail fixtures@GtrMcrCricket.co.uk by 26 August stating division, date, teams and we will notify the umpires and opponents and reply to you when agreed.

We will shortly update all start times on cricHQ.

 

Regards

GMCL

Club Shop

The 2019 season will soon be upon us, so make sure you get your new kit ordered asap. Featuring Nike training kit and casual wear.

Simply follow the link to our Club Shop from the ‘Cricket’ tab on the menu above.