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FIREWORKS NIGHT UPDATE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6TH

Tickets for fireworks night have SOLD OUT, so please don't turn up if you don't have a ticket. For those of you lucky enough to have purchased tickets we look forward to welcoming you on the night. Please arrive in plenty of time from 1745 onwards next Saturday, with your tickets ready to show on the gate. For those of you that live local please walk wherever possible, and those driving please note there will be NO parking at the venue due to health & safety reasons, please be considerate to local residents when parking. 

On the night there will be a variety of fairground attractions, and outside stalls, as well as food and drink places to keep you occupied. Please ensure you bring plenty of change with you as all these stalls will be CASH ONLY. The inside bar will be open for drinks, but food & drink should be consumed outside, and of course like any event of its kind, the entertainment takes place outside so please wrap up warm for the occasion. Please be considerate to fellow spectators whilst moving around at the event, so everyone can enjoy the event safely. The professional fireworks display by Atom Fireworks will be taking place around 1945. The stalls, fair etc will be open till much later into the evening.

Lastly, we hope you all have a good time and enjoy the event. 

Tommy Morris 1937 to 2021

Tommy Morris who has died aged 84 had been a member ofClifton Cricket Club for 68 years. He joined the Club in 1953 and quicklyestablished himself in the second team as a very useful all-rounder. As abowler Tommy was the classic league cricketer, economical in his run-up andstockily built, his medium pace was unfailingly accurate with a low trajectory.He could bowl all afternoon if required, often up the hill at Clifton keepingone end tied down, his wicket taking delivery often the ‘pea-roller’ whichtrapped many batsmen leg before and earned him career best figures of 9 wicketsfor 9 runs. A tough opponent and a fierce competitor Tommy made the most of hisability and would regularly give a batsman the benefit of his advice when hefelt they were having too much luck. A middle order batsman he had his ownstyle and often infuriated the quicker bowlers by giving himself room to theleg side and slashing the ball to the third man boundary; alternatively, hewould 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 theHalliwell 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 representativeappearance for the B&DCA. During the late1970s and through the 1980s he wasa key member of the second team which won the Hardcastle Shield [Leaguechampionship] in 1982 and the Halliwell Shield [Cup] in 1983. In 1984 at theage of 47 he was recalled to the first team to play in the Cross Cup finaldefeat to Adlington scoring 15 in a valiant last wicket partnership whichalmost won the game.

He continued to play cricket into the 1990s and he enjoyedhis latter playing days in the newly formed third team where having shortenedhis run-up to a couple of paces he still bowled with such accuracy and controlthat he took a hatful of wickets until he finally hung up his boots at the ageof 60. Across four decades, in whichever team he played he was one of the firstplayers 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 theClub 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 threeseparate occasions and was a contender many times over. His specialcontribution for over four decades was to maintain, or ‘fettle’ the clubmachinery. All mowers, rollers, and tractors were expertly maintained by himand his care extended the life of many machines, some lasting over forty yearsthemselves, and saving the club many hundreds of pounds. Any groundsman leavinga machine covered in grass and mud would often receive a telling off from Tom.

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

Following his retirement from Chloride in 1999 he spentmany week-day afternoons on the club, firstly with Tom Boardman, then withTrevor Dempster ensuring the club was kept well maintained, tidy and lookedafter to a high standard. After acquiring a new tractor, the ‘Toro’, he washappy to sit on it and sedately mow the outfield each week until he was eightyyears of age.

Tommy Morris was made a Life Member in 1988 and was electedPresident from 1993 to 1999, the two highest honours the Club can bestow. Hespoke through his hands and through the dedicated, consistent contribution hemade over a lifetime both as a player and a committee man. The legacy he leavesis 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.

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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