Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of Frank Wild will take place on Thursday 21st May. In these unprecedented times, funerals are limited to direct family only.

For all those who wish to pay their respects to Frank and his family, the funeral cortege will pass by the cricket club at approximately 1pm. We would ask all who will be attending to make sure they are following government guidelines around social distancing.

FRANK WILD (1933 – 2020)

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.

Breaking News

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.

Message from the Chairman

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.



‪Schools are out but not for the reasons we wanted‬. 

‪With this in mind and the government guidelines that parents should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus and that they should observe the same social distancing principles as adults, we are asking you not to allow your children up to the club to either use the nets or the surrounding areas. ‬

‪As soon as we can revoke this decision we will let you all know. ‬

‪Thanks for your understanding.

To Our Members & Customers

Following the Prime Minister's statement on Friday 20th March, Clifton Cricket Club is now closed until further notice.

You can stay up to date with the latest club information on our website and social media channels.

Please stay safe and look after each other during this difficult time.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the current coronavirus epidemic the health and safety of our employees and members remains as always, our highest priority.

We will continue to monitor the Covid-19 threat by evaluating the situation and following the stipulated government guidelines.

We ask all staff and customer to be vigilant and to regular hand wash and sanitise and all staff have been instructed to carry out regular wipe downs during opening hours.  

We have hand wipes available on the bar and are trying to purchase hand sanitiser, but this is an issue at the moment as no one has any available.

For us, it is important to act as a responsible sports club and we ask for your co-operation in these testing times. 

Please inform us immediately if any of the below has occurred in the last 14 days.

1.  You have been confirmed as a Covid-19 carrier
2.  You have come into contact with anyone carrying the Covid-19.

By working together, we can focus on transparent and prompt information for all  our staff and customers by quickly and jointly agreeing on any necessary and appropriate measures required.

Please co-ordinate immediately with our bar staff of myself (Chairman) on any information we require.

Our expectation is we will have transparent and prompt information and co-ordination in order to protect our staff/customers in the best possible way.


Ian T Morris
Chairman - Clifton CC
07730 490403


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The club will host a first XI pre-season friendly against Bradshaw on Easter Saturday (April 11th). Bradshaw are the most recent successful applicants to the GMCL having left the Bolton League at the end of the 2019 season. They will play their inaugural season in the GMCL Premier2 division; one tier below our first XI. They have recently recruited the Parkinson bothers, Matt (currently touring South Africa with England) and former CCC all rounder, Callum, now contracted at Leicestershire. Further details will follow.







£10.00 perentry/game per person


Select oneteam each week from either the Premier League, Championship, Division One orDivision Two to win at the weekend.

If they winthen you are through to the next week. If they lose then you are out!


Register your interest or book to play by contacting NeilWhitelaw Tel: 07866 610 512 – First Game Starts Friday 31st January.

Rules: Only select one team. Team to be sent to Neil by 18:00pm Thursdaypreceding the weekend. You can only pick a team once. Prize rolls over to nextgame if no last man standing. 10% of prize fund to charity.




Senior Fixtures 2020

All Senior fixtures for the 2020 season are now available under the fixtures tab.

This includes the GMCL20 fixtures.


Junior training starting on Friday 24th January to Friday 3rd April at 19:00pm - 20:00pm at Kearsley Academy. We will then go outdoors on Friday 17th April.

Senior training will commence on Friday 13th March at 20:00pm - 21:00pm at the same venue.

The cost per session is £3