New Year at Clifton Cricket Club

Thu 21 Nov 2019
See the New Year in at Clifton Cricket Club.

Tuesday 31st December from 19:30pm

Food, Fireworks and Disco.

Adults £15.00 
U18s: £10.00

Tickets now available from Julie Whitehead - 07904 355 152 or Nick Flaxman - 07791 632 293

Please note that tickets will be available for members only until 1st December, thereafter on general sale.

Comedy Night

Fri 1 Nov 2019
Comedy Night returns to Clifton Cricket Club on Saturday 23rd November.

19:30pm for food.

Tickets: £10 per person
Tickets available from Nick Flaxman – 07791 632 293 & Julie Whitehead – 07904 355 152

Line Up:
MC Ben Lawes - ''Class Act'' Ha Ha Comedy

Opening Act - Alex Boardman -“Call the cops, double, double funny” Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays and Daily Sport)

Middle Act - Mike Carter - "See him now, before you have to pay big money"-Rick Hulse, Smacked Arse Comedy

Closing Act - Mick Ferry - ''Absolute Legend. Incredibly funny'' Jason Manford

Rugby World Cup Final 2019

Sun 27 Oct 2019
The club will be open from 8:00am on Saturday 2nd November for the Rugby World Cup Final between England & South Africa.

Bacon Butties, a Brew or a Beer!

Followed by Bournemouth v Man Utd from 12:30pm

Presentation Evening Friday 11th October 2019

Sat 28 Sep 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

Thu 19 Sep 2019
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 


Denton St Lawrence CC, U13


Date(s): Sun Sep 22,10:00AM



Royton CC, Under 13


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

Tue 17 Sep 2019

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 -

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 -

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 -

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

It's the Double for U17s

Mon 16 Sep 2019
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!

Tue 10 Sep 2019

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 -

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 -


Match Reports - Week Nineteen

Tue 3 Sep 2019

Two  rain  affected wins  for  the  firsts  and  seconds  made  the  last  two  games  a  lot  more  relaxed proposition,  though  the  first’s  last  game  at  home  to  Woodhouses  could  still  be  all  to  play  for  in  the  relegation  stakes.

Table toppers  Denton  St  Lawrence  were  no  match  for  a  full  strength first  XI  that  saw  Haseeb Hameed,  Harry  Swindells and  Liam  Hurt  together  for  the  first  time.  However, it  was  Ryan  Barker  that  made  the  early  inroads, assisted  by  a  classical  ‘yes/no’ runout,  executed  with  perfection  by  Joe  McCann and  Will  Davidson. That  made  the  score  10-3  and  when  the  dangerous Hornbuckle  was  only  able  to  add  two  to  his  thousand  plus  runs  for  the  season, the  innings  quickly subsided  to  59  all  out  with  all  four  medium pacers  taking  two  wickets  apiece to  add  to  two  excellent run  out  executions. The  runs  were  duly  knocked off  with  the  minimum  of  fuss  despite a  duck  for  the  skipper, with  Harry  Swindells finishing  with  28  not  out  and  Adam  Holt  19  not  out,  to  secure an  eight  wicket win.  The  result opens  a  ten  point  gap  with  Woodhouses with  two  to  play,whilst the visitors, despite their humbling on the day, were able to celebratethe league title in farcical circumstances as nearest challengers Flixton werededucted five points under league rules, due to their second XI failing tofulfil their fixture. That completed a cup and league double for DSL who, infairness, have been the best side consistently all season.

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The  seconds  won  a  thriller at  Edgworth  in  what  turned out  to  be  a  20  over  match  due  to  persistent  rain  in  the  Lancashire  hills. Edgworth  took  first  knock  and  rattled  up  151-2  building on  an  opening stand  of  110  in  14  overs.  However, Chris  Lord  and Keshana  Fonseka  laid  into  the  embattled  Edgworth bowling  attack  with  a  succession of  boundaries  that  brought  up  the  hundred partnership  in  just nine overs  before  Chris  Lord  perished. That  left  the  remaining  batsmen with  the  relatively simple  task  of  scoring  at  just  over  four  an  over  to  complete  a  second  eight  wicket  win  on  the  day.  Young  Kesh  finished with  56  off  34  balls  and  less  young  Lordy  with  54  off  35  balls.  Dave Dempster and  Dan  Ainscough saw  it  through with  nine  balls  to  spare.

2nd XI Scorecard -


The thirds  made  it  a  triple  success for  the  weekend with  yet  another rain  affected  game  on  Sunday. The  game  was  first  reduced to  30  overs  per  side  with  Keshana again  top  scoring with  61,  out  of  a  total  of  130  all  out,  as  later  batsmen sacrificed  their  wickets at  an  alarming rate  in  the  search  for  runs.  Visitors Deane  and  Derby  then  lost  a  further eight  overs  due  to  rain  during  the  tea  interval and  a  revised target  of  119  in  22  overs  was  set.  In  truth,  the  batting  line  up  never  seriously  challenged that  total  as  Jack  Barton chopped  and  changed his  bowlers  around. In  the  end  they  fell 23  runs  short with  Paul  Greenhalgh being  the  pick of  the  bowlers, conceding  only  13  in  his 7  overs  and capturing  three  of the  first  five wickets  to  fall. 

3rd XI Scorecard -

Picture: Deane& Derby batsman run out in the most unfortunate circumstances!

Match Reports - Week Eighteen

Tue 3 Sep 2019

It  was  a day  of  outstanding individual  performances  on Saturday  but  sadly, only  Gareth  Cross’s stunning  century  was enough  to  secure a  win  as David  Dempster  top scored  for  the seconds  and  then took  6-17,  but still  ended  up  on  the losing  side.

Royton  had  a number  of  players missing  as  they stared  relegation  in the  face  and were  unable  to fend  off  a return  to  division one  despite  an opening  stand  of 94.  They  then slumped  from  123-1 to  148  all out,  with  nobody from  3  to 11  managing  double figures.  Haseeb  Hamed struck  four  times and  Steve  Cheetham bowled  an  exceptional spell  to  take 4-12  in  10 overs.  After  Haseeb nicked  off  without scoring,  Crossy  made  up  for not  getting  a bat  last  week by  ripping  the Royton  bowling  apart, scoring  105  not out  in  55 balls  to  secure a  second  successive nine  wicket  win. The  only  negative on  the  day was  a  win for  Woodhouses,  but with  Egerton  losing, the  team  moved a  further  place away  from  the bottom  four.

1st XI Scorecard -

The  depleted  seconds had  a  day to  forget  against third  placed  Irlam as  they  failed to  post  a competitive  score  with only  David  Dempster (28)  managing  a reasonable mention  in  a score  of  85 all  out.  He  was  then the  only  player to  take  a wicket  as  the visitors  secured  a four  wicket  win that  cut  the lead  at  the top  to  five points,  with  Hindley and  Worsley  both winning  as  well.

2nd XI Scorecard -

Well Dodged Jimmy

Thu 22 Aug 2019

Match Reports - Week Seventeen

Mon 19 Aug 2019

The  stalwart  efforts of  Bill  Dorsey and  Andy Barton  at Bamford  Fieldhouse  meant that  both  firsts and  seconds  got games  in  with the  firsts  managing to  start  on time  and  as a  result,  pick up  the  maximum six  points  and  a  league double  against  the ‘noisy  neighbours’  from Roe  Green.  The seconds also won but were only able tosecure five points as the game started late.

At Clifton, the positive influence exerted by Haseeb Hameedupon Adam Holt continued after the bowlers had terrorised the Roe Green batsmeninto submission on the damp wicket.  LiamHurt was chief executioner with a remarkable 4-14 off 12 overs but he was wellsupported by Ryan Barker (3-38) and Gareth Cross (2-26) as the Green were sent tumblingto tea with just 83 on the board, a total achieved in almost 37 overs.  Haseeb (42no) and Adam (37) then took thescore to within three of victory before the latter was dismissed. Gareth cameto the crease to follow up on his century at the Green in the reverse fixtureand faced just one ball as Haseeb   crashedthe first ball of the next over for the winning boundary.  The result opens a seven-point gap to therelegation places and a win against bottom side Royton next week should ensure PremierLeague status in the new GMCL set up next season.

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A somewhat depleted 2nd XI secured a workmanlike win atBamford Fieldhouse in a game reduced to 26 overs.  The two Robs, Reade and Meredith,surprisingly failed to break through as the home side  took first  knock,  but the  introduction  of Dave  Dempster  and  Husty  Uryakhel, both  broke  through the  partnership  and slowed  down  the scoring  rate  with  Husty  conceding just  nine  in his  five  over spell.  The final total of 108-6was achieved at a fraction over four an over and Jim Ainscough and Chris Lordprovided the platform with a stand of 23 in four overs before Jim was unluckilyadjudged lbw.  Liam Dorsey (32) and DaveDempster (27no) then secured the seven wickets win with a couple of overs tospare.  The result opened an eleven-pointgap over the two clubs in 2nd and 3rd place with four games remaining.

2nd XI Scorecard -

Pic: Zach Flaxman takes a smart legside catch todismiss the dangerous Mel Austin. (In other words, “Howzat Dad?”, “That’s out Son!”)

Ladies Race Day & Disco

Fri 16 Aug 2019
Back by popular demand. Ladies Race Day, Saturday 14th September 2019.

With evening disco. 

5pm - 12am

Prosecco on arrival followed by a fantastic fun filled race event, pastie n' peas then into a night of brilliant music and dancing. 

Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 

GMCL - Match Start Times

Wed 14 Aug 2019

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 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.




Match Reports - Week Sixteen

Tue 13 Aug 2019

With  Saturday proving  to  be  yet  another wash-out,  the  firsts gained  a  two  point  advantage over  Woodhouses  who  somehow  managed to  get  a  game  in  and  lost.

That  changed the  focus  to  Sunday  and  the  2nd  XIs  first  tilt  at  silverware in  the  Premier Cup  Final  against 2nd  Division  opponents in  Prestwich.  Sadly, a  succession  of  factors  contributed to  a  disappointing defeat  in  an  exciting  match  in  which  both  sides  refused  to  let  the  weather  dampen the  tension.  Having lost  the  toss,  the  advantage of  batting  second was  key  for  Prestwich  and  when  the  batting  line  up  failed to  get  to  grips  with  the  difficult conditions  and  were  bowled  out  for  a  disappointing  90,  that  advantage was  cemented.  Prestwich started  well  but  the  introduction of  spin  changed the  impetus.  David  Dempster  struck in  his  first  over  as  did  Sam  Dorsey  and  Prestwich,  from  33-0,  suddenly found  themselves  61-6  with  DD  taking  4-14  in  his  9  overs  and  Sam  2-15  in  8.  However, the  rain  did  have  the  final  word  as  two  breaks  not  only  reduced the  target  (albeit only  by  three  runs),  but  turned  the  ball  to  a  piece  of  soap  which  the  returning  medium pacers  found  it  hard  to  manage  and  seventh  and  eighth  wicket partnerships  of  thirteen and  fourteen  saw  the  opponents limp  home.  The  ‘wide’  count  of  twenty to  Prestwich’s  three  was  also  crucial  in  such  a  low  scoring game,  but  it  was  tough  on  Jim  Ainscough’s  young  side  that  contained  six  junior  players, but  they  will  now  turn  their  focus  to  winning the  league  title  and  an  enhanced  place  in  the  new  2020  GMCL  set-up.

2nd XI Cup Final Scorecard -

2nd XI Premier Cup Final - Sunday 11th August 2019

Fri 9 Aug 2019
We are delighted to announce that Clifton CC 2nd XI have reached the final of the 2nd XI Premier Cup, sponsored by Tetley's.

The final versus Prestwich CC 2nd XI will be played on Sunday 11thAugust at Dukinfield CC - Postcode: SK16 4LP

Wickets are pitched at 1.00pm

There will be a gate of £2 and £1 for concessions.

Spectators cannot bring their own alcohol onto the groundand car parking will be available at the ground for players and officials only,and therefore ask supporters park with consideration for neighbourhoodresidents.

Squad as follows:

J. Ainscough ©

R. Reade(vc)

D. Ainscough

D. Dempster

S. Dorsey

R. Fernando

K. Fonseka

E. Harding

S. Judge (wk)

R. Lord

R. Meredith  

Reserves: Z. Flaxman, C. Lord, I. Morris.

We wish Jimmy and his team all the very best for the final.

Match Reports - Week Fifteen

Mon 5 Aug 2019

The ‘deadline day’ signing of Haseeb Hameed and a return to bowlingaction for Liam Hurt, provided the injection of confidence that the firsts desperatelyneeded in their bid to stave off relegation. However, it wasn’t without its trials, as the bowling, on a benign wicket,was less than convincing as Monton took first use of the facilities.  An early strike by Ryan Barker bode well, buta second wicket partnership of 199 in 227 balls and the concession of 53 extrassaw the visitors pile up 264 despite Gareth Cross returning for a second spell thatbrought him five late wickets.  A  good start  in  chasing such  a  big total,  was  imperative and  Adam  Holt responded  well  to his  new  opening partner  as  they put  on  122  in  28 overs  before  Haseeb (pictured)  fell  for 53,  to  provide the  perfect  platform for  the  resulting 6.5  per  over chase.  Holty and Gareth Cross thenput together a stand of 95 in 88 balls before the former fell for 79.  There was  a  small hiccup  as  Liam Hurt  and  Joe McCann  both  failed, but  by  now the  skipper  was in  top  gear and  with  the help  of  six fours  and  five sixes,  he  smashed 38  of  the 51  still  required to  finish  92 not  out  and pick  up  a fabulous  win  with an  over  to spare,  that  lifted his  side  out of  the  bottom four.

1st XI Scorecard -

The seconds opened up a six-point gap at the top thanks to afairly straightforward win at Monton and Irlam’s surprise defeat to relegation threatenedEdgworth.  Chris Lord and Kesh Fonseka puton 36 before both fell in quick succession, but partnerships of 38, 33 and 42 sawthem progress to 152-4 with ten overs remaining.  However, a collapse ensued and despite 60 fromDavid Dempster, the team failed to bat out their overs and had to settle for a disappointing172.  The contrast in the early partnershipsfor the hosts (15, 12, 4 and 13) was the difference in the end as Rob Reade    took the first four wickets for 27 and DavidDempster chipped in with 3-33, which saw the hosts all out for 101.

2nd XI Scorecard -

The thirds failed to make it a triple for the weekend when theywere well beaten by a strong Greenmount side that boasted a good mix of youth andexperience.  Their youthful element were animportant eighteen months or so older than Nick Flaxman’s four juniors who willsurely come into their own in the next two seasons.  Greenmount got off to a good start, but creditto the bowlers as they clawed their way back into the game from 164-3 to 183-9.  A last wicket partnership of 52 put the game outof reach however and despite a partnership of 47 between Andy Tocher (16) and DaveWalsh (27), the innings folded under the pressure of needing six an over and closedon exactly 100.

3rd XI Scorecard -

Clifton Cricket Club Present - Ellwood The Band

Tue 30 Jul 2019
Tickets now available for Ellwood the Band. Live at Clifton Cricket Club on Saturday 10th August at 19:00pm.

Priced at £10.00 per person and available from behind the bar in the club.

Don't miss out on what is sure to be a brilliant evening. Ellwood cover a whole range of bands, including the following;

Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, Oasis, Spandau Ballet, The Smiths and many more.

Match Reports - Week Fourteen

Tue 30 Jul 2019
No play possible this weekend due to heavy rain throughout the region.

Match Reports - Week Thirteen

Wed 17 Jul 2019

The   firsts   slipped  back  into   the  dreaded   bottom   four  with   another   below  par   performance   against  a   side   languishing  in   the   bottom  half   of   the  table.   Egerton   batted  first   and   found  runs   difficult   to  come   by   in  the   early   stages  as   Gareth   Cross  and   Ryan   Barker  bowled   some   tight  lines.   However,   from  49-4   off   20  overs,   a   stubborn  partnership   ensued   that  proved   in   the   final   analysis,  to   be   the  game’s   deciding   factor.  From   122-5,   the  late   middle   order  accumulated   runs   nicely  and   in   the  end   posted   a  challenging   195-6   on   a   wicket  that   seemed   to  favour   the   bowler.  So   it   proved  after   tea   as  Crossy’s   batsmen   also  struggled   to   amass  50   in   the  first   20   overs.  The   skipper   and  Joe   McCann   both  got   into   the  forties   but   the  necessary   acceleration   was  difficult   with   no  pace   on   the  ball   on   a  wicket   that   seemed  to   grab   the  ball.   Eventually   the  innings   petered   out  to   158-9   with  the   tail   sacrificing  themselves   in   pursuit  of   an   impossible  task.

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The   seconds   got  back   to   winning  ways   and   opened  up   a   nine  point   gap   against  their   third   placed  opponents   with   the  added   bonus   of  a   six   point  gap   to   second  as   Irlam   also  lost.   The   platform  was   undoubtedly   the  109   run   opening  partnership   between   13  and   14   year  olds   Zach   Flaxman  (41)   and   Keshana  Fonseka,   who   was  run   out   three  runs   short   of  yet   another   century.  The   rest   of  the   batting   order  flailed   the   willow  to   good   effect  in   posting   a  total   of   243-9  which   looked   to  be   an   imposing  target   for   the  visitors,   despite   the  fact   that   this  was   Worsley’s   first  XI.   There   were  a   few   jitters  in   the   early  overs   of   the  reply,   as   there  were   60   runs  without   loss   on  the   board   at  the   end   of  the   eighth   over.  However,   once   the  pace   was   taken  off   the   ball,  the   batsmen   struggled  to   maintain   the  pace   with   wickets  falling   at   regular  intervals   and   young  Kesh   alleviating   the  disappointment   of   missing  out   on   the  ton   by   taking  4-24   as   the  visitors   finished   155  all   out,   securing  a   bonus   point  win   for   Rob Reade’s   side.

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The  thirds  lost an  entertaining  tussle at  Springhead  on Sunday,  despite  being in  the  ascendancy for  the  majority of  the  game. Dave  Walsh  smashed  58 in  32  balls out  of  a partnership  of  69 with  Zach  Flaxman (33)  who,  along with  Harry  Golland (25)  took  the score  to  123-2 before  there  was something  of  a collapse  before  the tail  end  rallied to  post  180-9. Springhead’s  reply  struggled to  get  any momentum  against  Jack Barton  (10  overs for  24  runs) and  Jake  Jervis (6  overs  for  8  runs) and  when  Paul Greenhalgh  and  Mason Turner  then  grabbed wickets,  the  hosts were  left  at 95-4  needing  86 off  the  remaining ten  overs.  However,  with 4.5 overs remaining, Springhead  then  produced their  own  match winner  who  smashed five  fours  and five  sixes  in an  unbeaten  53 of  just  19 balls  to  give the  hosts  an unlikely  win  with  5 balls  to  spare.  

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Match Reports - Week Twelve

Thu 11 Jul 2019

Despite a much needed win for the firsts, it was adisappointing weekend for the club overall as the seconds gave away theirunbeaten record without so much as a whimper and the Kingfishers T20 hopes weredashed in a lacklustre semi-final defeat.

An important and comfortable win at picturesque Stand onSaturday (see pic) was tempered by the news that all the teams around them,(with the exception of Monton who lost a thriller at Roe Green off the game’sfinal delivery) also picked up winning points. Taking the field with newsigning Harry Swindells in tow, it was the skipper who provided the platformfor the win with two early scalps and with Ryan Barker also getting in on theaction, the home team quickly slumped to 51-6. There was a slightly morespirited rear-guard action, but that only took the score to a paltry 115,which, thanks to scores in the forties from Gareth Cross and Adam Holt, wasnever enough to stop the points heading back down the M60 to Clifton.

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Meanwhile, back at HQ, the seconds were having the mother ofall bad days at the office as the ability to field the ball, catch the ball,bowl the ball and hit the ball, virtually all deserted them in an abjectdisplay against an Astley & Tyldesley side who must have thought they’drocked up at the wrong ground, not the home of the unbeaten league leaders.First they were presented with 213 runs which was around twice what they shouldhave scored and then left a young bowler pinching himself in disbelief as hewas driven back home with no fewer than eight wickets next to his name oncricHQ. Scant positives were another decent knock by Ethan Harding (53 off 60)and three wickets for David Dempster along with the fact that the side remaintop of the table, but only now by virtue of having more wins.

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If Saturday was a bad hair day for the seconds, theKingfishers’ attempt to re-claim the 2016 T20 crown was akin to Ken Dodd’sbarnet as they were comprehensively beaten by Prestwich in the semi-final.Things went wrong from beginning (a first ball wide and a first over concessionof 23), to end, when Robert Lord holed out leaving his side 87 all out, seventyruns short. The only smiles recorded on the Clifton supporters faces amongstthe paltry crowd on the day, were when Ryan Barker (4-33) achieved a mostunlikely hat trick in the circumstances and when Robert Lord hit the sweetestreverse sweep that it looks possible to deliver. Prestwich went on the batterDenton West by an even bigger margin in the final, but that was scant consolationon a desperately disappointing day.

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Kent Street Senior High School - Touring Team

Sat 6 Jul 2019
We are delighted to welcome Kent Street Senior High School to Manchester Road on Thursday 11th July for an U18s fixture.

Kent Street are the current WA State Champions and are currently touring the UK.

'We won an interstate tournament against other state schools from each state in Australia. In a nutshell, our first team are one of the best school teams in the Country' 
Luke Joyce - Operations Director, Sports Travel Events.

The game is due to start at 18:15pm and is T20 format. 

Come along and support both teams!

Team: S. Dorsey (c), D. Ainscough, R. Fernando, Z. Flaxman (wk), K. Fonseka, M. Gibson, H. Golland, E. Harding, K. Hussain, J. Jervis, M. Turner.

Reserves: M. Howarth, A. Hussain.

Meet: 17:30pm

Match Reports - Week Eleven

Tue 2 Jul 2019

The 2016 T20 champions eased into a date with Finals Daywith another stunning victory in the quarter final in front of a bumpersun-soaked crowd on Friday. Greenfield started with intent, scoring at morethan nine per over in the early stages as the ball flew over the billiard tableoutfield to the boundary if it was a mere yard to either side of the fielder.Rob Lord then put the brakes on with a good, pacy and tight spell and in theend, the visitors had to settle for 151-6, as Joe McCann’s second spell broughthim three wickets and final figures of 4-32. Wickets fell at vital times inthose last eight overs, with particular credit going to David Dempster for astunning ankle high catch in the deep to remove the dangerous Da Silva for 64,just as he was winding up for the final onslaught. The reply stuttered intolife as Adam Holt was comprehensively stumped on walkabout, off the final ballof the first over, but Joe McCann (27 off 25) and Gareth Cross then piled on 85in the next eight overs before Joe was bowled by Wooley who finished with aremarkable 1-11 off his four overs. Sam Dorsey took over, sensibly finding hisfeet at first before launching into professional De Silva with a decisivetriple of boundaries in successive balls. When the skipper fell for 77 off just46 balls, there were just ten runs required which teenagers Sam (27 from 28)and Dan (5 from 6) knocked off, resulting in victory with a full two overs tospare. Despite the game yielding over 300 runs, the noisy crowd were treated toonly two ‘sixes’ in the entire game; a remarkable stat in the circumstances,but the burgers and beer made up for the lack of maximums on the sort ofevening that we need to experience a little more often in our great Britishsummer.

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The firsts failed to carry their T20 form into Saturday’sleague game and went down to a worrying defeat against Woodhouses wholeapfrogged them in the league table. Batting first, there was an extremelylopsided look to the scorecard with five batsmen failing to reach double figuresin a collapse that took the score to 57-6. There followed a marvellouspartnership and debut Clifton half centuries for Ryan Barker (66no) and RobLord (69) who took the score to 197-7 at tea. However, the self-destruct buttonwas pressed again as the hosts were gifted 56 extras including 41 wides thatallowed the hosts to coast home by six wickets with ten overs to spare.

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The seconds won a pulsating match against a strong Woodbankoutfit in a game of almost 500 runs. It was young Kesh Fonseka who provided theplatform with yet another century that incorporated a partnership of 135 withIan Morris (54) as Rob Reade’s side, decimated by injury, illness andunavailability, posted an impressive 252-5. With no fewer than six playersunder 15 in the side, older heads were very well aware at tea, given thequality of the opposition, batting friendly conditions and a lightning fastoutfield, that there was still work to do. So it proved as the Woodbank openersset off like a train. However Rob Reade juggled his bowlers well and wicketsfell at vital times despite the visitors edging nearer and nearer to theirtarget, making them favourites for large portions of the reply. In the end, itwas some good tight bowling and some really impressive fielding from the youngstersthat provided enough of a stranglehold to leave the visitors just nine runsshort at the end of a high quality and thoroughly enjoyable game of cricket.

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The seconds’ form continued into Sunday’s cup tie, albeitwith a much changed team, as teenagers Sam Dorsey and Dan Ainscough took abreak from the stresses of the first team to notch up unbeaten half centuriesthat made light work of Glossop’s 122. Earlier, Rob Reade (3-32) made earlyinroads into the Glossop top order and Dave Dempster (2-19) made sure that themiddle order didn’t get any impetus before young Rohan Fernando (3-16) polishedoff the stubborn tail end. The nine wicket win, completed in 23 overs, gave theside that one just one game last season, a place in the semi-final to sit nicelywith their unbeaten top of the table position.

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A number of Saturday’s 2nd XI heroes, returned to their 3rdXI duties on Sunday and the experience stood them in good stead as the thirdscompleted a comfortable win against a Stretford side hampered by giving theirprime bowlers only eight overs each because they didn’t know the rules!!  Joe Parker opened the innings and put afurther 69no runs in Saturday’s shopping trolley as he became one of those rarebatsmen who have carried their bat through an entire innings. The rest battednicely around him as Messrs Walsh (25), Brown (20), Golland (29), and Barton(23), took the score to 192-4. The seven bowlers then shared the wickets outwith Barty being the pick with 3-17 as the thirds secured a comfortable 39 run winwhich lifted them into equal second spot, level with three other sides.

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Match Reports - Week Ten

Mon 24 Jun 2019

A mere fourdays of sunshine and drying winds changed the face of the ground in time forFriday’s final T20 group game against the Renegades from Roe Green. Looking forrevenge for a defeat in the Premier Division earlier in the month, the visitorstook advantage of the batsman friendly conditions piling up a total of 183-5 atmore than nine an over. Mo Ahmed took two wickets but at a cost of more than14 per over, mainly as a result of his final six balls that cost him twentyfive runs with the last three all going for maximums.

The tensixes that sent spectators diving for cover during the Renegades’ innings, wasonly the start of the disappearance of the bright pink balls to all parts ofM27 as the Kingfishers added a further thirteen maximums with six apiece forGareth Cross (83 off 55) and Joe McCann (72no off 46) as the home side, alreadyassured of a quarter final place, ensured that a home tie would be earned byvirtue of a thrilling win with a ball to spare. The two added 114 runs intwelve overs to set up nail-biting finish that saw Joe Mac hit successive foursoff the third and fourth balls of the final over, only for a wide to then becalled that provided a bit of an anti-climactic end to a pulsating contest thatearned Crossy’s men a home tie against Greenfield next Friday.

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There were adifferent set of emotions on show on SATURDAY however, as the firsts slippedinto the dreaded bottom four after an all-round poor performance againstWoodbank. Games against two of the bottom three in the next two weeks, suddenlybecome pivotal as the skipper’s injury list continues to grow. With Liam Hurtand Will Davidson already on the long term sick list, the addition of SteveCheetham was bad news and with Liam and Sam Dorsey  unavailable,Saturday’s game against Woodbank was already an uphill task, but a successionof ill-advised shots made the job almost impossibly challenging as they couldonly manage a total of 116 with Ryan Barker’s 25 being the best individualscore. Despite a couple of hiccups by the opposition and a promising spell fromRob Lord, the inevitable defeat came by six wickets to once again put thedreaded fear of relegation on to the agenda.

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It was adifferent story at Walshaw, where the seconds increased their grip at the topof Division 3 with a comprehensive seven wicket win. Chasing 116, it was youngKesh Fonseka once again on centre stage with a majestic 86 not out which wonthe game despite two of the team’s three dismissals being ducks. Kesh hiteleven fours and two sixes in an innings, which further underlined hisremarkable potential and left many thinking that his first XI debut is not faraway. Earlier, Rob Meredith and Rob Reade again successfully blew away theearly order, allowing Dave Dempster to mop up with four cheap wickets. Theseconds are now three points clear at the top of the table and are unbeaten incup and league games. The transformation from last year’s difficulties isnothing short of miraculous and as the holiday season approaches, long may itcontinue.

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The thirds progressedto the quarter finals of the cup with a reasonably easy victory over Greenfieldon Sunday. Five bowlers shared the spoils with Jack Barton’s 3-12 catching theeye as the visitors were bundled out for 101. With the exception of one ratherembarrassing drop, the fielding was also excellent on the day, which helped toheap the pressure on the batting side. Despite losing both openers and HarrySouthern with only 18 on the board, Rob Lord (49) and Andy Tocher (32no), thensaw the team safely over the finishing line.

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Match Reports - Week Nine

Wed 19 Jun 2019

Once again, the weather wasthe main player at the weekend, with no play possible in either the T20 at GinPit or the second XI game at Manchester Road.


The firsts took part in theonly game to be played to a conclusion in the Premier League, as a mixture ofhard work and determination to get with  the game on by the Denton StLawrence players and officials and the fact that the worst of the heavy stuffseemed to skirt past Tameside, ensured a result in the end. Duckworth and Lewismade a bit of a farce of things during the concluding overs with the hostsbeing asked to score 76 in 20 overs, but the damage had been done before thefirst rain break with five Clif’ners back in the pavvy with only 63 on theboard. The tail tried valiantly to provide some sort of total after therestart, but the uphill struggle became a sheer cliff face as further rainbreaks made things particularly simple for the table toppers who havedeservedly opened up a thirteen point gap at the top of the table.

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The resurgent seconds movedinto the quarter finals of the Cup on Sunday with another dominant performance.What was on paper the stiffest test yet, against a Denton West side a divisionhigher, proved difficult only in the batting line-up’s insistence on runningeach other out in pursuit of the visitor’s modest 132-9 in a match reduced to35 overs. With Rob Lord sidelined, Jim Ainscough relied on Paul Greenhalgh andson Dan to fill the bowling breech and both performed their tasks well afterRob Meredith (2-12 off his 7 overs) and Rob Reade (3-24) had made early inroadswith ‘tall Paul’ going for less than three an over until an unfortunate finaldelivery that crashed three parts up the ball stop fence. All five bowlersshared the final wicket haul, which is more than can be said for the visitorsbowlers who didn’t manage one between them. Not that they needed to, as theearly batting order fashioned no fewer than four successive comical run-outs,that left the chase alarmingly poised at 63-4. The revised total of 121 after ashower, was achieved in the end thanks to an unbroken stand of 58 between EthanHarding (26no) and Dave Dempster (27no) that secured a place in the last eight.

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Match Reports - Week Eight

Mon 10 Jun 2019

The June weather effectivelydestroyed any meaningful cricket at the weekend, with the exception of thethird XI Cup Tie against Elton, which descended into farce as the game wasplayed to a conclusion in nothing short of a downpour for the best part of twentyovers. In the end, the game was deservedly won by the hosts, skippered by IanMorris in the absence of Nick Flaxman. However, strictly speaking, Elton shouldhave been in a position to take a crack at a bowl out, whether or not theydeserved it in cricketing terms, as the conditions in which the game ended werebordering on ridiculous. It’s a pity that the game may be remembered for thedeluge in which it finished, when it should be remembered for a first seniorcentury for a young man who is surely destined for greater things, as 13 yearold Keshana Fonseka carried his bat through the Clifton innings, finishing on104 not out; just under half the 209-5 that was posted. Young Kesh hasflourished in the last two seasons and his shot selection, placement and timingare a joy to behold at times. As the heavens opened during the tea interval,the rain relented briefly enough for a successful mop up to be initiated, withthe visitors requiring 143 from the 21 overs remaining. The reply started ingathering gloom, with wickets falling at regular intervals as the drizzleturned into steady rain and then a deluge of biblical proportions. However, theumpires, the sole arbiters of whether or not to call it a day, remainedsteadfast in their decision to stay put come rain or… well….more rain. Thebottom line was a finishing total of 65-9 and a win for the thirds by 144 runs;a statistic that gives the team a place in the next round but doesn’t fullytell the story of a bizarre game of cricket.

On Friday, the T20 against Montonwas terminated early, without any prospect of play and the foul weather enduredinto Saturday as the entire League programme was washed away.


Tue 4 Jun 2019

Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August 2019

At Clifton Cricket Club, Manchester Road, Clifton, M27 6NB.

Open to boys and girls aged 6-13yrs.

Sessions will be run from 10am to midday and 1pm to 3pm.

There will be a break for lunch (Children to bring their own lunch, during which the children will be supervised at the club).

Coaches will be at the club between 9am and 4pm for early drop off and late pick up if required.


Why join our Summer Junior cricket academy?

  • Enjoy a sporty start to the summer school holidays
  • The main aim of the course is for children to learn in a fun and safe environment
  • All sessions are geared to the children’s abilities, so whether you’re a serious budding Joe Root, Heather Knight, or an absolute beginner, the coaches will adapt the sessions to benefit all.

How much does it cost?

  • The total cost for the full week is £75 per child (if you have more than one child who wish to attend, please see Jim for a discounted ‘2nd child’ rate)


For further details please speak to your age group Manager.

Match Reports - Week Seven

Tue 4 Jun 2019

The Kingfishers won a pulsatingT20 clash against bogey side Flixton on Friday evening, with a consummate teamperformance in which every player can claim a contribution in a game that swungback and forth for the entire 39 overs on offer. As you would expect, GarethCross had an early say in proceedings as he removed the dangerous Usman withthe last ball of the fourth over with the score on 23. Flixton recovered wellhowever and at 90-3 with almost six overs remaining, they would have expectedto be pushing for close to 150. However, some tight bowling and excellent catchingand ground fielding, restricted the previously unbeaten hosts to 131-7 at thebreak. Much is made of destructive batting and tight bowling in T20 cricket,but the Kingfishers are possibly the best fielding side in the entirecompetition, a propensity which cannot be understated. Crossy started in hisusual belligerent fashion, slapping Usman for two fours and a six in the firstthree overs, but when he conspired to plant a full toss into mid wicket’s handsand then saw Sam Dorsey and Adam Holt follow with 22 on the board, there was acollective groan from the Clifton faithful. However, this side is beginning toshow that it is made of sterner stuff and the middle order of Ryan Barker (41noin 44 balls), superbly supported by Joe McCann (38 in 30) and Dan Ainscough (21in 16), paced the run chase perfectly, so that by the time Steve Cheetham cameto the party to smash his first delivery for four, the game was done anddusted. That’s three wins from three now and with the top two in the group ofseven going through, dare we say that a quarter final place is in the bag?Well, perhaps not given the up and down form so far, but this performance willgive the side enormous confidence for the remaining fixtures.   

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The excitement of Friday was amere precursor to a clean sweep as the firsts added to the T20 win with anothernailbiter at Roe Green and the seconds went top of the league and went throughto the second round of the cup. The picturesque setting of Roe Green saw thehosts off to a decent start before Gareth Cross and Ryan Barker found a rhythmto devastating effect, turning 31-0 into 46-6 in quickfire time, with former“Clif’ners” Ben Chapman and Joe Gatenby-Brown amongst the list of departures.With fellow export Andy Hough sunning himself in foreign parts, he couldn’t bearound to help to arrest the decline, but the impetus was lost anyway, as theresilient lower order managed from somewhere, to find a 100+ partnership thatthreatened a score in excess of 200. As often happens though, both centurypartners were removed in successive deliveries; how often does that happen? Thetail nicked a few more before the innings closed on 181-8 with the skipper thepick of the bowlers with 4-46. It wasn’t the end of his day however, as thebatting had a major off-day and Crossy had to steel himself to bat around theones willing to hang around for a few overs, in order to win the game. Batsmencame and went as the score plummeted to 82-5 before Jim Ainscough (16) andSteve Cheetham, were able to rotate the strike sufficiently to give the skipperthe opportunity to accumulate a match winning score. When Cheets went with thescore 141-7, Crossy went into overdrive and passed the hundred mark with astring of boundaries in an unbeaten 42 partnership in which Mo Ahmed scoredjust one run. His majestic 112 not out included twelve 4s and two 6s and tookhis side into the top half of the table for the first time this season.

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The seconds had a more routinetime of it against the bottom side Bamford Fieldhouse. The former PremierDivision heavyweights are a shadow of their former selves these days, but theydid do enough to cause one or two collywobbles in Rob Reade’s ranks. Battingfirst, thirteen year old Keshan Fonseka belied his tender years with a composed55 after Chris Lord, who contributed a most untypical 23 ball duck, had gone.The early order stepped up to take the score to 104-2, but the later order stutteredto some extent in reaching 161-8 at the close. All the first six Bamfordbatsmen achieved double figures in the run chase, but fortunately none wereable to provide the anchor role and Robs Reade and Meredith (three apiece) anda late 4-23 from David Dempster saw the seconds go top by virtue of a 27 runwin.

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On Sunday, neighbours SwintonMoorside wandered up from down the road and made an early impression in thedamp conditions. Credit must go to the umpires for continuing to get the gameon, with only two overs per side being lost to the persistent drizzle. At 52-3the game was in the balance, but the middle order rallied to take the score to133-5, before Ethan Harding and Jim Ainscough, fresh from his 1st XI adventurethe previous day, both scored half centuries in an unbroken 100 partnershipthat took the game away from the visitors. Rob Lord then bowled with somecontrol and pace and ripped out the early order, taking 3-13 as the visitorsstruggled to 19-3. Rob Reade (4-14) then polished off his former club and withone of their batting line up unable to shake off an earlier injury, the inningsfolded to 59-9 ending a fantastic weekend for the club.

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Match Reports - Week Six

Tue 28 May 2019

The Kingfishers retained their 100% record in Fridayevening’s T20 clash against Stand (aka Whitefield Eagles) as the visitorsfeathers were well and truly plucked by the rampant Kingfishers, who excelledwith ball, bat and in the field. After restricting the visitors to 108-8 intheir 20 overs, Crossy made hay in the evening sunshine with 86 off 33 balls,including twelve fours and five sixes to record a second successive verycomfortable T20 win.

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On Saturday, with the weather reverting to Bank Holidaymisery mode, it was some achievement to end the day with two lots of winningpoints in the bag. It was difficult for even the most fertile of imaginationsto believe that the side that produced the most abject of dismal performancesat Monton last week, could be the same side that ruthlessly dismantled the bestbatting line up in the league a mere week later, before dismissively knockingoff the required total at over seven runs an over, with only a fleetingcontribution from the skipper. The concern about how much the side relies onGareth was dispelled to some extent as Ryan Barker (7-58) ripped out theimpressive line up of Prestwich batting before Sam Dorsey (53) in his new roleas opener and Adam Holt (53no) took the hosts to within six runs of a ten wicketwin before Sam allowed one to slip by and bowl him.

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With Prestwich only using 26 overs and Sam and Adam only 16,the game was over before Duckworth and Lewis could be troubled and allowed aquick shunt up the A6 to Hindley to watch the unbeaten 2nds defend 216 againstHindley St Peters’ first XI. The transformation from the second XI of lastseason has been miraculous and with 216 being amassed without one batsmandominating, it shows the depth that the side now has as eight of the ninebatsmen reached double figures. Seniors Jim Ainscough (46) and David Dempster(43) top scored but there were also telling contributions from juniors EthanHarding (33) and Rohan Fernando (27no). The bowling and fielding performancewith what was now a wet ball and cold fingers, was also impressive, with ChrisLord, Zach Flaxman and Danny Hill all taking impressive catches in thecircumstances. All five bowlers were in the wickets with three apiece for thetwo Robs in a 117 run victory over a previously unbeaten Hindley side.

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The thirds upset the clean sweep for the weekend, with adismal performance at Werneth against Oldham West. With the exception of JoeParker (5-49) and Andy Tocher (71no) in a 98 run partnership with Zach Flaxman(35no), this was a very below-par all round performance as the hosts ran out 75runs to the good.

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Match Reports - Week Five

Wed 22 May 2019

Friday night saw the return of the GMCL20 competition as our Kingfishers travelled to Prestwich to take on Prestwich Heat.

The opposition were off to a flyer in the competitionthis season as last week saw them destroy Roe Green. Batting first Prestwichwould have wanted to get on with it as soon as possible but they couldn’t havegot off to a worse start. Joe McCann opened and the first three balls landednicely but all behaved so differently off a very dry, tired pitch. McCann thenfired in a quicker ball at the base of the stumps removing danger manStanbury in the process. Joe continued to bowl beautifully getting the ball toturn big and cause lots of problems for the incoming batsmen. Clifton neverreally let Prestwich get going and with good bowling changes and regularwickets Prestwich finished on 128/6.

Starting the chase was the usual partnership of Holt andCross and the latter started as he meant to go on. Positive running and sending balls to the boundary meant that Prestwich’s total should be reached with ease.Unfortunately, our innings slowed down a touch when we lost Gareth for 42 from30, seven overs in but Joe McCann came in and stepped things up. Joe played anexcellent knock of 40 off 29 to see us home and get us off to a positive startin the T20 comp.

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On Saturday our 1st XI made the short trip toMonton CC to renew old CLL rivalries. On a good pitch Monton startedslowly but steadily built a base for their pro, current Essex player, AsharZaidi, to come in and accelerate their score. Our bowlers worked very hard on apitch that wasn’t offering much. Joe McCann came on and picked upwhere he left off the night before. Joe took 5-23 to stem their flow meaningthey finished 243-9, slightly short of where they would have been looking.

In response Clifton never really got going. Adam Holt playeda solid knock of 51 but nobody else really got going. Our batting woescontinued again and we fell well short being bowled out over 100 runs behindtheir total.

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Our 2nd XI had the return fixture to the 1’s as Monton CC came to Manchester road. Bowling first Clifton removed Monton for a way belowpar 126 all out with the wickets being shared between Meredith (3) Reade (2)Hill (3) and Fonseka (2).

In reply Clifton started well and only lost their 1stwicket, Lord (26), with over half the target already scored. Young gun Keshana(37) carried on the task and with the rest of the batsmen all chipping in Cliftoncruised to six wicket victory. Another fantastic performance from the clubs in form team!

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Sunday brought the return of the LKO and a trip to LeighCC. Unfortunately, due to unavailability, we had a weakened Sunday side out yetagain but were determined to give the Liverpool Comp side a tough game. Battingfirst Clifton switched up the order and opened with Adam Holt and Sam Dorsey andthe decision certainly paid off. Early on the Dukes ball, which is used in theLiverpool Comp, was moving all over the place but both batsmen managed tonegotiate it well. Clifton built a 100 run opening stand which provided a greatplatform to build a decent total. Holt was the first to fall for 45 but the inform McCann came in and supported Dorsey nicely. Sam, who was only going to gethimself out, was set for a big hundred until a one handed pick up and directhit with one stump to aim at saw him ran out for 73. McCann and Barker carriedon the innings both getting into the 30’s before being dismissed and after alate hat-trick Clifton ended with a respectable 207-6 off 45 overs.

Leigh started their chase positively but Clifton neverreally let them get a long way ahead of the run rate. Wickets at good intervalsmeant we were always in the game and a little bit more luck on the day would have seen us home. Despite the lads battling hard we came outon the losing end and Leigh made their way into the next round of the LKO.

All the best to Leigh CC for the rest of the competition.

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Match Reports - Week Four

Tue 14 May 2019

Saturday saw the arrival of newly promoted Greenfield CC toManchester Road who were no doubt looking to capitalise on our recent poor runof form. Winning the toss Greenfield stuck us in to bat and openers Cross andHolt set about putting a decent total on the board. The boys got us off to asolid start scoring 61 before the first wicket fell, when Adam was bowled for24. 

Gareth set out his stall from this point on looking to bat through theinnings and score a big hundred. Unfortunately he lost his second partner,Charlie Dorsey, quite quickly which meant a slight change in tactic. WithGreenfield bowling tight lines, the score slowed up somewhat and Gareth, nowjoined by Sam Dorsey, decided that boundaries were the way to go. Crossyeventually fell for a great 91 after becoming the 3rd victim ofBradley Woolley’s quicker ball.  The restof the lads toiled away and with some good late hitting from Cheetham and McCann, Clifton reached 211 all out.

Looking to get the season up and running the Clifton openingpair of Barker and Cross ripped through the opening pair with ease as Greenfield found themselves 26-2. Greenfield’s Pro offered some resistance ashe battled through but loosing partners at regular intervals made his taskalmost impossible. Greenfield were eventually bowled out for 90 with Cross followingup his 91 with 6-49 and Barker chipping in with a vital 3-34.

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Our 2nd XI visited old rivals Elton in what wassure to be a tight and evenly matched game. Bowling first Clifton wanted tokeep scoring to a minimum and ensure that building pressure would lead towickets. Looking at the stats this definitely worked as no Clifton bowler wentabove 4 an over. Regular wickets were taken and Elton were dismissed for anunder par 113 with skipper Reade being the best of the bunch with 5-39.

In the second innings Clifton’s top 4 all fell cheaply asnone of them managed to break into the 20’s as Elton looked to defend theirtotal. Young Keshana Fonseka came in at number 5 and batted well beyond hisyears. The U13 batsman played a vital knock of 46* taking Clifton through to victorywith 10 overs to spare.

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Greenfield CC returned to Manchester Road on Sunday and broughttheir 3rd XI to face our 3rd XI.  Greenfield batted first and looked to setClifton a tough total to chase. Greenfield opener, Lees, batted well and carried hisbat right the way through the innings for 61*. The rest of the team neverreally got going and some good quick bowling from another young gun RohanFernando meant that Greenfield were restricted to 157 after their 40 overs. This totalcould have been a lot less if Clifton had not given them 35 (their 2ndtop score) in extras.

In reply only two Clifton batsmen showed any sort of form withDave Walsh battling for 108 balls for his 73 not out and Rohan Fernando, followingup from his 1st innings heroics, survived a bout of cramp to finish56 not out. A fantastic victory for Nick and the lads with the only negativebeing 5 of the Clifton wickets being clean bowled with the majority looking towork straight balls through mid-wicket.

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Overall a fantastic weekend for the Kingfishers!

Match Reports - Week Three

Wed 8 May 2019

The 1st XI suffered a spot of Déjà vu thisweekend with two equally demoralising defeats on Saturday and Sunday to Flixton C&SC and Moorside CC respectively. Unfortunately, the team is struggling with both batand ball at this moment in time but we’re all sure the boys will get back toperforming to the best of their abilities as we all know they can.

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Sadly,Sundays defeat sees the first XI go out of the Derek Kay Cup at the first hurdle,admittedly the unavailability of five 1st XI players and theinjury of another half way through the game did not help but these things canhappen. 

On theplus side David Dempster performed very well with the ball on his first XIreturn picking up 4-49 and fellow spinner Joe McCann also bowled nicely for his3-40.

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The 2nd XIcame up against a strong Radcliffe 1st XI on Saturday, and in what wasa great game, managed to pull off a fantastic victory. Batting first Radcliffemanaged to get to 192-9 from their 45 overs blasting nearly half their total inboundaries alone. Rob Reade was the best of the bunch for Clifton taking 3-68 offis 14 overs whilst Rob Meredith plucked away at the other end going at just over 2 anover.

The2’s set about the total with a measured approach trying to leave wickets in thetent if necessary. This approach seemed to be working fine until a couple ofwickets fell meaning the run rate needed to be stepped up.  Working theball around nicely and running quick singles David Dempster, Ethan Harding andDan Ainscough upped the run rate and with a few lusty blows from the latterClifton saw the chase through with Dan finishing 46 not out.

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Our 3rd XIvisited Glodwick on Sunday with a rather depleted team again due tounavailability throughout the club. Glodwick posted a decent 186/5 from their40 overs but only one Clifton batsman would need to get going to allow them achance at chasing it down. Unfortunately, nobody really kicked on despite a fewmaking starts. Sam Brown, Andy Tocher and Nick Flaxman all crept into the 20’sbefore falling but with the rest of the team only managing 36 between themClifton fell for 108.

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Thisweekend see’s all three teams in action again and with availability looking a lotbetter let’s hope for a full house of victories for the Kingfishers.

Ladies Afternoon Tea & Evening Disco

Wed 8 May 2019
Saturday 18th May sees the return of the very popular Ladies Afternoon Tea.

Special guest, Natalie Jaxx will be providing the entertainment. Book now for a fun filled day, followed by an Evening Disco.

Tickets on sale until Friday 10th May.

Match Reports - Week Two

Tue 30 Apr 2019

After thebiblical storm on Saturdaythe 3rd XIwere the only team to get any play in this weekend as Sunday brought somesunshine and a visit from Whalley Range CC.

Clifton,batting first, looked to post a decent total but unfortunately lost an earlywicket with Joe Parker being adjudged LBW after 9 balls. This brought theChairman to the crease and he got the innings up and running alongside DanAinscough. The pair batted nicely for 35 and 44 respectively before bothfalling in quick succession.  Ethan Harding then joined the fray and played a well-timedknock of 58 off 58 including some lovely looking shots though both the off andleg side. He was aided by Harry Golland who stuck around with Ethan playingsome nice shots of his own. Aided by some extras, the 3rds amassed 175 fromtheir 40 overs which was probably a tad under par but with a good young bowlingline up confidence was still high.

WhalleyRange started their chase but also lost early wickets. There was a bit of ascare for the skipper as two batsmen started to score quick boundaries and theClifton target seemed to be easily reachable. Some steady bowling then pulledit back and regular wickets started to fall. Whalley Range were eventuallydismissed for 118 with Joe Parker being the pick of the bowlers with 4-54.

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Match Reports - Week One

Wed 24 Apr 2019
The 1st XI struggled on Saturday and the absence of four regulars took its toll as we were defeated by Stand CC. 
Some positives though with Cheetham blasting an impressive 46* off 22 balls and Cross with a patient 65 off 108.

The 2nd XI got off to a flyer with a victory over A&T 2nds. David Dempster, returning to the club, scored a solid 62* off 93 balls and new addition Steve Judge fired 32 off 28.
After amassing 190, CCC removed A&T for 135 with Rob Reade the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 42.

The 3rd XI also picked up a win against Deane & Derby 3rds on Sunday. Rob Lord scored 76 off 85 balls and Dave Walsh scored an important 41.
211 was the target for D&D, but they were dismissed for 156. Young Jacob Jervis was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 8 overs 3 for 25.


Tue 9 Apr 2019
First Outdoor Practice: Friday 12th April 2019.

All Signing On Forms have been sent out and need completing and bringing back on this night.

Fixtures - Will be on the website before Friday.

All age groups will commence week commencing 22nd April except the Under 9's who will start on Monday 6th May.


Wed 27 Mar 2019
Cricket Force Weekend has been scheduled for the 6th & 7th April at Clifton CC.

Please volunteer some time to help get your club ready for the 2019 season.

Players, parents, helpers and significant others will be painting, brushing and making our ground and facilities Cricket ready. Come along to help out, have a catch up and a brew too!

See you all on the Saturday morning from 10:30am.

Free Show Monday 25th March

Fri 22 Mar 2019
More Jokes about Chocolate and Girls:One Man's Lifelong Obsession With The Undertones.

In 1983, asa naïve undergraduate, Tony Kinsella saw The Undertones live at LeedsUniversity Union; in 2017, as a cynical and embittered lecturer, he saw a newversion of the band in the same venue.

The questionis … 'Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?'

What becameof the post-teen Undertones' hopes and wishes in those 34 years? And did Tonyachieve his own teenage dreams?

A show with jokes,anecdotes, memories, images and music.

Time: 7:30 pm doors open for 7:45 pm start


Comedy Night

Thu 24 Jan 2019
Clifton Cricket Club are pleased to announce our next Comedy Night - Saturday 23rd March 2019.

A full night of comedy compared by MC Ben Lawes, who is proving a cracking line up for the evening!

Tickets are available now!

Please ask behind the bar for further details.