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 December 24th......POT HUNTER !

Chintha picked up his second limited overs trophy in the last five months when his side won the Premier League Knockout in Sri Lanka to add to his Cross Cup success.

After bowling a tidy spell he went to the crease needing ten to win off eight balls.

6-1-6.....game over!! ..................See the full scorecard here.

 

ALL  2006 C.L.L. FIXTURES NOW AVAILABLE !!!

........and it's home ties all the way to the final in the Wood Cup.

Starting with Norden, we will then play Radcliffe or Walsden if successful and then a home tie in the semis beckons if we reach that stage.

 

December 23rd......Chintha's domestic two day premier league season has started and, with a fifty five ball fifty in the first innings, he has had a pretty good opener. Unfortunately however, his side had to settle for a draw. Meanwhile the limited overs side reached the final of the knockout competition to be played on Christmas Eve.

 

December 8th......Some familiar faces return to the fold following the AGM.

Gary Garner returns to the club as 1st XI captain.

Rob Meredith becomes second XI captain once again.

Paul Garner returns to the club after a long period viewing us from afar !

Congratulations are also due to 1st XI vice captain Steve Holt and 2nd XI vice captain Stephen Birch. The rest of the workforce remains largely the same though there have been a few who are unable to continue committee work so spaces are available for anyone interested.

Chintha helps Bloomfield to semi-final spot - our erstwhile pro has still not found his batting form some two months into his domestic season (sound familiar ?!!?) but he ripped out the first three batsmen in his side's quarter final tie. Click here if you want to see the full scorecard. The semi final will be played on December 23rd.

 

December 4th.......Sanath Jayasuriya, who has played exactly 100 test matches for Sri Lanka, hit an unbeaten century as Chintha's Bloomfield Club won it's second game in the space of two days. The previous day his side rattled up 354 in 50 overs, but poor Chintha was run out without facing a ball  !!

 

December 3rd.......Talk about a baptism of fire....... The draw for the first round of the Lancashire League / Central Lancashire League Club Knockout has seen us drawn against Lancashire League Champions Lowerhouses. Ah well...nobody said it was going to be easy!!! First league match will be against WALSDEN (nr Todmorden) at home on April 23rd.

 

November 24th........Chintha's found himself indulging in the good old English tradition of sitting in a cricket pavilion, watching the rain fall of late. Wednesday's complete washout in Columbo was the fourth game out of six in which a ball wasn't bowled with one of the other two being reduced to 38 overs as well !!

A new e-game from Clifton CC !!!

Fancy yourself as a soccer pundit or a candidate for the pools panel ? All you need is an e-mail address and microsoft excel on your computer. If you are a member and  haven't already had an e-mail from the club, either your e-address isn't logged with us or it's out of date. The comp is open to non-members too. It would be nice to have some foreign participants !! For details contact Steve on clifcc@ntlworld.com and information will be sent.

 

When Bloomfield CC found themselves way behind the clock, Chintha smashed 22 in nine balls in his latest 50 over game (including three sixes), but it was to no avail as they were beaten.

 

 

 

 

A couple of three wicket hauls for Chintha helped his new club to a first win in the 50 over fixture list, but saw them go out of the 20-20 competition in the semis. His Birch-like figures of 3-9 in eight overs in the 50 over match included five wides and was enough to earn a first win, but despite his 3-21 in four overs in the 20-20 semi, he then used up 22 balls without hitting a boundary as they went down by 12 runs. I always said he couldn't hit it off the square !!

For a direct link to domestic competitions in Sri Lanka, click here.

 

An open meeting to discuss catering arrangements for first team games next season was held in the clubhouse on Thursday November 3rd at 7-45. Thanks to all who came along. Your ideas and contributions were much appreciated. Another meeting will be held in the new year.

 

Stephen Birch has followed in the footsteps of big brother Richard by winning the Bolton & District Cricket Association Hardcastle Shield Bowling Prize. He took 67 wickets at 9.8 in all competitions and recorded some remarkable match figures in some games to finish his B&DCA career in some style.

 

Lucky Chintha is settling back into domestic cricket whilst the rest of us prepare for freezing weather and bird flu. (I've already strangled the budgie and thrown away the toilet duck). Another change of club sees him turning out for Bloomfield Cricket Club (left) in the city of Columbo which was fortunate to have been unaffected by the tsunami.

The first competition of the season is the twenty-twenty challenge and Bloomfield are in Group C and have won all their first four games (with the help of a bowl out in one of them), Chintha has not had to figure prominently scoring a rapid 17 in one game and taking 2-14 in another (off one over which included a dot ball bowled at the Ashton professional Anil Rideegammanagedera  whom he will meet again in England in 2006 !!!)

 

For a direct link to the 20-20 competition in Sri Lanka, click here.

*useless information. Anil Rideegammanagedera has the longest surname in first class cricket.

 

The indoor net arrangements have been changed again. They will now be held on Wednesdays at 7pm for juniors and 8pm on Wednesdays at St James' Sports College in Farnworth.

 

The B&DCA find themselves with thirteen clubs as the Lostock saga came to a close with their acceptance into the Manchester Association. Co-incidentally, the B&DCA have drawn the M&DCA (away) in the Manchester Evening News Knockout !  Wonder if it'll be at Lostock ?

 

 

2005 season - blow by blow.

 

  SEPTEMBER 19th

 

I know that it was more hope than expectation of a series of freak results which would enable the seconds and thirds to win their respective championships, but for both sides to miss out on the runners-up spot was a little hard to bear.

The hard truth is however, that even had all the other teams in contention done us a huge favour, the result would still have been the same as the seconds were well beaten at Edgworth and the thirds were even more well beaten in both games. This allowed Rochdale to sneak into second spot after beating Rochdale Catholic Club (a result we were hoping for) and Little Hulton to claim second spot in the BDCA second XIs table.

 

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To be absolutely fair in both cases, the Catholic Club did pick up the bonus point they needed despite the result and as for Little Hulton, they had beaten us three times over the season so justice was, I suppose, done in the end.

To add insult to injury, the firsts went down to the sort of miserable defeat that even Edgworth stalwart Steve 'Doc' Liversedge described as 'embarrassing', leaving a sour taste for departing Chinthaka Jayasinghe.

 

  SEPTEMBER 12th

The news, when we finally got it, was NOT good. Not only did Standish win (12 points), meaning that they only need another win to pip the second team to the championship, but Rochdale Catholic Club  need just one point from their final game against neighbours Rochdale, to clinch the championship and leave the thirds as runners up.. If they don't, we need to win BOTH games to pip them.

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It was a mixed weekend for the thirds, the only side in action over the two days. On Saturday it was easy stuff as Prestwich's bowling attack was lacking in penetration and the 145 runs needed were knocked off with ease. There is little doubt however, that they will be a different proposition next week on their own ground. On Sunday Swinton Moorside were robbed of the four points by the two sides being unable to complete the ninety overs in the allotted time in a nevertheless high scoring game. It was Phil Royle again on Saturday who added to his aggregate for the season with 83 not out while on Sunday, Ian Davidson (pic) smashed a defiant 102 as the thirds finished twenty three runs short in a game of 473 runs.

 

The Lancashire Shield Final between Rapid CC and Shawcross Village CC was played at Clifton on Sunday and an entertaining game saw the Bolton based Rapidos come out on top. Many thanks to all who turned up to help.

 

 

  SEPTEMBER 5th

 

It was another out-of-this-world weekend for newly shorn pro Chinthaka Jayasinghe as he rattled up another 200+ weekend.

BUT..... he was hotly pursued by another 200+ man in the unlikely guise of Paul Dempster who scored a maiden century for the seconds on Saturday and followed it up with 95 on Sunday.

In fact, it was something of a 'Dempster Day' on Saturday as the firsts had one of those days, so it was left to  Richard, David and dad Paul, to steal the show at Atherton.

To be fair, it was another of those disappointing second team opponents which we've seen all too often of late, but there's no taking away Paul's 117 not out and eleven year old Richard's two wickets added to runs from an increasingly comfortable David. The opposition was much more testing on Sunday and many would argue that Paul's 95 was the better of the two innings as the seconds, still hanging on to their championship hopes, made it a max points weekend with unsung stalwart Stephen Birch chipping in with eight wickets for the weekend taking him close to a very creditable seventy for the season.

The firsts created their own record of a sort on Saturday when, after 23 overs, only ONE CCC player had scored any runs !!! There were ducks galore as Chinthaka carved away at the other end and at one stage, at 60-3, he had scored ALL the runs except for the extras !!

However, they proved their unpredictability, which we've seen all season when, on Sunday, they destroyed Darcy Lever's championship hopes with a 93 run win after Chintha rattled up 157no including a six which almost cleared Darcy Lever's famous railway bridge.

 

SO.....it's as you were with the firsts, but the seconds now have to hope that Standish slip up next weekend against Golborne or the the week after against Daisy Hill........ watch this space.

 

Clifton - 2nd XI 27 19 0 6 0 1 1 52 0 248
Standish CC 26 17 1 5 0 1 2 59 0 245
Little Hulton - 2nd XI 24 17 0 4 0 1 2 34 0 213

 

  AUGUST 31st

Although the firsts are playing only for pride after their Cross Cup triumph, the seconds and thirds are still in with an outside chance of winning their respective championships.

After last week's defeat at Spring View, the firsts chances of the 'last six' competition are dubious, but a convincing wins against Elton and Blackrod will have done no harm. Again it was Andy Griffiths (75) and Chinthaka Jayasinghe (58) who provided the backbone of the four wicket win against Elton which was made less satisfactory by the now customary collapse and a fielding injury which prevented Geoff Griffiths from batting.

BUT... both teams had an end of season lethargy which gave a disappointing feel to the game.

THE SECONDS did themselves no good in their pursuit of Standish by losing quite easily in the reverse fixture. Admittedly, it was a bad toss to lose, but the way that the squad has destroyed poorer opposition and then succumbed regularly when the gauntlet has been thrown down by a better standard of opposition, may well leave them trophy-less at the end of the season.

TEAM OF THE MOMENT though, are the thirds who, to some extent on the back of  Philip Royle, have put themselves in with a good chance of pipping Rochdale Catholic Club to the title. The double header of games against Roe Green produced eight points out of ten leaving them seven points behind with a game in hand. Phil Royle scored 182 runs in the two games and it was perhaps indicative of Rochdale CCCC's concern, that representatives of their club turned up to watch Sunday's game. It was important then, for Bank Holiday Monday's game in hand with Blackley to go well which. despite their fielding a much stronger team than last time, it did in the end with a six wicket win. Ian Davidson produced the outstanding performance with 6-19 off fifteen overs. 

TRINITY CUP SUCCESS at last as, in our last season in the Association, the Bolton League were well and truly trounced at Little Lever. Chris Tye was our sole representative on the day although you could say that Graham Robins also played his part - he's Little Lever's groundsman!

Thrice retired ex CCC pro Mark Price was tempted out of retirement to pro for Golborne at the weekend. He responded with no less that eight wickets, but still ended up on the losing side !!

Any Paul Garners or Andrew Critchleys out there who may by some chance have any old scorebooks or other memorabilia, the club is DESPERATE to collate everything that exists before it is lost forever. Please search under stairs, attics, under beds and, of course, in the homes of parents and maybe grandparents if you think you may have something. Age does not matter; last year's scorebooks for example, are the future history of the club.

 

  AUGUST 24th

 

Normal website service is resumed after an enforced lay off of around a month and what a month it's been!

CENTURIES galore from messrs Jayasinghe, Griffiths, Garner and Wild (not to mention 99 from Royle snr). WINS galore all round including the Cross Cup at last (it's supposed to be third time lucky not sixth) and the end of yet another successful junior season. Wickets galore for Chris Tye and a welcome return to form from Wooly, especially in the final.

Then, to cap it all, last weekend saw the firsts score 268-2 and lose, the seconds rattle up 300 plus for the second time in the month and the thirds maintain their unlikely push for the second division title with a win a Roe Green.

Well, even more remarkable than a 100 plus run win over Elton in the Cross Cup Final has to be the mesmeric transformation in the fortunes of Chinthaka Umesh Jayasinghe who has, in the space of ten games, earned himself a new contract and the honour of being the club's first Central Lancashire League professional. He also passed the 1000 run mark with five to play and now has 1100 plus after 73 against Blackrod.

"Poorest second team I've ever seen" said Dave Wild after his sides second 300 plus score of the season against Blackrod. After personally playing against Atherton earlier in the season, I can't believe anyone could be worse, but it was perhaps false modesty after the skipper notched up 140 in the match and 200+ for the weekend !! Also worth noting that the potential champs LOST to Blackrod earlier in the season !!  After beating Standish earlier in the month, the seconds now have every chance of walking off with the championship.

The firsts meanwhile, have rattled up 1493 runs in the seven games since the last report, an average score of just over 213 for just under 6 wickets and have won fifteen out of the last twenty games.

 

  JULY 10th

 

Table topping Walshaw became the latest victims of Chinthaka Jayasinghe's new found confidence as he lashed 136 not out in a 215 run chase.

After stifiling the middle third of the innings after Walshaw had put together a whirlwind start, the negative tactics worked out just fine as Walshaw's testing total of 215-6 on a wicket which had a bit in it for those prepared to put that bit extra into it, was passed with more than four overs to spare. The professional has now scored 301 runs in two innings to add to his 200 or so in the first half of the season. Unlike last week however, he made Walshaw pay after costly miss early in his innings and another when the game was in the balance when he was 120. There were a few jitters on the way with Jamie Royle and finally another crucial knock from Steve Holt to add to his mammoth bowling spell providing vital support for the Sri Lankan. To add insult to injury, a certain lady won the Walshaw raffle making the Eccles family �25 richer. Welcome........!!!

The seconds made it maximum points for the day after a 197-7 run chase came to fruition with over four overs to spare. It was a solid team performance with no one player scoring fifty and no bowler taking four wickets, but fifteen year old David Dempster deserves mention after capturing three wickets and scoring 42 with the bat. Oh.....and Stephen Thorpe was unluckly to finish the game on 49 not out (so he tells me). 

SUNDAY.......and it's a two edged sword asthe thirds pulled off a plucky one wicket win against Farnworth Social Circle with a much depleted team and an umpire who thinks pad means out....... and a remarkable performance in the 20/20 match against South West Manchester with Andy Griffiths capping a much awaited return to form with 122 not out chasing 149. The match was duly won with a six off the last ball, much to the delight of a large crowd, but the bowl out to decide who would progress to the next round (as SWMCC won the first game) resulted in a somewhat embarrasing 2-1 win for the visitors. For the record, Geoff Griffiths was the only one who managed to hit the stumps for CCC. Dave Rogers bowled a tidy spell resulting in 4-8 for the thirds Paul Dempster provided the backbone of the reply with a hard fought 43,

 

JULY 2nd

The frustrations, annoyance, disappointments and another dozen or so adjectives which could rightly have been pointed at professional Chinthaka Jayasinghe all evaporated in a haze of euphoria as the 'very nice man' smashed the firsts into their fourth Cross Cup Final in five years.

Chasing 227-2 after Astley & Tyldesley's stand in pro carved, what some described as a somewhat selfish 106 not out, he was eclipsed by an astonishing display of dominance from a man who has struggled to reach twenty all season. His final total of 165 not out was only one short of the all time Cross Cup record of 166 scored by Tom Boardman (no not that one) of Atherton, also against A&T in 1938. 

On a feather bed wicket, all the bowlers struggled for penetration, but a good all round display, added to a somewhat circumspect last few overs from the batsmen, left a manageable total in view, particularly as they had failed to defend 264 the day before. Losing Andy Griffiths in the first over must have caused a few jitters, but from then on it was the first Chinthaka Umesh Jayasinghe show. Let's hope it's not the last!

When Darcy Lever's forefathers won the first and then the third Cross Cups in 1889 and 1891 it heralded a great Cross Cup future. Sadly they haven't won it since and they lost out again in this year's semi to Elton, surely in itself unique in that both finalists are in the bottom six in the league table.

 

On SATURDAY another enthralling contest with Edgworth provided the backdrop to the Cross Cup Semi Final when 138-9 was always going to be competitive on a damp track. So it proved as Edgworth fell just 12 runs short with Steve Holt playing the key late innings in an all round batting effort and then taking 4-28 at the death. The seconds piled up 244-5 with Grant Cordin at last realising some potential before perishing with twelve overs left and a century beckoning. Earlier Dave Wild survived a first ball dismissal off a no-ball to score another half century. Edgworth then fell 95 runs short.

 

JUNE 30th

LIONS MAULED....It was a great evening on Wednesday when the club took on the Swinton Rugby League Club in the first of, what is hoped, will become an annual event. There was a more than decent crowd on the ground and although the match itself was a bit one-sided, it didn't deter the lions from issuing a re-match challenge. The downer is, they want to play Rugby!!

JUNE 26th

It was left to the thirds to capture the club's only point of the weekend in an entertaining encounter with Swinton Moorside on Sunday. Phil Royle was amongst the runs again as Swinton's 195-9 proved thirty too many in a losing draw.

Championship chasing Darcy Lever made it double disaster for both firsts and seconds as neither side managed a single point on Saturday. 

To add to the disappointment, both sides struggled to make 100 on decent batting tracks and, despite removing both Darcy dangermen early, the firsts never really troubled the middle order and went down by seven wickets. The seconds, chasing 180, consistently lost wickets around every ten runs or so and fell 80 runs short.

 

JUNE 19th

With the firsts rained off, perhaps somewhat fortuitously, at 68-6 at Atherton, it was the seconds who took centre stage on Sunday. Facing an Atherton side who, in recent years, have been a potent force in second team cricket, a good game was in prospect. However, some may say just like Australia, the shift in power has altered and after turning up with only eight men last year, Atherton seconds were bowled out for 45 on a decent wicket and then suffered the ignominy of being beaten in just twenty three balls (plus a no-ball) as the thunderstorms threatened. Stephen 'put me in the first team' Birch took an impressive seven for ten in twelve overs as the young Athertonians had no answer to his guile. Hopefully, the storms will have put paid to the nearest challengers and the seconds may well be top of the league by now.

on Saturday, the failings of the new points system raised their head  as Elton, smarting from a poor run of results, rattled up 236-4 and were then able to gradually push the field back until they were, for the last eight overs, all on the very boundary edge. Even the Elton fielders (who were more or less sat with the spectators), were heard to moan about the situation and lack of meaning to the last rites of the game. Having said that, there was a time when another Andy Griffiths masterclass looked as though he might just pull it off, but a period of ten overs for less than twenty runs just before the drinks break and his eventual dismissal for 94 meant the match fizzled out painfully. For the record book, we finished on 189 for 8 with several batsmen perishing trying to pierce the boundary by going over the top.

The seconds maintained second place in the table with another comprehensive win with under 15's 'nice lad' Richard Borritt taking 5-29. The watchword here is 'just keep winning' as the certainty that, when holidays hit, the depth of our squad is second to none.

 

JUNE 12th

The club's youth proved a very important cliche on Saturday by winning a terrifically exciting match with Blackrod without hitting the boundary at regular intervals.

Jamie Royle (75) and Greg Jennings (55) ran the Blackrod fielders ragged in their pursuit of 180 after finding themselves in a perilous position at 17-3. The exercise proved the point, not only in the fact that the terrific running between the wickets meant that the match was won off the last ball, but by the fact that the Blackrod fielders were sucked in closer and closer making it ever easier for the pair to puncture the field.

Earlier, Ian Morris had swopped and changed his bowlers around to good effect as Steve Holt had a rare off day but Chris Tye picked up four including two in a fiery late spell. As a result, Blackrod were able to amass only a couple of useful partnerships instead of the match winning one provided by under 18 players Royle and Jennings. Jamie Royle was disappointed to get out with five needed off the last three balls (pic left) but Liam Dorsey and Steve Robins saw it through.

Meanwhile, remarkably, the seconds slipped to a second successive defeat as Blackrod easily surpassed the 180 set by Dave Wild's side who recovered from 14-4 thanks largely to another fifty from Paul Whittaker. They eventually went down by seven wickets. 

The thirds maintained their unbeaten start to the season in the worst possible way, they were rained off again. That's four games out of six lost to the weather so far and with next week's encounter with Ambridge cancelled they'll be starting July with two completed games. At least Phil Royle (76) and Ian Davidson (57) got amongst the runs before the sixth and final dash for the pavilion.

The Ribblesdale League came out on top in the M.E.N. game at Manchester Road on Sunday with both sides topping 200. Mighty strange team selection though? Thanks to all those who  helped out on the day.

 TRICKY DICKIE  MAKES THE SQUAD!!

Richard Dempster became the latest youngster on the County ladder with his inclusion in the Lancashire under 11 squad for the season. Well done to him and his coaches &  family, not least Grandad for the hours of practice in the nets!!

 

JUNE 4th

Touch wood, cross fingers and toes and chase any nearby black cats, but it looks like the firsts are over their nightmare start after three victories in a row and a place in the Cross Cup semi-finals.

Sunday's Cup ties resulted in mixed fortunes for our two sides, but the firsts came out on top after a battle, not particularly against Edgworth or (for a change) against their own demons, but against the boggy un-June like conditions. Chasing a fairly decent 125 in the conditions, the game ebbed and flowed before the Morrismen finally came out on top with three wickets and plenty balls to spare. Nice to note a solid team effort too, with contributions coming from all over the field.

The seconds though, dropped out of the Isherwood Cup for the last time in the forseeable future after they were unable to chase Little Hulton's 138.

 

They say seven days is a long time in politics, but nowhere near as long as in cricket. In the first team dressing room on Saturday, they looked out after 28 overs to check the score of 109-1 wheras exactly a week ago it was 15-8 against what many would regard as a less accomplished side. Pick of the crop, an extremely accomplished knock lasting 47.4 overs by Andrew Griffiths which yielded him 118 runs and a devastating spell of 5-25 from Steve Holt bowling uphill against a side who have scored runs for fun this season. The final victory margin of 113 runs was no fluke, in fact, but for an unproductive spell in the middle of the Clifton innings, it could have been more as 213-4 should, for many, have been nearer 250.

The seconds won as well in another one-sided game.

 

MAY 28th

THE FIRSTS FINALLY LOOK THE PART AS THEY TAKE DAISY HILL APART FOR THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON.

After having more success with the very first ball of the match when Duncan Brooks was sent back by Chris Tye, than they did all day Saturday, they went on to a comprehensive eight wicket win with Steve Holt capturing four wickets and Chinthaka Jayasinghe scoring 42. 

The seconds emulated the performance with a 13 point max as they scored 175-9 and then dismissed Daisy for 59.

BUT ON SATURDAY it was disappointment, dejection and despair as the Clifton faithful alternated between shaking and scratching of heads. 

Quite how the clubs two flagship teams can in one case utterly demoralise and in the second be utterly demoralised by the same club is a phenomenon of 'X-Files' proportions. 

As for the gory details - the firsts posted 59 all out against Golborne 1sts (having been 15 for 8) and lost by ten wickets. The seconds bamboozled Golborne seconds to 37 all out (including four 'first ballers') and won by eight wickets including another 'six-fer' for Stephen Thorpe..

Bank Holiday Monday completed the weekend's activities with a red letter day for the thirds as they concocted a win despite minimal contributions from messrs Royle & Potter. 

It couldn't simply be a great day for the firsts on Sunday could it? The answer is a resounding NO as Dave Hamilton hobbled into the club on Bank Holiday Monday with a broken toe. Latest prognosis? Doc says two months, so for Dave that usually means the rest of the season.

MAY 25th

Gareth Cross made his Lancashire first XI debut today against Oxford UCCE and captured four victims behind the stumps. The former Clifton (and earlier Roe Green) junior went on to play in the Liverpool Competition where he is still registered as a player. He is earmarked to replace Warren Hegg at the end of the season.

MAY 21st

Both firsts and seconds had to be content with three points apiece in abandoned games and the thirds with two points. In the case of the firsts, I think the word 'content' is an understatement as, chasing an unlikely 259-6 following a flawless knock of 154 by their pro, they were struggling on 59-5 as what should be a V8 engine of a side continued to splutter and stall. The seconds had it the other way round though, as they were sailing towards a victory total of 78 in a 28 over game, when the deluge descended. The thirds had Thornham at 12-1 when, in bright sunshine, the mother of all storms hit and that was it for the day. 

ABIDING MEMORY OF THE WEEKEND: Chinthaka stood open mouthed in the Thornham machine shed as hailstones the size of peas rattled the roof and bounced all around him!

 

MAY 14TH

In a home tie against Astley & Tyldesley Collieries, the firsts contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by being unable to pace a run chase which should have been well within their grasp.

It all started so well as A & T lost two early wickets but then, as the catches went down, the total went up. Even so, the Morrismen would have been more than happy to chase 190 on as near as you can get to a shirt front in May, especially when Geoff Griffiths (32) & Andy Griffiths (74) rattled up 90 for the first wicket. However, the rest does not make good reading as a batting line up which is as good as any in the league, huffed, puffed and finally crumbled to wily Steve Walsh, finishing some dozen or so runs short. 

NOT SO the seconds, most of whom were back to witness the firsts demise after bowling out A & T seconds for 69 and winning by five wickets. Stephen Birch was again amongst the wickets with 4-12. His current average no doubt makes good reading!

 

MAY 7TH

 

Prolific spinner Stephen Birch to ran through the Lostock second XI batting finishing with seven wickets for just three runs!!

 

APRIL 29TH

RED MARKS!....Whilst much of the talk at the NMCL meeting was of soggy outfields and pudding pitches, the talk about Clifton was of red marks, not the sort a teacher puts on poor work, but the sort a cricket ball leaves on a good quality playing surface.

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CHINTHA SETTLES IN..........for all our Sri Lankan friends keen to know how your boy is settling in, the answer is very well. He's already adopted the English principle of being a couch potato having taken a liking to televised snooker!

APRIL 25TH

The club's first overseas professional for some time, along with his wife, touched down safely on Monday  (although certain aspects of his luggage didn't !!) and immediately endeared himself to the Clifton public by hugging Phil Royle! He then organised a net practice on Friday evening and is raring to get to grips with Adlington on Saturday.

APRIL 24TH

 

No points for the firsts under the new system after a dismal start against Walshaw. Only Andy Griffiths (30) showed any sort of form as the team capitulated to 85 all out; a total which, despite a couple of hitches, Walshaw passed with ease for the loss of four wickets. 

However, the new system, which incorporates a long awaited win/lose scenario with no draws, was much kinder to the seconds who raised 12 out of a possible 13 points for a win against Walshaw seconds.

On Sunday, the thirds basked in the spring sunshine and gained maximum points against East Lancs Paper Mills thanks to a resounding nine wicket win. Phil Royle was once again unbeaten, this time on 45. Will anyone get him out this season?

 

 

APRIL 17TH

We're off and a useful workout for the firsts against Kearsley was followed by a washed out thirds league game against last season's champions Rochdale on Sunday.Pick of the performances on Saturday were 48 from Andy Griffiths and a competent 46 not out from Steve Holt as the firsts went down to Kearsley. In the first of the club's league games, the thirds were washed out just before tea with the score on 89-6, but it was business as usual with Phil Royle once again leading the way with 67 not out.SO it's down to the serious stuff next week with all three teams in league action.

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2005 professional Chinthaka Jayasinge will not be allowed, by his employers, to fly to Britain until April 24th at the earliest. The bankers for whom he works have asked him to play in the bank's cup final on April 23rd. This means that he not only missed the weekend's final preparations, but will miss the first crucial game against championship chasing Walshaw on the same day as his final.

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the Clubhouse; The first 2 draws will be held on 23rd April.
Tickets are going fast so to ensure you get yours get in touch with promoter
Steve Robins at;
steve_robins123@hotmail.com or see a member of the
Committee at the Club.
Registered under the LOTTERIES & AMUSEMENT ACT 1976 with THE COUNCIL OF THE
CITY OF SALFORD - REGISTRATION No. L35'

APRIL 1ST

YES it may have happened on all fools day, but the news that the club have been UNANIMOUSLY elected to join the Central Lancashire League for season 2006 was no joke to the committee members who worked so hard to achieve that objective. There was much jubilation, tinged with some regret after eighty two years in the Bolton and District Cricket Association. A number of significant figures in the move, shared  their personal thoughts:

  • groundsman GRAHAM ROBINS was confident that the club could provide the neccessary standard of facilities for the new challenge and had a great belief in the club's ability to successfully stage matches at the higher level and was in fact relishing the opportunity to do so.

  • chairman PHILIP ROYLE said that he would be sad to leave the B.& D.C.A. but was very excited at the challenege ahead and the fantastic opportunity which had presented itself to develop the club still further. The progress which the club had made over the last ten years, he said, was recognition of the hard work which had been put in.

  • president TREVOR DEMPSTER was delighted for the members, committee and players in achieving acceptance to the Central Lancashire Cricket League, but in the same breath wanted to acclaim the contibution made to Clifton Cricket Club by the officials of the Bolton and District Cricket Association over the past eighty two years.

  • club captain IAN MORRIS was looking forward to the new challenge but was nevertheless feeling honoured to be captaining the last B. & D.C.A. side. Despite his priority being the 2005 season, he was very excited about the prospect of playing the the Central Lancashire Cricket League.

and finally:

  • GEOFF GRIFFITHS, one of the, if not the B. & D.C.A.'s leading run scorer of all time felt it was a great day for the club but recognised that he will miss the players, comrades, grounds, personalities and history of the league he will be leaving after thirty happy years.

MARCH 24TH........   

Good Luck goes from the club, to David Garner who has decided to try his luck at Radcliffe this season, playing alongside his dad and to Paul Weir who has no doubt suffered a culture shock after his move to leafy Cheshire. Both came through out junior set up and have been a credit to the club. They will, of course, be most welcome should they ever choose to return.

Sad to report the death of a long-standing member of the club in Bernard Waring. Bernard's wife, Ann, died some years ago and sons Andrew and Stephen both played junior cricket in the early eighties when Bernard and Ann had the Post Office on Moss Colliery Road. Our condolences go to the families.

MARCH 14TH........  

It's an early bath for the winter netters as, due to the early Easter this year, the last one was held on Monday (14th). It had been a good result for the club as numbers had been the highest for years despite competition from a number of local televised soccer games. Junior nets had, if anything, been even better supported under the watchful eye of messrs Morris, Royle, Dempster and Unwin.

The 50th anniversary dinner of the NMCL was held at Old Trafford on Friday March 11th with a good turnout from Clifton. The most oft heard comment of the night (apart from anguished cries of "How Much!!?" at the bar), was "Where's Norm?". Answer, relaxing in sunnier climes (again).

FEBRUARY 28TH........   

Another 'new' signing has been revealed this week when, after the shortest retirement in history, Steve Holt returns to the fold. Golf not as easy as you thought eh Steve? On a more serious note, those 74 wickets which he took last season would have taken some replacing. Welcome back.

FEBRUARY 27TH........ 

The long anticipated inspection of the ground and facilities by Central Lancashire League officials took place today. Let's hope February 27th 2005 becomes a significant part of the club's history. 

FEBRUARY 25TH........   

The exciting madness and mayhem of 20/20 cricket comes to Clifton in 2005. In the absence of the National Knockout this year, the club has entered a brand new National 20/20 competition.

FEBRUARY 20TH........   

The mayhem gets worse as rumours abound about the B&DCA scrapping the entire fixture list (including juniors) and starting again. Does anyone know what's going on ?

 

FEBRUARY 8TH........   

Fixture mayhem as the B&DCA fixtures arrive late and the third team have to re-arrange almost the entire season's fixtures. The result is not good for the club with a number of Sundays on which there will be no cricket at Clifton.

 

JANUARY 7TH........    

BOWLER SIGNS

Former Egerton youngster and Lancashire under 19 bowler Chris Tye has signed for the club for season 2005. Currently at Lancaster University, he has also featured for Lancashire 2nds. Skipper Ian Morris has sought opinions from a number of BCL stalwarts and he comes highly recommended. Watch this space for more imports! 

JANUARY 5TH........    

The extremely sad and disturbing news from South East Asia that has seen thousands of people lose their lives, has touched the hearts and minds of people from all over the world. Luckily, we have just heard the news from our new Professional, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, that he is alive and well. It was great to hear that the new professional's family are safe and well, but it does put the game of cricket somewhat into perspective. 

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