The turn of the season saw a turn in fortune for the 1stXI, as they avoided a 5th consecutive league defeat with a 50-runvictory against high flying Prestwich. Gareth Cross won the all-important toss,electing to bat first on a hot, sunny day at Manchester Road.
After losing the top 4 early, each failing to reach doublefigures, Clifton found themselves 40-4 and without regular number 4 Sam Dorsey,looking at another low total. On a tricky, turning pitch, it was middle orderto the rescue, with vital knocks from Chris Lord (34), Liam Hurt (39), JamesEvans (44) and an impressive cameo by Roman Slusarenko (35) saw Clifton finishwith a competitive 194-8 after 50 overs.
The Prestwich chase took an early blow, with Liam Hurtclaiming the wicket, leaving Prestwich 6-1. Clifton continued to removePrestwich batsmen at regular intervals, with impressive spells by Gareth Crossand the Liam Hurt who finished with figures of 4-35 & 2-23 respectively. Supportedby Ahmad (2-50) and McCann (2-24), Prestwich soon found themselves 96-7 and itwas only a matter of time before they were eventually bowled out for 144.
The 1st XI hope this is the result that sparks asecond half push to dethrone Flixton at the top of the league.
A Special thanks to Gail Holt for teas.
3rd XI -
On another day more suitable for sunbathers, our 3rd XI took on our friends from Astley & Tyldesley.
With the toss won by Clifton it was time to pile on the runs on a fantastic deck for batting.
Unfortunately, this didn't happen immediately, as early wickets fell and Clifton found themselves on 44 for 4 after 15 overs. The innings eventually started to get going with the introduction of Zach Flaxman, with a maiden half century (55no) and Rob Reade (51). The pair putting on 91 for the 5th wicket.
Clifton innings closing on 173 for 5.
Teas, a well earned rest and reapplication of factor 50 and we were back out.
In conditions that can only be described as sitting on the sun!! The early bowlers did really well to restrict the scoring, but wickets were needed. A change of pace from Stephen Birch, Joe Parker and Roman Slusarenko continued to restrict the scoring and brought a couple of victims. As the overs ticked by, this looked like a tight one.... it was. With 12 required from the final over, the skipper entrusted Rob Reade and his experience saw the 3rd XI home to another good victory.
After three games in their ECB T20 group Clifton CC havea great chance of reaching the regional QF stage of this years Nationalcompetition, which sees the elite U19s battle it out in the shorter form of thegame.
Clifton started their campaign on Bank Holiday Monday atthe end of May with a double header against Didsbury and Stretford, in afabulous day of cricket hosted by Stretford CC.
First up for the Junior Kingfishers were Didsbury, whowere invited to bat first. A couple of early wickets helped Clifton through the6 over powerplay, but a good partnership then swung things Didsbury’s way bythe short drinks interval, much needed on an already hot summers day. Tightbowling and regular wickets kept the score in check, Didsbury finishing 130 for8 off their 20 overs. Pick of the bowlers were Dan Ainscough with 2-21, Saf Jan2-23 and Rob Lord 2-25.
Clifton lost Ben Sykes early, but Roman Slusarenko andSam Dorsey then shared a 99 partnership to put Clifton in the driving seat. Samretired on 51 and Dan Ainscough finished things off with a quick fire 20 notout. A great start to the campaign.
Next up were the hosts for the day, Stretford, who battedfirst and posted 124. Conditions were starting to get really tough astemperatures soared into the late 20 degrees celcius, but Clifton set about therun chase positively. The regular loss of wickets at key times slowed down thechase however, and Clifton fell an agonising five runs short, Sam Dorsey thepick of the batsmen with 42 not out.
Game 3 saw Clifton host Bury CC on a glorious Sundaymorning at CCC. Bury batted first and got off to a flyer, scoring at 10 an overin the Powerplay. Two quick wickets for Jack Golland, both superbly judgedcatches in the deep by Sam Dorsey, helped slow things down, but the Burybatsmen continued to play positively and a big score looked on the cards. DanAinscough had other ideas however, and bowled a superb spell of 4 overs at thedeath, gaining just rewards of 4 for 19. The returning Robert Lord chipped inwith 3 wickets, aided by a couple of well taken sharp catches, and Bury werebowled out for 129.
Clifton set about the run chase in a similar fashion to Bury,with openers Roman Slusarenko and Ben Sykes dispatching the ball to all partsof the ground. When Ben fell, Sam Dorsey took over, running superbly betweenthe wickets with Roman, taking to score to within one lusty blow of victorywhen he was caught by the Bury skipper. Dan Ainscough provided that lusty blowoff the first ball he faced, whacking it high into the fence, leaving Romanlooking rueful at the other end on 46 not out!
One game to go against Urmston CC and a win should seeClifton progress to the knockout stage.
Glossop won the toss and elected to bat. Rob Meredith andSaf Jan settled into an early rhythm and both were unlucky not to grab earlywickets as a couple of good shouts for LBW, a catch behind not given and aspilled chance let both openers off the hook. Patience was eventually rewardedin the 20th over with the score on 93 as Rob Reade entered the fray and took asharp caught and bowled.
The next wicket to fall was somewhat bizarre as aninjured Ethan Harding struggled to complete his first over, bowling a wide legside full toss that the batsman decided to swing at, only for the ball to skyrocket down to long leg where Rob Meredith held onto a great catch.
Unfortunately this wasn’t contagious and chance afterchance went begging in the field, allowing Glossop to soar past 200 with 13overs to go, still with 8 wickets in hand. As the day got hotter and hotter,the fielding somehow got worse and another 112 runs were added to set adaunting target of 313, Rob Meredith and Rob Reade taking the only otherwickets to fall.
And so to the chase, which in truth lasted just fourovers, as both openers were dismissed in an all too familiar start toproceedings. 17 for 2 became 79 for 5 at drinks, and as the umpires got a sniffof the early bus home, the innings capitulated to 118 all out. Only latereplacement Nick Flaxman was able to register anything like a score, with apatient and well crafted 34 runs.
Onwards to high flying Shaw next weekend ... anyone fancya game?
3rd XI - Cup Run Ends at Radcliffe.
The 3rd XI travelled to Radcliffe in the last 16 of the 3rd XI Cup with no less than 8 juniors. With the sun beating down a bit of luck with the toss was needed. Unfortunately, Nick called incorrectly and Radcliffe had no hesitation in having a bat.
An early wicket for Saf Jan was just the tonic and opening partner Jack Golland both bowled very good line and length for the opening 10 overs. The heat however was relentless and the huge outfield made matters worse as you could see the energy being sapped from all. The Captain turned to Charlie Cook and Mason Turner who again bowled tidily but 5 overs a piece was all they would be able to muster.
Eventually turning to spin to speed up the over rate, a few wickets fell and Zach Flaxman behind the stumps picked up a few victims with 2 catches and 2 stumpings. Radcliffe finished their innings on a daunting 220/6.
The free ice-creams at teas and for the remainder of the afternoon were appreciated and very kind of our hosts.
In return Clifton got off to a slow start with some excellent quick bowling, followed up by superb spin bowling with plenty of turn and bounce. Only Roman Slusarenko (33) really looked like scoring at the rate required and wickets fell regularly. Radcliffe bowling Clifton out for 105 in 33 overs.
The very best of luck to a great bunch of lads at Radcliffe as they continue their cup journey.
Another week in GMCL division 2A and another visit to afirst team for CCC 2nd X1, this time Littleborough Lakeside the hosts.
On a rare recent gloomy day, after overnight rain,Littleborough were invited to bat first.
Before play commenced, both sides observed a minutessilence in memory of Clifton CC stalwart Trevor Dempster who died earlier inthe day. Trevor was a past player, Chairman, President and long serving trusteeof the club. He worked tirelessly on and around the ground, organised 40sportsman’s dinners and completed countless odd jobs. Most of all Trevor was atrue gentleman, ever caring, always asking about others. He will be greatlymissed by all who had the pleasure to have known him.
And one thing is for certain, Trevor would have loved tohave bowled on the Littleborough wicket which proved to play as tricky as itlooked when play got underway. Rob Lord managed to get an early length ball tocatapult over the batsman, carry a good two feet over the wicket keeper andregister four byes! Young Zach would have needed stepladders to grab that one,but he showed ever worthy of his place in the side with two of three neat catches, toassist Rob Meredith and Rob Reade in reducing Lakeside to 34-2. Ready thenchipped in with 3 more wickets and by drinks the hosts were 76 for 5. A goodpartnership followed and a few straightforward chances were spilled, but RobLord returned for a second spell with dark clouds on the horizon and took twowickets, before a thunderstorm struck and an early tea was taken with the scoreon 137 for 7.
Credit to the Littleborough Lakeside team and helpers asa monumental mop-up meant that only 16 overs were lost, 8 from each innings.The hosts resumed for a 5-over slog and managed to reach a useful looking 166before being bowled all out. Pick of the bowlers were the three Robs, Reade (5-51), Lord (3-55) and Meredith(2-30).
Duckworth and Lewis then got to work and in a bizarretwist, the “revised target” was set at 167 off 42 overs. So much forcomplicated calculations!
Clifton got off to a disastrous start as both openersfell in the first 7 balls of the innings. Joe Parker, Harry Golland and EthanHarding dug in to form a mini recovery and at 44-3 it was “game on”. But thewords “Clifton collapse” are becoming all too familiar as the remaining sevenwickets fell to some exceptional swing bowling for the addition of just 25 moreruns. Only Zach Flaxman showed any resolve, finishing 11 not out, as hecontinues to progress and look the part. A better display with the ball, butstill much work to do for the fledgling 2nd team in the field and with the bat.
3rd XI -
A very young 3rd XI took on Glodwick 3rd XI on Sunday at Manchester road and a minutes silence was observed by both teams and officials before play began, in memory of Trevor Dempster.
The early signs were good as after asking Glodwick to bat, Clifton's young attack bowled in very good areas. Wickets were hard to come by and a lot of mistakes in the field allowed Glodwick to set a good total of 210 for Clifton to chase. Joe Parker picking up 4 wickets for quite a lot.
Once again, the early signs were excellent as Joe Parker (57), who scored his maiden fifty in senior cricket and Kesh Fonseka (34) put on 102 without loss at drinks.
The drinks break however, did its job, as Joe and Kesh fell victim to loose shots when well set. This slowed the scoring considerably and batsman came and went. Clifton eventually dismissed for 159.
This week saw the 2nd team visit Elton Vale CC to playtheir 1st team in an early season battle of the bottom two.
The hosts were invited to bat and the two Robs, Meredithand Lord, were unlucky not to pick up early wickets as chances were missed. Asbatsmen settled, the change bowlers suffered the same fate, with furthercatches spilled. Seven different bowlers were used and eventually seven wicketsfell, but the ten dropped catches were to prove costly as Elton Vale finishedon 214-7 off 50 overs.
The Clifton innings started positively and runs flowedfreely. At 100-2 inside 20 overs the prospects of a second league victory ofthe season were excellent. However the loss of regular wickets, as batsmenfailed to adapt to the testing conditions, saw the visitors collapse to just153 all out, leaving the 2nds rooted to the foot of division 2A.
3rd XI - A Day to Forget
A much changed 3rd XI were back at Manchester Road before the heavens opened, after been bowled out for 65 against a very good Greenmount 3rd XI at the home of the league leaders.
Captain for the day Sam Brown found no excuses for the poor display with the bat and missed chances in the field. Defending such a low total was always going to be difficult and Greenmount comfortably reached the required target in 12.5 overs without loss.
2nd XI - A Bad Day at the Office
2nd XI - A Bad Day at the Office
With more juniors than senior players, the 2nd team madethe journey to play Werneth’s 1st XI in this week’s league fixture. Both teamsentered week 7 with just one win under their belts and this promised to be atight game in GMCL Division 2A. However it proved to be anything but.
Clifton won the toss and chose to bat and wereimmediately on the back foot against some aggressively quick and accuratebowling. Alex Cunliffe and Dan Ainscough fell to excellent deliveries from hometeam overseas amateur Kervon Christmas, leaving the score after 10 overs at 11for 2.
A recovery meant drinks were reached at 72 for 2, theopening attack thwarted, and the Duckworth/Lewis predictive target of 190looking achievable. But a procession of wickets, most to poor shots, followedand once again we were bowled out well within the 50 overs for just 137.
The opening over of the Werneth innings saw the firstchance go begging, as a Robert Lord long hop was pulled straight to square leg,but the catch was spilled. A rotation of bowlers unable to find consistentlines and lengths, more straightforward dropped catches, and some less thanordinary ground fielding allowed the Werneth openers “cats lives” and to raceto a 100 partnership inside 20 overs. The only consolation came with the scoreon 117 when one of the Werneth openers finally holed out in the deep to a JackGolland delivery, but further dropped chances meant the target was passedbefore drinks. In summary, a very bad day at the office for the young Cliftonside.
3rd XI - Spin is King in Cup!
The 3rd XI are through to the next round of the Per Fit Windows 3rd XI Cup after a comfortable win against Edgworth 3rd XI.
The early picture didn't look good as after winning the toss and electing to bat, Edgworth found themselves on 60 without loss off the first 10 overs.
A breakthrough in the 12th over also brought a change of pace as Roman Slusarenko 3/17 and Joe Parker 5/24 totally turned the game on its head with some very good spin bowling, dismissing our opponents for 123.
In return the Clifton innings got off to a great start with an opening stand of 79 from Ben Sykes 53no and Kesh Fonseka 28. Clifton reaching the required 124 for the loss of 2 wickets within 22 overs.
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After winning the toss on a lovely sunny day we lost Will Davidson early. Gareth Cross and Adam Holt then batted Clifton into a commanding position with a 170 plus partnership. Cross falling for 84. Adam carried on in a very destructive manner finishing on 169 and was well supported throughout by Dan Ainscough, Chris Lord and Roman Slusarenko, who all played important knocks to set a very good total of 335 from our 50 overs.
With a depleted bowling attack Clifton were delighted take take regular wickets and always looked in control. When Denton St. Lawrence's Pro was removed for a very well made 80, the game was more or less over. Denton St. Lawrence were bowled out for 248.
A special mention to Adam Holt with the ball as well who picked up 4 vital wickets. A truly match winning performance from Adam. Another win and hopefully the good form continues.
This week saw the visit of Elton CC 1st team to Manchester Road and after winning the toss they chose to bat first.
A much improved all round bowling and fielding performance saw the hosts restricted to 214-8 in the 50 overs, with all five bowlers used taking wickets.
The Clifton innings got off to a slow and shaky start and after eight overs we had been reduced to 18-3. A fifty partnership got the home side back on course, but two quick wickets saw Elton resume control as they had Clifton 76-5 after 20 overs. But Zach Flaxman and Ian Morris were not about to roll over as they gritted it out over by over, frustrating the visiting bowling attack. A second 50 partnership of the innings was brought up in the 45th over,testament to the skill and patience spanning generations.
The innings closed on 139-9, and another defeat for the 2nd XI, the damage having been done inside the first 20 overs of the Clifton innings. But some real positives from the game were the contributions of juniors Robert Lord (3-63), Jack Golland (1-30), and Charlie Cook (1-27) with the ball, and Zach Flaxman behind the stumps and with the bat. Credit also to Ian Morris (45) for guiding Zach through his marathon innings.
A great toss to win for the 3rds on Sunday and no hesitation in electing to bat. That seemed to back fire very quickly as we lost 2 early wickets without the batsman troubling the scorers. A quickfire 22 from Joe Parker gave the innings some momentum and with Roman Slusarenko (88) and Rob Lord (58) we posted a very respectable 223 from our 40 overs.
Our visitors, Littleborough Lakeside 2nd XI looked to get off to a flyer, but some very quick bowling from Robert Lord (4/21) and good variation of line and length from Saf Jan (2/33), they never really got in to their stride.
Pace was taken off the ball with the introduction of Roman who claimed 3 wickets and Jack Golland (1/12 from 7 overs) and wickets fell at regular intervals. Catches were held, in particular by Robert Lord who held on to 3 very good catches. Our visitors were eventually all out for 161 in the 34th over.
On a Saturday where there were a number of events on, inthe middle of exam season, the length of the roll of players unavailableresembled that of Harry and Meghan’s wedding guest list.
This handed the opportunity to two 13 year olds to maketheir senior debut and another to gain the valuable experience of a second gamekeeping wicket. Congratulations to Zach Flaxman, Mason Turner and Jacob Jervis,and also a big thank you to the returning to action Andy Tocher for helping theteam out at short notice, after Andy Lord dislocated his thumb playing 20-20 onFriday night.
Up against a strong Westleigh 1st X1 the CCC skipperbreathed a huge sigh of relief when the coin cane down on tails and hadabsolutely no hesitation in batting first. About an hour later we had beenreduced to 65 for 6 with only Andy Tocher (16) able to hang around with theskipper (41) for any length of time. This soon became 83 all out inside 30overs and, with teas not quite ready, the decision was taken to turn straightaround. Westleigh showed positive intent from the off in chasing down the tinytotal. Rob Meredith wasn’t going to roll over though, and removed their openerassisted by a sharp catch at cover by Andy Tocher. The very next ball saw ahuge appeal for what sounded like an outside through to the keeper but thiswasn’t given. And it’s safe to say that the edge of the bat wasn’t brought intoplay again, as the ball was dispatched to all parts of the ground, and mainlybeyond!, by Westleigh’s 6ft 7inch Aussie overseas amateur. With ball after balldisappearing into the canal, the game was over inside 10 overs, in a very onesided match.
Great experience for the juniors again, but a steeplearning curve for all, as division 2A is proving every bit as tough as weexpected.
Greenmount came out all guns blazing hitting regularboundaries but lost too many wickets doing so. Greenmount's professional played a few decent shotsbefore becoming Steve Cheetham's first of four victims (4/70). Mo Ahmed came into the attack after14 overs and quickly tightened the game up and took regular which to finishwith an excellent 4-24. Greenmount finished 149 all out. This was an excellentwin and performance all round.
And many thanks from Joe McCann to the Greenmount tea people for saving him a slice of homemade cheesecake for after the game.
A tough day at home.
The second XI welcomed another new GMCL league rival,Droylesdon CC 1st team, to Manchester Road this week. Droylesdon batted firstand were contained to just two runs an over in a fine opening spell of bowlingby the experienced pair of Greg Jennings and Rob Meredith. Greg in particularseemed to have the ball on a string and was unlucky not to make thebreakthrough early on as the skipper spilled a regulation catch at second slip.But perseverance paid off as Greg then clean bowled the other opener with thescore on 27 in the 15th over.
A fatigue-required change of bowling at both ends saw theinnings accelerate, but further chances were missed and these were to provecostly. Some fine stroke play, punishing the all too regular bad balls, mixedwith destructive power-hitting, and some pretty ordinary fielding at times,catapulted the score from 40 for 1 after 20 overs, to 256 for 6 in the full 50.Of the other 5 bowlers used, only Rob Reade was able to exercise the controlrequired, finishing with a well deserved 3 for 67.
Chris Royle and Dan Ainscough became the fourth differentopening pair used this season already, both immediately adopting a positiveapproach as they looked to chase down the huge total required for victory. At84 for 0 after 20 overs the early signs were excellent, but then Chris wasunable to keep out a good delivery and was clean bowled for 30. Greg followedshortly after, to make it 95 for 2. Dan continued to play positively, hittingthe two spinners to all parts of the ground, ably supported by Andy Lord. Butin trying to keep up with the required rate, one trip to the well too many sawDan stumped for an excellent 72 with the score on 123. The next three balls sawRob Reade and Andy depart, and effectively that was that. The innings slumpedto a very disappointing 153 all out, with none of the remaining batsman able toregister double figures.
After winning the toss and batting on a fine sunny dayClifton got off to a careful but solid start to get to 73-0 before unfortunately losing Will to ahamstring injury. After this wickets fell too regularly and we could onlymanage 160.
Woodbank in reply batted positively and got to a very goodstart. On a wicket that didn’t suit our bowlers we struggled to stay in thegame for long enough periods to force a positive result. Woodbank knocking themoff 2 down with 15 overs left.
This week saw the visit of East Lancs Paper Mill 1st X1 toManchester Road to play the 2nd team in GMCL division 2A.
CCC won the toss and had no hesitation in batting on abeautiful clear warm day.
The innings got off to a disastrous start with four wicketsfalling inside the first six overs. Despite a good recovery by Andy Lord (43)and Rob Reade (45) the home side were bowled out for 129 inside 30 overs, withno fewer than six batsmen failing to trouble the scorers.
By contrast, ELPM got off to a solid start, aided by somewayward bowling, and at 30 without loss, accumulated at a run a ball, it lookedlike a very early finish was on the cards. But credit where it’s due, CCC stuckat it and Rob Lord made the breakthrough with a couple of wickets. Rob Readechipped in with one, and good catches by the returning to action Greg Jenningsand Rob Reade aided Andy Lord to strike a couple of times, leaving the visitorslooking vulnerable, and batsmen-in-waiting jittery, at 82 for 5. However acouple of sharp chances were missed, and loose deliveries punished, allowingELPM to reach their target for the loss of 6 wickets. Pick of the bowlers wasAndy Lord (3-18).
Sunday 6th May - 1st XI Cup
Winning the toss and batting on a superb wicket we managedto score 277-2. A fine and patient century by Adam Holt and a half century fromSam Dorsey set up a good total.
Woodhouses at one point were in a strong position after avery positive start. Regular wickets after 10 overs brought Clifton back intothe game and Joe McCann bowled an excellent spell of 10 overs 3-19 whichchanged the game completely into Clifton’s favour. Roman Slusarenko and Dannyhill came on near the end to finish the job off and grab a well deserved wicketeach.
The 3rd's travelled to Stretford CC on another blisteringhot day of the weekend. A terrific welcome was received from our opponents and atour of their newly refurbished facilities, which are second to none and acredit to their committee, players and members.
In a paradise for sunbathers and spectators Stretfordwon the toss and had no hesitation in having a bat. After losing Joe Parker toa hand injury in the 5th over of the game, Clifton performed well with 10players to restrict the score and to bowl Stretford out in the 40th over for148. Credit to Rohan Fernando 3/22 and Ethan Harding 4/ 40.
The Clifton innings didn't get off to the best of starts,losing Charlie Cook early without troubling the scorers. This however, broughtIan Morris (57) to the crease and he set about cementing a match winninginnings. Firstly with Keshana Fonseka (24), who was unfortunate to be given outcaught behind, and then guiding a match winning partnership of 75 with EthanHarding (46no).
The second team made their first trip to Micklehurst CricketClub on Saturday to play their first eleven with a very young but able Clifton side. The rain held and despite the cold temperatures and a very soft pitch the game commenced with Clifton batting first having lost the toss. It was a difficult start with conditions favouring the bowling attack and Clifton quickly fell to 29-3. A decent partnership between Chris Royle (30) and AndrewLord (36) then steadied the ship before a well played innings from EthanHarding (40) and some good late hitting brought the visitors to a total of208-7 from the 50 overs. The Home side definitely had the better of the pitch in the second innings and Clifton looked condemned to defeat at 170-3. The dismissal of their dominant batsmen by Rob Lord was the catalyst for a huge comeback. An outstanding spell from Andy Lord who finished with figures of 4-40and some excellent catching left the home side stunned as we bowled them out for 190 from 44 overs.
Following a great first League win of the season on Saturday, the second team travelled to former Central LancashireLeague rivals Heywood CC on a bitterly cold Sunday for the first round of the2nd XI Cup.
Heywood were invited to bat first and got off to a steady start against a Clifton side boasting no fewer than six junior players, including 12 year old debutante Zach Flaxman.
The rather more experienced Rob Meredith gained an early breakthrough with Dan Ainscough taking a sharp catch at short cover. But some wayward bowling allowed the Heywood batsmen to settle as wide after wide kept the scoreboard ticking. The younger bowlers struggled to find a consistent line and length, the next wicket to fall aptly being a rather fortuitous (just below!) waist high non-pitching delivery from Rob Lord, hit straight to square leg where Ben Sykes held onto a low diving catch. When the bowlers did find the right areas it was difficult to score and there was a little bit in the wicket for them. Dan Ainscough got one to nip off the seam and take the outside edge, giving Zach his first 2nd team victim; the first of many to come. Unfortunately this type of delivery was the exception rather than the rule, as a total of 44 extras assisted Heywood to post a competitive looking 180 for 4, the only other wicket to fall being that of old adversaryRob Bennett who chopped on an Ethan Harding delivery for a well crafted 75.
The Clifton innings started slowly as the experienced Heywood opening bowlers hit the line and length that their younger Clifton counterparts struggled to find. Runs were at a premium and every attacking shot seemed to bring the chance of a wicket, Ben Sykes dropped twice before being clean bowled. Ian Morris was next to go, adjudged LBW, and both Dan Ainscough and Roman Slusarenko followed quickly, both playing poor shots offering simple catches. At the halfway point of the innings, after 25overs, Clifton had limped to 38 for 4. Ethan Harding was next to go, stumped for 4, and when Andy Lord followed, caught out for 7, with the score 62 for 6in the 35th over, a fat lady could be heard singing on the horizon.
However with opener Rob Lord staying patient, ably assisted by a wagging Clifton tail, runs eventually started to flow and Rob found his stride - well, he was made to start running between the wickets! The odd bonus boundary on the huge Heywood field catapulted the score up to 147 with 5 overs left and set nerves jangling amongst the fielding side.However the calmest fielder of all was female Lancashire CCC junior representative Olivia Thomas, who set herself superbly under a sky high spiralling catch to dismiss Rob Lord for 70. And this proved to be the turning point as the remaining batsmen couldn’t score at more than a run a ball, the innings falling 15 short and Clifton dumped out of the Cup at the first hurdle.
The 14 extras in the second innings showed the required discipline in the Heywood ranks and we wish them all the very best for a successful season and good Cup run.
Lots to learn for the Clifton youngsters as the 2nds now concentrate on the League.
What a game to be making your senior debut! Well that was the case for three 12-year-old lads, Rohan Fernando, Zach Flaxman and Keshana Fonseka (Pictured).
Clifton won the toss and the captain had no hesitation in selecting to bat on a very good Spring wicket at Manchester Road. This looked a great decision as opening pair, Joe Parker (39) and 12-year-old Keshana Fonseka (28) put on 54 for the first wicket.
Runs flowed consistently and Roman Slusarenko (83) played the ball to all corners of the ground in a well-managed innings. A quick fire 40no from Danny Hill gave the home side a daunting total of 244, for our visitors, Deane & Derby, to chase.
A brief rain shower after tea, meant that the total required was reduced to 230 and the overs to 36.
Our visitors showed their intent from ball one and Rohan Fernando and Danny Hill bowled very well, mixing their length and pace as the batsmen threw the bat at everything.
Wickets, a bit of luck and a few spare balls were needed. Although wickets did arrive Andy Lord 2/33 the most economic bowler, the onslaught continued with some huge hitting including 15 sixes and 17 fours.
OUT & IN- It wasn’t going to be the 3s’ day, even when a bizarre run out given by the square leg umpire was eventually overruled by the umpires as a signal had already been made to the scorers and so the ball was called dead.
Deane & Derby reached the required score in the penultimate over of the match for the loss of 6 wickets.
A great game for all involved and spectators alike.
1st XI - On a sunny day in Prestwich the home side won the toss, elected to field first and got off to the best possible start.
Opener Will Davidson misread Stanbury's very first delivery by anticipating some away swing. Unfortunately for Will the ball held its line. Davidson looked to leave and he was struck on the pad and was sent packing 1st ball of the season. Stanbury managed to do the same again in his 3rd over as Adam Holt seemingly looked to leave and then changed his made but the bat didn't come down quick enough and he was bowled for 1.
That brought Sam Dorsey to the crease to join professional Gareth Cross and they set about rescuing the innings. Gareth started as he meant to go on by striking powerful boundaries to all parts. At the other end young Sam worked the ball around with ease and capitalised on anything that strayed. Both batsmen reached 50 around the same time after putting on a 120 run stand but soon after Dorsey latched quickly onto a short ball smashing it straight at mid-wicket and was gone for 51.
Gareth decided this was the point to go into overdrive, he punished almost every ball he faced and had the Prestwich bowlers looking around for some inspiration.
Crossy was supported nicely by Joe McCann who scored a steady 30 off 46 and when Gareth finally fell for an imperious 139 that brought Liam Hurt to the fray. Liam, who due to a slight injury was on batting duty only, blasted 22 off 12 including hitting the last ball for a huge maximum. All told Clifton amassed an imposing 271-4 setting up a thrilling second innings.
Prestwich set about the Clifton total with force and raced to 57-0 despite an impressive opening spell of pace and seam movement from young Rob Lord.
Our new recruit, 17 year old Mo Ahmad, opened with some spin from the tennis court end but struggled to find the right pace to bowl at the dangerous Lee Dale and James Wharmby. Mo then landed a peach which pitched middle and leg and ripped passed the outside edge into the elder Dorsey’s gloves and Wharmby was stumped for 24.
Once Lord had finished his spell Cross gave himself the ball and single-handedly set about winning the game. He finished with figures of 6-17 and all six were almost carbon copies. No Prestwich batsmen could negotiate the late swing and were all either trapped on the crease LBW or bowled. Mo then settled in nicely at the other end and with some smart catching from Hurt and S.Dorsey he finished with a solid 4-43 and Prestwich were dismissed for 91.
Needless to say it was a great victory against a very strong side and hopefully the sign of things to come
The 2nd XI 2018 season started at a glorious Manchester Road bathed in sunshine and looking fabulous. Thanks and credit to the many volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the last few weeks and months, with a special mention to the ground staff and committee members. Most would agree the facilities are second to none, with new sight-screens, a new roller, new set of covers and new showers amongst this years winter additions.
And so the cricket commenced with Clifton invited to bat first, posting 147 for 9 from their 50 overs. Top scorers were openers Alex Cunliffe (53) and Chris J J Royle (32).
Prestwich set about chasing the runs down quickly, but wickets steadily stemmed the flow, and at 120 for 5 the home side sensed an upset might be on the cards. But the more experienced Prestwich middle order held firm and the target was passed with 20 overs to spare for the loss of 5 wickets. Rob Reade captured 3 for 27 and there was a wicket apiece for Rob Meredith and Charlie Cook.
To All Members and Volunteers
There are lots of jobs to be done at Clifton CC in order to be ready for the forthcoming season.
These include such things as painting and decorating,repairs, gardening, cleaning and sprucing up the club facilities.
The weekend of 24th and 25th March is aNational Event when clubs throughout the UK get their volunteers working.
If you could spare any time at all over the weekend to come up and do your bit it would be greatly appreciated.
Whether you make yourself available for the full weekend or for just a couple of hours doesn’t matter.
You wouldn’t realise how much just doing your little bit can help us in our preparations for the season.
Those of you who have visited other grounds for away matches will have noticed just how well our facilities match up against other clubs.
Let’s work together to keep it that way.
Looking forward to seeing you at Cricketforce
We start each day at 10.00am
On Saturday 28th April, Clifton Cricket Club are delighted to host a Ladies Afternoon Tea with a free glass of Prosecco on arrival. With entertainment provided by special guest 'Faith Hunter'.
For further details or to book your tickets please contact either;
Sarah Davidson - 07980 675 742
Kerry Cook - 07739 184 883
Claire Flaxman - 07958 733 855
Tickets selling fast,only limited amount left so don't be disappointed book yours now!
Procter and Gamble
N J Cook Removals and Storage
The Flaxman Family
Ian and Maria Morris
The Torkington Family
Rob and Debbie Meredith
**URGENT MESSAGE RE INDOOR CRICKET TRAINING**
Due to unforeseen circumstances there will be no indoor cricket training tomorrow
Mon 12th February
Apologies for the short notice and any inconvenience caused, this has been out of our control.
I hope you like what you see and moving into the season we will continue to progress the site to add even more news, information and technology along the way, this will include past seasons averages and match reports from the archives.
The site has been built voluntarily by one of our new members Shane Whitehead so a big thank you to him for all the time he has spent with us getting it to look as good as it does.
Whilst our old website has been laid to rest I would like to give a special thank you to Steve Eccles who has managed and updated it for many years.
If anyone has any information or ideas for the website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com as we will be updating it on a regular basis.
Thanks also to all our sponsors who support our club, all their information is on the sponsors page so please take a look and use them if you can.
We have lots of ideas for events coming up and again your support to make these a success would be greatly appreciated.
All the best to all our senior and junior teams for 2018
I T Morris
All Hallows School
Last two sessions - Monday 9th and 16th April 2018
6pm – 7pm Under 9’s to Under 15’s.
7pm – 8pm Under 18’s and any other senior player who wishes to net.
Cost £3 per session.
For further details please contact our Head Coach – Jim Ainscough on 07760 208 886
SATURDAY 3RD MARCH 2018
TICKETS £12 EACH
DOORS OPEN AT 7pm – FOOD SERVED FOR 7:30pm
MC – Ben Lawes
“Class Act” Ha Ha comedy clubs
Tickets available from behind the bar or to reserve any just text Nick Flaxman on 07791 632293
All fixtures for our 3 senior teams are now available via the ‘Fixtures’ tab on the above menu.
Cricket for 2018 kicks off at Manchester Road with a 1st XI Friendly versus our friends from Monton on Saturday 14th April, 12:30pm stumps.