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22nd   It was Christmas carols at Clifton with the Besses o th’ Barn Boys Band on the 22nd and a packed house were treated to a great evening of pre-Christmas fun and frolics.

 

 

8th - Lucky Hendro is currently sunning himself in New Zealand playing for Suburbs New Lynn in Auckland.

A message from Hendro to members reads:

It s getting hot here. Bowling well, very economical and picking up regular wickets, but not loads. Will send you my stats. I m not batting which is a problem. They just haven t given me a go. I ll have to be an ****hole and brag to get a chance and just back myself. Played two 20/20s for Auckland A side, so like county seconds and bowled 3ovrs 2wkts 9runs in 1st game and 2ovrs 1wkt and 15runs in 2nd game. Got the openers out which is a huge plus. Keep well and please please please send my regards to EVERYONE you see, that knows me.

6th   The Christmas Dinner had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers.

3RD    A.G.M. - Phil Royle had stepped down as captain of the third XI after several successful years. He is replaced by Mark Unwin. Oliver Dunn is the new 2nd XI vice captain, otherwise it’s  as you were  following the AGM.

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20th - The SENIOR CRICKET PRESENTATION EVENING took place last Saturday and those who missed it, missed out on a great night. Apart from catching up on the season, we were entertained by “acoustic project”  who put together a set in which there was something for everyone. Pics from the evening below. Many Thanks to Maureen Hough for snapping away, (mainly at her son !) and to Balti Bill Dorsey for the excellent supper.

1st XI batting award winner

1st XI bowling award winner

1st XI fielding award winner

2nd XI batting award winner

2nd XI bowling award winner

2nd XI fielding award winner (shared)

2nd XI fielding award winner (shared)

3rd XI batting award winner

3rd XI bowling award winner

 

Ken Upton Trophy winner   most outstanding performance of the season

Ron Wilkinson Trophy winner   most outstanding contribution to the club

Jack Johnson Trophy   most improved and most promising player under 18 years of age

 

 

20th - If Maureen excelled with the camera and Andy with the cricket ball, it was Martyn Hough who stole the show on Sunday at the re-convened golf day at Prestwich, with a display of golfing petulance which put Tiger Woods to shame. After huffing and puffing and effing and jeffing his way to a well deserved wooden spoon prize, he was proud to announce that he came back with the same ball he started with,  which is more than some of us could say !!. Mind you, when you only hit it three yards each time, it tends to stay in sight !!

The weather smiled on us this time round and although the course was very wet, an enjoyable day was had by all. Thanks to Dave Rogers for the organisation. Details below.

 

Player

Handicap

Points

Position

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Martyn in action

Ian Holt

16

35

1st

Chris Lord

12

32

2nd

Adam Rogers

23

32

2nd

Ian Morris

18

32

2nd

Dave Wild

24

32

2nd

Paul Edwards

18

31

3rd

Will Mason

20

31

3rd

Steve Eccles

30

31

3rd

Bill Dorsey

12

30

Ian Atkinson

4

25

longest drive award & nearest pin award

Andy Hough

28

24

Doug Collier

21

24

Jim Ainscough

11

22

Andy Lord

25

22

Adam Holt

23

21

Dave Rogers

25

19

Mike Rawlinson

12

19

Martyn Hough

30

13

Wooden Spoon

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30th   The worst kept secret in Lancashire has finally become official as 100 wicket Houghy has confirmed that he has accepted an offer to become Roe Green s professional for 2011. I’m sure we all wish him well in what we hope will be a long and successful career as a pro cricketer. Rumours that Andy has offered vast sums of money to anybody who can teach him to bat have been roundly denied !!

 

SEPTEMBER

 

11th   Glenn Bullock’s first trip to Heywood secured only a single point, but it was enough to sneak into the Lancashire knockout place ahead of Littleborough. His second trip of the day was to recover the scorebook which he’d left in the car park !!

Yet another 6 wicket haul for Andy Hough left Heywood to defend 147-9 in a match reduced to 38 overs. Disappointingly, Houghy s hard work was not complimented by the batsmen who eventually struggled to 135 thanks to 44 from Hendro and a convincing 27 from Darren King which took the score past the bonus point and propelled the side into next season s knockout. Hats off to Andy Hough who finished with a splendid 87 wickets and more than a faint sniff of the league bowling prize. Fingers crossed.

The seconds finished the season with another win almost banishing memories of a dire first half of the season.The same could be said of Adam Holt who repeated last week s performance with another 60 as Heywood s 153-9 was surpassed with seven wickets in the locker.

 

The only 2nd division side that can be promoted to division one left Manchester Road pointless after a stirring fightback on Saturday. By virtue of being a first XI, Roytonians could have gone into the top flight which can only consist of first Xis, but after bowling out Phil Royle s side for 102 on a decent wicket, they succumbed to an astonishing 48 all out. Andy Lord was the key player with 20 not out and 4-17, but backed up by excellent fielding, Richard Borritt who has only played a handful of games all season took 5-26 as the two bowled through unchanged. Pick of the catches was an effort by the new slimlime Andy Tocher at first slip who took a stunning one handed catch which would have graced any first XI game.

The same could be said of Jack Barton s stunner low to his right and an inch from the ground off his own bowling at Farnworth SC on Sunday. The game was dominated by a merciless performance from Phil Royle however, who, after a less productive season by his own high standards, was back to his mercurial best with a stunning 122, almost all of which were scored in front of the wicket. That posted 241-5 and that was always too many for the home side. Having said that, at 167-7, thirteen year old Dean Davies was awarded the last over of the season. He promptly took two wickets in two balls and with number 11 in the bar on his third pint, he was duly timed out and four points became five. A truly bizarre end to another good season for the club.

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4th   Shorn of the services of Mubeen Akhtar and Greg Jennings, and facing a deputy pro who is a regular performer in all forms of the game for Derbyshire, it was a bridge too far for the firsts in Sunday s vital game in the quest for a Lancs Knockout berth.

Rochdale piled up 273-8 with Andy Hough again weighing in with 4-96 making it 81 wickets for the season and despite a century stand between Hendro (55) and Alex Rodzoch (64) after a disastrous start which saw both openers score zero, the  game turned on it s head when Hendro was run out just as the  dale were beginning to look unsteady. Although Glenn Bullock (36) and Dean Morris (25), who had earlier taken an outstanding boundary catch to dismiss the Rochdale deputy pro for 94, provided some late entertainment which claimed the bonus point, the innings finally folded to 231 all out leaving it all to do to get the Lancs KO place and a decent Manchester Road crowd leaving after yet again witnessing a five hundred run bonanza.

An unbeaten partnership of 165 is impressive in any tier of cricket, but in T20 it should be invariably match winning. So it proved in Saturday s semi-final defeat at the hands of league champions Norden when it took the visitors from 18-2 to a daunting 183-2. However, despite being behind the clock for almost the entire innings, a platform set by Andy Griffiths (54) with others chipping in, set the scene for an Akhtar blitz which saw the popular all rounder blast 56 not out from 27 balls and fall an agonising 3 runs short. To be fair, the final scores probably flattered the losers rather than the deserving winners who were in charge from the moment their second wicket fell until the very end when 22 runs were taken from professional Price s last over. He had the last laugh however as his earlier unbeaten century propelled his side into the final, defying un unlikely third amazing Clifton  Lazarus like  comeback victory in three weeks

 

AUGUST

 

 

29th -  77 wicket Andy Hough had a watching brief on Sunday as medium pace held the key to victory at Walsden. After the nail-biting events of last weekend, it was a totally opposite experience which followed Saturday s wash-out at Manchester Road.  Walsden have traditionally been difficult opponents during our time in the CLL, but Sunday s game was as one sided an affair as the side has ever experienced as the hosts were bundled out unceremoniously for just 69 leaving Hendro with 7-37 and the tea ladies in a fluster as four wickets fell for one run.  Greg Jennings played the support role with two crucial strikes and an inch perfect boundary return to provide a narrow run out decision for the umpire. The match then lasted just 10.3 further overs as Hendro and Chris Lord knocked off the required runs after Andy Griffiths played a bit of  catch me  practice with the fielder at point. (pic shows Hendro in full flow   click here to see Hendro pick up an lbw decision and here to see him taking the plaudits after his haul of wickets QUICK TIME PLAYER OR EQUIVALENT REQUIRED)

Andy Lord (4-43) was the pick of the bowlers as the 2nd XI made it another 5 point day after chasing 143. Adam Holt (61*) and Darren King (61) were the instigators of an eight wicket win which was remarkable in that the visitors appeared to give up on any prospect of victory with almost a hundred still needed for the win. Once the two half-centurions had recovered from the loss of Matty Tye, the fielding side seemed to throw in the towel, allowing the 2nds to coast to victory. (pics show Darren and Adam arriving at 50)

The thirds picked up six points from their two games, which effectively, though not mathematically, means that the spectre of relegation has been dispelled. A single point from Friday s rearranged fixture with Prestwich had the nerves jangling, but a season s  double  five point max against Littleborough on Monday was a welcome tonic after successive defeats stretching back to early July. Richard Borritt took four wickets and then shared a 100 partnership with Phil Royle (61) in the four wicket success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST XI top 6

 

Norden

28

19

4

1

4

4

117

Milnrow

28

17

4

1

6

1

104

Heywood

28

17

1

3

7

3

98

Rochdale

28

17

2

2

7

0

97

Clifton

28

12

6

3

7

3

93

Littleborough

28

11

4

4

9

6

85

 

22nd  -  Ask any Clifton member to predict a final score from a score of 70-7 for any first XI side in the last decade or more and the answers would average out at about 80, but this year, Glenn Bullock holds the reins of a side which has more grit than we ve seen for many a year.

On a very difficult wicket, Littleborough decided they had enough on the board when they passed 90, so were confident that their 120-9 was a winning score. So it proved as early wickets tumbled, but when the skipper came to the wicket, he showed that the devils in the pitch could be tamed with a belligerent 19 setting the scene for Ian Morris (34) to take the score into three figures and for Liam Dorsey and Andy Hough, still basking in yet another five wicket haul, to edge beyond the home score and produce a tantrum akin to a Hollywood super-model from the disappointed Littleborough pro. Earlier, Hendro took the other four wickets to fall as he bowled a sapping 25 over spell. If that wasn t enough, after a weekend in which the Naggerman described as having used up  five years worth of good luck , they went and did it all over again on Sunday when Hopalong, Jesse and Randy were this time the True Grit heroes in yet another one wicket win; this time putting together a last wicket stand of 44 to win in highly improbable circumstances. With the score standing at 148-8 with 8 overs remaining, even John Wayne would have given up the ghost, but Jesse and Randy added a quick 25 in 3 overs and Hopalong Hough stepped into the breach again to surpass Saturday s exploits by once again adding to a five wicket haul with 18 not out as Randy Rodzoch moved on to 46 not out and the points were in the bag with four balls to spare.(pic Alex Rodzoch about to pouch Phil Deakin at Littleborough)

The second team got in on the act as well and actually surpassed the firsts  points tally by ten to eight. They managed to bowl out both sets of opposition for less than a hundred with Ollie Dunn taking 5-10 and 3-21, Stephen Thorpe taking 5-21 and 2-8 (off ten overs) and Ian Davidson and Danny Hill weighing in with five wickets as well as Littleborough were all out for 78 and Middleton for 83 giving victories of eight wickets and 79 runs. Matthew Tye (28no) and Chris Thorpe (33) were the chief run makers against Littleborough and Ian Morris returning to his beloved 2nd XI scored 41 and Stephen Thorpe 30 against Middleton.

The thirds were the party poopers of the weekend providing a spaghetti western of a performance against Greenmount. After restricting the home side to 140 on a decent wicket, some poor shots led to a rather disappointing 22 run defeat. (pic shows Geoff Griffiths dispatching a no ball for a rare boundary)

 

15th - Andy Hough and Mubeen Akhtar dismantled the Monton and Weaste jinx on Saturday as both 1st and 2nd XIs brought home the bacon. Alex Rodzoch s half century was the mainstay of a disappointing 160 and with the visitors on 82-1 it looked like the hoodoo would continue, but six wickets from Houghy, four from Magic and a remarkable tally of six stumpings from Liam Dorsey saw the Salford rivals crumble to 124 all out. Ex Clifton junior / senior and professional Dave Hamilton looked like he might repeat Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: AH Cromptonhis recent feats against his former club when he nipped out both our openers, but that was to be the end of his contribution as he followed up two successive centuries with two runs to add to his two wickets. The Rodzochs had earlier put on a partnership of 49 to rescue things somewhat and Alex  62 not out proved to be the match winning innings, but once again, it was the supple fingers of Andy (6-35) and Mo (4-30) that did the damage.

The seconds  victory was a more nail-biting affair as they scraped home by one wicket at Monton Sports Club. One Monton batsman contributed more than half of his side s total, but the bowlers all chipped away with Rob Meredith the pick with 4-22 as the home side were all out for 117. Ian Morris and Chris Thorpe then steadied the ship after Sam Cullen departed, but the crucial innings was played by Liam Holt (39) as wickets tumbled around him. Rob Meredith then scored a vital 5no at the death to secure a 1 wkt win as the rest of the late order crumbled spectacularly.

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: alex CROMPTONIt was more of a green seamers  wicket on Sunday at Crompton as Summer returned for the day. The bottom side struggled throughout their innings having won the toss and elected to bat, but two decent partnerships and a half century from their South African pro took them to a reasonable enough 137. Hendro bowled spells at both ends and finished with 5-36 and Adam Rodzoch chipped in with a vital 3-34 in the middle. The pro then dug in with the bat and, although he survived a few scares, it was the sort of wicket where a few risks had to be taken to prevent the bowlers from getting on top and his 44 provided the platform for Alex Rodzoch to complete a  red ink  weekend with 49no; the winning run coming from an  accidentally  bowled wide.

The seconds game was a remarkable affair as, once again, a succession of ducks and low scores blighted the innings. With Rob Meredith 2nd top scorer with 19, it is quite amazing to report that the final total for the side was 304-9, with Darren King once again showing his liking for mediocre bowling with a sparkling 163 not out. His innings included four 6s and twenty three 4s with his allocated space in the scorebook over-running into that allocated to Scott Bradley who didn t need any of it !   Danny Hill, Stephen Thorpe and Ollie Dunn then grabbed three wickets apiece to complete the formalities.

However, despite the blips, it was twenty points for the club over the weekend and a welcome boost as we enter the final month of the season.

 

14th - Congratulations to Hendro on passing 1000 runs for the season.

 

8th - Clifton's 1st XI visit to Milnrow on Saturday saw a defeat for the the lads but strangely, the circumstances could have swung the result in Clifton's favour. Batting first on a difficult wicket runs were hard to come by. Hendro stuck around patiently and accumulated a respectful 57. There were no other major contributors and the innings finished on 164 all out. Milnrow's innings got of to a patient start but were always in the driving seat. However rain interrupted proceedings and a revised total was set which was achieved.  Greg Jennings was the pick of the Clifton bowlers and Hendro along with Alex Rodzoch also bowled well. However, if the teams hadn't got back onto the field by a certain time, our lads would have won the game on a faster run rate

 

The 2nd team also failed to takes the points off Milnrow in their home game. Milnrow batted first and amassed a total of 174 all out. This was probably a total which was not expected early on in the innings when Rob Meredith and Steve Thorpe both bowled well and had the visitors in trouble. Danny Hill also picked up wickets but a late order partnership saw a reasonable total being posted. Clifton's reply did not show the same application as the visitor s late order and wickets tumbled on a regular basis. The only batsmen to really apply themselves were Ian Morris (25) and Danny Hill (16) and the home team succumbed to 120 all out 

 

Sunday saw the visit of Saddleworth 3rd team to play Clifton's 3rd XI. Games are usually tight against Saddleworth and today saw the tradition continue. Clifton had the visitors in early trouble with some good bowling from Andy Lord (3 for 30) and Mike Ferry (3 for 37). This was aided by some frugal bowling from Mark Unwin. However the Saddleworth skipper dug in and steered his side to a respectable 160 all out. Clifton's reply saw a slow start to the innings with runs hard to come by for some considerable time. However, a fine 48 from Dean Morris and a patient 40 from Jack Unwin saw a solid base to the innings. Mike Ferry blasted a quick 27 but the middle / late order batsmen found it hard to pick up the pace with few overs remaining and the game ended with Clifton 7 runs short of the total on 153 for 8

 

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 31st  - - The visit of Unsworth to Manchester Road on Saturday saw another victory for Clifton's 1st XI. Batting first, Clifton's openers of Andrew Griffiths and Chris Lord put on 61 for the first wicket before Griff went for 39. Lordy and Hendro were steadily accumulating runs but a drinks break interrupted the partnership when Chris was out the first ball after for 49. Hendro hung around for 21 and the middle order had a mini collapse but a fine partnership developed between Alex Rodzoch and Mubeen saw the home side take the initiative again. Mo was caught on the boundary for 29 and Alex went onto score 56 not out in a final total of 237 for 8. In the field, Clifton soon made a breakthrough with Hendro ripping through the Unsworth top order taking 3 quick wickets. Unsworth then crept to 98 for 3 when a heavy rain shower interrupted proceedings and a revised total of 195 was required in 17 overs when the teams took to the field again. Mubeen Akhtar took on the challenge and although runs were coming steadily, wickets were also tumbling and with some fine catches in the outfield, Mubeen (4 for 64) and latterly Andy Hough (3 for 27) wrapped up the inning in the penultimate over with Clifon taking full points with the visitors score on 172 all out

 

Not much detail on the 2nd XI game I'm afraid but Clifton were chasing a total of around 140 with Danny Hill taking 4 wickets. The Clifton batsmen never really got going and were all out in the low 100s.

 

The 3rd XI were at home to Fothergill & Harvey on Sunday and put the visitors in to bat.  The score was ticking along at around 5 an over against the openers but the introduction of Mark Unwin and Jack Barton into the attack saw the visitors pegged back. Unners picked up wickets regularly including a fine caught & bowled and was aided by emergency wicket keeper Jake "It can't be that difficult to keep wicket, all you have to do is catch a ball" Holgate. Jack Barton bowled a good line and length picking up 2 for 15 and Mark finished up with 4 for 64. Fothergill's finished the innings on 174 all out. Clifton's innings couldn't have got off to a worse start when Geoff Griffiths, Mike Ferry, and Adam Rogers were all back in the pavilion with the score on 2 for 3 and although some stability was given the the side by the middle order, runs were hard to come by against some fine swing bowling by the Fothergill opener. A late flurry from Jake Holgate (21) was not enough to see the home side being bowled all out for on 80 

24th The 1st and 2nd teams managed to do the double over Oldham on Saturday but the 3rds were heavily beaten away to top of the table Elton Vale. The 1st teams home game saw a low scoring game on a greenish wicket and damp outfield. Batting first, Clifton amassed a conservative score of 157 with Pro Hendro Puchert top scoring with 39, Alex Rodzoch (20), Andy Griffiths (19) providing the main bulk of the scoring. Oldham s innings got off to a terrible start when Puchert dismissed the opener in the first over and wickets tumbled on a regular basis. The wickets were shared around with Hendro Puchert taking 3-43, Greg Jennings 2-55 and spin twins Mubeen Akhtar taking 3-12 and Andy Hough 2-3 respectively. 

The 2nds  also chalked up a comfortable win. Oldham batted first and only managed a modest 136 all out with Clifton's bowlers taking advantage of the wicket. Pick of the bowlers being Danny Hill, Rob Meredith and Oliver Dunn all taking 3 wickets.

With the 3rd team severely weakened by cry off and injuries, it wasn't surprising to to see them on the end of a heavy 8 wicket defeat away to top of the table Elton Vale. Batting first, Clifton were soon in trouble on 11 for 3 but a 67 run 4th wicket partnership between Adam Rogers (39) and Andy Tocher (27) gave the innings a boost but runs were hard to come by with the innings finishing on 106 for 9 at the end of the innings. Elton Vale made short work of the response and cantered to an 8 wicket victory in 18 overs. 

Sundays games against Ashton also saw a double delight for Clifton as both teams ended up taking maximum points. The 1st team batted first and amassed a reasonable total of 216 given the conditions. Openers Chris Lord and Andy Griffiths got the team off to a fine start with both batsmen getting half centuries. Hendro Puchert also contributing with a valuable 40. Ashton's innings seemed to be going well but collapsed from 117-3 to 137 all out with spin twins Andy Hough taking 5 wickets and Mubeen Akhtar  taking 4.

The second team also pulled off a relatively easy victory at home to Ashton but left it late wrapping up the innings after ripping through the Ashton early and middle order batsmen. Batting first Clifton scored a creditable 238. Darren King scoring his second successive century for the 2nd's with 110 not out and was ably supported by Ian Morris with 49. The bowlers soon set about their task in quick time taking wickets in regular succession. Pick of the bowlers being Danny Hill and Steve Thorpe with 4 wickets and 3 wickets respectively. The bowling was backed up by some fine fielding with Andy Lord's direct hit from 30 yards spurring his team mates on together with a superb one handed catch at slip by Ian Morris.

17th  - Adam and Alex Rodzoch destroyed the Heywood middle and late order on Friday night, to secure a semi final berth in the T20 competition. With the hosts comfortably placed on 71-1 after 10 overs, revenge for last season s final defeat looked a tall order, but once again the 2010 side looked that bit stronger mentally and physically and with Dean Morris and the pro taking catches for fun, Alex (4-14) and Adam (3-13) reduced the holders to 111 all out. With rain on it s way, Chris Lord then scored a terrific 53 on a greenish wicket and with others scoring in bits around him, the moderate total always looked within range. Alex Rodzoch added a vital 16 to his wicket haul and Dean Morris 16 not out to his three catches and the match was won with three overs to spare as the rain lashed down on the swiftly exiting batsmen and fielders. The semi-final is on Saturday September 4th.

Things did not turn out so well on Saturday however, as Norden completed a league double over the firsts in a rain affected game in Rochdale. The game got under way on time which meant that Norden had the full 50 overs to bat during which time there was a lengthy interruption. When play got underway again, wickets fell regularly, but the Norden late middle order scored reasonable freely to finish on 216-8. With the rain formula then coming into play, the amended target was 186 off 40 overs and Andy Griffiths and Chris Lord provided a great platform with a fifty partnership at almost a run-a-ball. However, the introduction of the spinners; a turn of phrase which has served us so well this season, on this occasion provided the turning point for the opposition. Chris Lord went to the second ball of the spin attack and, despite a gutsy 56 from Andy Griffiths, then went through the rest of the batting line up like a dose of salts. A final total of 145 was a grave disappointment despite the dominance of the spinners as Norden completed their double in bright sunshine.

 

10th  - Werneth s hopes of a double dose of revenge for the earlier league and cup tie defeats came  close, but no cigar  as the firsts made it six of the best against the Oldham side. The games were both nail bitingly close affairs, but in the final analysis, it was  virgin  centuries from Hendro Puchert (127 no), dispelling his disappointment of 97 for the firsts last week and new boy Darren King (128) recovering from his niggling injury for the seconds, which ensured victory was achieved for both sides.

At Werneth, the firsts struggled to master the home side s batting on a good track with the quicker bowlers again finding the going tough as they posted a challenging 250-5 at tea. The normally reliable top order then folded in spectacular fashion as Werneth ripped through to leave the innings in tatters at 14-4. Adam Rodzoch then stuck around with Hendro to take the score to 58 before Ian Morris joined the professional in a stand of 150 which turned the game on it s head. A mini-collapse saw Ian, Mubeen Akhtar and Greg Jennings succumb leaving the pro and skipper Liam Dorsey to secure the win with two balls to spare leaving Werneth with a season s third successive defeat, despite scoring a remarkable 750 runs against our 1st XI in the three ties.

It was a remarkably similar story in the seconds as Rob Meredith found himself, for the second match in a row, coming in at his customary number 11 with scores tied. This time, a nervous couple of overs culminated in a push into midwicket for the win. Earlier, the visitors had recovered from 12-4 to post 246 with Stephen Thorpe taking 6-62, before the Clifton reply took the score to 170-4 with 20 overs left. When Sam Towers (36) went, the rest of the middle and later order struggled to stick around, but with the calming influence of Darren King at the other end they clawed their way to the final Meredith style finale.

With all the excitement going on in the Werneth ties, the third s comfortable win at East Lancashire Paper Mills went almost unnoticed. Phil Royle (61) and Jack Unwin (41) provided an opening platform for a total of 191-7 on a dusting wicket which was far too many for the home side who were 77 all out with Andy Lord relinquishing his batsman role of last week to take 5-35.

 

9th  - Unsworth were comfortably dispatched in the Friday evening gloom to secure a quarter final T20 berth against Heywood on July 16th. It was a solid all-round performance in the field which restricted the home side to 119 all out with Adam Rodzoch finishing off with two wickets in two balls and skipper Liam Dorsey following up his five victims last week with six as darkness descended, despite an Unsworth recovery from 70-7. However, it was never a challenging total despite the early loss of Chris Lord as Andy Griffiths (46) and Hendro created a nine per over platform for Alex Rodzoch and Dean Morris to cruise in with three overs remaining.

 

 

11th  - The Warburton s Cup, awarded annually to the winners 2nd XI inter league challenge between the CLL and the Bolton League, went to the CLL again on Sunday. Led by Ian Morris, the CLL posted 280-5 at Manchester Road and that proved out of the reach of our neighbouring league who were all out for 216. Ian is pictured with the trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pic: Hendro still searches for a ton as he edges to the keeper on 97.

3rd  - The Wood Cup defeat at the hands of Littleborough was avenged on Saturday. Manchester Road was witness to yet another 500+ run fest with Andy Hough defying the conditions and continuing his personal purple patch by taking six wickets including the prize wicket of Littleborough professional Clinton Perrin yet again and Liam Dorsey weighing in with five victims behind the stumps. With Hendro, still searching for that elusive century, falling for 97 and a half century for Andy Griffiths, 266-5 proved to be out of the reach of Littleborough. Dean Morris showed his increasing comfort in the first XI making it 100+ in his last two innings and looking at ease in making 43 as the batsmen never let the momentum slip even when wickets fell. Once again the quicker bowlers found the conditions taxing and it wasn t until Magic Mo and Andy dropped into a groove that the game swung our way.

The seconds shaped better and came away from the hills with an exciting tie. In a game which swung this way and that, Ian Davidson s five wicket haul and Paul Edwards  half century just failed to secure a second Cup exit revenge mission as the scores were tied on 163,163-9. The home side set off at a rate of knots and at 85-0  and 120-2 the situation looked ominous, but evergreen Ian plus Ollie Dunn and Chris Higgs dragged the game around.

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Pic: Adam Holt guides the ball through mid-on for a boundary.

The thirds emulated the seconds and made it two ties out of three for the weekend in a stunning game of cricket at Saddleworth on Sunday. The home side thought they had it won at 182-1 off 30 overs after an opening stand of 175, but the youthful Clifton side had different ideas as they first prevented the hosts from increasing the run rate and then tempted them to declare two overs early on 267-4. Geoff Griffiths (48) and Adam Holt (66) then whittled away at the big total at over six an over and when Andrew Lord came in down the order and blasted 64, the impossible seemed on. Other players chipped in and got out leaving the last legs together as the scores edged level with Andy Lord on strike, but a memorable victory was thwarted as he was victim to a smart piece of stumping with two balls remaining in a game that few who played in it will quickly forget.

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Dean acknowledges his first 1st XI half century.

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Hendro is dropped, but sadly it didn t prove too expensive a miss for Norden

 27th - High fliers Norden took maximum points from the first and second XI encounters in the stifling temperatures of Saturday, despite an unbeaten maiden 50 by Dean Morris, another six wicket haul for Andy Hough and an unbeaten 81 for Chris Thorpe in the seconds. It was a different story on Sunday for the firsts as an earlier league defeat and a losing  tie  in the T20 were reversed, but the seconds managed only 100 for the second week in succession and were well beaten.

The firsts encounter with 2nd placed Norden did not turn out the same way as the season s earlier win over table toppers Rochdale at a hot and muggy Manchester Road. On a high quality batting track supported by an outfield on which two yards either side of a fielder mean four runs, skipper Glenn Bullock, though suffering from the effects of the heat at tea, was happy with the 231 posted by Norden thanks largely to Andy Hough s six wicket haul. However, the batting showed some uncharacteristic flaws as the early order fell away in the face of some tight bowling. In the end, even the bonus point disappeared agonisingly one run short as Andy Hough failed to follow up his bowling excellence with a second successive lbw. In between  there was an important milestone for Dean Morris who compiled an effortless maiden 50 which bodes well for the future. He followed that up with a decent supporting innings on Sunday as, in a re-jigged batting order, Hendro, batting at four, provided the backbone a match winning 75. The 209 posted was too much for the home team who succumbed for 129 with spin doctors Mo Akhtar (4-32) and Andy Hough again doing the damage.

The seconds passed the 200 mark on Saturday thanks to Chris Thorpe s welcome return to the team, but again the bowlers found the batsman friendly conditions too taxing and Norden returned to the dressing room with the points. It was worse still on Sunday with Ian Morris steaming almost literally in the heat at the lack of application, or should it be lack of confidence, in the batting. Sometimes when confidence is low, batsmen appear to play rash shots when, in effect, it s purely a case of nerves. Shorn of the services of Ollie Dunn, the batting looked fragile and, with only 100 to defend, the bowlers were on a hiding to nothing as 17 overs proved enough for Radcliffe.

With players missing from the firsts and seconds, the thirds did well to get eleven players on the park against a strong Prestwich side. Phil Royle, normally a thorn in the side of the Prestwich bowlers, was confined to scoring duties nursing an injured leg, but saw his young fledglings do well in the field to bowl out the home side for 203 with under 13s Chris Royle and Dean Davies plus debutant Matty Dunn all taking decent catches; the latter removing a disconsolate batsman who was on 97. Batting proved a bridge too far however as the young side was battered into an embarrassing 18-8. Resolute late order contributions turned that into a more respectable 66 all out on a day when the Football Association weren t the only ones to learn some hard lessons. NORDEN 1ST XI PHOTOFILE

 

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Former professional Mark Price turned up on Saturday and chewed the fat about Bolton Association championships won and lost with Geoff and Phil. The other half of the Price / Potter combination was around as well, but had sadly left before this photo opportunity took place.

 

 

20th - The fact that, at 7pm the firsts were still clinging on to the last vestiges of hope in the Wood Cup game at Littleborough was a great credit to Glenn s revitalised team as, at 2-15pm, with the score on 25-5, the game was as good as over. However, the lads showed immense tenacity to make a game of it as Dean Morris and Adam Rodzoch responded with a fifty partnership and then Mubeen Akhtar and Liam Dorsey took the score beyond the 100 mark to finish on 138; very nearly using up the full fifty overs. Then when Hendro snapped up Littleborough s overseas player in the first over and Greg Jennings had a unanimous appeal for a catch behind turned down, the home side, for the first time, looked a wee bit rattled. Then in stepped Andy Hough to find turn and bounce and snap up four quick wickets including the prize scalp of 1000 run maker Clinton Perrin. Littleborough dug deep and, despite a nine over period in which four only leg side wides were added to the score, the victory which had seemed inevitable came about as they crossed the finish line with five wickets to spare.

The seconds defeat in defence of the Burton Cup, took a different turn altogether as Ollie Dunn (5-23) helped reduce Littleborough to 149-9 at Manchester Road. That was the end of the success however as a fifty partnership for the last wicket took the score to 200 at tea and left the home team disappointed. Having said that, with the sun blazing down and the strongest side of the season available and with almost 600 runs being scored on an adjacent wicket the day before, it may have been a score for which Ian Morris would have settled at 1-30pm against the side lying second in the table. The somewhat fragile batting had one of it s off days however as the strange lack of confidence in a batting line up brimming with talent came to a head again and, though Ian Morris battled away bravely, he saw partners come and go as the score just managed to reach three figures.

So, it s a Lancashire Knockout place and a T20 success for the firsts to aim for whilst the seconds must play for pride and a change in form which could bring about a success in the last six competition   but that s still half a summer away!

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19th - Werneth s double defeat in the cup competitions was repeated in the league fixtures on Saturday as both firsts and seconds came out on top. Andy Griffiths scored his second century against Werneth in a nail biting game as the firsts successfully chased down a daunting 285-4 to win by two wickets. With the wicket holding few demons for the batsmen and the outfield like lightning, anyone with a modicum of technique could retain their wicket, but to chase down such a big total shows the resilience of the side. Almost every batsman came to the crease and supported Andy Griffiths with quick runs with the only down point being that nobody could actually stick around and ease the nail biting. An opening stand of 96 in 16 overs provided the platform which reached it s conclusion when  magic  Mo crashed two fours in the last over to steal the points.

The joy didn t end there as the the seconds grabbed a much needed five points at Werneth to boost confidence ahead of the defence of the Burton Cup. Impressive Danny Hill enhanced his growing reputation with 5-24 as the seconds restricted the hosts to 144. Having set only 169, the side knew that they had their work cut out at tea time and without Ian Morris  patient and eventually match winning half century, it could have been a lot worse. However, the bowlers and fielders dug deep to bring about a first win for several weeks.

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13th - The firsts propelled themselves to within a single win of fourth place after a fourth straight win, discounting the washout at Oldham. After dismissing Unsworth for 149, Hendro Puchert followed up his three wicket haul with an unbeaten 75 to secure all five points for the visitors in a six wicket victory. A win against Werneth, who have already been beaten in the Wood Cup, in next week s fixture, could see the team into the Lancashire Knockout places. The win also put the icing on the cake after a battling T20 local derby win against Monton & Weaste. The visitors thought they had it won when they set 150 and then reduced the firsts to 70-7, but the cock-a-hoop fielders were silenced by an old head and a good young  un as Glenn Bullock and Dean Morris knocked off the runs with two balls to spare.

The seconds  season took another denting as, having set a competitive 196, they were defeated with around fifteen overs still remaining. The positives were that a number of batsmen contributed to the total and Chris Higgs bowled a good opening spell, but the Unsworth opener became the first to clear the new fence in his match winning century as the side went down to a heavy defeat. The thirds seem to make a habit of taking severely weakened sides to the Lancaster Club, home of Roytonians CC until the end of this season when the complex is earmarked to become Oldham Athletic s new stadium. So it proved again, but a number of them showed their burgeoning talents after Geoff Griffiths and Phil Royle both scored thirties to give a platform. Pick of the bunch was Sam Brown who s 31 not out included a maiden six, but also included some excellent ground shots. The total of 182-7 always looked in reach of the powerful home side however, and so it proved as they ran out five wicket winners.

Mubeen Akhtar completed the most unusual of hat   tricks on Saturday by taking a wicket with the first ball of his spell against Unsworth. Having taken the last two Milnrow wickets in successive deliveries the week before, Magic Mo can quite rightly claim a hat-trick. However, claiming the match ball presents a bit of a problem !!

6th - Handy Andy Hough and Magic Mo Akhtar reduced Milnrow to tatters on Saturday with a display of tandem spin bowling that brought back memories of Potter and Price in their pomp.

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: fingerMilnrow 5June Mo.JPGMilnrow arrived with a big reputation having won nine out of ten completed games this season and they started like the in-form side they were despite the best efforts of Hendro Puchert and Adam Rodzoch who toiled manfully to keep the prolific opening pair in check. That all changed with the introduction of the spin twins who were virtually unplayable on a wicket which undoubtedly held the advantage for the batsmen. Once the removal of the openers and the professional were achieved with 103 on the board, the unstoppable pair ripped through the bemused middle and late order to send them back into the tea interval with only 118 on the board. Houghy bowled his 15 overs for just 25 runs and captured five victims. The other five went to Magic Mo in 12 overs for just 24 runs. Hendro then stepped in to complete the rout with an unbeaten 59 despite a couple of scares and the eight wicket win, described by skipper GB as the best he d seen during his time at CCC was confirmed.

The seconds were unable to build on a terrific century partnership between Ollie Dunn and Adam Holt who returned to form with a deserved half century to rescue the side from 20-3 after Sam Cullen, Ian Morris and Jamie Royle disappeared into the pavilion. However, the final total of 190 wasn t enough on a benign wicket at Milnrow and the home side got home comfortably by five wickets.

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On Sunday, the 3rd team s Rochdale jinx reached new depths of cruelty as the weakened side gave up what seemed an unassailable position in the Hodson Cup. Having failed yet again to bat out the overs, the bowlers were asked to defend 118 and with Ian Davidson (5-13) finding turn and bounce and the other bowlers and fielders giving great support with catches and stops in the field, the hosts were dead and buried at 78-9. Then the curse returned with a bang as Geoff Griff bowled the last man with a no-ball and the last pair proceeded to bat like openers to win the game with the highest partnership of the match.

 

The T20 game at Radcliffe ended in defeat on Friday in the sort of game that T20 was invented for; one that ends in last ball mayhem !!

Sadly, if Liam Dorsey and Ollie Dunn hadn t tried to scamper a winning run and been run out, we would have won by virtue of the tied game going to the side losing fewer wickets. As it was, wickets lost were also equal and the countback to ten overs saw Radcliffe edge it.

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31st - Hendro proved that he is coming to terms with CLL bowling conditions on Sunday as he followed up last week s ten wicket weekend with a five wicket haul against Ashton. However it took a match winning innings of 84 from last week s centurion Andy Griffiths to ensure that the points came our way after another worrying collapse after he and Hendro (40) put on 97 for the first wicket. A rare failure for Alex Rodzoch was followed up by first ballers for the two Adams, Holt and Rodzoch and a fairly pointless run out for skipper Glenn Bullock. However coolness personified Chris Lord stepped into the hero role, calming the nerves with three boundaries in three balls to win the game. (pic   winning hit in the gloom)

 

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Earlier, the firsts had had the best possible start when Hendro removed Lovell with the third ball of the innings and then followed up with a second wicket to leave the visitors reeling on 21-2. Adam Rodzoch then dismissed Ashton professional Jamiel without scoring before a middle order recovery took Ashton to 177-9; not being all out in itself becoming something of an achievement, having lost their sixth wicket with 26 overs remaining. However, the opening partnership proved decisive and took the firsts to a third successive victory, Saturday s wash-out at Oldham notwithstanding.

The seconds  misery continued despite a good performance in the field under the stewardship of Steve Thorpe, which saw the hosts dismissed for 128. However, there the good news ended as the visitors tossed away the prospect of a close finish to collapse to 103 all out.

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After setting the hosts 185 to win, the pro ripped through the home team s batting for a comfortable 60+ run win and a first victory in four. However, the seconds went down to another demoralising defeat at home to Royton. 154 was never going to be enough, despite 62 from skipper Ian Morris who deserved better support than he got, from all except Steve Thorpe, as the visitors cruised to victory by eight wickets. Better then, to concentrate on a great victory in the Burton Cup on Sunday when Werneth last wicket partnership of 51 must have got the nerves jangling again as this took the visitors past the 200 mark. However, Adam Holt (24) and Paul Edwards (27) steadied the nerves with an opening 44 and then run machine and John Willie Lees man-of-the match Ian Morris (84no) and Ollie Dunn (51no) pieced together a match winning stand of 106 to claim a much needed win.

In the Wood Cup, the Jekyll and Hyde first XI were also the victims of a stubborn last wicket stand, this time a mammoth 85. However, it proved to be no more than a minor annoyance as the 303-8 posted after winning the toss proved more than enough. Andy Griffiths, playing one of those swashbuckling innings we saw so many of a few years back, launched himself into the Werneth attack after a steady start by his standards, before running out of steam with a full 14 overs remaining having pieced together a John Willie Lees man-of-the match winning 125. He then left the rest of the batting to add another 100 runs in the remaining overs and they all chipped in to finish over the 300 finish line. Werneth were never in the hunt after Hendro struck early; almost removing the Werneth opener first ball (pic above) when he shouldered arms when only half forward to provoke an unsuccessful appeal which nonetheless shook the umpire to his boots. 122-4 then became 130-9 as Alex Rodzoch ripped out the middle order with four quick wickets aided and abetted by Andy Hough and Dean Morris. Cue the last wicket stand which took the hosts on to 215 and the visitors to a second round tie at Littleborough on June 20th.

The thirds made it three wins out of five with a seven wicket win at Fothergill & Harvey. Two under 13s in Dean Davies and Harry Southern, made their debuts in the game and Dave Jennings was again tempted out of retirement. 13 year old Chris Royle also made his wicket-keeping debut and produced a competent display, however, it was dad Phil who scored the match winning 77 in the successful 155 run chase.

Photo Montage   Wood Cup in the sun

Photo Montage    Our Day Out  with the thirds in th ills

 

22nd   Bolton Wanderers  goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen made a visit to the club today and posed for photographs with some of the children. Click on the miniatures to see them full sized.

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16th - Perennial thorn in the side Bobby Cross, showed a whole plethora of batsmen from both sides how to (a) build an innings, (b) dig your side out of trouble and (c) win a cricket match as Heywood puffed and spluttered their way to a four wicket win at Manchester Road. Batting first, the Clifton early and middle order had normally placid Club President Phil Royle turning purple and grimacing  Just bat, that s all they need to do, just bat . Bat they didn t as some of the shot selections made it look as though some were intent on watching the turgidity of the FA Cup Final. Some sense returned as the late and very late order batted with some common sense and moved the score on to somewhere near respectability at 149. Then when Adam Rodzoch and Hendro Puchert reduced the visitors to 18-3, it was  game on . However, Cross didn t see it that way and, despite losing partners, his presence was always the key to the game as it proved when he hit the winning run to finish 77 not out.

It was a similar story for the seconds; in fact remarkably similar as they too were all out for 149.  Poor shot selection  was Ian Morris  verdict and as above, only the tail prevented total humiliation with Andy Lord (25) and Rob Meredith (14) adding 38 for the last wicket. Earlier, Ollie Dunn (pic) had contributed a very creditable 5-52, but he couldn t prevent Heywood rattling up 236.

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: matt tye.jpgDefeat was the order of the day for the thirds as well, but there were more positives to take from the game which ended in an agonising 1 run defeat. A team which boasted nine home grown players did well to restrict Greenmount to 172-9 on a benign wicket with every bowler chipping in with wickets, the pick being Danny Hill s 3-29. The senior statesman of the home grown players then took centre stage as Phil Royle (59) built a decent platform with Scott Bradley (20) and Tom Hubber (18). Matthew Tye (pic) then took over the skipper s mantle with 42no but, two run outs in the last over completed a second miserable weekend for the club.

 

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Qaiser Malik in his Clifton days

9th - Three Clifton  old boys  came back to haunt the first eleven at the weekend as a double winning bank holiday weekend was turned into double defeat. First local rivals Monton & Weaste  demolished a pretty dismally performing side on Saturday in Eccles. Former Cliftoner David Hamilton followed up his century last year with five wickets for 38 to follow up his 43 runs in the home side s 216-7 in which Alex Rodzoch nipped in at the end with 3-4. In reply, the visitors batting crumbled to 152 all out, ten short of even managing a bonus point. On Sunday Radcliffe smashed a procession of bowlers to all parts of Clifton in amassing 271-8 with old boy Qaiser Malik chipping in with 43 not out. Only Andy Hough emerged with any credit with 3-49 off 13 overs. The final familiar face in the form of Shadar  Eddie  Shah then entered the fray and the old head who could barely struggle to the wicket due to injuries during his time at Clifton, bowled 24 overs unchanged uphill, returning figures of 7-96. It was not all one-sided though as both Hendro Puchert (51) and Alex Rodzoch (59) scored half centuries and Glenn Bullock, after smashing Shah for six off his first ball, scored 35 in 18 balls. However, a couple of six to eight over lulls during the innings made the task too much and the 510 run bonanza ended with a 32 run defeat.

 

The seconds had a shocking weekend again, coming off worst in an exciting game at Manchester Road on Saturday and being overwhelmed embarrassingly by 135 runs on Sunday. Tallat Chaudhry, having decided that leaving Clifton for pastures new was not such a good idea, returned to take 6-73, but the bowling attack in general lacked any bite and was crying out for a spinner to break up the procession of medium pacers. Despite conceding 226, the side were happy at tea as, at one stage the visitors from Monton looked on course for 300. Paul Edwards got the reply under way but the middle order failed to support him until Liam Holt, having been horribly dropped whilst in single figures, recovered his composure to smash 71. Wickets fell at vital times however and the 12 run defeat seemed inevitable in the end. Sunday s tie at Radcliffe is best condemned to the unwanted history pile as Radcliffe piled up 238-6 and the seconds responded with just 103.

 

 

2ND - One innings dominated the 1sts match with Rochdale on Saturday and fortunately that innings was played by Hendro Puchert. On a green wicket, Adam Rodzoch (pic) tore into the Rochdale batting line up reducing them to 55-5 and 75-7 before late order grit propelled the home side to 122 all out with eight overs still remaining. Mubeen Akhtar snapped up three late wickets but it was Adam Rodzoch s five wickets for twenty two runs which caught the eye. Andy Griffiths lost his leg stump early in the reply but at 56-1 and 90-3,  things looked comfortable. Cue the great Clifton collapse which saw the scoreboard slip dismally to 93-6 before Hendro took up the mantle and scored his third successive half century; this time unbeaten, as a four wicket win was secured.

CLL 1ST XI

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OW

LW

D

T

L

LP

Pts

Norden

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

20

Radcliffe

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

19

Rochdale

4

3

0

0

0

1

0

15

Milnrow

4

1

2

0

0

1

0

13

Clifton

4

2

0

1

0