Future Fixtures

Saturday 15 June: 1st XI vs Egerton CC (Home)
Saturday 15 June: 2nd XI vs Whalley Range CC 3rd XI (Away)
Sunday 16 June: Under 13’s vs Little Hulton CC (Home)
Sunday 16 June: 1st XI vs Roe Green CC (Away)
Sunday 16 June: 2nd XI vs Worsley CC 2nd XI (Home)
Monday 17 June: Under 15’s vs Elton CC (Home)
Monday 17 June: Under 9’s A vs Clifton CC 'B' / Prestwich CC 'A' (Away)
Monday 17 June: Under 9’s B vs Clifton CC 'A' / Prestwich CC 'B' (Away)
Wednesday 19 June: Under 18’s vs Elton CC (Home)
Wednesday 19 June: Under 11’s B vs Prestwich CC 'B' (Away)
Thursday 20 June: 1st XI vs GMCL20 - Monton Mayhem (Away)
Thursday 20 June: Under 11’s A vs Roe Green CC (Home)

Opening Times

Today 15:00 to 00:00
Sat 12:00 to 00:00
Sun 12:00 to 22:30
Mon 17:30 to 21:30
Tue 18:30 to 23:00
Wed 18:30 to 23:00
Thu 18:30 to 23:00


1st XI v Flixton C&SC (A)

Saturday saw the 1st XI visit some familiar faces at Flixton CC in a game that contained 4 sets of brothers and also included 17 players who had represented Clifton.

Unfortunately, it looked like the main talking point was going to be the pitch due to it not being covered the day before and all of Friday night’s torrential rain landing directly on it. Both umpires were not entirely happy to start due to the fact you could literally put your finger in the pitch.

Former Clifton skipper and professional Gareth Cross won the toss and unsurprisingly stuck Clifton in. The pitch played as expected with some balls pitching and rolling and others popping and spitting over the batsman’s head. Unfortunately, Clifton lost Settle and Meyer quickly whilst Sam battled through a tough period along with professional Ayres. Just as Dorsey was looking settled a leg stump half volley popped and sent the ball vertical off the bat and we were potentially in a bit of trouble. Hamilton joined Ayres and both went on the counter. Ben made a brisk 34 in 34 balls and put some serious pressure on the Flixton attack. When Hamilton fell Ayres continued to accumulate runs but once he got to 50 he went into overdrive.  Ryan took 100 balls to get to 50 but then got to 103 in the next 21 balls with some ferocious hitting including one which nearly landed in Urmston. It was an innings of immense class and the kind of thing we're getting used to seeing from Ryan. Clifton finally posted 222-9 in their 50 overs which in all honestly was worth around 400!

In reply Flixton went with a bit of a chalk and cheese approach with Luke Perry going on the attack and Harry Singh playing very much an observing role. Singh’s barrier was eventually broken when our skipper trapped him in front for 21 of 68 balls and out came Gareth Cross. The feeling was that this was the key partnership to break with Perry in his forties and Cross capable of destroying any attack. Cross latched quickly on to a short ball which was hit hard to the boundary and I think the feelings were he’d got “in” very quickly until Richard Dempster decided it would only be short stay for the former Clifton pro.

Dempster ran his fingers across one with a bit of rip on it and managed to produce a ball which I genuinely think would’ve removed any batsman. The delivery pitched just outside leg stump and clipped the very top of off stump and meant that Gareth had to go.

A low bouncing shorter ball from Ben and a great piece of fielding from Jordy saw the back of McCann and Holt and Clifton tails were up.

There was a brief period of hitting from 2 other ex-Clifton lads in Hurt and Cheetham but never really enough to worry about. In the end Flixton fell 71 short and Clifton took 5 points back to Manchester Road.

2nd XI v Westleigh CC (H)

There was double delight for the firsts and seconds on Saturday as both sides moved into the top three with convincing wins.

At Manchester Road, in the absence of the usual ice cream van, it was Westleigh that provided the 99 as, with skipper Liam on 1st XI wicketkeeping duty, Rob Meredith’s young side restricted the visitors to under 100 with, remarkably, every one of the six bowlers taking at least one wicket. As a result, there was no ‘pick of the bowlers’ although Owen Hogben’s 2-9 off 6 overs is worthy of mention. As 25-0 became 28-4, the prospect of a repeat of last week’s three o’clock finish was on the cards, but some resistance on an easy paced wicket allowed the visitors to close on 99. The reply was punishing, despite the early loss of Ethan Kite, as Steve McManus (pictured) and Dan Jones took the score to 80-1 before Steve was out to a jug avoiding* 49. Dan (35no) and Sam Winstanley saw out the victory, achieved in just 20 overs, to move the side into second spot with games in hand over some of their rivals. 

*For the uninitiated, the term ’jug avoidance’ refers to the days when a batsman’s half century resulted in a cap being passed around the spectators who would chuck in their loose change in appreciation. The recipient was then expected to buy a jug of ale for his team mates, but frequently, the contents of the cap did not meet the cost of the jug and the player had to make up the difference. Hence the term ‘jug avoidance’ for a player getting out on 49. The tradition seems to have died out due to covid, the move away from ‘loose change’ in the pocket and the greater number of under 18 players in teams.

3rd XI v Springhead CC (A)

The thirds made it a triple whammy of wins on Sunday as they progressed into the next round of the Sunday Premier Cup with a six wicket win in the June, not-so-sweltering, ten degrees of heat at Springhead. The result was by no means as comfortable as the score suggests however, as a single partnership of 106 between Jordy Higham and evergreen Chris Lord was the difference on the day. Dodging the raindrops, the hosts batted first and the Clifton attack struggled with the wet ball resulting in some inaccurate bowling and mistakes in the field which the home batsmen punished. However, the young side managed to stay in the game, although the total of 152 (reduced by Duckworth/Lewis to 141) in 31 overs was nevertheless daunting. Jordy Higham struggled manfully against both the batting and a side strain which cannot have been helped by the freezing conditions, finishing with 2-25 and Lucas Haslam weighed in with 2-6 at the end when their remaining batters were throwing everything at the ball. It was then Springhead’s turn to manage the wet ball, and sadly for them, lack of ‘cricket nowse’ saw them unbelievably rolling the ball back to the bowler along the sopping grass, rather than trying to keep it dry. Jordy (52) and Chris (60no) took full advantage and from 9 for 2, put on 106 at well over a run a ball. The final target was achieved in 28 overs and well received by the Clifton faithful that numbered almost as many as the team. Highlights of the day were a superb catch in the deep with a sopping ball by young Owen Hogben and a not so ‘gainly’ attempt at catching a ball over the boundary, that was going for six, by a certain Mr. Worthington, who ended up flat on his posterior. Special thanks to Springhead, not only for ‘getting the game on’, but for their sporting and friendly welcome and, remarkably for Sunday cricket, the provision of teas. We wish them luck for the rest of the season.


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