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Updated: Friday, January 1, 2016 16:59
LEAGUE CREST BLACK SHEEP YORKSHIRE CHAMPIONS TROPHY

 

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Cleckheaton produced an impressive performance on their Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy debut to knock holders Hoylandswaine out of this season's competition.

The JCT600 Bradford League champions will now face the Solly Sports Yorkshire League champions at home in the semi-finals, another tough assignment.

With Saturday's rain replaced by warm and breezy conditions,the match was watched by a good-sized crowd and they witnessed a determined performance from the home side.

Cleckheaton were given a fine start with openers Andy Gorrod (38) and Tim Jackson (27) sharing an opening stand of 72, but they didn't full capitalise on it. Their final total of 204 looked as if it would be 20 or 30 runs below par.

The middle order melted away and they were indebted to Ian Nicholson (56) for taking them past the 200 mark. He hit three sixes and four fours. Nicholson remained calm while his colleagues perished in disappointing manner.

With their Huddersfield League rivals noted for their batting prowess Cleckheaton, who were without the services of opening bowler Iain Wardlaw who was away with the Scotland national squad, knew they had to bowl well.

They responded to the challenge in a style that must have pleased their captain John Wood. His brother Ian checked Hoylandswaine's progress with a fine spell of 3-30 then leg spinner Tanzeel Altaf (4-27) hastened Hoylandswaine's decline to 148 all out.

Their top scorers were two former Bradford League players, Richard Wilkinson (32) and Alex Morris (31) who had spells with Bradford & Bingley and Hanging Heaton respectively.

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