1998 – DATE
PLAYER NUMBER 690
The word legend is used far too much, but on this occasion it is very much apt as today we look at the fantastic Littleborough career of CP. I apologise as this analysis is obviously mostly figures, but these figures indicate what a tremendous player Clinton is, and mentioned in the comments below a fantastic ambassador for the Blue and Gold.
Unfortunately he got off to a less than auspicious start his first game , he was out for a duck and 9.0-1-16-1 but we needn’t have been concerned. By the end of June 1998 Clint had scored no less than 499 runs ( 71.280 ) with no less than 5 fifties and a high of 79* v Walsden.
The second half of the season his batting statistics were incredible as he scored 852 runs ( 53.250 ) including a breathtaking 181 in the Wood Cup Final at The Coppice, he and Steve Kelly 65 added 269 for the second wicket after Phil Deakin had been dismissed in the first over.
Clint ended the season with figures of 30-9-1,351-181 ( 64.330 ) including 11×50 and 2×100. And bowling figures of 113.0-19-408-11
CP returned in 1999 and normal service resumed and another thousand run season, with figures of 29-9-1,035-111* ( 51.750 ) he was also successful with the ball as his 106.2-16-392-24 and was part of the side who won the Wood Cup for the third successive season.
The millennium saw his first spell at the club end with yet another successful season but missed out on the 1,000 by only 30 runs but was a joy to watch on the field as his 970 runs contained 5×50 and 2×100 and averaged 46.190 CP also had a fantastic season with the ball as his figures of 360.2-69-1,052-69 and his figures of 8-43 is his best to date. Between 1998 -2000 he scored 3,356 runs ( 54.120 ) and 579.4-105-1,852-104 ( 17.800 ) plus 61 catches was a fantastic all round performance and it would take a special professional to replace CP.
2001 saw Clinton joined Lancashire League side Rishton with fellow Queenslander Lee Carseldine joining Littleborough. CP had a fine season at Blackburn Road scoring 1,097 runs ( 49.860 ) and 268.0-55-850-50 ( 17.000 )
Leeca unfortunately sustained an injury curtailing his season at Hare Hill and CP played one game as a deputy professional. Opponents Stand were thoroughly put to the sword as CP scored a magnificent 135 and 25.0-6-75-6 he is one of only nine Littleborough players in the clubs history to have scored a century and taken 5 wickets in the same game. He also played against Littleborough in the 2001 inter league trophy final, his unbeaten 83 and 2-36 which led to a Rishton victory by 36 runs, in a game which Clint describes as a “surreal experience “
Milnrow was the destination in 2002 with South African Paul Adams his replacement at Rishton. Milnrow struggled in 2002 finishing 10th but whilst at Ladyhouse, CP scored his usual thousand runs 1,069 ( 50.900 ) and 263.1-53-799-40 ( 19.970 ) He has played two innings against Littleborough and scored 170 runs but was never dismissed.
He returned to his “spiritual home” in 2003 for a further two seasons and those two seasons saw him score 2,405 runs ( 77.580 ) and 305.4-46-1,044-50 ( 20.880 ) taking his total to 5,986 runs ( 63.680 ) and 910.2-157-2,971-160 ( 18.560 ) and 86 catches
Clint would return in 2010 but in between he was playing for Queensland. The culmination of his career was the 2005-2006 Sheffield Shield final at The Gabba as Queensland 900-6 dec beat Victoria 344 and 202 by an innings and 354 runs with CP scoring 173. Jimmy Maher 223, Shane Watson 201* and Martin Love 169 also playing fantastic innings. He also scored 224 v South Australia that season. He retired from first class cricket at the end of the 2008-2009 season, and relocated to Littleborough.
Clinton had a prolific season on his return in 2010, scoring a massive 1,813 runs with 9×50 and 7×100 and an average of 86.330 with the ball he took 139.2-16-527-25 ( 21.080 )
Between 2011 and the last season of the CLL in 2015 the runs continued to flow with astonishing figures of 7,236 runs ( 65.780 ) also 496.4-42-2,161-103 ( 20.980 ) and 118 catches.
His CLL figures make fantastic reading.
With the bat he scored 13,132 runs ( 64.370 ) including 69×50 and 40×100 also 204 catches.
His efforts with the ball are equally as impressive with 1,407.0-199-5,132-263 ( 19.510 ) a best of 8-43 with 7x5WM
Despite the change of leagues ( Pennine and Lancashire ) the runs continued to flow as between 2017-2021 as CP scored 3,113 runs ( 57.640 ) and 2,864.0-33-1,029-50 ( 20.580 ) and 65 catches.
He ended the 2021 season his league and cup totals for Littleborough stand at 16,245 runs ( 62.960 ) also 1,693.4-232-6,161-313 ( 19.680 ) also 269 catches. The highlight was a magnificent 124* and a 160 partnership with Zac 79 and Ryan Miskella 27* to overhaul a formidable 283-9 posted by Greenmount. Despite needing well over a run a ball since halfway through the reply.
Clinton in all matches including friendly matches stands at 19,570 runs ( 59.300 ) and 2,008.2-257-7,605-380 ( 20,010 ) and 327 catches. Whether he recognises friendlies in those figures only he can decide, I sincerely hope he reaches the magical 20,000 runs before he decides to retire.
His service to this club is immeasurable and when CP is in full flow he is a joy to watch. Clinton is sometimes perceived as grumpy but this shows his passion for the club and the frustration he feels when the talented players we have in our midst fail to perform to the abilities he knows they undoubtedly possess.
His son Zac is becoming a fine batsman who has scored 769 runs since his debut in 2018 including a fine 60 at Clitheroe and a valuable 79 at Greenmount. The future looks extremely bright for this talented young batsman.
Another word we use far too often is irreplaceable but Clinton definitely comes into this category and when he finally hangs up the pads and the kit goes in the loft for the last time it will be almost impossible to replace a player of his calibre. a fantastic player Clinton has been for Littleborough CC and the respect for him is evident throughout the cricketing world.
Hopefully after retirement he will continue his coaching at Hare Hill. Whatever he decides he is, as mentioned before a legend at the club, his loyalty cannot be questioned as I’m sure he has been approached by clubs throughout his time at Hare Hill, but he has always stayed loyal to Littleborough CC for that I’m thankful and extremely grateful.