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Former Brighouse and Lightcliffe cricketer Bruce Deadman, who was also a useful rugby union player with Old Brods, has delivered the book everyone is supposed to have in them.

‘The Full Circle’ is on the history of Cleckheaton St John’s CC and was launched at Hartshead Moor CC last week.

CSJCC was one of the last Church-based clubs in this area to flourish and survive for any length of time, finally disbanding after the 2000 season due to a shortage of players.

Stephen Nichols, formerly of Brighouse and Lightcliffe, and John Mattinson, managing director of Mattinson Builders Ltd, were both members of the St John’s club.

Bruce was born and bred in Cleckheaton and felt it was a story worth telling.

“After my stint at Exley County Secondary School, Halifax, I returned to Cleckheaton in 1965 to teach PE at Whitcliffe Mount Grammar School,” said Deadman.

“I made my debut for the Cleckheaton first XI in 1953 as a 15-year-old, and after National Service and studying at Loughborough College I returned to captain the team in 1962 .

“I was recruited by Lightcliffe CC and played for 16 seasons, leading the team in 1968 and 1969.”

Deadman also had spells with Halifax CC and Brighouse CC before joining Northowram Hedge Top.

The book is available from Spenborough Stationers, Cleckheaton (£10) and any profit will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

*Don’t forget “Stars in Your Eyes” at Brighouse Sports Club on Friday night (£8 including supper).