Champions ramp up the pressure and Whalley win!

Action from Clitheroe's Twenty20 clash with Read at Chatburn Road on Friday night
Action from Clitheroe's Twenty20 clash with Read at Chatburn Road on Friday night
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Clitheroe kept the pressure on Ribblesdale Cricket League leaders Settle with victory over Cherry Tree and topped off a fruitful weekend by cementing a mouth-watering LCB Knockout Cup tie with Burnley.

The defending champions restricted the hosts to 174 at Preston Old Road; Will Calov’s sixth wicket brought the innings to a close off the final ball.

Opener Bilal Ahmed struck 59 in the run chase before he was fifth man out on 122.

Naeem Ashraf chipped in with 36 to secure a three-wicket triumph.

And a four-wicket win over Lytham the following day in the county cup means they’ll host Burnley at Chatburn Road in a quarter-final tie on July 26th.

With the home side culminating the innings on 190-6, last year’s semi-finalists got over the line with Jack Dewhurst top-scoring with 64.

Meanwhile, Station Road captain Richard Lamb praised duo Richard Palmer and Sean Duckworth for rescuing Whalley from the brink of defeat.

The hosts were struggling on 32-7 at one point against Brinscall until a 71-run final wicket stand between the aforementioned pair sparked a miraculous recovery.

Palmer went on to hit 70 while Duckworth finished unbeaten on 10.

“We were in all sorts of difficulties,” said Lamb. “Richard contributed with a fantastic innings which was just what we needed in that situation.

“He batted out the overs which was a great achievement and Sean batted alongside him. They did the business, it was remarkable, and that’s probably close to a club record for a final wicket partnership.”