Champions suffer first league defeat

Josh Marquet took 5-38 on Sunday
Josh Marquet took 5-38 on Sunday

Clitheroe remain on track for the title, but an intruiging double header has put Great Harwood firmly in the hunt.

Leaders Clitheroe suffered their first league defeat of the year-at Baxenden on Saturday, and their advantage is now 11 points with both them and Harwood having played 18 games.

And the meeting of the top two at the Cliffe on September 6th could prove a title showdown.

Clitheroe remain favourites and bounced back from their 35-run loss at Back Lane with a 101-run win against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel 24 hours later.

Harwood had an unscheduled day of rest on Sunday due to Read’s involvement in the National Twenty/20 competition and must wait until August 31st for the game to take place.

Clitheroe’s defeat against Baxenden was a surprise after 14 wins from their 17 previous outings, with three ‘no results’ to make up their record.

And they fancied notching victory number 15 when Bash collapsed from 105-3 to 130 all out.

Instead, Ben Swindells took 5-40, and the leaders slumped to 95 all out.

However, the response of the champions was emphatic following that slight slip of their crown.

Joshua Marquet starred with figures of 5-38 as hosts Oswaldtwistle Immanuel plummeted to 89 all out at New Lane.

Clitheroe now face Read at Chatburn Road on Saturday before travelling the short distance to Church Meadow to tackle rivals Ribblesdale Wanderers on Sunday.