Clitheroe celebrate a season to remember

Celebrations: Clitheroe Cricket Club
Celebrations: Clitheroe Cricket Club

Clitheore Cricket Club celebrated one of their best ever seasons at a presentation night held at their Chatburn Road home.

As well as defending their Ribblesdale Senior League title, the 1st XI made history by going further than ever before in the Lancashire Cup.

They reached the last four - knocking out some highly-rated sides - before ultimately bowing out to eventual winners Ormskirk.

But the club also showed they have real strength in depth as the 3rd XI romped to the Division Three title.

Meanwhile the 4th XI - formed specifically to give youngsters a taste of senior cricket - also performed impressively in the same league to show why the club is so optimistic about the future.

Club chairman Robin Sharp said: “We are all very proud of what the senior teams have achieved this year.

“The 1st XI played some excellent cricket - winning the league for the second year on the trot and we’ll be going all out to make it a hat-trick next year.

“I’m sure the other teams will have something to say about that – we’ll have to play especially well to do it - but I know Paul Gaskell and his team are upto the challenge.

“It’s been particularly pleasing to see so many of our young players getting a chance at senior level - which shows the link with the Clitheroe Cobras is stronger than ever.

“The 4th XI has been a great success in giving some of the Cobras a chance to play senior cricket and a special mention needs to go to Mick Dewhurst for his work there.

“Bringing the young players through is something we pride ourselves on and will continue to do.

“We hope to have two ex-pros who have played internationally coaching the Cobras next season - and we’ll be looking for them to bring all their experience to help our young cricketers.

“So we feel the future is very bright for this club.”

Young Player of the year was won by Charlie Dewhurst, who starred for the 2nd XI.

Aussie paceman Josh Marquet picked up the Derek Thompson award for Players Player of the Year after another impressive year with the 1st Xi.

After the individual awards were given out, local bands The Hero Complex and Fret: 64 provided the entertainment.

First XI skipper Paul Gaskell said: “It was a great night to celebrate what will go down as a great season for Clitheroe.

“Our run in the Lancashire Cup is something we will all remember for a long time.

“To go all the way to the semi-finals and give such a good account of ourselves against Ormskirk - who went on to win it - was a brilliant achievement for a club like this.

“But I was delighted that we managed to successfully defend our senior league title and that speaks volumes for this group of players.

“There were some excellent individual performances over the season but more than anything it was a team effort - we have a very tight unit after a few years together.”

This Sunday the club are hosting a Christmas celebration for all from 1pm. There will be home-made food, drinks offers, live football, and a kids christmas party, 3pm - 5pm featuring Santa Claus himself!

To book your child on the Christmas party please contact Amanda on 07971194338.