Clitheroe Cobras are county champions

Champions: Clitheroe Cobras under 15s
Champions: Clitheroe Cobras under 15s

Clitheroe Cricket Club’s Cobras Under 15s won the LCB Cup on finals day at Elton CC in Bury.

The Cobras took on Sefton Park in the semi-finals, having beaten Adlington and Whalley Range to qualify.

The Chatburn Road side won the toss and inserted Sefton on a damp wicket.

Dom Stuart removed the opening bat in his second over thanks to a catch behind by Tom Stones.

He was ably supported by James Scorah and Harry Ellis, and Eli Smith took 2-9 off his four overs.

With Scorah, Frankie Jackson and Callum Spink-Baines exemplary in the field, Sefton struggled to post a decent total. Harry Lang took four wickets, backed up by Jackson.

Despite some aggressive late batting, the Merseysiders closed on 78-9 off their allotted 20 overs.

Callum Birtwell-Jones and Lang passed the total inside eight overs, scoring 25 and 30 respectively.

The locals then took on Brooklands in a thrilling final.

Clitheroe won the toss and inserted the opposition, but after 11 overs itseemed a poor decision as Brooklands were destroying the attack.

Despite losing two wickets to Jackson and Lang, they reached 81. The usual tight fielding had slipped and mistakes were aplenty.

But Birtwell-Jones produced a remarkable piece of fielding, making a diving stop off his own bowling, releasing it to Stones, who ran out their star man.

They built on this to restrict Brooklands to 130-6. Birtwell-Jones took 2-17, and Angus Spencer chipped in with a vital wicket thanks to the prowess off Stones, who had three stumpings.

In reply, Birtwell-Jones was run out for one.

Lang was joined by under 13 Sam Mulligan, who scored a run a ball 38 before he was bowled. Captain Dom Stuart came to the crease and after a couple of enormous sixes was out for a quick-fire 27.

With 28 needed off the last four4 overs, Stones (16) and Lang (33) saw the innings through.