CLITHEROE Cobras will certainly look the part as they embark upon their largest tour of Yorkshire in the last five years.
The 35 Chatburn Road youngsters, comprising of three boys teams and an all girls team, have been kitted out in bespoke polo shirts courtesy of local outlet Carter Leisure.
While being away from home for three days, the Cobras will play a total of 17 fixtures at a variety of venues across North Yorkshire, heading up into York and then the west side of the white rose county at Cullingworth and Oakworth.
Cobras Chairman Farouk Hussain said: “We are very grateful to Vicki Lee for providing the polo shirts for the children as it will help them to look very smart indeed. This tour further demonstrates Cobras’ commitment to both physical and social development.”
Cobras are pictured with Vicki Lee of Carter Leisure before heading off on their tour of Yorkshire (s).
Clitheroe Cobras Under 13s girls secured a last-gasp single off the last ball of the match to complete a dramatic victory over a strong Bacup boys side.
Both sides left the field to a huge round of applause from the spectators, for a thoroughly entertaining game of cricket on a beautiful sunny night.
Bacup batted first. and Saphi Stanford immediately pounced, taking a wicket with the first delivery.
An excellent over by Kate Hopkins with two wickets reduced the Bacup score from 16 to 6, just when Bacup were getting to grips with the Clitheroe bowling.
Nicole Harvey in her first over had the opportunity of a hat-trick, at a time when the Bacup score was starting to run away. Mary Peachey also chipped in with one wicket and Eve Whaling and Charlotte Ashton provided some excellent support bowling.
Eleanor Graham’s bowling had been impressive all day and she bowled a beauty in the last over, to claim her first victim. With some great fielding and excellent wicket keeping by Annabel Mason, Clitheroe restricted Bacup to a total of 25.
Bacup immediately took the initiative at the start of the Clitheroe innings, with some great bowling. Although Bacup took an early wicket, Peachey and Whaling held firm, with some stoic defence.
Clitheroe’s second pair of batters, Hopkins and Ashton attacked the bowling, and with some decisive running added an excellent 16 in their allotted four overs.
By the time Clitheroe’s third batting pair came to the crease, they only needed a further 10 runs to secure victory.
Mason and Graham took the attack to Bacup, who responded by taking a vital wicket, with the loss of eight runs, to stay in the game.
With just the last two to bat, Clitheroe needing three runs to win off four overs.
After attempting a quick single, the girls were run out, before Bacup claimed another wicket and with 12 balls to go, Clitheroe now needed 15 runs to win.
Clitheroe took full advantage of a wayward penultimate over. With two no balls, one wide, one boundary and some excellent running, Harvey and Stamford accumulated 12 runs, to leave themselves needing three off the last six balls.
Clitheroe took one off the second ball of the over, but no runs were scored off the next two balls, and off the fifth ball, Clitheroe took a quick single to tie the scores, before Harvey hit the winning run.