Clitheroe Cobras end long wait for crown

Team captain Charlie Dewhurst with Shaun Anders of LCB
Team captain Charlie Dewhurst with Shaun Anders of LCB

Clitheroe Cobras ended a 29-year wait for a second county crown as they won the Under 13 age group.

Victory over Chorley at Aigburth was a very poignant moment for Cobras team manager and chairman Farouk Hussain, who played in the side that triumped at Old Trafford in 1984 in the Under 15 age group.

Cobras were drawn against Leigh Redbacks in the semi-final, and on a firm but slow deck, restricted the opponents to 89 off their allotted 20 overs, with wickets shared between the bowlers, with special mention to pace ace Frankie Jackson.

A patient response saw the Cobras home with four overs to spare as Charlie Dewhurst (30 retired) and Sam Mulligan (28 not out) top-scored.

Cobras’ final opponents had turned over reigning champions Horwich and certainly were not to be taken lightly.

Both Dewhurst and Lang retired on 30, laying a firm foundation, and Frankie Jackson ground out a stylish 30, while Mulligan nudged his way to a useful 20 in a healthy 132.

Chorley lost two wickets in the first two overs, and wickets fell at regular intervals,including one to a spectacular catch in the deep by Harry Ellis.

Cobras’ Lancs off-spinner Harry Land snared three priceless wickets and Chorley closed their innings on 101 all out.

The Cobras will now play against the Yorkshire champions at Chatburn Road, date to be decided.