Clitheroe extend unbeaten start to their title defence

Paul Gaskell on his way to a match defining knock of 44, as Clitheroe recovered from 65-6 to post 171 in Sundays defeat of Baxenden. Pic: Keith Driver
Paul Gaskell on his way to a match defining knock of 44, as Clitheroe recovered from 65-6 to post 171 in Sundays defeat of Baxenden. Pic: Keith Driver
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Ribblesdale League leaders Clitheroe extended their unbeaten league form with another pair of victories over the weekend.

On Saturday, the champions travelled to School Lane to face Brinscall, and registered a comfortable eight-wicket win.

An all-round performance by Jack Dewhurst aided the victory as he took 4-18 as the hosts were dismissed for 101, with Marcus Sharp also claiming 2-37 and Saud Ahmed 2-6.

Dewhurst then scored 54 not out, with Ali Ross adding 26, as Clitheroe knocked off the winning runs inside 25 overs.

On Sunday, Clitheroe entertained Baxenden at Chatburn Road, in the round of fixtures which had been due to be played on the opening day of the season.

The locals finished on 177 all out, before bowling Baxenden out for less than 100 for another comfortable win.

Clitheroe were also in 20/20 competition action on Friday night, as they beat Settle. Settle were bowled out for a paltry 64, with Clitheroe knocking off the runs without too many alarms.

At the half way point, it is all to play for with the top two in each group qualifying for the quarter-finals.

l Clitheroe’s Lancashire Cup dream is still alive after they were dramatically reinstated into the competition.

Paul Gaskell’s men - who have reached the semi finals in the last two seasons - were knocked out by Blackpool last month. However the Northern League side were investigated for fielding an unregistered player in the Chatburn Road victory - and subsequently kicked out of the competition.

That means Clitheroe have got a reprieve - and they will now take on Prestwich on Sunday.