Clitheroe eyeing up fourth spot after good win

GOOD HIT: Read's pro Jordan Clark hits the ball down to mid-on off the bowling from Steven Brown.
GOOD HIT: Read's pro Jordan Clark hits the ball down to mid-on off the bowling from Steven Brown.

CLITHEROE captain Paul Gaskell is confident his side can finish the season in fourth place.

The Chatburn Road side currently sit fifth in the Ribblesdale League, just four points behind Settle – and Lancashire Cup qualification.

A solid 54 not out from Jack Dewhurst helped them see off Cherry Tree by five wickets at the weekend after Kashif Siddique (5-35) had helped to bowl them out for 137.

Gaskell said it was an impressive result, especially after being bowled out by Baxenden the week before for just 24.

“It was a very good result, especially after what happened last weekend. We know the talent is there. That was just one of those days.Jack Dewhurst batted really well and saw us home well.”

Clitheroe take on Padiham on Saturday and now have their eyes firmly fixed on fourth spot.

“We’re in a good position now and I’m confident that we can finish fourth.

“We’re full of confidence going into the Padiham game and hopefully we can get the right result.”

Champions Baxenden suffered a shock 24-run defeat defeat by Edenfield that all but knocked them out of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title race.

Leaders Barnoldswick also struggled in their match against Ribblesdale Wanderers.

After restricting their vixitors to 156-8, ‘Barlick’ struggled in their run chase.

Running out of wickets rather than overs, they were indebted to Imran Khalid’s 73 to edge them to a 13th league win with two wickets to spare.

Baxenden are now 39 points adrift of Barnoldswick whose only challengers appear to be Read.

The Whalley Road side stayed in touch thanks to a comfortable 48 run success over Salesbury but remain 29 points adrift with seven games to go.

Padiham managed an eight wicket win against Oswaldtwistle thanks to 51 not out from John Bushell and a seve-wciket haul from Chris Holt.

Whalley were also celebrating an impressive victory after coming out 78-run victors over Great Harwood.