Clitheroe land first silverware of the season

Janaka Guneratne, pictured batting, took 5-32 for Clitheroe
Janaka Guneratne, pictured batting, took 5-32 for Clitheroe
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Clitheroe claimed the first silverware of the CBS Office Supplies Ribblesdale Cricket League season as they won the Twenty20 Finals Day on Sunday at Cherry Tree.

And the champions took another step towards defending their league title on Saturday as they saw off Euxtonby eight runs.

In Sunday’s Twenty20 Finals Day, the sun finally came out after the miserable recent weather, which encouraged a large crowd to attend.

In the first semi-final, Padiham posted a score of over 140 against Euxton, which always looked a decent total.

In reply, Euxton lost wickets on a regular basis and Padiham reached the final with a comfortable victory.

In the second semi-final, Cherry Tree batted first but never got on top of the combination of tight bowling and fielding from Clitheroe.

A total of 91-9 never looked enough, and so it proved with Clitheroe knocking off the required runs for the loss of one wicket with six overs to spare.

The final was a very one-sided affair with Padiham being bowled out for 69.

This proved to be nowhere near enough, as Clitheroe cantered to a 10-wicket victory.

The trophy was presented to Clitheroe captain Paul Gaskell on behalf of the competition sponsors Watson Ramsbottom Solicitors by John Swanney.

The previous day, league leaders Clitheroe visited Euxton, and in a reduced over match were bowled out for 100, with Guarav Dhar (4-38) and Ravi Dhar (5-34) taking the wickets.

However, Euxton were reduced to 37-6, and another Clitheroe win looked on the cards.

A seventh wicket partnership of 53 between James Bone (11) and Nick Dunn (29) gave Euxton hope, but eventually they were all out for 92, giving Clitheroe a victory by eight runs, Janaka Guneratne taking 5-32.

Clitheroe host Cherry Tree on Saturday.