Clitheroe loving life in Lancashire League

Tom Lord top-scored with 30 for Clitheroe against Todmorden
Tom Lord top-scored with 30 for Clitheroe against Todmorden

Chatburn Road captain Paul Gaskell says that Clitheroe are loving life in the Lancashire League.

And it hardly comes as any surprise after the undisputed champions of the Ribblesdale Cricket League climbed to the top of the division.

The newcomers hit the summit for the first time ever with a one-wicket win over Todmorden, who they usurped at the top, in a rain-affected match in the Ribble Valley.

The hosts restricted the former table toppers to 92-9 with Jack Dewhurst, Marcus Sharp and Harrison Phelan all claiming two wickets apiece.

The home side were slow in the chase as wickets were lost all too frequently. At 23-4 and then again at 50-6 it seemed as though they were fighting a losing battle.

However, Phelan engineered the recovery with a knock of 25 while Tom Lord survived until the end when coming in at number eight when adding 30 to the tally.

“They are great when you win but they are probably the worst games to lose,” said Gaskell. “Fortunately we’ve not been on that side of it yet. Things are going well at the moment.

“We know that nothing is decided so early on but we’re happy with where we are. Everybody is thoroughly enjoying it. They are loving the Lancashire League because they’re meeting new people and new teams. It’s fantastic.

“We’ll see where we are in three or four weeks time. We should have a better idea of where we are then.”

Clitheroe then beat Kearsley in the county competition to set up a second round tie with Whalley on Sunday, June 11th.

Phelan’s 3-27 from nine overs helped restrict the visitors to a 165 total while Charlie Dewhurst (52), Jack Dewhurst (53) and paid man Fawad Alam (23 not out) took care of things with the bat.

“We knew we would be strong this season; we’ve done well in the LCB Knockout Cup and the best teams in the county play in that competition,” said Gaskell.

“We want to do well in it. The competition has been good to us recently because we’ve reached two semi-finals.”

Clitheroe travel to Cliffe Park to take on Great Harwood on Sunday.

l Tonight Clitheroe start the T20 season with their annual charity game against Waddington at Chatburn Road, starting at 6 p.m.

The Bowland Brewery Beer Bus will be on site, the BBQ fired up and the bar open, with live music throughout.

All gate receipts on the night (£3 adults and £1 concessions) will be donated to the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund.