Clitheroe on course for double title success

Ribblesdale Wanderers' Ben Dougall made 26 on Saturday, but his side fell to a seven-wicket defeat at Great Harwood
Ribblesdale Wanderers' Ben Dougall made 26 on Saturday, but his side fell to a seven-wicket defeat at Great Harwood

Clitheroe are on course for a Senior League and First Division title double.

On Saturday, the first team, who have led the way pretty much from the off, crushed Brooksbottom at the Brox by seven wickets

Professional Kashif Siddique’s 5-26 helped dismiss the home side for just 63 - the lowest total of the day, before the locals eased home with just three wickets down.

Clitheroe lead the table by 27 points going into this weekend’s double header, including Sunday’s crucial trip to Victory Park to face closest rivals, and reigning champions Barnoldswick.

Both teams are at home on Saturday - Barlick hosting Edenfield and Clitheroe taking on Earby.

Meanwhile, Clitheroe seconds gave their First Division title hopes a big shot in the arm by beating leaders - and Lawrenson Cup winners - Brinscall at Chatburn Road to close the gap to one point.

Brinscall were beaten by 51 runs, and it is all to play for with both sides having played 20 matches.

Back in the Senior Division, and Read, runners-up for the last three seasons, slipped further down the table as they were replaced in third place by Settle, who beat Cherry Tree by 100 runs, as Read were well beaten at Oswaldtwistle, where Lewis Mildenhall struck an unbeaten 82, towards a winning score of 168-2.

Read were in trouble at 47-4, but Jon Harvey (29) and Conor Lowes put on 61, the latter out for a 41-ball 46.

Harvey was seventh man out at 126, before Andrew Rushton (10) and Richard Sharples (16) added 21, as Read were all out for 167.

Openers Oliver Jones (21) and Oliver Clare (15) were both out by the time the scoreboard had moved to 65, but Read had no further joy as Mildenhall and Phil Howard (29 not out) saw Ossie home in 38 overs.

Whalley had an 81-run win in the derby at home to Salesbury, Saurabh Bandekar taking 6-36 as the visitors were dismissed for 67, chasing 148-6.

Only Mudasser Panchbhaya and Eddy James made double figures, both reaching 13.

For Whalley, opener Richard Lamb hit a steady 32, before Bandekar crashed 62 not out off 72 balls.

Alistair Marsh’s 74 off 68 balls proved in vain as Ribblesdale Wanderers lost by seven wickets at Great Harwood, having been all out for 214.

Ben Dougall made 26, and batsmen made starts without pushing on before Marsh’s fine knock, backed up by Mick Clarkson’s 35.

But Tiaan Cloete hit 95 in reply as Harwood eased home.

Wanderers are at Salesbury on Saturday and host Padiham on Sunday, and Salesbury entertain Earby on Sunday.

Whalley are at Cherry Tree on Saturday and at home to Oswaldtwistle on Sunday, and Read host Baxenden and Euxton.