It has been a season to remember for Clitheroe Cricket Club, as the club continues to go from strength to strength on and off the field.
Paul Gaskell’s first XI achieved back to back senior league titles, and were the standard bearers for the Ribblesdale League across the region, reaching the semi-final of the Lancashire Cup for the second time in the club’s history.
Likewise, the third XI achieved another league title to add to the Clitheroe trophy cabinet, complimented by a strong campaign from their own fourth XI, whose mid-table finish is a credit to the strength in depth at the club.
While the second XI may consider themselves disappointed to finish in ninth position, notable individual performances from their youngsters towards the end of the campaign indicates green shoots of recovery, and the club anticipates a bright future for John Green’s men.
The junior section now comprises around 200 boys and girls from the local community, over 100 of whomdirectly contributed to this year’s success on the cricket field.
Indeed, a number of junior sides emerged as winners of their respective divisions, with the Under 11s winning both league and cup competitions.
The under nines and 13s also had excellent campaigns, finishing runners-up within their leagues. Special mention should go to Clitheroe’s under 15s who won the Lancashire knockout cup, the subsequent regional final and the Ribblesdale League for their age group.
The burgeoning girls’ section also had a notable year, becoming the first girls’ team to enter the Under 15 boys’ section of the Lancashire League, and beating some of the giants of the league in their inaugural campaign.
The under 13 girls also had a season in which much progression was made, and the club has now reached a level where there are 12 girls and boys representing Lancashire juniors, as well as many more playing for the Ribble Valley and Ribblesdale League.
The club would like to thank supporters, parents, carers, coaches and players, without whom the club could not continue to serve the community of Clitheroe with such success. The achievements are also a testament to numerous sponsors, to whom Clitheroe are very grateful.
The club now look forward to honouring the achievements at their presentations.