Clitheroe skipper praises side’s champion team spirit

The Chatburn Road side successfully defended their Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title
The Chatburn Road side successfully defended their Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title
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Skipper Paul Gaskell praised Clitheroe’s “great team spirit” after the Chatburn Road side successfully defended their Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title with two games to spare.

A 33-run win over Great Harwood in the first of their senior league, section A weekend double header ensured Clitheroe’s latest triumph.

And despite the celebrations, the champions came out 24 hours later to claim a three wicket win over Whalley.

“To finally get over the line was very pleasing,” confirmed Gaskell whose side has lost only two league games all season. “We didn’t want it going any further.

“There’s the risk of the weather getting involved then. So, it was nice to get the job done, especially against Harwood who have pushed us all the way.”

Batting first, Clitheroe posted 161-9 and despite 50 from Charlie Fernando, the home side were eventually dismissed for 128.

“We have got a great game team spirit, we enjoy each other’s company and it makes the job easier when it is like that,” confirmed Gaskell, expecting to lead the side again in 2015.

“We also got into a good habit of winning games early doors. And we probably won some matches we probably didn’t deserve to win, especially against Earby.

“Now the challenge is to keep moving forward. We can’t afford to stand still because everyone is trying to catch us.”

Gaskell also praised this season’s new competition format. “Being honest, I wasn’t totally sure how it was going to work,” he admitted. “But it was good going into the final few games of the season and that teams still had something to play for.”