Clitheroe stay in front after derby victory

PADIHAM CC V CLITHEROE CC: Clitheroe's Jack Dewhurst bowls at Padiham batsman Chris Holt.
Photo Ben Parsons
PADIHAM CC V CLITHEROE CC: Clitheroe's Jack Dewhurst bowls at Padiham batsman Chris Holt. Photo Ben Parsons

Champions Clitheroe remain unbeaten at the top of the CBS Office Supplies Ribblesdale Cricket League, after a derby victory over Read.

The Chatburn Road side maintained their nine-point advantage at the top after the weekend’s fixtures.

Two teams went into Saturday’s games with an unbeaten record, Clitheroe and Settle – who should have played each other at Chatburn Road the previous Saturday, only for the weather to ensure no play was possible.

Clitheroe made the short trip to face Read, who batted first and were all out for 133, Ravi Jangid top-scoring with 49.

Ali Ross took 3-3 off 2.5 overs, and Josh Marquet added 3-56 off 15 overs, with Jack Dewhurst taking 2-10 off four.

In reply, Clitheroe won by eight wickets, thanks to an unbeaten third wicket partnership of 89 runs between Aneeq Hassan (55 not out) and Dewhurst (49 not out).

Dewhurst now has 476 runs in total for the season.

Settle welcomed third place Great Harwood.

Settle batted first and looked set for a good score at 102-3, with Imran Khalid making 58, however they declined to 130 all out, mainly due to Paul Houldsworth’s 5-18.

Any hopes Great Harwood had of closing on the top two were quickly removed as they were bowled out for 63 in only 23 overs.

Only Ashen Silva (29) made double figures as Imran Khalid completed an excellent all round performance, taking 6-19.

Meanwhile, the the 20/20 competition, in group four, Clitheroe maintained their excellent form with a nine-wicket win over Whalley, bowling Whalley out for 65 and scoring the required runs for the loss of one wicket in eight overs.

Clitheroe have now qualified for the quarter-finals.

They host Oswaldtwistle in the league on Saturday, and then are at Baxenden on Sunday in the Ramsbottom Cup.