Disappointment for leaders Clitheroe

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Clitheroe captain Paul Gaskell spoke of his pride for the club’s senior squad after they fell just short of the LCB Knockout Cup final.

Liverpool Combination League leaders Ormskirk were the victors in the first semi-final and will now play Norden - who triumphed over Walsden in the other tie - at St Anne’s Cricket Club on Sunday, September 14th.

“On Sunday we were up against a very good side in Ormskirk and they blew us away early doors,” Gaskell said. “We bowled really well as a unit but they still went on to score 190. We failed to survive the opening 10 overs in the reply and we had nobody who went on to score 50/60 runs which is what we needed.”

He added: “You’d expect a tough challenge in the last four of the LCB Knockout Cup. For one or two players in opened their eyes a little bit. They were a good side and we wish them all the best in the final. We’re disappointed to not be there ourselves but it was a great day out for the club. We certainly weren’t disgraced and I was proud of the lads.”

Defeat against Settle in the Ribblesdale Cricket League saw the champions’ crown wobble ever-so-slightly, but the advantage remains with the holders after Great Harwood slipped against Read. Clitheroe are now 12 points ahead of nearest rivals Settle with a game in hand and 15 points ahead of Great Harwood who they face at the Cliffe on Saturday.

Gaskell, who will also lead his side out against Whalley on home soil on Sunday, said: “We’re disappointed with the results. We were poor against Settle on Saturday and dropped catches cost us in the end. Their pro (Imran Khalid) eventually got them home.

“The league has closed up now. There’s potentially three teams that can win it. Great Harwood’s defeat to Read lifted spirits slightly but we’ve got to focus on the job in hand. Going to Great Harwood will be tough but if we were to win we’d pretty much be there in terms of the title.

“We’d just have to pick up a few points in our remaining games to seal it. It’ll be a fantastic game because they’ve got to beat us to stay in the hunt. We’re looking forward to it. These are the games you want to be involved in.”