Gaskell lauds club’s success

Clitheroe Cricket Club V Earby at Clitheroe CC.'Clitheroe (Batting) V Earby (Bowling).'Pictured is Clitheroe's professional Janaka Gunaratne.'6th June 2015
Clitheroe Cricket Club V Earby at Clitheroe CC.'Clitheroe (Batting) V Earby (Bowling).'Pictured is Clitheroe's professional Janaka Gunaratne.'6th June 2015

It’s been quite a remarkable year for multi trophy-winning Clitheroe Cricket Club.

While the senior side celebrated becoming only the second team in Ribblesdale Cricket League history to win the title three years in succession, there was also honours for the second string and the under 15s outfit.

The Chatburn Road seconds, captained by John Green, have won the First Division championship, the club’s teenage proteges were crowned champions on the county stage in winning the NatWest National Club competition and the thirds, headed by Robert Dinsdale, finished runners up in Division Three.

“We’re made up with it,” said senior skipper Paul Gaskell. “It’s our third title in a row and we’re only the second team in Ribblesdale Cricket League history to achieve that.

“The first time is always special but this one is probably more sweet because we’ve been pushed all the way. We won it quite comfortably in the end but two or three teams were in the running a few weeks ago.

“We’re really proud of the achievement and we’ve only lost to Read and Great Harwood all year so it’s been a good season again. We carried on from where we left off and it couldn’t have gone any better.”

Gaskell added: “The second team have been crowned champions as well so we’ll both be presented with our trophies on Saturday. It’s massive and the club is in a good place at the moment. We’ve got some good youngsters coming through too which bodes well for the future.

“The third team finished runners up in their division and the under 15s won the Lancashire Cup too.

“We will finish the season in a style and give our pro (Janaka Guneratne) a good send off before they leave. We’ll have a break and go again next year to try and defend our title for a third time. That’s never been done so it would be a great achievement.”

The trophy presentation will take place following the final game of the season against Whalley on Saturday.