Pivotal weekend for Clitheroe

Barnoldswick's overseas amateur Louis Delport is caught behind by Matthew Coulter off Josh Marquet on Saturday
Barnoldswick's overseas amateur Louis Delport is caught behind by Matthew Coulter off Josh Marquet on Saturday

Clitheroe captain Paul Gaskell believes the weekend could play a pivotal part in determining whether the club will retain its championship crown.

The Chatburn Road side currently head the Ribblesdale Cricket League after 10 games, but only lead Whalley and Great Harwood by eight and nine points respectively.

Those two rivals meet at the Cliffe on Saturday which has put more impetus on Clitheroe’s clash with Section B leaders Earby at the Applegarth. Gaskell’s men will then look to avenge their Ramsbottom Cup quarter-final defeat to Padiham on home soil just 24 hours later.

Speaking poolside from the Balearic Islands, Gaskell said: “We’re looking forward to it again after a good win against Barnoldswick at the weekend. It’ll be a tough game against Earby and then we’ve got a score to settle against Padiham after they knocked us out of the Ramsbottom Cup.”

Gaskell, who skippered his side to a 58-run win over Great Harwood on the opening day of the term, with paid man Junaka Guneratne securing figures of 7-23 on his debut, added: “Whalley and Great Harwood are going well and consistently picking up points. They play each other this weekend so one of them will have to drop points. That makes Saturday even more important for us because we need to press on.