Ribble Valley dominance shown in league averages

The Emporium, sponsors of Clitheroe CC were represented by Gemma Bates who was delighted to join captain Paul Gaskell and his Clitheroe team as they celebrated securing the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League Championship trophy.
The Emporium, sponsors of Clitheroe CC were represented by Gemma Bates who was delighted to join captain Paul Gaskell and his Clitheroe team as they celebrated securing the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League Championship trophy.

It has been a season dominated by Ribble Valley clubs.

And the end of season averages emphasise that point.

Clitheroe won the Senior Division title, while Ribblesdale Wanderers claimed a second Ramsbottom Cup in three years, and Salesbury proudly snared their first senior silverware, winning the Twenty20 competition.

In the batting averages, based on a minimum 10 innings, Read’s prolific run maker Mohammed Jamal was top of the heap.

Jamal clocked up 1,119 runs from 27 knocks, at an average of 52.29, with a top score of 134 not out - he was also top league runscorer, with just one more than Ribblesdale Wanderers’ Ben Dougall.

Second in the rankings was Whalley’s Saurabh Bandekar, who finished the season with 733 runs from 20 innings, at 52.36.

Susantha Pradeep inspired Salesbury to Twenty20 glory, and was fourth top batsman, making 989 runs at 52.05.

Clitheroe’s top man was Jack Dewhurst, coming in eighth in the averages with 695 runs at 43.44, just ahead of Dougall at nine, who hit 1,118 at 43.

Former Clitheroe skipper Peter Dibb, now back at Chatburn Road, was 12th, scoring 478 runs at 36.77, with Read’s Joe Marshall 13th, with 950 runs at an average of 35.19.

Clitheroe paid man Kashif Siddique was 17th in the lost, with 654 runs at 32.7, and the last Valley batsman in the league’s top 25 was, at 23, Ribblesdale’s Brannon Varley, who ended the year with 594 runs at 29.7.

With the ball, Wanderers’ Ian Britcliffe took most wickets with 101, becoming the first amateur to reach three figures for 88 years.

Siddique of Clitheroe was next in line with 90.

In the averages, with 10 wickets a minimum requirement, Siddique tops the league’s averages, however, with 8.87.

Incredibly, Siddique’s 8-18 against Read last month was only the fifth best bowling performance in the league, having also taken 8-28 against Ribblesdale in May. Great Harwood’s Stuart Maher took all 10 wickets on the last day against Brooksbottom.

Second is Ribblesdale’s Mark Thompson, with 17 wickets at 10.18, with Whalley substitute professional Ashar Zaidi - of Lancashire League champions Accrington - third, taking 11 at 11.

Fourth was Dewhurst of Clitheroe, with 36 at 11.78.

Teammate Josh Marquet ended the season in sixth with 51 wickets at 12.35.

Evergreen David Howard of Whalley claimed 64 victims at 13.97 for 11th in the rankings, just ahead of Britcliffe, whose 101 scalps came at 14.21 in 14th.

The retiring Jon Harvey was 17th with 49 at 15.63, with Clitheroe’s Graeme Kershaw claiming 13 wickets at 15.92.

The final Valley bowler in the top 25 was Whalley’s Simon Gorton, who finished 24th with 44 wickets at an average of 16.2.