Clitheroe skipper Paul Gaskell praised dynamic duo Tom Lord and professional Janaka Guneratne as the pair helped stretch the club’s 100 per cent start to the term.
The prolific amateur batsman combined with the Sri Lankan all-rounder to put on 82 for the second wicket against Brooksbottom after 14-year-old debutant Charlie Dewhurst was taken out directly by Tim Stephens.
Lord fired eight fours and a six in a knock of 51 before being ousted by the pairing of Steven Filkins and Ashley Gowers, while the paid man continued alongside Jack Dewhurst (26) to hit 11 boundaries before being caught by Ben Richardson from David Brown’s delivery on 53.
“It’s another good win for us,” said Gaskell. “The pro scored some runs as well which he needed. We’ve seen his quality so he’ll feel better within himself after that. It’s a weight off his shoulders.
“Since Tom Lord has gone up the order he’s done really well. He’s usually a middle order batsman but he’s doing a great job opening. The partnership between himself and the pro is dangerous when they get going.”
However, this wasn’t just a two-man show. Guneratne’s exit at 128-3 was followed by confident knocks from vice-skipper Matthew Coulter (24), Farooq Butt (39 not out) and Stephen Booth (15) in the lower middle order as the visitors culminated the innings on 237-8.
“It was the tail end that secured the win for us against Great Harwood on the opening day of the season,” Gaskell said. “That’s our strength as a unit really - we can bat right through. We’ve got plenty of depth.”
Lord and Guneratne then came to the fore again in the reverse, with the former taking 3-33 in an 11.1 over spell while the pro added an impressive six-wicket haul at the expense of 31 runs from 16 overs to seal a 119-run triumph.
The Ribblesdale Cricket League champions now host Padiham at Chatburn Road on Saturday before entertaining Ribblesdale Wanderers in the derby on Sunday.
“We’ve got Padiham on Saturday and then it’s derby day on Sunday which we’re really looking forward to,” Gaskell said.