Champs Clitheroe refuse to take foot off the gas

Ribblesdale Wanderers professional Ben Dougall hit 106 in the win over Barnoldswick on Saturday
Ribblesdale Wanderers professional Ben Dougall hit 106 in the win over Barnoldswick on Saturday
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Despite securing the Ribblesdale League Senior Division crown with three matches to spare, Clitheroe refuse to take their eye off the ball.

They even reversed their batting order to beat Read by four wickets at Chatburn Road after Kashif Siddique’s 8-18 helped dismissed the 2012 runners-up for only 91.

Tom Lord was Clitheroe’s starman in Sunday’s run feast against Salesbury. Lord contributed 115 out of the home side’s mammoth 308-7 which eventually proved 73 too many for their visitors.

James Banks added 53 for the champions, and despite 82 from Mudsasser Panchbhaya, Salesbury closed on 235-9.

Ribblesdale Wanderers hit Barnoldswick’s bid for runners-up by beating them by 45 runs on Saturday.

Professional Ben Dougall hit 106 as Wanderers totalled 236-5, and Mark Thompson then took 6-55 as Barlick were restricted to 191-9 in reply.

The following day, Ribblesdale were at it again, beating Baxenden by 20 runs.

Brannon Varley top-scored with 67 as Wanderers were all out for 194, and despite Mark Rishton’s 50 in reply, Baxenden were marooned on 174-9 at the end of their overs.

Read, in fourth place, lost one derby to Clitheroe, but won a second against Whalley by 41 runs.

The Whalley Road side scored 190 all out, of which Elliott Artingstoll made 95, before dismissing Whalley for 149.

Whalley also went down on Saturday to Brooksbottom by three wickets.

Whalley reached 192-8, with the help of 60 from Richard Lamb.

But despite Asher Zaidi taking 6-60, Brooksbottom passed the target for the loss of seven wickets, as Alan Armer led the way with 81.

Salesbury also went down on Saturday by 77 runs to Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, who made 202-6, with Lewis Mildenhall unbeaten on 63.

In reply, Salesbury were all out for 125 as Andreas Sudnik claimed 5-43.

Clitheroe, who now lead the table by 58 points, end their season at Earby on Saturday.

Whalley entertain Cherry Tree, while Read are at Baxenden, and in the other game with local interest, Ribblesdale Wanderers host Salesbury.

All matches commence at 1 p.m.

The First Division is set for a thrilling conclusion after Clitheroe seconds won their game in hand on leaders Brinscall to close the gap at the top to three points with one game to play.

Padiham seconds made 192-7, as Peter Shirtcliffe hit 50, but Chris Bowness matched that in a three-wicket win for the locals.

On Saturday, Clitheroe seconds host Burnley Belvedere, while keeping one eye on Brinscall’s trip to Barnoldswick - with the village side looking to secure a place in the Senior Division at the expense of Padiham and Cherry Tree.