Clitheroe Cobras have plenty to smile about this season as eight of their youngsters have been selected to represent Lancashire.
The players range from the Under 10s to Under 14s, with Martha Smith named captain of the Under 11s’ girls.
As well as playing regular league matches for the red rose county, the Chatburn Road youngsters will also be pitting their wits against other counties in various festivals across the country.
In the Lancashire boys’ teams are Josh Stamford (U10s), Sam Mulligan (U11s), Charlie Dewhurst (U12s) and Sam Jackson (U14s), and in the girls’ teams Martha Smith (U11s), Eleanor Graham (U13s), Saphina Stamford (U13s) and Nicole Harvey, daughter of Read’s Jon (U13s).
Cobras chairman Farouk Hussain said: “Naturally we are delighted to have four boys and four girls playing for Lancashire this season.
“I bet there’s not many clubs that can claim to have so many youngsters gaining county recognition in one season.
“It’s just reward for the dedication and commitment of the young Cobras, plus it shows that the coaching set up at the club is certainly ticking all the right boxes.
“Many adults give up their time voluntarily so these young children can improve and become much better players.
“I hope they all go a long way in the game.”
Meanwhile, Clitheroe Cobras Under 13 have progressed in the LCB Cup, winning away at East Lancashire.
Having won the cup in their own league, the Cobras are now competing against the top sides from other leagues.
Electing to bowl first, the Clitheroe team put pressure on the Lancashire League side with some tight bowling by James Scorah, Charlie Dewhurst, Frankie Jackson and Dom Stuart.
This resulted in few runs being scored but no wickets lost.
When Eli Smith came onto bowl his off spin, the opposition saw an opportunity to take advantage of the short boundaries.
This was their undoing as Smith took 5-16 in his three overs, ripping the East Lancs batting apart.
Thanks must go to Joe Hardcastle for his superb fielding display on the square leg boundary.
The opposition did, however, have a good end to the innings with Sager plundering 30 runs in quick time.
The Blackburn side finished on a competitive 85-7 off their 18 overs.
In reply the Cobras got off to a good start with Dom Stuart taking a liking to the opposition bowling.
He went quickly to 18 before he nicked one to the keeper off Lewis Pearson.
Charlie Dewhurst came and went, but Harry Lang and Sam Mulligan set about re building the innings until Lang fell for 10.
Mulligan was joined by Tom Stones and the pair took some quick singles mixed in with the odd boundary.
It was looking tight as the Cobras needed 36 off six overs.
It is said that patience is a virtue, and when the opportunity came Mulligan smashed 17 off one over, ably supported by Stones.
This effectively ended the match, though there was a minor blip when Stones was given out lbw for 10, but Frankie Jackson came to the crease and hit the winning boundary in the 16th over as the Cobras ran out winners by six wickets.
This was a good display by the Cobras against a very good side. The boys never face opposition of this calibre in their own league, and need more games of this standard to make them better cricketers in the future.