Clitheroe look to add even more silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet

New Clitheroe captain Jack Dewhurst
New Clitheroe captain Jack Dewhurst
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Another piece of silverware is on the line when Jack Dewhurst leads his side out for his first competitive game as Clitheroe captain.

The Lancashire League champions, who also won the Twenty20 under former skipper Paul Gaskell, take on Worsley Cup winners Darwen in the Ron Singleton Trophy at Birch Hall on Sunday.

Last season’s top two in the league beat each other on their own turf last season with Darwen prevailing by six wickets in the first encounter.

After professional Fawad Alam (61) and opener Charlie Dewhurst (56) helped the visitors to a competitive 207-6 finish, an 84-run unbeaten stand between paid man Calvin Savage and John Cordingley helped the hosts over the line.

However, it was a completely different tale in the second phase of the season at Chatburn Road when Clitheroe registered a seven-wicket win.

With the away side extinguished for 72, thanks to the bowling of Sam Halstead (4-25) and Alam (3-21), the Pakistan batsman fired a match-winning 42 not out.

But they weren’t the only time that their paths crossed during the campaign. Despite Dewhurst (56), Alam (49), Harrison Phelan (40 not out) and Tom Lord (39) contributing to a 212-8 total in the first round of the Worlsey Cup, it was Darwen who progressed by seven wickets.

Opening batsman Ammer Mirza starred with an unbeaten knock of 105 with Savage chipping in with 38 and Mark Friend adding 54 not out.

Clitheroe travel to Lytham for their final friendly of pre-season on Saturday.