Clitheroe look unstoppable in hunt for title

Aneeq Hassan hit 65 for Clitheroe
Aneeq Hassan hit 65 for Clitheroe
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Clitheroe hope they will soon be pitch perfect as they prepare for their move to the Lancashire League.

The treble-chasing club have been boosted by two separate grants to undertake significant work on the ground at their Chatburn Road home.

The money from Sport England and Ribble Valley Borough Council will see improvements made to the square and outfield over the next couple of years.

It has already been a season to remember for Paul Gaskell’s men – who are closing in on the Ribblesdale League title – after already picking up the Twenty20 and Ramsbottom Cup.

But news of the cash injection is another reason to celebrate as the club looks forward to an exciting future.

Amanda Hall, chairperson of the cricket section, said: “We want to say a big thank you to Sport England and RVBC.

“The work we will carry out will see cricketers of all ages benefit for many years to come as it will significantly improve the playing conditions at Chatburn Road.

“Hopefully it will help us build on our recent success as we head into the Lancashire League.”

Clitheroe will receive £65,000 worth of national lottery funding to relay the 14 wicket square at Chatburn Road.

It is aniticipated work – which will bring the square upto county standard – will begin in September 2017.

Meanwhile, money from RVBC will be put to good use this winter to improve the drainage on the outfield at Chatburn Road.

Third team skipper Robert Dinsdale will oversee the project, with first XI captain Gaskell also involved.

Dinsdale said: “The fact we’ve got plenty of expertise among the players here at Clitheroe means we’ll be able to make the money go a lot further.

“We’ll be doing the work at weekends over the winter and the plan is for the outfield work to be done well before the start of the new season.”

Clitheroe are heading inexorably towards a fourth-successive league title, leading the table by 29 points with four games to play after a six-wicket win at Cherry Tree on Saturday, where Jack Dewhurst took 6-58, Ross Dent made 24, Aneeq Hassan 65 and Janaka Guneratne 59 not out.

Clitheroe host Euxton on Saturday.