Clitheroe lose to leaders

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CLITHEROE remain down near the foot of the Ribblesdale Cricket League after a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Baxenden.

The league leaders, playing at home, batted first and posted a score of 224 as three players notched scores in the 40s.

A five-wicket haul by Joshua Marquet helped keep the batting side’s total in sight but it was always going to be a struggle for a Clitheroe team who have failed to find their best form so far this season.

And so it proved as Baber Naeem and Liam Riley both took five wickets each to bowl them out for just 127 – 97 runs adrift.

Ahmed Butt top scored, hitting 33 not out, but received little support from his fellow batsmen with only Josh McDowell (24) registering more than 10.

A Bank Holiday double header now awaits Clitheroe who take on Padiham, on Saturday, and Ribblesdale Wanderers on Sunday, with both games at home.

• THIS week’s Clitheroe Midweek League games threw up some interesting encounters.

Clitheroe St James made it two wins on the bounce after the narrowest of wins over Calderstones.

St James batted first and made 100-5 with J. Blackburn retired on 30 and skipper Paul Earnshaw making 27.

Calderstones looked favourites to win as Simon Gorton made 30 retired and Iby Hussain 34 retired but after these two departed they could not quite get over the finish line to leave St James winners by one run.

The form book was turned on its head in the other match played between Chipping A and Sabden.

Sabden batted first and dramatically collapsed to 12-5 having no answer to young Daniel Wilkinson who took five wickets for three runs.

Phil Parker, with 30 retired, and Simon Jones 20 set about rescuing the innings, and after 18 overs Sabden recovered to 90-7.

However it never quite looked like being enough and so it proved as N. Wilkinson made 30 retired despite the efforts of Rick Wright, who took a couple of wickets.

Despite falling to their first defeat of the season, Sabden remain top of the league level on points with Clitheroe St James.

Low Moor find themselves at the bottom having only played the one game, which they lost.