Clitheroe off to flying start

Clitheroe's Sam Halstead
Clitheroe's Sam Halstead
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Jack Dewhurst was happy to get his maiden victory as Clitheroe captain at the first attempt as the defending champions eased past Rawtenstall at Whalley Road.

The skipper had Sam Halstead to thank for settling the nerves as the 30-year-old, who took 45 wickets last term, recorded figures of 6-29 to dismiss the visitors for 110.

Charlie Dewhurst, the younger sibling, then hit an unbeaten 64 from just 52 balls with eleven fours and a six.

He added an unbroken 70 with sub professional Imran Khalid who finished on 28 not out, accompanying his 2-22 with the ball earlier in the afternoon, as Clitheroe cruised to a nine wicket win in the 15th over.

Dewhurst said: “Sam bowled really well to get six wickets and Charlie got off to a decent start with the bat.

“Sam did a really good job for us last year so he carried on from where he left off. He’s a top guy, he works hard and he got his rewards for it.

“I’m absolutely made up to get my first win as captain. I’m glad it came in the first game; I didn’t want to be waiting too long for it.That lifts some of the pressure.

“We’re just looking to win as many games as possible and hopefully that will see us end the season with some silverware. We’ve just got to keep working hard and that should bring success. We’ve hopefully set a bit of a marker with that win.”

Clitheroe travel to newcomers Middleton on Sunday.