Clitheroe push on in league and knockout

Clitheroe celebrate a wicket against Oswaldtwistle on Saturday
Clitheroe celebrate a wicket against Oswaldtwistle on Saturday
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The Clitheroe juggernaught continues to roll on in the league and Lancashire Knockout.

Paul Gaskell’s men eased to a four-wicket win against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Saturday, after dismissing their visitors for 100.

And on Sunday, they reached the last four of the county knockout for the first time, bowling Denton West out at Chatburn Road after making 157.

Gaskell is eager to maintain the momentum in a tough derby encounter at Whalley on Saturday: “We just keep going. It was a big win on Sunday - it’s the furthest we’ve been as a club in that competition, and hopefully we can go further, although the big boys come in now.

“And against Ossie, Josh (Marquet) Kersh (Graeme Kershaw) and the pro (Janaka Gunaratne) all took three wickets. I’m biased, but I think we have the best bowling unit in the league, with Jack Dewhurst and Tom Lord as well.

“They just put pressure on teams and have been bowling sides out all season.”

Clitheroe head the table by 17 points from Great Harwood, with Whalley 26 adrift in third, and Gaskell hopes to stretch their unbeaten run at Station Road: “Everyone wants to be the first team to beat us, and it will be a difficult game on Sunday at Whalley.

“They turned us over there last year, and have been going well.”

Meanwhile, the future also looks bright after the club won the Lancashire Under 15s Knockout.