Clitheroe’s Lancashire League crown slips with loss to leaders

Fawad Alam (left) with Thomas Lord
Fawad Alam (left) with Thomas Lord
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Clitheroe’s hopes of retaining their Lancashire League title were hit for six when league leaders Walsden made it a perfect 10 at Chatburn Road.

The table toppers remain unbeaten at the top and stay eight points clear of second place Ramsbottom following a 67-run win against the defending champions.

Clitheroe's Sam Halstead

Clitheroe's Sam Halstead

Half centuries from the Gale brothers - Josh and Joe - helped Walsden make 244-8. The eldest sibling made 64 from 75 balls while the latter hit nine boundaries in a knock of 51.

Clitheroe professional Fawad Alam catered for five of the wickets taken, conceding 66 runs from 15 overs, while Sam Halstead added figures of 2-46.

Walsden professional Umesh Karunaratne took 4-48 and Joe Gale 2-7 to bowl Clitheroe out for 177. Skipper Jack Dewhurst made 42, Peter Dibb 39 and Harry Lang 37 for the hosts.

However, Clitheroe may keep hold of one of their crowns this term after strengthening their position in the Twenty20 group stages.

The holders stayed in touch with Burnley and Rishton in the JWL Founders Group with a 7 wicket win over East Lancs on home soil.

Skipper John Turner top scored with 36 as East Lancs closed on 96-7. Paid man Alam hit 49 from 32 balls and captain Dewhurst an unbeaten 20 to take Clitheroe to victory in the 12th over.