Clitheroe see off Read to stay unbeaten at top

Ali Ross, pictured batting, took 4-24 for Clitheroe
Ali Ross, pictured batting, took 4-24 for Clitheroe

Ribblesdale League leaders Clitheroe maintained their unbeaten record with a 46-run derby victory over Read.

The treble chasers won the toss and decided to bat at Chatburn Road, but Clitheroe were grateful for 48 from Jack Dewhurst, who enabled them to make 137-9, despite 5-27 from Ravi Jangid and 3-42 from Andrew Rushton.

Bilal Ahmed (13) and Ali Ross (19) shared 32 for the first wicket, but fell within six runs of each other.

Three more wickets fell for the addition of 31 runs, as Jangid took hold, with Aneeq Hassan (12) stumped, professional Janaka Guneratne (4) caught and Marcus Sharp bowled for a duck.

Jack Dewhurst put on 41 with younger brother Charlie, who was out for seven at 110, but Sam Mulligan hit a 16-ball 23 to help push the score out.

Jack Dewhurst was bowled by Rushton at 127, with Mulligan following nine runs later.

In reply, the away side missed an opportunity to capitalise as five batsmen were sent packing without scoring.

Only captain Joey Marshall (24) and Jangid (46 not out) reached double figures in the chase as Read were bowled out for 91, with Ross taking 4-24.

That meant Read’s pursuit of LCB Knockout Cup qualification took another almighty hit, and Great Harwood’s victory over Oswaldtwistle Immanuel at New Lane now means Marshall’s men are 26 points off the pace.

Clitheroe, however, are 23 points clear of second place Settle with five games to play, before they leave the league to join the Lancashire League next season.

Clitheroe are at Cherry Tree on Saturday, while Read are at home to Whalley.

l It was a good day for Harry Lang for Clitheroe second team as he scored 72 with the bat, off 124 balls, and then took 6-27 as the locals won at Euxton by 91 runs.