Clitheroe stay out in front after big win

Jack Dewhurst
Jack Dewhurst

Clitheroe captain Paul Gaskell has praised the response of his players in the aftermath of the club’s Ramsbottom Cup quarter-final loss to Padiham.

The Ribblesdale Cricket League leaders endured the unsavoury, unpalatable and unfamilar taste of defeat last week, but bounced back to extend their unbeaten run in the league before booking a place in the LCB Knockout Cup quarter-final.

Professional Janaka Guneratne took 5-54 as Euxton were restricted to 89 all out, with Thomas Lord (3-19) and Graeme Kershaw (2-12) securing the remaining wickets.

In reply, opener Jack Dewhurst fired an unbeaten 27 and put on 72 runs for the second wicket with Guneratne (45). Naeem Ashraf then stepped in to see the hosts over the line for an eight wicket win.

After beating Maghull in the county cup, Gaskell said: “The Padiham result was a shame because we missed out on a local derby. However, that could still happen if Ribblesdale Wanderers beat Denton West on July 6th in the LCB Cup.”

He added: “We responded really well which is the sighn of a good team. We lost a couple of Twenty20 games as well but we’re back on track now. The pro is finding consistency with bat and ball and his quality shone through.

“Even Maghull, at that level, couldn’t handle him. We bowled Euxton out for 89 and then limited Maghull to 58 which we were very happy with. There’s still some big teams in that competition.”