Clitheroe didn’t waste the opportunity to steal a march on Settle at the top of Section A, beating Salesbury by six wickets.
Susantha Pradeep threatened to win the match on his own for the home side as the Sri Lankan right hander contributed an unbeaten 139 from Salesbury’s total of 216-6, hitting 12 boundaries and five sixes in his 125-ball innings.
Janaka Gunaratne, 34, couldn’t upstage his 35-year-old compatriot with a century of his own. but Gunaratne’s undefeated 99 ensured the champions got home for the loss of four wickets.
Clitheroe are at Ribblesdale tomorrow night in the Twenty20, and host Brinscall in the league on Saturday.