Lancashire League champions Clitheroe are yet to taste victory in a Worsley Cup match after another first round exit, this time at the hands of Ramsbottom.
The club have won seven trophies in the last five years, winning five league titles in succession, and adding a Ramsbottom Cup and a Twenty20 trophy to their collection, but they won’t be adding a new piece of silverware to their haul following the 60-run defeat at Chatburn Road.
Visiting professional Daryn Smit was the man of the moment as his unbeaten knock of 109, coupled with Martin Cropper’s half century, effectively put Tom Parton’s men out of sight.
The South African made his tally from 114 balls with 17 fours and a six in Ramsbottom’s 252-5 finish in the Ribble Valley. He put on 65 for the third wicket with Cropper.
Clitheroe struggled to find their rhythm with the bat and losing their first wicket with just five runs on the board didn’t help matters.
Opener Charlie Dewhurst top scored for the hosts with 35, which included three boundaries, while Farooq Butt, entering down at number nine, was next best with 26. Peter Dibb added 23 in the middle order for Clitheroe before they were bowled out for 192.
Clitheroe only suffered three defeats in the league last term but they’ve already suffered their first of 2018 as Burnley came out on top at Chatburn Road.
Professional Asif Zakir’s unbeaten half century on his league bow was much needed for the visitors as they chased Clitheroe’s 206-9 finish.
The Pakistani all-rounder struck three fours and as many sixes during his 80-ball knock as he culminated the innings on 59 to see Burnley through to a six-wicket win.
Sub professional Karl Brown was the mainstay of the home side’s innings with the Lancashire cricketer posting 84 runs, made up of nine boundaries.
The combination of Cole Hayman and Chris Holt slowed down Clitheroe’s progress as they claimed three wickets apiece while Joe McCluskie chipped in with another couple.
Qasim Shah hit a career best 34 in a 79-run stand for the second wicket with Liam Bedford who ended the afternoon on 33.
Zakir added 97 for the fourth wicket with Joey Marshall.