Clitheroe captain Jack Dewhurst insists that the drama surrounding their Lancashire League title-winning success is “water under the bridge”.
The champions, who were exonerated from charges of a breach of rules, having faced allegations that they had paid amateur players, entertain Lowerhouse tomorrow, the club responsible for instigating the disciplinary process.
However, Dewhurst doesn’t want his players to be distracted by recent history and is encouraging them to focus on the game.
“We’ve just got to approach it as another game of cricket,” he said. “Other people will have their views but we don’t want distractions. We just need to win the game.
“We’ve not shown up in the big games so far so we need to improve on that. They pulled out a pretty good result at the weekend.
“What happened is water under the bridge. We just need to win the game, not because of who we’re playing. We want the points.”
Clitheroe prolonged Rishton’s wait for a first league win in a high-scoring game at Blackburn Road at the weekend.
Professional Fawad Alam top scored with an unbeaten 84 in Clitheroe’s 253-7, finding the boundary nine times, and put on 121 for the sixth wicket alongside Tom Lord.
Lord hit eight fours and two sixes in making 67, Harry Lang hit 36 and Charlie Dewhurst chipped in with 16.
Rishton professional Mansoor Amjad hit eleven fours and a six in a superb unbeaten 111 to help Rishton to four batting points.
The Pakistani paid man put on 73 for the third wicket with Brad Boddie (38) and 41 for the fifth wicket with Jack Hilton (26). Alam took 3-50 for Clitheroe who move up to seventh place in the table.
“It went a bit closer than we wanted it to,” said the skipper. “We thought we were pretty safe. We didn’t bowl them out which was disappointing because we wanted the bowling points.
“In the first half we were brilliant and Tom Lord and the pro put on 121 in around 18 overs. It was a really good effort.
“We let ourselves down a bit afterwards though. We weren’t at the races at all. We didn’t bowl particularly well and our fielding was poor. We’ll have to be much better at the weekend.”
Dewhurst fired an unbeaten 35 in his side’s six wicket win against Colne at the Horsfield as their Twenty20 campaign got under way.
Thomas Lord took 3-20 to help dismiss Colne for 97. Jhangir Liaqat top scored with 30 and Matt Walker made 22.