Business as usual for champs Clitheroe

Jack Dewhurst (left) in action for Clitheroe. Picture: Keith Driver
Jack Dewhurst (left) in action for Clitheroe. Picture: Keith Driver
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Clitheroe and Read will lock horns in the quarter-final of the Twenty20 competition at Chatburn Road tomorrow.

Salesbury also sealed their progession to the knockout stages with victory over Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and their reward is a tie against Cherry Tree.

And Whalley edged through in Group Four after beating Ribblesdale Wanderers by 29 runs at Church Meadow. They’ll now play Padiham at the Arbories.

The final game will see Baxenden host Euxton at Back Lane.

Meanwhile, it was business as usual for the defending champions as they stretched their unblemished start to the season by brushing aside Daniel Metcalfe’s New Laners on home soil.

Ali Ross top-scored for the league leaders when hitting 10 fours in making 69 from 100 balls.

Aneeq Hassan added an unbeaten 61 to the equation while Neil Bolton (24), professional Janaka Guneratne (22) and Jack Dewhurst (32 not out) also scored well in a 230-3 total.

In reply, the club’s Sri Lankan paid man took 4-20 while Ross claimed 4-11 to restrict the visitors.

Elsewhere, Whalley slipped up in their pursuit of the leading pack after being beaten by 15 runs against Great Harwood.

The home side managed a tally of 164-3 at the Cliffe but Richard Lamb’s men couldn’t find the batting power to eclipse that despite overseas amateur Yogesh Takawale scoring 37 and Joshua McLean adding an unbeaten 36.

However, Read skipper Joe Marshall led by example to help the club get back on track in the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

The Whalley Road captain struck 11 boundaries en route to an unbeaten 96 as he shared a 139-run partnership for the second wicket alongside professional Ravi Jangid.

The Indian hit seven fours and two sixes on his way to 71 before taking 3-44 in the reversal.

Andrew Rushton and Warren Eastham also claimed two scalps apiece in a 39-run win.

Ian Britcliffe’s five-wicket haul provided the platform for Ribblesdale Wanderers’ win over Feniscowles.

In a dazzling display the veteran conceded just 11 runs in a nine-over spell while son, Jordan, added 3-43 as the hosts were extinguished for 81.

The visitors required just more than 20 overs to get over the line as professional Ryan Canning top-scored with 31 not out while Martin Briggs added an unbeaten knock of 25 to the equation.

Finally, Salesbury stormed to victory over Barnoldswick at thanks to the bowling prowess of Sam Bristol and a clinical batting display from Joe Rawlinson.

The former took 5-36 before the amateur batsman fired an unbeaten 79. Skipper Liam Parkinson added 53 and Josh Bristol 30 as they surpassed their 200-run target.