Clitheroe kept the pressure on Ribblesdale Cricket League leaders Settle with victory over Cherry Tree and topped off a fruitful weekend by cementing a mouth-watering LCB Knockout Cup tie with Burnley.
The defending champions restricted the hosts to 174 at Preston Old Road; Will Calov’s sixth wicket brought the innings to a close off the final ball.
Opener Bilal Ahmed struck 59 in the run chase before he was fifth man out on 122.
Naeem Ashraf chipped in with 36 to secure a three-wicket triumph.
And a four-wicket win over Lytham the following day in the county cup means they’ll host Burnley at Chatburn Road in a quarter-final tie on July 26th.
With the home side culminating the innings on 190-6, last year’s semi-finalists got over the line with Jack Dewhurst top-scoring with 64.
Meanwhile, Station Road captain Richard Lamb praised duo Richard Palmer and Sean Duckworth for rescuing Whalley from the brink of defeat.
The hosts were struggling on 32-7 at one point against Brinscall until a 71-run final wicket stand between the aforementioned pair sparked a miraculous recovery.
Palmer went on to hit 70 while Duckworth finished unbeaten on 10.
“We were in all sorts of difficulties,” said Lamb. “Richard contributed with a fantastic innings which was just what we needed in that situation.
“He batted out the overs which was a great achievement and Sean batted alongside him. They did the business, it was remarkable, and that’s probably close to a club record for a final wicket partnership.”