Holders get back on track in group stage

Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam
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Clitheroe will have to go again with their Lancashire League clash against Milnrow after play was abandoned at Ladyhouse.

The defending champions are already 44 points adrift of leaders Walsden but could move level on points with Norden in eighth should they capitalise on their game in hand.

Clitheroe are currently 10th, sandwiched in-between Rochdale and Nelson, having already suffered three defeats in eight games, the same amount they lost last season in its entirity.

Meanwhile, Jack Dewhurst’s side are now well poised to progress to the knockout stages of the Twenty20 competition after moving level on points with Rishton.

Their rivals remain in second spot by virtue of a better nett run rate but the 34 run victory at Chatburn Road has kept them alive in the JWL Founders Group.

Professional Fawad Alam made 47 from 25 balls for the holders, Charlie Dewhurst posted 42, Thomas Lord chipped in with 35 from 15 deliveries while Harry Lang made 23 in the home side’s 176-6.

Sam Halstead took 3-30 to help restrict Rishton to 142-9. Professional Mansoor Amjad made 36, Ali Hasham 28 and Sajid Patel 19.

Clitheroe entertain East Lancs in the penultimate group game of the Twenty20 tomorrow and then welcome league leaders Walsden to the Ribble Valley on Sunday.

The newcomers, who are threatening to steal Clitheroe’s crown, and won all nine outings to date, forfeiting just six bonus points so far.

Other fixtures: Accrington v Rawtenstall, Bacup v Ramsbottom, Burnley v Nelson, Colne v Lowerhouse, Crompton v Church, East Lancs v Milnrow, Great Harwood v Rishton, Littleborough v Darwen, Norden v Enfield, Rochdale v Haslingden, Todmorden v Middleton.