Rain puts halt to start

Clitheroe Cricket Club V Earby at Clitheroe CC.'Clitheroe (Batting) V Earby (Bowling).'Pictured is Clitheroe's professional Janaka Gunaratne.'6th June 2015
Clitheroe Cricket Club V Earby at Clitheroe CC.'Clitheroe (Batting) V Earby (Bowling).'Pictured is Clitheroe's professional Janaka Gunaratne.'6th June 2015
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The start of the Ribblesdale Cricket League season has been delayed, due to the poor weather.

The league was scheduled to get underway on Saturday, but the Senior League fixtures for the weekend will now be Senior League games will be replayed at a later date.

Champions Clitheroe will be looking to battle on all fronts this season, according to captain Paul Gaskell.

They lost just twice in 24 league fixtures last term, cruising to a third-successive title with a 39-point advantage over runners up Read.

Gaskell, who has retained the services of Janaka Guneratne as pro while also bringing in Saud Ahmed (Settle), Aneeq Hassan (Oldham), Duncan Hall (Padiham) and Robert Lloyd (Ribblesdale Wanderers), said: “Like every other season our ambition is to challenge on all fronts.

“We would like to do better in the Ramsbottom Cup and the Twenty20 competition because we feel we have let ourselves down in both over recent seasons.”

Kyle O’Connor is hoping that Read will give a better account of themselves in the cup competitions this year after failing to make much of an impression last term.

This season skipper O’Connor will guide his men out against In Time CC in the LCB Knockout Cup and Clitheroe in the Ramsbottom Cup and they’ll share Group Three of the Twenty20 competition with Barnoldswick, Earby and Padiham.

“We will be aiming for a top four finish again in the league and we’ll be looking to push on in the cups as we’ve had a few disappointing years in those competitions.

“The lads are another year older and looking in great shape and I expect them to want it more and believe in themselves more this season.”

Read have drafted in Indian slow left arm spin bowler Ravi Jangid for the forthcoming campaign.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Zafran has returned to the club though Omar Hussain has swapped Whalley Road for Church Meadow.

Ribblesdale Wanderers’ Jordan Britcliffe feels the club have recruited well over the winter.

While they’ve kept hold of paid man Ryan Canning, the league’s most potent batsmen last year with 1,162 runs, they’ve added Longridge’s Danny Wilkinson to the capture of Hussain. “Ryan was very good last year so it’s vital that we’ve kept hold of him,” he said. “We needed a spinner and a batter to stengthen us so we’ve got what we wanted.

“I think the signings will help us push towards our ambition of securing promotion.”

New Salesbury skipper Liam Parkinson admits the Red Caps are aiming for promotion after a couple of close calls.

They have landed former East Lancashire and Orrell man Chris Riley, while Neil Hornbuckle replaces Susantha Pradeep as professional, and Parkinson said: “Our realistic hope is to go up into the A Division. It’s been our goal for a while, we want to push on and get into that top tier.

“I’m expecting big things from everyone, myself included.”

Whalley will also be hoping for success after landing Fergus and Declan Bailey from Lancashire League Lowerhouse, and Indian Yogesh Takawaleas overseas amateur.