Clitheroe Cobras take Lancashire U13s NCC Title
Sunday 30th June saw LCB's U13s National Club Competition County Finals day reach its climax at the magnificent and historical setting of Liverpool CC.
The format of the day was 2 semi finals and the final to decide which club would represent Lancashire in the National Club Competition.
County Semi Final: Clitheroe CC v Leigh CC
Clitheroe U13s played Leigh in the first game. Having won the toss Clitheroe decided to let Leigh have the first use of the hard wicket.
A steady start by the Leigh opening pair of Crab and Bailey saw them add 20 runs to the score board, Smith and Hatton then put a partnership together to push the score on to 84 with Smith retiring on 30.
Jackson and Lang were the pick of the Clitheroe bowlng.
In reply, Jack Dewhurst opened the batting and the classy right hander showed his true game by hitting the ball to all parts in a controlled manner, aided and abetted by Sam Mulligan who finished on 28 not out and finished the game inside of 14 overs. Pick of the Leigh bowlers was Smith.
County Semi Final: Chorley CC v Horwich RMI CC
The second semi saw Chorley U13s against reigning NCC Lancashire County Champions at this age group Horwich RMI.
Horwich won the toss and elected to bat. Enter hard hitting all rounder Danny Southward who played a majestic innings which saw him retire on 35 in about 7 overs! Chorley bowled with discipline especially in the latter overs, Emily Weetman being the pick with figures of 4-0-16.
In reply Chorley were very steady rotating the strike whenever possible and running hard saw Wade and Barker put on 46 for the first wicket. The fall of another quick wicket brought Emily Weetman to the crease. Emily exploded into action and almost single handedly won the game for Chorley but she was run out on 27. The fall of 2 more wickets in the last 3 overs had the game in the balance as Horwich could smell victory, however the experienced County wicketkeeper batsman Harry Barclay saw his side home in the last over. Pick of the Horwich bowling was Danny Southward.
County Final: Chorley CC v Clitheroe CC
Clitheroe won toss and elected to bat. Dewhurst and Lang got of to a flyer with Dewhurst retiring on 30 in the 9th over soon followed by Lang who retired the very next over with the score on 74. This brought Mulligan and Jackson together with the latter carrying his bat to the end with Clitheroe reaching the highest score of the day of 133 for 3.
Momentum was strongly on the side of Clitheroe going in to the second half and a run out from the first ball added a little more pressure on to the Chorley outfit. Emily Weetman once again started the fight back for Chorley as she, like in their first semi, retired on 30. However the huge score of 133 was starting to take its toll on the batters as wickets started to fall at regular intervals. Chorley managed to reach 101 for the loss of 9 wickets in a very thrilling final.
Congratulations to Clitheroe who will now represent Lancashire in the next stage of the National Club Competition when they take on the Yorkshire champions in a couple of weeks time at the home of the Cobras.
The Lancashire Cricket Board would like to thank Liverpool CC for their support in hosting the game, an experience the boys will surely remember and to all the players and coaches who played the game in a great spirit throughout. Our officials on the day where superb and a huge thanks goes to them.
Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)