Clitheroe Cobras Ashes
With the Ashes reaching fever pitch, Clitheroe Cobras held their own Ashes Test Match - with full size replica urn included.
Two days of time cricket, following the timings of a Test match day was the offering on store at Chatburn Road.
The adults in their baggy greens of Australia and the young Cobras in the navy of England pitted wits with each other in a game of "timed" cricket over 2 innings. A solid 198-7 declared by the Australian team resulted in an equally admirable 178 all out from the English youngsters. The second and final day of Test cricket brought even more runs as the pitch flattened out and the Aussie batters piled up 275 - 7 declared. Try as hard as they may - the visitors were unable to bowl out England as they limped to 140-6 and the game ended in a draw.
Cobras Chairman Farouk Hussain said: "It has been a terrific couple of days of cricket. The boys are so used to playing limited overs cricket and they found the whole idea of bat for how ever long you want something very unusual. It allowed them to occupy the crease and build an innings rather than throwing their wicket away because overs were running out. Equally the bowlers could be more inventive with field placings and try a variety of deliveries in an attempt to take wickets - rather than simply restricting run scoring. Hopefully we will repeat this brilliant experience later in the Ashes season."
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