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Clitheroe cricketers 'Cobras' make history with league title
4:17pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
In a season of unprecedented success for Clitheroe Cobras, the club’s dedicated and talented squad of girls have more than played their part with a unique achievement.
Under the leadership of local cricket legend Jon Harvey, the under 13 girls team have made history by becoming the first ever girls’ team to capture a league title.
Playing exclusively against boys teams in the Lancashire League junior set-up, the Cobras girls secured a share of the division two title with a remarkable run of form in the second half of the season.
After a difficult start to the campaign, narrowly losing four of their opening six fixtures, the girls responded magnificently by reeling off six straight victories to finish joint top.
This remarkable run of victories including a nail-biting last-ball thriller at Accrington and culminated in a title-deciding clash at Burnley. Batting first, the hosts posted a highly respectable total of 246, despite being restricted by tight bowling and tigerish fielding. In reply, the girls batted magnificently, never looked in any difficulty and soon had the game wrapped up.
Cobras Chairman Farouk Hussain paid tribute to the achievement of the girls in re-writing the cricket history books: “This has been a remarkable season for the girls. They have worked hard over the last few years and the standard at which they are now competing is a credit to them all. And the truth is that we still feel there is even more to come from them over the next few years”.
Twelve different girls have played in the squad this season; six of whom have already represented Lancashire and it can only be a matter of time before even more are called upon to play.
The club has also introduced a women’s XI this season who have competed with great credit against more experienced opponents.
Any women or girls interested in playing cricket at Clitheroe would be made very welcome.
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