FAWAD Alam starred as Clitheroe won the top of the table Lancashire League clash at Todmorden.

The visiting professional took 6-15 from 15 overs as Tod were restricted to 121-9 and Alam then made an unbeaten 42 from 45 balls to help Clitheroe to an eight wicket win.

Ali Ross also finished not out as he made 36 while earlier Graham Lalor’s 44 off 49 balls down the order helped rescue the home side from a perilous 50-7.

Darwen are up to second in the table after they followed their Worsley Cup success with a six-wicket win over Burnley.

The visitors were bowled out for 179 and Darwen reached their target with time to spare to keep their title challenge on track.

Haslingden enjoyed a crushing 100-run win over East Lancashire thanks to a terrific spell of bowling from professional Nicholas Benton.

He took 7-15 from nine overs with Lewis McIntosh taking 3-19 as East Lancs were skittled out for just 35 in reply to the away side’s 135 all out.

Only Shahrukh Khan got into double figures for the hosts while earlier Phillip Hayes carried his bat for a superb 64 not out to anchor the visitors’ innings as Khan finished with 4-15 and David Turner 4-38.

Ramsbottom got the better of Nelson at Acre Bottom.

The away side were bowled out for 127 with Dale Gabriel and Jon Fielding each claiming three wickets.

In reply, defending champions Rammy reached their target for the loss of four wickets.

In the B Division, Rawtenstall remain bottom of the pile after losing by five wickets to Colne.

Matthew Walker hit an unbeaten 61 for the hosts as they chased down Rawtenstall’s 152 all out.

Tabassum Aziz made 50 for the visitors as John Lambert and Daniel Kegg each took three wickets.

Leaders Enfield were beaten at Church who closed the gap at the top of the table.

Enfield were restricted to 100-8 in their innings and the home side got home by four wickets to keep their chances of lifting the title alive.

Bacup got the better of Accrington thanks to a fine 46 from professional Ernest Kemm.

Accrington were restricted to 126-8 batting first with Kierne Grimshaw impressing as he made 56. Matthew Ramshead took 5-40 with the ball for the home side,

Kemm and captain Tim Farragher then put on 53 for the first wicket to leave Accrington always playing catch up and Kemm, supported by Matthew Schofield (19) and Adam Highley (16 not out) took the hosts to their target inside 36 overs.

Saeed Anwar inspired Rishton to victory over Great Harwood.

The left handed batsman hit 81 off 124 balls in the home side’s total of 177-9 and then took 2-16 from 11 tight overs to help dismiss Great Harwood for 138.

Daniel Briggs also starred with the ball for Rishton as he took 5-39 while Bradley Boddie took 3-44 as Great Harwood collapsed from 76-3. Matthew Oddie top scored for the visitors with 24.

n Lowerhouse will visit Burnley in the last four of the LCB Knockout after winning a bowl out against Clitheroe on Saturday.

The pitch was deemed unfit to play at the third time of asking and Lowerhouse, who were not in league action this weekend, won the bowl out 4-3 to set up a derby with Burnley, who won their own bowl out last weekend against Lytham.

Ramsbottom host Ormskirk in the other semi-final with the ties taking place on Sunday.

The final is at Old Trafford on Sunday September 3.