Belvedere skipper is a proud man!

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BELVEDERE captain Nathan Flynn was a proud man as his team clinched the Ribblesdale League First Division title with a four-wicket victory over Ribblesdale Wanderers.

The team has led the way from the first game, winning 20 of 21 completed matches.

It is the third time in seven years the club have lifted the title, and ninth overall in the club’s 42-year history.

Flynn puts the success down to a team effort, with many games that were tight won due to different individuals taking responsibility.

Talat Darr has taken 63 wickets, and has been ably supported by Martin Caygill, Nigel Myers and Shahid Nawaz.

Dan Young is the leading run-getter, but a feature has been the length of the batting line-up, with every player at one time or another standing up to be counted.

The captain himself won the game at home to rivals Brinscall, showing great maturity in getting his team home.

Tom Ryland and Myers at Cherry Tree, Rob Quinn against Great Harwood, John Waite at home to Cherry Tree, Paul Garaghty at Barnoldswick, and Shahid and Mohammed Nawaz displayed pyrotechnics with the bat at various points.

It is a saying that catches win matches, and with the exception of the defeat against Clitheroe, when nine were dropped, the team has held the majority, and special mention must go to the glovework of Steve Latham behind the stumps.

The club would like to thank WH Oddie and Mick Annice for their help with sponsorship, and Derek Carter, Steve Quinn and Gerv Pickles in preparing the pitch.

• BURNLEY Under 11s A are closing in on the title.

Last week they beat Rawtenstall.

Rawtenstall won the toss and chose to bat, and they closed on 244-5, with two wickets for Adam Khan and Sam Molloy, and one for Henry Bunting-Jones.

In reply, Qasim Shah and Qasim Khan moved Burnley to 248 with four overs for the final pair to complete the win, and Bunting-Jones and Molloy guided Burnley to victory by 19 runs.

Then against Salesbury, Salesbury won the toss and chose to bat, closing on 235, with wickets from Bunting-Jones, Molloy and Jake Blakey.

Burnley started well through Max Dawson and Bryce Johnstone, and Adam Khan and Blakey. Qasim Khan and Qasim Shah saw the score increasing rapidly, and Bunting-Jones and Molloy completed a 27-run win.