Dil Raj scores highly with customers

Staff from Clitheroe's Dil Raj Indian Restuarant take on customers in a charity cricket match. (s)

Staff from Clitheroe's Dil Raj Indian Restuarant take on customers in a charity cricket match. (s)

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On a perfect day for cricket staff from Dil Raj Indian Restaurant bowled its customers over in a charity six-a-side match at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket Club.

Owner Ali Romjanali won the toss and the Dil Raj Tigers quickly piled on the runs on the superb batting track.

Stylish 20s from both Shomun and Rana took the restaurant side to a highly respectable total of 75.

The New Inn Sixers were slow to start and wickets fell with tight bowling from Liton, Shomun and Rana.

When last man Alex Wilson came to the crease the patrons were over 30 runs adrift.

However, an entertaining top score of 21 from “Man of the Match” Wilson, ably supported by Pete Coultherd, took the game to a nail biting last ball decider with Dil Raj edging victory by just one run.

Following the presentation of the trophy and awards everyone returned to the New Inn in Clitheroe for refreshments. Dil Raj also kindly provided a selection of tasty starters for the players, officials and spectators.

Thanks have been expressed to everyone who contributed to the event which raised £125 for Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate’s charities. Special thanks to Mark Graham, John Steinson and all at Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket Club along with umpires Roger Harrison, John Rowley and scorer Linda Barrett.