It was a weekend of contrasting fortunes for Barnoldswick and Earby in the Ribblesdale League.
Barnoldswick convincingly beat Ribblesdale Wanderers on Saturday - the day before Wanderers’ Ramsbottom Cup Final win over Cherry Tree at Earby - and leapfrogged the Ribble Valley side at the bottom of Section A, although both have some work to do to avoid relegation to Section B when the senior division splits after Saturday’s fixtures.
Earby, meanwhile, still head Section B, despite an eight wicket defeat against Cherry Tree.
Wanderers didn’t even reach three figures as they chased Barnoldswick’s 241-8, as Mohammed Saffii’s 5-33 reduced them to 99 all out.
Barnoldswick’s top four gave them the platform for victory. Opener Abdul and brother Umer Saddique, batting at number three, hit 32 and 21 respectively, with fellow opener Faisal Hussain going on to reach 93.
Barlick’s overseas amateur Louis Delport chipped in with a 42-ball 51, as the visitors set a daunting target.
Jake Sunderland took 3-35, and Brannon Varley 3-52.
In reply, there was little resistance from the locals. Professional Ben Dougall made 42 off 53 balls, but only Alistair Marsh, who hit 17 off 22, and Ric Clarkson, who made 12, could help occupy the crease for any length of time, as Wanderers were dismissed for 99. Delport took 3-52 to add to Saffii’s 5-33.
Barlick host Salesbury tomorrow.
For Earby, skipper for the day Matt Wilson won the toss and elected to bat. Chris Walton opened with Martyn Windle against the pace attack of Cherry Tree’s South African professional Ruan Sadler, and second ball Sadler found the edge of Walton’s bat and keeper Craig Kennedy took the catch.
Earby pro Dave Crotty and Windle put together a 97 partnership in the next 28 overs, before, with his score on 47, Crotty over balanced trying desperately to keep his foot in against the spin attack of Ullah and was stumped by Kennedy.
Windle (41) then played a tired shot to Cherry’s captain Mark Hadfield, and there was little resistance from that point. Andy Jaggers (11) became Kennedy’s third victim, and no-one else managed double figures. Adam Yates dug in to deny Cherry Tree the bonus points as Earby closed on 149-9.
Hadfield opened with Michael Timmis, and the Cherry skipper attacked the Earby bowling from the start,
After eight overs the score was already 45 when Windle managed to trap Timmis (5) lbw. Walton joined the attack and struck third ball, removing Ullah for 5, but Sadler joined his captain in full attack mode, the pair taking the score from 70-2 in the 12th over to the target of 150 in just five overs. Earby are at Padiham tomorrow.