Crotty signs on for another year at Earby

David Crotty will return as Earby professional for the 2015 Ribblesdale League season
David Crotty will return as Earby professional for the 2015 Ribblesdale League season

Promoted Earby have resigned professional Dave Crotty for the 2015 season, as they take their place in section A of the Ribblesdale League.

In Crotty’s first season as a professional at the Applegarthm the former Nelson man scored 426 runs at an average of 27.

And he also took 43 wickets at an economical 14 runs per wicket.

The club thank him for his input into the junior set up, attending and running sessions for the juniors on Friday evenings.

As Earby finished runners-up to Cherry Tree in section B, Chris Walton with 363 runs and Matt Wilson with 360 were the leading amateur run makers.

Captain Richard Craddock passed the 50-wicket mark with 51 victims at 18 runs each.

Earby’s season came to an end the previous weekend, but on Saturday, derby rivals Barnoldswick, who have been relegated to section B, brought a disappointing campaign to a close against champions Clitheroe, who showed no mercy with a crushing seven-wicket win at Chatburn Road.

Umar Saddique made 55 out of the visitors’ 162, but Naeem Ashraf belted a rapid and unbeaten 53 as Clitheroe achieved victory in only 22 overs.

Abdul Saddique was top run-scorer for Barlick over the season, with 472 at 55.53, closely followed by brother Umer, who hit 412 at 22.88.

Overseas amateur Louis Delport hit 316 at 17.55, and also topped the bowling with 75 wickets at an average of 17.72 - the only bowler to take 10 league wickets or more.