Double defeat for Earby over Bank Holiday weekend

SETBACK: Richard Craddock took 2-40 and made 44 not out in the defeat against Salesbury
SETBACK: Richard Craddock took 2-40 and made 44 not out in the defeat against Salesbury
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Earby suffered a double dose of defeat over the Bank Holiday weekend in the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League.

On Saturday, the men from the Applegarth travelled to New Lane to take on Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

Immanuel were restricted to 180-7, as Chris Walton claimed 4-23 off just eight overs.

Earby had the hosts at 53-3 after Danny and Martin Kegg combined to see off the top three batsmen, but Oliver Clare and Andrew Metcalf shared a half-century stand to push the score to 107.

Clare was Walton’s first victim for a top-score of 44, but the Immanuel middle order continued to frustrate Earby, as Metcalf (23), Jon Baldwin (38) and Neil Weaver (15) helped the score to 180-7.

In reply, Australian Lewis Mildenhall took 4-28 to see Immanuel home by 47 runs - despite a valiant 53 from opener Walton, who was sixth man out at 114.

Only professional Fahid Rehman (28) and Danny Kegg (10) could join him in double figures as Earby were all out for 133.

The following day, Salesbury professional Susantha Pradeep was the matchwinner at the Applegarth.

He took 5-49 as Earby were held to 126-8, with Richard Craddock making 44 not out, and then hit an unbeaten 61 to guide the visitors home by seven wickets.

This weekend, Earby are at Baxenden tomorrow, before hosting Clitheroe in the Ramsbottom Cup on Sunday.