Earby take maximum points in must-win game at Brinscall

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Earby took maximum points in a must-win game at Brinscall on Saturday.

ome captain Liam Winstanley won the toss and chose to take first knock, but Earby skipper Richard Craddock claimed three wickets in his first three overs to put Brinscall in trouble at 10-3.

Iain Clarkson got in on the act as he took two wickets in four balls - 18-5 and Earby must have thought it would be over before tea.

In his fifth over, Clarkson took his third wicket, and Winstanley was hanging in there until, on unlucky 13, Craddock had him caught by Clarkson, and 32-7 swiftly became 38-8 when Craddock trapped Lee Burgess.

Youngster James McVittie and Andrew Whittle started to put together a little revival, adding 46, before the returning skipper got the wicket of McVittie for 26.

Crotty then forcing Whittle into a mistake, caught in the deep by Chris Walton, and Brinscall were 94 all out, as Craddock took 6-36 and Clarkson 3-17.

As Brinscall had shown, it wasn’t the easiest track to score on, and Earby lost four wickets in reply, having been 15-3.

But Danny Kegg (21 not out) and Craddock (43 not out) saw the locals home in the 25th over.

Earby travel to face Settle tomorrow.