Earby win again in the league – but suffer Ramsbottom Cup exit

Matt Wilson focuses on the ball against Ribblesdale Wanderers
Matt Wilson focuses on the ball against Ribblesdale Wanderers

Earby made it two wins from two in the Ribblesdale League on Saturday - before exiting the Ramsbottom Cup on Sunday.

The Applegarth side hosted Ribblesdale Wanderers on Saturday and were dismissed for 137, with opener Matt Wilson top-scoring with 68, as wily campaigner Ian Britcliffe took 7-55).

It might have looked too few to defend, but Lee Parkinson returned figures of 6-10 as Wanderers fell 75 runs short.

Skipper Richard Craddock said: “We should have scored in excess of 200 after the start Matt gave us, but as it turned out, 137 was plenty thanks to a good performance from Lee.

“That gives us a 100% start in the league, and we want to push on now, keep picking up bonus points against Section A teams and try and get in that top two.”

However, the following day, Earby fell one run short in the preliminary round of the Ramsbottom Cup at Brooksbottom.

Earby used nine bowlersin restricting the home side to 179-9, and were 95-3 at the halfway point of their reply. They needed 37 off the final 10 overs but were then reduced to 154-9. The tail wagged to add another 28 before the overs ran out.

Craddock admitted: “It was disappointing, but we have a chance for revenge at home in the league tomorrow.”