Great start to season for Barnoldswick CC

Matt Nutter hits a six
Matt Nutter hits a six

Barnoldswick, champions in 2012, have started the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League season strongly, backing up a 10-wicket win over Earby by beating Read by 100 runs.

Barlick accumulated the highest score of the weekend with 299-3.

Matt Nutter, after his century against Earby, struck 80 with Abdul and Umar Saddique making 165 runs between them.

Professional Kyle Marshall’s 5-91 helped dismiss the home side for 199.

Barnoldswick host Ribblesdale Wanderers tomorrow, with both sides, having been demoted to Section B last year, having won their first two games.

Former Nelson professional Ryan Canning has taken an instant liking to the Ribblesdale League, though the feeling isn’t mutual for senior division bowlers!

The new Ribblesdale Wanderers paid man followed up last week’s unbeaten century against Brinscall with another not out ton in a three-wicket victory at Edenfield on Saturday.

South African Canning contributed 126 out of Wanderers’ 232-7, after Edenfield made 231-4.

Earby, meanwhile, had a free date on Saturday, but are back in action with their first home game of the season tomorrow against Settle.

Skipper Matt Haines is hoping to get up and running after derby defeat against Barnoldswickin their first match, and he said: “We’ve had two weeks to look at things, and upped it in training, sorting stuff out.

“Hopefully we will bounce back against Settle.

“Once we get that first win under our belts it settles people down and we can kick on.”

Settle have started with two wins from two, winning at Brooksbottom by six wickets, before a 14-run success against Salesbury at the weekend.