Lucky 13 for Earby as Muller inspires win

Anton Muller, right, with Earby captain Matt Garner
Anton Muller, right, with Earby captain Matt Garner

It was another wet weekend for local cricket, although Earby were able to celebrate a first win in the CBS Office Supplies Ribblesdale League at the 13th attempt.

All of Saturday’s Lancashire games were again victim to the weather, while only two games were completed in the Ribblesdale League, with Matt Garner’s side beating Salesbury.

Liam Parkinson won the toss for the Red Caps at the Applegarth and chose to bat, but Anton Muller ripped through the top order, claiming the first five wickets to fall, to leave the visitors on 71-5.

Jake Hargreaves got in on the act, with his three wickets adding to a sixth for Muller as Salesbury closed on 142-9 after their 39 overs.

Muller finished with 6-48 off 17 overs, and Hargreaves 3-41 off 14.

Earby had a reduced total to chase, with more overs lost to rain, and were 14-3 in reply, but Muller’s 24-ball 33 was backed up by 20 from Sam Parry and Luke Hipgrave’s superb seven-ball 22 – with three sixes and a four – to see Earby home.

Barnoldswick were dismissed for 105 at Feniscowles, as Abdul Saddique hit 27 and Shashrika Pussegola 42, but with the hosts at 1-0 in reply, no further play was possible.

Tomorrow, Barnoldswick host Ribblesdale Wanderers and Earby are at Padiham.

In the Lancashire League, the only games to start were the mini-derbies, Colne against Burnley and Lowerhouse against Nelson.

At Colne, the hosts made 161-7 in a 26-over match.

Danny Kegg hit 73 from 70 balls, including five fours and two sixes.

Professional Yaseen Vallie chipped in with 37, while skipper Matt Walker added 13 and Kenton Rhodes 11.

Bharat Tripathi took 3-34 and Burnley professional Holt took 2-37.

Burnley’s reply lasted only two deliveries before the weather got the upper hand.

Lowerhouse hosted Nelson, who were 110-5 when the rain brought their innings to a close after 22 overs.

Lowerhouse professional Dieter Klein took 3-28, seeing off Nelson paid man Ryan Bailey (1) and openers Lewis (25) and Russell Bradley (7).

The league’s top amateur wicket taker Paddy Martin took two more wickets for 34 for the season for the West Enders.

Captain Neil Thompson was on 27 and Toxy Hussain seven when the rain ensured no further play was possible after 22 overs.

This Sunday, Colne face a trip to Worsley Cup finalists Haslingden, while Nelson are at home to Todmorden.