Scothern’s innings is key in semi

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It will be Barnoldswick seconds in the Lawrenson Cup Final, after they beat derby rivals Earby seconds by 47 runs on Sunday.

While the first teams were kept apart in the Ramsbottom Cup semi-final draw – Barlick play Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Sunday, while Earby face Settle – the seconds were denied the prospect of an all-West Craven final.

Earby had their neighbours in real trouble, with none of Barnoldswick’s top four batsmen reaching double figures, as wicketkeeper Warren Whitaker claimed two catches and a run out.

But Barlick’s batting line up had real depth, and Shaukat Sheraz made 21, before Luke Scothern anchored the innings with 70.

Jonathan Beech added 43 as Barnoldswick closed on 197.

Martin Windle took 3-30, Jason Lockley 2-32 and Adam Yates 2-29.

Earby’s innings followed a similar pattern, before they were bowled out for 150, 47 runs short.

Josh Butler took superb figures of 4-18 off 10 overs, while Macauley Cunningham matched those figures exactly.

Gary Martindale hit 22 for Earby, before veteran Stephen Hipgrave proved the mainstay of the reply with 46.

Whitaker added 32, but it was too little, too late.

The previous day, in Division One, Barnoldswick were beaten by Ribblesdale Wanderers. Barlick were all out for 113, chasing Ribblesdale Wanderers’ 152. David Scothern took 5-12.