Barnoldswick and Earby both slipped to defeat in the weekend’s Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League fixtures.
Barnoldswick suffered another disappointing afternoon at Victory Park in a match against Whalley that produced five half centuries, and another excellent bowling display from former Earby professional Simon Gorton.
Abdul Saddique (62) and Kyle Marshall (60) were the mainstays of Barlick’s 168 as Gorton finished with 6-65, closing the home innings with a burst of three wickets in four balls.
James Galling led the run chase with an undefeated 72 and Hiken Shah’s back-up knock of 53 in a seven-wicket win for Whalley.
Gorton now has 35 wickets for the season, with five five-wicket hauls.
Barnoldswick sit fourth in Section B, ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Euxton.
Meanwhile, Cherry Tree chased down Earby’s 198-9 for the loss of six wickets, thanks to Mark Hadfield (57) and Ferisco Adams (68).
Earby paid man Dave Crotty top-scored with 53 for the Applegarth side.
Crotty, batting at number three, came in with the score on 18 after Matt Garner was caught behind off Adams for eight, and the former Nelson man was seventh man out after anchoring the innings, bowled by Adams at 161, after a 102-ball stay at the crease.
Iain Clarkson crashed 37 off 26 balls, with three fours and two sixes, to help Earby push the score out to 190, before being stumped off Nas Iqbal.
Earby added eight more runs to close on 198-9.
Despite Chris Walton taking 3-33 in reply, Tree got home inside 34 overs, with four wickets in hand, as opener Kelan Florentine added 20 to Hadfield and Adams’ efforts.
Earby host Great Harwood in the league tomorrow, and Brinscall in the Ramsbottom Cup on Sunday.