Barnoldswick look to seal second

STAR TURN: Earby's Chris Walton on his way to 74 against Padiham (picture by Paul Ashworth)
STAR TURN: Earby's Chris Walton on his way to 74 against Padiham (picture by Paul Ashworth)

Barnoldswick and Settle can still finish as Ribblesdale League runners-up after last weekend’s double header.

Last season’s winners Barlick hold a five-point advantage going into their final game at Edenfield tomorrow.

Barnoldswick could have put the issue beyond doubt but slipped up in both games.

On Saturday, Ribblesdale Wanderers scored 236-5, with the aid of 106 from professional Ben Dougall, before Mark Thompson took 6-55 as Barlick were restricted to 191-9.

Then against Harwood, Barnoldswick were dismissed for 154, of which John Pickup top-scored with 63. Stuart Maher took 5-34. In reply, Great Harwood lost six wickets, but passed the target.

Earby couldn’t do their neighbours a favour against Settle on Saturday. Richard Craddock won the toss and took the gamble to bat on a slow and low wicket.

Fahid Rehman battled to 37 before hitting one to mid-off, and at the halfway Earby had reached 76-4. Craddock and Iain Clarkson added a valuable 38 stand before Clarkson was lbw for 23 and Craddock was also lbw for 16. The tail tumbled and Earby were 123 all out.

In reply, Ian White trapped Read lbw for four, before Craddock took a wicket in each of his first four overs, reducing the home team to 55-5.

Captain Eddie Read worked hard for his 26 until Lee Parkinson had him caught by Clarkson. Earby thought they were in with a chance, however the two Davidsons saw Settle home for a two-wicket win. Craddock ended with 5-32, and Parkinson 2-17.

Padiham arrived at the Applegarth on Sunday knowing they were already relegated.

Earby batted first but Rehman was sent back for just three, trapped in front by Chris Holt.

Chris Walton batted with care and patience against Holt and Mahmood. However he lost Jake Greenbank (12) and Hipgrave (1) before Matt Wilson steadied the ship with a 32-ball 24.

Hargreaves added 10, and Parkinson stuck around for 16 before becoming Holt’s second victim.

Jason Lockley, a late replacement for the injured Craddock, smashed 30 off just 16 balls, before Holt got him.

Walton chased a wide delivery and was gone for a superb 74, and White was Mahmood’s seventh wicket, Earby setting Padiham a target of 191.

In reply, Holt played a very professional innings, adding 60 with Hitchon until Lee Parkinson found the edge of Hitchon’s bat. Kurt Robinson and Holt looked like they could claim the victory, but Lockley saw off the pair, both smartly stumped by Matt Garner. Mahmood (11) and Pettard (14) took the total within striking distance, but Walton sent both back, as well as Meehan, with Padiham eight runs short. Walton finished with fine figures of 5-35, and Lockley 2 for 33.