Earby go down to surprise home defeat

Richard Craddock in action for Earby.
Richard Craddock in action for Earby.

Earby lost top spot in the Ribblesdale League’s B Section on Saturday after a 58-run home defeat to struggling Padiham.

Callum Clarke won the toss for Padiham, and he and Kevin Hitchon put 32 on the board before Richard Craddock had Hitchon caught behind.

Professional Darryl Losper fell for two, but Anthony Hall accumulated quietly. Clarke (43) fell to the left arm bowling of Lee Parkinson, having taken the total to 77. Enter man of the match Nesir Mehmood, who took on the Earby attack, supported by Nathan Whitehead (23), before giving Danny Kegg the simplest of catches on 99. Padiham closed on 236-7, Craddock taking 4-73 and Chris Walton 2-63.

Earby’s reply started brightly enough, as Walton and Matt Wilson put 39 on in the first five overs. Whitehead removed Wilson for 21, and professional David Crotty (17) added 40 before being caught behind off Toby Burrows. The next over from Whitehead saw Walton out for 26 and Matt Haines followed without troubling the scorers.

Andy Jaggers and skipper Craddock had a rebuilding job to do at 81-5 and took the score over 100 before Whitehead removed Craddock (10). Kegg shared 44 with Jaggers (44), but both fell with the score in the 150s and Earby were bowled out for 178.

Earby are at Section B leaders Cherry Tree today.