Earby start with a bang as pro inspires handsome victory

David Crotty hit 48 and took 5-29 for Earby in their win at Edenfield
David Crotty hit 48 and took 5-29 for Earby in their win at Edenfield

Earby professional David Crotty had a debut to remember as he claimed five wickets and made an unbeaten 48 in a six-wicket win at Edenfield on Saturday.

The Applegarth side delivered a hugely-impressive display on the opening day of the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League season, bowling their hosts out for 139, with skipper Richard Craddock adding four wickets to former Nelson manCrotty’s 5-29.

And Craddock was a happy man: “It almost went too well! We looked very strong, and showed the depth in our bowling, with seven lads getting a bowl - and I could have used 10 to be honest.

“We looked a force to be reckoned with. We had spoken about laying a marker down, and we certainly did that.

“We had them at 22-2 before they got away a bit with the pro Paul Gallagher (51), but myself and Crotts chipped away at them again and we were always confident of knocking the runs off.

“We reached 50 after six or seven overs, before a mini-collapse, but the pro was solid and chanceless.”

Earby host Ribblesdalw Wanderers tomorrow (1-30 p.m.), while last season’s runners-up Barnoldswick get their campaign underway at Cherry Tree. On Sunday, Earby are at Brooksbottom in the Ramsbottom Cup (1 p.m.).