Former Nelson pro Ryan hits ton to see off Earby

Chris Walton bowls for Earby against Read.
Chris Walton bowls for Earby against Read.

Former Nelson professional Ryan Canning notched his fourth league ton of 2015 to help Ribblesdale Wanderers beat Earby by four wickets on Saturday.

Earby skipper Matt Haines won the toss and elected to bat, as Chris Walton contributed 71 out of the home side’s 229-8.

Walton shared 43 for the first wicket with Matt Garner (12), and at 87-3, put on 47 with Michael Down (27), before falling lbw to Canningafter a 99-ball innings, which included 10 fours.

Jake Hargreaves (29) and Iain Clarkson (21 not out) aded 49 for the eighth wicket, but wily veteran Ian Britcliffe took a seasonal best 5-57 for Wanderers, as Earby closed on 229-8.

Canning (106 not out off 101 balls) and Mick Clarkson (57 not out) shared an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand to bring Wanderers home in the 43rd over.

Professional David Crotty – a former teammate of Canning at Seedhill – claimed3-55 off 12.4 overs, while Hargreaves added 2-51.

Meanwhile, Barnoldswick went down to defeat against title-chasing Settle at Victory Park.

Asif Fazal scooped a fifty and fifer as Settle knocked off their target of 196 for the loss of one wicket, with nearly 20 overs to spare.

Fazal, who took 4-50 off 13 overs, finished unbeaten on 67 while Robbie Davidson contributed 76.

Imran Khalid took 4-76 for Settle.

The Barlick top order all got starts, openers Abdul Saddique (42), skipper Luke Hodgson (38), Umar Saddique (36) and John Pickup (30), but Settle eased home, despite the locals using eight bowlers.

Earby are at Padiham tomorrow, while Barnoldswick are at Oswaldtwistle.