Saddique’s century in vain in Barlick defeat

Ribblesdale League cricket action from Euxton v Earby.'Earby opener Matt Garner watches his flick shot head for the boundary.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-7-2015
Ribblesdale League cricket action from Euxton v Earby.'Earby opener Matt Garner watches his flick shot head for the boundary. PIC BY ROB LOCK'25-7-2015

Barnoldswick and Cherry Tree shared 510 runs at Victory Park on Saturday, as Abdul Saddique ended on the losing side, despite an unbeaten 144 from the locals’ 254-3.

Saddique faced 160 deliveries, hitting 19 boundaries and two sixes, while Kyle Marshall added 68 for Luke Hodgson’s side.

But Amar Ullah’s 105 not out – with nine fours and four sixes – helped Cherry Tree to a four-wicket win.

Shoaib Khan took 3-87 off 17 overs.

Earby also came unstuck against high-flyers Euxton, who continue to impress as they maintained their lead at the head of Section B.

It was a real nail-biter at Balshaw Park.

Batting first, Earby were dismissed for 181 with two balls of their 45 overs remaining.

Professional Dave Crotty hit 63 as former Lowerhouse paid man Francois Haasbroek recorded figures of 6-44 from 15.4 overs.

Sam Tolley compiled 51, all but seven from boundaries, in the reply, and was fourth out at 132.

Two wickets fell at 152, and when Andrew Winrow was eighth man out, Euxton still needed nine with balls running out.

With the last delivery of the game, the home side required one run, duly achieved as James Hill and Louis Sweeney scampered through for a bye to avoid the senior league’s fifth tie of the year.

Tomorrow, Barnoldswick are at Baxenden, while Earby make the journey to Ribchester Road to face promotion-chasing Salesbury.