Weekend to forget for Barlick and Earby

Earby celebrate the wicket of Clitheroe pro Janaka Guneratne
Earby celebrate the wicket of Clitheroe pro Janaka Guneratne

It proved a weekend to forget for the region’s teams in the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

Earby succumbed to a fifth defeat of the term, this time at the hands of defending champions Clitheroe at Chatburn Road.

Jack Hargreaves in action

Jack Hargreaves in action

Richard Craddock claimed 4-36 from his 11 over spell for the visitors while Chris Walton added 3-32 but their efforts weren’t enough to prevent the home side reaching a 179-run total.

Jack Dewhurst was the first of Craddock’s victims when sent packing for a duck after facing just five balls, but then spurred the home side on.

Ali Ian Ross struck 30 at number three, Peter Dibb contributed with 33 midway down Clitheroe’s batting order, Naeem Ashraf fired a clinical half-century while Charlie Dewhurst hammered 24 when introduced at seven.

In response, the away side were still in the contest at 51-2 before they lost their last eight wickets for just 53 runs.

That was owed to the prolific pairing of Marcus Sharp and Sri Lankan paid man Janaka Guneratne who took nine wickets between them.

Amateur Sharp claimed figures of 5-42 from 12 overs while the professional finished with 4-27.

Matthew Garner had attempted to make the clash more competitive with a knock of 42 and David Crotty added 19 but the outcome, a 75-run loss, left Earby third from bottom in the hierarchy.

Elsewhere, Barnoldswick opener Matthew Nutter’s 74 failed to inspire his side to victory against Padiham at the Arbories.

Nutter hit seven fours and six sixes to reach his tally from 66 deliveries but the visitors still only managed a 163 runs.

Skipper Luke Hodgson posted the next highest score for his side with 33.

Padiham professional Ben Heap, formerly of Lancashire League champions Lowerhouse, and Brannon Varley did the damage in the switch over.

The duo shared an unbeaten third wicket stand of 123 as Heap made 64 from 50 balls while Varley threw 68 runs from 39 balls in to the equation to secure an eight-wicket win.

It was a huge set back for Hodgson’s side, who claimed back-to-back wins against Brinscall and Edenfield the previous weekend.

Earby host Cherry Tree at the Applegarth tomorrow while Barnoldswick entertain Whalley at Victory Park.