‘Abysmal’ Ribblesdale slump to heavy loss

Ben Dougall hit 42 of Wanderers' 99
Ben Dougall hit 42 of Wanderers' 99

Ramsbottom Cup winners Ribblesdale Wanderers warmed up for their big day against Cherry Tree at Earby with a heavy defeat against Barnoldswick on Saturday.

Wanderers didn’t even reach three figures as they chased Barnoldswick’s 241-8, as Mohammed Saffii’s 5-33 reduced them to 99 all out.

Skipper Charlie Jackson admitted: “We were abysmal.”

The result saw Barlick leapfrog Wanderers at the bottom of Section A, and the pair have some work to do to avoid relegation to Section B when the senior division splits after Saturday’s fixtures.

Barnoldswick’s top four gave them the platform for victory.

Opener Abdul and brother Umer Saddique, batting at number three, hit 32 and 21 respectively, with fellow opener Faisal Hussain going on to reach 93.

Barlick’s overseas amateur Louis Delport chipped in with a 42-ball 51, as the visitors set a daunting target.

Jake Sunderland took 3-35, and Brannon Varley 3-52.

In reply, there was little resistance from the locals.

Professional Ben Dougall made 42 off 53 balls, but only Alistair Marsh, who hit 17 off 22, and Ric Clarkson, who made 12, could help occupy the crease for any length of time, as Wanderers were dismissed for 99.

Delport took 3-52 to add to Saffii’s 5-33.

Wanderers are now 14th in the table, but bottom of the sides who will form Section A.

Wanderers face a local derby at Whalley Road against Read on Saturday, with wickets pitched at 1-30 p.m.