Britcliffe in the wickets again!

Ian Britcliffe
Ian Britcliffe

Not content with creating history last season, becoming the first amateur to take over 100 wickets in the Ribblesdale League, Ian Britcliffe is at it again!

The Ribblesdale Wanderers stalwart recently claimed a career-best 8-44 against Padiham, and on Sunday, he took 7-35 to see off Cherry Tree.

Wanderers won by four wickets, on the back of a 90-run defeat to second place Great Harwood on Saturday.

Harwood batted first and made 203-6, thanks to an unbeaten 88 from opener Jack Edgar, who recently made the switch from Lancashire League leaders Lowerhouse.

And in reply, Wanderers were shot out for 113 as Stuart Maher took 7-45 for Harwood.

The following day was a different story, however.

Tree were restricted to 141-9, mainly due to Britcliffe’s heroics, as he took his seasonal tally to 39 league scalps.

Then Wanderers’ professional Ben Dougall helped complete the job as he hit 64 to help the Church Meadow side over the line with four wickets in hand.

This Saturday, Wanderers travel to bottom side Brooksbottom - with their Ramsbottom Cup Final to follow next weekend against Cherry Tree at the Applegarth, after a home game with Barnoldswick.