Canning taking a liking to Ribblesdale League bowling

Ribblesdale Wanderers professional Ryan Canning, in action with the ball with former club Nelson
Ribblesdale Wanderers professional Ryan Canning, in action with the ball with former club Nelson

Ryan Canning has taken an instant liking to the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League, though the feeling isn’t mutual for senior division bowlers!

The new Ribblesdale Wanderers star followed up last week’s unbeaten century against Brinscall with another not out ton in a three-wicket victory at Edenfield.

They batted first on a good track and scored well from the start, reaching an imposing 299-3.

Stand-in Read skipper Joey Marshall

South African Canning contributed 126 out of Wanderers’ 232-7 after Paul Gallagher (81), Fraser Phillips (56) and Adam Barnes (50 not out) helped Edenfield to 231-4.

Wanderers are at Barnoldswick on Saturday.

Read failed to back up their opening day victory over Cherry Tree as they lost to Barnoldswick.

Matt Nutter, after his century against Earby, struck 80 for Barlick, with Abdul and Umar Saddique making 165 runs between them, as their side accumulated the highest score of the weekend. Professional Kyle Marshall’s 5-91 helped dismiss the home side for 199.

Stand-in Read skipper Joey Marshall, deputising for Kyle O’Connor, said: “Things didn’t go to plan.

“They batted first on a good track and scored well from the start, reaching an imposing 299-3.

“We couldn’t afford any slip ups but we were hindered by three key decisions going against us. Nabil Ahmed fired 85 but his efforts couldn’t prevent defeat.

“We have to step our game up for next weekend. We know what we are capable of but we can’t afford to be complacent.”

Read are at Brinscall on Saturday.

Champions Clitheroe show no sign of giving up their bid for a hat-trick of titles without a battle. The Chatburn Road outfit proved far too strong for Euxton at Balshaw Park. Jack Dewhurst was the mainstay of the visitors’ 216 with a solid 70 before another interuption for bad weather.

On Sunday, Australian Dan Sartori produced his first telling contribution since his arrival at New Lane as Oswaldtwistle Immanuel stunned Clitheroe in the Ramsbottom Cup preliminary round.

Melbourne-born Sartori made 78 and Jon Baldwin 48 out of the home side’s 225-9 against the league leaders.

Clitheroe were in good shape at 101-3 when Jack Dewhurst departed for 51. With 15 overs left the visitors required 84 with six wickets in hand before the rot set in.

Going into the final over needing 20 for victory, Clitheroe were boosted by two sixes from Josh Marquet. The total went down to six from two deliveries but Marquet holed out and Clitheroe, without a cup win since 2006, were bowled out five runs short.

Clitheroe have a free date on Saturday.

Salesbury lost by 14 runs at Settle in a 27-over game, but Red Caps skipper Steve Brown admitted his side didn’t threaten after allowing the hosts to get to 162-6.

Home professional Imran Khalid made 66, and although, in reply, Susantha Pradeep hit 43, Joe Rawlinson added 27 and Pete Richardson, up from the seconds, chipped in with 24 not out, Salesbury fell short.

Brown said: “We never looked like winning it – we did well to get within 14.

“Four points wasn’t the end of the world – we didn’t bowl as well as we did against Edenfield, and allowed them to set too big a target, probably 20 too many.

“But I think they will be up there.”

Salesbury have their first home game on Saturday against Euxton.

Whalley, meanwhile, finally got their season underway as they earned an encouraging five-wicket win over Great Harwood.

Harwood made 210-8, as Joe Hawke hit 65. Richard Palmer took 5-64 for the locals, before, with the target revised to 193 after rain, Whalley knocked off the runs.

Professional Hiken Shah made 97 on his debut.

Whalley are at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Saturday.