Double dose of defeat dished up

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THE less said about last weekend’s double header for Ribblesdale Wanderers and Salesbury the better.

Both endured a torrid couple of days as they each slipped to two defeats. Oswaldtwistle Immanuel professional Chris Cook-Martin did the damage against Ian Britcliffe’s side on Saturday as he hammered 89 of the hosts’ 176 total. Mick Clarkson (3-36) and Britcliffe made an early breakthrough, restricting the home side to 18-2 but they were unable to build on that platform.

Wanderers paid man Muhammad Wajihuddin top-scored for the visitors with 38 but he was only backed by opening batsman Alistair Marsh (24) as they sank 55 runs short of their target.

Meanwhile, Salesbury were beaten by 64 runs against Great Harwood at The Cliffe. Professional Susantha Pradeep’s 6-53 wasn’t enough to inspire his fellow bowling attack, though Stephen Brown added 3-44. The hosts culminated their innings on 143.

In reply vice-skipper Ian Rabagliati top-scored with 25 as he opened proceedings but only Will Cook could add another knock of significance as he made 21, but they were undone by opposing pro Syed Shahabuddin who took 7-14 off 15 overs.

On Sunday, David Howard’s 74 wasn’t enough as Wanderers lost to Whalley in what turned out to be an extremely tight encounter.

And Salesbury failed to make much impression against Clitheroe as they rolled over and fell to a two-wicket defeat against their rivals. Rabagliati top-scored with 39.