Like father, like son as Ribblesdale Wanderers snatch victory

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LIKE father, like son.

Ribblesdale Wanderers skipper Ian Britcliffe combined with son Jordan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Granted the Britcliffe boys were aided heroically by professional Muhammed Wajihuddin, who took 5-28 from 14 overs, but two wickets apiece for the duo certainly contributed to their second win of the season against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

The Church Meadow outfit fell way short of their expectations as Alistair Marsh (28), Wajihuddin (37) and Stephen Kerr (38) helped reach 123.

Britcliffe snr said: “We were struggling at 75-6 and the pro (Muhammed Wajihuddin) had got half of them. We didn’t look in good nick but Stephen Kerr came in at number eight, scored 38 and put our total above 100.

“We didn’t think it was enough. We thought 160 or 170 would have been a decent score.”

But then came a much improved performance in the field, earning a 10-run win. “We bowled and fielded really well and took some great catches,” Britcliffe said. “Once we’d got through the first four or five of Oswaldtwistle’s batting order we fancied our chances.”

And he was full of praise for his son who took 2-32 on his first team debut: “I blooded Jordan and he got their first two out.

“We gave him a go and he didn’t let us down.

“He bowled reasonably quick and picked up two wickets. He was very happy.

“We just need to improve with the bat.”