Read leapfrog champions into second place

UP TO FOURTH: Clitheroe's Josh Marquet is pictured in action against Padiham on Saturday
UP TO FOURTH: Clitheroe's Josh Marquet is pictured in action against Padiham on Saturday

READ rerplaced Baxenden in second place as Barnoldswick stretched their lead at the top of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League.

Mohammed Jamal and Jon Harvey were the main architects of Read’s 88-run success over the champions at Whalley Road.

Jamal scored a run-a-ball 84 out of his team’s 225-8 before Harvey claimed 5-59 as Baxenden hit early trouble when they replied.

Meanwhile, Clitheroe are fourth after a five-wicket success at Padiham and Settle’s wash out against Great Harwood.

Former Padiham pro, Kashif Siddique, showed what his old team is missing with 7-37 and 83.

Oswaldtwistle Immanuel warmed up for this weekend’s Ramsbottom Cup semi-final against Barnoldswick with a 15-run at Whalley.

Oliver Clare and Chris Cook-Martin hit half centuries as the visitors reached 188-6.

They shared a 61-run stand for the second wicket before Cook-Martin went for 57, Clare was fourth out for 78.

Wilkin Mota proved the pick of the home bowlers with 3-52 from 13 overs.

Opener Mark Fallon made 41 in Whalley’s reply while Declan Fitzhenry (45) and Simon Gorton (42) made useful contributions.

However, tight bowling from Jon Baldwin (4-37) and Gerard Metcalf (4-47) clinched Ossie’s narrow win.

Earby had Ali Azmat to thank for reaching 202-8 at Ribblesdale Wanderers.

He hit 118 not out off 119 balls, an innings included 11 fours and six sixes.

In reply, Wanderers were bowled out for 176 with Chris Walton claiming 5-37.

Full credit to Wanderers for getting the ground playable - to start on time was a hell of an effort.

Ribblesdale skipper Alistair Marsh won the toss and unsurprisingly invited Earby to bat, and with the ball moving around off the damp surface, and it was anyone’s guess as to what would be a good score.

Robinson and Windle opened the innings but were both back in the hut with only 17 on the board.

Azmat was joined by Aron Pollard, but Pollard went without scoring.

Enter Walton and the pair scored steadily and built the score to 103, when a mix up ended the latter’s innings, run out for 33 off 69 balls.

Danny Kegg hung around for a while scoring 12 supporting Azmat as he headed for his ton, and once Kegg went the tail did a supporting job for Azmat as he added 20 off the last three overs.

A target of 203 was set to win, with Azmat finishing on 118 not out off 119 balls.

The pick of the bowling was Brannon Varley, who bowled 14 overs, taking 3-66 and John Braithwaite who had two overs, and picked up 2-18.

Ribblesdale’s reply took on a similar style to the Earby innings, as professional Michael Erlank hit Martin Kegg for a mighty six, but four balls later Kegg removed him, bowled without adding to his score.

Kegg also claimed the scalp of Jackson lbw, leaving the hosts at 25-2.

Veteran John Rain (39 off 45), was removed by Kegg with the total on 81, Howard and Briggs added 50 for the next wicket, before Howard (43) removed by Walton, who then removed Varley and Marsh cheaply.

Azmat removed Kerr for his first victim in his 15th tight over, and Walton removed Ribblesdale’s last real hope having Briggs caught by Azmat for 39.

The tail didn’t wag and Ribblesdale were all out 176.

Cherry Tree were the day’s other winners, beating Salesbury by 90 runs at Preston Old Road.

Paul Turner was unbeaten on 63 as Cherry made 156-9 before Liam Jackson’s 6-41 helped dismiss their visitors for only 66.

• RIBBLESDALE Wanderers’ John Rain will lead the Inter League side against the North Lancashire and Cumbria League at Furness CC on July 8th.

The full squad is: Aneeq Hassan (Settle), Mohammed Jamal (Read), Liam Bedford (Barnoldswick) WK, Jack Dewhurst (Clitheroe), Peter Dibb (Clitheroe), Brannon Varley (Ribblesdale Wanderers), Ben Dowling (Gt.Harwood), Steve Meehan (Padiham), Imran Abid (Edenfield), Ian Britcliffe (Ribblesdale Wanderers).

• AFTER three weeks of Sportsworld Cup action , the group table is looking very tight with the top two teams progressing to the final.

In this week’s games, the top two met at Roefield in a classic.

Chipping A made a decent 83 all out recovering from 1-2.

In reply, Low Moor sneaked home on the last ball with the last pair at the crease scampering a single after a dropped catch.

Ramblers hosted St James and won comfortably.

St James made 62-6 with Pete Oliver again in the runs with 30.

Ramblers coasted home with just four wickets down with in-form P. Mayers making another 30.

The final game of the week between Calderstones and Sabden fell victim to wet pitch at Whalley.

Both sides take a point each.