Ribblesdale’s resolve is the key

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RIBBLESDALE Wanderers captain Ian Britcliffe hailed his side’s resolve after a confidence boosting victory over Edenfield.

Just a week after losing by eight wickets to Barnoldswick, Ribblesdale looked a completely different outfit as they won by 98 runs.

“We defnitely bucked our ideas up from the previous week,” said Britcliffe. “We lost the toss and got stuck in. We knew it was going to rain and so that we would be up against it but the lads played brilliantly.”

Ribblesdale made 209 with big performances with the bat coming from pro Muhammad Wajihuddin (60), John Rain (68) and debutant Charlie Collinge (38).

Wajihuddin was lethal with ball also, atking four wickets as Edenfield failed to reach a revised target of 158, scoring 111.

Britcliffe said: “One of the older lads broke his finger last week so we had to blood Charlie Collinge and he put on a fantastic stand of more than 100 with John Rain which put us well in the box seat. A lot of teams import players but we like to blood them from within, that’s was this club is about and it certainly paid off here.

“It then rained through tea and for an hour afterwards so they were left with a revised target of around 150 from 30 overs. The pro bowled well, I took a couple of early wickets and we just managed to tidy them up really.

“It was a huge step forward considering last week’s result when we played like a team who didn’t belong in the league. We had a good training session midweek and a decent chat and it was a proper good effort by everyone.

“Now we just have to carry on, try and string a couple of results together and move our way up the league.”

Ribblesdale are away to Earby on Saturday and take on Clitheroe the following day, also away.

• Chatburn were left to rue a poor batting performance as they lost out to Airedale in their Craven and District Cricket league Division Two match.

Airedale won the toss, elected to bat and made 180 all out.

Despite Mark Nerenberg scoring 31 for Chatburn they never looked like reaching the target and were bowled out for 91.

Chatburn are at home to Glusburn in the league on Saturday before travelling to Long Lee in the cup on Sunday.