Ribblesdale Wanderers exit the cup at hands of Barnoldswick

WET WEEKEND: The rain put paid to Ribblesdale Wanderers' league game with leaders Barnoldswick on Saturday
WET WEEKEND: The rain put paid to Ribblesdale Wanderers' league game with leaders Barnoldswick on Saturday

HOLDERS Ribblesdale Wanderers are out of this season’s Ramsbottom Cup as senior league leaders, Barnoldswick, stay on course for a Houldsworth Ribblesdale League double.

Barlick will play surprise semi-finalists Oswaldtwistle Immanuel for a place in the final on July 29th after a six-wicket win over Wanderers.

Professional Michael Erlank proved the mainstay of the visitors’ 214 with 89 before being bowled by Matt Nutter.

Ribblesdale were also indebted to tail ender Max Cole’s lusty 33 not out.

Barnoldswick professional Imran Khalid took 4-43 from his 10 overs while Nutter claimed 3-54 from nine.

In their reply, Ian Britcliffe dismissed the top three Barnoldswick batsmen, including Khalid for a duck.

However, Wanderers couldn’t displace Umar Saddique, whose undefeated 90 and Nutter’s 53 moved Barnoldswick to within two more victories of their first Ramsbottom Cup triumph since 1985.

Bottom of the table Ossie, with only one win in their opening 13 league games, also cruised into the penultimate round at Edenfield’s expense.

They bowled out their visitors for just 117 and knocked off the runs for the loss of just four wickets at New Lane.

Baxenden, winners in 2009 and 2010, are also chasing a league and cup double after beating Whalley by five wickets at Station Road.

They will now face Settle in the semi-finals on July 1st.

Settle, who last lifted the trophy in 2005, beat Clitheroe by 24 runs at Chatburn Road.

Lawrenson Cup holders Cherry Tree lost their grip on the silverware, losing by 33 runs to Ribblesdale Wanderers at Preston Old Road.

Brinscall’s game against Read was postponed.

Baxenden and Clitheroe won the remaining quarters.

Torrential rain washed out all games in all three divisions last Saturday, leaving Barnoldswick, Read and Padiham at the top of their respective divisions.

• THE second week of action in the Clitheroe Cricket League Sportsworld Cup threw up some interesting action.

St James hosted Chipping A, who stuggled to 77-8, with Malcolm Scott taking five wickets, including a hat-trick.

R. Jacques made 33 in vain as St James could only make 65-5.

Sabden hosted Low Moor and skittled them for 45 with some hostile pace bowling from Pete Hakin, taking 4-7.

In reply, Sabden racked up a six-wicket win at 47-4.

The final game was a thriller up at Chipping.

Calderstones struggled to 66-6 in their overs, with N. Hussain making 30 and P. Mayers taking two wickets.

In reply, Ramblers had tied the scores at 66 with one ball remaining , but they lost their last wicket on that ball.

Calderstones took the points due to losing fewer wickets.

Mayers made 29 for Ramblers.