Salesbury out to climb table

ACTION: Barnoldswick's Matthew Nutter smashes a six off the bowling of Salesbury's professional Susantha Pradeep
ACTION: Barnoldswick's Matthew Nutter smashes a six off the bowling of Salesbury's professional Susantha Pradeep
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SALESBURY gave their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon a shot in the arm over the weekend.

While they went down to title outsiders Barnoldswick by 65 runs on Saturday, they beat bottom side Settle on Sunday by three runs.

And Jason Rawson’s men now face a three-way battle to avoiding finishing last, with Saturday’s opponents Oswaldtwistle Immanuel also moored towards the wrong end of the table.

On Saturday, against Barnoldswick’s formidable batting line-up, Edward Foster first ran out Matt Nutter for 27 at 33, and then bowled the dangerous Umar Saddique for 17 with the score on 71.

But Barlick skipper Richard Nichols (71) and Liam Bedford started to take the game away from the locals with a partnership worth 85.

Josh Bristol brought the stand to an end, and went on to take 5-67 off 12 overs, but Barnoldswick closed on 21-6-8.

In reply, opener Ian Rabagliati anchored the innings, scoring 72 off 100 balls, but when he was last man out, Salesbury were 65 runs short.

He found support from Ben Rigby (24), professional Susantha Pradeep (23) and Peter Blackman (17), but their efforts proved in vain.

The following day, however, in a 21-over game, Salesbury clocked up 165-4, with Rabagliati (39) and Pradeep (78) put on 97 for the first wicket, while former skipper James Watson finished unbeaten on 27.

In a thrilling finale, Salesbury just warded off Settle by three runs, as Foster took 3-51.

Robbie Davidson and Mark Verden shared 67 for the first wicket, and two further quick scalps slowed the reply, and while Edward Read finished unbeaten on 48, Salesbury managed to hang on to claim victory.