Salesbury promotion hopes suffer a blow

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Salesbury’s promotion hopes suffered a blow at the weekend as they lost to bottom side Brooksbottom, before recovering to see off Padiham the following day.

On Saturday, Aneeq Hassan’s 82 was the main contribution to the Red Caps’ total of 185-8.

The locals struggled to piece a significant partnership together until Hassan was paired with his skipper Steve Brown, as they took the score from 79-6 to 142-7.

Brown was the man out, for a 21-ball 19, before Hassan and Sam Bristol added a further 39.

Hassan was finally out for 82, with Bristol making 15 not out.

In reply, Brooksbottom passed the target with four wickets to spare as Zohaib Qureshi hit 51, and Ashley Gowers 54 not out.

Qureshi and Paul Hopton (19) laid the foundations with an opening stand worth 65, to put Brox in control, and, with the top six batesmen all in double figures, they passed the target with 10 balls to spare.

The next day, against next-bottom Padiham, Salesbury eased to victory in a rain-affected game.

Following a downpour, Salesbury were required to chase a revised target of 91, which they achieved in the 13th over.

Padiham’s Kevin Hitchon batted well to make 78 of the visitors’ 136-8, but the locals cruised home by seven wickets.

Salesbury can give their hopes a shot in the arm this weekend at Earby on Saturday and at home to Brinscall on Sunday.