Varley guides holders Ribblesdale Wanderers into yet another final

Brannon Varley
Brannon Varley

Brannon Varley scored a magnificent century to see holders Ribblesdale Wanderers through to a second-successive Ramsbottom Cup Final on Sunday.

Varley’s innings of 103 came in 90 balls as Wanderers, bidding for a third cup success in four years, were bowled out for 249 against Padiham at Church Meadow.

Callum Clarke’s underdogs never threatened to reach their target, and were eventually dismissed well short for 135, as the hosts clinched their latest final spot at Earby on July 27th.

South African Varley’s ton included 16 fours and three sixes.

Opposing Charlie Jackson’s side at the Applegarth will be Cherry Tree after a nail-biting win off the penultimate ball at bottom of the table Brooksbottom.

The previous day, in a semi-final dress rehearsal in the league, Wanderers again came out on top against Padiham.

Veteran Ian Britcliffe returned career best figures of 8-44 in 17.4 overs.

This time Padiham batted first, making 143 as Britcliffe, whose previous best was 7-56, claimed a first ever career eight-wicket haul.

And Wanderers made light work of their reply thanks to Ben Dougall’s unbeaten 88, out of a total of 144-3.

Wanderers entertain Edenfield at Church Meadow, and they travel to face Denton West away in the LCB Knockout on Sunday.