Wanderers sign off in high-scoring defeat

Wilkin Mota took 6-49 for Whalley in their win against Baxenden
Wilkin Mota took 6-49 for Whalley in their win against Baxenden

Ribblesdale Wanderers were on the receiving end of the final century of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League season on Saturday.

Great Harwood’s Charlie Fernando hit an unbeaten 120 out of a total of 256-8 ,and, helped by 60 from Patrick Swanney, Harwood achieved a two-wicket win after relegated Wanderers were bowled out for 250.

Kyle O’Connor’s Read sealed a seventh-successive fourth place finish, as they played out the only senior league tie of the season at Whalley Road against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

Mark Groom was last man out - bowled by Brandon Scullard for three - after Oliver Clare’s 81 threatened to tip the match in favour of Ossie, after being set 182 for victory.

Scullard, who earlier top scored with 49 in Read’s 181-8, took two wickets, with Jon Harvey claiming 4-37.

Andreas Sudnik had taken 5-61 for Immanuel.

Champions Clitheroe showed no mercy to relegated Barnoldswick with a crushing seven-wicket win at Chatburn Road.

Umar Saddique made 55 out of the visitors’ 162 but Naeem Ashraf belted a rapid and unbeaten 53 as Clitheroe achieved victory in only 22 overs.

Ian Austin made a welcome return to Baxenden’s side for their final game of the year ,but finished up on the losing side against Whalley.

The 48-year-old former Wisden cricketer of the year, however, showed he still knows how to make runs, top scoring with an unbeaten 52 as Baxenden went down by 40 runs.

Whalley’s Indian all-rounder Wilkin Mota took 6-49 as Bash were bowled out for 135, leapfrogged into fifth place by Whalley.