Briggs leads the way as Wanderers reach semis

Clitheroe's Jack Dewhurst bowls at Padiham batsman Chris Holt
Clitheroe's Jack Dewhurst bowls at Padiham batsman Chris Holt
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Ribblesdale Wanderers, winners in 2011, will play 1991 champions Earby in the semi-final of the Ramsbottom Cup at Church Meadow after seeing off Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Sunday.

Captain Martin Briggs top-scored with 46 as Wanderers reached 197-9, and then dismissed Oswaldtwistle for 152.

Opener Charlie Jackson made 25, before Mack Spencer (22) and Mark Spencer (18) put on 38 for the fourth wicket.

Briggs’ 59-ball 46 helped push the score to 163, when he was seventh man out, and the innings closed on 197-9.

In reply, Oliver Jones and Oliver Clare put on 94 for the first wicket, but Immanuel could only add another 58 runs for their remaining wickets, which were shared betwenn Mick Clarkson (2-25), Charlie Collinge (3-32), Ian Britcliffe (2-37) and Jackson (3-26).

Thesemi-final will be played on June 30th.

In the league, Wanderers also enjoyed a 62-run success against newcomers Euxton, with Briggs again top-scoring with 54 as Ribblesdale were all out for 131.

The bowlers again shone, particularly former skipper Ian Britcliffe, who took 7-28 as Euxton were shot out for just 69.

It’s as you were at the top of the league as Clitheroe and Read secured convinving wins.

With champions Barnoldswick back in the groove with success at Salesbury, the top three secured victories for the collective loss of just five wickets.

Leaders Clitheroe crushed Padiham- now second bottom- at the Arbories by nine wickets after bowling them out for 109 - with Josh Marquet, Jack Dewhuerst and professional Kashif Siddique each taking three wickets,

Siddique then hit an unbeaten 49 to add to Paul Turner’s 42 not out as Clitheroe eased home.

Read’s game agaiinst Brooksbottom lasted only 36.4 overs.

Jon Harvey claimed 5-27 as Brooks were dismissed for 77 before Kyle O’Connor’s unbeaten 43 in 20 balls saw Read home in 10 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Liam Bedford and Imran Khaild hit half centuries as Barlick passed Salesbury’s 152 for only the lost of Bedford’s wicket for 51.

Whalley inflicted a fourth-successive league and cup defeat on Setttle.

David Worthington top scored with 26 before becoming one of Dave Howard’s six victims as Settle were bowled out for 134.

Richard Lamb hit seven fours in his 113-ball innings of 63 not out as Whalley made batting look easy in response.

Ribblesdale Wanderers are at Cherry Tree on Saturday, while Clitheroe travel to Edenfield.

Read host Barnoldswick in the Senior Division’s game of the day, while Salesbury host Brooksbottom, and Whalley entertain Padiham, with all games starting at 1-30 p.m.