DEFEAT to local rivals Clitheroe prevented Ribblesdale Wanderers from climbing further up the league.
After a comprehensive victory away at Earby on Saturday, Ribblesdale were brought back down to Earth with bump on Sunday.
Muhammad Wajihuddin (3-54) and Ian Britcliffe (3-35) restricted Clitheroe to 160 but aside from Wajihuddin, who scored an impressive 88, Ribblesdale never got going with the bat and ended up losing by seven runs.
Captain Ian Britcliffe said: “It was really strange. We should have kept their score down but our fielding – we dropped six catches – was not good enough.
“I still fancied us to get 160 but when we were down to 50 odd for five it was down to Wajihuddin to do it all again. They bowled tight though and we just couldn’t get there.”
Wajihuddin was also the star performer against Earby, smashing his way to 71 off 73 balls as the home side posted a commanding total of 205 all out.
Wajihuddin then went on to take a five-wicket haul as Earby were bowled out for 138.
“We played exceptionally well on Saturday. Wajihuddin battled really well and when he was out the rest of the lads contributed. We then bowled and fielded well and it was just a good all round performance.”
Ribblesdale face Clitheroe away tomorrow, Read away on Saturday and then Salesbury at home on Sunday.
Clitheroe had gone into the Ribblesdale game on the back of a low-scoring victory against Padiham.
Matthew Coulter scored 44 not out as Clitheore were bowled out for just 86. However a fantastic bowling display saw them take out the opposition for 72 and secure an unlikely win.
They will be looking to keep up their winning form when they play Barnoldswick at home on Saturday and Edenfield at home on Sunday.