Clitheroe take over at the top as Read are washed out

WET WEEKEND: The covers go on in Salesbury's game at champions Barnoldswick on Saturday, which was abandoned with the hosts on 20-1
WET WEEKEND: The covers go on in Salesbury's game at champions Barnoldswick on Saturday, which was abandoned with the hosts on 20-1

Clitheroe are the new Houldsworth Ribblesdale League leaders but it was a mixed weekend for the Chatburn Road side.

The 2006 double winners replaced Read as senior division table toppers, only to lose 24 hours later in the first round of the Ramsbottom Cup.

Clitheroe started promisingly enough with a Kashif Siddique-inspired victory over lowly Padiham in the league.

The Pakistani all-rounder claimed 6-40 as the visitors were bowled out for 98. Siddique then struck an unbeaten 43 as the home side won by five wickets.

Only three other games were played to a finish in the top division resulting in wins for Ribblesdale Wanderers, Great Harwood and Settle.

Wanderers crushed Euxton by eight wickets thanks to John Rain (75) and Charlie Jackson (55).

Settle restricted Whalley to 98-6 in a contest restricted to 26 overs a side. Mansoor Amjad (36*) and Tom Davidson (23*) saw Settle home with two overs to spare.

Patrick Swanney hit a maiden home half century as Great Harwood’s improvement continued with a seven wicket success against Cherry Tree.

The remaining four games were abandoned, including Read’s game at Brooksbottom which cost the Whalley Road top spot.

And Read’s bid for a first Ramsbottom Cup win since 2003 ended in a disappointing exit. Forced into a bowl out, the home side lost 1-0 to Euxton, leaving them to curse the wet weekend.

Great Harwood progressed to the quarter-finals after a marathon bowl off against Whalley. Harwood eventually won 3-2 after the 14th round thanks to Jason Kayley (2) and Tiaan Cloete.

There was also a debut Ramsbottom Cup win for Brooksbottom, albeit by the same method, against Edenfield.

Holders Baxenden did survive the bowl out lottery, beating Settle 2-1 at Marshfield to earn a home last eight tie against Brooksbottom.

The full second round draw is: Baxenden v Brooksbottom, Euxton v Great Harwood, Ribblesdale Wanderers v Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, Padiham v Earby.

Ties will be played on June 2nd.

In the Lawrenson Cup, there were bowlout wins for Feniscowles v Brinscall, Settle v Edenfield, Padiham v Padiham v Feniscowles seconds, Whalley v Burnley Belvedere, Brooksbottom v Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and Baxenden v Great Harwood.

Cherry Tree went through after Euxton forfeited, while Earby beat Stacksteads seconds by eight wickets after dismissing their opponents for just 40.

The full second round draw for the Lawrenson Cup is: Feniscowles I v Brinscall, Ribblesdale Wanderers v Settle, Read v Padiham, Earby v Clitheroe, Whalley v Salesbury, Cherry Tree v Barnoldswick, Burnley Belvedere v Stacksteads, Brooksbottom v Baxenden. Ties will again be played on June 2nd.