Father and son join forces as Wanderers take over at the top

Ian Britcliffe
Ian Britcliffe
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Ribblesdale Wanderers usurped Cherry Tree at the head of Senior League B after collecting maximum points against Earby at Church Meadow.

Father and son pairing Ian and Jordan Britcliffe were instrumental in keeping the visitors down to a 140 finish while Primosh Perera remained the division’s most potent professional after claiming another four scalps.

Britcliffe junior, who was handed the captaincy this season, catered for the first three wickets, conceding 50 runs from 12 overs, while senior took care of the final three, with his three-over spell going for 15 runs.

Their Sri Lankan paid man excelled in the middle of all that, taking 4-47, including the wicket of Earby’s top scorer Nathan Hodge, who posted 32.

Sam Jackson and Mack Spencer joined forces to put 71 runs on the board before the fall of the first wicket.

The latter hit eight fours in a knock of 44 before being the first to fall while Jackson hit 10 boundaries on his way to making an unbeaten 59 as the hosts coasted to a seven wicket win.

Salesbury are hot on their tails after triumphing by five wickets against Feniscowles at Ribchester Road.

Salesbury, just three points away from the table toppers, posted 180-5 in their rain-affected game as professional Hashen Ramanayake starred when making an unbeaten 59 with the bat.

The Sri Lankan all-rounder added 66 for the fourth wicket with Peter Richardson (37) and Max Wyn-Jones chipped in with a knock of 21.

Captain Jake Errey tried to mount the comeback when making 64 for Feniscowles but Ramanayake (4-29) and Josh Bristol (3-42) took care of business.

Whalley remain within a point of second place Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in the top tier, triumphing by 46 runs against Baxenden at Station Road.

The home side looked well set at 69-1 off 17 overs with Mark Fallon on 25 and Stuart Crabtree on 47. A thunderstorm halted proceedings temporarily and when play resumed it became a 27 overs per side match.

Whalley eventually set a target of 118-7 but Baxenden couldn’t find an answer to the outstanding bowling of Sam Sweeney (6-37) and the league’s leading wicket-taker Joel Blain (4-28).

Oswaldtwistle batsman Shubham Khajuria is now 133 runs clear of his closest rival after a fantastic knock of 151 off just 66 balls took his tally to 400 for the season.

That contribution alone effectively took the game away from Read but the Indian’s pair with Daniel Metcalf for the fourth wicket gave the home side no hope at Whalley Road.

The pair put on 198 runs with Metcalf finishing on 66 as the visitors closed on 265-5.

Michael Whalley (30), paid man Matt Walker (29), Conor Lowes (28), Andrew Rushton (pictured, 37) and Jamie Woodall (25 not out) all posted respectable scores but they finished 64 runs short.