Marshall hits unbeaten 93 as Read take over at top

RIBBLESDALE WANDERERS v READ: Brannon Varley is caught behind from the bowling of Jon Harvey.
RIBBLESDALE WANDERERS v READ: Brannon Varley is caught behind from the bowling of Jon Harvey.
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Read are the new Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League leaders after winning both weekend fixtures.

On Saturday, Joey Marshall’s unbeaten 93 helped Read to a nine-wicket win at Ribblesdale Wanderers. Wanderers made 176-8, with Ben Dougall top-scoring with 65, as Elliot Lowes claimed 5-63.

Read eased to victory, as Marshall was helped by Elliott Artingstoll, who also finished unbeaten on 52, to win with just one wicket down.

And on Sunday, Read beat Euxton by three wickets in a tight finish at Balshaw Park. Read totalled 200-7, before holding on, restricting their Chorley hosts to 197-8.

Clitheroe also won twice to go third. On Sunday they beat champions Barnoldswick by eight runs, as both professionals, Kashif Siddique and Imran Khalid, took seven wickets.

The previous day they cruised past Cherry Tree as Jack Dewhurst finished with 5-11, as Tree were dismissed for just 45 - the number of balls Clitheroe took to pass their target.

Salesbury went down by 55 runs at Great Harwood on Saturday, after Tiaan Cloete hit 85 and Russ Whalley 44 in the hosts’ 185. Stuart Maher took five wickets in the locals’ reply.

Salesbury hit back on Sunday as professional Susantha Pradeep hit 61 not out and claimed five wickets to see off Earby.

Ribblesdale Wanderers were also victorious on Sunday, against Padiham, who made 182-9, as Phil Metcalfe top-scored with 53.

But Wanderers had little trouble knocking the winning runs off as they passed the target for the loss of just one wicket to climb to 10th.

Professional Ben Dougall made an unbeaten 80, while Brannon Varley added 69 not out.

But it was a double dose of defeat for Whalley.

On Saturday they became league newcomers Euxton’s first scalp.

Nick Dunn made 50 for the Chorley side, while captain Mark Winrow finished one shy of his half-century as Euxton totalled 187-7 at Station Road, with Simon Gorton the pick of the bowlers with four wickets.

Whalley were then dismissed for 114, as Winrow and James Proctor took three wickets each.

The following day, Whalley were undone by Oswaldtwistle Immanuel veteran Gerard Metcalfe, who took a hat-trick with his first three deliveries as the locals slumped from 36-5 to 36-8, chasing 158-9.

Metcalfe saw off Gorton with a return catch, before having Stephen Kerr caught, and then Iqy Hussain edged one to Mark Groom.

Whalley could only add another 17 runs as they were all out, 105 runs short.

Captain Richard Palmer top-scored with 17 for the locals.

For Oswaldtwistle, both Ramiz Hussain (51 not out) and Oliver Jones (53) reached their half century, while Gorton closed with figures of 5-51.