Wanderers lay down gauntlet against Read

Former skipper Ian Britcliffe has passed on the baton to son Jordan.
Former skipper Ian Britcliffe has passed on the baton to son Jordan.

Ribblesdale Wanderers laid down the gauntlet on the opening weekend of the Ribblesdale Cricket League with a thumping win over Read at Church Meadow.

New skipper Jordan Britcliffe, who took on the mantle from dad Ian, made a good first impression in the role as they prevailed by six wickets to secure maximum points.

After the hosts won it with one ball to spare, the captain said: “Saturday was fantastic and the pro (Primosh Perera) started off brilliantly.

“Everyone chipped in and our overseas amateur (Andrew Needham) did well behind the stumps too. It was a very good win to start the season.

“There was a bit of drama, we don’t like making things easy. We kept the ground full until the end anyway.”

The visitors were looking good at one stage when rising to 90 with just one wicket down until the Sri Lankan paid man and Sam Jackson kicked in to action.

Jackson finished with figures of 4-30 and Perera added 3-43 as Read were eventually wiped out with 189 runs on the board.

The pro then teamed up with Mack Spencer with the bat as their 132-run partnership for the third wicket ultimately got the job done.

Spencer made a half-century before falling to Matthew Walker while Perera finished two runs short of his ton as Andrew Rushton made the breakthrough.

Britcliffe said: “The pro and Mack batted brilliantly. He was superb and timed his knock to perfection.

“It was just a shame that he couldn’t get over the line for his century. It got a bit nervy then as well, we were sweating a bit.

“I wouldn’t mind him doing that every week. He looks like a very good batsman. He’s very correct and looks to bring the best out of those around him. He looks handy with the ball as well and he’ll give us a chance in games.”