Wanderers win to get back on track

Primosh Perera
Primosh Perera
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Ribblesdale Wanderers enacted their revenge on Whalley in the Ribblesdale Cricket League to climb up to fourth in the overall standings.

Jordan Britcliffe’s side capitalised on Cherry Tree’s slip up to move to within a point of the Senior League B leaders in the hunt for promotion.

The hosts prevailed by one wicket at Church Meadow after surpassing Whalley’s 167-8 finish with Britcliffe, paid man Primosh Perera and Andrew Needham the stars of the show.

Stuart Crabtree’s contribution was the best on offer for the visitors as he posted 40 runs while opener Mark Fallon weighed in with 33.

Fallon was the first of Perera’s four victims in the Sri Lankan’s 16-over spell to take his total of league wickets to 17, putting him joint second in the standings. Britcliffe also worked wonders with the ball, taking 3-45 from 15 overs.

Sam Sweeney (16), Lee Kearsley (22), Joel Blain (14 not out) and Oliver Parr (25) all posted double figures in Whalley’s innings.

Wanderers got off to a slow start in the chase but Andrew Needham’s intervention got the home side through by the skin of their teeth.

The wicket-keeper batted all the way through from number five when making an unbeaten 66, which included six fours, as he helped his side improve from 42-3.

Blain did his best to slow the hosts down in their chase when emulating Perera’s return, mirroring his rival’s form for the season with 17 wickets in the process, but it was all in vain.

The club’s Australian overseas amateur finished with 4-41 from 10.2 overs, remaining above his rival in the overall hierarchy by virtue of less runs conceded, while Sweeney and Parr added two wickets each.

Elsewhere, Read beat Cherry Tree by 182 runs on Saturday at Preston Old Road.

The hosts won the toss and elected the visitors to bat first, and it proved an error as Read clocked up 294-4.

Former skipper Kyle O’Connor hit 75, finding the boundary on 11 occasions, while Connor Lowes (74 not out) and Joshua Lavin (58 not out) shared an unbroken 138 for the fifth wicket.

Opener William Wrathall also made 28 as he and O’Connor put on 94 for the first wicket.

Stefan Klopper took all four wickets to fall, but at the cost of 109 runs in 17 overs.

Cherry Tree never looked like mounting a successful reply, losing Mark Hadfield to the third ball, and were reduced to 19-3 before being all out for just 112.

Matthew Walker took 3-38 and Bailey Richards 3-31.

Padiham, meanwhile, lost by six wickets to Salesbury at Ribchester Road.

Liam Parkinson took 3-19 and Sam Bristol 4-59 as Padiham were all out for 141 in the penultimate over.

Former captain Callum Clarke made 55 and Jimmy Gray 32.

Parkinson then opened the reply and hit 64, sharing 70 with Brown (20) for the first wicket, to see the Red Caps to victory.

Hashen Ramanayake added an unbeaten 22.