Read miss out on chance to close the gap

AMONG THE WICKETS: Read bowler Jon Harvey claimed three victims
AMONG THE WICKETS: Read bowler Jon Harvey claimed three victims

READ missed a chance to close the gap on Houldsworth Ribblesdale League leaders Barnoldswick after featuring in one of only two senior league fixtures to survive the bad weather.

Barlick’s game at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and second placed Baxenden’s home match with Clitheroe were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

However, at Marshfields, they managed to complete a 27-over game and a thrilling contest eventually took place despite difficult conditions.

Eddie Read top scored with 30 for the home side as wickets tumbled around him.

Settle found themselves 12-4 and 35-7 before reaching 68-8 at the end of their innings.

Read appeared to master the wet track with greater ease and at one stage were 55-5, well within sight of their target.

However, they struggled for runs in the closing overs.

Needing seven off the final six deliveries they managed just a single and Settle had their victory.

Read finished with four wickets from 14 overs while professional, Mansoor Amjad claimed 4-34.

Padiham were the only other side to profit from beating the rain.

They gained a 12-point victory at Earby who were also docked a point for a slow over rate.

The visitors totalled 190-9 from 40 overs before dismissing their Applegarth hosts for 131 in 36 overs.

Chris Holt did the damage with 8-57.

Padiham are sixth, level on points with Clitheroe while Barnoldswick head the table with 119 points from Baxenden’s 101.

In the only other game completed, Clitheroe defeated Earby by eight wickets in a low scoring division one game at Chatburn Road.

• LAST week saw the first week of action in the round robin sportsworld cup.

the only game with any action saw an inexperienced Sabden side well beaten at Chipping A.

Sabden made 81 all out with Nick Burton making 33.

In reply Chipping A had a little early wobble , but 30 from Graham McEwan saw them safely home with four wickets down.

In the other games Ramblers conceded against Low Moor, and Calderstones’ game with St James fell victim to the dreadful weather.