Salesbury see off Ribb while Whalley also win

Chris Riley was the top scoring amateur batsman for Salesbury
Chris Riley was the top scoring amateur batsman for Salesbury

Salesbury were the big scorers of the weekend in the Ribblesdale Cricket League as they hit rivals Ribblesdale Wanderers for 256 runs at Ribchester Road.

The hosts performed imperiously with the bat in an innings which saw opener Chris Riley finished as the club’s leading amateur batsman.

Riley found the boundary on eight occasions in a smart knock of 61 to show that Salesbury meant business.

Professional Neil Hornbuckle also displayed his star quality when entering at number four as he hit seven fours and three sixes in an unbeaten knock of 72.

James Watson (19), skipper Liam Parkinson (16), Josh Bristol (20) and Andrew Mercer (23) also made double figures in a clinical display.

In reply, the club’s South African paid man combined with Josh Bristol to severely restrict their opponents.

The pair claimed three scalps apiece with Andrew Mercer adding two wickets to proceedings to register a convincing 164-run victory.

Kristian Collinge tried in vain to dig Wanderers out of a deep hole as he posted 43 runs, including six boundaries.

Elsewhere, Whalley brushed aside Cherry Tree at Preston Old Road as Richard Lamb’s side triumphed by 41 runs.

Brothers Declan and Fergus Bailey played starring roles with the former top-scoring with 40 runs in a 163-9 total before his sibling took 4-31 with the ball.

Mark Fallon (26), Lee Kearsley (26) and Matthew Howarth (31) also performed admirably with the bat while Simon Gorton added 4-25 in their defence.