Salesbury stay on track for promotion

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Salesbury strengthened their grip on a promotion slot in Section B of the Ribblesdale League with victory over Earby at Ribchester Road on Saturday.

The Red Caps dismissed the Applegarth side for just 122 in 30.4 overs, as Andrew Mercer took 6-41 to move to 53 league wickets for the season, and 59 in total.

Sam Bristol chipped in with 2-31, with the only resistance coming from Luke Hipgrave (38) and Lee Parkinson (22).

Steve Brown’s men knocked off the runs with a minimum of fuss, inside 25 overs for the loss of four wickets.

Professional Susantha Pradeep was the backbone of the reply with 48 off 58 balls, while Mercer finished unbeaten on 17.

Salesbury remain second in Section B, eight points behind leaders Euxton, who had a free date, and, crucially, 10 points clear of Padiham, who suffered a third-successive reverse at the hands of Settle, who beat the Arbories side by four wickets.

Salesbury look to maintain their promotion challenge on Saturday when they entertain Brooksbottom at Ribchester Road, wickets pitched at 1-30 p.m.