Setback for form side Ribblesdale

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AFTER back-to-back victories for Ribblesdale the Wanderers suffered an eight-wicket defeat against Barnoldswick on Saturday.

Ian Britcliffe’s side batted first, with professional Muhammed Wajihuddin the only batsman to make any inroads for the home team with an outstanding 68, including eight fours and a solitary six.

Britcliffe said: “Wajihuddin batted well but the rest of us didn’t support him.”

Barnoldswick’s bowling was accurate and precise, with in-form paid man Jaffar Nazir gaining four wickets, Richard Nichols two and Abdul Saddique three as Ribblesdale ended the innings on 153.

Barnoldswick’s reply was fast and furious, with the two opening batters Nichols (52) and Saddique (58) both scoring in excess of half centuries. Following the scalp of Nichols at 101, Umar Saddique returned to the pavillion after partnering his sibling with just five runs to his arsenal, but Matthew Nutter played alongside Abdul through to the end, firing an unbeaten 36 to clinch victory.

Britcliffe admitted Ribblesdale’s bowling was “poor, and we got what we deserved.” He extended his praise to youngster Liam Nuttall who “batted well” and also John Rain who was unfortunate to be ruled out.

Britcliffe added that Ribblesdale will “put it down to experience” and with the side hosting Edenfield at the weekend it will be a “good opportunity to put it right.”

• THE 2011 Clitheroe and District Cricket League looks like it will be a tight affair with all the matches to date being very close.

Sabden narrowly overcame Chipping Ramblers at Chipping.

The visitors batted first and made 111-4 off 15 overs with Jonny Ormerod retiring with 30 and Nick Burton making 23.

In reply, Ramblers looked like they would take the spoils, but after Jason Holgate retired with 30, the runs dried up and they closed on 101-8 off 15 overs.

Elsewhere, Calderstones entertained Chipping A and won by 14 runs. Simon Gorton made 30 retired as Calderstones totalled 111-5 before Chipping fell just short with 97-5 with A. Young retiring with 30.

St James opened their account at the expense of Low Moor.

St James made 113 and then restricted Low Moor to 93.