Varley takes the derby honours

Brannon Varley
Brannon Varley

Ribblesdale Wanderers won the Clitheroe derby on Sunday at Church Meadow.

Wanderers, batting first, totalled 123-7 in the rain-affected game, with Brannon Varley cracking 61.

And in reply, Clitheroe’s reply fell short by 46 runs as they were restricted to 77-8, with Varley rounding off a man-of-the-match performance with a five-wicket haul, returning figures of 5-34.

The previous day, however, Wanderers lost in ignominious circumstances, as they were blown out for 68 by Cherry Tree.

Batsmen could get starts, not no-one was able to push on for a significant score as Mark Hadfield took 4-9 off 4.5 overs, while Andreas Sudnik took 2-3 off 4.

Professional Muhammad Wajihuddin made 11, Varley 19 off 25 balls and John Rain 16, but they were powerless to prevent a seven-wicket victory for the visitors.

Wajihuddin took 2-14 off 6.2 overs, but Hadfield’s 33 saw Tree home.

Clitheroe, meanwhile, enjoyed a 22-run victory over Earby at Chatburn Road.

Paul Gaskell’s men batted first and totalled 138, with former skipper Naeem Ashraff top-scoring with 57, while Josh McDowell hit 41.

And Earby were dismissed for 116 in reply as professional Kashif Siddique took 5-46.

Hassan Fazal added 4-13 off nine overs.