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Wanderers make a winning start in Ramsbottom Cup

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Ribblesdale Wanderers cruised to victory in their opening Group Two game in the Ramsbottom Cup.

Ian Britcliffe’s side breezed past Earby at Church Meadow, winning the tie by 85 runs, in the club’s quest to take back the trophy that they won in 2014.

The hosts batted first and a 47-run partnership for the second wicket between Bilal Ahmed and professional Brendan Louw set the tie up nicely for Wanderers.

Opener Ahmed was then caught lbw by Earby’s Safyan Ahmed for 33 while the South African paid man went on to partner Bernard Vorster, Alistair Marsh (29) and David Steinson (14 not out) as his knock of 69 took the hosts to 168-5.

Martin Briggs then touched double figures at the tail end as Wanderers culminated the innings on 188-7.

Britcliffe and Vorster inflicted the damage on their opponents with the ball with the skipper claiming 3-17 from a six over spell while the club’s teenage overseas amateur secured figures of 3-17 from 6.5 overs.

Louw also claimed two scalps at the expense of 14 runs to further restrict the visitors.

Earby failed to impact with the bat; Jake Hargreaves was their top-scorer with 19 runs when coming in at number seven.

Martyn Windle (15), Nathan Taylforth (10), Sam Parry (12) and Luke Hipgrave (13) were the only players to pass single figure totals.

Wanderers travel to Balshaw Park on Saturday to take on Euxton in the Ribblesdale Cricket League before entertaining Salesbury on Sunday.