Whalley up to second with win

Whalley finished their innings on 148-9 after 45 overs
Whalley finished their innings on 148-9 after 45 overs

A fantastic knock of 89 by Ribblesdale Wanderers professional Ben Dougal helped his side to a six-wicket win over rivals Salesbury.

Batting first, Salesbury were restricted to 131-8 from their allotted overs, Ian Britcliffe finishing with 4-65. Ribblesdale wasted no time at all in knocking off the runs at the expense of just four wickets. Dougal was supported well by Charlie Jackson (21) as Alistair Marsh (7 not out) and Charlie Collinge (4 not out) got them over the line.

Whalley moved up into second and just eight points behind leaders Clitheroe following a 47-run victory over Euxton.

Whalley won the toss the batting first finished their innings on 148-9 after 45 overs. The Station Road side had looked in serious trouble when openers James Galling and Richard Lamb fell for just one run each. Wilkin Mota and Lee Kearsley steadied the ship though, scoring 29 and 40 respectively before David Howard added a handy 20 runs.

Euxon’s innings never got going as Wilkin Mota (4-37-2-13.4), David Howard (2-35-1-9) and Simon Gorton (3-29-1-7) helped bowl them out inside 30 overs.

Only Brandon Scullard (37) offered any sort of resistance as Read were bowled out for just 122 when they met Oswaldtwistle Immanuel.

Andrew Metcalf ripped through the Read batting order, taking 5-40 from his 12 overs before Phil Howard struck 60 off 53 to ensure a seven-wicket victory for Oswaldtwistle.

Jon Harvey collected two wickets as he finished with figures of 2-26-1-7.

This weekend sees Clitheroe return to league action when they take on Euxton at home. Padiham travel to bottom of the table Brooksbottom while Salesbury entertain Whalley. Read are home to Earby and Ribblesdale Wanderers go to Brinscall.