Haines half century helps propel Earby to welcome win

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Earby’s inconsistencies came to the fore as the won one and lost one over double header weekend.

Playing at home to Baxenden on Saturday, the Applegarth side managed to bowl out the opposition for 154 as Richard Craddock finished with figures of 3-48.

Despite opener Chris Walton putting on a impressive 70 from 81 balls, Earby fell just 11 runs short in their chase as they were bowled out for 143.

Only David Crotty added further resistance, adding 23 before he was run out.

An opening stand of 82 by Matthew Haines and Matthew Garner put Earby in a strong position when they took on bottom of the table Brooksbottom on the Sunday.

Haines made his half century, eventually falling for 55 before Garner was out shortly afterwards following a knock of 37.

Crotty added a further 31 as Earby posted a respectable 159.

And it proved too much for Brooksbottom who could only manage 130 in reply.

Crotty (4-40) and Craddock (3-26) were the pick of the bowlers.

Earby must now look to carry on that form when they take on title chasing Clitheroe away on Saturday.