READ remain joint top of the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale Cricket League, though their victory over Whalley was less than convincing.
The Whalley Road side sit alongside Barnoldswick at the summit but had Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark to thank for that.
Read’s paid man showed his class to make 65, which included seven boundaries, out of the visitors’ modest 109 total. Jon Harvey’s sensational stint of 5-23 off 13 overs in the reply then sealed maximum points as Richard Palmer’s men fell 26 runs short at Station Road, professional Wilkin Mota top-scoring with 18.
Elsewhere, Padiham picked up another couple of bonus points but ultimately crashed to defeat at the hands of Ribblesdale Wanderers.
Ian Britcliffe’s side set their opponents a target of 143 after being bowled out at Church Meadow. Steve Meehan was the star performer for Padiham, collecting five wickets at the expense of 61 runs. However, captained by John Bushell, the away side could only conjure 82 runs in reply.
The Fosters Lancashire League’s opening weekend was a washout, however.
On Saturday, the Ron Singleton Colne Trophy was shared between league champions Lowerhouse and Worsley Cup holders Ramsbottom, after the match at Acre Bottom was rained off without a ball being bowled.
The opening round of league fixtures the following day followed suit.
Lowerhouse’s game at Bacup and Burnley’s trip to Haslingden were all called off without play, two of five games to suffer that fate.
The games will be replayed on the first fixed replay date on Saturday, May 12th.