Impressive win for Read after Marshall hits 99

AT CREASE: Cherry Tree batsmen face Read bowler Elliot Lowes.
AT CREASE: Cherry Tree batsmen face Read bowler Elliot Lowes.
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IT’S as you were at the top of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League as Sunday’s washout prevented Read from making any ground on league leaders Barnoldswick.

Every top-flight game was abandoned as the incessant rainfall caused major disruption throughout the league. And, with the top three all recording victories 24 hours earlier, it meant there was no change at the summit.

The table-topping Victory Park outfit overcame Whalley by eight wickets, while Baxenden thrashed Earby by a staggering 201 runs.

But Kyle O’Connor’s Read are still in hot pursuit after defeating Cherry Tree in the day’s highest scoring game. Greg Jones’s 82 helped the away side to a defendable 237-4 only for Joe Marshall and Mohammad Jamal to smooth Read’s route to victory.

Marshall required a six off the last ball to complete an unbeaten century.

However, he could only ‘manage’ a boundary and was marooned on 99, agonisingly denying him a deserved three-figure finish. But it did seal an impressive seven-wicket win for the home side at Whalley Road. Barnoldswick lead the way by 18 points with Read a further four points adrift.

Elsewhere, John Bushell’s Padiham climbed to sixth in the hierarchy with a resounding seven-wicket triumph away to Edenfield.

The hosts set a target of 161 before Arbories paid man Chris Holt and Callum Clarke secured the points with respective knocks of 68 and 54, both unbeaten.

Meanwhile, Burnley failed to follow up their morale-boosting derby win over Lowerhouse in Group C of the Twenty20 competition as they crashed to defeat against Nelson at Turf Moor.

After inflicting their rivals’ first defeat of the campaign in the cup competition, confidence was high among Steve Brunt’s ranks. But Nelson brought them back down to earth with a bump in the second group game.

David Crotty made 38, professional Shahzaib Hasan 31 and skipper Neil Thompson and Rizwan Hussain 15 apiece in Nelson’s 134-6.

Thompson then took 4-22 as Burnley were restricted to 114-9 in spite of another half century by Qasim Ali.

The opener hit seven fours from 33 balls in making 50 but only Michael Kelly (15) and Cole Hayman (13 not out) could manage double figures of the other batsmen.