Read stay in hunt for league title

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Stand-in professional Dylan Buckthorp kept Read in the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League title hunt, though champions Clitheroe show no sign of losing their grip on top spot.

Buckthorp, temporary replacement for fellow South African, Keegan Peterson, top scored and claimed four wickets in a 30-run win at Baxenden.

But the current Section A second-place side were made to sweat by relegation threatened Bash at Back Lane.

Read slumped to 106-7 but were rescued by Buckthorp’s unbeaten 96 off 64 balls out of the visitors’ 208-8.

The left arm opening bowler from Natal, who has been plying his trade with Durham League, Ryhope, then claimed 4-62 as Baxenden could only muster 178-8 in reply.

Read then beat Settle by seven wickets, bowling the Ramsbottom Cup finalists out for 126 before Joey Marshall’s 71 not out saw Read home.

Padiham’s Section B title hopes were boosted on Saturday as Euxton lost to rivals Salesbury by two wickets at Balshaw Park, as Callum Clarke’s side beat Barnoldswick by three wickets.

Professional Ben Heap delivered the stand out performance, making 76 not out.

However, on Sunday, against Euxton, Padiham went down by 49 runs.

Euxton posted 206-5, as Sam Tolley hit 54 and former Lowerhouse professional Francois Haasbroek 83.

And Haasbroek then took 5-51 as Padiham closed on 157-9 in reply.