Settle Cricket Club v Read Cricket Club

Settle Cricket Club v Read Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)

Read Cricket Club made the short trip over the border from Lancashire yesterday to take on inform Settle Cricket Club at Marshfield in the Ribblesdale League.  The visitors won the toss and elected to bat with the weather conditions slightly overcast. Tom Strickland returned to captain the home side after missing last weekends victory over Ribblesdale.

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Joel Duerden and William Wrathall were first to the crease for the visitors, but they didn’t manage to build a partnership as Wrathall was dismissed by Owen West for a duck after just four deliveries.  Read captain Matthew Walker was next to bat, but yet again he was only at the crease for a short period of time as Owen West bowled him for just eight runs.

Owen West then rounded off an excellent afternoon with the ball by dismissing the Read professional Luke Jongwe for a duck, as the batsman looked for the big shot over the top he was caught by Will Davidson at backward point to leave the young bowler with figures of six overs, one maiden, three wickets for twenty-nine runs.

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The visitors were at nineteen for three, when Thomas Turner came into bat along side the opening batsman Joel Duerden and together they created a decent partnership taking the visitors to seventy-three runs before Turner was bowled by Will Davidson for thirty-six.

After facing sixty balls in the middle, Joel Duerden was next to be dismissed when Ryan Sumner stumped him for fifteen runs off the bowling of Will Davidson. Sumner who has been outstanding behind the wickets this season, waited for the right moment to flick the bails off the wickets just as Duerden raised his foot to regain his balance.

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Jack Wood and Joshua Lavin again built up a partnership at the crease for the visitors facing a further seventy-three balls between them, but in truth they added very little to the score making just twenty-four runs (Wood 8 and Lavin 16) as the visitors lost the final four wickets for seventeen runs, to finish 126 all out.

The performance of the day and my Man of the Match was Will Davidson who took five for twenty-one from twelve overs which included four maidens. Whilst Ashen Silva took two wickets for twenty-four off ten overs which included three maidens.

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The start of the innings didn’t go to plan for Settle Cricket Club as Danyl Husbands was out for a duck, LBW off the bowling of Luke Powell.  This brought the club professional Ashen Silva to the crease along side Will Davidson and together they added a further twenty-three runs before Davidson was dismissed for eleven.

Davidson, should count himself very unlucky to have been dismissed after fending off the new ball, the opening batsman had just started to make some excellent shots around the ground.  However, after watched the ball onto the middle of the bat and with the ball on its way to the boundary, Matthew Walker took an unbelievable catch to send a disappointed Davidson back to the pavilion.

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Ashen Silva and Tom Davidson made an unbeaten 42 and 64 respectively as the home side went on to win the match by eight wickets and remain unbeaten at the top of the league alongside Salesbury Cricket Club.

Match Details

Settle Cricket Club – Husbands, R.Davidson, Silva, W.Davidson, West, Sumner, Hulse, Harris, W.Davidson, Read, Strickland

Read Cricket Club – Duerden, Wrathall, Walker, Jongwe, Turner, Wood, Lavin, Powell, Eastham, Rushton, Woodall

Umpires – Bob Martland & Frank Newby

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AFC Bournemouth Chasing Nick Pope

AFC Bournemouth Set to Make Opening Bid For Pope

AFC Bournemouth are ready to follow up their capture of defender Lloyd Kelly with a move Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope.  Former boss Eddie Howe is set to be a busy in the summer transfer market and he is ready to make a £15 Million bid for the Burnley and England International keeper.

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Landing a new goalkeeper is one of Eddie Howe’s summer priorities and at present he has been closely assessing England stoppers Nick Pope and Stoke’s Jack Butland. Offering out of favour Asmir Begovic back to his former club Stoke City was considered in a bid to try to bring the cost of a deal for Jack Butland down.

However, Pope is likely to be the slightly cheaper of the two and Bournemouth are now set to firm up their interest with an opening offer of £15 Million. The Clarets keeper had an excellent season for Burnley during 2017/18 season earning him a place in the England World Cup squad. However, a shoulder injury against Aberdeen in the Europa League saw him fall from Sean Dyche’s No.1 to third choice and he will be allowed to move on for first team football this summer.

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Clarets Interested In French Winger

Sean Dyche Chasing Adrien Thomasson From RC Strasbourg

According to reports in the L’Equipe (French sports paper) and the Burnley Express the Clarets are said to be interested in RC Strasbourg winger Adrien Thomasson, the French winger is believed to be on Sean Dyche’s radar.

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A host of other Premier League sides including Newcastle United, Southampton are also interested in the Thomasson, who has played for Evian, Vannes and Nantes before signing for RC Strasbourg in the summer of 2018. He has made a total of 227 appearances, scoring 39 goals so far in his career which has all be spent in France.

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Clarets First Summer Signing

Burnley Sign Joel Senior From Curzon Ashton

Burnley Football Club have today confirmed the signing of young defender Joel Senior, the right-back joins the club on an initial 12-month deal, with a further year’s option, from the Vanarama National League North side Curzon Ashton, which is the home venue for the Clarets U23 Professional Development League.

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Senior earned a contract at Turf Moor after impressing during a spell training with the U23’s and featuring in the Clarets’ match-day squad for the final of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup earlier this month.  The Manchester-born defender will be part of Steve Stone’s plans at Under-23 level next season and returns to the professional game after starting out as a youngster at Oldham Athletic.

Speaking about signing for the Clarets Joel Senior said, “I’m delighted, It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been working hard for it for the last three or four years and it’s finally happened, Burnley have put their trust in me and I’m delighted to be here.” Senior, who played for Maine Road, FC United of Manchester and Curzon Ashton after being released by the Latics.

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Jordan Cropper regularly filled the right-back role for the Under-23s in the season just ended to earn a first professional deal.  He is likely to be one of the players Stone will look to loan out at some point next term to further his development in first-team football.

Senior, is looking to make the most of the opportunities that come his way after he reports for pre-season training at the Barnfield Training Centre in July. The signing of Senior extends the link-up between the Clarets and Curzon Ashton, where Stone’s side will play the majority of their home league games again next season.

Curzon Ashton club secretary Rob Hurst said: “We’re delighted for Joel and wish him all the best at Burnley.  The two clubs enjoy an excellent working relationship, which has again borne fruit and we’re looking forward to it continuing.”

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Clarets Release Three Senior Players

Three Senior Professionals Released By Clarets

Burnley Football Club have today confirmed that three senior players will leave Turf Moor this summer as their contracts expire. Anders Lindegaard, Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ward will all leave the club, whilst the future of striker Peter Crouch still to be determined.

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Former England international Crouch is also out of contract, having joined the Clarets on a short-term deal in January, however discussions between himself and the club are set to follow over whether the striker will remain at Burnley Football Club next season.

Winger Aaron Lennon and full-back Phil Bardsley have both had options in their existing contracts activated to keep them at the club next season. Whilst Steven Defour activated his contract extension at the end of the 2017/18 season, means the Belgium international midfielder remains under contract for 2019/20.

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Left-back Ward ends a successful five-year stay with the Clarets which saw the 33-year-old make 113 appearances for the club, while former Republic of Ireland team-mate Walters and Denmark international Lindegaard leave after two seasons with Burnley.

The rest of Sean Dyche’s senior squad are still under contract whilst Daniel Agyei top scorer in the U23 squad has been offered a new deal, whilst midfielder Aiden O’Neill following his successful season-long loan with Australian A-League side Central Coast Mariners. Winger Tunde Bayode and midfielder Christian N’Guessan have also been offered new contracts along with defender Scott Wilson, who gets a first professional contract.

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20/20 Champions Return To League Action

Settle Cricket Club v Ribblesdale Wanderers (Ribblesdale League)

After winning the Ribblesdale Cricket League 20/20 Championship at Salesbury Cricket Club, the newly crowned Champions returned to league action this weekend as they faced Ribblesdale Wanderers Cricket Club at Marshfield.

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Settle, won the toss and put the visitors into bat on a day were the weather conditions played a massive part. Eddy Read & Ryan Hodgson took the new ball and both bowlers had an impact with Hodgson keeping it tight at one end whilst Eddy Read attacked the batsmen from the other.

Ribblesdale Wanderers opening batsmen Mark Spencer and Michael English came to the crease but only managed five runs in the opening twenty seven balls, before English was trapped LBW for a duck off the bowling of Eddy Read.  Next into bat for the visitors was Ryan Canning, who top scored for the visitors scoring twenty-seven runs of fifty-two balls, which included three (4’s) before being bowled by Ashen Silva.

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Shaan Singh-Parhar, was next to the crease as the pressure increased on the visitors, having faced thirty-three balls Eddy Read dismissed Singh-Parhar for just four runs as the rain stopped play for around fifteen minutes.

It didn’t improve for the visitors after the rain delay as their middle order and tail end collapsed, scoring just seventeen runs with the remaining seven wickets as they were all out for just eighty-three runs of which twenty-one were extras.

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In terms of the bowling the wickets were taken by Will Davidson (4 wickets for 9 runs), Eddy Read (3 wickets for 26 runs) and Ashen Silva (3 wickets for 23 runs), whilst Ryan Hogdson kept the pressure on the visitors from the other end.

Settle came out after the interval needing just eight-four runs from forty-two overs which they managed easily.  Robbie Davidson was the only wicket to fall for the home side, when he misjudged a delivery from Jordan Britcliffe and was caught by Andrew Needham for two runs off eight deliveries.

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Opener Danyl Husbands made an unbeaten forty-five whilst club professional Ashen Silva made an unbeaten twenty-nine as the home side finished on eighty-four for one to win the match by nine wickets and go second in the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

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Settle will be in action again next Saturday as they take on Read Cricket Club at Marshfield looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to three matches.

Match Details

Settle CC – Husbands, R.Davidson, Silva, T.Davidson, Read, W,Davidson, Snowden, Whyte, Hodgson, West, Sumner

Ribblesdale Wanderers – Spencer, English, Canning, Singh-Parher, Needham, Collinge, Steinson, Dickinson, J.Britcliffe, Hussian I.Britcliffe

Umpires – Michael Bridges, William Slinger

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Davidson’s Double Delight

Tom Davidson In Bank Holiday Sports Double

Tom Davidson started the new Ribblesdale League in fantastic form making an unbeaten 107 against Padiham Cricket Club, whilst assisting Husbands to his first century in the opening fixture at Marshfield.  This after an excellent season assisting Lancashire side Preston Grasshoppers to a seventh place finish in the Rugby Union National League 2.

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However, whilst most of us had a relaxing bank holiday weekend, this local sportsman first of all flew 1,620 miles to make another international rugby appearance for Latvia against Denmark at the Baldones Stadium in the 2019 FIRA Championship. Latvia won the game 38-3 making it three games unbeaten, whilst Tom Davidson was also awarded Man of the Match for his performance.

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Whilst in Latvia he was joined by his Settle Cricket Club and Preston Grasshoppers team mate, brother Will Davidson who made his Latvia International Rugby debut in the same game against Denmark. After flying another 1,620 miles back to the UK, Tom joined up with Settle Cricket Club on bank holiday monday to compete in his second sporting fixture in just three days.

It was made even more special as this second sporting fixture included two matches in the 2019 Ribblesdale League 20/20 Championships at Salesbury Cricket Club, which Settle went on to win after beating both Brinscall Cricket Club and Euxton Cricket Club to become the new Ribblesdale League 20/20 Champions.

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The town of Settle and the local area should be proud of his efforts this week after flying 3,240 miles before playing an international rugby match and then two cricket matches in the space of just three days. This in an era when most overpaid professional sportsman complain about suffering from fatigue after playing just one sporting fixture in a week.

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