Settle Cricket Club v Padiham Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)
The Ribblesdale Cricket League returned this weekend as Settle Cricket Club welcomed Lancashire rivals Padiham Cricket Club to Marshfield for the opening fixture of the season. There were a number of new faces at the club including the new professional Ashen Silva making his debut, whilst Eddy Read and Oliver Whyte returned to the club.
The conditions were perfect for cricket and after winning the toss it was the home side that opened the batting with Danyl Husbands and Robbie Davidson, who got off to a good start making sixty-five runs before Robbie Davidson was caught by Callum Clarke off the bowling of Toby Burrows for twenty-three runs.
Ashen Silva was next to the crease to make his debut and the Sri Lankan batsman went on to make twenty runs from thirty-five balls, before being stumped by Robinson again off the bowling of Toby Burrows with the score at one hundred and four.
Tom Davidson was next into bat and he changed the course of the match, hitting one hundred and seven runs off just fifty-two deliveries. A truly outstanding performance which included seven (4’s) and nine (6’s),
Then with just one over remaining and Danyl Husbands at the other end, Davidson showed the teams true spirit by refusing a run to allow Husbands to have the strike and a chance of making his maiden century, which he did by smashing the ball for four off the final ball of the innings, to leave the home side with a score of 267-2.
The visitors came out to bat and started much the same as their opponents Settle scoring forty-five runs before the loss of their first wicket Owen Deakin-Pickard who was run-out for seven runs by Harry Snowden. The second wicket fell with just one run being added to the score as Callum Clarke was caught by Ashen Silva off the bowling of Eddy Read.
Jack Dewhurst top scored for the visitors making fifty-four runs from seventy-two balls which included six (4’s) and two (6’s) before being caught by Will Davidson off the bowling of Ashen Silva. The visitors did create a number of good early partnerships with Nathan Whitehead (30), Callum Clarke (28) and Rhys Marshall (28), but the middle order crumbled and the visitors finished on 205-9.
Ashen Silva went on to have a great match with the ball take six wickets for seventy-four runs from sixteen overs. Whilst Eddy Read and Will Davidson took the other two wickets on what proved to be a great afternoon of cricket for the home side.
Settle Cricket Club will now travel to Whalley Cricket Club next weekend as they look to continue their excellent start to the season in the Ribblesdale League.
Speaking after the match Settle club captain Tom Strickland said, “I was thrilled with the professional application of all the boys. I can’t remember a start of the season which offered such batsman friendly conditions and it could have been easy to get carried away trying to blast the ball to all parts of the ground early on.
The foundations were laid by Robbie Davidson and Danyl Husbands who both did an outstanding Job to see off the new ball. The way Danyl kicked on to reach his debut century was an outstanding achievement and something he can be very proud of. I find it incredible that this was Tom’s maiden century for Settle 1st XI. He has a natural talent with the bat and hits the ball as clean and as hard as anyone I’ve seen. His inning was brutal and fantastic to watch. Hopefully this will signal the start of a successful season for him and the team.
It was great to see Eddy Read back at his home club and I thought he bowled with little fortune but got a vital wicket. Ashen Silva and Will Davidson both bowled really well under pressure against the visitors professional. This side has all the ingredients to be very competitive. We’re all best mates and love playing for this club. It’s an honour to lead these lads out on the field and I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”
Settle Cricket Club – Husbands, R.Davidson, Silva, T,Davidson, West, Snowden, W.Davidson, J.Davidson, Read, Strickland, Whyte
Padiham Cricket Club – Deakin-Pickard, Clarke, Dewhurst, Whitehead, Marshall, Robinson, Hitchon, Gray, English, Burrows, Meehan
Match Umpires – Frank Newby & Keith Clayton