Settle Cricket Club v Padiham Cricket Club (Ribblesdale Cricket League)
Settle Cricket Club returned to action this weekend against Lancashire rivals Padiham Cricket Club at Marshfields in the Ribblesdale Senior Cricket League. Settle Cricket Club were looking to extend their unbeaten run to this short COVID-19 hit season and order to collect ten points to remain at the table end of the league table.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first with Kevin Hitchon and Toby Muldoon opening the batting, however some outstanding bowling from Eddy Read put the visitors under pressure from the start and Toby Muldoon was the first wicket to go when he was caught by Ryan Sumner for just six runs.
Callum Clarke was next to the crease, but he was dismissed without scoring again by Eddy Read after chasing a wide ball he edged it into the slips and was caught by Tom Davidson. The next over so captain Kevin Hitchon head back to the club house, as Eddy Read caught him for nine runs off the bowling of Simon Tarbox.
Padiham’s fourth wicket fell with just eighteen runs on the broad, after three overs without scoring, Bradley Graham knocked the ball off his legs to sqaure point looking for the quick single. But Ben Hulse produced some world-class fielding with a direct hit running out Graham for just three runs.
Owen Deakin-Pickard was the next man out caught by Joseph Handy again off the bowling of Simon Tarbox for a duck. Before Thomas Ryland was bowled by Tarbox again for a duck leaving the visitors on eighteen for six. The home had a number of close decisions off the bowling of both Tom Davidson and Eddy Reid, but the match umpire gave a decision of not out despite the appeals from both bowlers.
Jimmy Gray was next into bat and he managed to stay at the crease for the rest of the innings, top scoring for the visitors with twenty-three runs. Gray hit some excellent big shots towards the end of the innings, including a six back over the bowlers head as well as Ryan Sumner who was fielding on the boundary.
Tom Davidson took a further two wicket, bowling both Tom Shirtcliffe for a duck and Bailey Muldoon for three runs, leaving the visitors on forty-nine for nine. The last wicket was taken by Will Davidson bowling Toby Burrows for a duck.
All four bowlers shared the wickets with Eddy Read, Tom Davidson and Simon Tarbox all taking three wickets, whilst Will Davidson took the final wicket in the innings in a quality bowling attack. The visitors were all out for just fifty-eight runs earning Settle Cricket Club two bonus points.
Robbie Davidson and John Davidson opened the batting for the home side, but only managed to make five runs with Robbie Davidson run out for five runs and John Davidson bowled by Toby Burrows for a duck.
James Snowden and Ryan Sumner were the next two at the crease, Snowden went on to make ten runs before being bowled by Jimmy Gray, whilst Ryan Sumner was trapped lbw by Tom Shirtcliffe for a duck. Chris Gemmell was also bowled by Bailey Muldoon for a duck, leaving Tom Davidson (23) and Will Davidson (5) to add the final twenty-eight runs in order to win the game by five wickets.
Settle Cricket Club – R.Davidson, J.Davidson, Snowden, Sumner, T.Davidson, Read, W.Davidson, Hulse, Tarbox, Gemmell, Handy
Padiham Cricket Club – Hitchon, T.Muldoon, Clarke, Graham, Deakin-Pickard, Meehan, Ryland, Gray, Shirtcliffe, Burrows, B.Muldoon
Umpires – Nick Stratton, John Whalley