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Looking Back - 1996 (Part 4)

On this sunny bank holiday weekend when the 1st team should have had a double header against Ribblesdale Wanderers and Cherry Tree we instead continue with our look back at the 1996 season with part 4 and July’s fixtures which start with a match against one of this weekends intended opponents.

Starting in second place the first weekend of the month saw a trip to Preston Old Road and a visit to Cherry Tree on the Saturday followed by another away trip on the Sunday to Cliffe Park to visit Great Harwood.


Unfortunately again match reports are very limited for the start of the month so there are no scores or reports available. Please accept our apologies for this.


Later in the month there was another double header which saw Earby play Clitheroe away at Chatburn Road whilst on the Sunday it was a return to the Applegarth for a fixture against Settle.


Against Clitheroe Earby returned home pointless as they went down to a 3 wicket defeat. Batting first Earby could only muster 134 as they were bowled out with Johnathan Fielding taking 7-37. In reply Clitheroe found themselves in trouble but a fine 58 not out by Mick Dewhirst saw them home 7 wickets down to claim the points.


Clitheroe 138-7 Earby 134


The following day Earby returned to winning ways with a 40 run victory against Settle. Batting first Earby reached a total of 216 for 5 from their overs with opener Nigel Pickles scoring 89 and professional Jonathon Harvey 58. In reply Paul Beech scored 64 out of Settle’s total of 176-7 however they had no answer to Lee Parkinson’s left arm seam as he took 5-22 to lead Earby to victory and retain second place in the league.


Earby 216-5 Settle 176-7


The final match of July saw Oswaldtwistle Immanuel visit the Applegarth. Batting first Oswaldtwistle scored 184-9 from their overs with Peter Gardiner scoring 86 however in reply Earby were in a spot of bother however 65 not out from Andrew Pickles saw them home as they reached Oswaldtwistle’s total for the lost of 5 wickets.


Due to the tightness of the league the only down side to the victory was the failure to bowl Oswaldtwistle out and claim the 2 bonus points in offer as Earby only claimed 5 points which allowed Read to reclaim second spot as they claimed 7 points in a victory over Baxenden.


Earby 185-5 Oswaldtwistle Immanuel 184-9


Next week we look at the penultimate month of the season as the title race hots up and Earby go top of the league for the first time in the season.




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