Phil Bird’s weekend cricket review

In today’s Lancashire League action Burnley beat Church by 53 runs to stay top of the table with one game to go. Joe Marshall top scored with 59 out of a total of 153 for six. Church were bowled out for 100. Chris Holt took four for 26. Todmorden travel to Turf Moor next Sunday for the final fixture of the season. Nearest challengers Lowerhouse lost at home to Clitheroe by one wicket. Skipper Ben Heap passed 6,000 Lancashire League runs. They face Ramsbottom at Acre Bottom next Sunday but need Burnley to lose heavily to have any chance of lifting the title. 

Colne need one more point to clinch the Second Division title after a six-wicket home win over Bacup. Professional James Price scored 70 not out and reached 1,000 runs for the season. Nelson scored 219 for 2 at Rishton. David Crotty scored an unbeaten century. The home side were bowled out for 137 with Elliot Bradley taking five wickets. 
In the Ribblesdale League, it was a mixed weekend for Padiham. They lost at home to Baxenden by 38 runs on Saturday. On Sunday they beat Euxton by 13 runs. Toby Burrows took seven wickets as the opposition were bowled out for just 58. 

Read’s game at New Road against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel was abandoned on Saturday. On Sunday they defeated Baxenden by ten wickets.  Settle have been confirmed champions of the Ribblesdale League for 2019. 

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