Craven League: Noyna rocks as Foulridge win again

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FOULRIDGE maintained their stunning start to the Craven League campaign as they thumped Riddlesden in hugely impressive style at Noyna Rock.

The visitors chose to bat first after winning the toss but Foulridge reduced them to 0-2 after the first over and they were soon in even deeper trouble at 16-5 with Chris Brooker-Carey the destroyer-in-chief.

He finished with 5-20 from six overs and with Andrew Dutton and John Lambert also bagging a brace each, Riddlesden were hustled out for just 71 in just 25.2 overs.

James Lickless and David Spokes departed for Foulridge but Dutton, in his final game before returning to Australia, and John Lickless saw them home in just 16.1 overs.

Junaid Khan was the star for Barrowford as they claimed an 85-run win over fancied Oakworth.

Khan smashed 127 not out from just 61 balls in a stunning knock that included 16 sixes and four fours. Peter Cowburn also made 77 as Barrowford piled up 268-8 from their 45 overs.

That always seemed a tall order and the Wide Lane outfit were eventually bowled out for 183 with Ajmal Choudhry claiming 5-44 and Waseem Furqan picking up 3-70.

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Thornton were top flight losers, though, as Embsay eased past their 162-9 by seven wickets and with nine overs to spare.

Chatburn had another big day in Division Two as they made it two wins from two thanks to a thumping win over Hepworth and Idle.

Stephen Kerr (56), Neil Cartledge (47) and Steve Bowker (45) were the mainstays of Chatburn’s 209-8 before Jonny Lockley and Gary Barker both claimed three wickets each as Hepworth were 99 all out.

Tahir Zaman claimed 5-30 and Adnan Khalid bagged 3-8 from eight overs as Pendle Forest claimed a nervy win over Gargrave at Old Laund Booth.

They bowled the visitors out for just 57 but were wobbling before they squeezed over the line with two wickets in hand.

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