CLITHEROE completed a clean sweep of titles in the Ribblesdale League with a superb unbeaten record as they finished their campaign with a victory over third-placed Whalley.

In a match reduced to 31 overs per side. Clitheroe batted first and scored 137-8, Ali Ross top scoring with 57 while there were four wickets each for Simon Gorton and Richard Palmer.

In reply, Whalley were restricted to 116-7, with Marcus Sharp taking 5-34 as Clitheroe wrapped up victory. They were presented with the championship trophy after the match to add to their Ramsbottom Cup and T20 Cup successes.

It ends Clitheroe’s long association with the league as they will join the Lancashire League next season.

Settle were assured of runners-up spot, so their match had more significance to their opponents Oswaldtwistle whose victory ensured they remain in Section A for next season.

Cherry Tree knew that only a victory against Euxton would give them a chance of avoiding relegation - together with a favourable result at Settle.

Euxton batted first and were 179 all out, Francois Haasbroek top scoring with 57 while Kelan Florentine took 6-63.

In reply, Cherry Tree were all out for 152 - Mark Hadfield top scoring with 44 - which means the Blackburn team drop in to Section B next season.

Read welcomed Great Harwood, with Harwood still in with a chance of finishing in third place.

Ashen Silva scored a superb 157 not out for Harwood to go passed 1000 runs for the season.

However, thanks to 5-27 from Andrew Rushton, Harwood were restricted to 226-9.

In reply, Read lost early wickets but sub pro Joe Scuderi was rolling back the years with 34 until he was run out by Silva.

Stuart Maher with 7-70 made sure of a Harwood victory by 51 runs to secure third place.

In Section B, Barnoldswick welcomed Baxenden knowing a point would secure the Championship having won promotion the previous week. In a 33 over match,

Baxenden made 140-8 with Captain Ben Swindells top scoring with 41.

In reply, Barnoldswick passed the required total with six wickets in hand thanks to contributions of 58 from Shashrika Pussegola and 51 no from Captain Luke Hodgeson.

The battle for the second promotion spot was between Salesbury and Padiham.

Padiham welcomed Feniscowles who were looking to avoid ending the season as bottom of the League. Padiham batted first and made 184 all out,

Phil Haggerty top scored with 57, with four wickets for Jake Errey and Nizam Vaid. Feniscowles were then quickly dismissed for 44, Nathan Buck taking 8-20.

The attention switched to the Salesbury/Brinscall clash. Brinscall batted first and were restricted to 134-9, vitally denying Salesbury two bonus points.

In reply Salesbury were quickly in trouble at 27-5.

However 51 not out from the impressive Andrew Mercer and 24 from Joe Rawlinson kept the result in doubt.

But they were eventually all out for 122, falling 12 runs short of their target but gaining four bonus points.

The second promotion place will now be down to the appeal that Padiham have made to a 12 point penalty received for playing an ineligible player earlier in the season.

This appeal will be heard at the October meeting of the League Management Committee.

Earby were looking for a win against Ribblesdale Wanderers that would ensure they did not end in last place.

However, the batting that has often let them down this season again failed and they were all out for 44, Ian Britcliffe taking 6-23.

Ribblesdale Wanderers made short work of getting the required runs and led by Ryan Canning, 39no, won with eight wickets in hand.