Leaders look to push on

RIBBLESDALE League leaders Barnoldswick aim to extend their near perfect start to the 2012 season tomorrow on a day when old team-mates collide.

Matthew Nutter’s Barlick have impressed so far this term with four wins and one abandonment from their five games.

Three of the four successes have come with maximum bowling points and that – couple with a shock loss for Read last weekend – has seen Barlick open up an eight-point lead at this early stage of the season.

Nutter was concerned by the depth of his bowling attack ahead of the season but professional Imran Khalid has stepped up to the mark and has claimed 22 wickets already.

And he will look to more success tomorrow as Padiham head to Victory Park eager to put one over their former stars Umar and Abdul Saddique, who moved to Barlick last year.

Read will call on Lancashire star Oliver Newby as they bid to get back to winning ways against Great Harwood.

Newby was included in the team for last week’s defeat at Cherry Tree – but he was withdrawn from the game by the Red Rose.

Any appearance from the county quick is guaranteed to boost Read’s chances and his battle with Harwood pro Syed Shahabuddin could well turn into an epic.

Settle have stunned many with their start to the season and they welcome Edenfield to Marshfield at full strength, while Cherry Tree – fresh from last week’s win over Read – make the trip to The Applegarth for their game with Earby.

Paul Turner can call upon the services of Liam Jackson after the pro was ruled out of action last weekend as his partner gave birth.

Ribblesdale Wanderers go to Whalley in another game that could turn out to be an edge-of-seat affair and Baxenden, who are purring along nicely, make the short trip to New Lane for their game with Oswaldtwistle.

Clitheroe have wobbled in the last fortnight but look to return to form when Salesbury travel up the Ribble Valley to Chatburn Road.

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