Ribb off to scene of glory

First published in Whalley Cricket Club Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

RIBBLESDALE Wanderers return to the scene of their glorious Ramsbottom Cup triumph tomorrow as they begin their defence of the trophy against Padiham.

Ian Britcliffe’s Wanderers rocked Read last July as they won in style to lift the trophy at the end of a thrilling final at The Arbories.

And they head back there to face John Bushell’s men, who fancy a run in the competition.

That clash promises to be a good one – and Read’s trip into North Yorkshire for their first round tie at Marshfield will prove a stern examination of their ambitions in the competition.

Richard Sharples comes into the Read side in place of Andrew Marshall, while Jon Harvey is unavailable and is replaced by Joe Marshall.

Oswaldtwistle Immanuel v Great Harwood games are always tense affairs and tomorrow’s first round tie promises to be no different as they clash at New Lane.

Jason Kayley returns to the Harwood side as they look to get their season up and running.

Whalley are always among the favourites for the cup and Richard Palmer’s men play host to Earby at Station Road.

Cherry Tree are another side who can never be discounted in the cup – but their tough task at Baxenden is made even harder by the unavailability of skipper and leading amateur batsman Paul Turner.

Mark Hadfield returns to the Cherry Tree side after missing today’s league game with Read.

Salesbury welcome league leaders Barnoldswick to Ribchester Road for their game. Barlick skipper Matt Nutter is urging his early pace-setters not to get carried away with their early season form and is aware they have won nothing yet.

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