SALESBURY have slipped to fourth place in Ribblesdale League Section A after suffering a third straight defeat as Barnoldswick wrapped up a routine victory at Ribchester Road.

Settle are now 14 points clear with both Padiham and Read climbing above previous league leaders Salesbury in the table.

After winning the toss, Salesbury elected to bat but they struggled against the pace of Jonny Beech who took three early wickets.

Only Hashen Ramanayake who made a patient 48 off 91 deliveries made a significant contribution in a total of 103 all out.

The spin duo of Chalana De Silva (3-32) and Jack Rietshel (4-18) did the remaining damage.

In reply, Section B leaders Barlick openers De Silva (51) and Luke Hodgson (40 not out) saw them home with seven wickets and over 20 overs to spare.

Leaders Settle bowled Euxton out for 109 but they struggled to get the runs, eventually getting over the line in the 40th over with three wickets to spare.

In-form Read are up to third place following a five wicket win over Cherry Tree with Matt Walker scoring a superb 119.

Read got off to a steady start, with openers Joel Duerden (15) and Will Wrathall (25) taking the score to 54 before they fell in quick succession.

Walker dominated the rest of the innings making 119 off 75 balls including 13 fours and 5 sixes. He enjoyed a 83 run third wicket partnership with Luke Jongwe (37) before receiving good support from Duncan Bennett - who scored 31 not out off just 24 balls - as they added 100 for the fith wicket ending the innings on an impressive 286-5.

Mark Hadfield took three wickets however the Cherry Tree cause was not helped by giving away 42 extras including 32 wides.

Cherry Tree got off to a bad start when Walker bowled Hadfield in the opening over.

Cherry Tree lost wickets on a regular basis with only a fifth wicket partnership of 48 between Jon Baldwin (23) and Kelan Florentine (31) gave the innings a degree of respectability.

A 10th wicket partnership of 20 between Craig Kennedy and Daniel Logan enabled Cherry Tree to get over the 100 mark eventually being all out for 117.

Walker and Jamie Woodhall took three wicket each as Read rotated their bowlers jack Wood taking 2-4.

Padiham are now third in Section A after beating Section B bottom side Feniscowles.

Batting first, Padiham’s innings was based around a third wicket partnership of 80 between Callum Clarke(66) and sub professional Ocki Erasmus (48), they looked well placed for a big total at 132-2, however collapsed to a still respectable total of 176 all out.

Hassan Ali Fazal took 5-68.

Fensicowles in reply lost wicket on a regular basis and were grateful for a quick fire 30 off 24 balls from Khalid Hussain to get up to a final total of 131 all out.

Toby Burrows took 4-51, with a late burst from Rhys Marshall ending with excellent figures of 4-20.

Andrew Needham scored an unbeaten 102 as Ribblesdale Wanderers beat Ossie Immanuel.

Batting first, Wanderers scored an impressive 233-3, Needham hitting 10 fours and five sixes and was well supported by Michael English (37) and Shaan Singh-Parhar (32 no).

In reply, Ossie were bowled out for just 68 with Jordan Britcliffe (3-17), Michael English (4-23) and Safya Ahmed (3-5.) taking the wickets.

Elsewhere, Brinscall (147-5) beat Baxenden (111 all out) with Sehan Weerasinghe scoring 46 and taking 5-43.

Jack Edgar took an impressive 7-51 as Whalley beat Earby.

Batting first, Whalley were bowled out for 117 - Charlie Jackson top scored with 47 and Jovaun Van Wyngaardt taking 6-40.

However, Earby collapsed to 56-8 and were bowled out 98 - Fergus Bailey (3-38) taking the remaining wickets.