THE race for the Ribblesdale League title will go down to the final weekend with Ribblesdale Wanderers in the driving seat.

Victory over Read on Saturday will see the Church Meadow side crowned champions with title holders Settle having to win at Oswaldtwistle Immanuel to have any chance of retaining their crown.

Ribblesdale headed to Whalley on Saturday knowing that wins in the last two fixtures would guarantee them the title but they were up against a side who have been in winning form lately.

Whalley batted first and made 161-7 off their 40 overs with Jack Edgar top scoring with 49 while Charlie Jackson scored 30. There were two wickets each for Ryan Canning and Ian Britcliffe.

In reply, Ribblesdale lost opener Mack Spencer in the first over, but fellow opener Eddie Steinson made 55 and Ribblesdale reached their target with five wickets down with 10 overs to spare.

Settle made sure the title race went to the last weekend of the reduced 11-game season thanks to victory over Cherry Tree.

The Blackburn side batted first and posted a competitive score of 138 all out. Nas Iqbal top scored with 32. Tom Davidson took 3-20 and Ben Hulse 2-18.

In reply, the Settle openers John Davidson (54) and Alex Gould (26) got them off to an excellent start, Ben Hulse with an unbeaten 25 got them over the line for a comfortable victory by seven wickets with plenty of overs in hand. Owen Elwood took two wickets.

Barnoldswick and Padiham started the day in joint third place but it was Barlick who ran out convincing winners.

Padiham batted first and were bowled out for just 81.

Barnoldswick knocked off the required runs for the loss of four wickets.

Earby welcomed Salesbury, who batted first. Salesbury posted an excellent total of 188-6.

In reply, Earby made a total of 141 all out to give Salesbury a comfortable victory.

Read hosted Brinscall and posted the highest total of the season scoring 291-5. Duncan Bennett made 83, William Wrathall 62 and Jack Wood 68 not out.

In reply, for Brinscall, Stuart Parker made 30 and Phillip McDonald 53 as they reached 160-7. Warren Eastham took 3-23.

Oswaldtwistle entertained Feniscowles and the home side batted first but struggled throughout the innings with no batsman getting into double figures as they were bowled out for 54.

Waqar Rafique took 4-9 and Mini Bhada 4-4.

In reply, Feniscowles lost both openers with only nine on the board, however Ziyad Bhada made 32 not out and saw them home with eight wickets and plenty of overs in hand.

The season goes in to the final weekend with Wanderers, on 96 points, three ahead of Settle.

Two clubs whose seasons have come to an end are Padiham and Salesbury who brought their final fixture forward to Sunday.

In a low-key fixture, Salesbury batted first and were quickly dismissed for just 45. Bailey Muldoon took 6-18 and Toby Burrows 3-20.

Padiham wasted no time in knocking off the required runs in eight overs with Owen Deakin Pickard 24 not out and Callum Clarke 16 not out.

The result guarantees Padiham will finish fourth in the final table.

Fixtures: Brinscall v Earby (reversed), Ribblesdale Wanderers v Read, Feniscowles v Barnoldswick, Cherry Tree v Whalley

In Division Two, Barnoldswick needed to win their final fixture against Stacksteads 2nds. However, Stacksteads made 197-6 mainly due to an excellent innings from Ansar Mahmood who scored a brilliant 135 not out that included 15 fours and five sixes.

Barnoldswick were unable to reach their total making 132 all out in reply. The result gives Chatburn the title with 71 points and Whalley 2nds are runners-up with 68 points with Barnoldswick 2nds in third place.