Day of humiliation as Brinscall are battered

Bowling is Euxton's Oliver Marsden and left, Brinscall overseas amateur Zandre Cloete
Bowling is Euxton's Oliver Marsden and left, Brinscall overseas amateur Zandre Cloete

Brinscall entered the record books for all the wrong reasons on Sunday as Amal Athulathmudali bludgeoned his way past a double-hundred to make history.

The destructive Sri Lankan is contracted to Bolton League outfit Egerton but filled in for Salesbury at the weekend and scored a magnificent 275, beating the previous individual league record by 38 runs.

And Athulathmudali’s remarkable achievement helped Salesbury post 438-7 off just 45 overs.

That team score was the second league record to be broken on the day.

Athulathmudali’s then tore through their Brinscall’s batting line-up, returning figures of 5-19 off 9.2 overs as Brinscall slumped to 61 all out.

If records were to be

broken it certainly was in that match as the 371-run winning margin also set a new Senior League record.

Bizarrely, Brinscall had mad a really positive start to the game.

Prolific openers Sam

MacLachlan and Lee Burgess took the new ball and soon had the home side reduced to 9-3, with Ben Rigby falling second ball of the day to MacLachlan.

Burgess then accounted for Liam Parkinson and Aneeq Hassan before the heavens opened as it started to rain boundaries.

Athulathmudali’s innings consisted of 21 fours and 26 sixes .

Liam Winstanley used six bowlers on the day, Burgess the main wicket taker but unsurprisingly costly on the day as his 15 overs returned four wickets for 140 runs.

With the bat, MacLachlan top scored with 26 for Brinscall and overseas amateur Zandre Cloete scored 16 as Brinscall fell well short.

But the day belonged to Athulathmudali who should long be in the Ribblesdale League history books.

On Saturday, Brinscall had been defeated by six wickets against Brooksbottom.

Winstanley’s side closed on 122-8 and the home side chased the total for the loss of four wickets.

n In contrast, Mark Winrow’s Euxton had a Bank Holiday weekend to remember as they notched up two victories, the first coming against Cherry Tree before they ran out convincing winners against Edenfield.

Preston White (74 not out) starred with the bat as the Balshaw Park outfit secured a seven-wicket victory over Cherry Tree.

The hosts only managed 156-4 off their allocated overs before White unleashed and saw Euxton cruise to victory.

On Sunday, Winrow (77) and young Chris Pearson (77) starred in a 64-run win.

Asif Elahi took four wickets while Oliver Marsden hit 35 not out as Euxton scored 263 before they bowled Edenfield out for 199.