High flyers Euxton continue to impress as they maintained their lead at the head of Section B of the Ribblesdale League with an exciting win against Earby.
In a real nail biter at Balshaw Park, Earby were dismissed for 181 with two balls of their 45 overs remaining.
Overseas amateur Frankie Haasbroek recorded figures of 6-44 from 15.4 overs.
Only Dave Crotty offered any resistance as he hit 63 off 81 deliveries.
His knocked included eight fours and one six.
A highlight of the innings was Jacob Meredith’s excellent one handed catch to help dismiss opener Matthew Garner off the bowling of Haasbroek.
Promising all-rounder Chris Pearson chipped in with 3-24 whilst Louis Sweeney took 1-45.
In reply, Sam Tolley compiled 51, all but seven from boundaries was fourth out at 132.
Prior to Tolley falling, Mark Winrow (11) and Oliver Marsden (0) both fell cheaply whilst Haasbroek hit 24.
Pearson proved his worth with the bat scoring 40 off 68 balls.
But the game turned in Earby’s favour, two wickets fell at 152 and when skipper Andrew Winrow was eighth out, Euxton still needed nine with balls running out.
With the last delivery of the game, the home side required one run, duly achieved as James Hill and Sweeney scampered through for a bye to avoid the senior league’s fifth tie of the year.
Ramsbottom Cup finalists, Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, notched a bumper score of 275-6 against strugglers Brinscall.
Liam Winstanley’s side were missing no less than 16 players as unavailability is once again proving costly for the villagers.
Dan Sartori made 94 from 75 deliveries for Ossie and Jon Baldwin hit 88 from 63, including five sixes, as Sam MacLachlan’s three wickets cost him 95 runs.
Liam Winstanley and Steven Hawke put on 48 for the first wicket in Brinscall’s response but Dan Metcalf’s ‘fifer’ helped dismiss the hosts for 176.
Hawke was Brinscall’s top scorer with 48.
At the weekend, Euxton are without a fixture and Brinscall play on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday, Winstanley’s side travel to Great Harwood before hosting Read on Sunday.
Both games start at 1.30pm.