Sam’s the man as his seven wickets crush Wanderers

Cricket - Euxton v Brinscall.  Zandre Cloete batting for Brinscall.
Cricket - Euxton v Brinscall. Zandre Cloete batting for Brinscall.

Sam MacLachlan starred with a seven-wicket haul as Brinscall grabbed a much needed victory thrashing Ribblesdale Wanderers.

Wanderers were no match for Liam Winstanley’s side and in particular MacLachlan who finished with figures of 7-35.

And he was ably supported by Lee Burgess who took 3-23.

Together the pair showed great qualities with a ball which was swing from the first delivery of the match.

MacLachlan removed Ribblesdale skipper Charlie Jackson in the first over and then claimed the prize wicket of Aussie pro Ben Dougall for six.

Ribblesdale’s batsmen simply had no answer and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Burgess and MacLachlan ripped through the order and the visitors were bowled out for 64.

Needing wickets early, Ribblesdale got off to the perfect start as overseas amateur Zandre Cloete fell without troubling the scorers.

Skipper Winstanley and opener Stuart Parker steadied the ship before the former was the victim of a contentious umpiring decision, adjudged LBW for nine.

But it was a fitting end that Parker (25*) and MacLachlan (18*), showing his all-round capabilities, sealed a deserved victory for Brinscall.

n Mark Winrow’s Euxton side suffered a crushing defeat against league leaders

Clitheroe.

Euxton were bowled out for just 89 in the glorious Ribble Valley sunshine.

Oliver Marsden top scored with an impressive 44 and youngster Matthew Johnson again impressed hitting 21.

But the pair were the only two to make double figures in a day to forget for the Balshaw Park outfit.

Clitheroe chased down the total with ease, losing just two wickets.

Marsden and overseas amateur Preston White took a wicket each.

n Friday night saw Euxton and Brinscall meet in the league’s Twenty20

competition.

There was real fireworks at the top of the Euxton order from Londis Lewis and White as Euxton posted a mighty 200-2 off their allocated overs.

White smashed 87 off just 43 balls, including eight fours and five sixes, while Lewis bludgeoned 82 off 62 balls hitting nine fours and three sixes in a super knock.

MacLachlan and Winstanley accounted for Lewis and White with skipper Winrow ending the innings unbeaten on 15 along with Sam Tolley (4*).

Richard Newton and Richard Brown were the pick of the Euxton bowlers as Brinscall fell 83 runs short in their chase.

Brown finished with figures of 3-12 off 2.4 overs while Newton took 3-33 off his four overs, including the prized wicket of overseas amateur Cloete.

Only MacLachlan offered any real resistance with the bat hitting 43 off 32 balls.

Richard Houghton (2-9) and White (1-14) chipped in with wickets as Brinscall were bowled out for 117.