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Stand in Erasmus is Barlick's star
11:55am Thursday 12th September 2013 in Sport
Having dispensed with the services of Imran Khalid who is Settle-bound next season, the Victory Park club turned to the talented young South African and it proved an inspired decision.
Barnoldswick batted first and due mainly to Liam Bedford with a watchful 82 and Erasmus (50) totalled 184 all out on a far from easy pitch.
In reply Edenfield lost their professional early and were always struggling from then on.
Some stout middle-order resistance meant they eventually reached 155 all out as Erasmus took five wickets with his off spin.
Barnoldswick, who feel that their chances of retaining their title were harmed by having to find replacement pros for Khalid far too often this season while he returned to Pakistan to play in domestic competitions, finished seven points ahead of Settle who beat Padiham by six wickets.
Their sub-pro Tanwir Afzal took 5-95 as Padiham made 258-6, then Aneeq Hussain led the successful run chase with a superb 122.
Hussain hit four sixes and 12 fours and was well supported by Laurence Read (63) after the early loss of talented John Davidson who was promoted up the order after some good recent performances.
Earby tasted defeat in their final game at the hands of champions Clitheroe, but they put up a good show at Applegarth.
The early signs were not good as professional Fahid Rehman and Josh Greenbank were dismissed as the home side slipped to 28-2.
Chris Walton, the Earby man in form, played the attack well.
He took few risks as he built another excellent innings despite the regular loss of partners.
Walton, who reached 50 off 56 balls, gradually accelerates as he made a magnificent 125. His innings contained two sixes and 18 fours.
Thanks to Walton, Earby made 220. They had to contend with some fine bowling from Kash Siddique who took 6-106.
Without their two leading wicket takers Richard Cradd- ock and Danny Kegg, Earby knew they faced a tough job in containing the Clitheroe batting line up.
Siddique and Tom Lord looked like men in a hurry. The score rattled along to 69 in nine overs before Rehman, whose first three overs went for 24 runs, removed Siddique for 40.
Rehman (3-86) and young spinner Ian White (2-49) kept chipping away and Clitheroe still needed 100 with five wickets down.
Sadly for the home side there was no further joy.
Hugh Graham joined Jack Dewhurst and the pair saw Clitheroe home in the 41st over, Dewhurst finished 89 not out at almost a run a ball and Graham 33 not out.
Earby will rue the three dropped catches which proved so costly.
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