SETTLE'S dream of winning all three of the Ribblesdale League's major prizes have been shattered.

They suffered a surprising 55-run defeat to Padiham in the Ramsbottom Cup final at Read - just 24 hours after beating their opponents by 268 runs in the league.

Settle now have to pick themselves up for the battle to retain their Senior Division title and the T20 Finals day.

Padiham's pragmatic approach proved to be a winner in Sunday's final, while Settle will reflect on an afternoon when their cavalier stroke play helped bring about their downfall.

Captain Kevin Hitchon set out Padiham's stall from the start. He made 21 from 21 overs and was prepared to see off the new ball and gather runs carefully.

Callum Clarke, who made the top score of 49, and Siviwe Gidana (35) also played sensibly as Padiham looked to build a score they could defend.

Settle didn't help themselves with the concession of 29 extras and their reluctance to position a fielder at third man cost them a number of boundaries.

This has been a perennial problem all season and in all their defeats the fours have not been blocked off.

Matthew Simpson (2-26), Josh Mullinder (2-33) and Callum Lockett (2-36) were the key wicket takers for Settle.

After fielding in the heat, Settle looked tired when they batted.

Their shot selection was loose and no one tried to occupy the crease until later down the order.

The top six seemed to want to carry on from the previous day's display, but in different circumstances and on a different wicket.

While Padiham's game plan was simple, Settle's was not so obvious and for once the aggression and shot selection was their downfall.

A fightback by John Davidson, Matthew Simpson and David Worthington who did occupy the crease towards the end had the crowd totally focused.

Simpson and Worthington were quietly pulling the game back and clawing their way up the steep slope until Simpson holed out for 34 trying to hit his third six.

Settle were all out for 134 and it was an indication of their cavalier approach that they only batted or 27 of their 40 overs.

With the league still in their sights going neck and neck with Oswaldtwistle a response is needed at home gain Baxenden on Saturday.

Settle will be hoping their second team have better luck this Sunday when they take on Stacksteads in the Lawrenson Cup final at Marshfield (1pm). Admission is £3, concessions £1.