SETTLE padded their lead at the top of the Ribblesdale's League's Senior Division Section A when they beat derby rivals Earby by 71 runs.

Settle's overseas amateur and opener Danyl Husbands set a good platform for the home team, top scoring with a knock of 59.

Scores of 48 by Eddy Read, 33 by Ashen Silva and 22 by John Davidson saw Settle reach 198-7. Joseph Robinson's (2-24) was the pick of the Earby bowlers.

Earby never really got going against the Settle bowling attack, as Read (4-40) buzzed through the top order and Silva (4-24) dispatched the lower order. Only captain Luke Hipgrave (27) and opener Lee Parkinson (22) scored more than 20 as Earby were bowled out for 117.

Settle opened up a 19-point lead over second placed Read, who had their game rained off .

Earby are third in Section B, 42 points behind leaders Barnoldswick, whose match against Cherry Tree was abandoned.