RIBBLESDALE Senior League champions Settle ended the season in fine style at Marshfield on Saturday, beating Salesbury by 54 runs and finishing 30 points clear of Read in the table.

As so often this year, pro Ashen Silva and paceman Eddy Read were instrumental in the victory.

Opener Danyl Husbands (16), who finished third in the league batting averages, got the hosts off to a steady start having been put in to bat, and skipper Will Davidson and Benjamin Hulse made 12 apiece.

But it was Silva who dominated the innings, hitting five fours and three sixes in a knock of 73, his seventh half-ton of the season with 975 runs overall, averaging 48.75.

The total of 146-9 was not beyond the reach of Salesbury, but Read removed both openers in short order and ended the day with a return of 5-33 from 13 overs.

Pro Hashen Ramanayake fought hard for 61, but Read was not to be denied his sixth five-wicket haul of the summer with 70 victims overall, topping the league amateur averages. Read added a run-out to round off a great afternoon’s work.

Meanwhile, Silva was spinning his way to 4-32 in just 7.1 overs, confirming his all-round status as a superb pro for the Craven side. Salesbury were brushed aside for 92 with 20 overs still in hand.

In the reverse fixture, Settle II lost by 90 runs to Salesbury II. The hosts put on a challenging 204-6 with Edward Bradley (2-12) the pick of the bowlers. John Tarbox hit 53 in the reply of 114 all out.

The seconds have won just five games this year but earned sixth place in Division One by fighting hard for bonus points and taking games to the wire.

After the presentation of the league trophy to skipper Will Davidson, Silva, also a trained chef, provided a Sri Lankan curry for the players and supporters.

President Tom Sharp presented club awards and chairman Andrew Davidson praised the first team and was also delighted that youngsters are making progress in the seconds and thirds, captained by Ben Mitchell and Nick Tyrer respectively. He remarked that the 45-over format was “proper” cricket demanding real application, and the league trophy, now won nine times by Settle since 1893, is a true test of merit.

* Earby ended the season on a high by demolishing nine-man Baxenden by eight wickets and securing the runners up spot in Section B.

Earby's opening bowlers Jovaun Van Wyngaardt and Jake Hargreaves tore through the visitors' batting order, with Van Wyngaardt taking 4-26 and Hargreaves 4-29 as Baxenden were skittled out for 58.

Earby's big hitting overseas amateur Girvacques De Jager then went to work, smashing 33 off just 10 balls, with three sixes and three fours. Van Wyngaardt scored 14 off nine balls as Earby surpassed their target in just 6.2 overs.

Ten-man Barnoldswick, who had already secured top spot in Section B, suffered a 92-run defeat at Feniscowles.

Most of the home side's runs were scored by their pro Hassan Ali Fazal, who hit a maiden century. His knock of 140 saw Feniscowlees 202-7.

Barnoldswick pro Chalana De Silva bowled well, taking 2-34 in 17 overs and Pratheek Aradhya had figures of 3-25.

Despite a good knock of 56 by overseas amateur Jack Rietschel, Barnoldswick were never in the hunt as no-one else in the batting order managed to score in double figures and they were all out for 110.