SETTLE maintained their remarkable 100 per cent record in the Ribblesdale League this season with a convincing win over Craven rivals Earby at Marshfield on Saturday.

After electing to bat, the visitors soon lost a wicket to Harry Snowden, but Jake Greenbank (23) and pro Prasansana Jayamanne (16) put up a stand of 34 steady runs.

Although it took Eddie Read nine overs before he picked up his first wicket, his skipper Will Davidson wisely kept faith in him to bring a reward of 3-40, including the pro, from 15 relentless overs.

Earby were struggling at 59-6, but Chris Bowker top-scored with an unbeaten 25 to hold the fort.

Once Read had done the hard yards, it was left to the Settle trio of Will Davidson, pro Ashen Silva (each taking 2-8) and Tom Davidson (2-1) to see off Earby for 90 runs inside 38 overs.

Robbie Davidson had an excellent afternoon behind the stumps, supporting his bowlers with four fine catches as well as conceding no byes.

The reply saw Alex Gould smack three rapid fours before departing lbw to Jake Hargreaves.

Young left-arm bowler Adam Hodge made life uncomfortable for Settle with his hostile pace and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket.

Left-handers John Davidson and Silva had a resolute partnership of 37 before Davidson (22) was bowled by Hargreaves.

The hosts then had a wake-up call with three wickets suddenly falling to Jayamanne (3-12) with the total on 77, but the unflustered Silva was unbeaten on 40 as he saw the defending champions over the line with an immaculate off drive.

Victory came with 22 overs to spare and five wickets down, giving Earby a consolation bonus point.

It was a quiet weekend for Settle, but tomorrow, the 1st XI entertain Brinscall, who have a solitary league win to their name, and travel the next day to eleventh-placed Oswaldtwistle.

In Division One Settle seconds play Salesbury twice, away on Saturday and at home on Sunday, aiming to match the first team in upholding their own 100 per cent league record.