Rain scuppers Whalley CC chances against Great Harwood

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WHALLEY’S batsmen ran out of overs as they slipped to defeat in Saturday’s rain-affected match against Great Harwood.

Captain Richard Palmer felt his side was left with just too much to do after going off for rain needing around four an over and coming back on needing nine an over.

“It’s just one of those things,” said Palmer. “It is frustrating because I felt we had a good chance to chase down their target but there were no glum faces afterwards and we’ll just move on now.”

Great Harwood posted a total of 151 after their 35 overs with Kamran Younas the pick of Whalley’s bowlers, finishing with 2-49.

“We maybe didn’t bowl all that well,” said Palmer. “I think we could have kept their total down by a few more runs but we were confident going into bat.”

Rain forced Whalley off after 10 overs and when they came on for a final 10 overs, their target had been reduced to 102.

They eventually finished on 87-4 and Palmer praised his batsmen for putting up at valiant effort.

“We did well to score what we did but it was always going to be difficult especially because we have quite big boundaries at Whalley.

“If we had started off a bit quicker before the rain came we would have been in a better position but it was still quite a valiant effort to get to where we did.”

It’s a huge double header for Whalley this weekend with Barnoldswick at home on Saturday and Ribblesdale Wanderers away on Sunday.

“We’re still clinging on to fourth spot and hopefully if we can get through this weekend relatively unscathed we will have to good chance to finish there at the end of the season.”