Salesbury fall agonisingly short

The Red Caps restricted their second-place visitors to 140-6 in their 45 overs
The Red Caps restricted their second-place visitors to 140-6 in their 45 overs

Salesbury were left frustrated after falling three runs short in the derby against Whalley at Ribchester Road on Saturday.

The Red Caps restricted their second-place visitors to 140-6 in their 45 overs, which would have been much less but for opener James Galling’s unbeaten 64.

Only Mark Fallon (12), batting at seven, and Simon Gorton (20 not out) could join him in double figures, as Susantha Pradeep took 3-64 off 23 overs.

In reply, Salesbury also had an opener who batted through the innings in Aneeq Hassan, who made 75 not out, but he struggled for support as Dave Howard took 6-63 for Whalley.

Salesbury lurched from 4-2 to 58-6 as, again, only two batsmen stuck around long enough to make double figures.

Joe Rawlinson made 15 off 45 balls, and skipper Steve Brown 13 off 44, but the hosts ran out of wickets, tantalisingly, three runs adrift with two balls remaining.

Salesbury will look to bounce back on Saturday as they face old adversaries Brinscall at School Lane, with wickets pitched at 1-30 p.m.