Shah and Gorton shine in dull spell for Whalley!

Mumbai A.'s batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, second left, and Hiken Shah, left, run between the wickets as England's Ian Bell watches the play during their second warm-up match in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
Mumbai A.'s batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, second left, and Hiken Shah, left, run between the wickets as England's Ian Bell watches the play during their second warm-up match in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

It was a weekend to forget for Whalley who lost out to Section B side Padiham before missing out on a Ramsbottom Cup semi-final spot.

The league’s most potent bowler Simon Gorton claimed another five-fer to take his tally to 41 wickets for the term, but his contribution and oversea amateur Hakan Shah’s knock of 58 couldn’t spare Whalley from a 34-run defeat at the Arbories.

And it didn’t get any better for Richard Lamb’s side.

Shah hit a phenomenal 129, including 16 boundaries, while Mark Fallon added an unbeaten knock of 54 to help Whalley to a 241-6 total against Settle on Sunday.

However, an unbeaten 102 from Imran Khalid saw the visitors in to the next round courtesy of a four-wicket triumph.

Elsewhere, successive league defeats have seen Read slip down the pecking order.

The surprise loss to Euxton last weekend was followed up by a shock 48-run reverse at the hands of struggling Brooksbottom.

The home side had the bowling exploits of Mohsan and Zohaib Qureshi to thank for their triumph.

The pair secured a five-wicket haul apiece, for the second weekend in succession, to wipe Read out with just 127 runs on the board.

Joe Marshall fired 30 for the visitors and Warren Eastham added 35, but they fell short in the chase of Brooksbottom’s 175-7 tally from 28 overs.

Meanwhile, Read skipper Kyle O’Connor faces a three-match ban following an altercation with the umpire (Jack Schofield) in the Twenty20 tie against Settle.