Whalley skipper Richard Lamb has hailed Simon Gorton after his latest bowling heroics helped beat Barnoldswick at Victory Park.
The one-time Earby professional came back to haunt his former West Craven derby rivals with 5-65 – closing the innings with three wickets in four balls as the hosts were dismissed for 168.
Whalley eased to a seven-wicket success as James Galling hit an unbeaten 72, with professional Hiken Shah adding 53.
Gorton now has 35 wickets for the season, with five five-wicket hauls, and Lamb said: “Simon is bowling really well – he’s having to bowl more overs without David Howard and Wilkin Mota, and he’s enjoying that role as the main man with the ball.
“Every week he’s taking wickets, and changing games, and reminds me every week how many he has got!”
Whalley are fourth in Section A, 14 points behind Clitheroe, having played a game less than Settle and Read above them, and while Lamb is enjoying a season of surprise results, he feels the usual suspects will emerge on top: “It’s good when there are shock results and it’s more open – anyone can beat anyone on their day.
“But Clitheroe and Settle are still the strongest sides and we are probably playing for third or fourth.”
Whalley go in search of more points on Saturday against Section B leaders Padiham before hosting Settle in the Ramsbottom Cup on Sunday.