Whalley back to winning ways!

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WHALLEY got back to winning ways with a victory against Great Harwood at the Cliffe on Saturday.

The wintry conditions made it difficult for both teams, though visiting skipper Richard Palmer paid tribute to his players, stating they were the hungrier of the two teams.

He said: “We bowled and fielded well in cold conditions. It was a cold miserable day but we wanted it more.”

Great Harwood were first to bat with bowlers Kamran Younas, David O’Neill and Declan Fitzhenry doing a splendid job at keeping the batters at bay.

The Whalley paid man’s impressive ratio of wickets taken to runs conceded was apparent once more as he took 4-40 from 22 overs. The innings ended with the hosts on 118 with the highest batting score being 24 from Great Harwood professional Syed Shahabuddin.

Left chasing, Whalley defied the cold conditions and pressed on. Younas opened the scoring for Whalley accumulating 55 runs including seven fours. Simon Gorton converted 27 and Nisaar Hussain secured the win with 18 runs.

Palmer described the game as a “good performance” in which Whalley “won it quite easily”. He added: “The team can take confidence from chasing the score down when going into the next game away at Salesbury on Saturday. They are an improved team, but we can go there on the back of a win.”