Whalley back to winning ways

Whalley host the leaders Clitheroe on Saturday
Whalley host the leaders Clitheroe on Saturday

Whalley got back to winning ways against Cherry Tree, to set them up nicely for a home derby with leaders Clitheroe on Saturday.

Whalley posted 221-4 against Tree, as openers James Galling (55) and Mark Fallon (45) set the tone, with further contributions from profesional Wilkin Mota (22), Lee Kearsley (24) and skipper Richard Lamb, who finished unbeaten on 36 not out.

Tree were then restricted to 92-4, chasing a revised rain-reduced target of 152, as Whalley won by 62 runs.

David Howard (2-27) was the pick of the bowlers.

Lamb said: “It was set up for a good finish. The weather was glorious when we set off, but the radar suggested it would rain later on.

“The rain spoiled things a bit, although we were ahead of the game as the run rate would suggest.

“James and Mark set us off well and we managed to push on and get 221, without depending on Wilkin.

“The amateur batsmen are starting to come to.

“James carried on his good form, and I moved down the order and scored a few towards the end as we managed to post a competitive score.”

Third place Whalley host the leaders on Saturday, and Lamb anticipates a testing afternoon: “It’s going to be very difficult. Clitheroe are a very strong side with a lot of depth.

“They seem to be able to win games from positions where it might seem unlikely.

“We’re missing key players unfortunately, with the holiday season upon us, so it’s up to the rest of us to perform to our best and see what happens.”

Clitheroe are unbeaten so far this season in the league, but came a cropper the last time they visited Station Road last season: “We beat them here last year in a low-scoring game.

“We got them out for 90-odd and got over the line in reply.

“And we had them under the cosh at their place before Tom Lord came in and smashed 80 - probably the best amateur innings I’ve seen!

“That’s what Clitheroe are capable of though, they have that sort of ability.

“But we’re capable of taking wickets and putting pressure on, and we are capable of beating any side on our day.”