Whalley extend perfect start

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Wilkin Mota’s fine early season form has helped Whalley make an encouraging start to the new Houldsworth Ribblesdale League campaign.

The Indian all-rounder followed up his match winning display against Ribblesdale Wanderers on the opening weekend with a valuable half century in the Station Road side’s 116-run victory at Brooksbottom.

Mota top scored with 54 in Whalley’s 196-7 before Brox were dismissed for just 80.

Whalley skipper Richard Lamb was delighted to maintain their 100% start: “It was good to carry on the good start. It was potentially a tricky game, but we did a professional job - we did what we needed to do.

“Wilkin has been solid with the bat and ball in both games so far, and it’s great to have him hitting the ground running.”

Whalley face a stern test of their credentials on Saturday when they travel to Whalley Road to take on Read - another side with two wins from two games.

And Lamb is looking forward to a mouth-watering derby: “Read will be a massive game. They are a very strong side who will be up there challenging, so it is a good test for us to see where we are.

“Read have brought youth through and have strength in depth, but it is a challenge we are up for.

“We might be light on number, but we feel if we have a full side available, we are capable of beating anyone in the league.

“We have matchwinners in our side.”