Whalley not getting carried away by start

David Howard on his way to 7-31 against Read on Saturday
David Howard on his way to 7-31 against Read on Saturday

Leaders Whalley underlined their early season title credentials with a crushing seven-wicket success at Read.

Dave Howard’s figures of 7-31 from 8.5 overs - including a hat-trick - helped dismissed their hosts for 59, before Whalley knocked off the required runs in 22 overs for the loss of three wickets.

But Whalley skipper Richard Lamb isn’t getting carried away by his side’s 100% start to the season - especially with a Ramsbottom Cup clash with champions Clitheroe to come at Station Road on Saturday.

Lamb said: “Saturday was a really good day, we played some good cricket. The manner of victory was surprising, but it was one of those days where everything went right for us, and wrong for Read I suppose.

“Dave was fantastic - to have him and Wilkin Mota attacking with the new ball, with their great control, is brilliant.

“Dave bowled perfectly for the conditions, attacked the stumps and didn’t give anything away.

“It’s always good to be in the field when someone gets a hat-trick, and the crowd were appreciative.”

But he warned: “The bigger picture is we’re not getting carried away, we’re not getting ahead of ourselves.

“It was a positive result, but we have to get back to reality and another tough test against Clitheroe in the cup.

“They have a very strong side and will challenge for the title again.

“The pressure is off a little with it being a cup match, although we would like to do well in the competition.”