Whalley set their sights on fourth

Lee Kearsley hit 45 not out for Whalley against Great Harwood
Lee Kearsley hit 45 not out for Whalley against Great Harwood

Whalley had a mixed weekend, but captain Richard Lamb was pleased with his players.

On Saturday, they lost to Great Harwood by eight wickets, having posted 159-5, of which Lee Kearsley made 45 not out, before, on Sunday, bowling Barnoldswick out for 106 to win by 75 runs.

Lamb said: “We played well against Great Harwood, but they are very strong, and that showed. I don’t think we did a great deal wrong, we set a competitive score, and bowled pretty well, but ultimately their strength in depth told.

“Then against Barnoldswick, we posted a good score again, mainly thanks to Wilkin (Mota), and though they got off to a bit of a flying start, we pegged them back with a few quick wickets and they didn’t have that much depth after that.”

Whalley are at Ribblesdale Wanderers on Saturday, aiming for a fourth-place finish: “It’s always a good game with Ribblesdale, they have a lot of dangerous players who can win games from various positions, but if we’re at our best, we will be a match for them.

“At this stage, our focus is on what we can achieve, and fourth place would probably be the best we can do now.

“But it’s been a successful season, we wanted to bring on players and develop them in the first team, and we have achieved that.”