Whalley suffer derby setback

Simon Gorton, right, took 4-47 for Whalley

Simon Gorton, right, took 4-47 for Whalley

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Whalley skipper Richard Lamb was disapponted to lose ground in the race for fourth place.

The Station Road side were beaten by 17 runs by derby rivals Ribblesdale Wanderers, and with Read’s pair of wins, the sides are now level in the table with three games left - starting with Saturday’s meeting at Whalley.

Lamb said: “We didn’t bowl well enough early on. They got off to a flying start, but although conditions suited the bowlers, there was too much loose stuff.

“That ultimately decided the game.

“We managed to pull it back well to restrict them to 128, but that was still 30 or 40 above par. We made a reasonable start in reply, but lost afew quick wickets.

“A couple of partnerships put us back in control, but we couldn’t see it through.”

Lee Kearsley (26) and Mark Fallon (25) top-scored for Whalley, while Dave Howard (6-33) and Simon Gorton (4-47) took the wickets.

Whalley follow up Saturday’s home game with Read with a trip to Clitheroe on Sunday, and Lamb added: “I went to watch Read on Sundya and they played well - they have some good young players coming through, so it will be difficult.

“And Clitheroe will be a test of how far we have come this season.”