Whalley suffer first defeat of campaign

Simon Gorton took 4-56 for Whalley against Padiham
Simon Gorton took 4-56 for Whalley against Padiham
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Whalley suffered their first defeat of the season at Barnoldswick on Saturday in a high-scoring game, but bounced back to beat Padiham on Sunday.

At Victory Park, Whalley must have been fairly confident at tea having posted a score of 241-7, mainly due to a third wicket partnership of 136, between Yogesh Takawale (93) and Declan Bailey (66).

However, Barnoldswick made that total look inadequate, knocking off the runs in just 36 overs for the loss of only one wicket, after rothers Abdul and Umar Saddique put on 223 for the first wicket.

Abdul remained unbeaten with 73 not out, but it was Umar who did most of the damage with a magnificent innings of 140, including 17 fours and nine sixes.

The following day, Whalley were again in the runs against Padiham, posting a score of 234-7, with 101 from Takawale and 40 from Mark Fallon.

Padiham made a valiant effort, led by Brady Barends, who scored a half century, but fell short of the required total, ending on 182 all out, as Simon Gorton claimed 4-56.

In the 20/20 competition, Whalley were beaten by local rivals Ribblesdale Wanderers.

On a difficult wicket for batting, Whalley were restricted to 102-8 off their 20 overs. This looked like it might be enough, as Whalley bowled and fielded well to get Ribblesdale behind the rate. However, 55 from Ryan Canning and 25 extras helped to get Ribblesdale over the line for a morale-boosting win.