Important wins for local sides

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THERE were important wins for Whalley and Salesbury over the weekend.

Richard Palmer’s Station Road side outclassed basement outfit Settle to remain in fourth spot in the Ribblesdale League.

Richard Lamb top-scored with 60 while Palmer added 37 to Whalley’s total of 183. In reply professional Kamran Younas scooped 5-36, David O’Neill picked up 3-9 off eight overs while Declan Fitzhenry added two wickets as Settle fell 121 runs short.

And Jason Rawson’s men dug deep to secure a vital victory away to Padiham. Sub-professional Luke Woodcock was the biggest hitter of the afternoon as he smashed 68 of his side’s 206-run tally.

And three wickets apiece for Woodcock and Edward Foster ensured the win was snatched from the jaws of defeat, with Padiham just 10 runs shy.

• IN the first leg of round robin matches in the Clitheroe Cricket League Sportsworld Cup, early league leaders St James came a cropper at home to Chipping A. Mark Hargreaves made 30 retired along with another 30 from skipper Paul Earnshaw as the hosts totalled 97-5. The away side’s K. Helm took 3-2 off three overs. In reply Chipping got home with an over to spare with A. Young making 30 and L. Platt 23.

At Whalley Low Moor batted first and were all out for 82. Dave Flounders took 3-9 while Andrew Fielding took two wickets. In reply Sabden stuttered and had six wickets down when they had reached the target. Christian Dunderdale made 30 retired.

Calderstones travelled to Chipping Ramblers and came away with a narrow win. Calderstones made 82-6, and Ramblers were 76 all out.