Whalley earn derby victory

Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown
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A POOR batting display saw Salesbury “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” against a rejuvenated Whalley side.

Salesbury were set a revised target of 113 after Whalley, courtesy of openers Richard Lamb (70) and Martin Davies (52), finished on 146-3.

Despite a promising start Salesbury scored only 108-9 of their allotted 29 overs, falling just five runs short.

Salesbury captain Jason Rawson said: “We managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. It was a very poor batting display. At 50-2 we were in a very good position win it but there was some poor decision making.

Rawson was far from happy with the fielding performance as well saying: “We dropped a few catches early on and let them get more runs than they should have done. It was just a bad day at the office really. We did pick up five bonus points but should have won.”

Whalley captain Richard Palmer was understanbdaly upbeat after the victory – the team’s second in a row.

“It was a good, good win,” he said. “Considering the match conditions went against us it was a brilliant effort. We were going along steadily, hoping to improve the run rate towards the end of the innings but then the rain came and we didn’t get a chance. It meant that their target was lower than it should have been and they had 10 wickets to go at it.

“We completely outplayed them and it means we have a hit a good run of form now which we are looking to carry on.”

Salesbury now face Cherry Tree at home on Saturday with a trip to Settle on Sunday. Whalley play Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on Saturday and Cherry Tree the following day, both at home.

• ON Sunday, Rawson swopped his cricketads for running shorts as he completed the Windemere Marathon for Pendleside Hospice.

He finished with a time of 3:38:19 and anybody still wishing to donate money can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/jason-rawson.