Whalley hope to end on a high

Richard Lamb's men went down to a seven-wicket loss to Read on Saturday
Richard Lamb's men went down to a seven-wicket loss to Read on Saturday

Whalley are realistically looking at a battle for fifth place with Saturday’s opponents Baxenden after a brace of defeats at the weekend.

Read need three points to be certain of fourth place and an LCB Knockout berth, with Whalley a point behind Baxenden in sixth ahead of the game at Back Lane.

Richard Lamb’s men went down to a seven-wicket loss to Read on Saturday before a three-wicket defeat to champions Clitheroe the following day.

Whalley were dismissed for 80 against Read as Brandon Scullard took 5-38, and the visitors knocked off the runs with three wickets down.

Clitheroe then restricted Whalley to 189-8 at Chatburn Road, and Thomas Lord hit 65 in a winning reply.

Whalley skipper Richard Lamb looked back on a testing weekend: “We didn’t get going against Read with the bat, we lost wickets and were in trouble early on and never recovered.

“We posted a sub-par score, and they deservedly won.

“They were in control throughout, and we didn’t have the depth to bring it back.

“But the Clitheroe game was a strange one, they had won the league the day before and it was party time.

“The league made the presentation at the interval, when we still had a game to finish.

“We couldn’t do too much about it.

“They gave players opportunity to bowl, and it was almost a testimonial-type game in the end.

“It was a damp squib for us really, the game won’t live long in the memory.

“Congratulations to Clitheroe though, they’ve been the best team again and deservedly are the champions.”

Attention turns to the final game of a promising campaign now, and Lamb hopes to end on a high note: “The focus is on Saturday, and a tough game at Baxenden.

“It’s a battle for fifth now really, but we’ll try and finish as strongly as we can.

“Then in the close season we’ll try and bring some extra bodies in, preferably younger ones, to strengthen.

“We’re always looking, and maybe there are some players not getting the opportunities they may want elsewhere.

“We’ll give them the opportunity, and hopefully we can add some depth.”