Indian Wilkin Mota was in good form with bat and ball as Whalley defeated Ramsbottom Cup holders, Ribblesdale Wanderers, by 43 runs.
Overseas amateur Mota, 32, top scored with 70 in Whalley’s 153-7 and claimed 5-37 as Wanderers were dismissed for 110.
And Whalley skipper Richard Lamb was delighted with his side: “It was a great way to start the season - it’s always nice to get off to a good start, against a pretty strong Ribblesdale side.
“We were missing a few first team regulars, but the lads who came in did a good job, and it gives us something to build on now.”
The squad, as a result, has added competition for places, and Lamb added: “We’ve not necessarily had that competition over the years, but people will get their chance from the seconds, maybe not every week, but it’s up to them to take it.”
On Saturday, Whalley make the journey to Brooksbottom for their first away game of the season, and Lamb is eager to add another win: “We went there last season for the first time, and it was an experience - hopefully the pitch has improved.
“But we look at it as a game we feel we can win - if we perform as well as we can, I’d like to think we are capable of beating them certainly.”