Whalley rue missed chance

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Whalley captain Richard Lamb felt Saturday’s 55-run defeat at home to Settle was an opportunity missed.

Robbie Davidson made the only ton of the weekend, with 100 not out, as the visitors closed on 168-9, with Wilkin Mota taking 3-59, and Richard Palmer 2-30.

But Whalley were dismissed for 113 in reply, with Lamb and Matthew Howarth top-scoring with 20 each, as Edward Read claimed 5-18 off 13.3 overs.

And Lamb said: “It was really disappointing, we were nowhere near our best with bat or ball - we didn’t make the most of the conditions, which were bowler-friendly.

“We had them in some difficulty, but Davidson scored 100, and played really well, although we didn’t put him under enough pressure.

“We felt the target was gettable though, there were no demons in the pitch, but we didn’t apply ourselves well enough.

“One or two partnerships would have been enough, but we couldn’t do that.”

This weekend, Whalley host Great Harwood on Saturday before a trip to Barnoldswick on Sunday, and Lamb added: “It’s a difficult weekend. Harwood are flying, and Barlick can beat anyone on their day. But if we play to our potential, so can we.”

• Whalley have been confirmed as having ECB Clubmark status for another three years.

They first achieved ECB Clubmark in 2008 and now, down to the hard work of a number of volunteers, in particular, Martin Bentley, have been re-certified.

The Lancashire Cricket Board support clubs through the ECB Clubmark process and work closely with County Sports Partnerships and local Sports Development Units to assist clubs through the process. ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to review its operational practice and procedures as well as acknowledge and champion existing practices.

Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.

The four themes are Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children, The Cricket Programme, Knowing your club and its Community and Club Management.