WHALLEY captain Richard Palmer admitted lessons needed to be learnt after further batting woes left his side without a win this weekend.
A disappointing defeat to Cherry Tree on Sunday followed a dramatic tie with Oswaldtwistle Immanuel the day before – a result which easily could have been a loss.
Batting first Whalley scored 115 as Richard Lamb top scored with 47 but with just two balls left Oswaldtwistle needed just the one for victory.
A wicket and a run out though, along with a top drawer bowling performance by Kamran Younas (6-55), ensured Whalley secured the draw although Palmer felt it could have gone either way.
“I suppose after scoring just 115 and the way it ended we should be happy with the tie. I felt though if we had just set them a bit of a bigger target then we would have won it. Our total wasn’t actually that bad on a wicket that had seen a lot of rain the night before.”
The same batting problems were evident again against Cherry Tree as well as Whalley fell 39 runs short, chasing down a target of 145.
“It’s the same old problems really with the batting,” said Palmer. “It’s something we’re going to have to work on as a team and look at coming up with some sort of solution. We’ve done a lot of work in the nets but obviously it’s no substitute for the pressure out there in the middle.
“We’ve got another double header this weekend and it’s important to bounce back. It looks like the top three are already too far ahead so everyone is playing for fourth place. We’re only a few points behind and a couple of wins could see us shoot up the league.”
Whalley face Edenfield at home on Saturday before a trip to Earby on Sunday.
• A quick-fire 80 from Chatburn’s Neil Cartledge saw his side overcome Gisburn.
Cartledge scored his 80 from just 74 runs as Chatburn batted first, posting 184-8.
Gisburn could only make 171 in reply with Jonny Lockley finishing up with 5-56.
Unfortunately Chatburn 2nds could not make it a double celebration as they came up short against a superior Little Marsden side.
After bowling out the opposition for 197 they could only make 89 with Rod Booth, 21 not out, the only player to do any real damage with the bat.