Taylforth takes five but Whalley prove too good

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Earby went down to a heavy 147-run defeat at the hands of unbeaten Whalley in the Ribblesdale Cricket League on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and amassed a total of 219-7, Yogesh Takawale top scoring with 74 as he was well supported by Declan Bailey who made 43.

Fergus Bailey also chipped in with 25.

It looked like being a far more imposing total at one point but Nathan Taylforth took 5-38 to keep Whalley in check.

Any hopes Earby had of an impressive chase were soon extinguished however, as a shocking start saw them slip to 25-7 at one point.

Only three batsmen down the order reached double figures with some late resistance from Sam Parry (28 not out) seeing Earby eventually dismissed for a nearly respectable 72 as they were heavily beaten by 147 runs.

Fergus Bailey was the pick of the Whalley bowlers, taking 4-13 with Joshua McLean also picking up 3-22 and Richard Palmer 2-18 as the wickets were shared.

It was the second defeat in two days for Earby after going down by 68 runs to Padiham in Twenty20 competition on Friday.

An opening partnership of 135 between Callum Clarke (76) and Nathan Whitehead (68) set up a score of 168 -2 before Earby were bowled out for 100,