WHALLEY skipper Richard Lamb wants his side to use their Ramsbottom Cup final success as a springboard to a strong finish to the Ribblesdale League season.

The Station Road men completed one leg of a potential treble with a 34-run victory over Read in the rearranged cup final on Wednesday night, and while Lamb admits Settle are favourites for the league title, he hopes to taste more knockout success in the T20 competition later this month.

"The last thing we want to do now is tail off," said the skipper who missed the first part of the cup final due to holiday but was back in time to watch the midweek finale.

"We have the T20 Finals Day on August Bank Holiday weekend and that becomes our focus now. It is at Settle and we play them in the semi-final with Salesbury playing Barnoldswick in the other tie.

"Whoever wins that will have to had to play some good cricket as there are four good sides left.

"That is more of a target for us, Settle have pulled clear in the league and we just want to finish strong, win our games and see where that takes us. If we end up second, win the Ramsbottom Cup and potentially win the T20 then that will be a good season for us."

Whalley's cup final victory was built on a strong bowling performance on Wednesday night as Read, resuming on 33-2 and needing 100 from 33 overs to win the cup, were bowled out for 98.

Simon Gorton got the key wicket of Read opener Kyle O'Connor for 24 with the score on 41 and wickets fell at regular intervals as the hosts wrapped up victory inside 90 minutes.

Whalley professional Toby Bulcock finished with 3-17 while Sam Sweeney wrapped up victory with the final two wickets to end with 3-34.

Home batsman Lee Kearsley was man of the match for his unbeaten 34 on Sunday.

And Lamb was left delighted by his side's performance, their first Ramsbottom Cup success in 23 years.

"There a lot of people at the club who deserve that victory, not just the team," the skipper added.

"A lot of people put a lot of work into getting the facilities and the pitch ready and it was nice to win it for them.

"There was a good crowd on and it is good for the village as a whole to win the competition on our own ground.

"When we met up on Wednesday I think it was probably a 50-50 game.

"The conditions probably favoured our bowling more on Wednesday as the pitch had dried out and we were able to put pressure on Read all the way through.

"I think we have staged it well and I am pleased for everyone at the club."

Whalley host Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in Section A on Saturday. Leaders Settle are involved in the extra match against Ribblesdale Wanderers while Barnoldswick host Salesbury and Euxton visit Read.

In Section B, leaders Padiham are on the road at winless Feniscowles, Baxenden entertain Cherry Tree and Brinscall travel to Earby.