Arbories skipper Robinson is backing Padiham to pick up silverware this term

Callum Clarke top-scored for Padiham in victory over Barnoldswick
Callum Clarke top-scored for Padiham in victory over Barnoldswick

Kurt Robinson is confident that Padiham can add a piece of silverware to the club’s trophy cabinet this term.

The Arbories outfit are currently second in Section B of the Ribblesdale Cricket League, where they bridged the gap on leaders Barnoldswick at the weekend, are were dominant in Group Three of the Twenty20 competition.

Padiham, who missed out on promotion with a play-off defeat to Cherry Tree last year, entertain Baxenden on home soil tomorrow as they look to keep the pressure on the table-toppers.

First, though, they’ll host Whalley in the quarter-final of the Twenty20 tonight. Their opponents are three-time champions of the competition but Robinson isn’t fearing anyone.

“Picking up some silverware and securing promotion is what we’re aiming to do,” he said. “That would be really nice. We’ve won every game apart from a bowl out in the Twenty20 so we are all very confident going in to the tie.

“I really believe that we can go on to win it. We’ve excelled in these games so we’re backing our ability. We don’t fear anybody at the moment.”

After beating Barnoldswick in the Twenty20, and seeing their rivals slip up against Salesbury in the league, Robinson added: “We beat Barnoldswick last week which will have a positive affect. We just need to make sure that we beat them when we meet in the league (July 30th).

“We just need to keep this momentum going. We’ve shown that we’re as good as them so we’re confident of catching them. We’ll back ourselves to beat anybody.”

Elsewhere, Read travel to Chatburn Road tonight to take on Clitheroe in the final eight of the Twenty20.

Joey Marshall’s men will then take to the road again tomorrow as they tackle in-form Settle at the Marshfield Ground.