Clarke believes the future is bright at the Arbories!

Captain Callum Clarke is excited about the future at Padiham
Captain Callum Clarke is excited about the future at Padiham

Callum Clarke feels the future is bright at Padiham Cricket Club.

The skipper believes there is bags of potential within the ranks at the Arbories, with a selection of the club’s prospects already making the step up to the senior side.

Talented teenagers Curtis Meehan, Tom Muldoon and Toby Burrows all featured in the thumping eight wicket victory over Barnoldswick at the weekend, with the latter also featuring for the Eibblesdale Cricket League XI alongside Brannon Varley.

“Curtis made his debut,” said Clarke. “He’s a tricky leg-spinner and took 3-21 from just over seven overs. It’s great to see players like that coming through the ranks at the club.

“Toby did the same last season and Tom’s in there as well. We’ve got three lads under the age of 17 in the senior team now.

“They all did themselves justice. Toby represented the Ribblesdale League U18s side against Lytham too at the weekend and took a wicket.

“It’s credit to the club that these lads are coming through, playing for the first team and representing the league.”

With Padiham slowly climbing the table, Clarke is eager to build on recent momentum.

The weekend’s action begins tonight with a Twenty20 tie against Ribblesdale Wanderers on home soil and is followed by a trip to New Lane tomorrow and a re-arranged fixture against Great Harwood on home soil on Sunday.

“We’re only 10 points off the top,” said Clarke. “If we win again we’ll be right up there. It’s great to be involved in at the moment.

“We just need to keep building and see where that can take us. Our recent results at home show what we’re capable of. We’re confident that we can continue the run that we’re on.”

Meanwhile, Read host Euxton at Whalley Road tomorrow as they look to keep the pressure on Settle and Clitheroe.