Derby fever hits the Arbories!

Cricket action from Read v Brinscall.'Read batsman Joe Marshall launches a huge six as part of an impressive innings.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-5-2014
Cricket action from Read v Brinscall.'Read batsman Joe Marshall launches a huge six as part of an impressive innings. PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-5-2014

They say keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.

Well there’ll be an integration of the two on Sunday when close friends Callum Clarke and Kyle O’Connor lead their sides out at the Arbories on Sunday for the Ribblesdale Cricket League derby between Padiham and Read.

And there’s extra spice added to the rivalry this year, with the fixture only being played once due to the league’s revised template.

The pair will also lock horns in a Twenty20 Group Two fixture on Friday, June 6th, where they’ll compete alongside Great Harwood and holders Salesbury, but the two skippers still feel short changed.

“We only play each other once this year which is a bit of a downer,” O’Connor said. “We don’t get the return leg which is a shame because the local derby is a big money earner. They’re the biggest days in the season. It’s the one fixture you look out for when they’re released, especially for me because I’m good mates with Callum.”

Clarke said: “We only play them once this year but it’s the biggest game of the season. It’s a massive shame we don’t get to play our rivals twice but it makes us even more determined to make it count.

“We are good mates but I won’t speak to him this week! There’ll be no friendship when Sunday comes. We’re looking forward to it and it should be a good game. We’re just hoping they might have used all their runs up after hitting 300-odd this weekend.”

Ahead of Sunday’s derby, which commences at 1-30 p.m., Padiham take on champions Clitheroe at Chatburn Road on Saturday while Read travel to take on Baxenden.

O’Connor’s men are also involved in the Lancashire Knockout Cup on Bank Holiday Monday against Prestwich CC.