Padiham cup hopes are blown away

KEEP FOCUSED: Padiham captain Callum Clarke is a picture of concentration as he faces a delivery from Clitheroe's Josh Marquet on Saturday
KEEP FOCUSED: Padiham captain Callum Clarke is a picture of concentration as he faces a delivery from Clitheroe's Josh Marquet on Saturday

Padiham missed out on a place in the Ramsbottom Cup semi-finals after a chastening defeat against Earby on Sunday.

Callum Clarke’s men cocnceded the highest total of the last eight ties, as the Applegarthers reached 260-7 in their innings - with professional Fahid Rehman making 65.

And in reply, Padiham were bowled out for just 92, with Lee Parkinson taking 5-27, as Earby won by 168 runs to earn a place in the semis against Ribblesdale Wanderers.

The other semi-final sees league newcomers Brooksbottom host Great Harwood, with both games to be played on June 30th.

In the Lawrenson Cup, Read seconds earned a replay of last year’s final with holders Clitheroe when beating Padiham seconds by 114 runs.

Read made 285-4, with Mohammed Zafran finishing unbeaten on 142, before Padiham were dismissed for 171.

The quarter-final draw, to be played on June 16th, is: Brinscall v Settle, Read v Clitheroe, Whalley v Cherry Tree, Burnley Belvedere v Brooksbottom.

Meanwhile, it’s as you were at the top of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League as Clitheroe and Read secured convinving wins.

With champions Barnoldswick back in the groove with success at Salesbury, the top three secured victories for the collective loss of just five wickets.

Leaders Clitheroe crushed Padiham- now second bottom - at the Arbories by nine wickets, while Read’s game agaiinst Brooksbottom lasted only 36.4 overs.

Jon Harvey claimed 5-27 as Brooksbottom were dismissed for 77, before captain Kyle O’Connor’s unbeaten 43 in 20 balls saw Read home in 10 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Leaders Clitheroe bowled Padiham out for 109, before easing to victory for the loss of just one wicket.

Padiham are next in action on Saturday when they aim to climb away from the wrong end of the table when they host Whalley, while Read look to maintain their title push when they host reigning champions Barnoldswick in the Ribblesdale League Senior Division’s game of the day.

Wickets are pitched at 1-30 p.m. at both games.