Padiham make it six wins from eight to remain top!

Read CC v Earby CC in the second round of the Ramsbottom Cup. Read batsman Joe Marshall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday May 09, 2015.
Read CC v Earby CC in the second round of the Ramsbottom Cup. Read batsman Joe Marshall. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday May 09, 2015.

Padiham made it six wins from eight in all competitions to remain top of Section B in the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

Callum Clarke’s side stayed on course for promotion with a three-wicket win over top tier Whalley at the Arbories.

With rain reducing the fixture to 29 overs per side, the hosts posted a total of 173-7.

Former Lowerhouse amateur Phil Haggerty flexed his muscles with a knock of 83 to put Padiham in the ascendency.

In reply, Curtis Meehan’s first senior five-fer, at the expense of 43 runs, extinguished Whalley for 139.

“Phil has got a lot of talent,” said Clarke. “It was a great knock and he stepped up. “It was brilliant to see him batting like that.”

Clarke added: “Curtis got his first five-fer too which is great for a 17-year-old. He’s been incredible and unplayable.”

However, successive league defeats has seen Read slip down the pecking order.

The surprise loss to Euxton last weekend was followed up by a shock 48-run reverse at the hands of struggling Brooksbottom.

The home side had the bowling exploits of Mohsan and Zohaib Qureshi to thank for their triumph.

The pair secured a five-wicket haul apiece, for the second weekend in succession, to wipe Read out with just 127 runs on the board.

Joe Marshall fired 30 for the visitors and Warren Eastham added 35, but they fell short in the chase of Brooksbottom’s 175-7 tally from 28 overs.