Padiham pro Holt targeting silverware

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PADIHAM professional Chris Holt has outlined his desire to add silverware to the Arbories trophy cabinet after signing a contract to keep him at the club for the 2013 term.

The prolific paid man, who is the Ribblesdale Cricket League’s most punishing bowler with 82 wickets, is keen to put this season’s disappointment behind him and focus on progressing next year. Padiham culminate the season at home to Baxenden tomorrow with a seventh place finish the best they can hope for.

“This season has been a bit disappointing but next year I’m determined to win something,” he said. “I signed for this club because I believed we were capable of achieving.

“It would be great to win something as the pro so next year I’m targeting a minimum of a top four finish in the league and I expect us to win a cup. We need to be competitive. I just want to add some silverware to the trophy cabinet.”

But despite his subdued emotions regarding league standings, Holt is delighted to get another season at the club. “I’m absolutely honoured to get another year,” Holt said. “I came to the club two years ago in my first ever season as a professional so to sign another contract was a no brainer for me. The club has been really good with me during my time here so I’m delighted that they’ve offered me a third year.”

He added: “The atmosphere at the club is great. It’s a friendly, family club which has gone from strength to strength. It’s fun and enjoyable to be around the club. Every single person involved has been brilliant. They are very close friends now and I’m in touch with them most days.

“I want to thank Padiham CC for giving me this opportunity and hopefully I can reward that with some silverware. The club has got the talent to achieve something. I absolutely love it here.”

The hope now is to marry that ambiance with results on the field. The club finished 2011 in seventh with 157 points and a victory tomorrow, with maximum reward, would cement seventh place again just one point shy of last season’s tally. Performances have been steady during Holt’s tenure but he’s confident that they can take the next step forward.

“When I first signed it was a team that had lost four key players and it was quite a young, inexperienced team,” he said. “But since we’ve kept together the bulk of the squad and together we’ve bonded and developed.

“Players who were involved in the third team a couple of years ago have now cemented a place in the first string. Everyone is progressing, we’re moving forward as a unit, and we’ve become a stronger team. Hopefully next year those players will show their true potential.”