THREE days have elapsed since Padiham suffered defeat against Salesbury and Arbories professional Chris Holt is still bewildered by the result.
Chasing the away side’s total of 206, John Bushell’s side gathered momentum after a questionnable start and were seemingly on track for victory. Kevin Hitchon (46) fell agonisingly short of a half century, though Holt himself was able to hit the 50 mark while Steve Meehan hit an unbeaten 20.
The hosts needed 70 off the last 10 overs, a feat they have proved capable of achieveing over the course of the season. However, they fell 10 runs short on this occasion. Holt said: “I don’t know how we managed to lose again. We were well on top and were in control for about 80% of the game but we just let it slip in the final 10 overs. We had a bit of a slow start batting and lost wickets at crucial times and that was the main reason we lost the game.
“We were on top, we’d done all the hard work and had set the game up to win. Before the game we were expecting to win and well in to the game we were confident of winning. Their sub-pro Luke Woodcock did really well for them though and changed the game. He got runs and picked up wickets for them.”
The result condemned Padiham to back-to-back defeats and those near misses have sent them hurtling down to eighth in the Ribblesdale Cricket League. “We just want to turn it around in the league,” Holt added. “The performances are there but we just need to turn near misses in to comfortable wins. There were a lot of disappointed faces in the dressing room after because we were in control of the game for so long. We needed 70 off the last 10 overs which we can usually do, but we didn’t manage it this time.”