Padiham’s push for promotion gathering pace

Callum Clarke pictured batting for Padiham CC aginst Clitheroe CC at The Arbories.
Callum Clarke pictured batting for Padiham CC aginst Clitheroe CC at The Arbories.

Callum Clarke is vying to get Padiham back where they belong - in the top tier of the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

The club’s promotion pursuit is well and truly alive as they sit two points adrift of Section B leaders Euxton but have a game in hand.

And Clarke believes that results and performances this term have illustrated that Padiham deserve to be plying their trade alongside the league’s elite.

Having beaten the likes of Oswaldtwistle Immanuel, Whalley, Baxenden and Earby so far, the Arbories skipper said: We’re playing well and there’s not many teams that will want to play us at the moment. We’re racking up big totals and bowling well.

“Euxton are top at the moment but we’ve got a game in hand on them. If we continue playing how we are then we should do the business. We’ve been rebuilding but we’ve got to take advantage now.

“It’s all about getting Padiham back to where we belong. We need to finish well. Some of our results this season show that we deserve to be in the top tier. We’ve beaten some of the Section A sides convincingly.”

Padiham missed out on Twenty20 finals day following defeat to Cherry Tree, but there’s an opportunity to avenge that loss on home soil tomorrow.

“We’ve got Cherry Tree so it’s a bit of a revenge mission,” he said. “We’re at home again and we’ve only lost once in eight at the Arbories, against Great Harwood. The Twenty20 result gives us even more determination to win. We want to get one back over on them.”

Having secured their spot at Twenty20 finals day after brushing aside Oswaldtwistle at New Lane, Read skipper Kyle O’Connor has his eye on defending their title as they join Cherry Tree, Settle and hosts Great Harwood at the Cliffe on Monday, August 31st.

“It’s always a good day,” said O’Connor, whose side has been awarded a well earned rest this weekend. “There’s four separate sets of supporters there so it’s a very good atmosphere.

“It’s a great occasion for any amateur to play in. It’ll be made even better if we can get our hands on that trophy at the end of it. We want a trophy in the cabinet at the end of the season.

“We want to keep this trophy and defending it would make it even more special. It was good to win it for the first time but to defend it would be brilliant.”