Padiham skipper remains upbeat despite slipping to two disappointing defeats

John Bushell
John Bushell

PADIHAM slumped to eight in the Ribblesdale Cricket League after two disappointing defeats over Bank Holiday weekend.

Captain John Bushell (pictured, left) said it was now case of dusting themselves off and focusing on their next games after losing to Clitheroe and Read.

The Arbories team looked in command against Clitheroe after bowling them out for just 86 but could only amass 72 in reply as they fell 14 runs short.

Kevin Hitchon top scored with 24 but only two other players reached double figures as they looked to chase down a target well within their reach.

It was similar story against Read as Padiham looked to chase down 202 for the win.

But despite being 117-2 at one point, a dramatic collapse ensured they finished well short, scoring 144.

Bushell said the side’s batting had let them but there were still positives to take from both games.

“We bowled really well and actually managed to get six bonus points against Clitheroe.

“They were both disappointing results though and in both cases it was our batting that let us down.

“I felt we were unlucky against Read on Sunday.

“We thought we had Will Driver stumped early on in his innings before he went on to make 92 and then Chris Holt, who was batting really well, was given caught behind and he felt he didn’t touch it.

“We were going along nicely at the time as well but as soon as we lost Holty we fell apart a bit.

“The team spirit is superb though and now we’ve got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and look ahead to the next games.

“We’ll keep playing in the right manner and hopefully a couple of wins will see us move up the table.”

Padiham’s next games see them take on Oswaldtwistle Immanuel at home today before a trip to Great Harwood on Saturday and a home encounter with Cherry Tree on Sunday.