Promotion hinges on play-off for Clarke’s Padiham!

Ribblesdale Wanderers V Padiham Cricket at Church Meadow, Clitheroe.'Pictured is Padiham Captain Callum Clark.'5th September 2015

Ribblesdale Wanderers V Padiham Cricket at Church Meadow, Clitheroe.'Pictured is Padiham Captain Callum Clark.'5th September 2015

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Padiham are preparing for one final push in their bid for promotion to Section A of the Ribblesdale Cricket League.

The club’s first marker in a three-year plan devised at the Arbories was to return to the top tier - and they’ll have the chance to complete that goal on Sunday.

Callum Clarke’s side will likely face either Cherry Tree or Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in a play-off, with the outcome being decided when the pair meet at New Lane tomorrow.

There is, however, an outside chance of Baxenden causing a shock should they see off Settle and overturn a nine point deficit to avoid being relegated alongside Earby.

“We don’t know who we are playing yet but we’re looking forward to it,” said captain Clarke.

“Cherry Tree and Oswaldtwistle play each other on the Saturday and there’s only a couple of points between them.

“Ultimately the winner will stay up and the loser will face us in the play-off. It’s weird how things turn out.

“We were happy to force another game. It keeps the season going. We battled until the end to try and win the league but we just fell short.

“I think we’ve had a great season, especially considering our poor start, and we managed to recover and push Euxton all the way.

“It will be like a cup final for us. If we play to our potential then we are more than capable of winning the game.”

Clarke added: “We’re determined to end the season on a high. We’ve aimed for promotion from the start and we’ve given ourselves the chance.

“We’ve done the hard work by getting to the play-off, now we just need to turn up for one more game. We have enough to beat either side on our day.

“We want to go in to the winter knowing that we will be in the top tier next year. That’s what the club wants.

“We’d outlined a three year plan and hopefully we can tick the first year off with promotion.”

Elsewhere, Read entertain Great Harwood at Whalley Road in the battle for the runner up spot.

The pair are locked on 200 points ahead of tomorrow’s game.