Read and Padiham in title contention

Read Cricket Club take on Euxton Cricket Club. Read bowler Elliott Laws in action. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 13, 2015.

Read Cricket Club take on Euxton Cricket Club. Read bowler Elliott Laws in action. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday June 13, 2015.

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Winning is becoming habitual for both Read and Padiham at the business end of the Ribblesdale Cricket League term.

And it’s placed the pair in title contention in their respective divisions ahead of another double-header weekend.

Eleven wins in succession for Kyle O’Connor’s side has pushed the Whalley Road outfit to second in Section A - just 16 points behind defending champions Clitheroe with four games to play.

They face Baxenden at Back Lane tomorrow before entertaining third place Settle on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Callum Clarke’s men are on the verge of cementing promotion back to the top tier on the back of three consecutive triumphs.

They tackle Barnoldswick at Victory Park tomorrow before hosting a crunch top-of-the-table clash against Euxton at the Arbories on Sunday. All games begin at 1 p.m.

“We’ve had three great performances recently against Brinscall, Salesbury and Brooksbottom,” said Clarke.

“We’ve picked up two wins and we were on the verge of victory in the third.

“Having bowled Brooksbottom out for 67, we were 12 without loss when the rain came down and never stopped.

“We have clawed our way back to within just seven points of leaders Euxton who we play at the Arbories on Ladies Day on Sunday.

“Before that we’ve got a tough game against Barnoldswick who are in good form.

“Our performance levels are superb at present and every single player is doing a job to help get the club to where we want to be - in Section A of the Ribblesdale Cricket League.”

Elsewhere, Read will be involved in Twenty20 finals day on Bank Holiday Monday as they look to defend their crown at the Cliffe, the home of Great Harwood.

After beating Oswaldtwistle Immanuel in the quarter-final, O’Connor said: “It’s always a good day. There are 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 the trophy at the end of it.

“We want to keep this trophy and defending it would make it even more special.”