Read and Padiham look to bounce back in the Ramsbottom Cup

Sponsorship deal: Padiham CC have secured a two-year sponsorship deal with AMR Laser Cutting & Nortex International, both located in Burnley
Sponsorship deal: Padiham CC have secured a two-year sponsorship deal with AMR Laser Cutting & Nortex International, both located in Burnley

Read skipper Kyle O’Connor has re-iterated that his players need to become immune to complacency following defeat to Whalley.

Following promising victories over Salesbury and Great Harwood to kickstart the 2014 term, Richard Lamb’s side led Read to the slaughter when inflicting a devastating seven-wicket reverse.

But O’Connor, bewildered by the defective display on home soil, believes the loss could act as a blessing in disguise and serve to galvanise his dispirited troops.

“It was one of them days where everyone failed with the bat,” he said.

“It was quite embarrassing to watch.

“We lost two early wickets, started to rebuild for a while but once the next wicket fell we went really quickly.

“Whalley bowled really well to their credit, but it wasn’t a 59 all out track.

“It was a case of bad discipline with the batting and shot selection.

“The side was really down in the changing rooms after.”

O’Connor added: “It was a wake up call for us.

“The result showed that we are not going to walk this league so we need to dig in and prove that we’re good enough.

“It could be a blessing in disguise because I think I’ll get a reaction from the players.

“We spoke for quite a while after the defeat and we’re eager to put it right.

“I’d rather it happened now than at the end of the season.”

Read will look to bounce back on Saturday against Barnoldswick in the Ramsbottom Cup at Whalley Road.

“We’ve got Barnoldswick in the cup,” O’Connor said.

“We want to push as far as we can in all competitions this season.

“We won’t be taking Barnoldswick lightly but I’d expect us to bounce back and win.

“The weekend showed that anything is possible though.”

Meanwhile, Padiham captain Callum Clarke is expecting a response from his players as they take on Euxton in the first round of the Ramsbottom Cup.

Padiham suffered a six-wicket loss at the hands of Salesbury at the Arbories over the Bank Holiday weekend, collapsing to a 130 total after Owen Deakin-Pickard and Anthony Hall had put on a half-century for the opening wicket.

Ahead of the cup clash at Balshaw Park - where Toby Muldoon and Kevin Hitchon will replace Anthony and Duncan Hall respectively - Clarke said: “It was a tough day.

“We started well with Owen and Anthony opening with a decent partnership but from there we collapsed.

“There was some good bowling from Salesbury but we were guilty of poor shot selections.

“We didn’t have much to defend because you need at least 180 at the Arbories.

“We need to improve our batting and form more partnerships.

“We just didn’t kick on.”

He added: “We are looking forward to it though it will be a tough game away at Euxton.

“They’re a tricky team but we’re backing ourselves to bounce back and advance to the second round.”