Rivals are ready to do battle in Ribblesdale League!

Kyle O'Connor hits a six against Earby on Saturday
Kyle O'Connor hits a six against Earby on Saturday

Kyle O’Connor declared that his squad take great pride in earning supremacy over rivals Padiham.

Read reigned supreme the last time the two sides met in the Ribblesdale Cricket League, with Joey Marshall’s knock of 78 combined with skipper O’Connor’s 46 contributing to a 111-run win at the Arbories almost 12 months ago.

We take a lot of pride in beating our rivals

Read skipper Kyle O’Connor

Ahead of Saturday’s game on home soil, the Whalley Road captain said: “This weekend is our biggest game so far.

“We take a lot of pride in beating our rivals and we will be aiming to make sure they don’t get their first win of the campaign.

“Me and Callum (Clarke) are good friends but once we cross that line we’ll be enemies until the game is over.

“The main aim is to bounce back after Sunday and keep pushing ourselves in the league because we know we can challenge if we play to our strengths.”

In response, Arbories skipper Clarke insists that the pressure will be on the home side ahead of the derby.

The second tier outfit have yet to savour the taste of victory this season, but Clarke is hopeful that will all change tomorrow.

“We’re looking forward to that now,” he said. “We haven’t played them for quite a while. They’ve had a tricky start as well so it’s all up for grabs.

“These are the biggest games of the season and everyone at the club wants to play in these games.

“There’s no better time to get our first win of the season against Read.”

He added: “There’s no pressure. I’d say the pressure is on them because they are the home side and they are expected to win. They believe that they are the stronger side.

“We are confident and if we play to our capabilities then we know we can win. We need to build a winning mentality.”