Rivals Read and Padiham do battle in the Twenty20!

Kyle O'Connor wants Read to find some consistency
Kyle O'Connor wants Read to find some consistency

Read’s Kyle O’Connor feels that inconsistency is already proving a debilitating factor in his side’s season so far.

The Whalley Road outfit added the scalp of defending champions Clitheroe to a collection that already includes the carcass of league leaders Settle.

But the weekend also came with an unexpected 77-run loss to struggling Oswaldtwistle Immanuel on home soil.

“Inconsistency is costing us,” he said. “We’re poor one game and perfect the next. At times we don’t put a foot wrong and we take our chances.

“We turn up to fixtures in different moods and that’s something we need to improve on. When we are playing to our potential we are as good as anybody in this league.

“We’ve spoken about it as a group and we believe that we are capable of winning the league.

“We just need to build some consistency and work hard as a team to move forward. We need to perform as an XI.”

O’Connor will be hopeful that his squad patches up that form for the forthcoming schedule, which begins against rivals Padiham in Group Two of the Twenty20 on home soil tonight.

Having won the derby clash last month, O’Connor said: “We’re looking forward to it and we’re determined to retain that trophy.

“We’ve got a good chance of winning it again but our first aim is to qualify. It’s always good to beat Padiham so I can wind Callum (Clarke) up.”

However, Padiham skipper Clarke has other ideas: “For the last few years he’s been able to brag about it but hopefully that will change tonight.

“We are confident because we’ve got a strong team out for the tie.

“We don’t mind being the underdog. It’s a big game for everyone and one that you want to be involved in.

“It would be good to get one over on Kyle and wipe that smile off his face. He mentions their recent win to me every other day so it would be great to put one over on him.”

Elsewhere, Read travel to the Cliffe to take on Great Harwood tomorrow in the Ribblesdale Cricket League while Padiham welcome Barnoldswick to the Arbories looking to build on successive home triumphs against Ribblesdale Wanderers and Brooksbottom.