Whitehead stars as Padiham beat Read in derby

Nathan Whitehead
Nathan Whitehead

Padiham won the derby with Read on Saturday, before both sides had a reverse of their fortunes the following day.

On Saturday, Kyle O’Connor won the toss at Whalley Road and chose to bat, with Read bowled out for 141 in the 37th over.

O’Connor was the first man out, for five at 11 – the first of Nathan Whitehead’s four victims.

Ravi Jangid followed for seven 10 runs later, again to Whitehead, and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as a number of home batsmen got starts, without being able to build on them.

Thomas Turner and Jack Wood compiled the best partnership of the inningsm sharing 38 for the ninth wicket, Turner top-scoring with 39, while Wood finished on 23 not out off 21 balls.

Brady Barends took 2-39, Whitehead 4-44 and Brannon Varley 2-33.

And Padiham passed the target with nine balls and four wickets to spare.

Jangid struck twice to leave Padiham 9-2, but solid contributions from Kevin Hitchon (23), Varley (23), Barends (50), captain Kurt Robinson (22) and Whitehead (17 not out) saw Padiham to victory.

On Sunday, Padiham were beaten by 52 runs by Whalley.

Whalley made 234-7 in their 45 overs as captain Richard Lamb made 28, Mark Fallon 40, Yogesh Takawale 101, and former Lowerhouse man Fergus Bailey 23.

Barends took 2-35 and Curtis Meehan 3-84.

And in reply, Padiham were dismissed for 182 off the last ball, with Callum Clarke (19), Hitchon (26), Varley (26) and Barends (56) all chipping in.

Read, however, beat Ribblesdale Wanderers by seven wickets.

Wanderers made 204-5, with David Howard hitting 56 and Andy Worthy 62 not out, as Jangid took 2-46.

And Read got home with more than six overs to spare Mohammed Zafran hit 46, Jangid 107 off 102 balls, and Joe Marshall 38 not out.